12, April 2016

Emerald City Comic Con 2016

This past weekend was the amazing Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington. This year, the con was expanded to a fourth (!) day. Three full days and a half day on Thursday. It sounds like a lot, and it was. I won’t have any trouble sleeping tonight.

Day 1: We arrived Wednesday before dinner in an attempt to get settled and rested before Thursday. Doors opened at 2pm, and we were in line beforehand. Celebrities were not around on Thursday, so it was completely about the artists, comics, and vendors. In usual fashion, we skipped the first room and went straight to the second room. It’s traditionally less packed and has more moving air. We walked up and down the rows, checking out the  different booths. There was a Weta booth, known for their Hollywood effects in Lord of the Rings/Hobbit movies, King Kong, Avatar, etc., where they were selling nice figures. They had a set of armor from the new Warcraft movie on display. The Bluefin Distribution booth was full of Gundam figures, new superheroes and Star War figures, and Sailor Moon merchandise. Oni Press, Dark Horse, and Image Comics were there. With over 200 exhibitors, there was a ton to see. We found a few treasures in a retro gaming booth and a couple of shirts in a Japanese anime booth. We mapped everything out on half of the main floor before heading up to the 6th floor to see the writer/celebrity area. With plans for the next day done, we headed back to the hotel.

Day 2: There were a handful of celebrities we wanted to meet, and we took part of Friday to do that. First on the list was Will Friedle, known for being Eric on Boy Meets World and Terry on Batman Beyond. He was also in Kim Possible and does a lot of voice acting. He was super sweet and a pleasure to talk to. He made it a point to introduce himself to everyone, and I was able to take a picture with him (he was wearing the softest sweater). After Will was Sean Astin (Rudy, Samwise from LotR). His line took an eternity. He’s a chatty man, which was nice, but that only goes so far. In fact, his signing took so much time that we almost missed Ashley Eckstein. She is the voice of Ahsoka Tano in the Star Wars Clone Wars and Rebel shows. I’m a fan of hers for a few reasons. First, she is voicing an empowering female Jedi that little girls can look up to. Second, she is the co-founder of Her Universe, a geeky clothing and jewelry line for women. In addition to those two awesome things, she also has a publishing house for female writers (which I will be submitting to). Ashley was so nice to meet, and we chatted with her about the show. After the autographs, we found Dan Parsons, a comic artist for the Star Wars expanded universe. We commissioned him for a Darth Talon (inspiration for Darth Maul).

Day 3: Dressed as Rey and Kylo Ren, we headed back to the show with sore feet. We walked around the floor again, surprised to see things we hadn’t seen before. We found a cool card game called Superfight! for sale. You draw fighters, situations, and abilities and then see who would win in a fight. Simple concept, lots of fun. We played it in line for Nathan Fillion. He shook our hands and winked at me. *swoon* Even though we didn’t get to talk much, it was still exciting to meet someone who influences the sci-fi world so much. We went back to the show floor, finding additional treasures. In artist alley, we found Andy Suriano, artist of Samurai Jack and the original 2D Star Wars Clone Wars that aired long ago on Cartoon Network. He drew a Kit Fisto for us, and we talked to him for a long time about his work. He’s an amazingly talented man. After that, we went to the Lego exhibit. Not as impressive as last year, but still very creative.

Day 4: *Another day* And we thought our feet were sore the other days. The last day brought us the creature designer for Lucasfilm, Terryl Whitlatch. She drew a sketch for us. Afterwards, we recapped the floors, trying to see if we’d missed anything. We went to the trivia quiz game in the afternoon and saw giant portraits of Star Wars characters made out of jellybeans. There was a booth giving out free books, which I couldn’t resist. This year was definitely more about the artists and comics than toys, which was a nice change from previous years.

Overall, we had a great time. The show is well run and always a delight. Seattle is a beautiful, green city. So many trees! We were a bit disappointed that the food trucks from last time were not present. There was a Cajun catfish place that we were planning to eat at. However, despite any glitches, I was still sad when it was time to go home. Since Wizard World isn’t coming back to San Jose, it looks like I’ll have to wait until next year for another show. Unless, we hit up Portland in September…

Here is the link for ECCC: http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/Home/

Grayson and I with giant BB-8 at the Funko booth

Grayson and I with giant BB-8 at the Funko booth

Grayson and I as Kylo Ren and Rey

Grayson and I as Kylo Ren and Rey


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