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 Anaheim - in Anaheim, California
(2012–2015, 2017–), and
Los Angeles in 2016. 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.[not in citation given] The show's original name was the
Wonderful World of Comics Convention.
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Retailer Joe Field (of Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff) and
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 to make it part of the
Comic-Con International convention family. 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 in 2004, Batman
Begins and Fantastic Four in 2005,
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 had 34,000 attendees in 2009, 39,000 in 2010, and 49,500
The show left the Bay Area after the 2011 con, because San Francisco's
Moscone Center was being remodeled. The convention moved to Anaheim in
2012, and was rebranded
WonderCon Anaheim. When the move to Anaheim
was first announced,
Comic-Con International said they would be
San Francisco after the
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.
WonderCon relocated from Anaheim to
Los Angeles in 2016, and is now
Los Angeles and was held March 25-27, 2016 at the Los
Angeles Convention Center. The 2017 edition of the convention
returned to Anaheim and was held March 31-April 2, 2017.
WonderCon logo was designed by Richard Bruning and Tim Zach.
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The exterior of
WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center
While the main attraction of
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 hosted the
Harvey Award ceremonies from 1997–1999.
Since 2007, academicians and comic industry professionals have held
Comics Arts Conference
Comics Arts Conference in conjunction with WonderCon.
WonderCon features an event called "Trailer Park," where
trailers for upcoming films are shown.
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.
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WonderCon Moving to
Los Angeles for
2016 Convention". Variety. Archived from the original on March 17,
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WonderCon will go back to
Anaheim in 2017, but L.A. wants it back for 2019". The Los Angeles
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