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Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC)
StatusActive
Genrecomic
VenueSeattle Convention Center
Location(s)Seattle, Washington
CountryUSA
Inaugurated2003
Attendance98,000 in 2019
Organized byReedPop
WebsiteOfficial website

The Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC), formerly the Emerald City Comicon, is an annual comic book convention taking place in Seattle, Washington. Originally taking place at the city's Qwest Field (first at West Field Plaza, then at the Event Center), the venue changed in 2008 to its current home at the Seattle Convention Center. The show expanded to a three-day event in 2011 and began using the entire convention center for the first time in 2013. In 2014, the Gaming portion of the show was moved to the third floor of the nearby Sheraton Seattle Hotel to make room for an expanded show floor.

Programming

The convention features a wide array of activities and programming including industry guests, various discussion panels, celebrity signings and photo opportunities, prize drawings, and costume contests. It features a large and lively Exhibitor's hall with comics retailers from across the entire Pacific Northwest bringing a large stock of modern and vintage comics, as well as other products such as statues, action figures, models, etc. CCG, RPG, and tabletop gaming is supported in specific areas of the convention center.

History

Banner across the convention center's escalators leading to the event at the 2008 event

The event began as the Emerald City ComiCon, a one-day event at the Qwest Field Events Center in 2003. It was founded by comics retailer and comic book creator Jim Demonakos of Mukilteo, Washington, and broke even with an attendance of 3,000 people.[1] The event was acquired by Reed Exhibitions in 2015, after it had grown into a multi-day event at the Washington State Convention Center.[2]

On March 6, 2020, ReedPop announced that the 2020 Emerald City Comic Con would be postponed from March 12–15 to August 21–23 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which had been spreading in the Seattle area for several weeks.[3][4] The rescheduled event was later cancelled in June and was replaced by a virtual event.[5]

In 2021, the convention resumed as an in-person event, scheduled for December 2-5, 2021.[6]

Locations and dates

Dates Location Attendance
February 9, 2003 Qwest Field - West Field Plaza
Seattle, Washington
2,500
February 29, 2004 Qwest Field - West Field Plaza
Seattle, Washington
3,000
February 5–6, 2005 Qwest Field Event Center
Seattle, Washington
April 1–2, 2006 Qwest Field Event Center
Seattle, Washington
March 31–April 1, 2007 Qwest Field Event Center
Seattle, Washington
7,000
May 10–11, 2008 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
10,000
April 4–5, 2009 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
13,000
March 13–14, 2010 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
20,000
March 4–6, 2011 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
32,000
March 30–April 1, 2012 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
53,000
March 1–3, 2013 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
64,000 [7]
March 28–30, 2014 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
70,000 [8]
March 27–29, 2015 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
80,000
April 7–10, 2016 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
88,000[9]
March 2–5, 2017 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
91,000[10]
March 1–4, 2018 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
95,000[11]
March 14–17, 2019 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
98,000[12]
August 21–23, 2020[4] Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
Cancelled
December 2-5, 2021[6] Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
August 18-21, 2022 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington
75,000[13]
March 2-5, 2023 Washington State Convention Center
Seattle, Washington

References

  1. ^ McInnis, Andrea (March 29, 2007). "Look! Up in Seattle! It's a comics convention". The Everett Herald. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  2. ^ Brown, Molly (January 13, 2015). "Emerald City Comicon sold to pop culture events chain ReedPop in 'classic superhero team-up'". GeekWire. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Oxley, Dyer (March 6, 2020). "Emerald City Comic Con 2020 has been postponed". KUOW. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Talbott, Chris (March 16, 2020). "Emerald City Comic Con organizers work to reschedule a number of shows as coronavirus outbreak spreads". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  5. ^ Craighead, Callie (June 16, 2020). "Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con and PAX West canceled for 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "A Statement From Reedpop – Organizers Of Emerald City Comic Con". ECCC website. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  7. ^ "Emerald City Comicon • Just out of curiosity, do you know the attendance". Archived from the original on 2015-03-02. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  8. ^ "Emerald City Comicon • I was just wondering if you had the total number of attendees for 2014?". Archived from the original on 2014-05-15. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  9. ^ "Fan FAQs". Emerald City Comicon. Retrieved May 12, 2017. Archived December 27, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "ECCC Fan FAQs". Archived from the original on 2017-09-25. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  11. ^ "ECCC Fan FAQs". Archived from the original on 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  12. ^ "ECCC Fan FAQs". Archived from the original on 2019-05-31. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  13. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions".

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