Holy hackers, Batman! They found us!

Is nothing sacred? With just a month to go until this year's Emerald City Comicon, the region's largest comic-book convention, event organizers are currently without a website. They've been hacked, Batman.

"Unfortunately we discovered today that Emerald City Comicon's website was hacked into, including our backup files, and everything is now gone and unable to be retrieved," press director Joe Parrington said in an email late yesterday. "We now begin the long process of building our site from scratch, which will take several days at least."

The site emeraldcitycomicon.com currently redirects to their Facebook page, which they're updating with announcements and ticket sale info. Thankfully, people who already bought tickets needn't worry about their credit card numbers and personal details; that information is hosted on Eventbrite, the ticket seller, rather than ECCC's website, Parrington said in a call this morning.

As for the culprit? "We have no idea who did it, but they cleaned us out," Parrington said. "It's unusual, that all of our backup info is all gone. We still have every piece of the website—each photo, each paragraph—somewhere in the office. It's like we broke a vase and have to put it back together, piece by piece. ... The timing is awful."

ECCC, which draws thousands of costumed Northwesterners to the downtown Seattle convention center each spring, has already endured some drama this year. There's now a challenger to the south, the new Wizard World Con in Portland, opening a week before Seattle's convention. But before we start comparing the size of our lightsabers, know that ECCC is beaming in big guests in March, name-dropped here by given and geek titles: Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard), Christopher Lloyd (Doc Brown), Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman and Robin). And starting tomorrow,  tickets will go on sale for a special Cinerama event on February 28: the screening of the 1966 Batman movie with Ward and Seattle native West in attendance. By formal decree and hopefully with some flugelhorns, Mayor McGinn's office will make February 28 "Mayor Adam West Day" in Seattle. KAPOW!

Emerald City Comicon
Mar 1–3, Washington State Convention Center, $25–$35, three-day pass $65

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