Token Female Gamer

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WonderCon

There is nothing quite as rejuvenating as a fabulously large comic book (and more) convention only thirty minutes from my house. WonderCon is so close I don’t have to fly anywhere, stay in expensive hotels, and curb spending because my carrying capacity on the plane is limited. All the fun without any of the drawbacks. Certainly one of the huge perks of city living, one that I would be remiss in not enjoying to the fullest.

Saturday was pretty much entirely devoted to WonderCon. Clearly half the city had the same idea, because it was packed!! Which probably explains why we pooped out before we had finished perusing the entire booth floor.

It might have also have to do with the fact that we visited the Nintendo DS3D booth twice. This was my first time seeing the 3D version and I must admit to being surprisingly impressed. The whole notion of 3D in general turns me off, but Nintendo really managed well. The 3D is incredibly impressive.

Some other highlights were Peter S. Beagle (Author of The Last Unicorn), Wendy Pini (ElfQuest artist), and Jessica from Awkward Embraces!!

Jessica was incredibly nice. I on the other hand was incredibly awkward (haha). Told her I loved the show and then couldn’t come up with anything else. (Sigh!) Of course I spent the rest of the weekend thinking of awesome and inspiring conversation, but never did get around to going back.

Seeing celebrities is always fun, but mostly just gravy. Loot is what I really go for and Saturday ended up being rather satisfying. =)

But we didn’t get to finish, the press of people and the pain in our feet eventually did us in. So we came back Sunday.

Sunday turned into book day. We started off visiting a few panels (Star Wars Crafts and Build your own R2D2, both really fun!) Then it was onto making sure we hit everything on the booth floor we hadn’t seen or been putting off. This mostly consisted of picking up books, which was necessary and fabulous, but also heavy, so that pretty much meant it was time to go home.

All in all we had a fabulous time.

A small shout out to the guy who came wearing a Murloc hat. My husband has requested I make him one, so that will be my next project. Also got my R2D2 fix, though I’m hoping someday we will have enough time (and money) to build our very own. =D

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6 Responses to “WonderCon”

  1. greymalkin Says:

    Wow sounds like you had a great time! Love the kitsune print/shirt!

    I used to go to Wondercon all the time when it was small and much lower budget and was held at the Hilton in Oakland. I liked that you could wander up to a table, meet some of the artists for your favorite comics and just talk to them without the pressure of moving through a line. I was too shy to say much but I did get to talk to Joe Chiodo once. He was really nice to me. I adored his work as a colorist on the Image Comics that I loved, so flashy and rich.

    I went once a few years ago to it’s current incarnation in SF and it was a totally different experience. Fun but a little too much slick merchandising for me. I sympathize with your sore feet and need to go for two days to see what you wanted to see. I did get to see an adorable moment of a guy in a General Grevious costume cowering from two cute little jedi (maybe around 5 or 6 years old?), which was definitely worth the cost of sore feet. Oh and I met the Emily Strange comic guys. That was cool- it was like the old Wondercon, for some reason there was a lull with no one there so I got to talk to them for at least 10 minutes about Emily’s quirks and her posse of cats. I got the best swag from them too.

  2. TokenFemaleGamer Says:

    The Kitsune print is actually a silk print on a bag. Its really incredible. Stephanie Pui-Mun Law is the artist.
    http://www.shadowscapes.com/
    Her art captivated us all. We had to go back multiple times. =D

    I found that all the people I wanted to talk too weren’t too busy, but then I’m also rather shy and can’t usually thing of much else to say beyond thank you. So I go just to experience.

    It really was quite fun. ^_^

  3. greymalkin Says:

    Very cool! I like her stuff. It reminds me of Amy Brown crossed with Caroline Young

    http://www.amybrownart.com/
    http://www.carolineyoung.com/

    Glad you had a good time at Wondercon! Do you go to Scifi conventions? I used to go to BayCon (I think) also when I was in high school. I would probably get more out of them now because I’d actually go to the panels, but they were fun. I wish there was a good gaming convention around here. I used to drive down to LA for StrategiCon right after college, but the quality of the games started going downhill and then took a serious nosedive about 5 years ago. I haven’t been back since. I went to DunDraCon once but didn’t care for it much. It wasn’t as bad as Strategicon got, but it wasn’t nearly as good as Strategicon used to be either. I mostly just miss costuming for larps. :)

  4. TokenFemaleGamer Says:

    I havn’t actually been to any SciFi conventions since college. I lean more to the gaming and comic book side of conventions. =D Wish we could go to GenCon more, but its so darn far away.

    I miss the costuming also. Every year after WonderCon I tell myself we will dress up next year and then things just get in the way and it doesn’t happen. Hopefully this year I can get that all going. Dressing up at conventions is the way to go!

    Love Amy Brown!

    Wow, Caroline Young’s stuff is amazing! WOW!

  5. greymalkin Says:

    I’ve never been to GenCon but it sounds more promising than most.

    What would you go as if you dressed up for WonderCon? Most of my costumes are cobbled together from various thriftstore purchases so I’ve always been a bit intimidated by the level of craftmanship and sewing/glueing/carpentry/welding involved in the costumes I’ve seen photos of at Cons. :)

  6. TokenFemaleGamer Says:

    I have so many ideas about what to dress up as. But then I look at all the spandex that female superheroes wear and I get rather turned off.
    I need to find something comfortable to wear. I would like to dress up as Artesia someday. Chicks in Armor rock!!