Series: ECCC 2014

Cosplay Hustle: Con Prep on a Short Time Budget

I am a nerd. Loudly and proudly. I am also a huge procrastinator and scatterbrain. Put these two things together, and this is what you get… The Procrastinerdor Presents: Cosplaying: A Last-Minute Thor costume for ECCC I’ve been going down to Seattle from Vancouver for Emerald City Comic for four years now. This year we brought a friend who is new to conventions and we thought HEY! Wouldn’t it be fantastic to induct her into the wild and crazy world of con by organizing a group cosplay! HUZZAH! We chose to do female versions of the Avengers, and based on my height and size, we decided I’d make a great Thor (when it comes to Avengers I’m OBSESSED with all things Maximoff twins, but for our group we were leaning more towards the current movie franchise). It was either Thor or Hulk for me, and wandering around in green body paint was a step further than I was willing to go. Now! Of course we planned all of this well in advance and I…put it off. And put it off. It wasn’t until our Nick Fury texted a pic of the rocket launcher she built out of PVC pipe that I realized I needed to get my butt in gear. I had purchased all the pieces I wanted to put together for the costume, but I needed to modify...

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Emerald City Comicon: Smashing Con Harassment

I spent last weekend in Seattle as an attendee of Emerald City Comicon, and honestly, I’m still coming down from the whole experience. It was awesome. While it was my third time attending ECCC, it this was my first time cosplaying. It was my first time cosplaying EVER. I had no idea what to expect, but I could not have asked for a better con to dip my toe in the cosplay pool than this convention. ECCCs inaugural event was in 2003, and has since grown to be the third largest comic convention in the United States. While the con has been lauded for its comics and creator focus, that’s not the only thing that makes ECCC wonderful to attend. Let’s talk about ECCC’s zero tolerance anti-harassment policy. On the first day of the con, I walked to the Washington State Convention Center in the rain; a young couple cosplaying as Marshall Lee and Fionna of Adventure Time emerged from a side street, making their way up Pike just ahead of us. I smiled. Nothing signals an impending comic con like cosplayers out on the street. A few blocks from the Convention Center, one of the stoplights changed, and we all waited, albeit impatiently, at the street corner. As we waited, a man on the street began talking to Fionna. When she didn’t respond, he started screaming. “Girl you...

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Con Diary: Emerald City Comicon Day 1

I was taken to my very first con in 2011 by my unapologetically geeky, big sister. Back then, Emerald City Comic Con’s exhibition floor spanned only half of the fourth floor’s ballrooms. In 2014, the entire Washington State Convention Centre is home to the northwest coast’s premiere comic book and pop culture convention.  With so much to see and do, how will a 3 day pass begin to cover it? Day 1: The first day of Emerald City 2013 became (not so fondly) known as “line-con.” Normally we would arrive at the convention centre around 2pm on the Friday and walk right in for a preview. That year was not the case. We spent three hours in the longest line in memory, only to get in and realize the day was over. This year Emerald City changed their pick up rules, but we would not come unprepared for line-con. Arriving an hour early, we found only two other attendees in line ahead of us. A good sign of things to come. Plastered around the will-call area, and in fact all over the convention centre, were the Costumes Are Not Consent posters. Given the recent marketing disaster in Toronto coupled with the publicized discomfort of cosplayers at other cons, this was an even better sign. The first panel we attended was Women-Exposed!, which featured six accomplished, female illustrators speaking about their...

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Con Diary: Emerald City Comicon Day 3

I was taken to my very first con in 2011 by my unapologetically geeky, big sister. Back then, Emerald City Comic Con’s exhibition floor spanned only half of the fourth floor’s ballrooms. In 2014, the entire Washington State Convention Centre is home to the northwest coast’s premiere comic book and pop culture convention.  With so much to see and do, how will a 3 day pass begin to cover it? Day 3: I have this weird obsession with Hawkeye. It started at my first Con when I bought a copy of Chris Giarusso’s Mini Marvels and took off from there. A while ago a friend of mine sent me a free cross stitch pattern of the somewhat infamous nude Hawkeye scene from the recent Matt Fraction run. You know the one. Clint’s getting out of bed from a romp and suddenly he’s being shot at. He jumps in the air over the bed and a smiling Hawkeye, mask and all, covers his bits and not much else. I told myself I would stitch it but didn’t give it any serious thought until I learned that Matt Fraction would be coming to Emerald City. I feverishly pumped it out in the week before and had it framed and ready for Con. . Sunday was the day I would line up and show Matt Fraction my masterpiece. I arrived early to...

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Con Diary: Emerald City Comicon Day 2

I was taken to my very first con in 2011 by my unapologetically geeky, big sister. Back then, Emerald City Comic Con’s exhibition floor spanned only half of the fourth floor’s ballrooms. In 2014, the entire Washington State Convention Centre is home to the northwest coast’s premiere comic book and pop culture convention. With so much to see and do, how will a 3 day pass begin to cover it? Day 2: Today was the day I was supposed to don my first cosplay costume with my friends as the gender bent Avengers (Lady Hawkeye here). Due to some extenuating personal circumstances, the costume was never finished. Alas, I was delegated to holding Lady Thor’s things while she posed for pictures. I make a pretty decent shield maiden, I suppose. The first thing we did was attend a panel called “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back…Again.” This is one of a series of panels that Emerald City holds every year, featuring a group of the attending voice actors. They read out several scenes from Star Wars in chronological order, each time reading a different character in a random voice, as chosen by the moderator. By the end of the panel, my face hurt from laughter, as there is nothing like a romantic scene between Bart Simpson as Princess Leia and Kermit the Frog as Han Solo. Special surprise guest John...

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