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For many of us not in California, Comic-Con seems so elusive, transient, and far away as if it’s existing in some bubble of wonder that’s forever beyond your grasp (like another season of Firefly). Then again, maybe that was just my perception growing up in Seattle and going to school in New York. Tickets sell out in seconds (I still don’t know how that works), it’s expensive (it’s the goodies and room/board that’ll get ya), and you have to get there. That seemed impossible when I was younger and in my heyday of collecting comics, naive of what delights and evils Comic-Con simultaneously represents.

The past three years, my consolation prize had been the Emerald City Comic-Con, which is a terrific and super vibrant festival in its own right. Minus the news and the star power wattage (though it still brings in Sir Patrick, »

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