Team Voltron Speaks at Emerald City Comic Con 2018

One of the biggest highlights of Emerald City Comic Con this year had to be the premiere of Voltron: Legendary Defender’s fifth season. The convention center was adorned with a giant banner featuring the Paladins of Voltron as well as the fan favorite villain/anti-hero Prince Lotor and volunteers’ shirts were branded with show’s logo. Convention Scene was fortunate enough to be invited to a roundtable discussion with Executive Produce Joaquim Dos Santos, Co-Executive Producer Lauren Montgomery, designer Christine Bian, and actor Josh Keaton who provides the voice of Shiro. Bian, a Seattle native, also produced the exclusive ECCC poster which was given away to fans attending the premiere.

Naturally, as Legendary Defender is a reboot of the original Voltron series, Defender of the Universe, which in turn was an English-language adaptation of a Japanese anime GoLion, the first questions asked had to do with the challenge of updating a 35 year property and how to keep it fresh while still recognizable to fans. “Initially we had these pillars of the original show we wanted to make sure that we adhere to and we had these meetings where they, for lack of a better term, wanted to “HALO-ify” Voltron and make it very gritty and serious and we’re like, we need it to be fun,” said Dos Santos, “We need to be campy but also dramatic. We need to have comedy, and then beyond that we want them to have a life of its own and become its own thing. And we’ve been lucky to have that.”

From a design aspect Bian noted, “Joaquim had this thing he called the squint test, which means like when you look at the original Voltron, even if you’re squinting, he has such an iconic silhouette, that it’s unmistakable that it’s him. And so that was the key element that we wanted to make sure our Voltron also had.”

Montgomery continued, “The thing that we loved about the old Voltron was he was kind of boxy. He had like these edges on it and so we want to update the lines and make them feel really cool, but we don’t want to lose that element. So you’ll notice they have kind of like a boxier muzzle and then the Yellow and the Blue Lions will have a slightly chunkier look because they’re legs. But then the Green and the Red Lions will be a little softer and sleeker and rounder because they’re arms.”

One aspect of the show which the crew cited in need of updating was the overtly evil archness of its villains. “The quality with the villains being kind of a little goofier here in the older series, like Haggar was very much just like the witchy witch and Zarkon was kind of like “I’ll get you next time, Voltron!” sort of a villain. We knew we had to raise the stakes a little bit with those guys and make them a little more serious,” said Montgomery, “And probably the biggest thing was that Lotor was a little on the pervy side and that’s just, it’s a trope that was really big when I was young, it was in a lot of content and it’s something that we can’t keep doing. I don’t even think an audience today would accept it if you tried to put that out there.” Bian also mentioned the original series’ Galra ships as another update that needed to happen. “I actually love this design because it was so outrageous,” she said “But the Galra and flew around in ships that were literally a coffin flying off into space and had a skull and crossbones and like spider webs on it.”

A huge character shift from the original Voltron was changing Pidge is to be biologically female but originally presenting as a male character, which has been interpreted from some fans to be representative of the transgender or gender fluid community. “Immediately I wanted to bring in more of a female presence so it wasn’t necessarily like we gotta make one of these characters a girl, but I think if none of the characters had really lent themselves to it and we may have thought differently, but Pidge was a character that when watching it as a kid was always a little confusing because he had a very feminine hairdo and he had some fringe and like I was never quite sure what was the deal with Pidge and so it just seemed kind of like a natural transition and in a way that we can just include more females,” said Montgomery, “changing Pidge to a girl really doesn’t change dynamic of the team, doesn’t change who Pidge is as a person and it’s a little bit of a statement of it’s not that hard to just put a female character in the show.”

But more than anything else, the team emphasized that the characters and their development as a team is the single most important aspect of the show. Season 5 will see the Paladins’ growth continue as they wrestle with the issue of whether or not trust new ally Prince Lotor. Dos Santos mentioned that the bayards, the weapons the Paladins carry and use in conjunction with their Lions, originally came from a very marketing-driven place of establishing the Voltron version of a lightsaber, but ended up being an extension of each character, saying “It’s their personal growth sort of representative manifested in this weapon.”

In addressing physical changes to the characters themselves over time, Montgomery noted that subtle differences rarely happen in 2D animation because with several artists working on project the models need to remain consistent. “You think that happens design wise, that would be a thing, but it actually ends up being more of an animation, storyboard thing where our directors and our storyboard artists are staging these characters in the scene, how do they react? And so we try to instill that a little bit in the script from script phase. But luckily a lot of our artists have been with us through like the whole run of the show,” said Montgomery, “They get it and they’ve seen their whole arc.”

