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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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Ready Player One Challenge in Hollywood

Yesterday was the first day of the Ready Player One Challenge in Hollywood. For those of you that don’t know, Ready Player One is a book by Ernest Cline that came out in 2011.

As a gamer I naturally read the book, and at the time I had no idea it would become a film by Stephen Spielberg a few years later.

The experience is 20 to 30 minutes long, with many photo ops and opportunities to take photos. In fact it’s encouraged. The retro feel to the experience brought back a lot of childhood memories for me and I loved it.

In the experience you are tasked with finding keys on your way to the Oasis. You are encouraged to play, search and take a leap. It’s fun and looks amazing.

Yes, they built the stacks where Wade Watts calls home. However they do not take everyone into the stacks. It is here that I believe there is a Virtual Reality experience.

All in all it is a great experience, reminiscent of a Comic Con experience. When you’re in line Fandango is out there asking trivia questions where you can win a multitude of prizes. I personally won 2 Fandango tickets to see the film. One person I was with won a hat. They made it fun from start to finish. If you get a chance and are in the Hollywood, California area, take advantage of this free experience. They do take walk ups, and you can also secure a specific time on the website, ReadyPlayerOneChallenge.com

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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.

 

LA Comic Con 2017 A Reflection

This years Stan Lee Comic Con has come to a close.  I spent two days there and found it to be quite enjoyable.  Wasn’t too busy and most tables were very accessible.

Parking wasnot an issue, LA Live was my choice this year.   It went very smooth.  A bit costly at $27.00 but I have paid much more to go to the LA Convention Center.

One experience I particularly enjoyed was spinning the Price is Right Wheel.  I’ve wanted to do that since I was a kid.  We didn’t win anything but it was fun!

There was a lot to see.  Many different small vendors than I’ve seen in the past.  I like to discover new conmics and talent.

Not too many big name comic companies there, it that’s okay.  That’s what weekly comic shops are for.

I recommend this Con to anyone who doesn’t make it to San Diego for one reason or another.

It was also full of autographs of many celebrities, if that is what you like to get.  Fashion show is fun.   If you missed this year, keep this one in mind or next year.

Wondercon 2017, Thoughts

I have been going to Wondercon since it came to Anaheim a few years back.  This year I personally thought it was a bigger convention than in past years.  I’m the type of person who goes to conventions for comic books.  I go with a list of obscure comics by number of what books I’m looking to read.

There were plenty of vendors to suit even the pickiest of collectors.  The badge pick up went rather smooth for me. I went on Thursday, the day before the convention began.

The variety of food trucks in between the Hilton and Marriott hotels was great.  They had some of the best food trucks.   They each had their own niche with a lot of choice.

The only gripe I had, and I think most attendees will agree with me is on parking. Parking was an absolute disaster.   If you could find a spot consider yourself lucky.  If you had a Disneyland annual pass, even luckier.   Next year Wondercon has to come up with a better parking scenario.  If they do that it would make it so much more enjoyable.

Wondercon 2017 in Pictures

Wondercon 2017 has come and gone.  Here are some photos we took as we walked the convention floor.  We will be putting up a Cosplay slideshow soon, so check back.  Overall, it was a great convention with something for everyone!

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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.

 

Iron Fist #1 Comic Review

Iron Fist is a marvel character that I knew nothing about until I started watching the Netflix original series this week.  After binge watching the show, which I highly recommend checking out, I did decide check out some of the comics.

Iron Fist is not a new character, however there is a new Iron Fist #1 that was just released.  I read through it quickly and I really liked it.  In the comic, he’s seems to be losing his Iron Fist powers which he draws from the chi force of K’un-Lun, which was destroyed.    Needless to say, Iron Fist is having an identity problem, since when he’s not Iron Fist, he’s Danny Rand.

Danny Ran is having a rough time finding himself, and begins frequenting a bar where whisky is his friend.  Until opportunity arises and Danny just may have a chance to find answers, and maybe even restore his power.

This was just the first issue of the comic, so this is where is 2017 storyline will begin.  Danny is a master of Kung Fu and even though his Iron Fist power is fading, he can still hold his own.

I am looking forward to the series.  He is an interesting character who doesn’t just fight but also has a very real human emotion side to him.  Making him easy to relate to on a few levels.

They leave us with Danny sailing off to find answers.  I can’t wait to take the journey with him.

Logan Has Arrived in Theaters

I’ve found myself over the years increasingly becoming a fan of the X-Men.  We all understand their mutants, and each has their own different specialty.  But Logan, he was deeper than the rest.  He had a past that we (as viewers, I’m sure the comic book readers saw) never really saw.  Sure we knew he could be violent.  That was always kept to a PG status.

Logan is a complex deep character.  Always has been. Even before this stand alone film.  There was so much to be seen and felt and learned in this film about Logan.  A lot of emotions were felt, not just for him but also for Charles.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers.  But if you are a fan of the X-Men, or maybe just a fan on Wolverine, please take time to see the film.    It may surpass your expectations or be dead on.

I found myself loving this film, fight seems, under tones, and character development.  I highly recommend it to any fan out there who even remotely likes X-Men or Logan.

SDCC 2017 Returning Registration Date Announced!

Comic -Con is a mecca for comic and pop culture fanatics from around the world.  The hardest part is actually getting a ticket and hotel.  The date we’ve all be waiting for: March 11, 2017.  This the date that the returning registration will be open.  This is open to all past attendees who are eligible.  You can find out whether you are eligible by signing into your Comic Con account.  It will tell you up in the right had corner if you are Ok’d for returning registration.

Don’t worry though, if you should be unsuccessful on that date, you will have another chance on a yet to be announced date for Open registration.

On March 11th make sure you have a few things handy to make it a smooth morning for yourself (well as smooth as a day like this can be).

  1. Know your comic con id, and any comic con id’s of people you may be purchasing badges for, and their last name.
  2. Credit card information.  The quicker you can access it the better. I am hearing its going to be nearing $265 this year, that is including  Preview night.
  3. The link you will receive to the registration waiting room.  This is going to come to you in an email the day prior to the registration date. March 10.
  4. Know what type of badges you want to purchase and have a back up plan.
  5. There will be a registration code specific to each comic con id.  It will be in your Comic Con Id under “registration info”.  Very important.
Photo courtesy of Caprice Conley SDCC 2016

Badges will be mailed to the address in your member ID.  Make sure you check it so that it is updated.  Do that as soon as you can.

Historically the registration process will begin at 9 am on the date decided, which is March 11.  It is a Saturday.   It can be a quick process or take a little longer so set aside some time.

Remember you can’t use a mobile phone or iPad, so you will have to be  at a computer.

Will you be ready for next weekend?  Best of Luck to you all!  Remember, there is always open registration.

Photo Courtesy of Caprice Conley SDCC 2016