ECCC Fan FAQs

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About ECCC

What is Emerald City Comic Con?

Emerald City Comic Con is the destination comic and pop culture show for the Pacific Northwest. ECCC delivers the best that the comics and pop culture industry has to offer directly from the creators, bringing super fans exactly what they crave: interaction with quality content and guests and an inclusive space to celebrate their fandom.

How big is Emerald City Comic Con?

In 2018, Emerald City Comic Con soared to 95,000 fans over four days and featured hundreds of comic book guests, celebrity guests and more. Plus, Thursday moved to a full day of content for the first time ever!

Who is the organizer?

Emerald City Comic Con is produced and run by ReedPOP, with a full team dedicated to bring you the best content at ECCC each year. ReedPOP also runs New York Comic Con, C2E2, Keystone Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, BookCon and the PAX shows, among many others around the globe. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves– we’re here to talk ECCC.

Hours & Location

When is Emerald City Comic Con?

ECCC will take place March 14-17, 2019 in the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.  We used our TARDIS to check in on the upcoming show and oh man, you are not going to want to miss it.

What are the hours at Emerald City Comic Con?

Show Floor

  • Thursday, March 14: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 15: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 16: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 17: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Panels

  • Thursday, March 14: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday, March 15: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 16: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 17: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Show Store Hours

  • Thursday, March 14: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 15: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, March 16: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 17: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Where is Emerald City Comic Con?

Same place we meet every year, Pinky. Emerald City Comic Con 2019 will be held at the Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Pl, Seattle, WA 98101.

Rules & Policies

Security at ECCC

View details on security policies and measures at ECCC

What do I do if I find/lose something?

Losing stuff isn’t fun (ugh, we’ve been there), but we want to make sure all belongings find their owners during ECCC. Please bring all found items to the WSCC Level 4 Info Booth. If you have lost something go to the Info Booth on WSCC Level 4 to see if anyone has turned it in. Think of it as our own little Room of Requirement.

What if I get hurt?

If you're hurt, reach out to the ECCC staff, Minions or nearby security and we'll get you the help you need. There is also a First Aid station on WSCC Level 4, inside the doors to 4B.

What if I’m harassed?

If you are being harassed, witness someone else being harassed or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the ECCC staff immediately. We are happy to contact our security or local law enforcement, provide escort, a safe place or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to make sure they feel safe for the duration of the show.

You can also report an incident via the ECCC Mobile App. To do so, tap the Anti-Harassment Policy icon and follow the steps under Report Harassment. Please fill out the form in as much detail as possible so we can address the situation immediately and thoroughly. If you’re still in the area where the incident took place and you feel safe to stay there, our security team will meet you there.

What is your harassment policy?

Emerald City Comic Con has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:

  • stalking
  • intimidation
  • offensive verbal comments
  • physical assault and/or battery
  • harassing or non-consensual photography or recording
  • sustained disruption of Panels, signings, and other events
  • bathroom policing
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • unwelcome physical attention

in relation to, but not limited to:

  • race
  • color
  • national origin
  • gender
  • gender identity
  • gender presentation
  • sexual orientation
  • age
  • body size
  • disability
  • appearance
  • religion
  • citizenship
  • pregnancy

If a person engages in harassing behavior ECCC staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from ECCC with no refund. Our policy applies to EVERYONE at the convention. Exhibitors, fans (attendees), speakers, guests, professionals, press, staff, Minions and security are all subject to our Anti-Harassment policy and will be held to the same standards and disciplinary action.

Can I bring a suitcase, stroller, handcart or something similar to ECCC?

Space is limited in the WSCC and we want to make sure everyone can easily move around the show. The following items are not permitted in the Show Floor:

  • Large strollers (umbrella or similar sized strollers are permitted)
  • Rolling luggage larger than 22”L x 14”W x 9”H
  • Handcarts
  • Trolleys
  • Cosplay wings spanning wider than 4’ from wingtip to wingtip

Due to space limitations, all of these items are not permitted in any of our panel rooms either.

If your item can be easily collapsed, you may be able to store it against the wall of a panel room, but please check with Staff at each room to ensure space availability.

What is your weapons policy?

Management shall have sole discretion in any matter that they believe may affect public safety or be important to protect the integrity of the event.

Please review our entire weapons policy before attending ECCC. Failure to adhere to our policy may result in your item being confiscated or your removal from the show without refund.