Josh Keaton has become a fan-favorite as Shiro, to the point that Dos Santos joked Dreamworks would ask for “30% more Shiro” for episodes in which they felt his presence was lacking. The majority of cosplayers in Voltron outfits during the convention were dressed as Shiro. “It’s been crazy. I knew the show just from reading your early scripts, just at the very beginning. I knew the show was something special, but the extent to which it’s taken off, just the size of the fandom and creativity of the fandom just continues to blow me away,” said Keaton “Every time I go to a con and I’ll see, I’ll see huge cosplay and these are people in full on armor, that lights up and then they’ll even have more obscure cosplays. I saw Galaxy Garrison trio with Lance and Hunk and Pidge they were all in their Garrison stuff. It’s amazing.”

In speaking about his influences, Keaton spoke about how he prepares for voice roles the same as he would a role in a play or movie or live action television show by trying to put himself in the mindset of the character and finding a relatable memory or experience from his own life. He also said that he draws on previous roles such as Spider-Man or Green Lantern. “Some of that found its way into Shiro as well, not the cocky aspect of Hal Jordan, but a lot of the military bearing. I’d say a lot of the parts that I play end up pulling from those in some way in future doesn’t really because that’s just, it adds to my frame of reference.”

Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 5 is now streaming on Netflix.

 

BOOM! Studios’ ECCC 2018 Exclusives & Signings

Press Release:

BOOM! Studios unveiled their lineup of exclusive items and full signing schedule today for Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) 2018, which will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA, during March 1-4. BOOM! Studios will once again occupy the most prominent booth on the floor, #1002 on the SkyBridge, and offer can’t-miss limited edition exclusive items for sale including:

  • Adventure Time #20 variant cover by Trungles
  • Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation #1 variant cover by Ben Dewey
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #24 variant cover by Adam Gorham
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers limited edition print by Goñi Montes
  • Rugrats #5 variant cover by Jay Fosgitt

 

 

Additionally, BOOM! Studios will feature a diverse array of opportunities to meet your favorite comic book creators and get your comics signed all weekend long, including:

Thursday, March 1st:

11:00 AM-11:50 AM – Jay Fosgitt (Bodie Troll)
12:00 PM-12:50 PM – Kelly and Nichole Matthews (The Power of the Dark Crystal)
1:00 PM-1:50 PM – Kyle Higgins, Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
2:00 PM-2:50 PM – Ryan North, Braden Lamb, Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time)
3:00 PM-3:50 PM – Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)
4:00 PM-4:50 PM – Michael Kingston, Michel Mulipola (WWE)
5:00 PM-5:50 PM – Cara McGee, Josh Trujillo (Dodge City)
6:00 PM-6:50 PM – Royden Lepp (Rust)

Friday, March 2nd:

11:00 AM-11:50 AM – Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings)
12:00 PM-12:50 PM – Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)
1:00 PM-1:50 PM – Chrystin Garland, Missy Pena (Steven Universe)
2:00 PM-2:50 PM – Kyle Higgins, Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
3:00 PM-3:50 PM – Steve Cardenas (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
4:00 PM-4:50 PM – Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)
5:00 PM-5:50 PM – Ayme Sotuyo, Maarta Laiho (Lumberjanes)
6:00 PM-6:50 PM – Sean Rubin (Bolivar)

Saturday, March 3rd:

11:00 AM-11:50 AM – Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)
12:00 PM-12:50 PM – Kyle Higgins, Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
1:00 PM-1:50 PM – Steve Cardenas (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
2:00 PM-2:50 PM – Ayme Sotuyo, Maarta Laiho (Lumberjanes)
3:00 PM-3:50 PM – Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)
4:00 PM-4:50 PM – Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings)
5:00 PM-5:50 PM – Royden Lepp (Rust)
6:00 PM-6:50 PM – Sean Rubin (Bolivar)

Sunday, March 4th:

11:00 AM-11:50 AM – Chrystin Garland, Missy Pena (Steven Universe)
12:00 PM-12:50 PM – Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)
1:00 PM-1:50 PM – Kyle Higgins, Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
2:00 PM-2:50 PM – Kelly and Nichole Matthews (The Power of the Dark Crystal)
3:00 PM-3:50 PM – Cara McGee, Josh Trujillo (Dodge City)
4:00 PM-4:50 PM – Jay Fosgitt (Bodie Troll)

