Anaheim, CA- Wondercon is normally held in San Francisco however due to renovations it ended up in Anaheim right next to Disneyland.I stopped in for a bit to visit with Ned Cato Jr., Sarah Richard, Erin Leong, Once Upon A Time and a Shrug Guy.
Great Idea! It basically worked and attracted some of the Comic Con crowd, most likely a lot of people that don't make it to Comic Con. The show in San Francisco definitely has it's own regional character which was sort of missing.
From my side, I enjoyed interviewing and talking to a few vendors/artists that can't make it to Comic Con since Comic Con has a huge waiting list and is a lot more pricey. So it's a great place to seek out some up and coming talent.
Erin Leong was an illustrator out of San Francisco. Liked her work and it actually reminded me a bit of a few sketches my old friend Lou Romano has on his blog, which was cool.
Sarah Richard was cool. New Hamphsire based, she has a great soft edgy look. A theme that pervades her personality, dresss and artwork. She looks like an acrobat, turned out to be a former gymnast. We'll try to get her into some circus arts soon. Apparently there are no circus schools in New Hamphsire..WHAT?
This SHRUG GUY was hysterical. Partly because I saw that he did this for hours. Street performers KUDOS man.
Apparently from a Vendor side there were a few more lookers than buyers/collectors.
I think it's clear that another mini con in Southern CA is viable however I predict that Wondercons return to San Francisco will be welcomed back with open arms and an uptick in attendance next year.
I did shoot a bit of the Once Upon A Time Producers Q & A. I was supposed to catch up them in the Press Room but got entangled by a bridge under dwarf construction. Apparently they had a PRESS BOX which was located next to the main stage. Which was the absolutely worst area to shoot anything. I have no idea what they were thinking must be a Anaheim Convention Center thing.
This was the same convention center that Erin K. & I walked into for MHOF and asked for the ballroom that was in the same building. I was told to walk around the entire structure when We should have been told to walk across the floor and take the elevator...Really!
We have video of this stuff coming soon.
Ned Cato Jr. from GeekRoundTable.com and I hung out for a bit as he was trouble shooting for the Con. We are looking forward to Comic Con and bringing you more interesting Geek type footage.=).