Adrienne Fox

Emerald City Comicon 2014 Has Come and Gone

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My Emerald City Comicon was super busy! Yet, oddly, I don’t feel like I did that much and I know I didn’t see everything. With gaming moved to the Sheraton this year, I did not seek it out since I never had enough time to demo any games. I saw Legos and the Lake Town display, but missed the Rivendell. I never made it to Riley Rossmo’s table either. It was the one thing on my spreadsheet that I didn’t do—yes, I said spreadsheet.

I always have my own agenda for the con. And every year, I am amazed when my best laid plans get a make-over, albeit pleasantly so, by finding friends and acquaintances among the gathering hordes of comic and pop-culture fans. Despite feeling incomplete because I did not tick off all my “to-dos,” I had a lot of fun and saw quite a lot at Emerald City Comicon 2014.

Friday

Theme of the day: queuing.

I stood in more lines than I cared to on Friday: photo ops ticket purchase, photo ops, and ECCC merchandise. Because of all the time I spent in lines, I only saw a small portion of the artist and exhibitor tables. I wasn’t able to make it to any panels I’d planned to attend. But, this is part of the con trade-offs that must be made. I would love for ECCC to figure a way to sell photo op tickets ahead of the con. It would ease my ECCC time management challenges.

There was much awesomeness in the parts that I did get to see on Friday. Gail Simone signed Red Sonja books for my husband. Brian Kesinger, author and artist of A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephlapod: Walking the Octopus starring Otto and Victoria, was signing books. (I did not pick up Eric’s book at Steamcon V, so I was happy to see him at ECCC and make a purchase.) And, I got a few minutes to chat with Ben McCool about the Aston Villa versus Manchester United match that was happening Saturday morning. He is a supporter of the Claret and Blue. We shared a few match day predictions. Unfortunately for Mr. McCool our predictions came true. I also picked up a Katie Cook variant cover of his book Pigs.

Next up were photos with Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols and Lost Girl’s Kris Holden-Ried. The one good thing about standing in line for these events is the camaraderie among the attendees. I always seem to learn something from the folks near me. This year I learned about a couple of horror-themed video games to check out. Plus, my Lt. Uhura pic came out really well! Being happy with the photo is always a bonus.

Our photo with Nichelle Nichols at Emerald City Comicon

Our photo with Nichelle Nichols at Emerald City Comicon

The one truly missed opportunity on Friday was the John Scalzi panel. The room as small and it filled up very, very fast. I wonder if his popularity was underestimated or what happened here because he has a huge following. Thankfully, I will have another opportunity to see him at the Phoenix con in June.

Saturday

Theme of the day: see more stuff.

The second day started out with a brief tour of yet unexplored areas artist and vendor halls before heading up to the celebrity area. I sat in on the last 15 minutes of Arrow’s Stephen Amell spotlight panel. He seems like a really charming and interesting guy with a very thoughtful approach to the character of Oliver Queen. Amell mentioned that he had read Mike Grell’s The Longbow Hunters in preparation for his role. (Yay! It’s my favorite Green Arrow arc!) He also mentioned that the show’s producer Andrew Kreisberg really wants to showcase the trick arrows on the show, like the boxing glove. An audience member asked Amell which comic book superhero, or super villain, would he want to play other than the Green Arrow. His response was Lobo and The Riddler. I would see a Lobo movie starring Stephen Amell. Wouldn’t you?

I thoroughly enjoyed the Lost Girl panel with Zoie Palmer and Kris Holden-Ried. Both guests were every engaged with audience questions and seemed to be having a lot of fun together at ECCC. Lost Girl season five starts shooting next week! One attendee asked what they would like to see their characters do more of on the show. Palmer answered that she would like to see Lauren out among humans instead of always interacting with the fey. Holden-Ried said that he believes there could be more flashbacks for Dyson to showcase his life and history before we met him at the start of Lost Girl. (I second that! The flashbacks were my favorite part of the Highlander TV show and would work well on Lost Girl too.) Another audience question was what mythical being would you wish to be if you could pick one? Palmer chose Dobie from Harry Potter and Holden-Ried said he has in interest in immortality to see what happens in our future, so a badass vigilante vampire would be his choice. (Can someone start working on making this a TV show?) And, when asked by a very cute little kid about what their favorite move was Palmer answered The Princess Bride, which got a big cheer, and Holden-Ried replied Gandhi because it is his “moral sound check.” The best thing about the panel was these actors embracing the spirit of the show and its representation of sex and approaches to orientation and power. Both Palmer and Holden-Ried were supportive of the idea of a polyamorous relationship among Bo and her partners.

I will cherish forever Kris Holden-Ried’s wishes of “Big Wolfman LOVE” on my celeb autograph.

KHR signed photo from ECCC

Big Wolfman Love to me! Kris Holden-Ried, you are so dreamy. Never change.

I closed out the day with the Rat Queens panel and then a fundraiser party for Gay City, an organization supporting LGBT community in Seattle, put on by the Rat Queens creators. I love the Rat Queens! As do so many others, it turns out. I will post separately about my Rat Queens experience at ECCC.

Sunday

Sunday’s theme: meet other WPR folks and get s#%t done.

Despite four of our seven WPR writers living in the Seattle-metro area, we don’t spend much time face-to-face. On Sunday, Brian, Sarah, Jasen, and I met up at ECCC to hang out and see the con. We also had some lively discussion due to diversity of opinions on pop-culture topics, which were great debates because that is just what WatchPlayRead strives to provide—thoughtful, passionate opinion posts.

I finally got to see the rest of the con floor and the Lego section. I was able to pick up my commission from Brian Churilla—it’s awesome! And, my Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether Kickstarter package was at Greg Rucka’s table so I grabbed that too and chatted with Greg and Jen Van Meter a bit, mostly about Arsenal Football Club iconography. That was not really what I wanted to talk about, but I do have football brain most weekends. I found Kurtis Weibe and Roc Upchurch to sign my Rat Queens #1 too.

The rest of the day was spent browsing and chatting with people—often buying stuff. I picked up a wide array of goodies, indie comics and lots of art.

ECCC Prospector and Jack Ketch

Emerald City Comicon buys: Prospector series by Darren Neely and Dancing with Jack Ketch by Josh Shalek

ECCC Pigs and Lumberjanes

Emerald City Comicon buys: Pigs written by Ben McCool and, new from BOOM Studios, Lumberjanes by Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson, and Brooke Allen.

Emerald City Comicon pick-ups: Tiger Lawyer and Ultra Nova written by Ryan Ferrier

Emerald City Comicon pick-ups: Tiger Lawyer and Ultra Nova written by Ryan Ferrier

By the time I picked up the last of my photos at con closing, I felt like I’d done quite and accomplished quite a bit. Of course, I didn’t do it all. I didn’t get Kelly Sue DeConnick to sign my Pretty Deadly #1. I never did create that list of missing issues to look for in all those long boxes. I forgot to do so much prep work. That’s why I’m already excited for next year. See you at ECCC 2015!

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