Well, six hours of sleep later, I’m getting ready to drive out to Wondercon 2016 day 2. I’m too old for this crap. I mean, I started going to San Diego Comicon in 1974 and went pretty much straight through 2009. I’ve been going to Wondercon since it came down to Southern California in 2012. It’s a lot of fun but it’s punishing for my old bones. I know I’ll be in a ton of pain on Monday, which everyone takes off to recover, but it’s usually worth it.
So, knowing just how screwed things were yesterday, is this going to be better or worse?
Amazingly, nothing terrible went wrong today. Oh, the same problems from yesterday were present, but since we knew how to navigate them, it didn’t really bother me. I’m still glad that we’re going back to Anaheim next year.
The above shot is one half of the exhibit hall. I stopped half way across and took a picture both ways, just to give you an idea of the size. It is definitely smaller than last year. I was going to pull out last year’s book and see how many vendors there were to compare, but that was too much work because I’d have to count all of them by hand, therefore I’m just going to guess that there are, in fact, less dealers this year than last year in a significantly smaller room.
Something else that we’ve noticed is a lot less people selling Funko Pops this year than in previous years, where you literally couldn’t take a dozen steps without tripping over them. There are only a handful of dealers with significant quantities. Lots of people are selling just the exclusives at much higher prices and as such, most dealers aren’t offering very good deals because there is no real competition. We’ll see what happens tomorrow, when they’re usually slashing prices so they don’t have to drag product back to their stores. Still, we’ve made out pretty well, we counted tonight and have picked up 28 Funko Pops so far this weekend.
I mentioned the religious morons yesterday, not only has the LA Convention Center kept them away from convention goers, they’ve thrown them off the property entirely. They’re now stuck on a street corner with a bullhorn. This is a different group than regularly shows up at Wondercon Anaheim and they’re really obnoxious. My oldest daughter went dressed up as an Engineer from Team Fortress 2 and she stumbled into a Valve meetup. The whole group, about 40 people, marched straight past the ranting religious retards, laughing the whole way. And it was hard not to laugh because these people were so utterly extreme, I can’t tell if they were serious or Poes. If they’re still at it tomorrow, I’ll try to shoot some video of them ranting.
We got into two more panels, one on Wayward Pines and one on Kodansha Comics. While waiting for Wayward Pines, we sat through the last half of The Last Ship, so I guess we did two and a half panels. Nothing spectacular to report, but Wayward Pines was handing out copies of the first book by Blake Crouch, which I already had, but a book is a book, right? There have been some real freebies handed out this year, the Kodansha panel was handing out free manga left and right to anyone who asked a question.
I actually walked out in a good mood, which was a complete turnaround from yesterday. Two days down, one to go and I hope the con goes out with a bang. I guess we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see.