Emerald City Comic Con Report, Part 3: Pictures from the Floor

We had so many photos from this year's Emerald City that we couldn't fit them all into one post! If you've ever wondered what it's like to wander the floor of a sold-out comic convention, here's your photo tour. (Click any of the photos below for a larger image.) Smash ECCC 1 Outside the convention center.

Lego ECCC 1

Lego ECCC 2

Lego ECCC 3 Lego Rivendale! (We want to go to there.)

Smash ECCC lobby In the lobby, superheroes mingle with ordinary folk.

Crowd ECCC Crowd? What crowd?

Escalators ECCC Escalators are your best friend.

Batcave ECCC Welcome to the Batcave, kids!

Boom ECCC The Boom! Box.

Gotham ECCC Because we can't get enough of Legos... Gotham Park!!

R2D2 ECCC Life-sized Lego R2D2!

Fluffy ECCC Too fluffy and cute for words.

Alley ECCC Artists Alley took up three rooms this year — and we only got to see ours!

Emerald City Comic Con 2014 Report, Part 1: SMASH!

Click any of the photos below for a larger image. Smash ECCC 1 The Bolton brothers are open for business!

Q&A ECCC From Friday's "Comics are for Kids Again" panel, left to right: Kevin Konrad Hanna (Creature Academy), Jake Parker (Missile Mouse), Shelli Paroline (Adventure Time), Chris Giarrusso (G-Man), Kyle Bolton, and Chris A. Bolton.

Panel Size ECCC The Bolton brothers hosted a panel on Saturday called "Kids Make Comics!" Using the basic lessons in our pamphlet "How to Make Comics — the Smash Way" (click here for the PDF), they presented an interactive tutorial for a very large crowd of enthusiastic young talents. As Kyle and Chris assembled comic panels before their eyes, the kids helped out with dialogue suggestions, voted on an ending, and asked some fantastic questions.

Setup ECCC Setting up for a reading from Smash: Trial by Fire.

Reading ECCC Chris provides the helicopter sound effects as Kyle plays the role of Andrew Ryan.

Q&A ECCC Answering one of the many great questions from the enthusiastic young audience.

Smiling ECCC The panel was so much fun, the boys had the time of their lives.

Aftermath ECCC Chatting with many parents and kids after the panel.

Mary Lee ECCC Chris and Kyle with their editor at Candlewick, the fantastic Mary Lee Donovan.

Geoff ECCC Posing with longtime fan Geoff Sherwood (wearing his signed T-shirt) and his daughter, Saraya (who bought our last pair of goggles).

Chris Photo ECCC Chris takes a picture of Ariel and Prince Eric cosplayers.

Kyle Fans ECCC Kyle poses with two young fans.

Tomorrow: cosplayers galore!

Find Us at the Emerald City Comic Con!

Come visit us at the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Washington, from Friday, March 28th through Sunday the 30th! You will find us at Artist's Alley table LL-14 (click here for a map). We'll be selling copies of Smash: Trial by Fire and the Emerald City-exclusive poster below.

Smash ECCC

In addition, we'll be at the following panels:

Comics are for Kids Again! Friday, March 28th - 1:00PM Room: TCC 302

For many years, the comic industry ran away from its kid-friendly roots, toward more serious, dark, "adult" work. Now a slew of comics and graphic novels are embracing younger readers and finding a new generation of eager comic lovers! Panelists include Jake Parker (Missile Mouse), Shelli Paroline Lamb (Adventure Time), Chris Giarrusso (G-Man), Kevin Konrad Hanna (Creature Academy), and Chris & Kyle Bolton (Smash: Trial by Fire).

Kids Make Comics! Saturday, March 29th - 5:00PM Room: TCC 302

Making comics is fun... and so easy, any kid can do it! Chris and Kyle Bolton, the creators of the all-ages comic SMASH, offer quick and easy instructions for kids of all ages to create their own comics, learn to work together, and have fun doing it.

Photos: Wordstock and the PNBA Nightcapper Events

Wow, what a busy weekend! On Sunday, we were at Portland's terrific Wordstock Festival of Words, where we read from Smash: Trial by Fire, answered questions, and signed books. Then we were off to the Nightcapper event for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association's annual conference, where we signed and handed out copies of Smash to booksellers and librarians from around the region. We were overwhelmed by all of the enthusiastic responses to the book, to say the least!

Bolton Bros Wordstock Kyle and I pose in the iconic Wordstock red chair.

Bolton Bros PNBA At our table at the PNBA Nightcapper event, waiting for the doors to open so we can unleash our powers.

Green Bean Huge thanks to Jennifer and all the folks at Portland's Green Bean Books for providing copies of Smash for sale and for signing at Wordstock!

Kyle Phone Kyle checks his notes before the Wordstock reading.

Bolton Bros Q&A Answering questions after the reading.

Kyle Signs Kyle autographs a copy of Smash at the signing table.

Bolton Bros Pose The Bolton brothers, posing with a young fan.

Smash Girl 1

Smash Girl 2 Girls love Smash, too!

Fill-in Panel I had the unexpected honor of being a fill-in moderator for the Visual Narrator panel, featuring some wonderful comic artists: Gene Luan Yang, Colleen Coover, Shannon Wheeler, Nicole J. Georges, and Mark Russell. It was great meeting them all!

Chris and Stina Sitting with one of our colorists, the amazing Christina Mackin!

Bolton Bros Fight

Bolton Bros Fight 2

Bolton Bros Fight 3 This is how most of our story conferences look. Kyle and I always make sure to respect the other's opinion, hear each other out, and come to a reasonable compromise.

Bolton Bros Make Up And, no matter how tough it gets, we always make up afterward.

Bolton Bros Nightcapper Arriving at the PNBA Nightcapper event.

Bolton Bros PNBA Before Before the event, books piled high.

Bolton Bros PNBA 1 From the minute the doors opened, booksellers showed up to tell us how excited they were for Smash!

Bolton Bros PNBA Line The line started long...

Bolton Bros PNBA Line 2 And got longer...

Bolton Bros PNBA Line 3 And longer...

Bolton Bros PNBA Line 4 And stayed long...

Bolton Bros PNBA After Until we were completely cleaned out!

Smash Fans PNBA Enthusiastic Smash fans!

Smash Wordstock We had a fantastic time at both shows, and can't wait for next year! Thanks for checking out our photos.