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ECCC: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Although it’s been a couple of weeks since I attended (blame Game of Thrones), it’s time to present Emerald City Comicon: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good

Well the most obvious good thing about this convention is Seattle itself. This place is a geek mecca. With Microsoft and Boeing just down the road, this is a city that embraces its geekyness. The downtown area reminded me a lot of Manhattan, only cleaner.

I was surprised by the size of the convention. I assumed it would be a mid-sized convention, like Phoenix or Baltimore, but it was about the same size as NYCC was a few years ago. As far as the types of guests and exhibitors were concerned, there was a nice mix. Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse all had some presence there, though neither Marvel nor DC had a booth. There were lots of small press and web-comic people, which is really fitting given Seattle’s image. I stopped by the booths of two of my favorite web-comic creators, Danielle Corsetto of Girls With Slingshots and Kris Straub of Starslip. It’s always nice to see people like them at these shows.

Speaking of seeing people, I was able to attend both Marvel Q&A panels. Speaking from experience, Q&A panels can go very badly, very quickly, but I was pleased that both of these panels went smoothly and had interesting content.

  • I was very happy to see Peter David fully recovered from his stroke and happily plugging All-New X-Factor and Spiderman 2099, as well as providing a humorous and historical perspective in the panel. Apparently, fans of Spiderwoman will be in for a treat later this year.
  • A new Runaways series seems to also be in the works, as soon as the right creative team can be found.
  • C.B. Cebulski also gave a few lucky fans the chance to read Original Sin #0 and #1 (in photocopied form). The chosen ones reported that both issues were pretty awesome, so I’m looking forward to reading them.

ECCC had the largest number of volunteers I’ve ever seen at a convention.  I could not turn around without seeing a green shirted “minion” doing something. From escorting the special guests to manning information booths and even directing the flow of traffic, they were absolutely everywhere. Minions were also responsible for enforcing a zero tolerance policy on harassment of cosplayers. More conventions need to take this proactive approach.  Harassment should not be tolerated.

Another great thing about the convention: there were some amazing cosplayers running around all three days. I was only able to get pictures of a few of them, but take a look below for some of my favorites.

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The Bad

ECCC was a smash hit. This is overall a great thing. The only downside lies in the fact that the show was a bigger hit than the show organizers were expecting. Line management was an issue at times, though the minions did their best to maintain order. ECCC employed a novel concept in which they limited lines for popular artists and writers by having a minion close them down for a period of time. This was likely due to space concerns, but it seemed to function pretty well.

Another issue that resulted from attendance was that there was limited space in some of the panels. While this is often the case at major conventions, I was surprised at the small size of many panel rooms. Even panels that one would expect to attract a sizeable audience were located in relatively small rooms. One panel I attempted to go to was standing room only a full thirty minutes before the panel started. Needless to say, I did not stick around for that one.

The Ugly

I honestly can’t think of anything truly ugly. The closest I can come to an ugly is pretty much un-fixable: the layout of the venue. The convention was spread over four floors of two buildings that were only connected via a skyway on the fourth floor. Not all the areas in the center are easily accessible from all other areas so I really had to plan my route in order to get from one point to another. While I wasn’t thrilled that the gaming area was in the hotel across the street, there was just no room for it otherwise, and the space it ended up in actually worked out pretty well.

While I don’t plan to do so any time soon, Emerald City Comicon is definitely on my list of return destinations. Seattle is a great city and they put on a fantastic event.

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Around the Web February 28, 2014

Good news for all of you Calvin & Hobbes fans out there. Reclusive creator Bill Watterson is finally releasing new public work.  Watterson has created the poster for Stripped, a new documentary film that discusses the state of comic strips and features interviews with a few of my personal favorite cartoonists, such as Danielle Corsetto (Girls with Slingshots), Jim Davis (Garfield) and Bill Amend (Foxtrot).

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I can’t believe it’s been almost TWENTY years since the last Calvin & Hobbes strip… I feel old now.

Marvel and Netflix have announced that their new, original series will be shot in New York City.  The four previously announced series will feature Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist.  A fifth series will include all four heroes teaming up as The Defenders (think Avengers, but on a less global scale). This does, of course, mean that once again the Big Apple will get the crap kicked out of it by super-powered villains.

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If they were actually rebuilding New York as often the comics would have us believe, I think that the roads would be in far better shape.

With the latest sales numbers putting Xbox One solidly in second place behind the PS4, Microsoft has recently been considering cutting the price of the Xbox One. Conventional thinking says this is probably a good idea, since the Xbox One costing $100 more than the PS4 is probably a significant factor in the sales figure differences. At least one person, Erik Kain of Forbes, doesn’t agree with this. Kain thinks that maintaining the price, but selling the system in bundle packages with games is the best route. This will maintain the profitability of the console without significantly increasing costs for Microsoft, as well as helping to promote their big-name, exclusive titles, like Titanfall.

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What I found most interesting is that some people are actually pushing for Microsoft to dump the Xbox brand entirely. Even if the console is sitting at number two, I can’t fathom why they would do that.

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