Emerald City ComiCon 2013

Jennifer Hale

Jennifer Hale

Last weekend was the 11th annual Emerald City ComiCon here in Seattle, WA. I must admit, I wasn’t looking forward to the show this year. I knew the con was going to be even bigger than last year, and passes sold out before the con even started, which is a first time for the organizers. Still, I was pleasantly surprised to find that so long as you stayed away from the main hall, I didn’t feel too much like a sardine, and lines mostly moved along okay. Congrats to the staff on keeping things running smoothly!

Michael Rooker took to the stage on Friday to discuss his role on The Walking Dead, as well as his role in James Gunn’s horror flick Slither, which he described as being “one of the hardest movies” he’s ever made. And no, his lips were tight regarding whether or not he’d be appearing in Gunn’s next movie, Guardians of the Galaxy.

X-Files star Gillian Anderson was a big draw on Saturday. I was surprised to even see that she was doing con panels. After joking that she hardly remembered much of her time on the show, she graciously answered questions from fans and talked a little about her upcoming guest role in the NBC Hannibal series.

Without a doubt, Patrick Stewart was the big draw of the weekend. Stewart regaled fans with stories about his work on Dune, X-Men and of course, Star Trek: The Next Generation. Stewart even recalled his audition for the iconic role of Captain Picard, in which he was required to audition with a hairpiece which had to be especially flown in from his house in West London.

Personally, the big draw for me this weekend was a chance to see Jennifer Hale, AKA the real Commander Shepard. Hale was surprisingly funny and totally comfortable in a panel setting. She answered numerous questions from fans. Inevitably, there was a question about her feelings on the ending to Mass Effect 3. Her response was that “endings are hard.” When asked if she would ever return to play Shepard in Mass Effect 4, she replied “in a hot second.” Also, when asked whether she’d play Shepard in a movie she said, “in a heartbeat, because I don’t think anyone else should play Shepard.”

It seemed like Mass Effect was everywhere this year. But nothing was as cool as this particular Shepard costume. For more pictures from the con, just click on the image below.

Emerald City ComiCon 2013