Lines are the order of the day at C2E2.
Patton Oswalt ("Justified") used his Saturday's appearance at C2E2, Chicago's Comic and Entertainment Expo, to put in a good word for Chicago's restaurant scene. "Chicago is the best restaurant city in the world," he said.
Oswalt is known for his restaurant picks, and he talked up the financial district's Skrine Chops, adding sheepishly "I know it's owned by my brother-in-law," and Moto.
Oswalt and "Hellboy" and "Sons of Anarchy" star Ron Perlman charmed audiences in their Q&As with anecdotes of their careers.
A shirt for sale at C2E2.
Patton Oswalt's talk in the IGN Theater was one of the highlights of a very crowded day at C2E2. Oswalt, who recently went viral with his genius-level ad lib about the plot of "Star Wars: Episode VII" on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," had plenty of chances to flex his geek muscles during the Q&A.
Asked to create his own superhero team, he spitballed, Golden Age Sandman; John Garrett, Electra Assassin; Alias, "but from the comic book;" Daredevil and Nico from The Runaways. He knows his stuff.
A custom LEGO of Daryl from "The Walking Dead."
Oswalt has used his deep geek subculture knowledge as part of his act for some time, and he was asked about the fine line of risking making jokes that only a small segment of people will get, or relying too heavily on it. He said tone makes the joke funny, not content. He also acknowledged that "nothing is more frustrating for a nerd than having your obscure reference gun jam on you."
Weeping angels from "Doctor Who."
While Oswalt picked a female out the Q&A line because he feared the all-male questioners were "enforcing a stereotype," Ron Perlman had no such trouble. Perlman's Q&A was mostly female, and when he talked about his dog being "his best buddy" they swooned audibly. One even wore a T-shirt that said "I (heart) Ron Perlman."
Perman gushed about frequent collaborator Guillermo del Toro, who directed him in "Hellboy" and the upcoming "Pacific Rim." He described del Toro's "Pacific Rim" set as "Disneyland on acid" and emphasized the real over CGI style del Toro employs.
He had similar praise for Nicholas Winding Refn, who directed the recent "Drive," saying that both men are very humble, and "you have no idea idea you are working on a masterpiece until you got to see it."
Perlman also talked extensively about his voice work and unlikely friendship with Seth MacFarlane, which began when both found the same karaoke bar on Monday nights in Los Angeles to sing obscure Frank Sinatra songs.
And of course, there were the cosplayers, which always bring fun to the proceedings.R2D2, Chewbacca and Captain America from one of Patton Oswalt's dreams.