The Emerald City Comicon is what brought my family to Seattle.
My wife and I knew we didn't want to stay in Dallas for the rest of our lives, but we really didn't know where we wanted to go. I had been invited as a guest to the 2nd Emerald City Comicon and it didn't take us very long to fall in love with this place. We decided then and there that we would one day move to Seattle and started making plans. We've attended every Emerald City Comicon since, building in extra time to enjoy the city and surrounding area. Telling fans of our plans to move and hearing their suggestions on where we should eventually settle.
The show is much different now then it was then. It's obviously a bigger show now, with easily triple the space and attendance. The convention and its staff was recently purchased by Reed Pop, which means the show is probably going to triple in size again.
All that being said, the Emerald City Comicon remains, at its core, what it has been for well over a decade: a celebration of comics.
Word from all the exhibitors we talked to was that attendance and sales were up. Certainly we made out like bandits at the show. Our booth was always surrounded by amazing, eager fans dressed up in the most amazing costumes, desperate to purchase our tee shirts, books and bags. Everyone was having the time of their lives and I want to thank each and every person who stopped by our booth to say hello and thanks. Meeting the fans keeps us going.
At one point I looked over at Brad and saw a couple cosplaying as Miss Match and Captain Heroic, two characters from his comic Evil Inc. Brad didn't even need his ticket for his return flight to Philly, cause he could have floated all the way home.
Our booth was locaded against the wall of the skybridge and behind us was a row of industrial air conditioners used to offset the body heat of tens of thousands of attendees. Of course, for us it was a meat locker. And we dubbed our booth the "skyfridge" and started borrowing hoodies and jackets from the Welovefine booth. It wasn't until Sunday we realized we could have asked them to turn the air down a bit so we could thaw out. But we didn't mind. We were having too much fun.
If you love comics, my advice to you is to start planning NOW for your trip to the Emerald City Comicon in 2016. Everyone involved in that show is passionate about comics and putting on the best convention on the planet. You're missing out if you don't attend.
You know we'll be there.