WonderCon 2016: All We’ve Ever Dreamed of and More
by Liz Tarnof
Today marked the first time that San Diego Informer attended WonderCon, the ever so loving sister show to the gargantuan mega-beast comic convention that is Comic-Con. 2016 marks the first year that WonderCon is hosted in the Los Angeles Convention Center versus the Anaheim Convention Center in years past. Before we get to the nitty gritty, we must say bravo Comic-Con International. The L.A. Convention Center was a smash hit as a location. Not only did attendees have room to breathe (nobody likes rubbing shoulders with a spiky Bowser), but there was ample room for artists and vendors.
Spanning for three days (Friday, March 25 – Sunday, March 27), WonderCon is packed full of special panels, activities, and wonders to behold. Think of it as a mini Comic-Con with way less people. Considering this, Comic-Con International’s website boasts that WonderCon is continuing to grow attendance-wise with a count of 60,000 in 2014. With nerdy pop-culture always on the rise, we can safely assume this number will grow every year.
Guests enjoyed the opportunity to play brand new Nintendo games such as Hyrule Warriors Legends for the 3DS, Pokken Tournament, and StarFox Zero. Attendees who played a game received a ticket for one Nintendo freebie. Exclusive content to new games and free stuff just for playing; could it get any better?
For the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans out there, Nickelodeon had a booth set up where guests could get their picture taken in the “sewers of New York,” and if they were willing to wait, get autographs and a quick picture with the voice actors of Donatello (Rob Paulsen), Michelangelo (Greg Cipes), and Shredder (Kevin Michael Richardson).
As per all cons, there were plenty of cosplayers to go around. We counted enough Storm Troopers to build an army, and enough Deadpools to make your head spin. Holding true to Comic-Con’s tradition, WonderCon also boasted a masquerade.
This is truly an experience that brings together the nerdy, the curious, and the experienced. We look forward to attending WonderCon for years to come.
For more information on WonderCon, please visit http://www.comic-con.org/wca