Emerald City Comic Con 2009: A Recap
Dan and I hit the road around noon yesterday, on our way up to the Seattle Comic Con – otherwise known as Emerald City Comic Con. We had tentatively planned this trip a few months ago, dependent upon funds and time and the aligning of the fates.
Well, at some point last week, on the verge of deciding not to go, I checked their site to see what exciting guests might peak my interest and swing the vote. Turns out – a few, including:
Pretty kick ass line up. Then I spotted in the artist/writer’s tables Mike Mignola and Greg Rucka, and was sold even further. So – Dan and I debated up until Friday evening about whether or not we would attend. Saturday morning, we decided yes.
We didn’t arrive in Seattle until around 2:30pm, and felt discouraged about attending the Con with only a few short hours on the docket. Also we were fairly sure we’d missed an opportunity to take pics with Tahmoh (my goal for the event). Instead, we secured some wireless internet – located lodging close by (a stunning Motel 6 in SeaTac) and tucked in for the night.
After a fitful night of sleep, we checked out of our motel, hit up a Denny’s and arrived at the con a mere 1.5 hours later than we had intended. Oh – not to mention that whole day we missed too. 🙂 More madness behind the link…
The Convention was packed with booths and peeps. A few folks were dressed in costume (Chewbacca, Spiderman, a weird monkey dude, Rorschach, and the X-Ladies were my personal faves). I was stressing about meeting Tahmoh – but we wandered around a bit and bought a few items. This seemed to calm my nerves a smidgen.
We got Mike’s signature, chatted with Greg Rucka (got his signature later) and missed a chance to chat with Jewel Staite…then stood in line for picture time.
That was fun – we were second in line cause we’d skipped the panel. When we finally got into the tented area – it happened really fast. We dropped off our stuff, handed the lady our ticket and Tahmoh was in front of me – looking absolutely adorable.
He complimented my tattoo (awesomely enough, it got love from a few others too) and Chief Tyrol came over to inspect it. I think he thought he was going in the pic (which would have been fine, though it would have cost extra!) but he touched my arm which disengaged my ability to think or speak clearly. Then Tahmoh/Helo/Paul Ballard put his arm around me – light flashed and I was awkwardly grabbing his hand – thanking him and stuttering around about being a huge fan of his work in Dollhouse. He said thanks – keep watching. Then we grabbed our stuff and spent the next hour or so in a blissful euphoria. 🙂
I’ll post the picture with Tahmoh once it arrives. We couldn’t pick it up because we had to flee back to PDX around 2pm. Other highlights include: a free Wolverine Origins poster and a “Fruity Oaty Bar” T-Shirt!!
All in all – I would totally attend the convention again. I’d probably spend less scrilla (I’d forgo the professional picture for the cheap $5 shoot-your-own deal), and hopefully I’d try for less stilted conversation (and more of it).
The convention itself is ridiculously massive – about three times the size of the Portland event. I don’t know if I’d spend a lot of time purchasing books here, because I can hit up the Portland Comic Book Show and purchase everything without tax included for much cheaper.
The main difference is that EmeraldCon hosts enough artists, writers, guests and events to choke a dead yack, whereas Portland often scrambles for good tables. I suppose we’re lucky we have Darkhorse Comics and Oni Press here (both of which were featured at this event). Speaking of Oni Press – here’s a video of me with Greg Rucka. I was stoked to meet him, and got a signed copy of Whiteout! I’ve been wondering what happened to the film, and according to our conversation with him, it’s going to be released this September 11, 2009 which is confirmed by imdb.
I think next year we’ll do the whole weekend convention tour so it’s not as rushed, and spend some quantity time. Here’s a fun slideshow of some of our trip highlights:
Much Love, Mindy C