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Emerald City Comic Con :)

So, as none of you know, because I barely told anyone - I went to Emerald City ComicCon this weekend down in Seattle!

It was the first time I've ever been to a comic convention - I didn't know quite what to expect, besides the fact that this year it was bigger than ever. My friend and I decided we'd travel down on Friday, go to the Con on a Saturday pass, and then travel home on Sunday (today.) So, that's what we did.

I knew Misha and Felicia Day were going to be there... along with Patrick Stewart and other awesome people.... but after talking about it briefly, we decided that we didn't actually want to spend time going to their panels or getting autographs. We'll see Misha at VanCon, and we actually just wanted to go for the comics. So, sadly, you won't get any report about Misha from me...well, actually, you'll get a SMALL one.

I'm a big fan of Dresden Codak (Aaron Diaz) and Joey Comeau, so I brought stuff for them to sign, because I knew they'd have booths there - but mostly I was just interested in what new things I might discover. And there was a LOT there. I could have spent a whole day just walking around the exhibitors/artist stands and giving everything my proper long attention...as it was, I tried to only approach things that particularly caught my eye. That being said, there were a few times I thought "oh, I have to come back to this booth later!" and then there never was a later! So, that was definitely a vote for coming for more than one day.

I did go to a couple of panels. We went and saw Walter Koenig's panel (actually from the waiting area so that we could lie on the floor) for a bit of a break from standing up. But there's not much to report there. He was funny in places. Oh, right before he came on, there was a movie mash-up where people who do cartoon voices read Star Wars - that was hilarious! Vader-the-Pooh was particular favourite of ours.

Then I did some academic-type panels...wherein I discovered the "Sexy Lamp Test"...

[Academic panels - Sexism and Censorship]
I went to a panel that discussed the "Victim to Hero" trope and how it's been "traditionally" done differently for female and male characters in a pretty sexist way (ie: Red Sonya, who gets raped and then starts killing people as revenge, as opposed to Conan who in a similar scenario just gets his whole family killed and thus becomes a 'Superhero'). One of the panelists was an author named Kelly Sue DeConnick, and I have to say that she was pretty damn awesome. She writes a comic called "Pretty Deadly" that's a spaghetti western that has female characters that are purposely not even under the threat of sexual assault, because Kelly Sue was sick of the amount of rape in the genre. Anyway, I loved her. Like me, she believed that not every female character needs to be a role model for the gender (ie: You should be allowed to have flawed females without being accused of misogyny) and she also gave me an awesome alternative to the Bechdel Test: "I call it the Sexy Lamp Test. If you can replace your female characters with a sexy lamp and the story doesn't change, you're a hack!"

I also went to a panel about the history of censorship of comics. It basically ran through the problems the industry has encountered since the birth of comics. It was really interesting. The speaker was from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. He focused mostly on it's censorship as a narrative artform akin to literature and fine art...and about recent cases were people have been arrested for possessing "child porn" even though they've just been fanart/drawings, rather than photographic evidence of an actual crime. It was an interesting panel, but there wasn't that much time for questions... we were really curious about what the stance was when it came to "hate speech" which is illegal in Canada, but apparently not illegal in the US. (Like...if someone wrote a comic calling for all members of a certain group of the population to be killed, would they defend that person? Or is it a moot point because maybe that person wouldn't even be arrested in the states for writing something horrible as long as they didn't draw naked kids in it?) Anyway, like I said, very interesting.

I didn't go to the Supernatural fan panel, because I didn't want spoilers. When I told my sister this, she said "wow, you're hardcore" which I thought was kind of hilarious because I thought that the people lining up for 3 hours just to talk about spoilers would probably consider themselves way more hardcore than me. :P Apparently Misha briefly crashed the panel - so I'm sure that was fun for everyone.

I also had a friend, ria_oaks, who saw the Gillian Anderson panel, and apparently there were a LOT of horrible "questions" - hugs, 'I love you', asking about off-screen romance with whatshisface, has she read fanfic - she should read fanfic.... like just cringe-worthy stuff. So yeah, when I heard that, I was kind of glad that I avoided the celebrity panels.

More general Con stuff...
We went back to the showroom and I got to talk to Ryan North about the Hamlet Choose-able Adventure book that he's in the process of getting published (I backed the kickstarter). He was such a nice guy, and oddly enough, the ONLY person that I wasn't nervous around. When I got Aaron Diaz and Joey Comeau to sign stuff, I was a shakey nervous fangirl all of a sudden.. WAY worse than when I see Jared and Jensen even. I can't explain it. Talking to Ryan was super casual though, even though he is a giant viking.

Of course, all this running around the showroom floor and then doing two panels back to back meant that I didn't eat. There was a very brief period of time in which I thought I might pass out while standing in line for a sandwich, but thankfully I was able to pull through.

