Emerald City ComiCon: A rather low-key affair when many a great talent, creator, fan, and vendor come together to espouse and celebrate their love for comic books and everything that goes along with them. There?s a lot of fun and excellent conversation to be had, as well as many a booth with wide open paths to walk freely through with little fear of mowing people down in desperate attempts to at least be the 324th person in line. This isn?t to say that no one was there. Oh, no. In fact, many people were in attendance with lots of faces belonging to those who are admired by the entire sequential art industry, as well as a few known actors to boot.
This was my first time at a convention in a press capacity, to be frank. Right off the bat I will admit that I must be a pretty crappy reporter as I missed every panel because I was engaged in yammer-fests with someone somewhere. I suppose this is the best place to blame Layman for everything.
The two primary panels that got the most press attention were the ones for Marvel and DC.
I know. I bet you are just as surprised as I am.
I feel the best way to lead you through the laid-back yet oddly frenetic two days spent at Emerald City is with pictures. Pretty pictures. Many of which have me in them. Sorry about that in advance.
In order to assist in the preservation of sanity in some barely recognizable form, the explanations of what the picture is shall be below the image. Okay? Sweet, I knew you guys were a smart bunch.
And a word of warning, as the last installment a couple days back of ATR was very short, this one will be very, very long. Enjoy!
My partner in crime for this event was photographer Beau Hitt (who?s even an ordained minister, which is always a plus in case one needs to pray to the Dark Gods) who is responsible for most of these purty pictures that will assail your eyes. I also stayed at his place while I was in Seattle. (As I just moved to Victoria a week before? from Seattle. Ah, timing.) Beau was responsible for getting me to the con before noon and I thank him for that.
What? I like to dri?I mean, I have insomnia. Serious, um, insomnia.
Qwest Field is where it all went down. Nerds gathered in a very sizable convention hall that had space aplenty. There was like three hot dog shacks outside. Three! I guess they reckoned my sizable appetite into the overall equation.
See? Spacious! And there were already quite a few people there right after it opened. I?m so happy to be there I?m glowing? But I?m bashful about it.
A pair of shots from up high. See if you can spot me in the second photo. Clues: I?m talking to Brandon Jerwa
And right away I?ll start throwing stuff at you in non-sequential order. Who you see above is Dan Vado, the founder of SLG Publishing, and he was kind enough to take some time to talk to me. As a long time SLG reader, I was quite happy to yap with him. Dan let me in on a new development with his company in that they will be running a consulting service for independent publishers and those who wish to mark their mark in comics. Think of it as ?SLG Facilitation Services?. Here?s what Mr. Vado had to say about it:
?In short, SLG is going to be rolling out a service company which will work on many levels (this is still in the planning stages so I have no real specifics on the costs). Basically we can help someone go sort of soup-to-nuts where we would offer full-on consulting and other services that included getting your solicitations to Diamond on time, preparing your files for printing managing your numbers for you and basically everything that someone might need to operate as a publisher or self-publisher including storage, fulfillment, print-brokering, e-commerce and web hosting.
We could also break it down to involve just certain segments of those services, so lets say there is a publisher out there who doesn’t need to pay us to work with Diamond, but would like to have us do their e-commerce, fulfillment, storage or maybe even develop a merchandise program that might be to design and print shirts all the way up to plush or plastic.
Basically we are going to be offering our collected skill sets for sale.?
Dan?s take on Emerald City ComiCon: ?It is a nice show and I enjoy attending it. We always do good business and this year, even though we were late signing up and did not have the benefit of a whole slew of creators at the booth we had good traffic and great sales and I think did a good job of selling and promoting the company to both new readers and existing fans.?
Although I got to meet and talk to Michael Avon Oeming, I never got a picture. Yeah, I guess Beau was off chasing girls or something. Anyhow, Mike is very awesome indeed, as he was quick to talk about Omega Flight (which I have read and loved) and he made sure to show me a project he has had in the works with collaborator Bryan J.L. Glass called The Mice Templar, which it?s similarity to the excellent Mouse Guard is just a strange coincidence, he assured me. I read the sketchbook he gave me, which has two short-stories in it and I must say that it?s quite different than Mouse Guard, but should appeal to those readers, as well as anyone who loves great fantasy. He also handed me Cross Bronx to read, which I did and found to be a real treat. Read more about Mike?s work on his website.
