Emerald City ComiCon is a comic book convention held each year in Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center. While a comic book convention in name, ComiCon embraces nerds and geeks of all kinds, bringing in guests and exhibitions focused on TV shows, video games, role-play games, and more.
Washington State Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101-2350
2013 Seattle ComiCon Hours
March 1-3, 2013
March 1 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
March 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
March 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Emerald City Comicon 2013 Events
Seattle ComiCon brings in a full range of vendor and display booths, special guests and stars, photo opportunities, contests, games, and more. Many of the exhibitor tables have comic book artists, creators, and writers. Media guests and voice talent guests present on a schedule posted on the event’s website.
The main event at ComiCon is the large exhibitor hall filled with comic retailers and businesses from all over. Exhibitors also sell statuettes, action figures, and comics, of course. There may be no finer place in Seattle to find that copy of Uncanny X-men #350 or vintage issue Superman.
2013 Celebrity Guests:
Gillian Anderson (The X Files)
Kristin Bauer (True Blood)
Dirk Benedict (Battlestar Galactica and The A-Team)
Felicia Day (The Guild)
Lexa Doig (Continuum)
Carrie Fisher (Star Wars)
Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead)
Walter Koenig (Star Trek)
Paul McGillion (Stargate Atlantis)
Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead)
Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride)
Michael Shanks (Stargate SG-1)
Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
Natalia Tena (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones)
Burt Ward (Batman TV series)
Adam West (Batman TV series)
Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars)
Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh)
Grey DeLisle (Daphne on Scooby-Doo)
Quinton Flynn (Raiden on Metal Gear, Reno on Final Fantasy)
Jennifer Hale (Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect Trilogy)
Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim)
Phil LaMarr (Green Lantern on Justice League Unlimited)
Kevin Michael Richardson (Cleveland Brown, Jr. on The Cleveland Show) Rikki Simons (GIR from Invader Zim)
There is also a long list of creators, writers, artists and more from just about every corner of the animation world.
Emerald City ComiCon tickets are available from the event’s website as well as from many comic stores in the Seattle-Tacoma region. Tickets are cheaper if you buy in advance rather than at the door.
Tickets for 2013 are available as day tickets or a pass for the entire event. In advance, ticket prices start as low as $25 for a day pass (more if you buy at the door). A three-day pass is $65.
Because ComiCon is held at the Seattle Convention Center, there are many hotels within a six block radius if you want to stay nearby. Most nearby hotels also offer discounts on food and/or parking for ComiCon guests, but make sure to ask for discounts in advance to check what’s available.
The Fairmont Olympic - 411 University Street - 206-621-1700
Homewood Suites Convention Center - 1011 Pike Street – 206-682-8282
Seattle Hilton - 1301 6th Avenue – 206-624-0500
Crowne Plaza Hotel - 1113 6th Avenue – 206-464-1980
Red Lion Hotel - 1415 5th Avenue – 800-733-5466
Sheraton Hotel - 1400 6th Avenue – 206-621-9000
Roosevelt Hotel - 1531 7th Avenue – 206-621-1200
Paramount Hotel - 724 Pine Street – 206-292-9500
6th Avenue Inn - 2000 6th Avenue – 800-648-6440
The Convention Center is located close to downtown Seattle, as well as the First Hill and Capitol Hill districts, meaning there is a plethora of restaurants within a short walk or drive. Right outside the main entrance, though, is a covered area with several dining options, which are most ideal for ComiCon guests who don’t want to go far. The Cheesecake Factory, La Creperie Voila (no seating area), Subway, Bambuza Vietnamese Bistro, and Unconventional Pizza are all located under the canopy or just inside the front of the building.
Parking and Directions
To get to the Washington State Convention Center from I-5 North, take exit 164A for Madison Street. Take a right on Madison Street. Take a left on 8th Avenue. Garage parking entrances are located on your right under the freeway overpass.
To get to the Washington State Convention Center from I-5 South, take exit 166 for Stewart Street. Take a left on Boren. Take a right on Seneca. Take a right on 8th Avenue. The parking garage entrances are on your right.
While the Convention Center parking garages are the most convenient, if you want alternative parking options, there are other garages and pay lots within walking distance.