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Wondercon 2018 Day 2

Today was the second day of Wondercon at the Anaheim convention center.  This was my first day going as I was at the Roseanne premiere yesterday (I mean how could I miss that).  It was a con as usual, and being Saturday, it was busy.  Many a cosplayer lined the front of the building as well as the show floor.

I found this year to be a bit confusing even though I had a “map” in the guide book.  Many of the vendors were the same, some were new.  It seemed however as if they had moved vendors around a bit, and that’s okay.  Just try to remember where you saw that awesome item you wanted because you just might spend an hour trying to find it again.

I always like to spend time in the small press area.  It’s where I discover new comics, new stories and new characters to love. Or hate.   I do read some main stream comics, but I have always been a big supporter of small press.

Besides there being a lot of people there today, traffic and especially parking was a disaster.  Honestly the extra money I paid for a hotel for one night was totally worth getting around the parking debacle.  This happens every year.  This year though it seemed they had more roads closed off, routes re-routed.  The pedestrians weren’t being funneled by the police, so if you were driving and needed to turn, you had to wait for all 50+ people to walk across.  Remember we are also dealing with the Disney Crowd.

If you are coming tomorrow, remember, it closes earlier than it has been.  It closes at 5.  Come early.  If you see something, buy it.  Don’t pass it by if you an afford it.  Check out every booth.  I’ve found countless things I never would have found if I didn’t stop, have a chat and pick up a book, comic or toy.

Most importantly, have fun!

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Long Beach Comic Expo 2018

The Long Beach Comic Expo is an expo in its own category.  You never know what you will see or find there.  Year after year I’ve attended and each year I’m more impressed.   This year I attended all three days and I found some of the greatest comic books, met some great creative people and saw some out of this world cosplay.

These are just a handful of the cosplays I’ve seen and just had to snap a picture.  Conventions are where you will see the most interesting people, creative.  You can be whomever you want.  That is what keeps me coming back.

This year I found that the small press booths had a lot of excellent comics to read, which is at some times a nice break from the mainstream comics that everyone reads.

Each Expo or Comic Convention is an opportunity to enjoy and be who you are without feeling any judgement.  For that I am thankful, and I hope that each venue continues to grow and add different creative outlets to their shows.  I know so many people who enjoy them.  I’ve also introduced many people to these and they love it.  They had no idea that they weren’t alone in their love of Star Wars, or The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker.

We are everywhere.  We thank you for coming each year and look forward to Long Beach Comic Con which is September 8th to the 9th of 2018.  I’ll be there.  I’m more into the comic book, but I still have chances to see and experience things that I don’t in my day to day life.

If you get a chance to go to a convention or an expo or even to introduce someone to a new world, this is the way to do it.

 

Wondercon 2017 is This Weekend

Wondercon 2017 begins tomorrow, Friday March 31 and continues to Sunday April 2nd.  This is a historic Wondercon for some due to the fact that it does not fall on Easter weekend.  It is being held at the Anaheim Convention center, which is directly across from Disneyland.

Wondercon is affiliated with the San Diego Comic Con.  Yes, it’s the same folks the put that wonderful show on that also put this show on, its just a smaller, but just as good.  Wondercon is host to nearly 59,000 people.

A bit of history about Wondercon.  The convention hasn’t always been in Anaheim.  Until 2012 it was in San Francisco, having Originated in Oakland CA.  A fun fact that I didn’t know until I read the information handed out today when I picked up my badge.

Light post with Wondercon 2017 flag in front of convention center.

Wondercon has something for everyone.  There are are a multitude of vendors, nearly 1,000.  Comics from DC, Marvel, Image, Boom.  They have new and used comics and I usually find some stellar deals at some of the booths.

There is a lot of programming some of which includes Warner Bros, BBC, NBC and 20th Century Fox.  Just to name a few.  There is hundreds of hours of panels over the course of the 3 days.  It’s rather quite amazing how they put this show together so quickly.  I was there today, and honestly there really wasn’t much put together yet.  I’m sure the vendors are working late into the night to get ready for everyone tomorrow.

Front of the Anaheim Convention Center featuring Midnight Texas for Wondercon 2017

I will be updating through out the day, and in the evening after the day has come to a close.  Check my Facebook and Twitter for updates.

 

Gamestop Expo Begins Tomorrow in Anaheim.

For all you gamers out there if you are a Gamestop patron, what better way to connect with games than by heading to the annual Gamestop Expo, tomorrow in Anaheim CA?  It is a really fun expo, not like E3 or Comic-Con where it is more serious, and a lot of business going on.  This is truly an expo for gamers.

It begins at 11am and ends at 6pm at the Anaheim Convention Center.  It is also right across from Disneyland.  After you game, you can go have a night at Disney.

I’m hoping to see a bit more from Titanfall 2.  I was impressed with the first game but it really fizzled out for me after  few months.  This is one game I will be seeking out.

