Officials at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) are pleased to announce that space on the convention floor is filling up fast with leading exhibitors from all corners of the pop culture world eager to be part of the new convention. DC Comics and Marvel have each staked out 2500 square foot booths, which is equal to their presence at New York Comic Con (NYCC). Overall, the C2E2 convention floor is filling up quickly with major and independent exhibitors alike and convention organizers note that the event already has a show floor equal to that of the first New York Comic Con with 9 months remaining until the show. The convention will take place at McCormick Place â€“ Lakeside Center which boasts 300,000 gross square feet of space. In total, C2E2 officials are projecting that the net square feet of exhibit space in the conventionâ€™s first year will be approximately 40,000-50,000 square feet of paid exhibit space. C2E2 is being launched April 16 â€“ 18, 2010 and is owned and operated by the organizers of New York Comic Con. Alex Ross and Jeff Smith have already been announced as special guests for the show and officials note that many more guests and programming announcements will be made in the immediate future, with the event mimicking the size and scope of New York Comic Con.