WonderCon? FUNdercon is more like it. Just this once, we decided to take time off at a show to chill and hang out with pals instead of running around like a maniac. Oh sure, we had our Henry Cavill sighting and late night Fix Comics talks. But the great thing about WonderCon is that you can walk the floor of the Moscone Center taking pictures of people in costumes, and buying sketchbooks from your favorite artists and watching exclusive trailer footage…and then run outside and eat or shop in a full-service, world class city, with ocean front views, tiki bar decadence and other exotic thrills a short ride ride away.
Of course there were the usual rumors and industry-shaking undertones, many of which will play out over the next few months. It was obvious that Marvel and DC are offshoots of big entertainment conglomerates, as comics become marketing vehicles for film franchises. But there was something for everyone, and comics stayed in the forefront of the “comic-con” formula this time out.
Is WonderCon going to get too big? Attendance was up, and three-day passes sold out early. Movie roundtables were tighter than ever. Saturday was too crowded to walk around. But the Comic-Con personnel seem dedicated to keeping WonderCon a little sister and not a twin; as David Glanzer told GamerLive
I think WonderCon has done a wonderful job being exactly what it is. I’m sure we’ll see some growth, but no one expects it to be another Comic-Con International.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.