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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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 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!
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.
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.
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