What an amazing time! It’s been a few days and I’m still riding that con high. This was our first time going to ECCC & our first time in Seattle, so that might have something to do with it…
First, let me say I love Phoenix. I love my house, my shop, my neighborhood, all the great places to eat & all my friends and family that are here. That being said, Seattle has been the first city where I’ve thought “I could move here”. Not that we could afford to, but I just might if we could.
The city was beautiful. The weather was gorgeous. We were giant tourist nerds and mostly ate at Pike Marketplace. I was most surprised at how clean of a downtown it was. We took one trip out to Japan Town to try and get sushi, but everywhere needed reservations. Ended up having some of the best Chinese food of my life though at Red Lantern. The aquarium was super neat and filled with cute animals for Jackie to squee over. It was a lovely time.
ECCC was, by far, the best con I’ve been to in quite some time. Part of that has to do with the convention center itself. It’s laid out over multiple floors, with several ways to get in and out. It made wandering the con much more fun. It also backs up to a multi-leveled park, which was invaded by costumers and photographers. The exhibit floor was full of amazing artists, to the point where it was hard to see everything.
Our panels went soo much better than expected. Standing room only for both of them! I was afraid we might run out of things to show in our acrylic panel, but we almost ran overtime. The Men vs Cosplay armor panel was something else though. I am very luck to have been able to share a stage with the other amazing builders.
Our friends Deb and Paul from Frank&Nats Armory, along with Jackie, made post-apocalyptic Harry Potter costumes. They came out fantastic, and were very well received. I just brought my Agent of Asgard Loki to take selfies in. Jackie brought her Leah as well, and we ran around the con having a great time.
I cannot wait to get back to this city & this convention. I hope to bring more people and more costumes next year.