Rumors about this deal started spreading last week, and now it's been confirmed: on their landing page, Emerald City Comicon has published a statement announcing that their organization has been bought by ReedPop, the pop culture wing of Reed Exhibitions, an international events organizer. (Reed puts on events like Book Expo America, the annual publishing industry convention.) Here's the announcement:
We are excited to announce that Emerald City Comicon and ReedPop are joining forces, and ReedPop will help us continue producing the premier comic book and pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest!
ECCC is one of the most fan-oriented and comics-focused conventions in the U.S., and ReedPop is a fan-based group of professionals putting on pop culture events throughout the world, including New York Comic Con, PAX, C2E2, and Star Wars: Celebration. A classic superhero team-up is what we have here, and we even skipped the messy misunderstanding and battle scene that usually comes before a team-up!
Moving forward ECCC will still be produced by the same people who have made this show great, but with the added benefit of having a ton of rad people from ReedPop helping out to make it even more awesome. The Emerald City Comicon team will also start working on ReedPop's events to help make them bigger and better. It's win-win!
I'll have more soon right here on Slog.