Looking Back at Emerald City Comic Con

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Exactly one week ago, we returned to the real world after an incredible weekend at Emerald City Comic Con. Our first year of having our own booth on the show floor went far better than we could have imagined; even though we’re back on our daily grind, we’re still glowing from the experience! After some time to reflect, we thought we’d share some of our favorite things from the convention.

We’re so proud of how our booth came together. It seemed right at home in its corner of the show floor, and it was exactly how we’d envisioned; bright, bold, exciting, and sleek. Our signage, all made in-house (yes – even the plastic tags!) let everyone know exactly what we’re about. Our new mirrors were adorned with bold words meant to embolden everyone that stepped into our fitting rooms. The entire weekend, people were excited to try out superhero level spandex, were intrigued by our ability to print on demand, and asked if they could buy our pink and holo bags, because they’re just that damn pretty.

We wanted to start our first year on the show floor at ECCC with a bang, so we started a scavenger hunt, of sorts. We came armed with a bag full of tokens, each good for one free pair of shells. We gave tokens each day to artists and bloggers at the convention, then they Instagrammed and Tweeted where to find them until a lucky winner showed up to claim their token. Throughout the weekend, we gave away 10 free pairs of shells! If you needed any evidence that it pays to follow us on social media, there it is. 

Our booth debut also included two live signing events! On Saturday, we had a live signing event with artist Jen Bartel – the talent behind #GalacticCats, #StellarDinos, and #CelestialCetaceans. If you’re not familiar with how a live signing works, it went like this: 

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The ECCC-exclusive variant of Jen’s #StellarDinos featured appropriately green dinosaurs, to keep with the Emerald City theme. Each fan went home the very next day with a memory that is actually not only unique but also wearable, with signatures that will never wash off or fade. Suck it, “permanent” markers!

On Sunday, we hosted another live signing for Kelly Sue DeConnick, the writer for Bitch Planet and Pretty Deadly. This live signing was scheduled just days before the convention, though you might not have realized it if you came to the signing. When we learned that Kelly would be joining us at the table, our production team was able to print a backdrop just for her – that’s right, that badass Bitch Planet background was made by our team the same weekend as the signing! That’s the beauty of on-demand printing (and having an amazing production crew to do it).

Over the course of the weekend, we met so many of you. We had a blast talking to you, laughing with you, shopping with you, and talking spandex with you. So many of you went out of your way to find us, and some of you made a point to introduce your friends to us. A few of you came by just because you wanted to us see that you were proudly sporting shells, which is just so amazing to us. Our hearts couldn’t be any more full, and we couldn’t have gotten to this point without your love and support. 

Thank you.

Thank you for getting us to Emerald Comic Con.

Thank you for making it amazing.

Thank you for supporting us. 

We’ll see you on the show floor next year!

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Invading the Uptown Art Walk

The Bombsheller team had a fantastic time hanging out and wreaking havoc at the Uptown Art Walk this week. The Art Walk happens every third Wednesday in the Lower Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle. It features local artists and businesses, free snacks (!!!), live music, arts and crafts, and more.

Since we’re located right in the heart of Uptown, we were invited to join the party. Here are a few highlights from the event.

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Loving legs and loving leggings.

 

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We got new stickers! Don’t they look awesome fanned out across those Enfu leggings?

 

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Leggings battle on the patio!

 

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Our very own Hot Little Boss stretching out.

In case anyone was wondering, we definitely had fun! Also, for those of you following along at home, Hot Little Boss is wearing #TribalSkull and Dinah is rocking #UrbanJungle.

Happy Birthday Bowie!

aka All Hail to the Power of Leggings 

Seattle is a fantastic, and as you’ll soon discover, a fantastical dimension where creatives of all stripes, and innovative startups of every iteration, conspire and thrive, immeasurably due to the powers of the galactic fashion icon David Bowie, whose 67th birthday, may his legend live into infinity and beyond, is today.

Contrary to popular belief, the emerald city’s collective creative aplomb derives its artrepreneurial spirit not exclusively from artists forced to shelter from the rain in their atelie-lairs…or art studios.

No, Seattle is a hothouse of artistic innovation, like Bombsheller’s badass hi-res on-demand personalized garment manufacturing, thanks to the rich local “leggingacy”….aka leggings legacy, that we Seattleites were destined to share, the paragon of which is currently on exhibition, potentially into perpetuity if you believe the Experience Music Project box office, behind whatever kind of protective glass protects innocent babysitters and their younger siblings from the evil powers of Goblin Kings.

Bowie's Labyrinth leggings currently on display at Seattle's Experience Music Project

Bowie’s Labyrinth leggings currently on display at Seattle’s Experience Music Project

 Jareth’s leggings.  David Bowie’s meggings.  They are one and the same, and together, as one, then two, and one again, their significance transcends both man and myth.  They are legendary.  An enduring emblem of the infamous day Bowie slipped on Seattle’s grey sky, one leg at a time, just like the rest of us.  Who, as if by magic, have all been given special powers to slip on legends of our own…to become, according to Diffin, the “actual cultural heros with imaginative elements” we’ve all been waiting for.

Bombsheller has launched off on an epic journey to bring tight bods everywhere, the personalized leggings they’ve been craving.  From right here in Seattle, we’ve eliminated the fashion industry Labyrinth, by making it simple to upload an image of your artwork into our leggings template.  We take care of the rest.  Your designs are posted on our site for visitors to purchase, you retain the rights to your designs, and receive a portion of the sales.  More importantly, your designs will be worn, not by a generously endowed mannequin with a rocker mullet, but by actual fashion forward humanoids.  Ready to turn the fashion world upside down?

“It’s a Bombsheller leggings template.  Nothing more.  But if you turn it this way and look into it…it’ll show you your dreams.” -Jareth

Learn what it takes to get started.

Upload your design.

Be cool.

props to Gail Worley via the Worleygig for the pic.

Visit Bowie’s leggings at the Experience Music Project’s Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic.

“You have no power over me.” – said Sarah to the fashion powers that used to be.