ECCC 2023: Return to Emerald City
Right before the Pacific Northwest issued its first shelter-in-place orders in March of 2020, Emerald City Comic Con made the decision not to hold its annual convention in Seattle. This was the first domino to fall in regard to convention cancellations as we weathered the initial storm of the global COVID pandemic. But next week, Emerald City Comic Con RETURNS from March 2-5, back in person and back in its regular spring timeslot.
Always a highlight of the convention season, ECCC distinguishes itself from other conventions with its commitment to creators. A prime networking event, many creators will cite this convention as the birthplace of some of your favorite comic collaborations. And since many of our favorite comic book shows have either ended (and some being currently on-hiatus) ReedPop has taken advantage to set up some amazing reunion panels and signings that fans will love. Below are the things we're most anticipating at ECCC 2023.
The Arrowverse Reunion
The Green Arrow is in Emerald City! It's fitting that Stephen Amell would make an appearance at Emerald City Comic Con since Seattle is the inspiration for the fictional Star City that his character protected every week on Arrow. Amell is joined by Colton Haynes (Roy Harper) and Juliana Harkavy (Dinah Drake) for photo ops and autograph signings and a reunion panel on Saturday evening.
Special Guest: Mark Ruffalo
Mark Ruffalo (Avengers, She-Hulk) is the featured guest for the weekend culminating in a spotlight panel on Sunday morning.
Writer Shobo Coker and artist Shof Coker discuss the development of the Image Comic series NEW MASTERS. Winners of the Creators 4 Creators grant, the Nigerian brothers' New Masters portrays a "striking vision of West Africa under the thumb of alien colonizers". The panel will detail the creators' challenges and "how [they] overcame them to create a culturally specific, visually rich, and socio-politically relevant universe for our stories."
Our Flag Means Death
Premiering March 2022, Our Flag Means Death, HBOMax's queer, pirate comedy, could have easily gotten lost in the deluge of streaming shows. But somehow this gem found a dedicated fanbase and was renewed for a second season. Cast members, Rhys Darby (Stede Bonnett), Samba Schutte (Roach) and Vico Ortiz (Jim) are all scheduled to attend the convention and for the OFMD cosplayers, there's a meetup on Saturday afternoon.
ECCC always draws some of the best creators in biz and 2023 is no different. Some of our standout faves attending this year are Arielle Jovellanos (Girl Taking Over: A Lois Lane Story), Lord Mesa, Cecil Castellucci (Shifting Earth), Steenz (Heart Of The City), Chan Chau (Kristy & The Snobs), and Sanya Anwar (cover artist, DC and Archie Comics).
Scream VI is premiering the weekend after the convention ends but for those of us who love the OG Scream team, ECCC is offering photo ops with Matthew Lillard, Skeet Ulrich, and the best final girl (fight me), Neve Campbell. In addition to a photo op with all three stars, there's a reunion panel on Friday afternoon.
For the full lineup of panels, signings, and photo ops, check out emeraldcitycomiccon.com