I (C0splay) have attended ECCC the past three years. Every year I spend too much money, exhaust myself of standing, and eat my favorite burgers in Seattle (more on that later). This year was no different than the prior ones in those respects. It DID have one major difference.
This year I was repeatedly recognized as "that guy from Death*Star," or, "C0splay, from that band." Vendors, attendees, and other complete strangers came up to me, stated they recognized me, and made me feel like a rockstar. I have come to terms with this at conventions like Norwescon, with the smaller audience and where we've played the official music track before, but not at something like ECCC. It made me feel awesome.
So let's talk about some general highlights and thank yous
The Portland Browncoats (PDXBrowncoats) were fantastic. They sold our merch throughout the convention and had us on a geek music panel on Saturday that was full (not like, lots of people, but full to the point where people that wanted to get in could not). They were all very friendly, helpful, laid back, and welcoming.
We got to perform at Kracklefest 4 with Kirby Krackle and the Doubleclicks. Burlesque, 3-kinds of geek music, and booze really rounds out a Friday at a convention. I should note I nearly crushed Kyle Stevens to death during 'North of the Wall'. Hodor.
Saturday I carted around a close friend who had not to been to a convention in 15 years. To see his reaction to the whiz-bang, cramped aisles, fan-splosion that ECCC has become was truly enjoyable. Almost like traveling through time, watching how much pop/fan culture had changed and how floored he could sometimes be by it. It was a new experience for me and it made me happier to attend. Hopefully my friend will continue to return to conventions.
Saturday evening was the best damned costume contests I've ever watched. Efficient, interesting, and all with the bonus of my girlfriend winning first place in the comic book category.
Sunday was a bit more relaxed. It included a trip to my favorite burger join, Lil Woody's (the second trip of the convention) and a few last-minute bits and bobs to be picked up.
Realistically, it was a great weekend. Met some very cool artists, performers, writers, and other such madness. Special shout-out to the local comic book publishing company Around the Sound Comics
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