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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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.
I had the privilege of attending Star Wars Celebration in 2015 when it was in Anaheim California. It was one of the most memorable conventions I have ever been to in recent years. There was so much to do and see it was quite overwhelming. Not the overwhelming where you want to leave, but the kind where you need more!
And more is what I got. I spent all day looking at the amazing set props they had set up, buying merchandise and generally being n aww of the cosplayers of which there was no shortage of. The do such an amazing job replicating their favorite characters. We meet up with all our other Star Wars friends and we walk the floor together getting giddy over what we see.
Now one thing I do have to advise, is don’t play with the legos! You will want to help build that giant Darth Vader, but don’t. Its ripe with sickness and I’m positive it’s what gave me con crud for the 2 weeks afterwards. Hand sanitizer is a must.
I can’t wait to watch the Celebration live stream. It is done very well, since in 2015 the first day I had to work. It can be found at StarWars.com.
Check my Instagram for my pictures from the 2015 Star Wars Celebration I attended. If you are there have fun! Take a lot of pictures, you will want to look back on them. I promise.
The Disney Expo, known as the D23 Expo is fast approaching with dates of July 14-16 2017. With all the conventions that come through southern California, D23 has to be one of the most exciting cons. It comes to Anaheim, right near Disneyland and brings with it the most amazing unseen items, displays and interactions that any Disney fan will love.
I went to D23 in 2015, and I have to say, it was one of the best con experiences I have ever had. I enjoyed everything I saw. Normally a person who doesn’t like the crowds, at this particular con, I was so filled with awe to even notice how many people were around me. It’s just an overall great experience.
This year’s Wonder Con was in Los Angeles California this year. A stark difference from its cozy home in the Anaheim Convention Center.
I have gone to multiple conventions from San Diego Comic Con, E3, Comikaze, and of course Wonder Con.
Aside from feeling as though they let way too many people in, I generally enjoy myself at conventions. However Wonder Con 2016 seemed out of sorts this year, and location should not make a difference when it’s run by the same people who run Comic Con.
The line manager was completely out of line when they first started to let people into the show. From trying to keep hundreds of people in a single line to physically holding people back from moving forward. Yes, I mean, hands to shoulders and holding someone back. Not exactly how you’d want to start your day.
This year Wonder Con also introduced a RFID tap in tap out badge system. Clever right? Wrong. It was nothing short of a hassle. It could be working one minute and beeping red the next. When that happens you have to go to the help desks (yet another few long lines) and prove your identity by showing your ID. It is a waste of time.
Once you get in the convention resembles most conventions as we know them.