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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #30 on: October 12, 2017, 08:00:06 PM »
Very nice Karatekid! Seattle and ECCC are a great experience and time.

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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #31 on: October 12, 2017, 08:33:09 PM »
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I didn't realize you were coming again this year, KarateKid! I'm glad you got tickets.
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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2017, 10:03:15 AM »
I have never been before.  how big is this con ?  was thinking about going and combining it with a trip to funko hq.  wondering how many days it would take to see everything in the exhibit hall

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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #33 on: October 13, 2017, 11:16:11 AM »
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I have never been before.  how big is this con ?  was thinking about going and combining it with a trip to funko hq.  wondering how many days it would take to see everything in the exhibit hall

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One day would cover the exhibit hall. It's not that big.
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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #34 on: October 13, 2017, 11:43:34 AM »
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I have never been before.  how big is this con ?  was thinking about going and combining it with a trip to funko hq.  wondering how many days it would take to see everything in the exhibit hall

thanks

It's a big con. Attendance was 91,000 last year (I believe that's badges sold, not people per day). I'd say it's about as large as WonderCon. There is a lot to offer, especially in the way of comics, Artists' Alley, cosplay, gaming and writing/books. The exhibit floor is quite large and goes through multiple areas, but there aren't really any 'big' booths with massive lines... save for the ECCC merchandise booths and the Funko booth (although that went to a lottery last year). There are entertainment guests, who generally appear on the main stage, but this is where ECCC falls behind its size. There are no 'studio' panels and the panels with the entertainment guests are much closer to a Wizard World type audience Q&A than the type of panel you would see at WonderCon or SDCC. IMHO, this is the only thing that's holding ECCC back from being a major national con.

There is a lot to see on the exhibit floor, but it depends how long you like to spend at booths. If you're just walking through and looking, you can easily do it in a day. If you want to go to Artists' Alley and chat with artists, it can be a lot longer. If you want to dig through bins of comics or discuss unique merchandise with the creators, that can take more time too. If you're a book fan, then meeting authors and getting your books signed will take a big chunk of time. 

If you're interested in Funko, Fugitive Toys usually hosts a party during one night of the con, so that would be a good event as well. If you're interested in attending, keep an eye on the Funko Funatics board.

Hope this answers your question!


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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #35 on: October 13, 2017, 12:44:48 PM »
thanks for the intel.  so spoiler out here in socal.  never thought of traveling to a con.  until now. 

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ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #36 on: October 13, 2017, 01:06:16 PM »
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never thought of traveling to a con.  until now.
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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #37 on: October 13, 2017, 01:30:48 PM »
Thank you TJ for organizing our little buying group for ECCC. Extremely excited to experience this Con for the first time and to really go back and visit Seattle after many (many) years.
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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #38 on: October 13, 2017, 01:35:57 PM »
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thanks for the intel.  so spoiler out here in socal.  never thought of traveling to a con.  until now.
And Seattle is not that far. A 2-3 hour flight North? Pretty minimal. A good con to make your first travel con.
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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #39 on: October 13, 2017, 03:05:41 PM »
I've been every year since 2012 but will most likely skip 2018. It just seems like a good time to take a break.

I had hoped to see an upward trajectory for this con (especially after the ReedPop buyout) but that hasn't been the case. They've had plenty of time to move in that direction if they wanted to, but now I'm just not sure that they care -- their guest lineup and management isn't really any better than it was in 2012-2013. Areas in which I have actually seem improvement are anime presence (which is nice, but I generally go to anime cons rather than ECCC for that) and exclusives (which has overall slowly gotten more interesting.)

ECCC was originally my replacement for WonderCon, but now we have SVCC which is at least as good as ECCC/WonderCon, and the emerging SFCC which looks like it has the same kind of setup as ECCC, just a notch down (for now).

Add to that hotels getting more and more expensive. The first few years, it was easy to get a credible hotel for under $100/night or close to it -- now not so much. (The Quality Inn for $105 this year has pretty nasty reviews. The cheapest decent looking one is $145.)

