Emerald City Comic Con is my home convention. The first year I attended was 2004 when Scott and I had first moved to Seattle. Among the tiny number of booth vendors we found one of Scott’s heroes, Donald Duck writer John Lustig, and became long-time close friends. We began exhibiting ourselves in 2005, and aside from the years we lived in Orlando (2008-2010) we’ve been exhibiting annually ever since.
When we exhibited in 2006 ECCC ran the same weekend as the Superbowl and NO ONE came. Our friends in Artist Alley gave up and we all hung out at our vendor table and joked around until it was time to go home. In 2007 we were still promoting a webcomic and did so poorly we hung up the towel on it for a year.
Now it’s 2015. We’ve been in Artist Alley since our return to Seattle because the price of vendor tables is through the roof, but also because we get to table next to people like Amy Mebberson and James Silvani who have gone from “artists we admired” to collaborators and friends we look forward to spending time with. I’ve got stories and two series in the works with multiple publishers, a stack of published work to sell and a very important script to turn in the day before for a property I never thought I’d get the chance to work on. And Emerald City has grown faster than we have, with over 70,000 attendees in 2014 and plenty of days sold-out.
After all of those years and everything I’ve published up to this point you would think it would have happened already, but this is my first year signing at a publisher’s booth at my home convention. Prior to this year I’ve only done that at SDCC, mother-of-all-cons, and that shows how the publishing attitude towards ECCC has changed.
My signing is scheduled at the IDW Publishing booth at 10 am on Sunday, March 29, hope to see you there!