|(Image: The ECCC's 15th Anniversary Program Guide)|
Weta Workshop had one of the largest displays at the con.
|(Image: In front of Weta's checkout counter)|
|(Image: One of Weta's life-size banner ads)|
|(Image: A figurine of one of my favorite literary heroines--Eowyn)|
|(Image: A figurine of another favorite heroine--Galadriel)|
|(Image: Diorama of Dol Guldur and figurine of Radagast and his sleigh)|
|(Image: A larger-than-life size statue of Lurtz)|
|("FIND THE HAFLINGS! FIND THE HAFLINGS!")|
|(Image: Weta's on-site professional makeup service)|
I came across two ECCC Merchandise stands during my walkabout. This one in front of the Main Showroom, didn't have too long of a line...
|(Image: ECCC Merchandize booth in front of the Mainshowroom Entrance)|
I picked up a new Punisher t-shirt...
...and an ECCC exclusive Punisher comic book.
The cashier asked me if I was excited about the The Punisher TV series. To my chigrin, I told her this was the first I've heard of it.
I guess I should do some homework before venturing out to conventions in order to maintain my "geek cred."
Anyway, once I got the ECCC merchandise I wanted, I set off to
I've run into Rebecca Hicks, author of Little Vampires, at just about every con I've managed to attend. So I always make it a point to stop by her booth and say hi.
|(Image: Rebecca Hicks, her husband and her Little Vampires booth)|
Brad Guigar has a few projects going on and several products available, but he always takes the time to talk to fans.
He maintains a "how-to" site about making and maintaining webcomics called--well--Webcomics.com.
His current long-form comic is Evil Inc., about a super-villain corporation. He's working through Patreon to fund his Evil Inc. venture, along with commission work ranging from family-friendly to NSFW.
Brad is also directly associated with ECCC through his collaboration with Tales from the Con. If you attend comic book conventions regularly, you may end up living-out a scene described in Tales of the Con, which was available in book-form from the ECCC Merchandise Booth.
I was in such a rush trying to get to the con on time, that I forgot to peruse through my collection to ensure I don't by any duplicates. Lately, I've been buying duplicate gaming items, which require a second trip back to the store to return them.
With Brad's help, I was able to figure out how many Evil Inc. volumes I already had, and which I could safely buy.
|(Image: My latest books signed by Brad Guigar)|
Ron Randall is another artist I like to
|(Image: Ron Randall)|
Since I bought two of his Trekker books, Ron threw in his artist sketch book for free.
When I go on a shopping spree at events like ECCC, I try to keep an eye out for items friends or family members may like.
Last year, a coworker lent me Watchmen to read, in order to compare to novel to the film. While my knowledge of both Watchmen mediums is still limited, this crappy copy caught my eye.
|(Image: Nicole Goux with one of her collaborators, whose name I didn't get)|
Despite the title, my coworker appreciated getting a nicely autographed copy of Shitty Watchmen.
I saw the following artists in-passing, but didn't get a chance to
--Phil Foglio, currently writing his steampunk saga Girl Genius,
--Jeph Jacques, creator of Questionable Content, a slice-of-life comic--with robots, and
--Scott Kurtz, proprietor of Player vs. Player.
I wasn't planning on buying as many graphic novels as I did. My original plan was to focus on getting game material.
|(A life-size banner add for Flying Frog's cliffhanger game)|
I browsed through a few of the vendor stands, but only bought a few supplement card packs from the Flying Frog Productions booth. The staff were very friendly and helpful, especially in helping me figure out what I may have already purchased.
When I finally got around to going through my books and games, I was relieved to discover I didn't buy any duplicates of anything.
Next time I attend, I'll try to remember to write a list of already-owned material.
The final chapter in my ECCC-2017 Trilogy will be on the cosplayers.