WonderCon 2014: A Tour of the Convention Center with The Con Fluence

Our pal Shawn “The Con Fluence” Marshall is THE authority on conventions. With us covering WonderCon Anaheim for the first time this year, he was gracious enough to give us a tour with commentary from his vast knowledge and experience of attending in prior years.

Come with us, won’t you? As we take a walk around the inside of the Anaheim Convention Center. Learn where to line up, where to enter the exhibit floor, where to find your top panels and more. Essential viewing if you’re new to WonderCon, or weren’t able to attend this year and want to see it through the eyes of The Con Fluence!

You can find all of Shawn’s coverage of conventions and theme parks on his site, TheConFluenceCovers.com, or by following him on Twitter @The_Con_Fluence.

Shawn covered the convention like a blanket. Did you stop him and say hello? Let us know in the comments.

WonderCon 2014: Cosplay Outside The Convention Center [Video]

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It was the end of Day 1 at WonderCon Anaheim 2014. The Exhibit Hall had just closed, and scores of attendees poured out onto the walkway in front of the convention center. Normally a great place to catch a cosplayer posing for photos, twilight was especially so, with everyone congregating and celebrating the end of a great first day.

We grabbed our camera and walked the area to check out the scene. Whether you were there and want to reminisce, or you weren’t able to come to Anaheim and can only admire from afar, this video is for you.

Maybe you were in the video, or saw some of these great cosplayers while walking the show floor. Let us and our readers know in the comments.

WonderCon 2014: The Reveals from Day 2

Crowds gathering at WonderCon

Crowds gathering at WonderCon

Friday may have kicked off WonderCon, but Saturday pushed the convention into high gear with many of the weekend’s biggest panels and festivities for “Day 2″. While Friday had been a much more laid-back affair, Saturday saw a few early-risers in line (though nothing near the level of San Diego Comic-Con madness) hoping to score a good spot for the Arena or the exhibit floor.

We headed for the Arena first, the Hall H of the Anaheim Convention Center, and where most of WonderCon’s biggest panels of the weekend could be found. Unlike at SDCC, those who entered the ballroom walked in at a leisurely pace to pick their spots, and quickly filled up the first two sections and part of the third and final section.

The cast of Into the Storm.

The cast of Into the Storm.

The first panel of the day was a two-hour extravaganza from Warner Bros., with presentations for Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Storm, and of course, Godzilla. Director Gareth Edwards was on hand to discuss Godzilla and show a clip that not only showcased one of the monsters, but gave attendees the first total reveal of the title Japanese creature. And let us tell you, it looks awesome.

Following Warner Bros. was 20th Century Fox, which brought four properties (and even a surprise or two). Up first was How To Train Your Dragon 2, which showed attendees the first five minutes of the film, and then offered something even better — for a select few attendees who followed online clues, WonderCon attendees could win VIP passes to a screening of the first hour of the film at Downtown Disney, with an introduction from director Dave DeBlois and actor Jay Baruchel.

Next up for Fox was Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which brought the most Hollywood star-power of the day with Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, and Gary Oldman (and Russell let slip that James Franco will be returning as well). The Maze Runner followed, along with a surprise trailer and full scene from the upcoming Colin Firth film Secret Service, based on the comic by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. Finally, the biggest panel of the day came on — X-Men: Days of Future Past. Fans were treated to a clip from the film starring several of the original mutant X-Men (including Shawn Ashmore’s Iceman and Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde), followed by a quick discussion on the film from producer Simon Kinberg.

IMG_1061However, even the most anticipated panel of the day couldn’t completely fill the Arena, and it was possible to walk in just minutes before X-Men. In fact, the only panel we heard about completely filling up was Adventure Time, which was so popular that the line for it stretched outside, and the Batman 75th Panel was supposedly filled with Adventure Time fans waiting for their panel. Adventure Time truly is WonderCon’s version of Game of Thrones.

