Kicking off ECCC

2 MARCH 2018

Emerald City Comicon is underway! Due to a plane malfunction, I got in at the tail end of yesterday but managed to arrive in time to see everything looking - and smelling - like a busy, thriving Comicon. I know some ECCC attendees still think Thursday is the "off day;" there were actually plenty of good panels and guests to be had. Just something to keep in mind for next year.

Here are a few things to see and remember as you squirrel your way around the convention center today.

Syfy Live is worth catching. It's on Level 4, booth 1850, right on the floor, with a schedule posted of the different interviews. You'll see a variety of people and topics, from comic book creators like Brian Michael Bendis and Tim Sale to body painting and cosplay workshops to actors like the Firefly cast and Shannon Purser. There is a line for the more popular slots, so swing by, look and the schedule and plan accordingly.

Autographs and photo ops are in the Sheraton. Just in case you didn't know.

Speaking of locations, Artist's Alley is up on Level 6. Yes, it's a lot of escalators but it's worth the visit. I've already spoken to several people who've had popular posters, comic issues, magnets and other items sell out and it's only Friday - so be sure to visit sooner, rather than later.

Skybound has a number of offsite events if you want to get away from the Con. However, you do need to RSVP. Today these include:                                   
1:30pm - 3:30pm / Geeks OUT! (RSVP HERE)       
4:00pm 6:00pm / Comic Book Women (RSVP HERE)         
On Saturday we have:                                           
11:00am - 1:00pm / Summoners War Meet Up (RSVP HERE)        
1:30pm - 3:30pm / Skybound Insiders Meet Up (RSVP HERE)        
4:00pm - 6:00pm / Women in Tech Meet Up (RSVP HERE)    

Also offsite tonight - Guardians of the Sexy burlesque show, which is sold out, and Kracklefest 8, which is not. That's right down the street at the Hard Rock Cafe. And there's a Thick as Thieves release party at the Nii Modo Gallery.

I've heard people say, "The PDX Broadsides are playing tonight" - but while they are in Musicalley, they actually take the stage at 5:30. So don't roll in at 9 looking for a show.

That said, you could do some late night gaming instead.  Just go to Level 2 and you'll see all kinds of tournaments, games and demos. Also note that in addition to their regular booth at 316, Skybound has a dedicated games booth at 815.

I'm still on the floor so I'll post more about specials and exclusives in a bit. Stay tuned.

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