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  • Trip Report Emerald City Comicon 2009

    It is that time of the year when I get up at an ungodly hour to join my fellow nerds, geeks, cosplayers and other pop culture fans at Emerald City Comicon 2009. It is the 7th year of this convention and I am proud to say I have been to every one so far.

    So I got up at 5 am to catch a 6:20 ferry to Seattle. As we neared Seattle, I went out to get some pictures.

    Hey Safeco Field, see you in a couple weeks.

    Prerequisite Space Needle picture.

    I got to the convention center and there was not much of a line at 7:30. The con opened at 10am.

    Around 9am they let us into the outer hall and we got our badges and lanyards. The line in front of me.

    The line behind me.


    Anyway I headed straight off to get the exclusives (more on those later) and then off to shop. And that is basically what I did until lunch. I ate a lunch I brought with me to save money and ran into the Bacon Salt Bacon Man.

    He was handing out free samples of Bacon Salt. Can't wait to try it.

    Anyway the costume characters started to arrive. I got my picture with Marvel comic's Scarlett Witch and Black Widow.

    Near the end of the day was the Costume contest. I know the guy who does the official photography, so I went to help out. We set up the backdrop and started to get people to come out so we could get their pictures before the contest. Since I helped with set up I got a front row spot to take pictures.

    We started with the kids since they were there. i should note that these are not all the pictures, just some of my favorites.

    Hellboy and Abe Sapien (they won the kids costume category).

    Asaaj Ventress from Star Wars the Clone Wars. What I like best about this costume (besides it's accuracy) is how it was entirely handmade. No store bought lightsaber toys here.

    (hmm, face is a little over exposed, oh well.)

    This guy dresses as Akuma every year (he was not in the competition) and he knows how to pose for the camera.

    A great Xena


    Kitty Pryde. Notice we had her pose like she just came through the wall. Also she has a little purple on her shoulder.

    A great Joker. There was also a really great one from the movie. He looked, sounded and had the mannerisms of Heath Ledger's version of the character. Unfortuntely, I did not get a good pic of him.

    A Halo Recon armor Spartan. ( At least I think it is a Recon Armor)

    Battle Beast from Invincible

    Speaking of beast, Beast from the X-Men

    Wonder Twin powers, ACTIVATE! These two won a prize as well.

    hey its the Scarlett Witch and Black Widow again.

    Velma Dinkley from Scooby Doo. Normally I hate Scooby Doo, but for her I will make an exception. LOL

    Next up was Cthulu. We could not pass up on a chance to have these two interact.

    Velma should have called the next group. They might have been able to help.

    Ghostbuster backpack. They had tons of LEDS in them. Very realistic looking.

    By the way, Ghostbuster won best in show.

    Last group of costumes were this Watchmen Inspired group. They won in the movie category.

    Silk Spectre I up close. She said she had to use a lot of gel to get her hair like that.

    That is it for day one. I will post Day 2 momentarilly.

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    On Sunday I did not get up as early. I got there as the doors opened. The main goal was to finish getting the autographs I wanted. It was a lot less crowded that day. Here is a floor picture.

    I ran into a furry in the hall and had to get its picture for a friend of mine.

    Anyways, I was successful. I got all my autographs and talked with many comic book and animation legends, like Bruce Timm, Mike Mignola, Howard Chaykin, Frank Cho, Kurt Busiek and many others.

    One the way home I took a picture of Mt. Rainier.

    One of the exclusives was an art book "Monsters and Dames". It was made for the convention and the proceeds went to charity. I got all the art signed by the artists.

    I stopped by Dustin Nyugen's (Superman/Batman) table and saw this print. I am a sucker for red heads and had to buy it. It is not an exclusive though.

    I also got this limited edition (le250) print by Mike Mignola, Hellboy and the Fremont Troll. The Fremont Troll is a local piece of art that lives under a bridge near Fremont.

    I had a great time and cannot wait for next years convention in March.


    • #3
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      Great pictures. I have never been to the con, but would like to go sometime.
      Brian Kolm the Atomic Bear - comics, cartoons, artwork and instruction.


      • #4
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        Originally posted by AtomicBear View Post
        Great pictures. I have never been to the con, but would like to go sometime.
        Are you local to Seattle?


        • #5
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          Great report! Loved the photos.

          Visit my mice chat toy shop!

          Track Disney Animation Presence in the Theme Parks Worldwide!


          • #6
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            *Swooning for Hellboy*
            I want my cake back!


            • #7
              Re: Emerald City Comicon 2009

              Thank you for sharing with us, Melonballer!

              Will you be coming down for SDCC by any chance?


              • #8
                Re: Emerald City Comicon 2009

                Originally posted by brand42 View Post
                Thank you for sharing with us, Melonballer!

                Will you be coming down for SDCC by any chance?
                One of these days, but not this year.


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                  Bacon salt is sooooo good! We likei it on our burgers
                  Good morning, son
                  In twenty years from now
                  Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
                  And I can tell you 'bout today
                  And how I picked you up and everything changed
                  It was pain
                  Sunny days and rain
                  I knew you'd feel the same things...



                  • #10
                    Re: Emerald City Comicon 2009

                    This is an awesome trip report Melonballer! Loved all of the costume pics too from your front row vantage point. A lot of those are very impressive!

                    Thanks again!


                    • #11
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                      Awesome! Great pictures! I've been to boring, technical, work related conventions, but nothing fun like this! Ah, someday...

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                      Originally posted by AGhostFromThePast
                      all you need to know about the mommy stick is.. out of all the bad things that could happen to you... it's right between wetting yourself and death.


                      • #12
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                        thank you everyone. I forgot to post my 2 new sketches. I got Batwoman by Dustin Nyugen.

                        And Miss Martian from Tiny Titans by Art Balthazar. Balthazar and Franco (the team on Tiny Titans) were drawing sketches for all the little kids all weekend. There book, Tiny Titans, is a great read for little kids and even for the big kids. It is basically a cross between Peanuts and Teen Titans. Of course it is also the only sketch I have ever got where they have used crayons.


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