So, I’m sort of recovered from Emerald City Comicon this weekend, and I hope the reviews will start flowing again as usual. In the meantime, I do feel the need to share a few things that I thought were pretty stellar this weekend.
First off, one of my primary reasons for attending the show is the chance to meet some of the celebrity guests, attend their panels, and get an autograph. This year, I picked up two (which is less than in each of the past two years, but it’s also much better on my budget):
My first score was Robbie Amell, who is honestly a very chill guy in person. I later saw him wandering the show floor, and he was able just blend right in with the rest of the crowd.
And the second was Sasha Roiz, who made the short trip up from Portland. He was also great to meet in person, and I particularly enjoyed his panel held on Saturday afternoon.
My roommate has really immersed himself in the art scene at the show the past two years, so I accompanied him on his venture through Artist’s Alley. Although I didn’t pick up any art last year, this year I found a few that I just couldn’t resist. Pictured above are two prints by Chris Uminga–Hocus Pocus and Harry Potter (two faves!). I really enjoy his style and have already picked out places for these to be displayed in my room.
I also stumbled across Meg Daunting’s table (I know her work most notably from a set of Teen Wolf fandom teas over at Adagio Teas), and of course I couldn’t resist picking up some Teen Wolf art from her. The three prints I got are pictured above.
I also got a Doctor Who themed poster from Cyanide and Happiness and a Hufflepuff-themed print from another vendor. And I purchased an exclusive TARDIS print at the charity art auction at the end of the show. I don’t have pictures for those ready to go, but maybe I’ll share them once they’re framed and on the wall.
But I absolutely can’t forget the other great thing about ECCC: FREE BOOKS! This year, I scored four–one from my tote bag purchase and three from the Del Rey table in the exhibit hall. My grabs included The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough, Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb, Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale, and Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I look forward to reading them all!
I had hoped to also meet Peter Brett & Robin Hobb (and get some books signed), but the schedule of author autographs that was published ahead of time wasn’t actually followed and they ended up not fitting in my schedule. But I still had a great time and will work to try to have some flexibility in my schedule next year should the same thing happen with the signings.