SEATTLE, Washington, August 24, 2022—Snohomies traveling through downtown Seattle this past weekend may have noticed the streets flooded with costumed heroes like Spider-Man and Thor, but don’t worry! – the Avengers weren’t visiting Emerald City to defend it against the Kang Dynasty – nor was their last film set there – it was simply the return of Seattle’s 18th Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC).
The convention kicked off Thursday, August 19 through August 21, inviting comic book readers, video gamers, anime enthusiasts, and pop culture enthusiasts to take part in 4 days of exhibits, panels, screenings, games and even a chance to meet their favorite. celebrities like Freddie Prinze Jr. (She’s All That), Brendan Fraser (The Mummy), Billie Piper (Doctor Who), Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy) and Steve Burns (Blue’s Clues).
Celebrities from the previous year included actors from Stranger Things, Star Wars, The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, to name a few.
“It’s overwhelming, I really love walking around and seeing all the costumes,” Nathan, an attendee at Tacoma’s Emerald City Comic Con, told the Lynnwood Times. “It’s really cool to see, as things calm down due to COVID, that people are relaxing again.”
ECCC began its run in 2003 when Mukilteo comic book retailer Jim Demonakos held a one-day event at the Qwest Field Event Center. The event broke even with 3,000 attendees and has since grown into a multi-day spectacle, hosting around 100,000 attendees a year. It moved to the Washington State Convention Center and nearby hotels shortly after it was acquired by ReedPop in 2015.
Throughout the roughly 230,000 square foot space, there really is something for everyone, comic book reader or not. To browse the works of Artist Alley; shop in the showroom for unique souvenirs; to participate in one of the many discussion panels; learn a new board game or participate in a trading card tournament; meet other otakus in Pop Asia; popular cosplay contests; watch trailers for upcoming movies and TV shows; celebrity autograph and photo opportunities; to play pinball or queue for Apex Legends games. If you’ve ever turned on a TV, chances are there’s something for you.
The convention is usually held in March but, with its 2020 season canceled due to COVID, was pushed back to December 2021. As a result, this year’s was later pushed back to August. Emerald City Comic Con will resume in March starting next year, 2023.
The first comic book convention, New York Comic Con, was held at the Workman’s Circle Building in New York City in 1964. By the 1970s, comic book conventions grew in popularity, appearing in almost every major US city (and one in London). Currently, the largest comic book convention is held in San Diego, San Diego Comic-Con, attracting over 140,000 attendees from around the world each year.
A big draw for comic book convention attendees is an activity called “cosplay”, a portmanteau of costume play, where they dress up as their favorite character from a comic book, video game, TV show anime, TV show or cartoon. Cosplayers often create their own costume from scratch, spending hours fine-tuning every detail.
“I had an incredible time at the convention; it was very well organised, one of my favorite parts was seeing all the artists show off their wonderful work! Emerald City Comic con is a fantastic home for all cosmic and other cosplay genres to encounter,” Emma “Coscepts” Goering, cosplayer and ECCC participant, told the Lynnwood Times.
Goering has been cosplaying for about a decade now and has attended ECCC dressed as Harley Quinn from the Detective Comics (DC) universe.
Diana Vick, another ECCC attendee who has been attending conventions for over forty years, told the Lynnwood Times she had a great time but there was “definitely room for improvement”. As an “older fan with many hidden disabilities,” Vick felt the scam could do better with its ADA help by offering more lounges, more staff members to check out, and more backdrops for sessions. of pictures. Vick also thought celebrity photo opportunities might have worked out more easily.
“I know the photoshoot company has a lot of people to get through in a short time, but I always felt extremely rushed. We pay a lot of money, so we should get better photos. Taking off a mask and dealing with plexiglass is stressful. I had never done it before and did it three times during ECCC. The stars were great. Most of the line wrestlers were great. The process before all that is not. The communication was terrible,” Vick told the Lynnwood Times.
Tickets are on sale now for ECCC’s 2023 season and range from $30 to $270.