Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Notes from ECCC

Here's some raw journal notes from the Emerald City ComiCon:

Outside, the rain is coming down because, well, it's Seattle. Inside the Convention Center, the freaks are out. This place is HUGE, I can only compare it to the comicons I've been to in PDX, and this is at least double any of them.

The aisles are jammed right now Friday at noonish, and there's still people trapped out in cars trying to find parking.

There's Spider Man, and a female Thor, and some Star Wars stormtroopers (because this isn't just about comics)(or, let me get back to you on that idea)(that is, comics are tied into so many movies and, for example, there is an on-going Star Wars comic series, published by Dark Horse) that I'm not even sure what 'comics' means to people any more. If you've seen the Batman and Avengers movies, and loved them, does that make you a comics fans?

There's a panel about this, called What We Mean When We Say “Comics” on Saturday.

A Captain America, and in separate group, a female Captain American—a sort of sexier asian version.

Poison Ivy and Catwoman. Actually, there are more than a few Poison Ivys (Ivies?) and Catwomen. Interesting to wonder why.

Plus tons of nerds, male and female alike, wearing superhero t-shirts—most iconically Batman and Green Lantern.

There's a ten year old boy dressed as a Predator, with his mom in fishnet stockings, dressed as a sexy mom.

A group of, I think, Game of Thrones characters, the young women in a blonde wigs and long flowing gowns, the man in—wait, maybe they're Lord of the Rings elves? Lady Galadriel and crew?

Deadpool is popular, especially (weirdly?) among young teens. Isn't he kind of too creepy and violent for young teens. Or is that exactly why he's so popular with them? Or because he's funny (? kinda?).

A young couple dressed as Battle Star Galactica pilots (also an on-going comic series).

An ECCC staff member in little tight black dress and fishnets because, if you're not allowed to wear a costume on the job, you gotta at least still look fabulous.

But a lot of regular nerds, like me, in jeans and t-shirts.

Another young couple dressed in old-school Star Trek costumes—Spock and an asian Uhuru. Actually, of all the Star Trek costumes, it warms my heart to see that most are from the original series.

And Lara Croft.

Another Poison Ivy.

And the Harley Quinns! Why is she also so popular? Is there something about being uncontrollably attracted to a psychopathic boyfriend (the Joker) that all women can relate to?

And Rorshach, from the Watchmen. I've seen three already. I'm glad to see he still resonates, meaning, I hope, that an uncompromising attitude still resonates, and a belief that the truth is important.

There are three (three!) Exibition Halls, filled with booths, with la folle squeezing around each other in between. Some booths are big, like the Dark Horse one, featuring their logo and artwork looming over everything, which I'll end up using as a landmark when trying to find my way around all weekend.

Also, surprisingly (yet why should I be surprised? It's a comic, just online) here's TheOatmeal.com's booth, with lots of Blerch swag. He's got his business plan down: Offer free online content, which is good and funny, and then offer merch for sale based on it.

Also, at one booth, you can get a fifteen minute massage from Deadpool.

And here's Jason, the owner of Floating World comics in PDX, my local comics retailer, at a booth featuring some indie comics that he publishes.

And a young teen girl dressed as a My Little Pony, with a tail and purple horn. Make that two, here's a pink one.

And lots of people dressed in steam punk attire—leather top hats and bowlers for the guys, corsets and skirts for the ladies, seemingly all of them with futuristic glasses.

And just, you know, young women wearing wings.

Lots of bad guys. Two Face, more than a few Jokers.

The whole Emerald City ComiCon is sold out! First time ever, I'm told. How they determine this I don't know, since a lot of the ComiCon is just walking around the Exhibit Hall and buying shit. Maybe we've actually maxed out the number of people allowed by the Fire Code?

Should we be here? Not far from Seattle, the Osso Mud Slide has recently taken out a whole mountain village—26 confirmed dead, 90 missing as of this morning (later lowered to 30). isn't it weird to be here cosplaying while people are dead? I don't know. Isn't it weird to read comics whiel out government is officially occupying two countries and unofficially a few others, and people are dying because of it? Is this too escapist?

one of my uneasinesses about comics in general is creators' seeming unwillingness to take on contemporary issues like this, though maybe those kinds of creations wouldn't sell?

Another of my uneasinesses: this is a pretty white bread event. There are some people of color, but not a lot, and my first panel attendance, “Self Publishing” the room is full of white folks, though at least there are people of all ages.

Plus some guy (I think—no boob bumps visible) dressed (and completely covered) as some mechanized armored warrior, though I' not even sure where it's from, though the time and car put into the costume is amazing.

And Dr. Who makes appearances, in various incarnations, the most popular being the one with the multi-colored scarf.

This is 'costume play.' Or, rather, “cosplay.” This is a thing. A huge thing. People get into this.

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