The Fan Convention Returned to Anaheim
Written By: Nicole Hakim Wondercon 2017
Fan conventions allow fans of all ages to come together and relish in their favorite television shows, movies, books, and video games by dressing up as their favorite characters, attending panels, and meeting the stars that make what they love amazing. When thinking about California cons, some minds might immediately go to San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC)—one of the largest cons in the country—but as it grows more and more each year, SDCC’s sister con, WonderCon, has certainly become a fan favorite.
In 2017, WonderCon took place March 31 to April 2. Guests proved their passion by dressing up as characters from all walks of entertainment from Batman and Voltron, to Harry Potter and even the Flintstones. As anyone who cosplays at conventions can tell you, sometimes costumes don’t always stay together, and thankfully, the Duct Tape Cosplay Repair Station was there to help cosplayers with rolls of different colored and printed duct tape. According to Ashley Luke, the product manager at ShurTech Brand, “We decided to have a booth because the brand speaks to originality and thinking outside of the box. We wanted to support the cosplay community by allowing them our products for their repair needs.”
In addition to hosting hundreds of cosplays, WonderCon featured a large exhibit hall filled with goodies just waiting to be bought. The exhibit hall was filled with comic books, Funko Pops, posters, DVDs, vintage toys, and more that many attendees couldn’t wait to get their hands on. Also located in the exhibit hall was the Artist Alley, a section dedicated to local and not so local artists hoping to sell their original and fan works to attendees. Each artist was unique as they showcased their talents through large, elaborate paintings of various comic book characters, adorable laminated keychains, handmade plushies, and much, much more.
WonderCon 2017 featured a number of panels throughout the weekend. There were panels run by fans such as “The Psychology of the Harry Potter Houses,” which consisted of panelists breaking down what each Harry Potter house means and says about the people in them. Other panels were much more official like “Gotham,” where fans filled the large arena to listen to the stars talk about the show and what they could expect in the upcoming season. David Mazouz, who portrays the young Bruce Wayne, said that the Bruce doppelganger who appeared at the end of season two was a “lost soul who was looking for a purpose in his world and Bruce didn’t offer it to him,” leading him to join the Court of Owls where he will he live out the reason he was created.
If you missed this year’s event, WonderCon 2018 will be held on March 23-25, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Once again, it will feature a large exhibit hall, many talented artists, panels featuring favorite shows, movies, stars and, of course, costumes celebrating new and old fandoms.