That's fair. I don't know any shows in that area. I've done C2E2 in Chicago a couple times and it's a really great show largely because of their Artists Alley.
If you're considering it at all, I would recommend trying a local show first before you travel. Then, I highly recommend C2E2. I don't think it would be quite as overwhelming as SDCC or NYCC but is still a large amazing show put on by the same people who do NYCC, ReedPOP.
Oh and talk @mattgarvey1981 into flying over and hanging out in Chicago too. I tried to come to him once. It's his turn to come (at least a closer) to me.