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Wondercon 2019 Begins in Anaheim CA

Official Logo of Wondercon

Every year geeks from around the world gather at the Anaheim convention center and celebrate, anything and everything they have a passion for deep in their soul. Many show it by Cosplaying their favorite character. Others may spend hours in panels with their favorite subjects or tv show personalities. Then there’s the ones who come and look for those hard to find comics, who go to the small press in hopes of finding an unknown comic to discover. Artwork is also a big item folks look for at WonderCon.

2019 Dates

Many people go and meet their friends and have a great time, enjoying what they love. In the middle of all that you may see a celebrity walk by or jump into your picture. Wondercon is essentially a smaller version of Comic-Con that takes place in San Diego CA every July. It is also put on by the same organization, so you may notice some similarities. Yet clearly you will see the differences. First and foremost you will notice just the sheer size. While Wondercon is a big convention, it comes not where near the size Comic Con. Literally Comic Con takes over the GasLamp area of downtown San Diego.

WonderCon in past years.

If your planning on attending Wondercon there are a lot of things to consider. What do you need to wear, what program are you going to follow and on what day. Who are you going to meet up with and when. It can be easy to get in a line and then realize, you’re hungry. One suggestion is bring food, snack type. Carry a water. I believe this Wondercon is going to be a bit on the warm side. Don’t be afraid to ask the staff where to go. Looking for a long time can cause you to miss that panel you were looking forward to or that photo meetup with your friends.

Think about parking. They do have a lot of information on their site on where to park, when to show up and where to go once you get there. Personally, I like to stay at one of the hotels so I don’t have to worry it. In the long run, it saves time and money.

Here is a guide they have on their website that might help some of you. They do have these available at the convention itself.

Wondercon Quick Guide

If there is anything you would suggest or are excited for during Wondercon, feel free to comment.

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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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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