Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) last weekend was my first con in nearly twenty years (not counting techie/photo trade shows). It pretty much went like this: on the first day I was extremely overwhelmed in an awesome way. It was great connecting with a few friends, take lots of pictures and discover tons of great art. Day two, I was warmed up and really enjoying myself, and on the final day, I was happy and tired. And really sore.
A few highlights worth sharing…
The nerd busking session – performers Molly Lewis, The Doubleclicks, Vixy & Tony and Marian Call shared a super intimate set in one of the lobbies.
Meeting up with Jade Gordon – an artist soon to be featured on Another Passion, Jade makes nerdy fan art so taking her portrait for the upcoming interview at ECCC made perfect sense.
Hanging with Thadeous – the man behind Geek Cred had a very special project going on. I can’t talk about the project itself, but I was more than happy to lend a hand.
I’d gone to ECCC thinking it would be 100% leisure time. Turns out of course, I don’t know how to have leisure time anymore. I’d brought my camera of course, and I just couldn’t help it but put it to use. The massive amount of fantastic art and costumes were inspiring too, making me want to create stuff!
Pics for Liz – On the last day, I teamed up with nerdwrangler extraordinaire, Dammit Liz. She needed photos for a project too, I had a camera and time to spare (leisure time? Pssh!) – everybody wins.
Fanboy moment – I spotted John Layman, writer of my favorite comic currently in print, CHEW! I learned that it has been picked up for a pilot by Showtime (move over, Dexter!) and that mr. Layman and I share something, which may account for my love of this particular comic: we’re both married to foodies! I didn’t get a photo because I was in fanboy mode and completely didn’t think about it. Don’t know Chew? Start here.
This weekend, I will be at Norwescon. My mid-thirties body is asking why I am doing this. My early-twenties brain is chanting: Let’s GO!
Come find me on the “New Media vs. Old Media” panel, Saturday at 3pm, or ping me on twitter if you’d like to meet up during the con.