Emerald City Comic Con 2019 Recap!

Since our first Emerald City Comic Con last year, we’ve talked a lot about what we’ve learned and how we could take that to go bigger and better this year. The end result? A bigger booth, two live signing duos, five panels (including our first ever Bombsheller-programmed panel!), and an afterparty with Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, creators of The Wicked + The Divine!

The Booth!

Our booth stood a little higher this year, with with a Bombsheller banner above the booth to make us easier to find from across the show floor. We were able to add one more rack along one side, meaning room for even more Shells than we had this year! 

The extra space gave us the opportunity to soft launch two new products: scrunchies and Wide Waistband Shells! If you were at the convention, you may have gotten a chance to check out the new additions to our spandex family. You can find some sneak peeks of both in the background of our photos on page 2, but if you’re feeling left out, don’t worry – they’re coming soon!

The extra space also gave us the ability to hang up a backdrop. Throughout the weekend, people in costume and badasses rocking their Shells would stop to take pictures with “Stay Badass” cheering them on in the background. We had multiple people who wanted photos with us (which is just so damn sweet), and people would wear their new Shells straight out of the booth, making sure to stop for a photo op.

The Live Signings!

This year, we got to host a live signing for both The Wicked + The Divine (Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie) and Bitch Planet (Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro)! Seeing people’s faces light up when they get to meet their favorites never gets old, nor does explaining to people how a Digital Live Signing works. If you aren’t familiar, the artists create signatures on a Wacom instead of in ink, which we bring back to the factory and print into custom pairs of Shells. How amazing is it that we live in an age where you can have an artist sign your clothing and you can actually wear it without worrying about it fading?


After our Friday signing with Kieron and Jamie, we actually printed the Shells that day, so that folks could pick them up on Saturday morning and wear them to the afterparty later in the evening. We’ll come back to that, but first…

The Panels!

Over the weekend, our COO, Jazzlyn, spoke on five panels. All of the panels carried the same theme of being a creator in the geek industry, and each had an A+ lineup of panelists. If you happen to see “Building Your Own Themyscira,” “Nostalgia Marketing in Geek Biz,” “Level Up: Be a Nerd Boss,” or “The Cult of the Side Hustle” in any of the programming at the next con that you attend, we highly recommend that you check them out!

Behind the Merch Table was the first panel that we programmed and submitted to ECCC – you can only imagine how we were thrilled we were when the panelists enthusiastically accepted our proposal and the con approved our application. Not every application gets approved and it can be hard to schedule that many incredible people to be in one place during a convention weekend – we really felt like we hit the jackpot! Click here to see the full list of panelists!

The panel itself was so, so good. It fostered a lot of discussion about the importance of not trying to do everything yourself. Whether it’s delegating work, finding a good table mate, or finding somebody to handle “just” shipping (trust me – there’s way more involved in shipping than you might think), all of the panelists had something to share. I did my best to live tweet the conversation, but I was only able to capture a very small fraction of a lot of excellent advice! We were able to record the panel, so we’ll make sure to share the video once it’s available. 

The Afterparty

Where do I even start? Where. Do. I. Even. Start?

When Kieron and Jamie of The Wicked + The Divine said they wanted to throw a party with us, we were excited and honestly flattered, though we knew it was going to take quite a bit of planning. We were incredibly nervous, having never organized anything quite like this before, and we wanted to do both The Wicked + The Divine and their fans justice. The guys wanted to DJ a party where fans of the series could come together, unwind after a long day at the convention, and just dance.

And oh, we danced.

 

We ran the door speakeasy style, with a passphrase necessary to get in. Throughout the night, people would approach the door, often in costume, sometimes surprised when we actually asked for the phrase.

“D… Dio invited me to the party?”

“…And he’s so glad you’re here,” we’d reply, flashing a smile and gesturing them towards the doorway.

Their eyes would light up and they’d eagerly make their way through the door. On the other side, we could sometimes hear them gasp as they took it all in. 

The Fred Wildlife Refuge feels like it was made for this party, with a dance floor downstairs and cozy pink chill out spaces upstairs. The first thing you could see crossing the threshold, though, were the projections. Jamie McKelvie’s art. Matt Wilson’s colors. Clayton Cowles’ letters. Our very own Tati Soutar turned them into larger than life images that swirled and moved with the music. In the DJ booth above, Kieron, Jamie, and friends Ivan Salaczar, Ray Fawkes, and Tia Vasiliou mixed playlists  for the party below. Amongst fans and visages of the gods, it really felt like we’d been pulled into the pages of the comic.

By the end of the night, many of our WicDiv and Bombsheller show flyers taped around the venue were gone, and rumors were beginning to swirl about some of the more, ah… amorous shenanigans that may or may not have occurred that night. Despite our nerves at the beginning, we felt we’d truly thrown a party that would have made Dionysus proud.

