ECCC 2014, Day 3

Ahh, Lazy Day at ECCC. It’s so nice to not have again the huge crowd from Saturday on Sunday, especially in the morning. I started my day revisiting the comic vendors I’d bought from the previous two days, as well as a few others I hadn’t tried in the hopes of finding those elusive issues to complete my collections. Along the way, I found various issues that I had bought, but for less expensive prices, but that’s the risk you take when buying at cons. For example, a Bronze Age issue of Detective Comics was priced at one retailer for $30, at another for $14, and I found it for $8 (it’s worth $15 near mint). Also, on Saturday, I found a place selling Who’s Who and OHOTMU issues for a buck a piece, so I got a few Who’s Who Update ’87 issues to complete that run even though those issues weren’t on my list—sometimes you can’t let an opportunity like that pass you by. What I did let pass was some Hellblazer issues that someone was selling for about 5–10 times what I thought they were worth. Of course, that means my collection is still four issues short.

At noon, I met my family at the Kirby Krackle acoustic show. Kitra and I have been going to those for the last three years. The day before Kitra stopped by KK’s booth and spoke to Kyle, who asked the girls if they had any requests, and he played “Roll Over” for Maddy, but told Gabby that he couldn’t do “Comic Shop” acoustically. While I waited near the door for the show to start and for my girls to arrive, Kyle came over and thanked me for retweeting his announcements. Then he proceeding to go around and greet everyone waiting outside the room. I love that guy.

After the show, we went to an area that I hadn’t really looked at yet where Kitra bought some prints someone was selling of Anna and Elsa from Frozen. She also bought a print of Elsa and Jack Frost from a different artist.

After a quick lunch, we headed to the Main Hall so that we could be in the room for Karen Gillen, whom Maddy loves (as do I). We asked Maddy if she had any questions for Karen, and I offered one for her: to ask Karen if she would marry me. Maddy leaned back with a quizzical look and told me, “But you’re already married.” :)

Then, like that, the con was over. We hoofed it back to our hotel to change, and then walked back about the same distance so that we could make it to the primary reason we came to Seattle for the weekend: to see the Broadway production of the Lion King at the Paramount Theatre. All my girls loved it, but I was less thrilled. The production values were awesome, but the performances were a bit meh.

Before we headed back home, we made a quick visit to Pike Place. Then it was time to get back home so I could catalog all those comics that I bought!

ECCC 2014, Day 2

Our second day at the Emerald City Comicon was getting places and buying stuff. Saturday is always packed with people (my god, SO MANY PEOPLE!), so getting anywhere is a slow process (it didn’t used to be—just four years ago it was actually fine), but it’s great to see so many fans celebrating what they love. I spent much of my day searching for more comics to buy to fill in those gaps in my collection, so a few Benjamins left my wallet. But I now own most of Hellblazer! The retailer from whom I bought a good chunk of those issues even gave me a short box, but I don’t recommend carrying a box around comicon for too long (or maybe I’m just a wimp).

On my way out of the con to take the box back to my hotel, I stopped at Jenny Frison’s table and bought one of her art books and a print of the Revival cover that I chose as my favorite cover of the year (see the Best of 2013 podcast episode). I also asked her why she does covers and not interior art, and she said she likes doing covers and that doing interior art would prevent her from doing many covers. She was very nice and gracious.

Next we stood in the loooooong line at Subway to get some lunch, and while there a very nice woman (I don’t remember her name, sorry!) came up to thank me for mentioning her Kickstarter on the podcast. Since I know I had not talked about her Shadow of Oz tarot deck project, I said that it was probably another podcast with Longbox in the name (I did search the Internet before I chose my name), and in this case, it was the Infinite Longbox podcast who mentioned the nice woman’s Kickstarter, so go check out the tarot deck and that podcast.

Speaking of podcasts, I went to a podcasting panel just to see what they had to say and found out that gaming podcasting is dying, that you really need a niche in whatever topic you’re podcasting about (I’ve known that one and stubbornly refuse to comply), and interactive is the way of the future (they mentioned YouTube and Twitch, specifically).

Then it was more shopping, meeting with Matt from the comic book shop in Spokane that I go to (his first time at ECCC), and then, because I was tired (I’m getting too old for this!), I met up with my wife and grand kids to sit for a while and was entertained by John De Lancie and Karl Urban.

Finally, dinner at Elephant and Castle (which was much better than Cheesecake Factory the night before) and then collapsing in the hotel room.

On to the final day!

ECCC 2014, Day 1

Twitter’s pretty much a bust at the Convention Center (along with any good connectivity—I’m not sure if it’s the building or my network or both), so here’s what happened with me yesterday at the Emerald City Comicon.

Since we arrived 2 hours later than planned (which was already 2 hours later than when the con started), we headed straight for the back issue bins to satisfy my Wish List’s wants. I was able to snag readers copies of Teen Titans (1966), along with a fairly decent copy of Hawk and Dove (1968) #6 and Adventure Comics #428 featuring the first appearance of Black Orchid!

Next we walked the main floor looking at nearly everything. We eventually stumbled on Andy Price’s table, and he drew little postcard-sized Little Ponies that we bought for the girls (they both read the monthly comic).

Then it was off to a couple panels for me: the DC All Access and the Boom Studios editor’s panel. The Boom panel was informative, since I’ve long been interested in what a comic book editor does, my having been an editor for the last dozen years or so at an engineering firm. My wife went to a Ghosthunters Int’l panel and loved it.

Finally, dinner and collapsing at our hotel. Now off to the busiest day at the con!

Emerald City Comicon 2014!

I’m off with my family to the 2014 Emerald City Comicon (ECCC)!

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New Comics Wednesday 3/26/14

Happy New Comics Wednesday! Here are the comics that I’ll be getting from this week, plus some news.


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