If you would like to see some great pictures of David Mack (who?s a terrifically nice fellow and I wish I talked to him more), Oeming, Ed Brubaker, Mark Bagley, Brian Michael Bendis and many more , check out the photos you will find http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?t=108918“>here that were taken by Pat Loika. Excellent shots, Pat! I missed all the arm wrestling action, sadly.
Heh. I just like saying that. Here, John Layman is holding Scarface: Scarred for Life #4 with the Mike Huddleston cover he loves. A fan was showing it to him and it makes for a nifty picture. The comic, I mean. It is a great cover, no doubt about it. For anyone reading this, I beg you to ask Layman ?Who let the cats out?? if you see him. He will be excessively pleased if you do, and even more so if you know what the hell you?re talking about.
After bugging Layman for quite a while, I moved on to David Baron took one look at me and decided that I may be hungry and weren?t too sure what to make of the ?Bacon Lord? bit on my business cards. As you can see, Layman is still in denial that he talked with me and is doing his best to ignore Ortega?s pleas. David is all like ?just smile and nod and he?ll go away?. No such luck for these lads, though. See? I knew ?journalistic integrity? was more than just a fine name for a laxative.
Joshua Ortega is a name you are going to hear a lot more of in the future. He?s an accomplished writer with comics (Necromancer, Spider-Man Unlimited, Star Wars Tales), a novel (((Frequencies))), manga (Star Trek: The Manga Volume One) and even video games (Viva Pinata). The project he?s got going on that has me all excited is Frank Frazetta?s Death Dealer which is already Image?s top selling title (as far as store orders go). You might remember the Death Dealer stuff that Glen Danzig was involved with? This is not that. I read through some of what will be offered for the masses and we?re talking top-notch work here, kids. Joshua also told me that there may be plans for more to be done in the Death Dealer universe both with and without Death Dealer.
Here are some images (some never before seen!) and what Mr. Ortega has to say about the whole thing with varied stories taking place within the Death Dealer universe:
?It’s definitely something we’ve talked about…the Death Dealer is such a cool, mysterious figure you wouldn’t want to run him into the ground with too many appearances. But since we are creating an entirely new world of dark fantasy filled with some very cool characters and places, then there’s no reason we shouldn’t do some other stories set within the Land of Iparsia. It’s a world rife with rich storytelling possibilities, so we’re definitely open to the idea!?
His thoughts on ECCC at the end: “Emerald City was once again a resounding success. Every fan and pro I talked to had a fantastic time, and Jim, Brian, George, and Chris deserve big-time kudos for their ability to strike that careful balance between ?big enough? and ?not so big that we can’t talk to the creators.? I’m definitely looking forward to next year!?
Oh, and I wasn?t the only one peeing themselves over this title. Check out what Mike Bullock had to say over at the Image boards: ?The biggest news I heard was Death Dealer by Ortega, Nat Jones and Jay Fotos is outselling many Big Two books. I got to flip through the first issue. Gorgeous stuff. It’s easy to see why it’s doing so well.”
In many ways, I owe Darick Robertson here for ATR and my current line of writing work. It was my interview with him last October that kicked all of this off for me. Darick was busy sketching away and treating fans right as well as taking the time to participate in a sketch off and fend off a battalion of ninjas who wanted to destroy the hot dog shacks. Only one of these things is a lie. I wanted to see if Darick would sketch Judge Dredd for me, but I just didn?t have the time. Or it slipped my mind. Or I saw a line, moved on and then it slipped my mind. It was good to see Mr. Robertson again, no matter how brief.
Speaking of fantastic artists, I stopped off to chat with Clayton Crain (Ghost Rider: Road To Damnation, Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears), who was busy doing sketches for folks. He?s full of great ideas, too! I should be interviewing him in the future and we?ll be able to go over that in more detail?
Rick Remender is one of my favourite writers, with amazing material like Fear Agent, Sea of Red, and Classic Battlestar Galactica; and is a accomplished artist with The Last Christmas (with writer/comedian/actor Brian Posehn being among his best work. Being able to talk to him for a bit was, well, awesome.
Let?s take a quick break to show you me with Hellboy and General Grievous. I love Mike Mignola?s most famous creation and I live, breathe and poop Star Wars, so it seemed fitting I get in a photo with these guys. Plus, Hellboy offered me candy. I never pass up candy.