More party photos and links to Jamie and Ivan’s playlists can be found here!

On to the next chapter!

But first, this wouldn’t be a Bombsheller blog post without a billion chances to say “thank you.”

As always, thank you, Bomb Squad, for not only supporting us, but for also just being so damn cool. So many of you came by the booth just to say hi, or thank you, or to show off which design you were wearing that day. It honestly moves us to tears sometimes how grateful we are for all of you!

Thank you

To the panelists and panel moderators, for sharing your experiences, expertise, and senses of humor, for giving us seats at your tables, and for helping make our own first panel go smoothly.

To Kieron, Jamie, Kelly Sue, and Val for bringing the magic to our digital live signings and for believing in us!

Also to Kieron and Jamie for helping us put together a party that might result in at least one baby with a god’s name at the next ECCC.

To the booth crew – you made my first year as booth manager go so ridiculously smoothly and we haven’t stopped hearing how friendly and helpful everybody was! When I asked the team for their favorite things about ECCC, the responses almost unanimously involved making our visitors happy. Thank you for bringing that kind of kindness into the world and into our booth!

To all of our team; everybody pulled extra weight to make this convention go as well as it did for us. If I could thank each person individually, I would need a whole separate blog post. I am grateful every day that I get to work with so many talented, badass people. Our success cannot be credited to any single one person and I am constantly amazed by what we manage to accomplish.

And THANK YOU to Fred Wildlife Refuge for having us. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue or a better team at the door, behind the bar, and behind the scenes. (Seriously, if you’re looking for a Seattle venue, please check them out!) 

Here’s looking forward to the third installation of the Bombsheller x ECCC Anthology!

Make sure to check out some of our favorite convention photos from ECCC weekend on page 2!

Afterparty photos can be found here!

Backstage Pass: The Wicked + The Divine

When Kelly Sue DeConnick connected us with Kieron Gillan and Jamie McKelvie, the creators of The Wicked + The Divine, we had no idea what we were in store for – in the best possible way. It’s been two weeks since we launched and we’re still floating on cloud nine after a resoundingly positive reception from fans of the series. It’s been a wild ride, and we want you to get an insider look at how we got here. 


“Holy Shit”

I can’t even begin to describe the ripple of excitement that moved through our team when we found out that this was really happening. The moment this project kicked off, we were buzzing. Our biggest collab so far had been seven designs with Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, so you can only imagine how ridiculous it was for all of us trying to keep a 15 design launch for a fandom as big as WicDiv under our hats for roughly six months! 

As each god game to life through their design, we couldn’t help but sprinkle little teasers in where we could. We alluded to the line a few times on social media, liking and retweeting WicDiv content; little nods that we hoped wouldn’t go unnoticed and trying to not get too ahead of ourselves.

Then the lookbook happened.

While I didn’t get the chance to be there for the actual photoshoot, the pictures alone made me gasp. As more of us got to see the photos and videos from the shoot, you could feel the excitement mounting in the office. Watching some of the video footage, I was almost certain that at any moment, one of them would snap and the video would end abruptly, in flames. I highly recommend scrolling to the gallery at the bottom to see the full set of behind-the-scenes photos.

“The Recurrence”

The day before we pushed the button to start the show, Kieron and Jamie prepped the crowd. A few tweets before launch was all it took to get the energy going; by the time we deployed the collection, fans were waiting in the wings to honor their favorite deities.

At the stroke of midnight, October 10th, 2018, The Recurrence began.

The response was unreal. Twitter went first, with retweets and shares and replies coming down in a flurry. Instagram went wild. Everyone lost their damn minds and we were completely bowled over by the overwhelmingly positive response. We laughed over hilarious Twitter exchanges about moisture-wicking, and we teared up over the heartfelt reolier about our size options and models. There was some, ah… discourse, however, about Woden. 

Trust us when we say that we’re right there with you.

We also ran into one other struggle – international shipping. When we saw disappointment from our overseas friends over the cost of shipping to their countries, we realized this was the perfect opportunity to take a risk and try something new. For the first time ever, we rolled out a beta test for $10 international shipping through the end of October! After you’re done here, go check out our last blog post to read more about how we were able to pull that off.

As orders shipped out, we were greeted by a second wave of reactions. The tagged photos started rolling in, and everybody looks bomb as HELL. People across all platforms were chiming in to praise and share photos of people rocking their WicDiv Shells, and our ride-or-die Squad members answered questions about fit and quality. We included enamel pins on cards signed by Jamie and Kieron for the first 50 orders, and everyone (ourselves included) were pretty ecstatic about them! We’re over the moon about how this launch went.

