By Victor Van Scoit
What sets Emerald City Comic Con apart from all the rest? Emerald City Comic Con seemed to grow so quickly, both in popularity and growth. That’s what I was curious about as a first time attendee. As I walked the floor it was great to see it filled with creators and vendors actively engaging with attendees. Comics was definitely at the forefront of the show and it was a welcome change of pace compared to the beast that is San Diego Comic-Con. Having recently been purchased by ReedPOP there was some curiosity by attendees as to how that would manifest. Some of that could be seen in the list of celebrity guests available for fans. I managed to attend the Jon Bernthal session (Punisher in Daredevil) and it was refreshing to see how deep of an interview they were able to get—again when compared to the abrupt interviews at San Diego Comic-Con.
Both Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics partnered with ReedPOP this year. Image Comics brought their Image Expo to kick off Emerald City Comic Con, while Dark Horse Comics and their series were prominently displayed around the convention.Creators were all around me. The setup of the convention floor was such that it was surrounded by Artist’s Alley. This allowed for a lot of great traffic, exposure, and interaction between the attendees and creators. Because of that the creators definitely shared the same vibe when it came to the what set Emerald City Comic Con apart for them. Since it was only my first time at Emerald City I took to asking the people who might know best on what sets an Emerald City Comic Con experience apart for them.