Signing All Day, Every Day

David Yost (“Billy Cranston,” Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV Series)
Goñi Montes (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Lisa DuBois (Rugrats)

The previously announced programming lineup from BOOM! Studios at ECCC includes:

Thursday, March 1st
BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours at The Seattle Public Library
Time: 3:15-4:15PM | Location: Microsoft Auditorium, Seattle Public Library (1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104)

Tailored specifically for librarians and educators, join us for an introduction to comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios as they discuss their diverse titles produced under four distinct imprints (BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box, and KaBOOM!), from quality licensed books to captivating originals. Featuring Matt Kindt (Grass Kings), Tyler Jenkins (Grass Kings), Josh Trujillo (Dodge City), Cara McGee (Dodge City), Lisa DuBois (Rugrats), Royden Lepp (Rust) and Sean Rubin (Bolivar). Moderated by Dafna Pleban (Editor, BOOM! Studios).

Friday, March 2nd
Lumberjanes: The Hardcore Lady Type Panel
Time: 4:00-5:00pm | Location: TCC L3-R1

BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes is one of the biggest success stories in comics—and their biggest adventures yet are coming in 2018! Join co-creator Brooklyn Allen, Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power), series artist Ayme Souyo, series colorist Maarta Laiho and series editor Dafna Pleban to celebrate entering Year Five of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types!

Saturday, March 3rd
BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
Time: 1:30-2:30pm| Location: TCC L3-R1

The world of BOOM! Studios has grown bigger than ever before, meaning there’s a comic book for every kind of fan – and this is the panel to Discover Yours! Join Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Josh Trujillo (Dodge City), Cara McGee (Dodge City), Ryan Ferrier (Rocko’s Modern Life), Lisa DuBois (Rugrats), Sean Rubin (Bolivar), Royden Lepp (Rust), and Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios) as they reveal all the big news from the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM! and Archaia, along with some special surprises for every fan in attendance. Moderated by Filip Sablik (President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Sunday, March 4th
Creating the World of Mouse Guard
Time: 1:30-2:30 | Location: WSCC 604

Discover the secrets behind building the world of Mouse Guard, one of the most successful new comics of the past decade, straight from creator David Petersen! Mouse Guard is in development as a feature film by 20th Century Fox, but before that, David crafted a world for the graphic novel series with a sense of history, materials, arts, values, architecture, culture, and language. Explore the past, present, and future of The New York Times bestselling series that everyone’s talking about, from comic books to coloring books and more! Moderated by Cameron Chittock (Editor, BOOM! Studios).

For continuing news on BOOM! Studios at Emerald City Comic Con, including exclusive merchandise and signing schedules, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

 

Skybound Announces ECCC 2018 Signings & Exclusives

Skybound Entertainment will appear at Emerald City Comic Con next week on March 1st – 4th. Swing by booth #316 to meet several creators and pick up convention exclusives such as the Atom Eve action figure (both with and without battle damage) and a Funko Pop of Saga’s Lying Cat with glow in the dark head. Further details on their website….

SIGNINGS
Thursday March 1:
11:00am – 11:45am – Tony Akins
2:00pm – 2:45pm – Stefano Gaudiano

Friday March 2:
12:00pm – 12:45pm – Joseph Keatinge, James Asmus & Christopher Sebela
2:00pm – 2:45pm – Lukas Ketner
3:00pm – 3:45pm – Sean Mackiewicz

Saturday March 3:
3:00pm – 3:45pm – Joseph Keatinge, James Asmus & Christopher Sebela

First Second & MacKids Schedule for Emerald City Comic Con 2018

Press Release:

First Second and MacKids will be exhibiting at booth 1602 during Emerald City Comic Con on March 1-4, 2018, with featured guests Vera Brosgol (BE PREPARED), Jen Wang (THE PRINCE AND THE DRESSMAKER), and Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll (SPEAK: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL).

