CGC and ReedPOP Sign Exclusive Deal

ReedPOP announced that they have secured a deal to have the Certified Guarantee Company (CGC) onsite as the official onsite grading service for the  Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) and Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) through 2019.

CGC is the company that made “slabbing” of the most valuable comics popular.  Slabbing is where the comic is encased in crystaline plastic.

NEW YORK, NY – November 15, 2016ReedPOP, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, announced today that Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) has signed an exclusive deal to be the official onsite comic grading service for Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) and Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) through 2019. The agreement provides Fans with the opportunity to have their comics professionally graded and encapsulated by the industry’s leading grading service during the shows. C2E2 takes place April 21-23 in the South Building at McCormick Place, while Emerald City Comicon is March 2-5 at the Washington State Convention Center.

c2e2“We are ecstatic to have CGC be the official onsite comic grading service at our future events. They have an amazing reputation in the hobby for their level of consistency and integrity,” said Lance Fensterman, Global Senior Vice President of ReedPOP. “This addition just adds another special aspect to our Shows as Fans can purchase and trade all their collectibles and get them graded onsite.”

ReedPOP’s success in Seattle and Chicago, as well as increasing demand for CGC’s certification services, factored heavily into CGC’s decision to bring the hobby’s most experienced and trusted grading team to both locations.

“CGC is thrilled to be offering onsite grading at C2E2 and Emerald City Comicon, which are two of the largest and most fan-friendly Shows in the hobby,” says CGC Director of Operations, Harshen Patel.  “Chicago continues to be one of CGC’s strongest markets and the addition of Seattle will benefit our loyal west coast collectors, who have been eager for an onsite grading opportunity.”
CGC is the original third-party comic book grading service. Its independent and unbiased grading has become the industry standard and made CGC the most respected grading service in the hobby. After Fans have their collectibles graded, CGC seals them in their state of the art holder designed to protect, store and maintain the condition of the graded comic.

C2E2 is a comic book and pop culture convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. C2E2 gives Fans a chance to interact with their favorite Creators and Celebrities and delivers a weekend of pop culture and fandom in downtown Chicago. For a full list of content at C2E2 and for more information, please visit or C2E2’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

eccc-bannerEmerald City Comicon, now in its 15th year, is the premier comic book and pop culture convention in the Northwest, taking place in beautiful downtown Seattle, Washington. For a full list of content at Emerald City Comicon and for more information, please visit or Emerald City Comicon’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

reedpopAbout ReedPOP:
ReedPOP is a boutique group within Reed Exhibitions exclusively devoted to organizing events, launching and acquiring new shows, and partnering with premium brands in the pop culture world. ReedPOP is dedicated to celebrations of popular culture throughout the globe that transcend ordinary events by providing unique access and dynamic personal experiences. The ReedPOP portfolio includes: New York Comic Con (NYCC), Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) West, East, South and Australia, Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), BookCon, Oz Comic-Con, Comic Con India, Paris Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, Star Trek: Mission New York, TwitchCon, ComplexCon, UFC Fan Expo and more. The staff at ReedPOP is a fan-based group of professionals uniquely qualified to serve those with whom they share a common passion. ReedPOP is focused on bringing its expertise and knowledge to world communities in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, India and Australia. (

cgcAbout Certified Guaranty CompanyTM (CGC®)
Founded in 1999, Certified Guaranty Company is the hobby’s most preferred third-party grading service for collectible comics, magazines, photos, lobby cards and concert posters. CGC offers expert condition analysis, including thorough restoration detection, before grading and encapsulating collectibles in state-of-the-art, archival-safe holders. CGC does not buy or sell collectibles — it is committed to providing an independent opinion that collectors and dealers can always trust, so they can buy and sell with confidence.