If you’re bringing, buying or selling something that could maim, damage or cause serious bodily harm, we’re going to take issue.

The following items are forbidden from ECCC:

  • Functional firearms (this also includes air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns)
  • Realistic replica firearms (including reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for functional firearms)
  • Functional projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons and water guns)
  • Sharpened metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades)
  • Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
  • Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
  • Blunt weapons (including brass knuckles, hockey sticks, clubs, nunchaku, baseball bats)
  • Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, fiberglass and glass)
  • Instruments that cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas, grenades, whistles and grenade horns
  • Whips
  • Aerosol mustard

Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of foam or cardboard only. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop weapons must be covered with brightly-colored caps. Prop bows will be allowed providing they have soft tips.

How do I make my prop weapon safe to bring to the show?

Prop weaponry is allowed on the condition that it is comprised of light materials such as foam, cardboard or a lighter wood/wood composite.

Reproductions, fake or toy guns are permitted provided they have a brightly colored cap on the barrel.

Metal-bladed weapons must be dull and kept in its sheath at all times. Please visit one of our Peace Bonding stations to have it tagged.

Projectile weapons may be brought if the arrow/bolt tips are covered or foam.

Please use your common sense - if your prop can be mistaken for a real weapon, do not bring it.

What is Peace Bonding?

We utilize trail tape or zip ties to mark items as ‘safe’ and inspected. Once we have tagged your item, you are not permitted to remove it. We do our best to ensure that the trail tape can be easily hidden for photos. For items that go into sheaths, we will use zip ties, provided that it will not damage the sheath.

Can my prop weapon be confiscated?

In the event you bring a prop that is deemed unsafe for the show, you have the option of returning it to your car/home or we will confiscate your item. Your item may be picked up at the end of the day at the Info Booth on WSCC Level 4 between the hours of 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM on Sunday. Any items that are not picked up by Sunday at 6:00 PM will be discarded.

What does ECCC think of bootlegs?

We don’t like them! The buying and selling of counterfeit/knock-off/unlicensed materials is not tolerated at Emerald City Comic Con. ECCC is a celebration of the best of popular culture and bootlegs have no place in the show. Violation of this rule will result in one and only one warning. A second violation and you'll be removed from the show.

Can minors attend ECCC unsupervised?

All minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent and/or guardian.

Can you watch my kids?

Sorry, Emerald City Comic Con does not provide child care services on site. And truthfully, we’re probably not the most qualified people to have babysit your kids.

What should I do if my child, family or I get separated?

Find an ECCC staff member or security guard and we will help you locate your missing party member. We strongly recommend that when you arrive at ECCC, you and your party pick a location to meet in case anyone does get lost (psst..outside one of our Info Booths is an excellent choice).

Can you Page someone for me?

We are unable to use the PA system for fans or exhibitors. We recommend you arrange a time and place to meet beforehand.

Is there a coat/bag check?

There is a coat check on site to check any coats, bags and other small items during your time at the show. This service is offered for $3 per item and items left overnight will incur an additional $3/day charge. All items must be picked up by Sunday at 5:30 PM.

Can I take pictures/video at the show?

For the most part, you're welcome to take still pictures and video at ECCC; however, please note that all photography and recording is prohibited during panels and screenings. Also, please understand that guests may or may not pose for photographs with fans. Guests have a right to their privacy, and if they ask not to have their picture taken, please respect their wishes.

Are selfie sticks allowed?

What is this, 2015? No, selfie sticks are not allowed at ECCC. We strongly encourage taking awesome selfies in all permitted areas, though!

Will I be on camera?

Emerald City Comic Con will attract local, national and international press. In purchasing this ticket and in consideration for being admitted to the event, the holder consents to being recorded (by audio, visual and/or other means) for exhibition and exploitation by any means in all media now known or hereafter devised worldwide in perpetuity. Holder also hereby: (1) releases Reed Exhibitions from any liability for loss or damage to persons or property, infringement of any right or any other claim or course of action of any kind; (2) authorizes and permits Reed Exhibitions and its designees which include but are not limited to all sponsors, exhibitors and contractors to use and authorize the use of his/her name, voice, likeness and all reproductions thereof by any means and in all media now and hereafter know for all purposes worldwide in perpetuity; and (3) agrees to comply with all rules and regulations of the event. Holder agrees not to make any recordings of any kind at designated activities without the express written permission of Reed Exhibitions. We reserve the right to deny entry or remove from the Event facilities any person who in our sole and absolute discretion is behaving or threatening to behave in a manner which we reasonably consider to be disruptive of the event.

