I decided on a last minute trip to WonderCon in San Francisco (from Orange County). Me and a couple of writers for BabbleOn 5 will be covering the event since we have press passes already. We’ll be road-tripping it all night to be there Saturday. While I am a SDCC veteran, this will be my first WonderCon. I’m really looking forward to how it will compare to it’s San Diego big brother. Although, last year’s 40k in attendance isn’t too bad! A few of the bigger panels to include, Warner Bros Green Lantern, John Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Rainn Wilson’s Super, and more. I will be posting pics and Tweeting about the event all weekend long. I’m also going in hopes of encountering an extraterrestrial like in PAUL :)!
If you are interested in the history of WonderCon, check out the excerpt below:
WonderCon is an annual comic book, science fiction, and motion picture convention, held in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987.
The convention was conceived by retailer John Barrett (a founder of the retail chain Comics and Comix) and originally held in the Oakland Convention Center, where it remained until 2003, when it moved to San Francisco’s Moscone Center. The show’s original name was the Wonderful World of Comics Convention.
Retailer Joe Field (of Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff) and his partner Mike Friedrich owned and operated the convention for fifteen years. In 2001, they brokered a deal with the management team that runs the San Diego Comic-Con International to make it part of the Comic-Con Internationalconvention family. This gave the San Francisco show a wider audience and has made it a venue for previews and early screenings of major motion pictures, in particular ones based on comic books. These have included Spider-Man 2 in 2004, Batman Begins and Fantastic Four in 2005, Superman Returns in 2006, 300 in 2007, Watchmen in 2009, and Kick-Ass in 2010. All of these events featured the stars of the films fielding questions from the audience. In addition, WonderCon features an event called “Trailer Park,” wherein trailers for upcoming films are shown.
While the main attraction of WonderCon has always been various retailers selling back issues of comic books and action figures, the exhibitorship has grown to include retailers of specialty DVDs. There is also an “Artists Alley” featuring mainly comic book artists selling artwork, signing books, and doing sketches; and mainstream celebrities signing autographed pictures. Academicians and comic industry professionals have held the Comics Arts Conference in conjunction with WonderCon.
In addition to the comic and movie previews is the Wondercon masquerade, which usually takes place on Saturday after the convention closes. Awards are given to those with the most creative performances, but anyone can participate