Rose City Comic Con Yields Strong Dark Horse Presence, Follows In The Footsteps Of Emerald City

Alyssa Pak writes for Bleeding Cool from Rose City Comic Con:

imagesFrom September 20th to September 21st  the 3rd annual Rose City Comic Con took place in Portland, Oregon.  The city filled with comic and cosplay enthusiasts throughout this entire weekend. This year's  Rose City built upon the improvements of last year's convention and showed that this sibling convention to Emerald City Comic Con seems to have increased its attendance this year, but no firm attendance numbers have been released yet from Rose CIty. The convention activities commenced Friday evening.

On September 19th 2014, Things From Another World (TFAW) kicked off Rose City Comic Con with a party featuring free beer, free food, and entertainment.  324px-Dark_Horse_Comics_logo.svgHundreds of people visited TFAW overflowing their store and parking lot.  Many came to enjoy the party including Scott Allie, Editor-in-Chief of Dark Horse Comics, and Mike Richardson, publisher of Darkhorse Comics. This was their main presence at Rose City Comic Con located in Portland, Oregon  where the company resides.  At this event there were a wide variety of people in attendance of varying age ranges, from very young to the young at heart.

Saturday morning opened with long lines from those who had not yet picked up their badges from the kickoff party.  Saturday morning brought the heat both figuratively and litteraly.  Crowds of people swarmed the Oregon Convention Center early Saturday morning bringing with them excitement and body heat with the Oregon Convention Center's air conditioning not working to true capacity.  Even vendors and artists were mentioning in jest about the warmth of the convention center.

A large variety of artists and vendors were in attendance and Dutch Bros. sold cold drinks to cool the large crowd. Dutch Bros. had partnered with Tony Moore (artist most famously known for The Walking Dead, Deadpool, and Fear Agent) during the convention promoting a miniature comic book given away for free along with zombie stickers at their booth.

The convention had a decent number of celebrity guests, comic book professionals, and cosplayers, both professional and amateur.  Everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere at Rose City which many predict in the coming years the convention will continue to grow and expand its fanbase like Emerald City Comic Con.

Sunday morning opened with things a little more relaxed than Saturday, with not as many people in the morning, but things soon picked up later in the day.  Many expected Sunday to be less crowded, but instead seemed to be just as busy as Saturday was after a slow start.  The crowds didn't seem to die down until the last hour of the convention.  Even though each day was busy, the atmosphere remained calm and easy going throughout the entire convention.

Rose City Comic Con is becoming the main convention for Portland, Oregon drawing in attendees from the Pacific Northwest.  A city that previously only housed traveling convention has now become home to a convention that is quickly gaining popularity.  Even though Rose City is a young convention it is proving to be a convention to keep an eye out for as it grows throughout the next few years, and draw in top tier talent as guests.

About Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.

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