Plan of Attack: Emerald City Comicon 2015
ECCC is this weekend!
Are you ready? Emerald City Comicon is upon us once again—March 27-29th at the Washington State Convention Center. The Seattle area had one of its mildest winters on record (sorry East Coast!), but nothing warms my heart like the coming of Emerald City Comicon. With the recent news that ReedPOP purchased Emerald City Comicon, combining the forces behind both these organizations could make 2015 the best year yet for ECCC.
Speaking of plans, life always seems to get it the way, right? I took a new job recently that will keep in the office on Friday and working a big fundraising event on Saturday. Result: I can only get to ECCC on Sunday this year. But if you are going to ECCC all three days, here is my recommended plan of attack for Emerald City Comicon 2015.
Do these things!
Visit the new and expanded Writers Block with a range of authors from Holly Black to Patrick Rothfuss to Jamie Ford. Even if you are not an aspiring writer, learning about the craft and author insights will make you a better consumer/reader of genre and literary works.
Meet a kick-ass woman of sci-fi! Despite the cancelations of Karen Allen, Morena Baccarin, and Jenna Coleman, there are still tons of heroes appearing at ECCC: Amanda Tapping (Stargate: SG1, Sanctuary), Gina Torres (Firefly, Suits), Hayley Atwell (Agent Carter), Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, Arrow), Jewel Staite (Firefly, The Killing), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: TNG), plus Julie Benz and Charisma Carptenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel). And I could keep going: Lost Girl’s Emmanuelle Vaugier and Rachel Skarsten as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Chloe Bennett. (Hey ECCC, here is ALL my money! Made easier by online photo-op sales.)
Have Charles Soule sign your She-Hulk Law & Disorder issues or trade paperback. (Don’t have a copy? You can order one here: She-Hulk Volume 1: Law and Disorder)
Go say “hi” to Chip Zdarsky to see what happens next.
Friday Programming Picks
Unearth Gothic and Horror Comics Hall D (TCC 302) at 11:30AM – 12:20PM
Is this comic Gothic or Horror or both? How is terror achieved in a comic? Join Aaron Alexovich, Ray Fawkes, Robert Tritthardt, Drew Rausch, Jillian Venters, and Ted Naifeh as they discuss Horror and Gothic comics to see what makes them tick, screech and ooze.
Hayley Atwell: Beauty, Grace, A Punch to the Face Main Hall (WSCC 4A) at 2:00PM – 2:50PM
Agent Peggy Carter is here to talk about being the best spy in the Marvel Universe! Staplers not included.
Worldbuilding in Comics Hall B (WSCC 602-603) at 2:30PM – 3:20PM
How do you create the world your characters live in? That’s worldbuilding: the process of creating an unusually elaborated fictional society and setting for one’s stories. Imagined elements of such a world might include: unique environmental features; alternative religious beliefs and practices; alternative forms of sexual and social organization; alternative histories and myths. Panelists include Evan Dahm (Rice Boy, Vittu), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Greg Rucka (Batman and Wonder Woman)
Image Comics Presents: Art! Hall D (TCC 302) at 3:30PM – 4:20PM
Image Comics is proud to publish some of the best and brightest artists in comics. Join Benjamin Dewey (The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw), Leila Del Duca (Shutter), Nick Dragotta (East of West), Ray Fawkes (Intersect), Jamie McKelvie (The Wicked + The Divine), Wes Craig (Deadly Class), and James Harren (Rumble) as they discuss creating, influences, learning, and finding your voice.
Saturday Programming Picks
How to Be a Nerd for a Living: Your Career in Nerd Culture Hall E (TCC 303) at 11:50AM – 12:40PM
Do you want to work in a nerd-related industry, but you’re not sure how to break in? This panel of professional Nerds for a Living will share anecdotes and advice about a variety of careers within pop culture industries. Susan Eisenberg (voice actor), Claire Hummel (production designer), Karen Hallion (illustrator), Isaac Marion (Warm Bodies), Jaimie Cordero (Espionage Cosmetics), and Amanda Nuckolls (GnomeAcres) will share their career-building experiences.
Push Fun Forward: The Importance of All-Ages Comics Hall C (TCC 301) at 12:00PM – 12:50PM
All-ages comics are important now more than ever in helping to bring in new and lapsed readers, from practically every demographic. Join us as BOOM! Studios associate editor Whitney Leopard leads a discussion of the significance of all-ages comics – from what it has achieved thus far to what it should target next—with creators Katie Cook (Gronk), Brooke Allen (Lumberjanes), Royden Lepp (Rust), and more!
Shaft: 45 Years of One Bad Mutha Hall F (TCC 304) at 2:30PM – 3:20PM
Private detective John Shaft is back with a vengeance, in a new comic series from Dynamite, re-releases of Tidyman’s original novels, and all new prose adventures. David Walker, writer of the Shaft comic and upcoming novel, Shaft’s Revenge, and special guests offer an insightful and in-depth look at the life and career of Shaft, one bad mutha.
Rat Queens Social Club Hall D (TCC 302) at 3:30PM – 4:20PM
Join series writer Kurtis J. Wiebe as he talks about the world of Rat Queens; a fantasy comedy series starring four women who slay monsters for a living. Learn about the origin of the series, its gaming roots and the importance of diversity in modern comics. Also get a glimpse of the future of the series and what diabolical plans Kurtis has in store for Hannah, Betty, Dee and Violet.
Sunday Programming Picks
I Say a Little Prayer: Heartbreakers Gillen and McKelvie Hall A (WSCC 611-614) at 11:00AM – 11:50AM
If you’re a fan of Young Avengers, The Wicked + The Divine, or Phonogram, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have probably broken your heart. Join Comics Alliance’s Andrew Wheeler as he takes them to task for causing you all those feels. Q&A will follow, so you can finally get the answers you need or at least cry to them about all you’ve been through.
10 Years of Mouse Guard Hall D (TCC 302) at 1:30PM – 2:20PM
2015 will mark the 10th anniversary of David Petersen’s beloved series, Mouse Guard, published by Archaia. Come learn about what’s in store for the title – like details of a new art book and what to expect from the new Legends of the Guard series – from David Petersen and Assistant Editor Cameron Chittock. Hear from Alice Finch, the LEGO builder who spearheaded the magnificent Mouse Guard LEGO display you see on the show floor. And listen as David Petersen performs a reading of a short Mouse Guard story! Moderated by BOOM! Studios’ Marketing Manager Mel Caylo.
Discussing Diversity and Representation in Fantasy and Sci-fi Comics Hall E (TCC 303) at 3:50PM – 4:40PM
Diversity and representation are not only important, but at this point should be a given and standard practice for every story. Join Taneka Stotts and panelists Sfe R. Monster, Shing Khor, Blue Delliquanti, and Spike Trotman, as they touch on diversity in character design and world building. As well as advice on how to recognize problems and problematic media and correct them to encourage better, healthier representation for queer and LGBTQIA+, POC, and disabled people.
Those are my picks for ECCC this year. Go forth and geek out!
Please let us know what you’re looking forward to the most in the comments below.
by Adrienne Fox
Adrienne is a regular consumer of speculative fiction, fantasy, and horror content--with the occasional costume drama thrown in for good measure. She resides in the Seattle metro-area and is all too often relaxing at home with champagne cocktails, a stack of comic books, and her trusted canine companion by her side.