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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Emerald City Comicon Preview

Alright, this is last call for The Third Annual Emerald City Comicon going on this weekend. This is the first year the con will span both Saturday and Sunday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The guest list is pretty darn extensive. Personally, the guests I'm looking forward to the most are (in no particular order): Tim Sale, Eric Powell, Tony Harris, Kurt Busiek, Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, Greg Rucka, Peter Bagge, Scott Kurtz, Steve Lieber, Steve Rolston, and Dave Stewart. Other "big names" appearing include Adam Kubert, Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Waid, Robert Kirkman, Gail Simone, Alex Maleev, and a crapload more. Seriously, check out the list for yourself.

I was telling Kerry today that you know you're a real comic nerd when you're totally psyched to meet one of the best colorists ever. Uh, yeah, that'd be me ... looking forward to meeting Dave Stewart. In fact, he might be the person I'm looking forward to meeting the most. His stuff is AMAZING, people. Chances are, though, if you're reading this, you know what I'm talking about.

But that's not all. There are 46 exhibitors by my count, the biggest comics names of which are Marvel, SLG, Top Cow, Dark Horse, Image, Oni Press, Top Shelf, and Fantagraphics.

Another highlight of the con are the six panel events. Comic Book Self-Publishing, Marvel Comics Writers Q&A, and a fan vs. pro trivia contest will take place on Saturday, and Sunday will feature Breaking into Comics, DC Comics Writers Q&A, and Comics History. I think I'll be checking out all the Sunday panels.

In addition, Marvel's C.B. Cebulski, DC's Bob Schreck, and Oni's James Lucas Jones will review portfolios throughout the weekend.

Don't forget hunting for bargains at the about 70 dealers, either.

If this hasn't whet your appetite enough, then check out The Seattle Times ran an article previewing the upcoming con, a short one offering tips to con-goers, and a pdf comic strip about the occasion.

Hope to see you there!

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