ECCC still a good con -- just not an every year con for me anymore. But who knows, maybe in a few months I'll decide I miss it and go up for Thursday and/or Friday like I did in 2015... :P
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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #40 on: October 13, 2017, 03:52:23 PM »
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I've been every year since 2012 but will most likely skip 2018. It just seems like a good time to take a break.

I had hoped to see an upward trajectory for this con (especially after the ReedPop buyout) but that hasn't been the case. They've had plenty of time to move in that direction if they wanted to, but now I'm just not sure that they care -- their guest lineup and management isn't really any better than it was in 2012-2013. Areas in which I have actually seem improvement are anime presence (which is nice, but I generally go to anime cons rather than ECCC for that) and exclusives (which has overall slowly gotten more interesting.)

ECCC was originally my replacement for WonderCon, but now we have SVCC which is at least as good as ECCC/WonderCon, and the emerging SFCC which looks like it has the same kind of setup as ECCC, just a notch down (for now).

Add to that hotels getting more and more expensive. The first few years, it was easy to get a credible hotel for under $100/night or close to it -- now not so much. (The Quality Inn for $105 this year has pretty nasty reviews. The cheapest decent looking one is $145.)

ECCC still a good con -- just not an every year con for me anymore. But who knows, maybe in a few months I'll decide I miss it and go up for Thursday and/or Friday like I did in 2015... :P
Your reviews and endorsements was also another reason for my plunge to go last year so bummed to hear you're not planning to go. There's still time though!

It's the wrong thread but pathetically I've yet to do SVCC despite being down the street. That time of year is just busy but if you're comparing it to ECCC and WonderCon than I'll prioritize and go for sure in 2018. You and my fellow Bay Area peeps please keep me on target for it!
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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #41 on: October 13, 2017, 03:54:46 PM »
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Add to that hotels getting more and more expensive. The first few years, it was easy to get a credible hotel for under $100/night or close to it -- now not so much. (The Quality Inn for $105 this year has pretty nasty reviews. The cheapest decent looking one is $145.)
Yeah that is pricey and between flight, rental car, food, etc make this a bit too expensive for my budget BUT I did airbnb and found really good prices and value. An alternative option for anyone looking to save $$$.
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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #42 on: October 13, 2017, 04:35:51 PM »
[member=2335]LibertyRoxx[/member]  Glad to help! As you could see during the buying process, if you're on the ball you can get 4-Day badges, but it doesn't pay to lollygag, even for a couple of minutes. ;) 

[member=4801]BenEatsRice[/member]  Love it! Glad your wife is onboard! You can still attend in 2018 if you would like, but you would have to buy individual day badges rather than a 4-Day badge. And I'd recommend jumping on it, because individual Saturdays sold out within 2-3 days of going on sale last year.

[member=354]hikanteki[/member]  I know you have been unhappy with the entertainment guests for the past few years. I agree they are hit or miss. But I also enjoy this con for other elements (gaming, literary guests/panels/etc.) and it's an easy one to get to, so I'll keep going for a while longer. ;)

[member=414]karatekid[/member]  SVCC is definitely worth attending. I'd say it's better than WonderCon. I had just as much fun as I did at ECCC, although there is a bit of a different vibe. More 'techhy' and less 'offbeat', if that makes any sense. I think it's the difference between the feel of 'Pacific Northwest' and 'Silicon Valley'. The spirit of the area really does infiltrate these cons.


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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #43 on: October 18, 2017, 12:00:01 PM »
Saturday badges sold out this morning. It took an entire week, which is a bit longer than last year.

I have to wonder what would happen if they sold as many 4 day badges as they had spaces available, instead of single days. Would 4-day still sell out right away? Or is the 4-day sellout because of the significant price difference?

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Re: ECCC 2018: March 1-4, 2018
« Reply #44 on: October 18, 2017, 01:46:34 PM »
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Saturday badges sold out this morning. It took an entire week, which is a bit longer than last year.
Is that right? I thought last year it took a week and a day (8 days). So it actually took one day less this year. Either way it seems that's relatively similar so if that's the case, Sunday should go next about 6 weeks before the Con. Then Friday about a week before the Con. I guess we'll see.
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