Bleeding Cool says that comic book convention conglomerate Wizard World is launching a comics convention in Portland one week before Seattle's independent Emerald City Comic Con. ECCC's PR director, Joe Parrington, complained about it to Oregon Live:

The issue isn’t that Emerald City Comicon has to be the only kid on the block with a lemonade stand. Wizard decided to open its lemonade stand on the same week we’re doing it and, essentially, on the same block.

Bleeding Cool says that ECCC has announced they'll be producing a convention in Portland in September, which means cosplayers can pretty much stay in costume all year long.