#ECCC2014 Day 3 Emerald City Comic Con: More pictures, #Godzilla, #Dwight Schultz and #Karen Gillian

Harry Potter Cosplay ECCC2014

Harry Potter Cosplay ECCC2014

Harry Potter Cosplay ECCC2014

Day 3 of ECCC is bittersweet. We have had so much fun and this is the final day of the con. The urge to squeeze every ounce of fun out of this day is stronger than any of the other days of the con. We are weary from lack of sleep and overstimulation from all of the sights and sounds yet we wish it would never end.

I so wanted to see Karen Gillian but her line was capped by the time I got up there. I’m very happy that so many other people wanted to see her. I did get to meet Dwight Schultz and get his autograph. He was just as delightful as could be. I had a difficult time selecting the right photograph to have signed for a very reasonable price. I was very tempted by the one where he was wearing the full aviator costume he wore in the A-Team because I really loved the character of Howling Mad Murdock. Finally I settled upon a photograph of him with Dirk Benedict because I had gotten Mr. Benedict’s autograph at last years ECCC and it appealed to my sense of temporal symmetry. I hadn’t realized he’d done some voice acting for Princess Mononoke or I might have had something intelligent to say to him.

From there I went to John de Lancey’s autograph line, which was right next to Dwight Schultz’s line. He was also very gracious and we chose the photograph of Q sitting on the throne, of course we did. His autograph was also reasonably priced.

I had to laugh at myself. Not only are we getting a wonderful collection of Star Trek actor and actress autographs but I’m also picking up the A-Team while I’m at it. I wanted to get Karl Urban’s autograph but the timing just didn’t work out. Every time I tried to get up there to his signings I got distracted—usually by Godzilla. Then by the time I remembered I was trying to get an autograph the time was up. Totally my bad but I got some cool Godzilla stuff.

What I love about the con is that if you plan your day out right you can see the sights and when your feet get tried and you need to sit for a bit you just go to the panel discussion of some star you want to hear speak or a workshop. There are panels that have advice on how to create cosplay costumes and how to write or market your own comic books.

I found Heather Hudson’s table. She’s another artist whose work I really like. I’ve played Magic: The Gathering since The Dark was released so I know some of the work of a lot of artists. She was just pleasant to talk to. She had a Cthulhu poker deck that I just had to pick up. Apparently I’m collecting unusual poker decks now. What I love about them is that they contain a lot of art for the buck.

So ends another Emerald City Comic Con. We had such a good time I’m already looking forward to next year. Please enjoy some more photographs. KZ

Wonder Woman ECCC2014

Wonder Woman ECCC2014

ECCC2014 Steampunk cosplay

ECCC2014 Steampunk cosplay

ECCC2014 Dalek Cosplay

ECCC2014 Dalek Cosplay

ECCC2014 Space Battleship Yamato model under construction.

ECCC2014 Space Battleship Yamato model under construction.

ECCC2014 Guyver Model

ECCC2014 Guyver Model

ECCC2014 Loki & Black Widow

ECCC2014 Loki & Black Widow

Day 2 #ECCC2014 Emerald City Comic Con #Godzilla & Cosplay Lots of Pics

Mark from Gatchaman Action Figure

Mark from Gatchaman Action Figure

Mark from Gatchaman Action Figure

Today I gave myself permission to just wander the vender booths and see what there was to see. Oh, sure, I could have stood in lines for a variety of autographs. I did that at the Rose City Comic Con and had a blast but there is something to be said for just soaking in the experience.

Today I found the Godzilla merchandise—oh did I ever find the Godzilla merchandise. I felt like a kid in a candy shop. There were “destroy the city” play sets with Godzilla 2014 and the new Kaiju Muto. There were Godzilla piggy banks (I so want one) and Godzilla patches.

Godzilla merchandise including Hedorah and Megaguirus figures

Godzilla merchandise including Hedorah and Megaguirus figures

Then I hit the jackpot. At a booth that I’ve seen before that specializes in Japanese monster movie and anime merchandise. This time the proprietors had way more Godzilla stuff than I remember. They were very helpful and talked about their wares knowledgably. I went a little crazy but I got some fantastic stuff including an action figure of Mark from Gatchaman as well as a Megaguirus and Hedorah figure. Yes I was bad—no I’m not even remotely sorry.

