Everybody knows the San Diego Comicon, but did you know about Emerald City Comicon? ECCC is the largest pop culture and comic convention in the Pacific Northwest area, and it’s just celebrated its 15th year early last month.

Held last March 2-5 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, this year is special not just because of the landmark anniversary but also because comic book legend Stan Lee himself was present in the event. Rumors say it’s his last #ECCC appearance too, which made the event an even bigger deal among fans.

Clare Kramer, Stan Lee, and Todd McFarlane © Todd McFarlane

Clare Kramer, Stan Lee, and Todd McFarlane © Todd McFarlane

In a press conference interview with Todd McFarlane, he revealed how he went from Stanley Martin Lieber to just the good ‘ol Stan Lee we know and love today:

I used to be known as Stanley Martin Lieber. So I was writing these comicbooks under the name Stanley Lieber. People in those days hated comicbooks and I don’t blame them. The stories were terrible. The dialogue was infantile. Most of the publishers were like mine and said don’t bother with characterization, just give me action! I got so embarrassed doing these kinds of stories because I thought someday I would write the great American novel and didn’t want to use my real name. So I cut my first name in half to , Stan Lee, so nobody would know it was me. However, later on we started getting better comics. People started realizing comics have a value and I was stuck with the name Stan Lee. I couldn’t figure out a way to go back without confusing people. I had also had my name legally so it would have been too tough going back. So I stayed Stan Lee and somewhere in limbo there is that great name Stanley Martin Lieber and I have never figured out how to get ahold of it.

Other notable guests include Robert Kirkman creator of “The Walking Dead,” and the cast of “Outlander.” It was estimated around 90,000 people came to the event that lasted for a 4-day weekend.

If you missed it, we’ve collected some of the best photos of amazing cosplay Seattle had to offer. We’ve learned that these comicon goers, veterans and newbies alike, spent months just planning and building their costumes! It’s truly a showcase of passion, creativity, and fun vibes!

Here are a few of our favs:

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Cosplay, if you’re not yet aware, is a Japanese portmanteau of the English terms costume and play. Therefore, comicon cosplaying basically means wearing a costume of your favorite comic heroes, villains, or even whichever thing, weapon, or entity you can think of!

Some of the costumes were handmade, while others were bought online or from shops. Either way, you gotta agree these looks are pretty kick-butt! Here are some more of our favs!

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Of course, it won’t be a comic convention without the comics. Some items came in at $100 each or even higher! Were you there? Did you get some great stuff? The next Emerald City Comicon will be held next year, March 1-4, 2018, and we can’t wait to find out what exclusives and fun events will happen then!

For more information about Emerald City Comicon, check out the following links and social media pages:

h/t: Geek Wire, Seattle Times, Bleeding Cool

Photo credits: Alan Berner/The Seattle Times, Geek Wire, Todd McFarlane

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