Feb. 7th, 2017

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I'm not going to the Emerald City Comic Con this year.

This is *huge* for me. I've been to every ECCC since the very first one back in 2003, where we were the first people in line. For the first ten years, I was always within the first ten people through those doors.

This year, it just sounds like a huge pain. I blame the addition of aging heavy metal rocker Alice Cooper to the guest list. It just makes this convention feel like one of those desperate conventions they used to try and throw in Detroit back in the 90's, where they just tossed giant wads of B-string and C-String celebrity names at the flyer and hoped it would bring in massive crowds.
  • "The guy that played Boomer on the 70's version of Battlestar Galactica!
  • Professional Wrestler Michael "Virgil" Jones!
  • Peter Criss of KISS!
  • Three of the kids from Nightmare On Elmstreet 3: The Dream Warriors!
  • The guy who played "Lobot" in Empire Strikes Back!
  • Horror SPFX master Tom Savini!
  • That lady who was on 3 episodes of Doctor Whpo back in the 1960's!
  • The guy who played Eddie Haskel on Leave It To Beaver!
  • Local Monster Movie host THE GROOVY GHOUL!
  • ...AND MORE!!!

These types of conventions are a lot of fun when done in a Hotel somewhere for two days, tickets that cost $25 for the entire weekend and hotel rooms that are $30 a night at the most... but at a cost of $40 *per day*, with the closest hotels being a block away and starting at $150 a night with no parking (another $30 per day)?

I just can't do it any more :(

Luckily, we have quite a few smaller, awesomer conventions in our area that are more my speed. A nice trip down to Oregon for the Rose City Comiccon would be nice... a 40 minute drive to Tacoma for Jet City Comic Con, why not? And of course Seattle has GEEK GIRL CON, which i have been wanting to attend since the very beginning but ECCC has made it financially unviable...

And GAMING CONVENTIONS! Oh how I look forward to something like OraCon up in Everett, or NorWesCon, or Rustycon, or Foolscap, or... SO MANY CONVENTIONS!!!

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