Emerald City Expands to Four Days in 2016

Kiel Phe­g­ley | Com­ic Book Resources

Emerald-ComicConWhen­ev­er a well-known pop cul­ture enti­ty is pur­chased by a big­ger play­er, some change is expect­ed. This year’s edi­tion of Seattle’s respect­ed Emer­ald City Com­ic Con – its first since being acquired by major con com­pa­ny Reed­POP in Jan­u­ary – hasn’t shown too many signs of change (though there are some), but a big one is com­ing in 2016.

Reed­POP today announced that start­ing next spring, ECCC will take place over four days instead of its tra­di­tion­al three. That move lets the pop cul­ture show com­pa­ny make the con­ven­tion more like its oth­er major com­ic book events: New York Com­ic Con and Chicago’s C2E2. The 2016 edi­tion of Emer­ald City will kick off on April 7 of next year.

Indus­try vet­er­an and ECCC founder Jim Demon­akos, who remains involved with the show after the sale to Reed­POP, offered this in a state­ment, “This was a tremen­dous year for us in terms of fan reac­tion. We sold out far quick­er than we ever have in the past and want to expand to meet the demand of all those fans that are look­ing to expe­ri­ence ECCC. It’s a real­ly unique and spe­cial show, and we’re excit­ed to work along­side Reed­POP to help con­tin­ue its growth.”

Read the full PR below, and stay tuned to CBR all week­end for full cov­er­age from Emer­ald City 2015.

Offi­cial Press Release

As thou­sands descend upon, Emer­ald City Comi­con (ECCC), the biggest com­ic book and pop cul­ture con­ven­tion in the Pacif­ic North­west — Reed­POP, the world’s largest pro­duc­er of pop cul­ture events, announces that for the first time ECCC will expand to four jam-packed days in 2016. The expan­sion is sparked by grow­ing con­sumer demand and sell-out crowds that have made the event a must-see cal­en­dar event of the year. ECCC 2016 will take place in down­town Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton April 7–10.

ECCC 2015 fea­tures 200 hours of diverse, inclu­sive pro­gram­ming, includ­ing pan­els from the hottest writ­ers and artists and some of the com­ic and enter­tain­ment worlds’ bright­est voic­es. This year’s line-up includes the likes of Kevin East­man (Teenage Mutant Nin­ja Tur­tles), Kel­ly Sue DeCon­nick (Bitch Plan­et, Cap­tain Mar­vel), leg­endary com­ic cre­ator Stan Lee, Hay­ley Atwell (Agent Carter, Cap­tain Amer­i­ca: The First Avenger), and John Bar­row­man (Arrow, Torch­wood, Doc­tor Who). It also boasts the largest Artist Alley in the U.S. and an expand­ed Kids Area with Brick Nation, Clay Ani­ma­tion Net­work, and the 501st Legion.

ECCC, known for being a fan-ori­ent­ed and comics-focused show, was found­ed by local comics retail­er Jim Demon­akos and opened to 2,500 fans its first year. Since then, atten­dance has grown steadi­ly reach­ing a record 70,000 in 2014 and 80,000 in 2015! With new com­ic and celebri­ty guests each year, ECCC stands out in the indus­try as pro­vid­ing a unique expe­ri­ence with heart for fans of all ages. Addi­tion­al­ly, ECCC has cre­at­ed a char­i­ty art book each year since 2009 –Mon­sters & Dames – that has raised over $75,000 for Seat­tle Children’s Hos­pi­tal.

Demon­akos had this to say about the expan­sion, “This was a tremen­dous year for us in terms of fan reac­tion. We sold out far quick­er than we ever have in the past and want to expand to meet the demand of all those fans that are look­ing to expe­ri­ence ECCC. It’s a real­ly unique and spe­cial show, and we’re excit­ed to work along­side Reed­POP to help con­tin­ue its growth.”

After see­ing the amaz­ing response from fans and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to pro­gram even more in 2016 it became abun­dant­ly clear that we need­ed to add anoth­er day,” said Lance Fen­ster­man, ReedPOP’s Glob­al Senior Vice Pres­i­dent. “We can’t wait to see what next year will bring.”

For more infor­ma­tion on this year’s Emer­ald City Comi­con please vis­it www.emeraldcitycomicon.com.

 

Author: Rhonda 2.0

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