WonderCon 2012: Coverage & Pictures

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The San Francisco faithful say, bring WonderCon back to the Bay area!

We got a chance to visit Anaheim to cover media panels and roam the exhibitor hall to compare differences between Moscone Center and Anaheim Convention Center.

The Moscone Center utilized about half it’s capacity (WonderCon usually used exhibit hall A, exhibit hall B was usually closed off during the event) in it’s 25 years of operation with WonderCon. Even though it used half a building section, it is by comparison a bit larger than Anaheim’s space. Anaheim is stacked taller (3 levels) but it can be quite a chore moving from ball room, to meeting room, to exhibit hall.

In the Moscone Center you could get a vast bird’s eye view of the exhibit hall. I know this sounds trivial but it’s about architecture and design. The Anaheim convention center feels more like a big box, while Moscone Center appears to be more open by having large overhead slanted windows at the entrance of the hall for all to observe through. It’s a sight that I missed and as I looked up from the Anaheim Convention Center’s walls, I missed it all that much more.

Check out pictures from Wondercon 2012 at the bottom of the post.

A definite plus that Anaheim has is there are plenty of restaurants in walking distance. The Moscone Center only offers a few large places to eat like Chevy’s across the street, however you can get better local food from small businesses around the Moscone Center area. Anaheim mainly has larger chain restaurants, but it is a advantage if large groups want to come together to hang out for the evening.

Anaheim also has Disneyland about 2-3 blocks away from the convention center. This is really handy if your a tourist coming into town for the convention, but I’m guessing that most of the locals have been to Disneyland already.

My overall impression is that the Anaheim / Los Angeles area has enough fans to warrant a convention of their own (I just don’t think it should be WonderCon). Not many people from the Anaheim / Los Angeles area made their way up to San Francisco for WonderCon, instead they most likely waited to go to San Diego Comic Con later in the year which is easier for people in Southern California to do. WonderCon being in San Francisco, always balanced out the needs of the Bay area along with the help of San Jose’s smaller but growing Big Wow Comic Book Convention.

I’m going to give Anaheim’s Comic Book Convention a new name…Anaheim’s AmazeCon! There I said it, so can we continue to keep WonderCon in San Francisco and continue serving the needs of the tens of thousands of fans that miss WonderCon in the Bay area already?

Check out the pictures we took visiting WonderCon in Anaheim!

Read about the panels we got to visit, and look for more news to come:

“2012 marks WonderCon’s 26th anniversary as one of the country’s leading comic conventions.

WonderCon has called the San Francisco Bay area home for the past 25 years but due to renovations at Mascone Center, WonderCon has relocated to Anaheim Convention Center for it’s 2012 show.

In 2011 WonderCon welcomed almost 50,000 attendees to the Mascone Center.

WonderCon 2012 announced guests include award-winning writers and novelists. These special guests include Joe Hill (author, Locke and Key, Heart-Shaped Box), fan favorite and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee and Mike Mignola (writer/artist/creator, Hellyboy, B.P.R.D.). J. Michael Straczynski (writer, Superman: Earth One) also appearsalso appears on this stellar list, as well as award-winning comic scribes Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Irredeemable, Daredevil)”

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