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Emerald City Comic Con: 3 Things To Know Before You Go

Every year, downtown Seattle comes to life through pop culture and comics at Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC). Art and comic fanatics flock to the Washington State Convention Center, just a stone’s throw from Motif Seattle, to get up close and personal with the art and artists who’ve grown up with them. Though comic cons are often associated with vibrant, detailed costumes and star-studded panels, ECCC’s events are actually much broader.

This year’s comic con brings with it guests from the arts and literature scene, as well as popular entertainers like Gaten Matarazzo and Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things. More than just the stars, ECCC also gives con-goers the opportunity to peel back the curtain on the creation of their favorite shows, movies, graphic novels, and more. Each attendee can step inside the mind of industry experts and learn about every step of their craft, from the creation of comics to critical tips from debut authors.

At ECCC, you won’t have much downtime, which is why you’ll want to brush up on the insider knowledge you’ll need to make the most of this year’s con. Take a look at three of our top tips for a fulfilling ECCC.

Make A Plan

Because ECCC is based on a fan-first state-of-mind, the event really only lacks one thing: free time. When there’s not a panel, there’s a screening. And when there’s not a screening? Mingle with fellow attendees, head to the con’s gaming area for games of all kinds, or even sample local craft brews at the League of Libations.

With countless events spanning Comic Con’s three full days, as well as frequent overlap between each of those panels, screenings, and other con events, you’ll want to go in with an itinerary of “must see” events. Start by checking out ECCC’s panel and screening schedule, then pick out a few programs that will be most meaningful to you. Write those down or even set a reminder on your phone so you won’t miss a minute. Our tip? Don’t forget to schedule in the downtime, too. Some of ECCC’s best moments happen in the “in between.” Be sure you’re present for it all.

Find A Community

One aspect of ECCC that makes it unique to other large scale events of its kind is the emphasis on community building. ECCC brings people from across the country to one space to celebrate their lifelong passions, so it's no wonder that this also breeds a fairly tight-knit fan collective. There’s no better place than ECCC to geek out with a stranger over the flawless art in your favorite graphic novel, or fawn over a beloved entertainer from television or the movies.

ECCC actually hosts several events leading up to and during the convention to facilitate bonding among attendees. Though they’re often less talked about than other con programs, they’re just as integral to creating a rewarding and well-rounded Comic Con experience. Utilize ECCC’s Comic Passport adventure to familiarize yourself with the comic book scene throughout the Pacific Northwest. The passport covers twenty one comic shops throughout Seattle and Portland to encourage attendees to discover a new favorite local shop. Throughout ECCC, stay tuned to their Community Calendar for the latest news on partner events at local spots around town. 

Peruse the Artist Alley

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One of Emerald City Comic Con’s most underrated attractions is the Artist Alley. Here, talented artists of all kinds set up shop--but only after they’ve made it through ECCC’s rigorous application process. This process ensures that only the best and most interesting talent make it through, so ECCC attendees have a front row seat to some of the most innovative artists of our generation. ECCC also requires that Artist Alley be filled with original art only (no fan art here!) so you’re sure to walk away with art you won’t see anywhere else.

Poets, illustrators, graphic designers, and more will appear at ECCC, selling their work but also providing insight into their process to those who ask for it. And because 2018 was the first ECCC with an even bigger Artist Alley, this is the place to discover new creations worth geeking out over.

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Emerald City Comic Con is considered the start of the season for cons around the country, and ECCC doesn’t take that title lightly. Each year is better than the next, ensuring that no two ECCC experiences are the same. Whether this is your first year, your second, or your sixteenth (yes, ECCC has really been around that long), get ready for another weekend full of comics, graphic novels, and connection unlike any other, all just minutes from Motif Seattle.

Don’t miss Emerald City Comic Con, coming to the Washington State Convention Center March 14-17, 2019.

 

 

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