After a long day of panels, we headed out to the food trucks to try some of the offerings. The ten different trucks filling the plaza have consistently had a long line as attendees flocked to them for something more appetizing. We tried Burger Monster, Garlic Scapes, and Chunk-n-Chip — and all three were well worth the 30+ minute wait. We also had the added benefit of some free entertainment from this guy:

Finally, we capped off our day with a screening of the season two premiere of Orphan Black, which finished just a few minutes before the west coast airing on TV, but gave attendees a chance to watch the popular BBC America series on a big screen with other fans.

Saturday was a much longer, busier convention day than Friday both in terms of programming and the general atmosphere in the area. And now we turn our sights to the final day of WonderCon: Sunday.

What was your favorite moment of WonderCo Day 2? Let us know in the comments.

SDConCast Saturday Wrap-Up Show – Live from WonderCon!

Attendees spill out onto the walkway at the close of WonderCon Day 1

Attendees spill out onto the walkway at the close of WonderCon

What better way for the team to spend Easter weekend than to descend upon Disneyland Anaheim for WonderCon 2014! Saturday’s programming schedule was very SDCC-like, with big Hollywood and television network panels. Godzilla! X-Men! How to Train Your Dragon 2! And much more.

Kerry assembled the troops – Shawn and Kim specifically – for this special Saturday “wrap-up” episode live from WonderCon.

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Show Notes:

Fox Takes Flight ‘With How To Train Your Dragon’ Events at WonderCon

Cartoon Network Makes WonderCon Plans Official with Panels and Signings

WB Roars Into WonderCon With Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Into The Storm

20th Century Fox Bringing X-Men, Apes, Maze Runner, How To Train Your Dragon 2 to WonderCon

Music:

Intro/Inter/Outro: “Planning Theme”, The J. Arthur Keenes Band

Podcast Links:

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The Hosts:

Shawn Marshall
Twitter: @The_Con_Fluence
Website: TheConFluenceCovers.com

Kim Twombly
Twitter: @OutsideComicCon
Website: OutsideComicCon.com

Kerry Dixon
Twitter: @kerrydixon

WonderCon 2014: The Feels from Day 1

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The Anaheim Convention Center on WonderCon Day 1

WonderCon is officially underway, with Friday’s “Day 1″ events and festivities in the books. As this is our first year covering WonderCon, we decided the first day would be a good opportunity to take it all in, hang out with friends and readers, and celebrate the start of our con season.

Our initial assessment is, this isn’t San Diego Comic-Con. Almost immediately we sensed the difference with a more laid-back attitude from the attendees. No one was rushing for the lines, no one was camping out for that big panel, no one was stressed about hitting the exhibit floor in a sprint to get that hot exclusive.

After a nice breakfast (yes, at WonderCon we can actually afford to stop for breakfast), Shawn “@The_Con_Fluence” Marshall gave us an in-person tour of the grounds and the lay of the land – sort of a personal version of his Onsite Visual Guide he recorded a couple of weeks back. We grabbed our badges, had a seat inside the convention center lobby and just watched the steady stream of cosplayers filter through the Weapons Check line, and the slow assembly of attendees both inside the lobby and outside in front of the fountain.

To give our readers some sense of the differences between SDCC and WonderCon – for the Salem panel in room 300AB, the equivalent of Ballroom 20, there was no huge line to get in, and the room welcomed attendees all the way up to the start of the convention with available seating.

Room 300AB at the start of WonderCon Day 1

Room 300AB at the start of WonderCon Day 1

We then hit the exhibit floor to check out the booths and see where the action was. Comfortably, we were able to walk the exhibit floor at our own pace, without the constant squeezing through and bumping into crowds that we’ve come to expect with SDCC. And that was nice, because after just a half an hour, we were able to scope out the big booths and locate them on the floor for planning future visits. On the contrary with SDCC, it takes us multiple days to seek out everything on the show floor, between the crowds and running to and from panels.

