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WonderCon
WonderCon
is an annual comic book, science fiction, and film convention held in the San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco Bay Area
(1987–2011), then - under the name WonderCon
WonderCon
Anaheim - in Anaheim, California (2012–2015, 2017–), and WonderCon
WonderCon
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in 2016.[2] The convention returned to the Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim Convention Center
in 2017 after a one-year stint in Los Angeles. The convention was conceived by retailer John Barrett (a founder of the retail chain Comics and Comix) and originally held in the Oakland Convention Center. In 2003, it moved to San Francisco's Moscone Center.[3][not in citation given] The show's original name was the Wonderful World of Comics Convention.

Contents

1 History 2 Features and events 3 References 4 External links

History[edit] Retailer Joe Field (of Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff) and his partner Mike Friedrich
Mike Friedrich
owned and operated the convention for fifteen years. In 2001, they brokered a deal with the management team that runs the San Diego Comic-Con International
Comic-Con International
to make it part of the Comic-Con International
Comic-Con International
convention family.[4] This gave the San Francisco show a wider audience and has made it a venue for previews and early screenings of major motion pictures, in particular ones based on comic books. These have included Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2
in 2004, Batman Begins and Fantastic Four in 2005, Superman Returns
Superman Returns
in 2006, 300 in 2007, Watchmen in 2009, and Kick-Ass in 2010. All of these events featured the stars of the films fielding questions from the audience. WonderCon
WonderCon
had 34,000 attendees in 2009,[5] 39,000 in 2010, and 49,500 in 2011.[6] The show left the Bay Area after the 2011 con, because San Francisco's Moscone Center
Moscone Center
was being remodeled. The convention moved to Anaheim in 2012, and was rebranded WonderCon
WonderCon
Anaheim.[2] When the move to Anaheim was first announced, Comic-Con International
Comic-Con International
said they would be returning to San Francisco
San Francisco
after the Moscone Center
Moscone Center
renovations were complete; however, the convention ultimately stayed in Southern California. In 2016, a new convention started in the Bay Area, called the Silicon Valley Comic Con.[7] WonderCon
WonderCon
relocated from Anaheim to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
in 2016, and is now called WonderCon
WonderCon
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
and was held March 25-27, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.[8] The 2017 edition of the convention returned to Anaheim and was held March 31-April 2, 2017.[9] The WonderCon
WonderCon
logo was designed by Richard Bruning and Tim Zach. Features and events[edit]

The exterior of WonderCon
WonderCon
at the Anaheim Convention Center

While the main attraction of WonderCon
WonderCon
has always been various retailers selling back issues of comic books and action figures, the exhibitor list has grown to include retailers of specialty DVDs. There is also an "Artists Alley" featuring mainly comic book artists selling artwork, signing books, and doing sketches; and mainstream celebrities signing autographed pictures. WonderCon
WonderCon
hosted the Harvey Award ceremonies from 1997–1999.[10] Since 2007, academicians and comic industry professionals have held the Comics Arts Conference
Comics Arts Conference
in conjunction with WonderCon. In addition, WonderCon
WonderCon
features an event called "Trailer Park," where trailers for upcoming films are shown. The WonderCon
WonderCon
masquerade competition usually takes place on Saturday after the convention closes. Awards are given to those with the most creative performances, though anyone can participate.[citation needed] References[edit]

^ MacDonald, Heidi. " WonderCon
WonderCon
Hosts DC's Rebirth Debut in Los Angeles". PublishersWeekly.com. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 3 August 2016.  ^ a b " WonderCon
WonderCon
Moves To Anaheim With Costumed Avengers In Tow," CBS 2 San Francisco
San Francisco
(March 17, 2012). ^ "WonderCon". Comic-Con International. Archived from the original on December 8, 2012. Retrieved November 19, 2012.  ^ Albert, Aaron. "Wondercon Profile", About.com. ^ Boucher, Geoff. " WonderCon
WonderCon
shows the comic convention circuit's power is growing". Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Times. April 6, 2010 ^ MacDonald, Heidi. " WonderCon
WonderCon
Brings Fans, Publishers, Excitement to San Francisco", Publishers Weekly. April 4, 2011 ^ Minotti, Mike (April 17, 2015). "Steve Wozniak and Stan Lee are bringing Silicon Valley its own comic con". VentureBeat. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ Variety Staff (April 6, 2015). " WonderCon
WonderCon
Moving to Los Angeles
Los Angeles
for 2016 Convention". Variety. Archived from the original on March 17, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ Woerner, Meredith (March 25, 2016). " WonderCon
WonderCon
will go back to Anaheim in 2017, but L.A. wants it back for 2019". The Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ Press release. "2003 Harvey Awards Banquet Cancelled, Awards Unaffected, Comic Book Resources (January 24, 2003).

External links[edit]

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Official website WonderCon
WonderCon
feature on Sidewalks Entertainment WonderCon
WonderCon
founder's website

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