Where can I find food at the show?

There are plenty of convenient locations throughout the WSCC and TCC, or there are plenty of options within walking distance of ECCC too. Check out our new Food Guide to help find the best place for you and your crew to grab a bite to eat.

Tickets

How do I get a ticket

Good question! You can purchase them here starting on October 17 at 12:00 PM PST.

Psst…here's an insider tip: Tickets sell out quickly and if they sell out, they will not be available to purchase onsite. Buy your tickets early to secure your trip to ECCC 2019!

Who needs a Ticket?

All attendees six-years-old and up need a ticket for Emerald City Comic Con. Kids 6-12 must purchase a Kids 4-Day ticket to attend ECCC. For those 13 and over purchase of an adult ticket is required. Please be prepared to show proof of age onsite. Please note, all minors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent and/or guardian.

What’s the deal with Kids 4-Day tickets?

Kids 4-Day tickets are for fans ages 6-12. Similar to other tickets, Kids 4-Day tickets can and will sell out, so be sure to get yours early. Please be prepared to show proof of age onsite. Once all Kids 4-Day tickets are allocated, no more will be released.

How much does a ticket cost?

Tickets to ECCC vary in price. All pricing breakdowns can be found here.

Why don’t you have VIP tickets?

You’re all VIPs in our eyes! In the spirit of having a more equitable experience for all fans, we have removed ECCC VIP tickets. All fans will now have the same level of access to ECCC.

How do I get a medical assistance sticker?

If you have a mobility, physical, vision, hearing, cognitive, psychological, invisible or other type of disability, we have a range of services to help make sure you have a great time with us at ECCC! Please apply for your Medical Assistance Sticker here after your purchase your ticket. If you have any questions or require additional accommodations, please reach out to us at ECCCinfo@reedexpo.com.

Remember, companions for those that require Medical Assistance need to purchase a ticket.

What is the ticket mailing deadline?

If you are purchasing your ticket(s) on or before 11:59 PM PST on Friday, January 25, 2019, your ticket(s) will be mailed via USPS to the address you provide. If you order 5 or more tickets, please note that UPS shipping will be automatically added to your order to ensure delivery.

Tickets will not begin to mail until early February 2019.

International orders will have the option to have tickets mailed or picked up onsite.

If you are purchasing after 11:59 PM PST on Friday, January 25, 2019, please bring your printed confirmation to our Will Call location at Washington State Convention Center to pick up your ECCC ticket.

What is the Refund Policy?

Once you purchase a ticket it is yours to have and to hold forever… or at least until ECCC 2019. Sorry, we don’t offer refunds on any ECCC tickets. ECCC tickets are non-refundable, non-transferrable, non-upgradeable and non-resellable.

Will my merch arrive with my tickets?

Your ECCC merch will ship separately from your ticket order. If you want to check the status of an order, please email the ECCC Merch Team.

What is Will Call?

Will Call aka the ticket windows that can be found on WSCC Level 1 (across from the Beer Garden, outside the glass doors to the left). This is where you will go to pick up tickets, including any orders placed after the ticket mailing deadline or any international orders placed.

Other Useful Info

And Now A Word From Our Legal Team

Tickets and/or badges (“Badges”) for the event (“Event”) are non-refundable and non-transferable and cannot be reproduced, resold or upgraded. The unauthorized resale or attempted resale of the Badge is prohibited and will constitute a forfeiture of the Badge without compensation. Each Badge must be used by the same person (the “Attendee”) for each day of the Event. The Event’s operating hours, schedules, guests and speakers are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Each Badge is a revocable license to attend the Event. All panels, autographing, photo ops, special events, show features and performances are subject to availability and access is not guaranteed and/or may require an additional fee. ReedPOP is not responsible for lost or stolen Badges. The Attendee acknowledges there are hazards and risks of physical injury or illness to Attendees of the Event and that not all such hazards or risks can be fully eliminated. By accepting this Badge and attending the Event, the Attendee freely and voluntarily agrees to assume the full risk of bodily injury or property damage, regardless of severity, or death that Attendee may sustain as a result of attending the Event, whether or not caused by the negligence or gross negligence of ReedPOP.

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