Nintendo’s line for the Mario Kart 8 photo op spiked early but was relatively tame to SDCC-standards.

And DC Entertainment, which has blanketed WonderCon in Marvel’s absence, brought a SDCC-size booth and a steady schedule of appearances by talent from the comic book industry, which also brought the crowds early.

Just a stone’s throw from the DC booth was BOOM! Studios, which will be hosting the cast and crew of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes for a signing on Saturday.

And walking the floor we ran into Jason O’Mara, the voice of Batman in DC Universe’s Son of Batman animated adaptation which premiered on Friday, who graciously posed for a photo.

Jason O'Mara, the voice of Batman in 'Son of Batman'

Jason O’Mara, the voice of Batman in ‘Son of Batman’

We ran into these familiar droids on the show floor.

And were happy to find Anne “House of Darkly” Kirn’s booth who chatted with us at her booth.

After sizing up the exhibit floor, we ventured out side to check out the scene. Cosplayers were happy to stop for photos, and attendees were lining up at the food trucks parked along the walkway.

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As night approached and the exhibit floor closed, attendees spilled out onto the walkway for one more photo op before heading to their nighttime destination, be it Disneyland or our reader meetup (which, by the way, was awesome to hang out and chat with so many of our readers!).

Attendees spill out onto the walkway at the close of WonderCon Day 1

Attendees spill out onto the walkway at the close of WonderCon Day 1

What was your favorite moment of WonderCon Day 1? Let us and our readers know in the comments.

Watch 10 Minutes of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 B-Roll

JoBlo got their hands on a ton of B-roll footage from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It might be a little bit spoiler, because it’s behind the scenes footage of the cast and crew filming a lot of things. There’s little or no context, but you can probably piece some things together.

I really love watching B-roll because it shows the lie of moviemaking, especially on a big budget action film like this one. It gives away all their tricks, but some how it doesn’t kill the magic. Even though I know how the process works, I still watch movies and think, “How did they do that?!” Here’s how they do it: They shoot him, then her, then them together, then they shoot the big thing, then they add some stuff in post and edit it all together, and it’s a movie. I love it.

So check out this footage, and see if you can decipher any new snippets of dialogue while we Americans wait for the real thing to finally hit our movie screens on May 2. If you are practically anywhere else in the world, check it out and reminisce about the movie you already saw.

Via: Comic Book Movie

Fox Takes Flight ‘With How To Train Your Dragon’ Events at WonderCon

In addition to the big Twentieth Century Fox panel on Saturday, How To Train Your Dragon 2 will be featured prominently at the Fox Home Entertainment booth at WonderCon.

The company has revealed its booth events throughout the weekend, supporting both HTTYD2 as well as well as the popular Cartoon Network series Dragons: Defenders of Berk. Events include giveaways, airbrush tattoos, app demonstrations, and signings by the film’s director Dean DeBlois and star Jay Baruchel.

Below is the press release for with the booth’s event schedule.

Dragons Defenders of Berk

Please join us at the Fox Home Entertainment booth during your visit to Wondercon to experience the world of Dragons: Defenders of Berk

WHAT:
Fox Home Entertainment brings the world of the hit animated television series Dragons: Defenders of Berk and the upcoming How to Train Your Dragon 2 to life with giveaways, airbrush tattoos, app demonstrations, a talent signing with writer/director Dean DeBlois and star Jay Baruchel, DVD sales and more!

