Needless to say, WonderCon 2015 was a blast. It almost seems like the convention went by way too fast. While I was there, I got to talk to some pretty cool people like Mercedes Carrera, actor Dan Southworth (Power Rangers: Time Force, Mortal Kombat 2 Legacy), Darwyn Cooke (artist) and many other attendees and cosplayers.
Don’t Fear The (SJW) Reaper
When we announced that I was going to cover WonderCon on behalf of Reaxxion, many readers expressed concern over my well being. I can tell you that nothing bad happened at the convention in regards to SJWs. Sure, I saw people that looked like they would fit the profile, but not once did anyone come up and talk to me about “oppression.” There was only one cosplayer who sort of shrugged me off as I was trying to get a picture, but big deal.
There weren’t even many panels that were skewed towards SJWs. Unlike a certain convention in Australia, no one tried to get Adam Baldwin banned from the floor. It was really nice to know that people were there to enjoy comics and geek culture and weren’t trying to shove their worldview down your throat.
WonderCon In A Nutshell
WonderCon is usually compared to San Diego Comic-Con since both are run by the same organization. WonderCon is much more relaxed, though. Sure, there’s a huge crowd that’s only been getting bigger since 2012, but it wasn’t so bad that I felt like a sardine being canned. Parking wasn’t an issue, either: I got to the convention early paid the relatively low price of $15 to park all day. In San Diego, I’d be surprised if anyone paid less than $20 for parking and was able to drop their car off less than a block away from the convention.
Generally speaking, Anaheim has a significantly larger exhibit hall than San Diego: 815,000 square feet vs. 615,700 square feet, respectively. Had WonderCon been scheduled to stay in Anaheim next year, I would say there is plenty of room for the convention to expand and get bigger. It’s big enough that I got lost on the exhibit floor several times. One thing I loved about the WonderCon was how they had several photo op areas set aside from the exhibit hall for con-goers. Admittedly, none of the photos I took were in those areas, but I liked the idea of having these spaces in order to keep the aisles from getting congested.
Hollywood also has a much smaller presence at WonderCon than San Diego Comic-Con, with the only studios there being Fox and Warner Bros., and even then, their booths were relatively small. Warner Bros.’ main focus was on promoting their upcoming movies San Andreas and Mad Max, as well as DC-related TV series such as Flash, Arrow, and Gotham. TNT had panels for their upcoming summer seasons of Falling Skies and The Last Battleship (starring Adam Baldwin). What is surprising is the lack of Disney or Marvel, and given the fact Disneyland was across the street, that seems like a missed opportunity.
As far as gaming goes, Nintendo and Capcom were the sole representatives. I talked about Capcom’s offerings at WonderCon in a previous article, so I’ll focus on Nintendo here. Nintendo’s big draw was the upcoming Wii U game Splatoon, a colorful third person paint shooter. I played a bit of it on Sunday morning and I have to say it’s pretty solid game.
Nintendo also had an Amiibo tournament, though I couldn’t find out what the prize was. There was also a booth that sold retro games and related memorabilia. While San Diego Comic-Con has more in the way of gaming, it should be noted that WonderCon takes place before E3, which is where game companies prefer to make their big announcements.
I had a great time at WonderCon this year, and I’d like to leave you with some more pictures. If you’re in southern California, WonderCon is definitely worth the visit.
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