ECCC has decided to postpone the show. See statement below:
ECCC is offering refunds to all attendees. They said they are working on vendors, exhibitors and guest next.
This isn’t a click bait article. This is me putting down some thoughts I have about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading like wild fire and the upcoming Seattle comic convention, ECCC.
At the time of writing this 6 people have died in Washington State (https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-03-02/california-sees-coronavirus-spread-as-death-toll-rises-in-washington) from the virus. Who knows how many people have it, the current testing for the virus is literal bullshit.
Take a look at this thread for instance.
Yeah, that scares the shit out of me. I’m working from home right now because they closed a building less than half a mile from where I work that someone contracted to virus (https://www.geekwire.com/2020/f5-tower-seattle-closes-cleaning-employee-contact-coronavirus-patient/). I saw that and I told my wife, who also works in the same building as me, I’m not going to Seattle right now.
This brings me back around to Emerald City Comic Con.
They did release some information on their twitter discussing the show and the virus recently, it’s a well written thread you should read, but ultimately it says they are not canceling unless forced.
I spent a decent amount of money to go to the show this year. I have my normal Pro Badge that gets me in, but I bought the Family Premium Package this year (cause I wanted to long and that was the only way to get kids tickets) and I have several high profile interviews set up for the show that I don’t really want to miss.
However I’m weighing my options here.
Go to the show as planned. Wear gloves and/or a face mask (maybe cosplay?) and risk being in a public place with tens of thousands of people in a city that has the virus currently spreading.
Don’t go. Eat the costs and determine it’s just not worth the risk. I’m out about $500.
Hope ECCC cancels or postpones the show as I’m sure there will be a lot of guests canceling prior to the show starting.
Which will I pick? Honestly I’m not sure. I really don’t want to miss the show because I love it so much, and I have some pretty awesome people who have agreed to talk to me for the podcast there. On the other hand, I REALLY can’t afford for anyone in my family to get sick.
So I don’t know what I’m going to do. I really want either the virus to magically go away, or for ECCC to do the right thing.