Getting to thank Greg Rucka for his writing on Gotham Central was a highlight for me. We yabbled about some stuff and he?s to do an interview at some point. Of course, I had to bribe him with candy I got from Hellboy. Comics creators? sheesh. It always ends in tears.
Next to Greg is the lovely Gabi Trautmann, proprietor of Olympic Cards and Comics in Lacey, Washington. Probably the COOLEST comics/games/toy store I have EVER had the pleasure of going to. That?s where I went to that Ennis / Robertson Q&A and interviewed Darick (and set up an interview with Garth), by the way. They have some great in-store stuff coming up.
I won?t say who, but a couple people warned me that Mark Waid would eat me much like I wanted to eat Hellboy?s candy (But never got to?Damn you, Rucka!!). Thank goodness this was not the case! I introduced myself and he seems to be an excellent individual? which is good because I like his work. I wish I could have talked to him some more, but I was very pressed for time at that point (this was towards the end of the con for me). That Waid bit in the last Warren Ellis ATR interview is pure coincidence, I?d like to add. No, really– AIIIIEEEEE!
See this guy? Like Ortega, this is someone to keep your eyes on. And not just because they will try to steal your garden gnomes. Eric Trautmann is the fella who wrote the criminally overlooked Perfect Dark Zero: Janus? Tears mini-series (which will be available as a trade very soon). Plus, he?s a good bloke. And he likes monkeys. He even uses the name Fedora Monkey Studio. You have to like him. It should be required by law, dammit. Eric has some great stuff in the works and you bet your sweet ass that I?ll be covering it. Greg Rucka inscribed the Perfect Dark: Initial Vector novel he gave me with ?Steve?This is good mostly because of Trautmann?. Now that?s saying something!
Here?s what Eric had to say about ECCC: “I’ve always enjoyed Emerald City Comic Con. The organizers do a fine job of attracting some stellar talent — I mean, come on: Darick Robertson, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, Mark Bagley, Michael Golden, Adam Hughes, Frank Cho, and a zillion others? How incredible is that lineup? — And keeping the focus squarely on *comics*. I dig that. Mostly, I dig the chance to hang out with friends I don’t get to see nearly often enough.”
No picture, but I got to meet Kurt Busiek who is very polite and cordial. What he has done with Astro City and Conan (and the rest of his exhaustive body of work) is simply amazing to me. Telling him that in person was certainly a fanboy moment I relished greatly.
One of the most supercharged folks at the show was Christian Beranek (Dracula vs. King Arthur, Se7en: Lust), the tireless machine behind Silent Devil Productions. It helps that he has a great team and an incredible pool of talent to draw from (including himself, I?ll unabashedly state). He?s also a darned good music-maker (more on that and the Fiction Clemens party in my Livejournal). I would say that Christian was the best pitch man at ECCC. When you went by his table and listened to him, you wanted to drop your duckets like hookers and blow during Lent. I had a great time hanging with him and the vivacious Silent Devil PR vixen, Melanie Barnes.
“There are bigger shows, but few match the warmth and loyalty from the fans that you find at ECCC. As a professional creator, I will make it a point to return year after year. Kudos to the staff of ECCC for making it happen.” ? Christian Beranek
Some great stuff was to be had from Silent Devil and Zenescope Entertainment (who Christian also works with), like Dracula vs. King Arthur, Death Comes to Dillinger, Se7en, Antigone, Drunken Monkey, Super Frat and the gorgeous Grimm?s Fairy Tales.
Thanks to Christian?s table set-up I was able to be exposed to John Aegard, a fellow gamer and Knights of the Dinner Table fan, sharing space with him who puts together the uproarious Comfort Guides, and probably one of the more interesting comics I?ve encountered as of late, Greeter; described as ?Dune set in a Wal-Mart?. (How can you RESIST?!) For more information, click on Mr. Aegard?s name right there. See it? Yeah, that?s the ticket.
The money I spent on The Comfort Guides and Greeter they were offering is totally worth it and I?m still laughing. Oh, it hurts. I might have to sue if I get a debilitating injury, John. Thems the breaks for being so damned funny.
On the right in the pic is John and on the left there is Molly Friedrich, who is the artist of The Comfort Guides. Nice stuff, Molly.
The flaming toilet killed me. It just killed me. One of the best things at the whole show.
Here are some images John sent me for you to enjoy!
The 501st Legion, Garrison Titan, was in the house performing security duties. They accosted me every chance they got. Some geeks never get a break!
