Emerald City Comic Con 2019: Weasleys in the Wild!
We had a great time at this year’s Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington! From the amazing expansion of Artist Alley and the show floor to the focus on literary and comic book artists rather than mainstream celebrity guests, we felt more involved in the ECCC community than ever before.
Before we get into the fun interviews and panel coverage, we have to give a huge shout-out to all the ECCC Minions who worked the show floor, photo booths, and panels during this convention. Every single person we talked to, asked questions of, and made contact with was helpful and kind and made it their mission to ensure that we had what we needed and got us where we needed to be.
Our three-day event started Friday, March 15 with a bit of a jolt – our scheduled panel and photo opportunity with Rupert Grint was canceled due to a change in his production schedule. We promptly panicked, much like Ron while wrestling with the Devil’s Snare, but our inner Hermione told us to get ourselves together and we were able to quickly swap our Friday photo op for a slot on Saturday. Our previously Rupert-packed Friday was now fun and fancy-free, so we made it our mission to cruise the show floor, check out some Jelly Belly art, and grab our own Ginny, Fred, and George Weasley Funko Pop! limited edition three pack at the Funko booth during our scheduled lottery time slot.
Saturday was another early day, because we had a meeting with a high-ranking Funko official first thing in the morning and we had a LOT of important questions to ask, plus we had a must-attend Jason Isaacs spotlight panel to hit, and we had to look our best for our photo with Rupert. We even made a poster to use in our photo op in hopes of making him laugh a bit.
Check out our Friday and Saturday experiences below, and then keep reading to share in our adventure with Rupert at his panel on Sunday!
Sunday was THE day – the day of Rupert’s panel, that is – and we anticipated it getting really crowded very quickly. We had to make sure we got lined up as soon as possible to ensure great seats. But first, as an aspiring author, I felt it imperative to attend a literary panel first thing in the morning to start the day off. After the author panel, we made our way over to Rupert’s panel and planted our flags in line for seats.
Check out all the things we did on Sunday as we said good-bye to Emerald City, wrapping up our visit with Rupert Grint’s spotlight panel on Sunday evening!
That concludes the coverage of our adventures in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con. We enjoyed the events we were able to attend, but we really did not like how spread out the convention was – all photo ops, autographs, and main stage panels were in a hotel three blocks from the convention, will call for tickets/passes were at yet another hotel two blocks away, and that meant shelling out more money for parking or transportation, especially if you were physically unable to make the trek to the other places, or having to be very picky with the events you chose to attend because you had to allow time to travel between all four locations of the convention in downtown Seattle.
The hotels also did not plan correctly for the sheer mass of people that would be using their facilities, with restrooms not working or having enough supplies, restaurants being severely understaffed and not stocked for the crowds that passed through, and elevators and escalators breaking down, making it nearly inaccessible and impossible to get people where they needed to be safely and on time.
We hope that some changes are made next year if they decide to keep this layout to provide transportation for those who need accommodation due to barriers that prevented them from attending all locations and that these locations take a look at the literal thousands of people who attend these conventions so that they can plan appropriately.