I clearly need to do better with more timely updates. But better late than never, right? And it’s only one week late (as opposed to the last two years where I never did write anything up on my ComicCon trips). That said, I had a fantastic time! I loved WonderCon. It was such a different experience from the overwhelming, overpopulated ComicCon. Plus, I was staying at the Hilton Anaheim – RIGHT NEXT DOOR to the convention center. That in itself was an amazing aspect to the trip – being able to just take a quick break or change clothes or get food (or adult beverages) without having to take a shuttle and several hours was fantastic! But enough of my general exaltations, let’s get to the good stuff. Here’s Day One of my WonderCon experience (Day Two and Three will come later).
Day One: 35th Anniversary: Battlestar; Geek and Sundry; MTV Geek; A Story is a Story: Writing Across Diverse Formats; brief exhibit hall gander; World Premiere of Superman Unbound
My mom and I arrived in Anaheim shortly before noon and attempted to check into our hotel. I always get the warm and fuzzy feels when I’m surrounded by “my people.” After preliminary check-in (you know, when you’re told there are no rooms ready yet but they’ll call you when there is one ready), it was a quick change (I had to put on my Geek and Sundry t-shirt) and time to hit the Con. We went to pick up our badges – what seemed like a long line was not for badges but instead to get into the building – and that created a sinking feeling about not getting into panels (having never experienced WonderCon and only ComicCon I was concerned). But the badge process was ridiculously simple and the line to get in moved quickly and as we neared the front (and the clocked ticked pass the noon opening hour – convention staff allowed us to enter through any door). And with that we headed to room 300DE for our first panel of WonderCon.
35th Anniversary: Battlestar. Admittedly, we attended this panel to ensure we could see the Geek and Sundry panel which was afterwards – which turned out to be a good decision as the Geek and Sundry panel was one of the few panels (that I know of) that had to turn people away. That said, the Battlestar panel was very enjoyable (and made me want to re-commit to my plan to re-watch the reimagined series in its entirety). I must say, I was slightly disappointed that no one asked any questions about Caprica and what could have been with that show. But I guess that’s what I get for not getting up and asking about it myself.
Geek and Sundry. I got a fancy button and a lanyard (I’m so bringing the lanyard to ComicCon). The panel was silly and entertaining – exactly what I hoped and expected. Felicia Day is so talented and cares so much about what she does and how the community is affected. I’m looking forward to the next season of Geek and Sundry programming and all that they have in store.
MTV Geek. This was another panel that we stumbled upon because it was in the same room and prior to one we planned to go see. And this is probably one of the reasons I love Conventions (be them so big or so small) – you always discover new things and sometimes those new things develop into a new love and/or obsession. I’d never heard of MTV Geek before (largely because I stopped paying attention to MTV when they stopped playing music videos. Remember when they did that?) but it seems like they are doing some great things. I really want to watch some of the Behind the ReEvolution Marvel documentary videos that MTV Geek Executive Producer/Editor Tom Akel promoted. Top Cow CEO Marc Silvestri was also on the panel and while he didn’t say a whole lot he was still very entertaining. As soon as I saw him I recalled seeing him on a panel at ComicCon last year, where he was also very entertaining. September Mourning’s Emily Lazar made me want to explore what she is doing with (wait for the buzzword…) transmedia projects. I was also introduced to an upcoming project: Stan Lee’s The Seekers. So much to discover and so little time!
A Story is a Story: Writing Across Diverse Formats. This panel included the ever wonderful and ridiculously talented Jane Espenson (Husbands, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time, etcetera etcetera etcetera), Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars), Amber Benson (Caliope Reaper series), the always humours Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicles), and Ashley Edward Miller (Colin Fischer). As usual, Rothfuss did not fail to disappoint and provided some extremely humorous anecdotes related to erotic fiction and more. The point being was that to maintain creative output you have to still play. Finding the fun in things helps keep you moving forward. He’s recently blogged on this very aspect in regards to his difficulty in producing a short story. Ashley Edward Miller also provided many insights and anecdotes that had my mom wanting to further explore his work. It was a great panel (as the ones filled with writers tend to be, at least in my experience).
World Premiere of Superman Unbound. As I had planned the schedule for the majority of the day, this was something we attended at my mother’s request. Though she has never watched any of the DC animated projects before, she wanted to watch this one. I think it was largely due to the voice talents of Stana Katic and Molly Quinn (both from Castle which my mother loves). I couldn’t complain though, as Matt Bomer was providing the voice for Superman and John Noble the voice for Brainiac. It was an entertaining flic. I recommend watching it when it is officially released on May 7th.
Stay tuned for my wrap from Day’s Two and Three (and other WonderCon related stuff).