Getting up and at it early Friday morning, I was off to ECCC2016 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Upon arrival some 4-5 hours later, I was checked in to the Sheraton (with relative ease, I might add) and ready to set foot on the convention floor. Right off the bat there seemed to be an obvious shift in the "busy-ness" level from years prior. With the addition of the fourth day, Thursday, this year there lacked the normal crowds that often convoluted the the convention center during what used to be the first day of the convention and made running around to get the busy work of getting comics signed much, much easier. For example, I was able to step into Skottie Young's (he's so nice and cool!) line without any issue and get my Rocket Raccoon's signed without having to wait/hover around for an hour or so. In fact, the worst line I had stand in was Fiona Staples (ermahgerd she's amazeacraze) and, even then, I was only in line for maybe 20 minutes. With this, I managed to get my all my comics signed on Friday, for the most part, which allowed me to do what I please Saturday and Sunday.
Speaking of costumes, Saturday's onslaught of cosplayers were amazing! There were so many different fandoms out, it was hard to even see them all. I dressed up in my Aiden Pearce get-up which looked practically normal compared to some of the complex and beautifully crafted costumes many individuals brought out this year. I only managed to get a few photos but super shoutout to the 7-ft tall Master Chief, the Bumblebee on stilts, and the number of Aliens costumes I saw roaming around.
There was a weird vibe going on with ReedPop's take over of ECCC. I couldn't tell if it was tension between the artists and the convention owners or what, but there was something there. Though, it didn't really affect my experience as an attendee.
Overall, I didn't go crazy on the expenses this year. As I have a massive hoard of prints and graphic tees already, I refrained from buying any more. I did managed to pick up a good handful of late 80's Transformers issues (including issues 80) for an amazing price, bring my count to finish the series to about 8 (hells yeah!). My amazing boyfriend picked me up Saga number 3 in an effort to try to help me pick up the early issues I'm missing (just need 2 and 4 now if anyone has them for sale!). Even though Norman Reedus and Nathan Fillion were both lined up on the celebs list, I had no desire to go stand in line this year to get a signature. Honestly, I felt a little 'meh' over the celeb line-up.
All-in-all, Emerald City Comicon was still a blast this year. I really enjoyed wandering the floor and areas of the convention, taking in the sights, sifting through the boxes of comics, and oohing-and-awing at all the beautiful artwork. 10/10, will do again (ECCC2017 or bust!)