Marvel World: WONDERCON 2013 Part 2

Written by Gwendolyn Dreyer. Posted in Marvel, Marvel World

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Published on April 07, 2013 at 3:00 am with 13 Comments

Yesterday we brought you part 1 of our WonderCon Anaheim coverage. Today, Gwen takes us into the heart of the event and what makes it tick.

As my husband and I walked towards the convention center Friday morning, we had our traditional, first-hour-of-con conversation:  How long is the badge pick-up line going to be?

If you look at the picture below, you will see many, MANY people at tables waving white signs.  These are all the attendee registration desks that have nobody waiting for their ticket.

In MiceChat terms, we would call the Attendee Registration a “walk-on.”

The picture below?  That’s the Professional Registration line (the industry insiders). They had to wait about 45 minutes to check in. Ouch!

There was a WonderCon representative there with a walkie-talkie freaking out about the length of the line.  Problems like this can easily happen and are understandable, but it’s optimal for it not to happen at all, to any guest. They need a better plan for utilizing resources so the staff with no line can help with registrations on the busy lines.

Although the programming left something to be desired (not enough official, company presentations), the floor was fantastic.  Brands and companies exhibiting included Archaia, Aspen, Bongo, Boom! Studios, Capcom, ComiXology, Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Kotobukiya, Namco Bandai, Nintendo, Skybound, Top Cow, Wacom and Warner Archive.  There was a large amount of Small Press and Artist Alley booths as well.  And the amount of autograph booths seemed not too small and not too big.  Just right.

EXHIBITORS AND VENDORS

IDW Publishing was selling multiple collections of original and new Rocketeer comics including a BEAUTIFUL, hardcover artist’s edition scanned in color from the original black and white art.  By scanning in color, the book can mimic what it is like to look at the original art with the blue penciling and corrections.  The pages are the same size as the original art boards.    www.IDWPublishing.com

Capcom was previewing the yet to be released “DuckTales: Remastered” video game.  “Ducktales” was originally a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) release that was later ported to the Gameboy.  www.Capcom.com

One of MANY toy vendors was featuring Steampunk themed Disney Vinylmation.

Matt’s Calvacade of Comics had numerous vintage Disney Comics for sale.  www.ILoveSpidey.com

Fat Rabbit Farm, capitalizing on the Avengers hype, produced some Marvel themed reusable stickers and small prints as well as some other geek-centric designs.  (Full Disclosure:  My husband writes children’s books for Fat Rabbit Farm.)  www.FatRabbitFarm.com

This was, BY FAR, the most unique exhibitor on the floor.  Sire’s Crown has been previously known for their handcrafted, eco-friendly, wood eyewear.  At WonderCon, they debuted their signature frames with vintage comic book art wraps.  In this picture, if you look closely, you can see Daredevil, Silver Surfer and Spider-Man.

I bought a pair of custom 1930’s Batman wrapped cat eye style (Adamina) eyeglasses.  I found them to be knowledgeable, caring and professional with the utmost customer service mindset.  In fact, I just now, in the middle of writing this article, received a phone call from their optician to talk to me about the status of my custom frames and lenses.  Yes, they have an optician on staff.  In fact, he is one of the co-owners.  And if your prescription changes, they will be happy to sell you new lenses that fit your frames for as long as you own them.

This was one of the hot items of the convention.  I checked in with them throughout the convention and they told me that every night, after the floor closed, they would head back to their workshop to create more product for the next day.  They just couldn’t keep them in stock.  These guys clearly know what they’re doing and seem to have found their demographic.  www.SiresEyewear.com

PERSONALITIES

Down in the autograph and Artist’s Alley areas, there were several Disney related booths.

MiceChat favorite, Margaret Kerry, the original live action model for Tinkerbell, was signing at a vendor’s booth.

Bruce Boxleitner, Tron himself, was signing autographs.

Raphael Sbarge, Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper on “Once Upon a Time,” was also signing.

Amy Mebberson, cartoonist, had an Artist’s Alley table.  Amy is a prolific Disney artist, working with Boom! Studios when they had the Disney licenses.  She also created the iconic Merida art that the WonderGround Gallery featured in the window when they opened at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney.  www.AmyMebberson.com

James Silvani, artist, had an Artist’s Alley table right next door to Amy.  James is also a prolific Boom! Studios artist with numerous credits on their Disney licensed comics.  James is a Darkwing Duck fanatic.  www.SilvaniArt.com

While hanging around James and Amy’s booths, I also ran into Aaron Sparrow and Jesse Snider.  Aaron and Jesse worked on the Muppets comics at Boom! Studios and shared with me how much they’d love to bring the Muppets to comics again.  Jesse also worked on the Toy Story comics while Aaron was the Lead Editor for the Disney licenses at Boom! Studios.    www.www.jesseblaze.com   www.twitter.com/Aaron_Sparrow

COSPLAYERS

WonderCon had some phenomenal cosplayers this year.  Here are my favorite Disney-related costumes.