Virtual reality is a no brainer.  Of course I want to get my hands on some of it.  In particular, Playstation’s Morpheus.  E3 was just too hectic to get in for me.  I did however manage to do some VR on a Galaxy phone.  Loved it.

I’ll definitely be posting on my Facebook and I will recap tomorrow the days findings.

Happy Gaming!

San Diego Without Comic-Con

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For many of us the one time we come to San Diego is when the yearly Comic-Con convention takes place here.  Hundreds of thousands of people descend on the Gaslamp district, in search of the pop culture mecca that is San Diego.

But what about visiting when there is no convention.  What about Comic Non?  I’m spending a week here, and it’s a very bustling town with a lot do to, even without the con.  It has a lot of culture and amazing food. It is also the best time to check out the hotels that you may be staying in during the beloved convention.

That is one of the things I’m doing while I am down here.  Last night I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel.  Its usually a hotel that is always picked on the hotel lottery, but not that many people get it.  It is a party hotel, and for me that isn’t ideal.  However in off season it was great.  The bed was comfy and it was nice and roomy.  I also found out that you can rent a dj system or guitars if you feel the need.  I thought that was pretty awesome.

Today I’ve moved over to the Keating hotel.  A quaint hotel with the feel of Palm Springs and sounds of New York City.  It is right in the heart of the Gaslamp district.  In walking distance of all the spots you would ever want to get to.

I just happen to be staying here on the day where the Padres are playing the Dodgers at the ever accessible Petco Park ( sorry no zombies this time).  Luckily we can walk there, as traffic is crazy during this type of event.  In all honesty, the Comic-Con organizers do a much better job of directing traffic than regular event planners. Last night was almost impossible to get to the Hard Rock.  We made it, but it wasn’t pretty.  And when there is a baseball game letting out, the foot traffic is insane. Oh and one way roads everywhere don’t help, nope.  Not one bit.

I’d also like to mention a great place for breakfast, in addition to the amazing Richard Walkers for pancakes.  A ways up on 5th street is a place called Snooze.  Great food, mostly breakfast.  They are big on using cage free eggs, recycled paper, and saving where ever they can.  I like that in a restaurant.  It was definitely fresh tasting and had a great selection of food.  Highly recommend.

So if you enjoy coming to San Diego Comic Con in July, its definitely worth it to stay in San Diego when the convention is not ongoing so that you an truly enjoy the city.  It won’t have sci-fi cafe’s everywhere or giant Viking boats in random places, but you will definitely find a lot of fun things to do.

Universal Studios Harry Potter Wizarding World: The Food

April 7, 2016 will mark the official first day that Harry Potter’s Wizarding World opens at Universal Studios in Hollywood.  However leading up until that glorious day are “test” run days.  Currently, if you have an annual pass that qualifies, you can sign up for a preview day of Harry Potter and get in an hour and a half earlier than the rest of the patrons.  It’s a really great opportunity to see the area when it isn’t so crowded.

I’ve been to Hogsmeade a few times now.  It is truly a magical place.  You really feel like you’ve stepped into another place and time.  The snowy capped buildings almost make you forget that you’re in California.

One of the first things I recommend doing is heading into the Three Broomsticks for a bite to eat.  The food is rather quite amazing, if I do say so myself.  I’m still working my way through the menu, but so far the pot pie was pretty spectacular.  Today I tried the Bangers and Mash, another amazing item on the menu.  Yet no meal is complete without a Butter Beer, whether it be cold or frozen.  You don’t even need to be in the Three Broom Sticks, you can find it outside in one of the Butter Beer barrels.  The foam that sits on top of the drink is so tasty, you’ll crave it.

There is so much more on the menu and once i’m able to have tried it all I will share with you all my experience.  I’m sure it will be good.  If you make it there before me, let me know what you think!

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Glen Tavern Inn, Santa Paula California

Last night we decided to stay at the Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula Ca.  I wasn’t aware that it was a haunted inn when I booked it, but the simple reality is, it’s haunted.

The way we heard about this inn was, last week we had taken the Fillmore Western Train for New Years Eve.  We had been seated with a couple that was staying at The Glen Tavern Inn.  It also

 

happened to be the last stop on our train where we celebrated the new year before heading back to the station where we were picked up.   (That experience is for a different entry).

There are many stories about this Inn, such as a man having hung himself not too long ago in 2008, as well as murders that had taken place up in famed room 307.  It should be noted this was a brothel at one time.  During the prohibition this was a pretty booming town, and The Glen Tavern Inn was a hub of debauchery.

Now it’s a nice looking quaint Inn, with a silent history.  We did however see some what most people call orbs in our room.  I saw the video afterwards since by this time I had fallen asleep.  They are pretty clear.  We were staying in the John Wayne room #208.