The 2015 Con Season is just getting underway and WonderCon Anaheim returns to the Anaheim Convention Center on April 3-5.
WonderCon is a comic and pop culture convention produced and operated by Comic-Con International. The same company that handles the San Diego Comic-Con. It is smaller than SDCC, but one of the largest comic conventions on the West Coast. Attendance has been growing since moving from San Francisco to Anaheim about 4 years ago. The show floor has been expanded this year, using Halls B, C and D, featuring about 400 exhibitors.
If you plan on attending WonderCon, I would suggest you purchase your badges as soon as possible. 3-day and Saturday badges have already sold out. Badges are available for purchase ONLINE ONLY. There is no on-site/at the door badge sales.
The programming schedule offers a wide variety of panel discussions, comics publisher presentations, movie and tv series events, and so much more. Over 200 hours of programming featuring:
• Screenings, previews and Q&A: Wayward Pines, The Last Man on Earth, Salem, The Last Ship: Season 2, American Dad, The Messengers, American Odyssey, iZOMBIE, Teen Titans Go!, Gotham, Falling Skies: The Final Battle, Orphan Black, Dead Rising: Watchtower, Powers and The Flash.
• Spotlight Q&A sessions: Dustin Nguyen, James Robinson, Becky Cloonan, Rick Remender, Jamal Igle, Kevin Maguire, Marc Andreyko, Kris Anka, Ken Lashley, Greg Weisman, Sam Humphries, Greg Pak, Phil Noto, Greg Horn, Lisa Morton, Jae Lee, Ed Brubaker, Rebecca Moesta, Dan Jurgens, Darwyn Cooke, Len Wein, and John Ostrander.
• Panel discussions: Marvel, DC Comics, Image Comics, Valiant Comics, BOOM! Studios, IDW Publishing/Top Shelf Productions, Aspen Comics, Felicia Day Talks Geek and Sundry, The Nerdist Panel with Chris Hardwick, Big Hero 6: The Art of the Story, Fangirl Foods: Pop Culture and Food Collide and DreamWorks: Dragons, Dinos and More!
• World premieres: Batman vs. Robin and Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts
• How to: Break into a career in video games, comics, animation and writing.
• 11th annual WonderCon Anaheim Masquerade
Your badge gets you into all the programming events for free. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Arrive early and be prepared to wait in a line. Schedule is subject to change.
Most of the studios and publishers hold their big announcements and programming for SDCC, but there is one Warner Bros. presentation scheduled for Saturday afternoon with “TBD” as the description. This is rumored to be the first-look at the Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer.
The exhibitor floor will have a large number of booths and tables from comic publishers, movie studios, video game publishers, retailers and artists. Selling comics, toys, books, prints, original art, exclusive items, live demos and more. A number of them will usually have some free giveaway items.
Bring your camera. Cosplayers will be inside and outside of the exhibit hall. They are always willing to pose for pics, but just make sure to ask permission beforehand. You can even join in on the cosplay action by attending as your favorite character or hero too.
Go to www.comic-con.org/wca for the latest updates on programming schedules, exhibitor listings, purchasing tickets, directions and more. Please note that if you are interested in attending the San Diego Comic-Con in July, badges went on sale in February and sold out in less than 45 minutes.