The smell of bags and boards is in the air! Emerald City Comicon is almost arrived, complete with celebrities and creators of all makes and models. Friday is sold out. Saturday and Sunday are going fast. Click HERE, fast.

The man, the myth, the Calrissian

There are hundreds of reasons to attend ECCC that aren’t simply those three little words: Billy Dee Williams. Go for the Billy Dee, or the Michael Rooker, or Patrick Stewart, but while you are there, be sure not to forget the homegrown element. The world of geek is descending on Seattle. But we are no slouches ourselves regarding the geeky arts. Saturday would be a good day to go local. Here’s three reasons:

Fantagraphics, Georgetown’s publisher and purveyor of comics, cartoons, and stunning books
Booth 510
Saturday has Bill Schelly from 11:00AM-1:00PM, Peter Bagge from 1:00-3:00PM, and Ellen Forney from 3:00-5:00PM. Drop in on Fantagraphic’s booth to meet Forney, and find out what it feels like to shake a Stranger Genius‘ hand, and then find out what it’s like to buy her books.

World Extreme Pencil Fighting League, room ECCC Kids! Room 201, Saturday 2:00PM.
The WXPFL is what happens when people love professional wrestling with their whole heart and need to channel that love into the most inane competition imaginable. Pencils will be broken! Hearts will be broken! Champions will rise, and heels will eat boos like delicious yummy food. Well worth your time.

The Bushwick Book Club Seattle presents music inspired by Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Saturday 9:00PM, the Crocodile.
I’ve gone on about how awesome the Bushwick Book Club is a few times now, but it bears repeating as what they are doing is so utterly cool at this event. You’ve got one of the seminal graphic works of our time, and a cabal of elite Seattle performers doing their best to conjure a new perspective on Morpheus, his dysfunctional family, and who knows where else they’ll go. The material is rich.


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