Once again it’s time to gear up for the Emerald City Comicon, the largest comic book and pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re going to show off your super hero costume, get a comic book autographed, or see one of the many celebrity guests, it’s a fantastic opportunity to mix it up with a large variety of people.

Writer, artists, publishers, TV/Film celebs, game creators, and like-minded folks who enjoy the many faceted world of Geekdom will be traveling from all over the region March 1st – 3rd. There are many notable guests coming this year; to name a few, Patrick Stewart of Star Trek, Gillian Anderson of X-Files, Kristen Bauer of True Blood, Carrie Fischer of Star Wars, and many more. See the site for the complete line-up.

This year’s event is returning to the Washington State Convention Center, and will have more guests and activities than ever before. Besides the huge variety of pop culture writer and artists, there will be an area set up for Gamers, the exhibition hall with more than 300 vendors selling toys, collectibles, etc, and meeting rooms set up with special guests and panels to discuss the many topics of pop culture.

Chuck Messinger of DaVinci’s Dungeon (Online Store) is looking forward to seeing Garth Ennis (Hellblazer), Bill Willingham(Fables), and Eric Powell (The Goon). “Three of the best writers of all time and I never get a chance to pick their brains. I look forward to stepping inside their craniums”.  A former comic store owner, publisher, and current Indy writer, he has been attending ECCC for the last 7 years. “Every year gets bigger and better, without ever feeling like a giant cramped meat market like some other shows. The guys that run this show are fans themselves and treat the Fanboys and girls like they are the priority rather than big budget advertisers and media conglomerates. I can’t say enough good things about this event.”

Former Pop Culture writer for The Seattle Times, Mark Rahner, who used to cover the event is “… excited to meet fans there again this year, especially, since my work has broadened from Rotten to some well-known Dynamite characters. ECCC has become my favorite con; Growing but not too huge, overcrowded, hectic or too much. Fans, con minions and pros all genuinely seem to enjoy being there. I’m lucky it’s in my back yard.” Rahner is the writer of several Vampirella, Warlord of Mars tiles <Dynamite> and the creator of Rotten.

Newbies might think it’s all about Comic Books. First time attendee, Jonel Fugich, an employee of Costco and Mom to two attendees, isn’t exactly sure of what she’s in for; “My kids are making costumes and are very excited. I agreed to go because the event requires a parent, and my teenage daughter has a huge interest in Manga and the art world surrounding it. My son, twelve, is just excited to dress up. He thinks it’s Halloween in March. We’ll see what happens.” Tamar Bains, of the Washington D.C. area, is traveling across the country to participate as a “Minion,” otherwise known as a volunteer. She is most looking forward “to being around like-minded geeks. Being active duty, stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, I don’t really get to let my geek flag fly. Hopefully I’ll get an autograph and picture with Danai Gurira; And I really enjoy creative Cosplay.”

The event seems to sneak up on us and I have come across so many people that have intentions of going but then forget about it. This is your reminder note so spread it to all your friends. Plenty of tickets are still available but I think the Saturday date sold out last year, so if you plan to go that day only, $35, or all three days, $65, and you can pick them up at many local comic book stores or online.

Whether you’re going to meet an artist and learn about breaking into the business, or getting an autograph from many of the celebs attending, the show has something for just about everyone who watches TV, reads a novel or comic, and enjoys playing video games. You don’t have to dress up, but it’s fun to participate or just people watch.

Tickets for the 2013 event are now on sale. Tickets are 100% transferable. Ticket prices will be the same at the door, but buying in advance GUARANTEES your entry to the show. Refunds are available until 30 days before the event. Children 2 and under are FREE. Children 3-10 require a Child Badge (one-time purchase good for all three days).

Ticket Prices:

3-Day Pass$65.00
Friday Only$25.00
Saturday Only$35.00
Sunday Only$25.00
Child (3-10)$10.00

Show Hours: Friday, Mar 1st – 2PM – 8 PM, Sat. 2nd – 10AM – 7PM, Sun. 3rd 10AM – 5PM

Support your local comic book store by purchasing tickets there:

Action City2120 S. 320th St, Suite C-12Federal Way, WA 98003 253-529-9710

Arcane Comics5809 15th Ave NWBallard, WA 98107 206-781-4875

Atomic Comics4020 S Steele StTacoma, WA 98409 253-472-1908

Comics Dungeon319 NE 45th StSeattle, WA 98105 206-545-8373

Corner Comics12049 124th Ave NEKirkland, WA 98034 425-486-9636

Danger Room Comics201 4th Avenue WestOlympia, WA 98501-1003 (360) 705-3050

Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy14725 NE 20th St #ABellevue, WA 98007 425-562-2025

Dreamstrands115 N. 85th St.Seattle, WA 98103 206-297-3737

Everett Comics2831 Wetmore AvenueEverett, WA 98201 (425) 252-8181

Fantagraphics Bookstore1201 South Vale StreetSeattle, WA 98108 206-658-0110

Fantasium Comics1500 S. 336th St., Suite 12-AFederal Way, WA 98003 253-874-3084

Olympic Cards & Comics4230 Pacific AveLacey, WA 98503 360-459-7721

The Comic Stop – Everett1402 SE Everett Mall Way #160Everett, WA 98208 425-438-9718

The Comic Stop – Lynnwood3333 184th St. SW, Suite GLynnwood, WA 98037 425-744-2767

The Comic Stop – Redmond16581 NE 74th St #F-240Redmond, WA 98052 425-881-0291

The Comic Stop – U-District1307 NE 45th StSeattle, WA 98105 206-632-0989

The Dreaming5226 University Way NESeattle, WA 98105 206-525-9394  372  413

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