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Emerald City Comic Con: All the greatest coverage from Popverse at the first big convention of 2023!

Springtime in Seattle, and Popverse is back on the convention circuit with the 20th annual Emerald City Comic Con

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The first big convention of 2023 is almost here - Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con 2023. And yes, Popverse will be there.

ECCC 2023 will take place Thursday, March 2 through Sunday March 5 out of the newly-expanded Seattle Convention Center. Although it's still a while until the show begins, we have confirmed some big guests from the likes of David Tennant and Jeff Smith and the cast of the new Scream movie. Check out a schedule of the biggest announced panels here.

Launched in 2003 with roughly 2,500 attendees, ReedPop's Seattle spring comic + pop culture show ECCC has grown to become a big part of the Northwest comics scene. Pre-pandemic, Emerald City Comic Con regularly held crowds of 95,000 and more - and among its many traditions is an annual art book called Monsters & Dames.

Popverse will be in Seattle doing what we've become known for at conventions: livestreams of the biggest panels, interviews with top talent, reports of our favorite talks, and best-in-class reporting on the news and notes that come out of an event this size.

Watch Emerald City Comic Con 2023 panels with Popverse's video-on-demand

Emerald City Comic Con 2022
Image credit: ReedPop

As with New York Comic Con, C2E2, and ECCC in 2022, Popverse filmed (and in some cases livestreaming) panels from the biggest stages of Emerald City Comic Con.

You can watch these livestreams and panel recordings of here at Popverse. We livestreamed the Our Flag Means Death panel and the Cosplay Central Crown Championships free here on the website, with additional panels available by by becoming a Popverse member at the 'Fan' level (or higher) or buying a ECCC 2023 digital ticket. The OFMD and Mark Ruffalo panels were available on VOD for two weeks after the panels ended.

The ECCC digital ticket gives you access to all the panels filmed at Emerald City Comic Con 2023, as well as access to all the great members-only content on Popverse for 30 days. The annual Popverse membership includes live video panels from upcoming shows such as Chicago's C2E2, MCM London Comic Con, and the epic New York Comic Con.

Here's a list of all of the Emerald City Comic Con 2023 panels Popverse filmed:

Panel Name Panelists Availability
Cosplay Central Crown Championships (free) N/A Free to the public
What's Your Favorite Scary Movie? Scream Cast Reunion Matthew Lillard, Neve Campbell, Jamie Kennedy, Skeet Ulrich, with Popverse's Veronica Valencia as moderator Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
This Is The Way: The Mandalorian Cast Panel Katee Sackhoff, Mercedes Varnado, Simon Kassianides Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 15th Anniversary Reunion Dee Bradley-Baker, Ashley Eckstein, Matthew Lanter, James Arnold Taylor with Popverse's Ashley V. Robinson as moderator Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
Grab Your Crosses, It's a Buffy the Vampire Slayer Reunion Charisma Carpenter, James Marsters, Kristine Sutherland Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
Emerald Knight In The Emerald City: Arrow Cast Reunion Stephen Amell, Juliana Harkavy, Colton Haynes Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
Hit the Stage: Kpop Dance Contest N/A Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
Twisted Toonz To be announced Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
A Damn Fine Panel: The Cast of Twin Peaks Ray Wise, Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
Cosplay Central Showcase to be announced Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
Chainsaw Man Ryan Colt Levy, Sarah Widenheft, Reagan Murdock Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
Spy x Family/a> Megan Shipman, Natalie Van Sistine Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
10th Anniversary Doctor Who appreciation panel Abie Ekenezar, Eric Gjovaag, Jessica Rose, and Ryan K. Johnson Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
Amalee spotlight Amalee, moderated by Popverse's Veronica Valencia Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
USS Improvise: The Next Generation, The Musical! USS Improvise: The Next Generation, The Musical! Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders
Eric Vale Eric Vale Available VOD for paid Popverse members & ECCC '23 digital ticketholders

ECCC 2023 panel live streams will be available for streaming until at least March 19, 2023.