The full list of :01/MacKids authors at the show includes: Nidhi Chanani, Mark Long and Jim Demonakos, Tricia Levenseller, Nilah Magruder, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, MK Reed, Mairghread Scott and Robin Robinson, Ngozi Ukazu

Thursday, March 1

  • 2:00 PM Swoon Reads Giveaway Hour
  • 3:00 PM Taran Matharu’s The Outcast Galley Giveaway
  • 4:00 PM Hope Larson’s All Summer Long Galley Giveaway
  • 5:00 PM Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse Enamel Pin Giveaway
  • 6:00 PM Marissa Meyer’s Wires & Nerve Print and Renegades Sampler Giveaway

Friday, March 2

  • 11:00 AM Laurie Halse Anderson and Emily Carroll, Speak: The Graphic Novel Signing
  • 12:00 PM Educator Giveaway Hour
  • 1:00 PM Caleb Roehrig’s White Rabbit Galley Giveaway
  • 2:00 PM Sophie Cameron’s Out of the Blue Galley Giveaway
  • 3:00 PM Tillie Walden’s On a Sunbeam Sampler Giveaway
  • 4:00 PM Vera Brosgol, Be Prepared Giveaway and Signing
  • 5:30 PM Jen Wang, The Prince and the Dressmaker Signing

Saturday, March 3

  • 11:00 AM Tricia Levenseller, The Daughter of the Pirate King Signing
  • 12:00 PM Ngozi Ukazu, Check, Please! Galley Giveaway and Signing
  • 2:00 PM Jen Wang, The Prince and the Dressmaker Signing
  • 3:00 PM Mary Pearson’s Dance of Thieves Galley Giveaway
  • 4:30 PM Nidhi Chanani’s Pashmina Signing
  • 5:30 PM Mark Long and Jim Demonakos, The Silence of Our Friends Signing
  • 6:30 PM Reading Without Walls Giveaway

Sunday, March 4

  • 11:00 AM Dan Santat’s After the Fall Tote Bag Giveaway
  • 12:30 PM Mairghread Scott and Robin Robinson’s The City on the Other Side Signing and Giveaway
  • 1:30 PM Nilah Magruder, How to Find a Fox Signing
  • 2:30 PM Michael Dante DiMartino’s Rebel Genius Notebook Giveaway
  • 3:30 PM Benjamin Harper and Sarah Hines Stephens’s Bug Girl Giveaway

Dark Horse Announces Emerald City Comic Con 2018 Exclusives

Press Release:

Dark Horse is proud to announce its selection of exclusive merchandise available at Emerald City Comic Con. We have two new gorgeous convention exclusive variant covers set to debut: American Gods: My Ainsel #1 and Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins #1!

All exclusive merchandise will be available at the Dark Horse booth (#1708) for all of ECCC 2018. Please note, there will be a fixed number of exclusives set aside for each day of the convention.

Check out the full roster of Dark Horse’s convention exclusives, along with quantity and price, below!

American Gods: My Ainsel #1 Convention Exclusive (Christian Ward)

$10.00
Limited Print Run of 1000
Only 5 per person per day

Critical Role – Vox Machina: Origins #1 Convention Exclusive (Deborah Hauber)

$10.00
Limited Print Run of 1000
Only 5 per person per day

American Gods: Shadows #1 Emerald City Comic Con Exclusive (Becky Cloonan)

$5.00
Limited Edition of 500

Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1 Convention Exclusive (Daniel Warren Johnson)

$10.00
Limited Edition of 750
5 per person per day

American Gods: Shadows #1 Convention Exclusive (Skottie Young)

$10.00
Limited Edition of 1,400
5 per person per day

Black Hammer #1 Convention Exclusive (Fábio Moon)

$10.00
Limited Edition of 1,400
5 per person per day

Emerald City Comic Con 2018 Presents Sketch Fighter

February 20, 2018 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Washington

Press Release:

The quick-draw game that pairs comic book artists with stand-up comedians returns to the Emerald City Comic Con. On March 3rd at 1PM PST, four teams will compete on the floor of ECCC, with only one emerging victorious.

Match 1 will feature CHRIS BURNHAM (Nameless, Batman Inc.) and EMMETT MONTGOMERY taking on SARA RICHARD (My Little Pony, Jem and the Holograms) and RON SWALLOW. Match 2 will see CHRISSIE ZULLO (Fables, Madame Xanadu) and SILAS LINDENSTEIN vs. YEHUDI MERCADO (Rick and Morty, Sci-Fu) and SALLY JORDAN. The teams that do not advance out of the first round will face each other for the bronze medal. The semi-final winners will then square off to determine which team is sketch-fighting-champion!