We tried to got to the costume contest at the end of the night, but it was a dud - the intro was way too long, we were surrounded by "dude bros", and we realized it was much better to just wander around the convention during the day and see the costumes rather than trying to make them out on a TV screen in a huge hall.

There ARE a lot of cool costumes. There was a batman that was standing stock still in a corridor and his costume was impeccable. I later saw him taking a picture with a baby, and it was adorable. There were really well done Star Wars costumes. I saw two different Kaleys with the pretty dress...a couple of Jaynes. An amazing He-Man and Skeletor... an awesome Ironman. Some great genderswap Avengers. My friend saw some Avatar: The Last Airbender costumes, but I sadly missed them. And there was a Hawkeye-Initiative cosplayer! He was really awesome. I've seen some absolutely fantastic pictures of him on the internet where he's actually contorted into some of the poses from the hawkeye-initiative.

All in all, a great day!

My older sister who lives in Seattle was there on a weekend pass. She does not watch Supernatural, but for some reason she decided to go to Misha's panel this morning. These are her tweets and facebook statuses (there are no spoilers):

-Misha Collins panel. I don't watch Supernatural (yet), but apparently this guy built his own house and all the furniture in it. I must know more!
-Jensen is a nibbler and Jared goes for the tonsils. I'm learning so much at this panel.
-I don't think I'm going to learn anything about Guinness WR or homebuilding DIY at this panel. Its all Supernatural chat. Damn
-Yay, a fan asked about carpentry and poetry. He didn't talk much about it though. Boo. I think I'll bail.

Later in response to a question about whether she's going to give the show a chance, she added:
-It is on our TV show radar for one day, we're just behind on so many shows right now. The panel was really cool and he seems like a nice guy. I heard a lot from the fan girls about how cute he is in his suit, so I must watch

So, apparently my sister talked to Misha fangirls and was not scared away...good job fangirls! ;)

Anyway, I have a ton of fun. I think if I were to go back, I'd probably want to go for two days so that I could go to panels AND see the showroom AND eat, and not feel run off my feet.



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Mar. 4th, 2013 04:42 am (UTC)
I went to the ECCC this Saturday as well. I waited in line for the SPN Panel but mostly because I wanted the swag bag. ^_^

The panel itself didn't have spoilers as it turns out. Mostly people discussed what they liked or didn't like about the series post-Sera and then when Misha arrived, it went to hell. (In a good way, though!) There was someone cosplaying as Alfie/Samandriel. You would have loved that! :) She was adorable.
Mar. 4th, 2013 04:47 am (UTC)
Good to know! I didn't realize there was swag!! Now I'm jealous. :P Also, I AM sorry that I missed the Samandriel cosplayer. That being said, I really didn't have time to wait in line for that panel.

I'm far too terrified of spoilers too - any risk is too great a risk. :P
Mar. 4th, 2013 04:52 am (UTC)
Yes, the girls who ran the panel made the bags and I wish I could have thanked them, that was a very nice touch. I don't blame you on not wanting to wait. It was kind of a pain, for sure. But as it was the main reason I went on Saturday, I am okay with it!

Someone took a picture, in case you wanted to see: Samandriel :)
Mar. 4th, 2013 04:55 am (UTC)
Awww, she's as adorable as the angel that she's cosplaying. :)

That's really nice of the girls running the panel! And yeah, if that was the reason you went, then good job getting into the panel. :) I knew that I wanted to spend most of my time in the showroom and that meant missing a lot of things - I didn't even make it down to the third level to see the awesome lego! Definitely reasons for going for more than one day if I go again.
Mar. 8th, 2013 05:29 am (UTC)
I missed out on a bag (got there too late) - can you tell me what was in it?

It was a fun panel anyway. :)
Mar. 8th, 2013 08:36 am (UTC)
Sure! There was a postcard of sorts that had a picture of the boys with the Space Needle in the bg and it said ECCC. On the back was a little blurb about the show and season 8. There were two buttons, one the same as the postcard cover (the boys in Seattle) and another one had a fan drawing of Cas. My boyfriend had a different button that had the "I hope your apple pie was freakin' worth it" quote on it. There was a lanyard with Supernatural written on it, and a rubber bracelet (black) with the Latin inscription from the Colt. Oh, and a little ribbon that you can attach to the bottom of your badge that says, "Saving People, Hunting Things... the Family Business." I might be forgetting something but I think that was it. I'm sorry you missed it! But yes, the panel was really fun! :)
Mar. 8th, 2013 08:19 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks for letting me know! The buttons sound particularly fun. :D
Mar. 4th, 2013 06:04 am (UTC)
Neat to read about your experience. BTW, exactly where was this con held? As in, is there an actual Emerald City in a state or what?
Mar. 4th, 2013 06:06 am (UTC)
Oh sorry - it was in Seattle. :P I'm not sure why they call it Emerald City... I figured it might be a nickname or something? Like "the windy city", "the big apple", or "hogtown"... but I don't know if that's actually the case, or if it's just random.

