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!
Okay, most of my posts and tweets on cosplayers at the Wizard World Portland show are on rather sexy females. Well, I am male, so sue me. But, the best overall custume seen at the Portland show has to be be this version of Galactus! Note the world in his hand, and the little Silver Surfer off of his left shoulder. That was a fabulous detail that just added to the depth and complexity of this world-eater’s outfit.
Yaya Han, a well-known cosplay costumer and frequent guest at comicons, made an appearance at the Portland Wizard World Comic Con on Friday, February 22, 2013. She appeared on stage at the con, modeling as Carmilla from Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. As Yaya Han made her way around the convention floor, she was followed by many ardent fans. Here are two photos taken of Yaya Han as Carmilla while on stage at the Portland Comicon.
Yaha Han as Carmilla in Portland 2013
Yaya Han as Carmilla at Wizard World Portland, 2013
For Comics and pop culture fans in the Seattle area and throughout the Pacific Northwest, the Emerald City Comicon is gearing up for what should be its biggest year yet. With celebrity guests like Patrick Stewart and Walter Koenig of Star Trek, and tons of other guests, ECCC 2013 is almost sold out. The con is held from March 1 through March 3.
The Jet City Comic Show is the annual comic book show held in Seattle, Washington every year in September. This year’s comic show featured creators Dustin Nguyen and Nick Dragotta, while the primary media guest was William Katt, who played the Greatest American Hero in the television show of the same name in the early 1980s. The Jet City Show was held again this year atThe Seattle Center.
This was the second annual Jet City Comic Show, and this year’s show was (in my humble opinion), better attended and better organized than the inaugural show last year. The vendors seemed like they were selling more comics and other geek accessories than last year, and this year several top guests were booked to appear at the show, and most of them made it to Seattle. Jet City put a lot of social media (facebook, twitter, etc.) effort into promoting the appearance of William Katt, the actor from the Greatest American Hero.
Jet City bills itself as Seattle’s only one-day comic show, setting it apart from its big sister, the Emerald City Comicon, held in March. Emerald City is more like a mini-San Diego Comicon, which is to say it is as much a pop culture show as a comic show. Jet City is still a Comic Show, first and foremost. It serves as a good place for comic dealers and comic buyers to meet and engage in the original intent for the comic show concept: the buying and selling of the source code of comic pop culture, the Comic Book!
The staff of the show were friendly and professional, the facility was clean and well-suited for hosting the show, and it looked like a LOT of comics and other related items exchanged hands. One table in particular bears mentioning. In October, Seattle will see the first Geek Girl Con, which bills itself as “promoting awareness of and celebrating the contribution and involvement of women in all aspects of the sciences, science fiction, comics, gaming and related Geek culture through conventions and events that emphasize both the historic and ongoing contribution and influence of women in this culture.” The ladies at the Geek Girl table showed a lot of enthusiam and have made a very good showing at using social media to attract folks to their con, which runs October 8 and 9 in Seattle.
Here is the trailer for the upcoming Thor Movie, which is due for release in May, 2011. The trailer was shown at the San Diego Comic-Con in July, 2010. As a fan, I must say, the preview looks GOOD! For those of you who want a big-screen hint of what is to come, the very last scene (after the credits), in the Iron Man 2 movie is a teaser scene of Thor’s hammer as found by SHIELD agents in the New Mexico desert.
Thor Movie Trailer
which premiered at the San Diego Comic-Con in July,
Thor, Loki, and Odin Helmets from San Diego Comic-Con 2010
Marvel announced the official casting lineup for the upcoming Avengers movie at the San Diego Comic-Con. The cast includes:
Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Clark Gregg (Agent Phil Coulson), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (The Black Widow), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America) , Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye). Some fans are not happy that Ed Norton, who portrayed Bruce Banner in the last Hulk Movie is not included, and the fact that Chris Evans is cast as Captain America. Evans is best known to comics fans as the Human Torch from the Fantastic Four movies.
Also presented in public for the first time, was the Destroyer, a villain in the upcoming Thor movie, as well as the helmets worn by Thor, Loki, and Odin in the movie.
Avengers Movie Acting Cast from San Diego Comic-Con 2010