AT-AT: This kid even had sound effects that played when he walked. And when he opened the top hatch, his head peaked out wearing the appropriate helmet. He was adorable.

Wreck-It-Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz: The car is her stroller!

Two Captain Americas: The Captain on the right told me he played Tarzan at the Disneyland Resort for 6+ years! With that build, I’d believe it.

Michael McMaster and WALL-E: Steve is a part of the R2-D2 Builders Club. In addition to Star Wars droids, he also built this insanely detailed WALL-E robot. Full articulation, sound effects, and a little cockroach on his shoulder.

Two Lokis: There were a number of female Lokis. And yet, I didn’t see a single male Loki.

Rainbow Brite, Starlite and Twink: I know that this isn’t Disney related. But this family was TOO CUTE!

ANY SCOOP?

Due to the lack of official programming, there were no big announcements made for the Disney universe.  However, I did manage to get a sneak peek at some art for an upcoming Disney comics relaunch that’s being pitched and discussed as we sit here.  How does an Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit, comic sound?  Your favorite princesses in brand new adventures?  New Darkwing Duck?  Does a Talespin or Stitch comic sound good?  Or maybe a comic book version of the old Goofy “How To” film series?  I can’t say anything else.  But if this project is greenlit, Disney comic fans should be VERY happy.  I know that I was smiling from ear to ear.

So, my geeky friends.  What did you see that has YOU the most excited?  Are you mentioned or is your picture in the article?  Identify yourself and let us praise your artistry!  Until next time…

About Gwendolyn Dreyer

Gwen has been a MiceAge reader and a MiceChat member since 2005. In recent years, you may have seen her in an official leadership roles as a member of the MiceChat Special Events Crew. She has a BA in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz and has served in both onstage and offstage roles including Producer, Director and Playwright. Gwen is a huge comics fan and has followed comic book culture for over a decade, including an annual pilgrimage to San Diego Comic Con every July. Gwen and her husband write a comic strip called Bad Muffins: www.Facebook.com/BadMuffins. (Though, we must warn you of some harsh language and adult situations on this link.)

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  1. Thank you Gwen. Those glasses look cool.

    I’ve always wondered about the cosplayers. Some of those outfits look really great. But I think I’d be too self conscious to do it. Have you dressed up and what was your experience?

    • Should have used this instead of a new comment haha

    • I’ve cosplayed many times. Maybe it’s my theater background, but I love it! I love costumes and this is just one more occasion to wear one!

      I just have to be careful about the public. I don’t walk the floor in certain costumes without a companion and I have had to tell some people to bring their hands more north when they’ve pulled me in for a picture. I’ve also had guys try to take pictures down my top. :\ But if you can roll with it, be assertive, and brush it off, then it’s not that big of a deal.

  2. Kudos to the cosplayers. I admire their creativity and design. But me, I simply could not do it. I think my favorite, aside from Wolverine of course, was the Wreck-it-Ralph. I mean, how adorable was that?

    • When I saw Ralph and Vanellope I RAN across the lobby to get their picture. And they were so gracious. Poor Vanellope REALLY did not want her picture taken. The shot we published was the very last picture I took. And when I said we were done, Vanellope walks right up to me, hugs my legs, and then ran back to Ralph.

      It was ADORABLE.

  3. @Dusty: Its a bit unnerving at first, I knew I was when I started many years ago, but I think the fun of it and the fact you meet so many nice people that you know share your interests because they’re dressed from the same series/genre etc makes it worth it.

    I’m just a bit sad that me and my girlfriend didn’t make it on to the page lol (We were dressed as Marvel characters)

  4. Ducktales Remastered looks interesting.

    Timekeeper

    • I can’t tell if you’re being sarcastic or not! :)

      It was a hot booth; the line was too long for me to wait. I watched for a bit and, although I am a nostalgia nut, I would prefer a new game for the new consoles.

      Maybe this is a test to see the interest? I will hope.

  5. I cant wait to play Duck Tales again!!! Woo-Hoo! Great Article!

    • Not ponytails or cottontails, Ducktales! Woo ooo!

  6. Watch out for walk ons.

    You’re gonna get walk ons.