Aside from the squee worthy Godzilla merch the cosplay today was just delightful. I saw so many firsts today in cosplay that it was just fun to see who all I could find that I hadn’t seen at a con before. Now granted I haven’t been to a lot of cons yet but today I saw a rocking Ms. Marvel, a Firestar, a phenomenal Spawn with henchmen carrying his cape for him and the far and away winners were an older couple dressed as Popeye and Olive Oyl. I kid you not.

Dalek Wheelchair FTW

Dalek Wheelchair FTW

There was a woman who had decked out her wheel chair so that she could be a Dalek—total win. I saw my first Doctor Strange and a simply stunning Scarlett Witch in her classic costume, which I must confess is one of my all time favorites. Some of the best Lokis were cosplayed by women and I saw a really buff cross-dressed Wonder Woman that was well done. He was rocking the bathing suit.

Black Widow was well represented and there were a couple of gorgeous Black Cats as well as Catwoman. Poison Ivy and the Joker were perennial favorites. I even saw a woman dressed up as The Eye of Sauron. It was pretty amazing.

We made our way to the Lego room to see Rivendale recreated in Legos. It was gorgeous and a bit mind-boggling. I can’t even imagine how much time it must have taken to put that thing together. There was a Lego R2D2 that had LED lights and motors in it so that it moved and made R2D2 sounds.

Space Battleship Yamato Model

Space Battleship Yamato Model

Then there were the models. Oh, the models. They were simply amazing. There were several Space Battleship Yamatos, a Guyver and an entire fleet of Starfleet Enterprises and other ships. There was even a Homer Simpson as Thor model.

Everyone was friendly and happy to talk about his or her craft, from cosplayers to venders to the people working on the models. There wasn’t a single person I couldn’t walk up to and ask a question without getting a warm greeting and lengthy explanation. One gentleman, working on turning a USS Missouri into a Space Battleship Yamato was very happy to explain all of the custom things he was doing to the ship, including how he was going to have the LED lights set up so that the engine and deck lights dimmed when the wave motion cannon was activated.

It’s so rewarding to listen to people talk about their hobbies and passions. There is a joy that is contagious and it makes me happy to witness it. I love the cosplayers; I love the artists and crafters. To me they are the heart and soul of the con. KZ

Starfleet Fleet of Models ECCC2014

Starfleet Fleet of Models ECCC2014

Loki, Black Widow and friends

Loki, Black Widow and friends

Popeye and Olive Oyl cosplay

Popeye and Olive Oyl cosplay

Lego Rivendale

Lego Rivendale

Doctor Strange & Scarlett Witch & friend

Doctor Strange & Scarlett Witch & friend

Day 1 of the Emerald City Comic Con #ECCC #NichelleNichols #PacificRim

T. Walpole's Drizzt
T. Walpole's Drizzt

T. Walpole’s Drizzt Do’Urden cover

Friday, March 28, 2014 and the #ECCC opens at 10 am.  At 9:30 the Starbucks, which had a line out the door on day 3 last year, was full but not out the door.  Some 10 minutes later, coffee in hand, we made our way to the convention center.

Last year we were directed through the convention center, out the back side, around the block and through a park to the end of the line.  This year they mailed the badges out early, which is good because all three days sold out long ago.  So we went in, up the escalators, showed our badges to the friendly and helpful volunteers and were inside to the next line.  That line was mercifully brief too.

Shortly we were ushered into the massive vender room where rows upon rows of tables awaited us offering everything from leather corsair hats to My Little Pony plushies.  The mass of humanity waiting to go in flowed like a tsunami of people looking for that perfect item to take home or that final piece to complete a costume.

I saw some spectacular Scharazade corsets side by side with Lego box sets of the 12 Doctors.  There were swords and daggers next to booths offering T-shirts with just about every anime, manga or super hero on them you could imagine.

