Saturday, March 16, 2019

Emerald City Comic Con 2019 #ECCC: Friday, and only Friday

Things I learned at the Con:

1. For the first time in my life, I realized Tauntauns have two sets of nostrils!?!?!

2. I don't dress up for Cons because that's not why I go and with my precious 6 hours, I need to move through the show quickly--in comfort. BUT I can't deny, I love to SEE the cosplay. And this year, as Cardi B would say, it was poppin'. People brought their A-game and I noticed a surge of confidence and creativity. I didn't have the opportunity to really capture the MANY, MANY incredible costumes, but here are two that uh, caught my attention...

Some nightmare called Pyramid Head from the Silent Hill video game. Yikes.

Mojo Jojo

3. Panels are the best for...


➨resting one's aching feet
➨scarfing down one's lunch [ALWAYS BRING YOUR OWN SACK LUNCH & WATER TO THE CON] 
➨learning something from professionals who know stuff

I listened to panels on 'Tropes in Writing,' 'Women making Comics' and 'Skybound Comics Illustrators/Authors.' All instructive, inspiring and illuminating. However I couldn't get into the Main Stage Conversation with George "Mr. Sulu" Takei this afternoon (who may or may not have a passing resemblance to my father.) Just too many people in Seattle wanted to see him. Nevertheless, I'm eager to read his upcoming graphic novel memoir about his childhood during World War II and his experiences in Japanese-American Internment Camps--something my family had experience with too.

4. I always prioritize a lot of time to say hello to friends and meet comic creator heroes. This is what makes a Con unique and worth it for me from year to year. Since I read more and different comics as the years go by, my list changes.
This is Artist Rich Werner who brought us the original 'Plants vs. Zombies' game/franchise. (He also did an inspired commission for me years ago called the Shark Dentist that was a gift for my dad.) But that painting behind him is a 6-year masterpiece that is so gorgeous in real life AND is available in print form at the Con and on his website ( His wife, Halle, a fellow Coug & former RealNet coworker of mine, won't let him part with the original--AND I DON'T BLAME HER. 

Rich Werner

Also, imagine my shock when upon entering the Artist Alley section with comic authors & illustrators, that my former WSU Cable 8 Grad Student Advisor, Mitch Cook, had a booth and has been WRITING COMICS for awhile now. Wow! 👀
I was also thrilled to meet for the first time: Emi Lenox of Plutona, Sana Takeda of Monstress, Agnes Garbowska of DC Super Hero Girls.

5. Star Wars--especially the 'Ultimate Experience' walk-through display by the 501st Legion, Garrison Titan--totally delivers as the premier fandom. (Yes, I see you Trekkers. It's not that I don't like you but I don't "like like" you.) Straight donations and raffle proceeds go to Seattle Children's Hospital and last year their debut year for the Star Wars Experience, they raised over $25,000 at Emerald City ComicCon. 

I love this photo op so much. How ingenious.

Porg Moms and human moms have the same reaction to kids complaining about dinner.

My favorite find of the day. I will be getting this framed to hang in the house. 

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Thank you, Next: Bye 2018, time to gear up for 2019

Of all of the experiences I had in tumultuous 2018, I think election text banking on behalf of candidates across the country made a notable, lasting impact. Maybe it was because it was the culmination of a year spent trudging through outrage. Maybe it felt like I was fighting for our nation and sanity. Or maybe it was because there were moments when across the expanse and through the mask of technology, there could still be connection. 
One such example occurred when I texted a woman named Brandy, waiting for her OB appointment in North Carolina. She is registered to vote in NC House District 9 (which coincidentally was the one that had those election fraud accusations). But voting was the last thing on her mind back on November 5th--the day before election day--as the second hour just ticked by for her in the waiting room. She was frustrated and a little freaked out, as moms-to-be sometimes are. So then it became just two people talking to each other and trying to help. Here's the exchange:

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So this year has been a lot of finding out how to help and doing small things that hopefully inspire, motivate and illuminate. Much of it is learning a bunch of things myself that I'd never taken the time to understand, specifically in how the law and our government works. But also understanding other people's life experiences and how to be an ally to others who need support. 

2019 will be a continuation of all of this and to encourage people to participate in our community and our democracy--which, as we've seen, don't work well without us.