And so “con season” begins.
Dun dun dunnnnnnnnnn
This was my first time going to Wondercon, held this year in Los Angeles, CA, and I have to say it was so overwhelmingly fun, I can’t wait to go back again. I want to talk about all the wonderful people I met and the wonderful things I saw, so I guess I’ll just begin in chronological order of my weekend.
As with any convention, I always get so antsy-in-the-pantsy right before the big event, I’ll highlight basically every single panel listed, sometimes saving 2-3 panels that are scheduled to happen at the same time. What usually ends up happening though, is I’ll go to about 10% of those panels and spend most of my time wandering the exhibit hall and stalking cosplayers, trying to get photos (which, btw, I have another cosplay post coming up, so stay tuned).
So, after we picked up our badges, TO THE EXHIBIT HALL WE WENT.
You guys… there were SO MANY incredible booths and toys. I couldn’t take it all in fast enough. We wandered past the nerdist booth annd the funko booth, straight to the Sideshow Collectibles booth, where my jaw was on. the. floor. The toys were just so gorgeous (and so expensive), I snapped a few photos of some of my favorites:
We were blown away by the details. I don’t feel like these photos do them justice. After that, we wandered over to the Welovefine booth, which was very easy to spot due to the gigantic inflatable over their section.
Here’s a few more photos of things we saw while wandering around the floor.
About an hour in I think, I started getting sensory overload, so we decided to go to our first panel about Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon. It was super rad. There were a bunch of voice actors there and the creator of the Nickelodeon cartoon. They showed some sneak peaks for the upcoming season and then showed one of the new episodes which was incredible. No spoilers, but there was some dimension jumping happening, and if you watched the TMNT cartoon in the 80s/90s, you are really gonna love what they did.
Oh! And Zelda Williams popped in as a surprise guest and I got super excited and started iron-hand clenching Jeff’s knee.
After that I think we wandered around downtown LA, tired and hungry, searching for a grocery store since Jeff and I have 1 million food allergies, like a couple of food allergy divas (and we did not plan ahead… a mistake I will not be making in San Diego). That’s not a very interesting part of the weekend though, so I will move on 😉
Next on the panel list was the Star Wars: The Force Awakens VFX panel. We BARELY made it into that room, let me tell you. There was a line all the way to New Mexico, and we were actually in the overflow room. the only reason we got in, kids, is because we were COMMITTED. Letmetellyou. A ton of people in front of us thought that they weren’t going to get into the panel since the room filled up, so they got all huffy and peaced out, leaving just us and about 6 other people. So guess what happened when 6 people left that room and their spots opened up? WE GOT IN, THAT’S WHAT. So remember, the tortoise wins the race…. or something like that. Actually, that probably doesn’t pertain to this story, but what I guess I’m saying is stay in that line!
The actual panel was AMAZING though. There were 3 VFX guys there that worked on the movie and they showed us a bunch of behind the scenes footage of the ship graveyard Millennium Falcon scene and the black x-wing that Poe pilots. They also showed how some of the detailing works when they are working on the various environments. As a Star Wars fan it was so special getting to see some of that footage and it really made me appreciate the hard work that went into making that film.
We stayed in that room a little longer so we could watch the panel on “Creating a Super Hero” which included artists and writers from the new Black Canary, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, Deadpool, Jessica Jones (some of these people worked on multiple projects, I promise it wasn’t a 100 person panel). It was so fascinating hearing how these various creators bring in their own life experiences into creating these heroes and their stories. They also spoke about the diversity movement in comics lately and how that’s been positively affecting their work.
After that we sort of just pranced around the (insanely well lit) cosplay floor and I tried to grab some nice photos with my really-not-ideal-for-a-convention lens.
Actually, let me just touch on this lens real quick, because it will really set the stage for the photos you are about to see. This lens is an 85mm telephoto lens with NO zoom. What this means is that while it takes LOVELY photos (see everything so far), I have to stand what feels like 1 mile away from the subject I am photographing in order to get them in the frame. Asking for a photo and then getting one without someone walking in front of me was as likely to happen as it was to see a pack of cosplaying dogs. So, all of my photos are creepy candid sniper-esque photos. I could have switched lenses and had a little more range with my photos, but that lens sucks in comparison, so I just sucked it up and decided to do a more candid photo journal this time around 😉
These girls literally didn’t even know I was there. I KNOW. Suchacreep.
After that I headed to a Geek Girl Brunch LA dinner where I met some AMAZING ladies, including fellow blogger, Mallory of Bad Wolf Brunch. Turns out we knew each other in the blogosphere and the second we realized that, we just started screaming and hugging. Then we started cheesing over the Star Wars Old Repblic universe and became obvious instant friends. I also hung out with some of the ladies of Chocolate Covered Cosplay and I sort of fell in love. They were all so wonderful (and beautiful, btw) and talked about how they often discuss diversity in the cosplay/geek world but also love geeking the eff out over anime and steven universe and Batman villains (among a thousand other things) and I sort of wanted to be their best friends. God, I love geek girl brunch. It opens the doors to meeting the most incredible people.
Then I thought I would go drink a bunch of the alcohols at one of the after-parties and instead I went back to the hotel and was asleep by 9pm. #partyanimal.
The next day felt like it flew by. We bee-lined our way to the microsoft theatre to see Chris Hardwick and the whole Nerdist gang. Also, nbd but Lydia Hearst totally walked right by us. It was totally fine, whatever, I’m super cool about it.
I listen to The Nerdist podcast ON THE REGULAR while I drive to work in the morning, so it was super rad to see Chris in real life. The podcast itself was funny and interesting and super cool to hear their team discuss upcoming games and movies and comics.
Aftwards we went back to the cosplay floor where I ran into a couple more of my favorite bloggers, Crystal of Geek Pinata and Emily of The Stylish Geek. I loved getting to meet and talk to them and nerding out about geek fashion. And they were so so kind to let me take a selfie with them so I could not-so-subtly brag that I met them. #notahumblebragatall
In all realness though, I can never get enough of meeting peers and connecting with them about this crazy nerd blogging world. There are so many incredibly talented people out there that I just adore and it’s always a treat to connect with them in real life.
The rest of the day was more panels. We went to a Young Justice vs Justice League panel which had lots of the voice actors, including Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Susan Eisenberg (Wonderwoman).
We also hit up a panel called, “Spark Your Creativity: A Call to Action” which had Kristen Nedopak (Geekie Awards and The Skyrim Parodies), Patty Robinson (Pike & trident), Jenny Lorenzo (Buzzfeed and Geekgasm) and Stephanie Thorpe (Elf Quest and Ladies & The Gents). Can I just say, what an inspiring panel. They spoke about creating your own stuff and the steps it takes to get where you want creatively. It was a dose of medicine I desperately needed, being in a little bit of a funk myself, lately.
Anyways, I think that wraps it up pretty nicely. I’ll be back soon with a cosplay roundup, so stay tuned. Happy Con season, everyone!
See some of my other past events here.