Darth Vader rules. I tried to ask him some questions, but?
?Yes? Oh, it?s you. Lord Vader doesn?t do rumour columns. I don?t care if you changed the focus. I?m authorized to disintegrate you. So there.?
Yeah. Tears. Always ends that way with these guys, too.
I really like how this picture turned out. Except for the fact that Brandon Jerwa is in it. You know, he ruins everything. One time I was on my porch drinking lemonade and he power-walked up and peed in the glass. I was so, so thirsty and? I?ll never forgive him. Ever.
(But then I read what he?s been doing with Battlestar Galactica: Zarek and all is forgiven. For now.)
So that?s Brandon on the left there, then going right its Nicole Edmonds (who?s in his band SD6) and Jessica Blackshear, who is responsible for the next photo (as well as being in the band and making sure Brandon doesn?t get killed by vengeful journo scum).
Awwwww? It?s like one of those kitty macros I?m always seeing! They say it wasn?t planned, but I?m certain that Jerwa and Layman are trying to tell us something about their zesty love for one another.
Good news, gang! Captain America isn?t dead after all, as this picture no doubt proves. Alas, he wasn?t answering questions at this time. I tried to be cool with him and everything, but I got the distinct feeling he was trying to avoid me.
This Cobra Viper was more than happy to spill. It seems he?s been spending quite a bit of time with Cobra-La in an exchange program. His accent was very sibilant and thick. But I did get that Cobra Commander still owes on paychecks from December of 2003 and that Destro and Baroness throw bizarre ?parties? in Tijuana. These are just rumours at this time, of course. He was happy to be in a picture with me, a journalist of the utmost professionalism and accountability. I told him that I have so much of that stuff that unicorn riding virgins weep at the mere thought of it. I mean just look at me. So cool, so calm, so collected. I defy you to find someone else as awesomely dedicated to the awesome task of awesomness as me.
Here we have the incredibly talented Eric Shanower (left), best known for his stunning title Age of Bronze (out on Image? read the interview I did with him HERE), and David Maxine (right), owner and co-founder of Hungry Tiger Press, which publishes some terrific Wizard of Oz material. One of the cool things that they were selling in their booth was the Fantagraphics edition of An Accidental Death, a comic that Eric illustrated with a then mostly unknown Ed Brubaker writing. If you haven?t read this yet, I would say it?s worth hunting down and giving it a look-see. A review with some details can be found here: http://rzero.com/books/AccidentalDeath.html .
Hey, look! Margot Kidder! I hardly talked to her but my impression was that she was pretty cool and a good sport. She?s also going to be writing a Superman arc next year.
Yeah, okay. That?s a lie. But I just couldn?t help myself.
Speaking of Superman, it?s Power Girl! Huzzah! Power Girl was flitting around the convention saving lives and stopping dastardly deeds from being carried out by the ?Burgundy Banditos?.
Holy cow, where?s my insulin? This is so cute my blood sugar just shot up to 850 or so. The little girl there was totally enamoured with Power Girl. The cuteness was almost deadly, I tell you.
The independent publishers were at this show in force. My heart sang as I wandered around and looked at all sorts of neat-o things. I really wish I could show you everything, but here are some highlights I picked out. I figure that I should just pack them into one nice section of pure goodness.
Illusive Arts is a publisher to get into, if you haven?t already. Two books of theirs are totally amazing. One is Dorothy, a modern re-telling of the Wizard of Oz, as shown in an unconventional format of sequenced and manipulated photos with live actors in them; and Tony Loco, a title that can be summed up as ?Don Quixote that starts out in a mental institution. Both series are must-reads for me right now.
Mark Anthony Masterson (seen striking a pose on the right) is writing Dorothy with expert vision and hand. Anna Warren Boersig (who can be seen keeping Mark in line) makes sure the ship is tight and everyone is happy. And she does a swell job. Oh, and if you?re reading this, Anna, sorry I didn?t follow you to the self-publishing panel? I ended up getting into a heatedly fun debate with Wellman on comics movies. I lost track of the time, and I still feel bad about it.
