We found everything we were looking for, and more, at WonderCon 2016.
We were fortunate with booth placement next to Lee Kohse, artist, producer, art director, entrepreneur, and old friend of Kevin's. It was awesome catching up with Lee and Maria. We talked about the old school parties and Con pranks with a wistful look in our eyes. Best booth neighbors ever. (And hey Lee, that story about the nerf guns being banned at Con... the best... but we've got to ask, are nerf swords banned yet? Because our nerf sword kung fu is TOTALLY STRONG).
This year's location was downtown L.A., but fear not kids, WonderCon's moving back to its erstwhile home in Anaheim next year. Probably a good move, at that. More inclusive, easier access, more concentrated, less spread out.
Logistics were interesting. CCI rolled out a new RFID badge system, which worked pretty seamlessly. Will we see it at SDCC this year? Survey says... Probably.
On the floor, this year's WonderCon was well attended, with heavy hitters like DC Comics and IDW holding down the vanguard in a two-by-two box formation at the center of the Exhibit Hall. Saturday sold out completely, but the floor had a mellower, nicer feeling like the old school San Diego Comic Con days of yore. Even Saturday at WonderCon was less crowded than the lightest day at SDCC.
Where WonderCon really shines is cosplay. The cosplayers really brought it this year. So much quality, and so many awesome mashups and cross-overs! Our necks hurt from OMG whiplash double-takes and our camera arms hurt from lifting our phones and SLRs all the time.
As we headed home on Easter Sunday with baskets full of swag and easter eggs, we found ourselves asking: Is WonderCon becoming the DragonCon of the Left Coast? We hope so...