Glad you enjoyed reading it! :)
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:04 am (UTC)
I was there all weekend!
It was chaotic, but fun.
I didn't go to the panel, but I did get to meet Misha for a bit and chat and got a photo op with him.
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:08 am (UTC)
Cool! We may have walked right by each other and not even known!

And neat about meeting Misha. I'm spoiled (by myself) because I've been going to VanCon every year for the past few years, so I know I'll see Misha (however briefly) then.

I should get another photo-op with him too. The only one I have I look HORRIBLE in...so, yeah, I need a do over. :P
Mar. 4th, 2013 08:21 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great Con! And I do love the idea of a Sexy Lamp test! I saw some of the Hawkeye-Initiative cosplayer pics around today and thought he was so awesome.

Misha of course caused the internets to explode WITH ALL THE DESTIEL FEELS because he talked about it in his panel :D

Mar. 4th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
I absolutely loved his "just the tip" line! That was the only video that I watched when I got back home. Hilarious.

Though Misha makes the internets explode with Destiel feels just by breathing, methinks. :P

And it really was a fun con! I really like the decision to focus mostly on the showroom floor and the more thinky-thought panels. Also, I think I probably could have spent a whole day just walking around looking at costumes!
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Mar. 4th, 2013 07:04 pm (UTC)
I did! :)
Mar. 4th, 2013 12:26 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, sounds awesome! All I knew about this con prior to it happening was that Noelle Stevenson (gingerhaze) and Matt Fraction (new Hawkeye comic writer) were going to be there. So to be honest, had I the money and the means, I totally would have gone just for those two. Alas!

Dresden Codak is a thing I'm planning to read, because I follow him on tumblr and the whole thing looks interesting. And I'm jealous you saw the Hawkeye Initiative guy! He's awesome. And the costumes! Woo!

Edited at 2013-03-04 12:26 pm (UTC)
Mar. 4th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
It really was awesome. I didn't see Noelle, but then I had forgotten her name (even though I follow her on tumblr :P)... I DID see Matt Fraction, but there were line-ups for several of the writers/artists, so I just said "ooo Matt Fraction - I recognize that name!" and then moved on. I don't read superhero comics really - I'm more a long-form graphic-novel type person. So, I always figure it says a lot when even I recognize the name of someone. :P

Dresden Codak doesn't take that long to read, seeing as how he only updates once a month with a new "page" (which, granted, if it came in comic-book form would probably be about 5 pages sometimes.)
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
I read very little in the way of comics and graphic novels (because there are looooooads) but I am happy that Matt Fraction's Hawkeye was my in, so I'd see him just for that. Noelle is just AWESOME and I want to hug her. Also, Nimona is great. :D

Oooh! Even better, shouldn't take me too long to catch up then!
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
If you start reading at the beginning, you can really see his art evolve too! It's amazing. You can understand why it takes him so long to update these days when you see how much work goes into every single page.
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
Haha well I sure wasn't planning to start in the middle. :P But is there just the one or does he have several?
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
Haha. He started out just doing one-shots... just short self-contained comics. Then he did a long plot-arc called Hob, which was 27 "pages." Then he did a couple of one-shots before starting another long plot-arc (that takes place after Hob) called Dark Science. That's the one that he's currently in the middle of.

If you go here: http://dresdencodak.com/archives/ he's got them all mapped out in reverse chronological order.
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
Huzzah! So Hob and Dark Science follow the same character and/or world, and the one shots just vary? Or are Hob and Dark Science different from each other?
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
Hob and Dark Science follow the same character/world, a lot of the one-shots follow that character as well, but occasionally they do not.

For the one-shots written about the character after Hob, you will have probably wanted to read Hob first, if only to explain differences in the character's appearance.
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hmm.. so maybe I'll read Hob, and then all the one shots, and then Dark Science. Sound like a plan?
Mar. 4th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... yes, I think that will work! So, you WILL sort of be starting in the middle of his artistic evolution, but not the middle of a story, so that'll work out. :)
Mar. 4th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
Woo! Thank you. :)
Mar. 8th, 2013 05:31 am (UTC)
I love your write-up! It made me realise how much I MISSED at the con, even going there 2 days. (And it's funny how we actually ran into each other, given just how many people were there.)

Mar. 8th, 2013 05:34 am (UTC)
No kidding. I had to play phone tag just to find my sister there. :P

Glad you liked the write up! I think no matter how long you go for, you're always going to feel like you missed a ton of stuff. :P
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