Live from the Emerald City Comicon!
Living in Seattle means being able to attend some incredible events. There’s Bumbershoot, a Labor Day Weekend extravaganza where you can catch several music acts for the price of one ticket. There’s Seafair, where crowds gather on the shores of Lake Washington to see some giant planes flying at low altitude.
And, of course, there are the two events that define what it means to be a nerd. The biggest, by far, is PAX, or the Penny Arcade Expo. This popular video game convention was jumpstarted by the world’s two most famous webcomic personalities, Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins.
The other is growing in popularity: The Emerald City Comic Con. This convention is starting to gain a reputation as the best convention on the West Coast that is actually still about comics. So what does the Emerald City Comic Con have in store for us? Let’s find out!
I popped the coordinates in my GPS and arrived at a squat brick building in Seattle. It’s not as gigantic as it looks in the promo photos, but then again, what does? The main convention area proved to be as crowded as expected, with various stalls from different publishers promoting their latest projects.
Like this one! I’m not quite sure who thought it would be a good idea to do a Dazzler miniseries in this day and age, though.
You can meet several of your favorite celebrities at designated kiosks. Here’s the place where you can meet the one and only Nick Offerman from TV’s Parks and Recreation! Now, contrary to popular belief, these guys don’t charge upward to $30 a signature. In fact, after a few confused looks, Mr. Offerman signed my autograph book for free! Only he signed it “Jake Littlefield.” Oh, Nick Offerman, you’re such a ham!
There are also plenty of vendors, including this one selling something called a sphincter. Let’s just say that the aroma around this particular kiosk wasn’t the most pleasant in the world.
And of course, there are the cosplayers! Say what you will, people, but this guy is a pretty spot-on Excitebike.
So, all in all, it was a great time. My only regret is that I somehow missed “The ECCC Spotlight Series” on Lar DeSouza and Ryan Sohmer. The secretary was kind enough to look up their names, to which she replied, “I’m sorry, sir, but those kids aren’t enrolled in any of our classes.” That’s a weird way to refer to a panel, but I was never hep to the convention lingo. Ah, well. Maybe their flight got delayed or something.
Beetles dressed as Jurassic Park characters.