by Transmute Jun
Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) is the biggest pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest, and this year’s event is also the unofficial start of the spring con season. The 2019 con will be held March 14-17, which means that there is just over a month until the big event! For those who are already planning their trip to ECCC (or for those who are still thinking about it) here’s a roundup of the important con information so far.
Tickets are still available, for every day but Saturday, and can be purchased here. If you are still holding out for a Saturday badge, don’t lose hope! For the first time this year, ECCC is partnering with Lyte, to act as an official ticket reseller. You can put yourself on the waitlist here to buy returned badges. If, sadly, your plans have changed and you have to cancel your tickets, you can do so with Lyte and know that they are going to a good home, making someone on the waitlist very happy.
Hotels for ECCC are also still available, and can be reserved here.
If you have purchased your badge, you can enter the Funko lottery! The lottery closes on February 11, and winners will be notified by February 25. Lottery winners will be allocated a guaranteed timeslot to access the Funko booth #2416, to purchase Funko‘s show exclusives. All paid attendees and professional attendees may enter (press, minions/volunteers and exhibitors are not eligible). If you don’t win a timeslot in the lottery, don’t worry; you’ll still have a chance to purchase whatever merchandise is left when the booth opens at 3 pm each day for everyone.
ECCC has a new hotel headquarters! In the past, some events, panels, signings, and photo ops have been held at the Sheraton hotel, next door to the convention center. This year, ECCC is moving all autographs and photo ops, as well as the Main Stage, to the Hyatt Regency hotel at 808 Howell St. Note that this is a brand new Hyatt hotel. It is not the Grand Hyatt or the Hyatt at Olive 8. You can find the new ECCC extension using this map to the right.
Since the old Main Stage area in the convention center has been freed up with the move to the Hyatt, ECCC is expanding the Exhibit Floor into this room, making it significantly bigger than in previous years. Additionally, the ‘stage’ portion of the room will now be the SyFy Wire Live Stage, hosting interviews, special guests and tournaments from the show floor.
Other parts of the show have been moved as well. Gaming will now be in the TCC on the Lower Level and on Level 1. The Hive will be on TCC Level 2. Meanwhile, Family HQ has moved to WSCC Level 2, while Cosplay Central will be set up on WSCC Level 3.
The panel schedule is also available, and can be found here. ECCC is well-known for its wide variety of programming, including celebrity guests, gaming, cosplay, diversity and writing panels.
As always, ECCC is also hosting a number of fan meetups for various pop culture properties (including Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica) as well as a number of ‘common interests’ gatherings, such as Women in Gaming, Funko, and Steampunk meetups.
The schedule of nighttime events is filling out nicely. Mark Altman hosts a discussion and book signing about Battlestar Galactica‘s various incarnations through the ages (tickets available for purchase here) on Thursday, March 14 at 9:15 pm. On Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, fans can attend the annual Guardians of the Sexy burlesque show at 7:30 pm or 10:15 pm (tickets available for purchase here). Kracklefest 9’s annual nerd-rock concert will be held on Friday, March 15 at 8:15 pm (tickets available for purchase here).
Lastly, things with ECCC are always changing, and this con is known for making a lot of last-minute guest announcements. The most recent news is that guest Matt Smith unfortunately had to cancel his appearance, but he is being replaced by Peter Capaldi (so fans of the Doctor can still adventure through time and space at ECCC). Sign up for ECCC’s newsletter for the latest news.
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