Sharing the booth with Illusive Arts was writer/publisher Mike Wellman (left) and artist Rafael Navarro (right). As you can see in the picture, by bunny-ear-fu needs some serious work. Anyhow, meeting Mike and Raf was a serious high-point for me. I was unfamiliar with both of them, but rest assured that I will be featuring their stuff on ATR in the near-future. Wellman has this comic on his Atomic Basement imprint called Mac Afro, which is basically Buck Rogers as a pimp. Yeah, it?s awesome. Mike does some other stuff, too, that?s good! Navarro showed me his art and I was blown away. He has a nice classic style to him that can over-exaggerate or remain insidiously subtle. I think it?s safe to say that Rafael is one of the artists there that I was most impressed with. Such a gent, as well. Very on the ball and excited about all sorts of stuff. Same with Mike Wellman, a man who will certainly make a bigger mark on the industry in the days to come, you can bet on that. Make sure to check out Rafael?s Sonambulo comic (his name links to the site).
You know, you can almost see my Imperial Aquila belt-buckle in that picture. Nice.
SLG Publishing?s stand-out title Nightmares & Fairy Tales has a new artist, and her name is Camilla d?Errico. Go to her site right now to see what she can do: http://www.camilladerrico.com . Go, go, go!
Hey, hey, hey, it?s the Optimum Wound guys! I feel a bit down that I didn?t bump into them earlier during the con as I found them when I was on my way out. Deserving of more attention, I invite you to get to their site a find out why ?comics that are just plain mean? can be so damned good. For more pertinent data go here: http://www.optimumwound.com/
Top Shelf had a great booth full of shiny things to be had. Plus, the fellow you see here was helpful and entertaining to talk to. Sadly, I can?t recall his name and I somehow lost my notes on it. I?ll find out who this is and correct this bit ASAP.
Rorschach Entertainment is another one of those small publishers that, you guessed it, needs more attention. I bought three issues of their Lucifer Fawkes comic and enjoyed every second that I took up reading them. It?s a title that certainly makes the point of that in order to find the best in comic books out there you have to dig a bit, but it?s worth it when you find something like this. And Rorschach has more! I need to acquire some more for sure. The madman behind this operation is centre in the picture you see above. He?s flanked by the grimly awe-inspiring Industriacide artist Sean Dietrich (right; he has nice taste in music, too), and Dallas McCoy writer Amy Riddle (left). Please treat yourself to viewing their site.
A group hailing from Vancouver and Victoria B.C. had a both toward the entrance that caught my eye and after talking to them for a few minutes, my heart. There was some serious talent oozing from these DIY ethic-oriented folks. Just the way I like it!
A homebrew comic called Trilogy of Terror? Sign me up. And there were Jungle Girls comics (by Kelly Everaert, the owner of Keltic Studios).
And another artist that kocked my socks off: Robin Thompson. Currently, he?s working on the Champions of Hell comic with writer Ira Hunter straight outta Victoria? where I am now, incidently! So, I decided to show you these two pages from his book of prints. Yup, that?s V on the left there, but what REALLY grabbed me was his rendition of Hellboy. Nice, eh? I absolutely loved it. So much, in fact, that it was the only art I purchased at the whole show. Best two bucks I ever spent. Well, except for that time I needed to get that psychotic stalker paperboy cyborg off my back a few years ago?
Right next to the Canadian bunch Boom! Studios, another beloved publisher for me. They have a Warhammer 40,000 comic that kicks ass with Abnett and Edginton on it? How can I not love them? It?s actually a physical impossibility. If I didn?t love them then the universe would break in half and we really don?t want that. Think of all the life and tacos lost forever. Anyways, Michael Alan Nelson (X-Isle, Cthulhu Tales, Pirate Tales, Zombie Tales, Second Wave) was there (seen to the left-centre in the black shirt) and I jawed with him for a while. Super nice guy and very informative? It would have been cool to talk to him more? but oh, yeah, the time thing. ECCC is too damn short! *pouts*
No, I?m not drunk (yet) in that shot ,and no, I am not eying Tobey because I?m really hungry.
Here?s someone you should all get to know: Josh Wagner. He?s the zany creative genius behind the comic Fiction Clemens (a great space-western webcomic that is coming to print from Silent Devil) and is the reason why there was a Fiction Clemens party. Josh had a great time and had this statement:
?The Con itself was a very cozy event. People seemed to maintain a good balance between excitement and laid-backishness. Everyone had time for one another. Both sides of the tables more interested in genuinely communicating than in just pushing their projects. It was the same way at the party. Amidst Hillbilly toe-tappin, and cowboy trance DJs, folks tended to hang out in the bar area, talk, laugh, and have a ridiculous good time. Such a great vibe!”
