It’s that time again, time to head off to Wondercon! And luckily, they’re back in Anaheim again, following a very disappointing convention in Los Angeles, more the fault of the LA Convention Center than anything else. This is the sixth year that Wondercon has been in Southern California and the fifth that it’s been at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is the first year we’ve decided to stay on site because after we moved last year, it was too much of a pain to drive 3-4 hours round trip every day so we grabbed a room at one of the “official” hotels and can just walk in every day.
To be perfectly honest, I was a little worried that all of the improvements they made to the 2015 convention might be lost following the disastrous convention they had last year in Los Angeles. But there were some things that encouraged me so far. First, they went back to mailing out badges before the convention so you don’t have to stand in a long line to get them. The only thing they didn’t mail out were the lanyards, which, since this is being written before the convention, I will assume are available for pick up along with the convention guide, which they were.
It will also be interesting to see the new Anaheim Convention Center, which expanded last year, causing the temporary move to LA. Some suggest that it’s a bid to host Comicon following the expiration of their deal with San Diego in 2018. I just want them the hell out of San Diego.
Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised that not only had they not forgotten how to run a con, they did it really well. One of the complaints I had last year with their new RFID chips was having to scan in and out of every panel and room. They gave up on that and now have you scan in once outside the convention and that’s it.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to spend as much time at the con as I wanted. It opened at 11:30, but we didn’t arrive until noon because that’s when it was supposed to start. Then my oldest daughter found out she had midterms on the first day, so it was going back and forth to the hotel a lot. We ended up hitting one panel on BOOM! comics but otherwise, spent time in the dealer’s room wandering around. I also found that my camera wouldn’t link to my tablet, hence I can’t load any pictures that I take. That means that all of the pictures will have to be added on Monday when we get back. Sorry.
We actually didn’t buy a lot on the first day. It wasn’t because there wasn’t stuff to buy, we just didn’t have time. We only finished our first trip around the dealer’s room 20 minutes before it closed for the day. Tomorrow will be better, I’m sure.
We’re worn out but having fun, which is a relief, considering how bad it could have been. Stick around for day two and remember to come back on Monday for updated articles with pics.