For more, check out our convention livestreaming FAQ.

Live reporting from Emerald City Comic Con 2023

Emerald City Comic Con 2022
Image credit: ReedPop

In addition to filming many of ECCC's top panels, the Popverse team of Editor-in-Chief Chris Arrant, Deputy Editor Tiffany Babb, Video Editor/Admin Veronica Valencia, Video Producer Ashley V. Robinson, Staff Writer Graeme McMillan, and contributing writer Chloe Maveal will be on-site all four days conducting interviews, searching for big stories (and the fun stories too), and liveblogging from the biggest panels.

Popverse & ReedPop's industry slate

At this year’s Emerald City Comic Con 2023, ReedPop has more to offer than just a packed weekend of panels and a guest list that includes Mark Ruffalo, the casts of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Scream, Arrow, and Our Flag Means Death. For the first time, the ReedPop convention will also feature a track of Creator and Pro programming, including a retailer breakfast presented by comic distribution company Lunar, and a raft of panels aimed specifically at comic industry professionals.

The ECCC 2023 pro/creator programming track will begin Thursday, March 2 with the Lunar Distribution Retailer Breakfast from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM in room 331. This will be one-part presentation, one-part mixer, with a side of breakfast - all you need is a pro-badge and to register with Lunar Distribution.

On Thursday evening, ReedPop will be hosting a Creator Mixer at the the nearby Sheraton Grand Seattle in the lobby next to its Starbucks. This event is scheduled to run from 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM, with bartenders crafting cocktails and mocktails for purchase.

In addition to that, ReedPop will be offering the following panels at ECCC '23 with the industry professional in mind.

Pro and Creator Panels at Emerald City Comic Con 2023

Day Time Topic Location
Thursday, March 2 3:15 PM-4:15 PM Popverse presents: Kickstarter 1-on-1 with Oriana Leckert Room 331
Thursday, March 2 4:25 PM-5:25 PM Authentic and Effective Social Media Marketing Room 331
Thursday, March 2 5:35 PM-6:35 PM Creating Your Brand Room 331
Friday, March 3 12:15-1:15 PM ReedPop 2022 Market Trends Room 331
Friday, March 3 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Transitioning IP to Film and TV IP Room 331
Friday, March 3 3:00 PM-4:00 PM ReedPop's Popverse, The Crossroads of Comics & Pop Culture Room 331
Friday, March 3 3:15 PM-4:15 PM Everything You Need to Know about Indie Publishing Room 333 (Writer’s Workshop Room)
If that wasn't enough, ReedPop is also holding themed pro meetups during the four-day weekend. Here is the current lineup!
Day Time Topic Location
Thursday, March 2 11:00 AM-12: 00 PM Librarians and Educators Meetup Room 332
Thursday, March 2 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Creators, Industry Rep, and Retail Meetup Room 332
Thursday, March 2 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Librarian, Educators, and Creators Meetup Room 332
Friday, March 3 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Media, Publishers, and Creators Meetup Room 332
Friday, March 3 1:30 PM-2:30 PM Game Developers, Creators, and Licensing Professionals Meetup Room 332
Friday, March 3 4:00 PM-5:00 PM Movies/TV/Music and Creators Meetup Room 332

All programming on the Pro and Creator track is available only to Pro badge holders at the convention.

Essentials for conventions

Emerald City Comic Con 2022
Image credit: ReedPop

Popverse attends a LOT of comic conventions, maybe more than any other pop culture site out there (though if you've heard otherwise, let us know!), and along the way we've learned a few things -- and we want to share that with you. Here's an ever-growing range of articles about comic conventions designed to help first-timers and long-timers:


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Chris Arrant is the Popverse's Editor-in-Chief. He has written about pop culture for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel, Newsarama, CBR, and more. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. (He/him)
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