On top of the constant sunshine, southern California’s latest Spring time tradition includes Wondercon. Ever since its move from San Francisco’s Moscone center to the Anaheim Convention Center, the show has seen steady growth and increased presence from other forms of media.
This morning Comics Beat was invited to a early peek at what a few exhibitors are up to this weekend.
Image Comics returns to the show floor, bringing an impressive list of creators for signings and fan panels. Available exclusively at the show are the LOW Vol 1 hardcover by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini, along with Remender’s Black Science #13 (Variant debut). Fans can expect to interact with the likes of James Robinson, David Lapham, and Ed Brubaker (Saturday). Unfortunately as she posted on twitter last night, Becky Cloonan was unable to make the con due to illness. Feel better BC! Their full schedule is available on the Image Comics Facebook page.
IDW brings debuts from their gorgeous artist edition line. The show will see first time available books collecting the reprints of the original pages by legendary artist Jack Kirby, and John Romita. These books are a must for the comics purists. It’s also great seeing a show growing in media presence still has publishers bringing the love for the medium that began all this. IDW will also have their new table top games based on popular franchises, even showing off one based on the hit Image book Chew. As part of their partnership to bring comics to younger audiences, they’ll also have mini books based on the immensely popular game franchise Skylanders, along with editions based on Marvel’s Avengers Assemble. Any fans of October Faction won’t want to miss creator Steve Niles appearing Saturday at the show.
Coming off their recent ECCC appearance, BOOM! will feature a more media based program slate and offer exclusive variants based on Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Their programming will talk about the properties deal with Fox and adapting their books into other media. This doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about comics, as they’ll be doing programing celebrating their 10 year anniversary and all-ages comics. Their booth has tons of great comics from every division ranging from Sons of Anarchy to the hit Lumberjanes.
With the show now firmly entrenched in the heart of mainstream media more and more studios will bring a presence to the floor as they do with the sister show SDCC. Fox will be doing giveaways all weekend and fans can get a photo with one of the original bots used from Lost in Space. They’ll be doing a panel with producers and talent from the show to talk about the re-mastered collection. In addition a special version of their hit FX show The Strain on DVD will be available for purchase.
With all the Hollywood infusion coming into the show, Comics are still very much represented by Top Cow, Lion Forge, Aspen Comics, and an enormous artist alley you’ll have to walk by on your way in.
We’ll be on the floor all weekend bringing you everything but pretzels. See ya there!
You can find all the specific info on program scheduling for the show on the CCI page here.