(more on this party in my Livejournal, which will be linked to later on! So keep reading)
He introduced me to another artist who is quite gifted named Freedom Drudge.
Wait for it? Wait for it?
Yes, I know that eventually one or more of you may hunt me down in order to poke a fork in my eye. That?s why I have trained chinchilla bodyguards. You just try something. I dare you!
Are you still with me? Not to worry, I want to wrap this up, too.
The Image booth! Probably one of the bigger booth commando units there, it was fielded by an extremely friendly group of people. I managed to get a chance to talk with William Harms the writer/creator of Impaler (which I consider required reading). We discussed all sorts of stuff, but mainly about how more writers are starting to write for videogames (thank Hastur). I noticed this to be a trend with a few of the wordsmiths I spoke with, like Layman and Ortega for instance. Harms is another name to keep an eye on? And just look at that funny dance he?s doing in the picture. What? You can?t see him? Oh, dear? Uh, Bill?
Here?s me and Rob Osborne, future world conqueror and the writer/artist of the deeply funny (so much it wounds!) 1000 Steps to World Domination and Sunset City: For Active Senior Living. Your life isn?t worth living unless you read some of his material. Visit his site: http://www.absolutetyrant.com
Robert Tritthardt of the excellent comic Writhe and Shine shows us what he?s made of. Sensible individuals instantly began looking for the best flee-routes available.
Though Raven Mimura isn?t a comic book artist, and probably will never be, he sure creates some delicious art. His work can usually be seen in & on the Dungeons and Dragons rulebooks. Personally, I would love to see him do a comic cover. Maybe one day? Hope can be good, you know.
Take a look for yourself: http://www.ravenmimura.com/index.php
I spent some time looking for Aquaman #50 for my beautiful better half, as she?s loved Tad Williams? novels and wanted to see what his Aquaman was all about. I shamelessly dig Aquaman, too, and so I would like to plug Tegan?s Aquaman blog and website here on ATR again. She is an indispensible vault of Aquaman info and a heckuva cool person. I would also like to thank Tim of Tim Lohn?s Comic Book Adventures, who came all the way out from Minneapolis, for having the issue on hand. You rule! (And hope to see you at SDCC if you decide to go)
One more picture?
I don?t know who this guy is, but he certainly is incredibly brave! I wonder how long he filmed ?The Tiger Guy?.
Wow, that was quite a few pictures, wasn?t it? And there still more! Follow the link here to my Livejournal where I show some pics from the Fiction Clemens party and a few of the extra shots I left out of this piece (because any more and Tobey Cook, who?s doing hard work editing this, will kill me for sure). There?s also some photos of the great people who work at my *sniff* now former friendly local comics store, Spy Comics.
I couldn?t cover everything, and for that I am truly sorry. I so wanted to, but there simply wasn?t enough time (I need clones? send me clones!). Emerald City ComiCon has one major flaw: It needs more days! It was so much fun that I nearly combusted. Seriously. There were quite a few folks I wanted to talk to, but never got to for a variety of reasons, but mostly due to time-constraints in the end. Next I go to Sakura-Con, which is this weekend in Seattle. It?s all about anime and manga this go around, and I?ve never been to a con of this type before. But my new Manga Hunter S column demands I explore, and explore I shall. The next convention I will be definitely attending is San Diego Comic Con. Never been, and I understand it can best be summed up in that ECCC is a fun, chill, family oriented baseball game compared to the Omaha Beach D-Day assault which is SDCC. Nevertheless, I?m looking forward to it.
I would like to thank everyone who I talked and hung out with (especially Bruce MacIntosh of The Pulse and his wife), for without you there would have been no reason, save one, to go. And that one reason is you, dear reader, and I thank you for slogging through this account of my adventure at Emerald City ComiCon. My deepest thanks goes out to the organizers of ECCC, the CBLDF (who had a terrific booth and a wonderful sketch-off) and all of the hard-working pros who take the time and effort to make lifelong comics fans happy at events such as this. I have been to many a convention in the past, but Emerald City is probably the most mellow and fun considering the number of people who attended (there were quite a few).
Rev. Hitt, your photos look great! And I hope everyone else enjoyed them, as well.
Unfortunately, I have to dash off to catch ye olde Victoria Clipper, so the Fiction Clemens party update on my Livejournal will be up when I return from Sakura-Con!