Thursday, March 5, 2020

On the Beat With Ali Cantarella at C2E2 2020

Last weekend, I had a fantastic time at C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo). Held at McCormick Place, C2E2 isa celebration of all things pop culture, full of celebrities, artists, authors doing signings, photo ops, panels and more. Debuting in 2010, the first C2E2 drew an estimated 25,000 attendees. This year, more than 100,000 people are expected. I wrote more about it at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo for
While I have interviewed many celebrities at C2E2 over the years, this year I added a new element. I brought Joey Roth to handle the interview duties.
The current IPW Chicagoland Champ, Joey has been wreaking havoc on the Chicago wrestling scene for years. The self-described “best villain ever,” has also embarked on an acting career. A natural entertainer, Joey seemed to be a perfect choice to conduct interviews and I am proud to say he hit a home run. Actually, he hit several home runs.
Our first interview was with Ali Cantarella of Cantarella Ink. A native of the Detroit area, Ali is now based in Chicago. She holds a BFA in Illustration from Columbia College Chicago. In 2013, she released her debut comic, The Hasty Pastry, which focuses on a girl, her dog, a bakery and all the wackiness that ensues. Ali creates with watercolor, pen and ink, technical pens and multimedia.
Ali is one of my favorite artists and I am happy to have gotten this interview. She is as cool as she is talented.
I hope you enjoyed meeting Ali and will check out Cantarella.Ink. Ali was our first interview this year, but Joey wasn't done and I am not done with my recaps of C2E2. Over the next several days, I will be running more interviews Joey conducted at C2E2.

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