Vote People’s Picks In the 2019 Poppies!

It’s time for the 2019 People’s Picks vote at mwctoys.com. This process is pretty easy – for each of the categories, simply select your one choice for your favorite collectible or toy. Depending on the category, there may be only a few to choose from, or quite a few.

We were very excited to be asked to be a judge again for our 13th consecutive year and encourage our readers to take part in the People’s Pick by clicking below!

Yodasnews Invades C2E2!

Convention season 2020 is officially kicked off for the season with Chicago’s C2E2. In an already odd year, the con lucked out a bit and just flew under the Coronavirus radar and went off without a hitch. Handshakes and high fives were replaced with hand sanitizer and fist bumps, but a good time was had by all.

C2E2, put on by the great folks at ReedPop (who also do Star Wars Celebration), is one of my favorite cons of the year. As a Chicagoan, it’s a local convention, so I don’t need to travel and can sleep in my own bed. After a brutal winter, it is one of the signs of spring finally being upon us. It’s a really big con, but not overwhelming big like NYCC or SDCC, but plenty of panels and exciting vendors and arguably one of the best artist alleys in any con I’ve been to. Well worth the price of admission.

Chicago’s Revolution Brewing had a huge presence at the con with a giant beer garden featuring bands playing your favorite music from video games and TV (THEY PLAYED THE THEME SONG TO THE OFFICE!), cornhole tournaments, kegs of their beer, trivia, swag, etc. There was a great mix of big and small comic publishers. The guest list was beyond solid. However, the big knock of the con (and I know you readers will feel me on this) is the typical lack of Star Wars content. I know that nothing will top Celebration or SDCC for Star Wars cons, but this is one of the very few blind spots for the convention.
The saving grace every year is the wonderful folks of the 501st and some other fan groups are given a large space at the Con to put on some really cool stuff for the kids. This is wonderful. I have a 5 year old daughter who is really starting to fall in love with Star Wars and she has an absolute blast getting to meet the 501st troops, seeing the droid builds, taking photos with the props and backdrops, and doing Star Wars crafts with the other kids.

I know for Star Wars diehards I’m not selling C2E2 well, but I promise that if you live near Chicago or are a fairly short drive away, do yourself a huge favor and make it out. Friday is the best day to get a lay of the land, get sketches by artists, and pickup swag/purchases because it’s not that crowded. This leaves Saturday and Sunday open to grab a delicious brew from Revolution and hang out with the wonderful folks from the 501st Midwest garrison. Plus you can meet up with me, your favorite Yodasnews convention specialist! Until next year, check out some of the C2E2 weekend photos.

Emerald City Comic Con Moves to Summer 2020

Via Emerald City Comic Con:

Each year the Emerald City Comic Con team works their hardest to do right by the thousands of fans that come together in Seattle. We want to create a space for you to gather, be yourselves and make memories with those who matter to you most. We have been closely monitoring the situation around the COVID-19 virus in Seattle, and, after many hours of conversation internally and consultation with local government officials and the tourism bureau, we have decided to move next week’s Emerald City Comic Con to Summer 2020 with date and detail announcement forthcoming. We did everything that we could to run the event as planned, but ultimately, we are following the guidance of the local public health officials indicating that conventions should now be postponed.

Our hearts go out to the entire Seattle community, everyone impacted by the COVID-19 virus, and all of you, the nearly 100,000 amazing human beings who look forward to this event each year. Our team was incredibly excited to see you at Emerald City Comic Con next week, however, fans, artists, exhibitors and the rest of the community are what make Reedpop events so special and it is our duty to make sure that your safety comes first.

We know that this decision is going to greatly impact many of our individual creators, small businesses and service workers. To those whose careers depend on ECCC – we will do everything that we can over the coming days and weeks to highlight your work and we ask that our entire community support you as we realize your personal livelihoods may be impacted.

To all of our fans – you will receive a refund on your tickets, no further action is needed on your part. Due to the volume, we expect you will receive your refund in 30 days. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Reedpop remains determined and committed to running Emerald City Comic Con in 2020 and we are working closely with Visit Seattle and the Washington State Convention Center to secure alternate dates this summer. As we explore options for new dates, please know that our priority is to bring you an equally amazing event.

We appreciate all the messages that we have received over the course of the past week. The feedback was invaluable in helping us determine next steps.

Stay tuned to our website and social channels for additional information about when we will next see you in Seattle.