Last Thursday through Sunday was the Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) in Seattle, WA. Since we live just across the water in Bremerton, my husband and I jumped at the opportunity to attend a comic con so close to home. The tickets for Friday through Sunday were sold out, so we thought we wouldn’t be able to make it. But when he found out he had an unexpected day off on Thursday, we quickly went online and bought our tickets. With only less than two days to plan, we didn’t think we’d be able to do any fun cosplays (costume play) this year. But I have a replica of the Tenth Doctor’s overcoat (from Doctor Who). And Reid has a few hoodies and jackets that closely resemble some of his favorite character’s costumes. So we started brainstorming. And this is what we came up with:
It’s hard to see in the selfie (this is the best photo we got of the two of us all day), but he wore a Chewbacca t-shirt, his Chewbacca hoodie, and jeans. I cosplayed as a female Tenth Doctor with a chambray dress, black tights, brown oxfords, a black cardigan buttoned in the middle, red tie, and the overcoat. My glasses fit right in with the outfit, and my (dyed) red hair made the Doctor’s dream of being come (non-canonically) true. I also wore earrings in the shape of the TARDIS and roses (double piercings for the win!). Cosplay doesn’t have to be complicated (or expensive) to be doable! I will admit that mine would not have come together so well if Reid hadn’t gotten me the coat for Christmas, but it still came together very well.
We had a lot of fun exploring the different areas of the con. We played a new game (Light Seekers) and a new version of an old favorite (Munchkin as a collectible card game). There were a lot of unique exhibits, artists, comic books (of course), books, and tons of merchandise. It would be very easy to go broke at a comic con. There was something for every type of nerd and geek you could think of!
They also held panels all day (and all weekend). We only made it to one panel, but it was definitely the best one there. We almost didn’t get a good seat, and had to watch the screens as it is because we couldn’t see the stage. But it was completely worth it. Who was on was the panel, you say? I’m glad you asked! DAVID TENANT AND BILLIE PIPER, EVERYBODY!!
David Tenant played the Tenth Doctor on Doctor Who, and Billie was his companion, Rose. She also played the companion for the Ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccelston. We have been watching back through Doctor Who since the next season will not air until later this year, and have just recently finished the second season of the reboot. If you’re a fellow Whovian, you might recall that season two ends with the episode entitled Doomsday, when Rose and the Doctor get separated in two different dimensions, forever. I cried all the ugly tears (like I do every time), so it was great to see Billie and David together in the same room again.
The other thing of note from the ECCC was all of the books we (okay, I) acquired! We found two great deals on some sci-fi books at one table (two large for $20 and three small for $20) and took advantage of both of them. I got to meet four of the authors of the five books we bought and they signed their books for me! It was so cool get to meet authors and buy their books from them. I cannot wait to dig into all of these books.
We also each got a free book plus a sampler book from another booth. You followed a flowchart to find out what should be your next read. I got The Bear and the Nighingale by Katherine Arden and Reid got Seventh Decimate by Stephen R. Donaldson. We also got a free sampler book that has excerpts from various Star Wars stories on one side, and other stories on the other, all published by Del Rey Publishing. And, if we (read: I) review the books we got, we can get another free book!
I’ll share the titles and summaries (copied from Goodreads) of all of the books we came home with below. I look forward to reading and reviewing each of these books throughout the year! We had such a great time at comic con, even though we could only make it for one day. I look forward to going next year wearing new cosplay, attending new panels, and playing new games!
1. Seventh Decimate: The Great God’s War by Stephen R. Donaldson
For centuries, the realms of Belleger and Amika have been at war, with sorcerers from both sides brandishing the Decimates to rain blood and pain upon their enemy. But somehow, in some way, the Amikans have discovered and invoked a seventh Decimate, one that strips all lesser sorcery of its power. And now the Bellegerins stand defenseless.
Prince Bifalt, eldest son of the Bellegerin King, would like to see the world wiped free of sorcerers. But it is he who is charged with finding the repository of all of their knowledge, to find the book of the seventh Decimate–and reverse the fate of his land.
All hope rests with Bifalt. But the legendary library, which may or may not exist, lies beyond an unforgiving desert and treacherous mountains–and beyond the borders of his own experience. Wracked by hunger and fatigue, sacrificing loyal men along the way, Bifalt will discover that there is a game being played by those far more powerful than he could ever imagine. And that he is nothing but a pawn…
2. Quietus by Tristan Palmgren (signed by the author!)
Niccolucio, a young Florentine Carthusian monk, leads a devout life until the Black Death kills all of his brothers, leaving him alone and filled with doubt. Habidah, an anthropologist from another universe racked by plague, is overwhelmed by the suffering. Unable to maintain her observer neutrality, she saves Niccolucio from the brink of death.
Habidah discovers that neither her home’s plague nor her assignment on Niccolucio’s world are as she’s been led to believe. Suddenly the pair are drawn into a worlds-spanning conspiracy to topple an empire larger than the human imagination can contain.
3. Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng
Catherine Helstone’s brother, Laon, has disappeared in Arcadia, legendary land of the magical fae. Desperate for news of him, she makes the perilous journey, but once there, she finds herself alone and isolated in the sinister house of Gethsemane. At last there comes news: her beloved brother is riding to be reunited with her soon – but the Queen of the Fae and her insane court are hard on his heels.
4. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind–she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.
After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.
And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.
As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed–this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
5. Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells (signed by the author!)
The strange planet known as Tanegawa’s World is owned by TransRifts Inc, the company with the absolute monopoly on interstellar travel. Hob landed there ten years ago, a penniless orphan left behind by a rift ship. She was taken in by Nick Ravani and quickly became a member of his mercenary biker troop, the Ghost Wolves.
Ten years later, she discovers the body of Nick’s brother out in the dunes. Worse, his daughter is missing, taken by shady beings called the Weathermen. But there are greater mysteries to be discovered – both about Hob and the strange planet she calls home.
6. Windswept by Adam Rakunas (signed by the author!)
Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout. All she wants is to buy out a little rum distillery and retire, but she’s supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union before she can. She’s only thirty-three short. So when a small-time con artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevator to break free from her old bosses, she checks it out against her better judgment. It turns out, of course, it was all lies. As Padma should know by now, there are no easy shortcuts on her planet. And suddenly retirement seems farther away than ever: she’s just stumbled into a secret corporate mission to stop a plant disease that could wipe out all the industrial sugarcane in Occupied Space. If she ever wants to have another drink of her favorite rum, she’s going to have to fight her way through the city’s warehouses, sewage plants, and up the elevator itself to stop this new plague.
7. Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show by Eric Scott Fischil (signed by the author!)
The year is 1878. Dr Alexander Potter, disgraced Civil War surgeon, now snake-oil salesman, travels the Pacific Northwest with a disheartened company of strongmen, fortune-tellers, and musical whores. Under their mysterious and murderous leader they entertain the masses while hawking the Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic, a vital elixir touted to cure all ills both physical and spiritual. For a few unfortunate customers, however, the Sagwa offers something much, much worse.