Last weekend we were in Anaheim, California for Wondercon. This was our first time at this convention, but they are the same promoters of San Diego Comic-Con which we have been before. As usual this is a trip I take with my daughters (my husband hates going to these conventions lol) and my sister. The weekend was tiring but fun.
We had badges for all 3 days of Wondercon. On Friday there weren’t any panels we wanted to attend so we spent the day at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. The Anaheim Convention Center is across the street from the parks so it was walking distance from our hotel. On Saturday my daughters dressed up as their favorite characters from the video game Overwatch and their costumes turned out really good. It took months of planning and they had a lot of fun at the convention. If you are not familiar with cosplayers they are very creative and handmake their costumes. Since I don’t sew we ordered my daughters costumes online and found an Etsy store that created the guns from 3-D printing. My daughters just had to paint the guns and they turned out very realistic. While they were walking around they met other Overwatch cosplayers and they got together to do a group photo. Keith Silverstein, the voice actor for the Overwatch character Torbjorn, surprised the group and everyone was excited. It was funny to see everyone act like their characters.
Here is a photo collage of some of the cosplays at the convention. I loved the cosplayers from the Disney movie Moana.
Also on Saturday we attended two panels. The first one was the Marvels Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The cast was there and we were given a special screening of the new episode that premiered this week.
The final panel for Saturday was the Warner Brothers presentation with movie Directors David F. Sandberg and Patty Jenkins.
Director David F. Sandberg spoke about his new movie Annabelle: Creation and premiered the trailer. I hate scary movies, especially with dolls, so I had my eyes closed during most of the trailer lol. It looks like a really creepy movie! Here is the trailer that was premiered.
Wonder Woman Director Patty Jenkins talked about the movie and her vision for the characters. She also brought an exclusive movie scene. I was disappointed that the cast wasn’t at the panel but I still can’t wait to watch this movie. Here is the latest trailer for this movie:
On Sunday I attended the panel Beyond Marvel’s Black Widow with author Margaret Stohl. The panel was moderated by Mark Waid, DC comics writer. The hour was spent discussing Margaret Stohl’s love for comic books and her introduction to the comic book industry. It was interesting to hear their writing process.
The final panel I attend was for Lucifer. I had not watched this show but my sister is a huge fan so I went with her. Unfortunately, the main actors were not present but it was exciting to see actors I loved from other shows: Kevin Alejandro (True Blood) and Lesley-Ann Brandt (Spartacus). I am now watching the show and I love actor Tom Ellis (Lucifer Morningstar). He’s charming and devilish.
Overall Wondercon was good and we might attend again. Our experience with Wondercon was completely different than with the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). From purchasing the badges and finding a hotel, planning our trip to Wondercon was stress free. With SDCC there is limited number of badges and available hotel rooms close to the convention center, so planning a trip is a big headache. We enjoyed the smaller crowds at Wondercon but missed the larger exhibit floor of SDCC. SDCC also has the better variety of panels and celebrities plus more freebies (like memorabilia from the TV/Movie companies and ARCs/books from the publishers). If you are new to conventions I think Wondercon is the best place to start. SDCC is fun but it can be overwhelming if you don’t like crowds and long lines (that is if you are lucky enough to get badges lol). Visit their website for more information.
Conventions are a hobby for my daughters and I. This is our time to get away and spend some quality time together. We’ll be attending the Silicon Valley Comic Con next month and I bought tickets to meet actor Tom Felton (Harry Potter’s Draco Malfoy/The Flash’s Doctor Alchemy).
Do you like going to conventions?