The artist’s tables were equally varied and plentiful.  Brian Snoddy was there and very friendly.  He told me that other Magic: The Gathering artists were also around, like Phil and Kaya Foglio and Franz Vohwinkel.  We met Magic: The Gathering artist Brom and he was extremely nice.  He asked if anyone in our group was an artist and showed a real interest in them.

Let me say that I’ve always loved Phil and Kaya Foglio’s art.  I’ve met them once or twice at Magic: The Gathering conventions and they are gracious.  What really impressed me about them though was here recently when they boycotted Dragoncon because the co-owner was an accused child molester.  They actually gave up on income for the sake of real principles.  We need more people willing to make a stand like that in this world.

I really enjoy browsing the artist’s tables.  I love art and I like supporting artists.  Without exception artists I’ve stopped and chatted with have been friendly, passionate about their art and happy to talk about it and even give tips to others about how to improve their art.

At one table a series of gorgeous prints of Drizzt Do’urden holding Twinkle and Icingdeath drew me in.  I named them and said I was seriously tempted to purchase one.  Artist Tyler Walpole was sitting right there, it being his table and his art on those prints and he smiled and said, “I think you should go with that feeling.”

I laughed.  He laughed too and added, “Of course I might be a little biased.”

He was very charming and I did indeed go with that suggestion and got a beautiful print.  He kindly signed it for me and though I was tempted to chat for a while I didn’t linger because there were other paying customers right behind me.

The only thing I didn’t see a lot of, much to my dismay, was Godzilla merchandise or art.  Oh there were a couple of old action figures in one booth but with a major motion picture about to be released I had hoped to see much more representation of the king of the Kaiju.  I did find one booth that had some pretty choice Pacific Rim merchandise that made me happy.  Still, I had hoped Godzilla would have a larger presence

Nichelle Nichols at ECCC

Nichelle Nichols at ECCC

I must confess that the highlight of the day was meeting Nichelle Nichols.   There’s a funny story about that too because I expected her autograph line to not only be super long but also to be starting an hour later than when I got up to the room where stars were signing autographs.

You see, I went to get Richard Dean Anderson’s autograph as a gift for my sister.  When I got there the autographs were $85.00 each!  I’m afraid that’s a little rich for my blood.  Shoot that’s more than I paid for Sir Patrick Stewart’s autograph, and I got a great story to tell out of that brief encounter.  Plus the line for Richard Dean Anderson was huge.

So I browsed around the room to see who else might be there and almost right next door was Nichelle Nichols.  Not only was her line shockingly short but also her autographs were a very modest $40.00.

Let me just say that she is as warm and gracious and absolutely beautiful in person as she is on the big screen.  She found something to say to each person who got an autograph and even spoke briefly with fans who just wanted to say, “Hi.”  She is a generous and truly lovely person inside and out.

We went from there to sit in on her discussion panel.  Of course she was asked to tell the story about how she met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Most Star Trek fans have heard the story but not the way she tells it.  When she tells that story she really makes it come alive.

Nichelle Nichols said she was nervous to meet such an icon as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and he was nervous to meet such an icon as Lt. Uhura from Star Trek.  Apparently they were quite good friends before he told her she could not leave Star Trek.  She said one of the things she loves about having worked on Star Trek was that she could go anywhere and she could always tell who the Star Trek fans were within a few moments of meeting someone and because of that connection she always felt she had something she could talk about with people.

She went on from there to tell the story about when she met Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.  The way she spoke, her facial expressions and her candor were so engaging and she was so generous with herself that it was a joy to just listen to her speak.   She said she was told this Doctor wanted to meet her and she thought she’d set up a time to meet, give herself a chance to prepare but no; he wanted to meet her right now.  So she was nervous.  “Then,” she said, “This gorgeous man walks in, and I’m thinking–alright!”  She was so funny, just absolutely charming.

Steampunk Hat

Steampunk Hat

I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but the Emerald City Comic Con is off to an excellent start if you ask me.  Oh! The Cosplay has been fantastic.  I’ll get into that more in a later article.  KZ