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WonderCon: One Stop Nerd Shop

by Russell Tom

The annual pilgrimage of pop culture fanatics once again find their way back to Anaheim for one of the biggest events of the year: WonderCon!  Grace in the beauty of encompassing yourself into your favorite genre of movies, television, art, collectibles, cosplay, apparel, photo ops, autographs, panel discussions, and of course, comic books!

Star Wars cosplayers meet for a group photo op.
Can't have a comic convention without comic books!
Vintage toys to be admired and appreciated.
Mystery Boxes spark your curiosity.
Colorful plush and countless Anime figures.
Disney pins to add to your collection.
His pin collection Master Yoda will show.
Novelty shirts based on pop culture icons.
Exclusive Funko Pop exclusive releases coincide with comic-cons.
Cinema Makeup brushes up on special makeup demonstrations.
Step into the Stargate for a photo op.
Famous movie cars rev up for new exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum aptly named "Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy".
Between aisles on the exhibit floor.
Bumblebee stands guard over security details.
Deadpool meeting his hero, the Incredible Hulk.
Overlooking the gathering of cosplayers and food trucks.
The superhero suit on display at the DC booth for "Shazam!".
Sailor Moon cosplay group in the Masquerade contest.
Darth Vader visits the Lightsaber Guild during the Masquerade intermission.
Batman celebrates his 80th birthday by sharing bat signal lights and cupcakes!

WonderCon 2019 gives fans exclusive first looks and once in a lifetime opportunities before access to the general public.  Main events include celebrating Batman’s 80th birthday with gifts for audience members in attendance, world premiere screenings and cast and crew panel discussions of Justice League vs. the Fatal Five and Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and cheering for your favorite contender in the Masquerade cosplay contest.  The Alien movie franchise celebrates its 40th anniversary with a selection of originally produced short films set in the original Alien world.  Meet new friends as you contemplate bizarre questions about your favorite stories and characters.  Probe the mind of colorful characters down to a psychology.  Meet and greet your favorite celebrities and commemorate those special moments with photos and autographs.  Fans got behind the scenes look their favorite movies such as the visual team explaining the art style of  “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse”.  Attendees were also the first to learn actor Mark Hamill would be voicing the new Chucky in the “Child’s Play” remake.  Movie studios, publishers, artists, storytellers, actors, producers, writers, directors, and other professionals love to be among appreciative and receptive fans like the ones at comic-cons.

The following is a selection of some of our favorite cosplays during the 3-day spring weekend event.

Detective Dick Tracy and The Joker.
The new Joaquin Phoenix Joker.
"I am LEGO Batman!"
Into the Spider-Verse with Miles Morales.
Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock!
Mysterio emerges
The Joker mashes up with his greatest enemy.
Deadpool being... well, Deadpool.
Genderbend Doctor Strange is no match for mini-Doctor Strange.
Relax, the Guardians the WonderCon will save the day!
Grandmaster with his Melt Stick.
Thor: Strongest Avenger?
Cable with their trusty Corgi Deadpool
Edna Mode babysitting Baby Jack Jack.
Gizmoduck is on patrol.
Joe Dirt with his lucky meteor.
Westworld. Nothing can possibly go wroooo..&%#
Crew from the 1988 movie "Willow".
General Grievous sends his regards.
Locked and loaded with Zorg from the 1997 film "The Fifth Element".
Barf is his own best friend from the 1987 movie "Spaceballs".
John Hammond spared no expense with this T-rex.
Princess Aurora shares the spotlight with Moana.
Big Boy delivering the goods.
How did these stray cats get inside?
Maybe these old ladies are the cat owners.
A different set of twins with Chip and Dale.
Megatron shakes his fist.
So does the Toxic Avenger. Maybe he should go up against Thanos?
Time to phone home E.T. and fly a bike over the moon back to the future with Marty McFly!

If you’ve never been to a comic-con but have always been curious about attending, WonderCon is definitely a good step forward.  The event is operated by the same folks that bring the grand daddy of all comic cons every year, San Diego Comic-Con.  This is a smaller, but growing event with plenty to do and see to fill your whole weekend.  Thank you WonderCon 2019 for an amazing weekend!  We’ll see you next year April 10-12, 2020!


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