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Emerald City Comic Con 2009: A Recap

This image was the front page of the convention program.

This image was the front page of the convention program.

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:

Jewel Staite (Kaylee from Firefly)

Tahmoh Penikett (Helo from BSG and Paul Ballard from Dollhouse)

Ray Park (Darth Maul, Toad)

Aaron Douglas (Chief Tyrol from BSG)

Michael Hogan (Colonel Tigh from BSG)

and Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher from ST: Next Generation)

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.

We hit up the awesome Pyramid Brewery, got tipsy – stopped at the store and grabbed some champagne – got even more tipsy and spent the night watching Starship Troopers until we passed out.

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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

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.Β  Here’s a fun slideshow of some of our trip highlights:

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Much Love, Mindy C

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About tinyheroes

Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

6 responses to “Emerald City Comic Con 2009: A Recap”

  1. Michael says :

    Dude! Looks awesome, I’m totally envious! It’s cool that you live in such a major place that you can go to things like this on a (semi-) whim.

    Unrelated, but hilarious: one of the (automatically generated) links was one for “Bush 2000 and McCain 2008 Convention Speeches.” Like whoah. πŸ˜‰

    • tinyheroes says :

      Maybe you should move up to Portland, yo! πŸ™‚ Just playin – I know you already tried the Pacific Northwest. But there is the San Diego Comic-Con, which is kinda within traveling distance for you.

      Have you ever considered attending?

  2. Thomas Roth says :

    I can’t wait to get to comic-con. any of them Emerald-city, San diego, I don’t care just let me be there! i can’t stand anymore people saying they had a blast at comicon.

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