The event will be hosted by TOM FRANCK and DYLAN COLE. All of the action can be watched by those not attending ECCC as the match will be streamed live on SyFy.com. Viewers – both in-person and watching the stream – can offer clues for the players to draw throughout the game on the Sketch Fighter Twitter Page: @sketch_fighter.

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Dark Horse Announces ECCC 2018 Programming Schedule

Press Release:

Visit Dark Horse Comics at Booth #1708 during Emerald City Comic Con to meet some of your favorite creators and get your hands on some free swag, such as comics, pins, posters, and more! Get colorin’ on our communal coloring wall! The wall will feature pages from the #DHColors Coloring Book line! Canvases will vary throughout the weekend but include pages from The Legend of Korra Coloring Book, Avatar: The Last Airbender Coloring Book, The Witcher Adult Coloring Book, and the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book. Check out our signings and panels, too!

Special appearance in the Dark Horse booth from our friends at Happymatic Photo Booth! Come by with your friends or in cosplay and get your picture taken as a souvenir – for FREE!

We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
FEMINA AND FAUNA: THE ART OF CAMILLA D’ERRICO, RAINBOW CHILDREN, HELMETGIRLS: Camilla d’Errico

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE: Patric Reynolds

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover

3:00 – 3:45 PM:
ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

4:00 – 4:45 PM:
ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara, Sebastián Fiumara

5:00 – 5:45 PM:
THE VISITOR: HOW AND WHY HE STAYED, RASPUTIN: THE VOICE OF THE DRAGON, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955: Chris Roberson

6:00 – 6:45 PM:
HALO: RISE OF ATRIOX: Jonathan Wayshak, John Jackson Miller

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 2

11:00 – 11:45 AM:
TOMB RAIDER: Phillip Sevy

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk
TBA: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
THE ONCE AND FUTURE QUEEN: Adam P. Knave, DJ Kirkbride

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
LOBSTER JOHNSON, HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1954: Stephen Green

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Sharlene Kindt

3:00 – 3:45 PM:
STARCRAFT: SCAVENGERS: Jody Houser

4:00 – 4:45 PM:
AMERICAN GODS, KABUKI, FIGHT CLUB 2: David Mack

5:00 – 5:45 PM:
THE LEGEND OF KORRA: TURF WARS: Irene Koh

6:00 – 6:45 PM:
THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEKS: Hope Nicholson, Patrick Rothfuss, Amy Chu, Vita Ayala

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

11:00 – 11:45 AM:
ETHER, DEPT. H, MIND MGMT, PAST AWAYS, PISTOLWHIP: Matt Kindt
DEPT. H: Matt Kindt, Sharlene Kindt

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
ELFQUEST: Richard Pini, Wendy Pini

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

2:00 – 2:45 PM:
TREKKER: Ron Randall

3:00 – 3:45 PM:
ANGEL CATBIRD: Johnnie Christmas, Tamra Bonvillain

4:00 – 4:45 PM:
HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk
TBA: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

5:00 – 5:45 PM:
DOCTOR STAR & THE KINGDOM OF LOST TOMORROWS: Max Fiumara

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

11:00 – 11:45 AM:
SOUPY LEAVES HOME: Jose Pimienta

12:00 – 12:45 PM:
USAGI YOJIMBO: Stan Sakai

1:00 – 1:45 PM:
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES, THE WITCHER, MYSTERY GIRL, COLDER: Paul Tobin

PANEL SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, MARCH 1

12:15-  1:15 PM: Seriously, What’s Up With Editors

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

Have you always wondered what a comic book editor does? Do you think you have what it takes to be one? Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios, IDW, and Oni Press want to give you insight on breaking into the industry and working with a powerhouse publisher! Join Dark Horse’s Katii O’Brien, BOOM! Studios’ Cameron Chittock, IDW’s Sarah Gaydos, and Oni Press’ Desiree Wilson for a rare behind the panels look at the secrets to building successful comic and graphic novel programs.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 3

12:15 – 1:15 PM: Geeking Out On Secret Loves

(Location: WSCC 604)

The Secret Loves of Geeks is the newest anthology from editor Hope Nicholson about love, sex, and dating with stories from cartoonists and professional geeks who tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories. Join speakers Hope Nicholson, Priya Huq, Levi Hastings, Amy Chu, and Harris O’Malley AKA “Dr. Nerdlove” for personal stories of modern love across the gender and sexual identity spectrums.

