After two years without a major convention out of Comic-Con, the Special Edition not included, the quintessential convention company is bringing back their sister con, Wondercon, to the Anaheim convention center!
This three-day convention might not be as well known or celebrated as its bigger brother, SDCC, but it’s still an amazing con that we haven’t missed since it came down from Northern California. Every year it gets bigger and bigger, and this year we are glad it’s back!
Before we get into that though, we have a promise to keep. When dealing with in-person events, we have to remind people that we are still in a pandemic, just on the downswing. So you should probably check out article “If You Should Go Out” Here. This is a public event with a lot of attendees. Masks are required indoors, even though California is backing down on keeping people safe this convention doesn’t want to be responsible for a superspreader event. In addition, attendees will either have to prove they are vaccinated or provide a negative COVID test.
With that out of the way, let’s jump back into things to look forward to at Wondercon!
With a lot more space, there may just be a lot more vendors! Check out who we are excited is attending the event!
With over 400 exhibitors, there are a lot of people and businesses to support and visit during the convention. We dug through the vendor list to check out who is returning, and who we are going to be visiting during the convention. Check out our list of exhibitors for when you are at the con!
501st Legion – Booth 1301
The 501st is an amazing volunteer organization of die-hard fans who use their love of the fandom to help and promote further interests. They offer fundraising, photo ops, and friendship!
Benitez Productions – Booth 1318
Are you a fan of comic book artist Joe Benitez better known more recently for his best-selling steampunk comic Lady Mechanika? Now you can stop by and get a free copy of Lady Mechanika if you aren’t aware of the character. Want to know them more? Check out our interview with him Here!
CovenTree Olde World Market – Booth 1077
We fell in love with CovenTree Olde World Market when we had our child. My wife wanted a stuffed Anubis for our daughter. On top of the awesome plushies, they also have a bunch of hard figurines to meet varied needs.
Crafty Geek Girls – Booth DL-05
Do you like crochet dolls and a myriad of other amazingly crafted goods? The Crafty Geek Girls provide that all handmade!
Cryptozoic Entertainment – Booth 1337
Cryptozoic Entertainment produces unique tabletop games, collectibles, and trading card games based on licensed and original IP meeting the desires of thier fans in the pop culture world. They will be at the convention showing off their wares. We actually recently interviewed Daryl Andrews, see the interview Here.
Girl Genius/Studio Foglio – Booth 1405
We love the many works of Phil Foglio and this booth specifically will cover their efforts on the series Girl Genius. If you are a fan of steampunk-themed stories then this is one you should check out.
GizmoForge – Booth 823
We always stop by GizmoForge every year at Wondercon. Their figures and accessories are great for the nerd in your life. Whether it’s a keepsake for your con visit or an upcoming gift event.
Hero’s Armory – Booth 1957
We’ve actually talked about them before, specifically at Los Angeles Comic Con, see our article Here. This is a company that specializes in key blanks-themed like classic fandom items. Imagine a Master Sword that unlocks your front door. Hero’s Armory makes it a reality. They also have a variety of other nerd-themed items, like ties and tie pins.
Legion M – Booth 1013
Legion M is a fan-based studio where everyday people can purchase shares and be part-owners. The amazing company allows their own users to help pick what movie from Sundance they should pick up, and options like being involved in the production of movies and shows are available to investors. You can even check out our most recent interview with Terri Lubaroff Here.
Storm King Productions – Booth 1120
We have been a fan of Storm King Productions now for some time. This company is the comic book company of John Carpenter and Sandy King. With this, they will be able to create unique and amazing comics, movies, television programming, and so much more. You can also check out our prior reviews of Storm King Comics Here!
VICIOUSKILL – Booths 1326, 1328, and 1330
We always love to show off the amazing works of VICIOUSKILL every time we run into them at conventions. This custom shirt company makes unique shirts with exclusives per the convention live on site. Check out our prior coverage of them at Los Angeles Comic Con Here.
One of the staples of a good convention is its panels, and this convention has tons of great panels available! Here are what we suggest you check out!
