As you may remember, we asked Emerald City Comicon attendees to fill out a survey after this year’s show, to get a better idea of what worked, what didn’t, and who are attendees are. The majority of the data we received will remain private to our team, but we thought this piece of information was quite interesting and worth of sharing.
In response to the question, “what is your gender?”, with a blank text box to fill in, we received a wide variety of answers. When we compile the data, these are the results:
52% of respondents referred to themselves as female (examples of terminology include: “cis female”, “female”, “female identifying” “girlthing”, “lady”, “Wonder Woman”)
46% of respondents referred to themselves as male (examples of terminology include: “cis male”, “boy”, “dood”, “I’m a MAN!”, “male”, “man?”)
2% of respondents referred to themselves in non-binary terms (examples of terminology include: “agender”, “genderfluid”, “genderqueer”, “non-binary”, “Is Bad-Ass a gender?”, “Cthulhu”, “a nebulous glow cloud”)
We can’t break down the responses further without risking a breach of privacy, but the responses we did receive were quite illuminating, and helpful in providing us with a more accurate view of our attendees.
So thank you for filling out the survey, and being honest with us about how you identify your gender. We will do our best to make sure every Emerald City Comicon attendee feels welcome at our convention, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
I made Captain Marvel Converse shoes for the Carol Corps Celebration of Flight (ie the Superhero Airplane Cocktail Party) at ECCC. It wasn’t hard but it was very time consuming, so I’m pretty proud of how they turned out. All I used was an old pair of converse, dollar store acrylic paints and brushes, and gold shoelace-like trim (and copious amounts of painters tape to get the lines exact). I sprayed them with a shoe protector but I’ve only worn them once so I’ve no idea how well they would hold up over time.
The best moment was getting to see Kelly Sue’s reaction to them! And thank you to everyone who had kind words at the event :)
So this weekend I got to meet Osric. He was standing in line behind me for the SPN fan panel, and I almost didn’t even try because people kept coming up to him and I’m sure it was tiring and overwhelming, but I did.
A few months ago, Osric announced his cosplay contest, and I tweeted about him making me wish, more than ever, that I had any kind of creative talent. To my surprise, he answered my tweet, and told me that talent stems from desire, and that if I wanted to do something creative, I should. And it just… clicked.
Since then, I’ve learned how to knit, I’ve been writing and drawing and playing around with some watercolor stuff. Because I can. Nobody starts as an expert, we all have to start at square one.
So I told Osric that he helped me a lot with that, and I asked if he would sign my sketchbook (which I was very embarrassed of, I’m still in that stage of being terrible at everything) just to keep me inspired.
He took my notebook, leaned against the wall, and wrote me a whole page. He told me we all start at square one, and that when I look back on today, I’ll be so glad I started. And maybe someone else will tell me they have no creative talent and I’ll be able to help them, too.
He *might* have made me cry just a little, and I’m incredibly humbled by the experience. I guess this post is just a small thanks, for having faith in so many people that he’s never met. Osric is genuinely a fantastic human being and I’m lucky that he’s touched my life :)
Ken Christiansen (Artist and concept designer for Nintendo, Disney, Activision, Hasbro, Universal and Warner Bros. Current projects include the Transformers: Prime series, and toy development for Hasbro brands, including Transformers, Star Wars, and more)
Kristafer Anka (An established cover artist, his recent work includes All New X-Factor, The Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Wolverine, Uncanny X-Men, Lumberjanes, She-Hulk, X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Adventure Time. Also a character and costume designer, who recently revamped Uncanny X-Force) kristaferanka
Kevin Wada (Cover artist and illustrator, whose recent work includes She-Hulk, Adventure Time, The Wicked + The Divine, Edward Scissorhands, and more) kevinwada
Jake Wyatt (Artist on recent issues of Ms. Marvel, and covers for Regular Show, Undertow, Indestructible Hulk, and Where Is Jake Ellis? Also the creator of the online comic Necropolis) jakewyattriot
For information on ECCC and our other special guests, go here.
"[Misha’s] amazing. You do realize he’s a ridiculously intelligent man, right? Scarily enough, as is Jared. You never think that guy’d be smart, the air is so thin up there. But they are disgustingly bright people."