I’m still in SoCal enjoying a few days of sunny skies and fresh produce, and I’ll have a full report on WonderCon for Publishers Weekly later this week. But a few quick observations:

• The LA Convention Center is not very well planned as a convention center, but it has a full array of services, including food and beverages. The venue never got crowded and is very well suited to a large consumer show. Downtown LA has undergone an immense amount of development and all the jokes about tent cities no longer apply.

• I think the LA location would be more suitable to growing WonderCon  as a viable, earlier in the year warm-up for the San Diego Comic-Con than Anaheim, which has a larger facility but more retracted environs. THat said. WonderCon is going back to Anaheim for the near future. 

• The spring crunch of shows is incredibly wearing for publishers, with C2e2/Sillin Valley – WOnderCon/Dink – MOCCA – and ECCC on four successive weekends. That’s a little ridiculous even though all the shows have different goals and demographics. 

• Although DC’s Rebirth event dominated comics talk, IDW had a very successful screening of the pilot for Wynonna Earp, which debuts this Friday on SyFy. It was a big event with a red carpet, an after party and good buzz coming out of it. 

• These kind of “mega multi media events”  – which began with Image Expo –  are increasingly what is needed to break through the news logjam, and I expect we’ll see more comics companies using them, because ERVEYONEEVERYONE has to up their game just to stand still. 

More later.   


  1. The expansion/renovation of the LA convention center will add more hotel rooms to the mix.

    Currently, LA could host a San Diego-style con, given that Anime Expo overruns the site, and LA Live is nearby.

    The Staples Center has hosted the Grammy Awards since 2004.
    The Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott both have ballrooms and other event space.
    The Microsoft Theater seats 7100 (and has hosted the Emmys, ESPYs, and AMAs). (Hall H)
    “East Paseo” can host various corporate and velvet rope events.
    The Regal Theater has 14 movie screens for films, video, and games.


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