 

4:45 – 5:45 PM: ElfQuest – 40 Years of Pointy Ears

(Location: TCC L3-R2)

February 2018 wraps up 40 years of Elfquest with the biggest bang ever. Celebrate the longest-running indy fantasy comic with Wendy and Richard Pini, co-creators, writers and artist. Learn behind the scenes secrets that have been hidden since 1978. The newest – and final – issue of the Final Quest series will hit the stands the day before ECCC opens, so you’ll be able to bombard Wendy and Richard with all the questions you’ve been saving up for years! Moderated by Tia Vasiliou of comiXology.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 4

10:45 – 11:45 AM: Dark Horse Manga

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

2018 marks Dark Horse’s 30th anniversary of publishing manga! From last year’s Eisner-nominated Wandering Island, to legendary series Lone Wolf and CubBerserkBlade of the ImmortalAstroboy, and Oh My Goddess!, to contemporary titles such as I Am a HeroFate/ZeroDanganronpaDrifters, and Hatsune Miku, we’re proud to release a wide spectrum of works from Japanese creators. Join translator Zack Davisson and Dark Horse editor Carl Horn for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

 

1:15 – 2:15 PM: Artists Who Write

(Location: TCC L3-R1)

Whether it’s the adventures of a teen bandit, a villain with a heart of gold, a rabbit ronin, a superhero girl, or anything in between, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join Colleen Coover (Bandette), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), and Adam Warren (Empowered) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh. Joe Golem: Occult Detective artist Patric Reynolds will moderate this star-studded panel!

ECCC 2018 Presents: Kracklefest 8 – A Night Of Nerd-Rock & Comedy

February 15, 2018 by  
Filed under Convention News, Music, Washington

Press Release:

Emerald City Comic Con and nerd-rock artist Kirby Krackle are proud to present KRACKLEFEST 8 – A Night Of Nerd-Rock & Comedy taking place at Hard Rock Seattle on Friday, March 2nd only a few blocks from the con! Tickets available now at the link…

Now in its 8th year, KRACKLEFEST has served as the annual nerd-rock concert and showcase during ECCC since 2010 with this year’s bill featuring the talents of Lucia Fasano, nerdcore rapper Megaran, and of course nerd-rock pioneer Kirby Krackle to close out the night! KRACKLEFEST 8 this year also features the local stand-up comedy talents of Caitlin Duffy, Joe Kerley, and Scott Cavazos for this 21+ show.

Join us for this celebration of music and comedy with exclusive KRACKLEFEST 8 merch, themed specialty drinks, and get nerd-rocked while you’re at it!

Please visit  www.kirbykracklemusic.com to learn more and what nerd-rock is all about.

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Hard Rock Cafe Seattle
116 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 204-2233

ECCC 2018 Presents: An Evening with Jonathan Coulton

Join Jonathan Coulton live at Emerald City Comic Con on Thursday, March 1st for a night of music, hilarity and general nerdery!

You know him as the video game music composer for Portal (Still Alive), Left 4 Dead, and Lego Dimensions; the man behind geek rock anthems like Code Monkey, Re: Your Brains, and Skullcrusher Mountain; the house musician for NPR’s Ask Me Another; and as a composer and lyricist for the new SpongeBob Musical along with musicians like David Bowie, Steven Tyler, John Legend, The Flaming Lips, Cyndi Lauper and more… Having recently finished a new Grammy-nominated album, Solid State, and an international tour with Aimee Mann, he’ll be fresh off JoCo Cruise (the Jonathan Coulton fan cruise sailing to Mexico in late February) and back in Seattle to bring you a geek rock show that’s full of [not artificial] heart at an intimate venue.

This is mostly standing event with some limited seating available. If you prefer to or need to sit, please arrive early as seats are limited and available only on a first come first serve basis.

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Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us March 1-4, 2018. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

OUAT’s Jennifer Morrison Appears at Emerald City Comic Con 2018

Press Release:

From Storybrooke to the Emerald City – Jennifer Morrison will appear at Emerald City Comic Con 2018! Join her on the ECCC Main Stage at 6:15 PM on Friday, March 2nd for an inside look on her time as Emma Swan and find out how she really feels about Once Upon A Time coming to an end. She will also be available for Autographs & Photo Ops on Thursday March 1st – Saturday March 3rd. Get tickets at the link!

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Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) is the premier comic book & pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest. Join us March 1-4, 2018. For tickets and more information please go to the website: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com

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