Emerald City Comic Con just gets better and bigger and is one of the Comic Conventions to attend on the west coast. Many artist and writers live in the northwest and attend every year this year was no exception. The city is beautiful and the convention center is big enough for a large convention. And in the last few years the big names in the entertainment world have attended. This year they did something I have never saw before they streamed panels so you would not have to fight the crowds. ECCC package was $15 to see the panels that were streamed. The panels from Hall B are available for free, including the one from DC where you can watch Cully Hamner and Ethan Van Sciver sketch live while answering questions. The quality was good and voice was acceptable when the panelist used the microphone.
The guest list included: Gillian Anderson – Best known as Special Agent Dana Scully on the groundbreaking sci-fi TV series The X-Files, Kristin Bauer – Best known for her current role as vampire Pam in the HBO series True Blood, Dirk Benedict – played the roguish anti-hero Starbuck from the original 70s incarnation of Battlestar Galactica and the charismatic Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck on the 80s hit The A-Team, Danai Gurira – Best known as Michonne from the hit AMC series The Walking Dead, Walter Koenig – Internationally known as “Pavel Chekov” from the classic Star Trek series and films, he also played the villainous “Alfred Bester” in the cult sci-fi series Babylon 5, Christopher Lloyd – Best known for his work as Doctor Emmett Brown on the Back to the Future trilogy, Ray Park – First gaining fame for portraying Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode 1, Ray has gone on to portray Toad in the first X-Men movie, Patrick Stewart – played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films, Adam West and Burt Ward – played Batman and Robin respectfully in the 1960’s TV Series (and 1966 feature film), Billy Dee Williams – Known to millions as Lando Calrissian, the suave friend of Han Solo in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, and many more.
The other special guests included voice talent, entertainment and comic creators and artist and even an astronaut named Clayton “Clay” Anderson who spent time on the international space station in space. The voice talent Jim Cummings the voice of Winnie the Pooh for over 25 years, and is the official voice for Tigger as well, Grey DeLisle known as the voice of Daphne Blake on Scooby-Doo, Phil LaMarr an actor and comedian, he is well known for his voice work as Green Lantern on Justice League Unlimited, Baxter Stockman on TMNT, Aquaman on Young Justice, Jack on Samurai Jack, Hermes Conrad on Futurama and dozens of other voices for TV, movies and video games. and others.
From the comic world we had Josh Adams – recurring artist on the Doctor Who comic series, other credits, Neal Adams – legendary creator and artist with beloved runs on Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Deadman, Simon Bisley – Artist on such titles as Judge Dredd, Lobo, Sláine, Hellblazer, Kurt Busiek – Eisner Award-winning writer/creator of Astro City, writer of Marvels, Superman, Conan, Trinity, JLA/Avengers, Marvels, Chris Claremont – Writer of a now-classic 17-year run on The Uncanny X-Men, which saw him create characters such as Rogue, Gambit, Sabretooth, Kitty Pryde and the White Queen, Kelly Sue DeConnick – writer whose work includes the new Captain Marvel, Ghost, Avenging Spider-Man, Invincible Iron-Man, Osborn, Supergirl, David Finch – Writer/artist of Batman: The Dark Knight, artist/cover artist for Batman, Justice League International, Before Watchmen: Nite Owl, Matt Fraction – Writer for The Mighty Thor, Journey Into Mystery, Invincible Iron Man, Hawkeye, Defenders, Avengers Vs. X-Men, Fear Itself, Morgan Gendel – Hugo-award winning writer of the beloved Star Trek: TNG episode The Inner Light, Mike Grell – Best known for his work on various incarnations of Green Arrow, Greg Horn – Well-known cover artist for hundreds of titles, such as New Avengers, Thor Goes Hollywood, Red Sonja, The Oz/Wonderland Chronicles, Jae Lee –
Making his first convention appearance for seven years, he is an Eisner Award winning artist known for his work on Inhumans, Hellshock, Sentry and Dark Tower, Kevin Maguire – Artist of Worlds’ Finest, My Greatest Adventure, Weird Worlds, Justice League, Mike Mignola – Eisner Award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D, Eric Powell – Multiple Eisner Award winning creator/writer/artist of The Goon, Alex Saviuk – Eisner and Harvey Award nominated artist of the Spider-Man newspaper strip, Gail Simone – Writer of Batgirl, has written Secret Six, Birds of Prey, Welcome to Tranquility, Wonder Woman, Bruce Timm – A modern animation legend, pretty much helping create the entire DC Animated universe, including Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League, JL Unlimited and many more, and there was so many more special guest can’t list them all.
The panels included Marvel, and DC Comics with How To Panels about the business along with human interest and the history of comics and entertainment world itself. All interest were covered in the comic and entertainment world. The costumes were great home made and very good. A great experience for all ages. If you have never been to a comic con check one out and see why comics are a special media that mirrors society itself. make plans to attend one near you. The show is one to not miss next year, dates well be know soon, stay tuned to Comics talk comic faithful and we will keep you informed. 🙂 Walt