#Norns ended up being the most purchased design, though some of us think it would have been #Woden, if he weren’t such an asshole (and that’s putting it kindly). However, #Minerva got an extra special kind of love…

“Mini’s Got Merch”

In a recent issue, we found Minerva wearing what appeared to be her own merch. Looks like she requested a hemming for her pair, but there’s no question that these are the exact design from our line! While we were in the middle of debating whether or not they had actually drawn us into the comic, this popped up on Twitter:

We can honestly say this is the first time we’ve ever been featured in a comic! How amazing is that?

We pick a member of the Bomb Squad every week to feature as our “Bombsheller Babe of the Week,” and making Mini our first ever comic book #BombshellerBabe seemed only appropriate. Besides, how often do you get to feature a god on your social media?


“Thank You, and Goodnight!”

For the final act of this blog post, we’d like to sing the praises of every single human who has been along with us for this ride.

THANK YOU

 

To our badass friend Kelly Sue DeConnick, for being the catalyst for all of this and for always being a pillar of support.

To ass-kickin’ new friends Kieron Gillan, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson for creating such an incredible series, for being so wonderful to work with on this project, and for not only boosting the signal about this line but also for being so damn enthusiastic about it – and US!

 

To the talented Tati and Ivy, who took the creators’ dreams for this line and helped make them a beautiful reality. 

To our fierce-as-fuck models, Essie Charm, Sheila the Slayer, Katie  Corr, and Luna Lyrik, for channeling their deities so perfectly that the internet fell in love with them – even Woden, despite… you know…

…Woden. 

To everyone in the Bombsheller office who made this launch come together with special thanks to our photographer, Stephen Klise, our videographer Ivy Chen, and our COO and creative director Jazzlyn Stone, for making the lookbook dope as hell. 

To our production team for cranking out so many orders (even in spite of a brief technical malfunction!) like champions. Emily, Emily Z, Jennifer, Rachel, Lee and Corey: Thank you for being the wind beneath the company’s wings!

A special shout-out to Harris Miller, Chrissy Williams, and Katie West, for getting us here – you’re the real MVPs!

And finally, to YOU, our Bomb Squad. So many of you suggested The Wicked + The Divine as our next collaborative work – the feedback and love we’ve gotten in response to this collection pushes us to do more and be more. We have so many exciting new things coming down the line, and we wouldn’t have the opportunities that we have were it not for you. We’re so honored to have such a badass squad behind us. Keep hitting us up on social media to let us know what you want to see next – you know we’re listening! 😉

“Encore”

Before you go, check out this collection of outtakes from our lookbook photoshoot!

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UPDATE!! Beta Program: Flat Rate International Shipping!

✨UPDATE✨

Time to hop on your holiday shopping – we’re extending flat rate international shipping for the rest of the year!

Flat rate international shipping is now $14, but we’re extending this beta test through the end of the year! Through 12/31/18, 11:59pm PST, you can continue to get flat rate shipping to the list of eligible countries at the bottom of this post!


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TL;DR: We are offering a temporary flat fee of $10 for shipping and handling to international customers in the countries listed below. This offer will be good until midnight PST 10/31/18. No code necessary!

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On 10/10 we launched our new collection, The Wicked + The Divine. It’s our most successful launch to date, and the positive reactions from fans has had the team floating on cloud nine all week. One question kept coming up from fans around the globe:

“Why the hell is international shipping so expensive?”


There are a lot of answers, but the main one is because we use FedEx exclusively for international shipping. We’re a small company, and FedEx offered us the most assurance – and insurance when we started out. This month however, we’ve decided to take a chance and try our hand at offering a flat rate shipping and handling fee of $10.

Really? Only $10!?

You read that right. $10 for international shipping and handling! Please note that you may still be responsible for any additional taxes or fees imposed by your country’s laws upon import.

Will you be able to offer this long term?

Unfortunately no, probably not. At least not right now. But for the rest of this month, we want to celebrate our collaboration with The Wicked + The Divine team, and offer their fans around the globe a chance to snag some beautiful Shells for almost the same price as the fans in the USA. Plus, this gives us a chance to test this shipping method out – think of it as a pilot program in the hopes of offering better shipping options in the future for our international friends!

How are you sending international orders?

We’ll be using USPS First-Class International Service; it’s slower than Fedex, but they also offer tracking numbers.

Is every country eligible for $10 flat rate shipping?

As much as we’d like to offer $10 flat rate shipping to every country across the globe, USPS International has its own set of restrictions when it comes to shipping. Check the list below to see if your country is eligible:

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

Chile

Croatia

Cyprus

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Gibraltar

Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Greece

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Latvia

Lebanon

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malaysia

Malta

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Serbia, Republic of

Singapore

Slovak Republic (Slovakia)

Slovenia

Spain

Switzerland

Thailand

Turkey

Thank you to all of the fans that gave us honest feedback. We’re still growing and learning, and we’re lucky to be able to do so with the help of such a kind and kickass fan base!

Let us know what you think! Email us at badass@bombsheller.com.