As indicated in a recent Brewery Field Trips article, my wife and I just returned from our first trip to Seattle. The reasons behind this journey were threefold: check out a new city, visit a friend of ours who moved to the Pacific Northwest, and attend Emerald City Comicon.
While we had fun seeing the sights and tasting the treats of Seattle, most of our adventures were spent in and around the Washington State Convention Center. At ECCC, Laura and I had the opportunity to meet some of our favorite creators, discover amazing new artwork, and witness some VERY impressive cosplay.
Our first stop on the Exhibitor Show Floor was the booth for Iron Circus Comics. Here, we had the opportunity to meet the founder of Chicago’s largest alternative comics publisher, C. Spike Trotman. She greeted us with a warm smile and an excellent haircut, introducing us to the latest printings from her company. Iron Circus publishes impressive collections of erotic and small press comics. Laura and I have previously enjoyed the Smut Peddler anthologies from Iron Circus, and we were happy to pick up a copy of their latest collection of sex-positive comics, My Monster Boyfriend. I would definitely recommend checking out the high quality collections from Iron Circus Comics.
Shortly after our visit to Iron Circus Comics, I was pleasantly surprised to find Abby Howard on the Exhibitor Show Floor. Howard’s creepy and interesting web comic The Last Halloween caught my attention earlier this year. Her artwork in this series is a fantastic juxtaposition of heartwarming goofballs against truly haunting creatures. I devoured all 122 pages of The Last Halloween over the course of a weekend, so I was very excited for the chance to meet its creator. Abby was a delight and I was able to get a signed copy of her particularly chilling horror comic, The Portrait of Sal Pullman. Fans of all things spooky, do yourself a favor and follow Abby Howard’s work.
In between my adventures at ECCC, I made plenty of time to try some tasty new beers. Our friend who hosted us in Seattle is a Die-Hard Hop Head™, which means I had the opportunity to try some delicious IPAs and Double IPAs:
Cloudburst Rhythm Method IPA
Cloudy orange-cream color with a frothy white head. Rich nose of freshly cut citrus fruit, notes of orange zest, pineapple rind, and a hint of floral hops. Taste is equally fruity: mildly bitter citrus hop start rolls into a malty body of tangerine and grapefruit. Finishes clean, with lingering hop bitterness and orange pith flavor.
Melvin 2×4 DIPA
Hazy orange color with amber hue and a foamy white head. Pungent nose of underripe pineapple and pine-sap hops. Malty start of yeast rolls with honey cascades into smooth resin hop body, finishes with juicy citrus hop note.
Dark Heron IPA (below on the right)
Official beer of Emerald City Comicon. Honey-colored ale with a funky nose of sourdough bread and a resin hop backbone. A tart grapefruit-hop start gives way to a malty body, with notes of black tea with lemon.
Pfriem Double IPA
Bright golden color with a frothy white head. Powerful nose of just-ripe tropical fruit (pineapple, guava, and passion fruit) and pine hops. Juicy start of grapefruit and pineapple is balanced against a strong resin hop body. Tropical fruit notes dissipate towards the finish, leaving a slightly bitter mix of grassy and citrus hops.
In addition to acquiring awesome art and drinking delicious hop-bombs, Laura and I had many other adventures in the Emerald City. We played a pile of games at a huge arcade called GameWorks, visited several local landmarks (like the Fremont Troll!), and generally geeked out with our friends in copious amounts of nerdy fun. I leave you now with a small gallery of shots from our trip to Seattle, and a strong recommendation to attend Emerald City Comicon!