Here we are, once again at Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), the 2013 edition of the uber-popular pop-culture event in Seattle. This is our fourth time coming to this event held at the Washington State Convention Center. But this is the first time we have come on opening day, which this year is Friday, March 1, 2013. Oh boy, it was hard getting in and turning the tickets (purchased online through Eventbrite), for the Northwest’s top comics event.
Emerald City Comicon 2013
Now, having never arrived on opening day before, I foolishly thought it would be like coming in to ECCC on Saturday morning like in past year. Yes, I knew that ECCC 2013 was sold out, but so what, how many people would show up on day 1?
When the neon-green clad ECCC Minions (volunteers who make the whole shebang work), pointed to the line going up the escalator, I figured, “Oh, it won’t take too long to get in…"
About an hour later we were in, after having gone up the escalator, the line was directed out the door into the outside smoking area, thence through the famed Freeway Park (aptly named, as it is a park literally built over the teeming traffic of I-5), and then back again into the Convention Center (past the smokers again), and then, finally into the cavernous room that, from past experience, I knew our actual ECCC passes resided. Thankfully, the weather was a balmy 57 degrees with an overcast sky. For Seattle in the winter, having the line snake through an outdoor park for at least a half hour was a big risk. No rain today (actually it did rain in the morning, but not while we were in line), so ECCC lucked out. Or they had Storm of the X-Men standing by like a good little weather witch.
Once inside the Con, I could tell that they had changed up the layout of vendors, artists, writers, comic dealers, and other booths from past years. At first it was a bit disconcerting, but as we walked around and saw the logic of the floor plan, it appeared to be an improvement. The walkways seemed wider, and bumping into people (and aliens, heroes, villains, clones, and the occasional Sith), was not as frequent as at past ECCCs.
Normally when visiting comic conventions, we like to throw in pics of cosplayers for your enjoyment, but some numbskull (me), forgot to check the battery level of the camera.
More reports and (hopefully), a lot more photos will be posted tomorrow. Excelsior!