Well, the time is finally here. As I write this, it’s the morning of the first day of the convention and I have no idea how things will go. They were finally getting into the groove at their old venue and now they’ve moved and considering how screwed up things were their first year at the Anaheim Convention Center, I’m a little nervous how things will go today. But that said, I’ve been looking forward to this for the entire year. It’s a little farther of a drive and the parking fees are ridiculous ($30 a day or $75 for the weekend prepaid, we picked the second option) but without further ado, at least from your perspective, here’s how the first day of Wondercon 2016 went.
A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.
This isn’t rocket science but I’m amazed at how many people just can’t figure out that what they’re doing is absolutely wrong and patently illegal and think that the copyright owners are somehow cracking down on them unfairly.
But instead of acknowledging that they are doing anything wrong, they’re trying to skirt the system so they can keep making that sweet, sweet illegal money. What the hell is wrong with these people?
I know this is probably just another case of whining irresponsible online idiots who want everything done for them, but geez, it drives me crazy when an online discussion is going on, in a clearly marked thread, and someone comes by and cries how horrible everyone is because they’ve spoiled some aspect of the plot for them! How awful!
Well moron, if you didn’t want to get spoiled, why did you go into a clearly marked thread for the subject matter you didn’t want spoiled? Are you stupid? And then, after you made a mistake, why did you act like it was everyone else’s responsibility to keep you from being spoiled?
Over on TheRPF, there’s a discussion going on about Disney, now that they own a lot of popular media properties, going postal on costumers and unauthorized prop makers and there are a lot of people up in arms, calling Disney all kinds of names, just because they might call in the infamous Disney lawyers on people who are doing things under the table. But there is one very important thing that these people are forgetting, one thing they absolutely refuse to acknowledge: Disney is 100% within their legal rights to do it if they choose to do so!
I’ve tried out a lot of fannish podcasts over the years, some of which I keep and many of which I discard because they just don’t appeal to me, because their hosts are obnoxious, because they are long and boring, etc. As a podcaster myself, there are a lot of technical problems that drive me crazy and the presence of absurd vocal tics, a complete lack of editing and no self-control will have me turning off a podcast faster than you can say “zipadeedoodah”.
However, there’s something else that has bothered me a lot that I wanted to talk about, something that has made it virtually impossible to find podcasts in some genres to listen to.
I wanted to get this out reasonably quickly but I also wanted to give myself a couple of days and some much-needed rest to think about it carefully. Wondercon has been in Anaheim for 4 years and in that time, it has had some serious issues that have never been addressed. I’ve written several posts about why it is doing things wrong and what it ought to do to improve. Therefore, I’m going to pull out my previous complaints and see what they did right this year, what they continued to do wrong and where they had new issues to solve.
It strikes me that there is a significant difference between the classic convention costuming and the “newfangled” cosplay. On the first day at Wondercon this year, I went wearing a Captain Kirk t-shirt. That’s as far as it went, I didn’t wear a phaser and communicator, I didn’t pretend to talk like William Shatner, it was just a simple homage to a character on television that I enjoy and want to pay tribute to. That’s about as far as I go in any kind of costuming these days. Sure, in the distant past, I’d actually put on a costume, but it seems to me that a lot of the modern cosplay crowd, they don’t want to just pay homage to a character they enjoy. No, they actually want to be the character.
There’s my badge to the left, it’s going to join a big pile of hanging badges from past conventions next to my desk including all of the Wondercon Anaheim badges and, for some weird reason, a couple badges from San Diego Comicon 2007. I have no clue why that’s there but it is. Maybe I ought to pack some of these away. A long time ago, I did a big photo spread on all of my recent convention badges that ran from the late 90s to somewhere around 2010 but I can’t find it, maybe it’s been lost to the winds of time. I’ll have to go looking for it again.
So let’s take a look at the final day of this year’s convention.
Day One down but that was an easy one, now comes the real challenge, the first day to completely sell out and always the busiest one of the bunch. This is where the rubber meets the road and where Wondercon proves if it can make it alongside the other big conventions.
Day One was very promising, something I’m still surprised I’m actually admitting, so let’s see how Saturday goes at the 2015 edition of Wondercon Anaheim.
This is being written nearly a month before the convention, on the day they opened professional registration. I just will never understand how Wondercon operates, especially since it’s big brother, San Diego Comic Con, runs so entirely differently. SDCC knows long beforehand where it’s going to be. Wondercon seemingly never does. SDCC opens registration, both attendee and professional, at least 4-6 months before the convention. Wondercon gives you barely a month and a half, less than that if you’re a professional. SDCC guaranteed, at least this year, that any professionals would have a ticket available for them no matter what. Wondercon made it really clear that when pro registrations were gone, they were gone. How two conventions run by the same overarching company can be so different, I will never know.
So will this con be better organized than the past couple of years? Let’s see as I report on day one, Friday, April 3.