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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate Or Die’: Am I Actually Being Creepy?

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Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate assuages your fears that your'e being creepy when approaching your favorite comic book creators at conventions. Don't worry, you're not!

Unless you are.

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Comics Alliance Podcast 105: Emerald City Comicon Wrap Up

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance Podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment culture, news, humor and commentary. This week, Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner and Senior Writer Chris Sims share their impressions of this year's Emerald City Comicon and discuss in-depth what distinguishes the fabulous Seattle, Washington show from other conventions of note.

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The Cosplay Of Emerald City Comicon 2014

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Emerald City Comicon 2014 has come and gone, but memories of its plentiful colorful cosplayers needn't only live on in your hearts. We've assembled a gallery of the show's costumed fans spanning some three stories of Seattle's Washington State Convention Center, which includes AIM agents, Ewoks, Goblin Kings, Arkham Aslyum escapees, cosmic bounty hunters and more. Take in the cosplay of ECCC 2014, after the cut.

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Photos from the Oni Press/Comics Alliance Party at Emerald City Comicon 2014

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In case you missed the flyer we were spamming for two weeks before the event, ComicsAlliance teamed up with Oni Press and Emerald City Comicon for an epic crossover event that took the form of a convention kickoff party last Thursday in Seattle. The affair was very well attended, with comics pros, bloggers and readers rolling in throughout the night to party/laugh/smile/chill/drink. The party was DJ'd by our own Senior Editor Andy Khouri, whose playlist was peppered with Oni-related works from the Scott Pilgrim film soundtrack, 8-bit versions of Daft Punk and even a track performed by Bryan Lee O'Malley himself (you can see the full setlist here).

The event was photographed by local shooter, comics reader and notoriously friendly human being Ed Peterson with John Kieltyka. The sense of fun and friendship conveyed by their photos very accurately document the overall vibe of ECCC, and his work helped set the tone for one of our favorite shows in recent memory.

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Gabriel Hardman’s Convention Portrait Project Makes ECCC 2014 Look All Kinds Of Classy [Art]

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A lot of artists hit conventions with a specific plan in mind for sketches, whether it's only drawing their signature character or sticking to a particular theme. Last weekend at Emerald City Comicon 2014, however, Gabriel Hardman took on a pretty fascinating project that I don't think I've seen anyone do before. In addition to his usual (and fantastic) convention sketches, Hardman launched the Convention Portrait Project, where he drew con-goers to get a little practice drawing from life.

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Reminder: Last Chance to Vote for Eisner Awards Hall of Fame Nominees

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Comics industry professionals, remember that next Monday, March 31, is the deadline to cast your votes for the next group of inductees to the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame.

This year's judges' selections are Irwin Hasen (The Flash, Wildcat, Green Lantern for DC; Dondi syndicated strip), Sheldon Moldoff (Batman artist), and African American comics pioneer Orrin C. Evans (All-Negro Comics), and four more will be determined by your votes. The nominees are: Gus Arriola, Howard Cruse, Philippe Druillet, Rube Goldberg, Fred Kida, Hayao Miyazaki, Tarpé Mills, Alan Moore, Francoise Mouly, Dennis O’Neil, Antonio Prohias, Rumiko Takahashi, George Tuska, and Bernie Wrightson.

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Where to Find Comics Alliance at Emerald City Comicon 2014

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This year's Emerald City Comicon kicks off tonight, beginning a weekend in Seattle that for many fans and industry professionals is the most comics-related fun a person can have except for actually reading comics. ECCC has earned a reputation for its grand ambiance of community and creativity, as evidence by the wide variety of scene-specific panels and other celebrations presented throughout the weekend. Obviously the ComicsAlliance staff is very fond of ECCC and have been privileged to participate in some of those events.

If you're inclined to listen to what we have to say or ask us questions or check out some of the non-CA comics stuff we do, read on to learn where and when to catch the CA contributors this weekend in Seattle..

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Emerald City Comicon ‘Monsters & Dames’ Exclusive Art Preview: David Petersen, Tim Sale, Adam Warren, Chrissie Zullo and More

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The official art book of Emerald City Comicon, Monsters & Dames is an annual release that invites a wide spectrum of talent to indulge their artistic idiosyncrasies in the name of charity, with proceeds from sales of the hardcover release and original art auctions having raised over $55,000 for Seattle Children's hospital. Between now and Emerald City's start date of March 27, ComicsAlliance will showcase some of the gorgeous work to be found in the 2014 edition of Monsters & Dames, including exclusive images you'll see here before any where else.

Our final preview includes never-before-seen art by David Petersen, Tim Sale, Ken Taya and Rick Schmitz, plus new work by Chrissie Zullo, Louie Del Carmen, Brandon Graham, Simon Roy and Adam Warren.

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Emerald City Comicon ‘Monsters & Dames’ Exclusive Art Preview: Ryan Ottley, Lindsay Ishihiro, Scott Kurtz, Amy Mebberson & More

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The official art book of Emerald City Comicon, Monsters & Dames is an annual release that invites a wide spectrum of talent to indulge their artistic idiosyncrasies in the name of charity, with proceeds from sales of the hardcover release and original art auctions having raised over $55,000 for Seattle Children's hospital. Between now and Emerald City's start date of March 27, ComicsAlliance will showcase some of the gorgeous work to be found in the 2014 edition of Monsters & Dames, including exclusive images you'll see here before any where else.

Today's preview includes never-before-seen art by Ryan Ottley, Lindsay Ishihiro and Scott Kurtz, as well as new art by Robin Kaplan, Amy Mebberson, Scott Blair, Brett Bean and Edwin Huang.

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Comics Alliance Podcast 104: Church of Nerd HQ, Jem and the Holo-Tumblrs, and Asian American Iron Fist

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance Podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment culture, news, humor and commentary. Joining Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner for this episode are Senior Writer Chris Sims and Staff Writer Andrew Wheeler.

On the table for discussion: An Asian American advocacy group petitions Marvel to cast Iron Fist, a blond caucasian kung fu master in the comics, with an Asian American actor in the forthcoming Netflix series. We talk about why this is a great idea.

After decades of waiting, there is to be a live action film based on 1980s iconic animated series, Jem and the Hologram, which will be crowdsourced on Tumblr. Unfortunately, Jem creator Christy Marx has been shut out of the project. We talk about why this is outrageous.

Finally, the group analyzes the controversial Nerd HQ crowd funding campaign undertaken by actor Zachary Levi, who hopes to raise one million dollars to produce an off-site celebrity charity event during San Diego Comic-Con, raising questions both financial and cultural.

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