WHERE:
Anaheim Convention Center
Hall C, Booth #1468

SCHEDULE:
Friday, April 18th
11:30 a.m.: Booth opens, sales and giveaways begin
12:00 noon: Demonstration of new How to Train Your Dragon apps begins
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Airbrush artist on-site to create Dragons tattoos
7:00 p.m.: Booth closes

Saturday, April 19th
9:30 a.m.: Booth opens, sales and giveaways begin
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Airbrush artist on-site to create Dragons tattoos
12:45 p.m. (tentative): Fox panel presentation begins at the Arena
2:00 p.m.: Jay Baruchel and Dean DeBlois arrive at booth #1468 for fan signing
2:30 p.m.: Fan signing ends
3:00 p.m.: Demonstration of new How to Train Your Dragon apps begins
7:00 p.m.: Booth closes

Sunday, April 20th
10:30 a.m.: Booth opens, sales and giveaways begin
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Airbrush artist on site to create Dragons tattoos
1:00 p.m.: Demonstration of new How to Train Your Dragon apps begins
5:00 p.m.: Booth closes

Planning on checking out the Fox Home Entertainment Booth? Let us know in the comments.

Your Complete Guide to WonderCon Anaheim 2014

wonderconWonderCon is just a day away. It’s also the first year we’ve formally covered the sister convention to San Diego Comic-Con, and as a result we’ve built up a nice selection of guides, information and other essentials for our readers to use when trekking the halls of the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend.

In typical fashion, just like we do with SDCC each year, we’ve compiled all the posts you need to read before the start of the convention tomorrow. Start reading…

Coming to WonderCon? Let us and our readers know in the comments. Hope to see you there!

Prints, Tees and Info Announced For Ghostbusters 30th Art Show At SDCC

GB30thGallery1988, the Los Angeles-based gallery of pop-culture themed art, has announced the first details and images from its upcoming Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Art Show, which opens this weekend in New York City. As we reported back in January, the show’s four-city tour will make its final stop at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Per a recent post on the gallery’s tumblr site, there will be prints and t-shirts from the event which will be available to those who attend each stop of the tour, with a “smaller selection” available at SDCC. For those who won’t be able to make any of the four cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Diego), a set of commemorative 30th anniversary screenprints will be made available online in limited quantities. They also mention each stop will have “small surprises”, so we can’t wait what they have in store for SDCC.

Here are the full details from the tumblr post:

We have produced a once-in-a-lifetime traveling art exhibit that features more than 70 artists creating original paintings, limited edition prints, sculptures and apparel inspired by the classic comedy. It all kicks off properly in New York City THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, from 7-10 PM at 69 Leonard St., near the famous firehouse from the film.

A majority of the artwork will ONLY BE AVAILABLE by attending one of the galleries in-person. A very small allotment of prints has been set aside for each city, with a smaller selection at our final Comic Con stop. This is the ONLY way to purchase this artwork. There will be small surprises at each stop as well.

A commemorative series of special 30th Anniversary screen prints WILL BE AVAILABLE in limited amounts ONLINE, in addition to in-store, at ghostbusters30th.com. These will be released sporadically over the next month. This set consists of prints from Mike Mitchell (poster), Phantom City Creative, Anthony Petrie, Tom Whalen, Tara McPherson, Dan Mumford, Dave Perillo, Lora Zombie, Godmachine, Rich Kelly (select cities), Mark Englert, DKNG and Joshua Budich. When purchasing online, please read terms & conditions CAREFULLY, as combined shipping will be offered.

The gallery has also unveiled the first image of the prints and special 30th anniversary t-shirts which will be available for purchase at SDCC (as well as all other cities on the tour):

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Print by DKNG - Gallery1988

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Print by DKNG – Gallery1988

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Tees - Gallery1988

Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Tees – Gallery1988

Gallery1988 doesn’t yet have specifics about any of the other prints they might have for sale at Comic-Con, but you can check out some of the images below of some of the art they will have at the New York show. And if you are on the east coast and planning to visit, the show will begin Saturday April 20 at 69 Leonard St. – right near the Ghostbusters fire house – through the 26th. 

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GB30Nicole Gustafsson

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You can check out more info at the official Gallery1988 Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary site.

Are you hitting any of the show’s stops before SDCC? Looking forward to attending this? Let us know in the comments.