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HIT THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST PART ONE

It’s been a while since I went to a US show, partly because of the flat move last year. So when Wonder Con announced that they would be at Anaheim rather than San Francisco this year, I decided to try a new show. Emerald City Comic Con has been running for a decade and since I hadn’t really been to Seattle before (I spent an afternoon and an evening there about a decade ago while I was staying in Portland), I thought it was worth a proper visit. It has a reputation for rain and on a few of the days, this reputation was deserved. We did see some sunshine though including on the Monday after the show when myself and travelling companion Andy C walked to the Space Needle, which on a clear day does have some fantastic views. I did a number of interviews during the show with comic creators like Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Chris Burnham, Barry Kitson, Darick Robertson and Georges Jeanty and took loads of photos (there’s a shock, eh?;). Andy C and myself also got to catch up with Andy Grossberg and Susie Lee, who we haven’t seen since San Francisco last year. We wandered down to Pike Place and the market, which made for a fun couple of afternoons and also checked out the Elliot Bay Bookstore, a great bookshop. I didn’t realise that it would be quite as hilly as it was but this did give it some interesting vistas. I felt that we had only scratched the surface of the city with our six-day stay there. So here’s a selection of my photos both at the show and in the city itself…

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