Emerald City Comicon, which as grown to become the 3rd largest comic convention in the United States, is taking place this weekend. From Friday, March 29th, to Sunday, March 31st, fans of all types will descend upon Seattle to indulge in their fandom of choice.
This year, we have teamed up with Gus Lopez (The Star Wars Collector Archive), Ryan Beise (Galaxy of Toys Podcast) and Chris Bortz (Jedi-Buisness.com) to host a panel about the history of Star Wars action figures titled, “Star Wars Action Figures: Collect All 3000?!?”
Of course, it goes without saying that we here at From 4-LOM to Zuckuss have an affinity for all things Force related, so we have put together a guide to help you Star Warsify your ECCC experience.
From 4-LOM to Zuckuss Presents:
Your Star Wars Guide to Emerald City Comicon
Here are the celebrities, actors and voice talents who will be signing at the con that have participated in various Star Wars media projects.
If you like getting your carded action figures autographed by the actors who portrayed them, then here are the three figures you’ll want to bring with you this weekend.
- Gha Nackt (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
- Princess Kneesaa (Ewoks)
- Princess Gerin (Droids)
- Luminara Unduli (Star Wars: Clone Wars)
- “voice” (Star Wars: Detours)
- Visas Marr (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2)
- “voice” (Star Wars: Rebel Assault)
- General Grievous & Tarr Seirr (Star Wars: Clone Wars)
The following are the authors who will be appearing and their Star Wars bibliographies.
Kevin J. Anderson
- Darksaber (1996)
- Jedi Academy Trilogy
- Jedi Search (1994)
- Dark Apprentice (1994)
- Champions of the Force (1994)
Young Jedi Knights series
- Heirs of the Force (1995)
- Shadow Academy (1995)
- The Lost Ones (1995)
- Lightsabers (1996)
- Darkest Knight (1996)
- Jedi Under Siege (1996)
- Shards of Alderaan (1997)
- Diversity Alliance (1997)
- Delusions of Grandeur (1997)
- Jedi Bounty (1997)
- The Emperor’s Plague (1997)
- Return to Ord Mantell (1998)
- Trouble on Cloud City (1998)
- Crisis at Crystal Reef (1998)
Short story anthologies
- Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina (1995)
- Tales from Jabba’s Palace (1996)
- Tales of the Bounty Hunters (1996)
- The Illustrated Star Wars Universe (1995)
- The Essential Chronology (with Daniel Wallace, 2000)
- The New Essential Chronology (original text only)
- Writer (Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi)
- The Courtship of Princess Leia (1994)
Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice
- The Rising Force (1999)
Star Wars Episode I Adventures
- The Ghostling Children (2000)
- The Hunt for Anakin Skywalker (2000)
- Capture Arawynne (2000)
- Trouble on Tattooine (2000)
Star Wars Missions
- The Search for Grubba the Hut (1998)
- The Hunt For Han Solo (1998)
- Ithorian Invasion (1997)
Comic Book Writers and Artists
Prior to ECCC, you’ll want to dig through your long-boxes to find any of the following issues if you are planning on making the rounds in Artist Alley.
- Writer/Artist (Starwars.com)
- Writer/Artist (Star Wars: Clone Wars comic)
- Artist (Brian Wood’s Star Wars comic)
- Co-Writer (Star Wars: Legacy)
- Artist (Star Wars)
- Artist (Star Wars: The Clone Wars)
Matt & Shawn Fillbach
- Artists (Star Was: The Clone Wars)
- Co-Writer & Artist (Star Wars: Legacy)
- Artist (Star Wars Omnibus)
- Character Designer (Star War: Clone Wars)
- Artist (Star Wars: Dark Times & The Star Wars)
- Cover Artist (Star Wars)
Panels are a great way to take a break from the crowds and get some great insight and background to some of your favorite shows, books and hobbies. Here are the three panels that have a Star Wars focus and the description’s ECCC has provided. Interesting to note that two of the panels are being put on by Seattle’s Star Wars collecting club S.A.R.L.A.C.C.
ECCC Writers Block presents Dave Wolverton
Time: 12:00PM – 12:50PM
Join best selling author Dave Wolverton (also known as David Farland) as he talks about his career as a science fiction and fantasy author. Best known for his work on the Runelords series of novels, he has also worked on several Star Wars Expanded Universe books, notably The Courtship of Princess Leia, and The Rising Force. He has recently begun a new Young Adult series entitled Nightingale.
Star Wars Action Figures: Collect all 3000?!?*
Room: HALL C (610)
Time: 4:20PM – 5:10PM
Join us as we take a historical look at the toy line which changed action figure collecting forever from the Kenner days, through Power of the Force 2 and on into the current Black Series. Great for advance collectors as well as those new to the hobby.
Touring the Galaxy: Visiting the Star Wars Filming Locations*
Room: TCC 302
Time: 2:00PM – 2:50PM
From the deserts of Tunisia to the redwood forests of California, our panelists have visited Star Wars locations all over the world. We will share photos from the actual filming locations and explain how to plan your trip to a galaxy far, far away…
*Hosted by members of the Seattle ARea Lucasfilm Artifact Collectors Club (S.A.R.L.A.C.C.)
What comic convention would be complete without folks dressed up as their favorite superhero, Stormtrooper, Doctor or Hobbit! Here is your chance to get your photo with members of the Seattle’s 501st Chapter.
Star Wars Character Photos
Join the Dark Side… for pictures! Pose for photos with your favorite Star Wars characters every day at the Garrison Titan Charity Photo Booth!
Location: WSCC Level 4, North Lobby and South Lobby
Here are just a few of the exhibitors you’ll want to hit on the sales floor if you are looking to buy Star Wars collectibles, comics and toys.
Atomic Comics & Toys
- From 4-LOM to Zuckuss’s preferred source of all things comic related!
Bobakhan Toys & Collectibles
- Retailer of quality new and old Star Wars merchandise
Dark Horse Comics
- Official publisher of Star Wars comics for the past 20 years
- Makers of Pop! Vinyl and other Star Wars collectibles
- Their Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame museum typically plays host to Star Wars and its props
One last special note (well at least to us) is the appearance of Ken Christiansen who has been a toy developer for Hasbro’s Star Wars brand. Christiansen will be appearing in Artist Alley.
Well whether you spend one day or three, there will be lost of Force-fueled things for you to see and do at Emerald City Comicon. Make sure to bring cash in small denominations, make a list of comics and toys that you need before hand, remember to stop to eat and have a great time. And as always,