Wondercon has always been a "family" convention that caters mostly to independent artist, vendors, and most important COMICS! Unlike the big brother San Diego Comic Con that promotes the large television networks, movie tycoons and mass-marketing to the main stream media. Wondercon stays true to its humble origins. My first Wondercon attended was 2009 and Yes! it is still crowded as FHUUUCK but hey its a great place to be for the family. What is great about Wondercon is the pricing of the passes. Once again the big brother SDCC sells passes way into the $500 range on eBay, Offerup and Craigslist for preview night and 4-Days! Registering for SDCC is madness compared to Wondercon. Wondercon has the same atmosphere minus the almighty mass-media and celebrities. Wondercon passes were sold-out for Friday and Saturday but Sunday bargain day is just $20!
Of course myself and Helen are Press, so our badges are complimentary.
In the end Wondercon is still a must-see event and although growing in the past years, I really appreciate all the independent artist, signed artist, vendors and collectors on the expo floor. The management staff does a great job with security and the new system of scanning passes to weed-out the trouble makers creates a humble experience for anyone looking to attend a Comic Book Convention!
Great Job WonderCon see you next year!
Other than what I observered WonderCon is another great experience and I personally feel is better than SDCC.
Taking photos is my assistant Helen Vee. She really enjoyed the History of Comic Books in Conference Room 210 which made me realize just how many talented artist from other cultures and countries go unnoticed. A spectacular panel and a knowledgeable speaker from Rice University speaking on his research of comic books and artist from Mexico and other countries!