Seattle's Emerald City Comicon Expands With Image Expo Partnership

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Courtesy of Leila Del Duca/Image Comics
Image Comics teams with ReedPOP for the April event, which includes "Spring Formal" afterparty.

It's all change for Image Expo as the event heads into its fifth year — not only will the next event see Image Comics partnering with New York Comic Con organizers ReedPOP for the first time, but it will also move from its traditional San Francisco location to Seattle to become the opener for this year's Emerald City Comicon.

Image announced the details of the next Expo on Wednesday, unveiling not only the event itself — to be held in Seattle's Showbox Market Theater on April 6, a day ahead of the official launch of the 2016 Emerald City Comicon — but the new partnership with ECCC and NYCC organizers ReedPOP.

The main Expo will continue its original format of being an all-day event featuring comic book creators announcing new work to be published by the Berkeley, Calif. comic book company. Confirmed guests include Marvel's Secret Wars writer Jonathan Hickman, Black Science and Deadly Class creator Rick Remender and Shutter artist Leila del Duca, with "special surprise guests" promised to appear. The first Expo of 2016 will also feature an added bonus: the Image Comics' Spring Formal, an afterparty themed "in the style and spirit of a traditional high school dance."

The addition of the Expo — officially presented by Emerald City Comicon, as per the Image announcement — sees the second expansion of the popular northwest convention since ReedPOP acquired the event last year. Formerly a three-day event, this year's convention runs Apr. 7-10 at the Washington State Convention Center.

This will only be the second time an Image Expo has been held in a location other than San Francisco; in 2014, the publisher held a July event in San Diego ahead of that year's San Diego Comic-Con.