Emerald City Comicon Fancy Sketches Part 2

The only geek greeting you’ll ever need! The Sci-Five!
Get up on that Sci-Five shirt business!

Sci-Five Shirt from HijiNKS ENSUE At Topatoco

Emerald City Comicon is THE BEST show of the year. Part 2 of my blow-by-blow wrap up is below [Part 1 is HERE]. Lots of the links go to pictures from my various con adventures so click like your potential enjoyment of my pictures depended on it!



  • The show was a little slow which was fine, because I was A LOT slow. After 3 action-packed days and little to no sleep I was running on fumes.
  • The highlight of the last day of the show came in the form of a couple of brothers who did not realize they were cosplaying one of my comics/prints.
  • After teardown I had sushi with Gordon, Dave and a few of Dave’s local Seattle friends.
  • A homeless guy kept bothering us in the street and I told him to leave us alone. I felt like a dick afterwards. Then I felt stupid for feeling like a dick. A group of people should be able to walk a city street and have a conversation without feeling obligated to quietly put up with being assaulted by vagrants. I know it’s not a black and white issue, but if he wasn’t homeless his actions would just be seen as unacceptable and rude. I do not abide rudeness, regardless of the source. [steps off soapbox]
  • We finished the evening at the hotel bar where David regaled us with tales of the various conflicting expanded universe origins of the Transformers. I just kept asking questions and his eyes just got bigger and bigger and his enthusiastic smile grew wider and wider. I think he almost cried.

Monday I was traveling the entire day. I don’t really understand how you can get on a plane in the morning for a 4 hour flight, yet not arrive at your destination until late that evening. Times zones? More like time vortexes. Even MORE like time bullshit.

Regardless of my disdain for EVERY SINGLE ASPECT of air travel (did I mention they “shredded my suitcase?) I really did leave Seattle a changed man. It was just an incredible and eye opening weekend. Instead of trying to shoehorn myself into situations or groups of “cool kids” where I am less than welcomed (which is what it feels like I was doing for all of 2010… huge mistake), I surrounded myself with people I admire (and who seem to genuinely enjoy my company) and wonderful, fantastic things just kept happening over and over. This was a really big deal for me. It took me more than a year and over a dozen cons to realize that I should stop trying so hard to be friends with everyone and work on just being myself and letting others decide of they are interested in what I have to offer. You can’t force a friendship, no matter how bad you want it.

I am also proud of myself for not being quite so up tight and allowing myself to have more fun that I usually do. These are my lessons for 2011: Worry, fret, and anxiety are useless. If you can’t control/affect it, then be at peace with it. Everyone isn’t going to like you. Be kind, make an effort then move on. Find your friends, and you will find your home. Thank you, Seattle. I left my extra iPhone battery pack somewhere in you. Consider it a gift.

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  1. Sounded like you had a blast reading your twitter feed over the weekend! Living in the UK i dont get to cons much (at all), but following you and a few others on twitter gives me (us) a good bit of that experience, so thanks!

  2. Love the Matt Smith, but being British, it's Fish Fingers. Fish Sticks is well… you know the South Park gag.
    Also, freaking love the Ewok gag. That has to be a future shirt in the making.

    • I was going to say – please tell me BBC America didn't re-dub that scene with him saying fish sticks!

    • Fish don't have fingers. Arguably, they don't have sticks either, but I imagine they could acquire sticks easier than they could fingers

      • LOL @ Richard. Ahhh, but for fish to acquire sticks, they'd need fingers to hold them. Ahaaaa.

        (Puts on really geeky wiard hat, bearing the word "Wizzard" upon it.) It's a cultural thing. UK=Fish Fingers/ US=Fish Sticks, though all Matt was actually eating were coconut slices, covered in breadcrumbs. (Removes geeky wizard hat.)

        • You know, I think that actually makes it more disgusting…but then I hate coconut and have tried weirder things than fish custard.

  3. I'm totally going on a scavenger hunt for your iPhone battery pack. I feel like I could really talk to it and hang out and be witty like I would have liked to do when I went to your booth instead of the resounding "DERP DERP!" I think I gave when I actually encountered you.

  4. It was awesome meeting you! One of the highlights of Comicon! And thanks for the drawing of MC R-Tee! He's all gangsta in his wheelchair and sweater vest!

  5. I'm glad you had such a great con experience! How comfortable you are in your own skin can really make or break the whole thing. Have you thought of hitting Dragon*Con? It's the best, in my humble opinion.

  6. Didn't go myself. (I picked a bad lifetime to be broke in.) But a college buddy of mine took his daughter who dressed up as Wonder Woman. It just hit the Venn Diagram of the intersection of Cute and Geeky.

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