Sunday, July 13, 2008

Emerald City ComiCon 2009 - Update 1

Summer has just started making itself known here in Seattle, we've had a nice streak of good weather and plenty of sun, and I hope no matter where you are, you're enjoying the kick-off of summer too!

It's not all fun and games (and delicious barbecue), we've also been hard at work on putting together another stellar line-up for the 2009 Emerald City ComiCon!

Aside from the great list of guests we've already announced(including first-timers Humberto Ramos, Barry Kitson, Darwyn Cooke, Mark Brooks, Joe Casey, Chirstos N. Gage, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, plus returning favorites such as Frank Cho, Stuart Immonen, Adam Hughes, Steve Niles and Joe Linsner), we've just added another
half dozen new guests to the show including:

ADI GRANOV, who designed the Iron Man suits (and Iron Monger) for the movie, will be making his first NorthWest appearance. He is currently illustrating a four-issue miniseries written by Jon Favreau and also a Spider-Man story written by Mark Waid.

Speaking of MARK WAID, the current Editor-In-Chief of Boom! Studios and writer of the Brave and the Bold, Spider-Man and many classic comics will be returning to the show in 2009.

MATT FRACTION, writer of The Punisher, Casanova (are your reading this book? It's freakin' good!!) and Immortal Iron Fist will be making his first ever appearance next year.

Indy legend STAN SAKAI is making his triumphant return to the Emerald City ComiCon. Stan celebrated the 20th anniversary of his creation, Usagi Yojimbo, with us in 2004 and is coming back in 2009 to celebrate his 25th!

Eisner Award winning artist TONY HARRIS is another gentleman who hasn't graced us with his presence for quite a few years. Since he was last at the ECCC, he's continued his work on Ex Machina, along with illustrating Spider-Man: With Great Power and the upcoming War Heroes with Mark Millar.

Lastly, though he had to cancel early on for the 2008 show, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (you know, he's the guy who is writing that Secret Invasion thingamajig over at Marvel, along with two Avengers books, Ultimate Spider-Man, Powers and some other stuff too) has signed on for 2009.

As the show has grown (having had our biggest attendance yet in 2008), so has the need for more space. To that end, we are officially announcing that we are expanding our show floor and adding an extra 15,000 square feet of exhibit space for 2009!

What this means is that although we will once again hold the show at our new home, the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, we're moving to the larger hall across the skybridge (to clarify, we're on the same floor of the convention center, just on the other side).

This move will allow us to bring you even more of what you've come to expet from the Emerald City ComiCon - great artists, exhibitors, dealers and much, much more!

So mark your calendars, dates again are April 4-5, 2009 and we'll have many more announcements coming your way in the next few months!

Jim Demonakos
Emerald City ComiCon

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