Her Universe Portfolio Review
Friday April 1, 2022 3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Room 206B
- Want to get into the world of Fashion? The people from Her Universe Fashion Show are giving portfolio reviews with industry professionals who will in turn give tips and help to take your portfolio to the next level!
Animation and Diversity in the Age of Black Lives Matter
Friday April 1, 2022 4:00pm – 5:00pm @ Room 207
- Tracy Curry, Darius Gainer, John Semper, Angelique Roché, Deborah Anderson, and Sean Brown will discuss their careers in animation, while discussing the effect the last few years and Black Lives Matters has had upon the industry and how to bring more inclusion and voices to the industry.
Nerds with PTSD; Breaking the Mental Health Stigma with Cosplay, Fandom and Pop Culture
Friday April 1, 2022 6:00pm – 7:00pm @ Room 213CD
- Therapists will discuss the positive benefits of video games, cosplay, and geek culture upon the mental health field in a therapeutic setting.
The Panel with Kevin Smith!
Friday April 1, 2022 7:30pm – 8:30pm @ North 200A5
- Who doesn’t want to hang with Kevin Smith? He is here to talk about all his projects and side hustles, as well as give an update and a sneak peek at Clerks III!
Bringing Spider-Man and Batman to Life Through VFX
Saturday April 2, 2022 10:00am – 11:00am @ Room 207
- Talk to the people from Crafty Apes, Andrew Kalicki, Bobby Tucker, Josh LaCross, John Brubaker, and Jon Balcome who have worked on VFX on all of the major Superhero series of the year. They will dive into the journey from start to finish of VFX.
Game Pitch Review
Saturday April 2, 2022 12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Room 204C
- Participants will have 3 minutes to pitch their game design to developers who will then give constructive criticism to get them ready for the big leagues!
30th Anniversary celebration of X-Men: The Animated Series
Saturday April 2, 2022 2:30pm – 3:30pm @ North 200B
- Whose childhood wasn’t affected by the X-Men: The Animated Series? Now you can connect with Eric Lewald and Julia Lewald, the showrunners, as they discuss why the show was so loved. If you can’t make it to the panel you can always check out our interview Here!
Behind the scenes of The Boys Presents: Diabolical
Saturday April 2, 2022 5:00pm – 6:00pm @ North 200A
- Have you seen the animated anthology series for the hit show “The Boys?”. Now Simon Racioppa and Giancarlo Volpe will answer questions about the amazing series. You can also find our review of the series Here!
X-Men Fandom Panel
Saturday April 2, 2022 5:30pm – 6:30pm @ North 200B
- Larry Houston, the producer and director of the much loved X-Men: The Animated Series, and our friend Steven E. Gordon (see our interview with him Here) are talking to Peter V. Nguyen, Michelle Waffle, and the people from Nerd Alert about the legacy of X-Men in our culture. Attending members will also receive an exclusive print by Marvel artist Luciano Vecchio.
3D Printing Cosplay 101
Sunday April 3, 2022 10:00am – 11:00am @ Room 213CD
- With the more readily inclusion of 3D Printing in the world, it has become the industry standard for creating props and more in cosplay. Now Mad Propps, a veteran cosplayer, will shares their tips and tricks to get the best outcome out of your 3D printer.
Over 30 Cosplay: Costuming and Cosplay Advice for the Mature Cosplayer
Sunday April 3, 2022 1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Room 213CD
- While I don’t specifically consider 30 mature, this panel will discuss combating negative age-related stereotypes in the world of cosplay. Additionally they will include costume choice and how to combat bullying in the community.
Law of Star Trek
Sunday April 3, 2022 2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Room 207
- With all the recent amazing Star Trek content constantly being released on Paramount+ the influx of discussions of the series’ much-discussed complex moral issues returns. Circuit Judge John Owens, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin, and DC attorney Mark Zaid will share their musings over the topics discussed in Star Trek Picard, Discovery, Lower Decks, Prodigy, and more!
So who are you going to check out at the convention? Should we keep an eye out for you?