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..

  • THURSDAY

     

    Carol Corps Celebration

    7pm-10pm

    Seattle Musem of Flight

    9404 East Marginal Way S

    Seattle, WA 98108

    Ticketed

    Kate Or Die cartoonist Kate Leth created the artwork for the distinctive Carol Corps patch that will be available only at this event, which also features former CA contributor and Captain Marvel co-writer Christopher Sebela. They'll both be on hand to "celebrate Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel and connect fans of those comics with their creators."

    Other guests include Kelly Sue DeConnick, G. Willow Wilson, Dexter Vines, Jen Van Meter, Ian Herring and Arthur Adams. All proceeds, --including sales of a We Love Fine t-shirt, an Optimystical Studios pendant, and  Espionage Cosmetics ECCC makeup bag produced exclusively for this event -- will be donated to the Girls Leadership Institute. Also there will be manicurist tables.

    Tickets to ECCC are not required, but you do need a ticket for this event. More information here.

    Cosplay, demonstrations of creativity, and enthusiasm are highly encouraged.

     



    Official ECCC Kickoff Party


    Presented by Oni Press, Emerald City Comicon and ComicsAlliance

    8pm - 12am

    Sheraton Seattle Hotel

    Grand Ballroom A

    1400 Sixth Avenue

    Seattle, WA 98101

    Free admission

    21+ Only

    Even if you go to the Carol Corps Celebration first, there's still lots of time to enjoy this event CA is co-presenting with Oni Press and Emerald City Comicon. Our own Andy Khouri will be serving as resident DJ for the evening, which will also be attended by Caleb GoellnerChris SimsJanelle Asselin, and erstwhile CA founder Laura Hudson. You can check out more of the guest list on the Facebook event page, but know that the party is open to everyone (so long as you're 21 and over). Come have your picture taken in the open-air photo area, have a drink at the bar, and maybe get a little dance on with some of your favorite comics friends to get the weekend started right.

    NOTE: The invite graphic on the right says to go to the Sheraton's Metropolitan Ballroom. The venue has changed to the Sheraton's Grand Ballroom A.

  • FRIDAY

    Broadening Comics Readership

    Room: HALL D (602-603)

    Time: 2:40PM - 3:30PM

    Comics editor, journalist, and scholar Janelle Asselin leads a panel of special guests to talk about how the comics industry (publishers, retailers, etc) can be more inclusive for readers of all races, creeds and color.

     

    Looking Past the Target Audience

    Room: HALL D (602-603)

    Time: 3:40PM - 4:30PM

    The world is a politicized place and the geek community is no exception. Join us as we look at how gender and race are portrayed in geek culture. Creators, curators, community leaders and critics on the front lines of this issue examine the fight over geek identity and the barriers to diversity in geek communities and media. The discussion will include proposed steps toward a diverse and inclusive geek culture. Panelists include Rachel EdidinCheryl Lynn Eaton, Regina Buenaobra, G. Willow Wilson, Scotty Iseri, Andy Khouri, and Sfe M.

     

    Chris Sims, Chad Bowers and Scott Kowalchuck - Down Set Fight

    4pm - 5pm

    Oni Press

    Booth 412

    Chris Sims and his Down Set Fight collaborators will be signing at the Oni Press booth.

     

    Artist Alley

    Caleb Goellner can be found throughout the day in Artist Alley at table F-8.

    Chris Sims can be found throughout the day in Artist Alley at table F-13.

     

     

    The Big Emerald City Comicon Party

    8pm

    Rock Bottom

    1333 Fifth Avenue

    Seattle, WA 98101

    $10 cover (goes to The Hero Initiative)

    Dark Horse Comics and Multiversity Comics are teaming up for the BigEmerald City ComiCon party, where you can hobnob with top creators like Stan Sakai, Greg Rucka, Matt Kindt, Gail Simone and more. Best of all, all proceeds from the event go to benefit The Hero Initiative, comics preeminent charity that helps support creators in need.

    Plus, there will be a photobooth provided by Seattle Facebooth, one of the area's finest purveyors of photo based fun, and two amazing raffles, including one that will benefit Stan and Sharon Sakai in their time of need.

    Guests include:

    - Stan Sakai

    - Greg Rucka

    - Gail Simone

    - Joshua Williamson

    - Colleen Coover

    - Michael Avon Oeming

    - Josh Fialkov

     

     

    BOOM! Studios Drink Up

    8:30pm

    Elephant & Castle

    1415 Fifth Avenue

    Seattle, WA 98101

    Like the Dark Horse and Oni events, BOOM!'s party is open to all. Count on most of not all of ECCC's Boom-related guests to make an appearance.

  • SATURDAY

    The Elephant in the Room

    Room: HALL D (602-603)

    Time: 12:40PM - 1:30PM

    What can we - and you - do to challenge harassment in comics culture? Journalists Rachel EdidinLaura Hudson, Bobby Roberts, and Janelle Asselin lay down the law about comics, gender, and power--and how fans, professionals, and publishers can help.

     

    Hire This Woman!

    Room: HALL D (602-603)

    Time: 1:40PM - 2:30PM

    Janelle Asselin takes her popular feature on ComicsAlliance and turns it into an epically awesome live panel! Join her as she exposes you to some up and coming major talents in the world of comics. You'll find yourself yelling "Hire This Woman!"

     

    Artist Alley

    Caleb Goellner can be found throughout the day in Artist Alley at table F-8.

    Chris Sims can be found throughout the day in Artist Alley at table F-13.

  • SUNDAY

    Chris Sims, Chad Bowers and Scott Kowalchuck - Down Set Fight

    11am - 12pm

    Oni Press

    Booth 412

    Chris Sims and his Down Set Fight collaborators will be signing at the Oni Press booth.

     

    Artist Alley

    Caleb Goellner can be found throughout the day in Artist Alley at table F-8.

    Chris Sims can be found throughout the day in Artist Alley at table F-13.