A Look Into the 33rd WonderCon, including links to trailers of upcoming films, TV news, and more!

 

WonderCon returned to Anaheim  March 29-March 31 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  This year’s attendees enjoyed presentations from 20th century Fox, Amazon, DC Comics, DreamWorks Animation, FX, Geek & Sundry, Marvel, Nerdist, and Warner Brothers to name a few.  In addition, there were approximately 300 hours of programming featuring comics, movies, television, and an annual costume competition.

WonderCon is one of the largest comic conventions in the West coast, so this year was no exception, especially when it was Batman’s 80th anniversary!  Every day, a Batman panel was carried out with actors who played Batman or characters from the Batman series, publishes, writers, artists, and experts in the Batman pop culture.

March 30 marked 80 years to the day since Batman made his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.  The Birthday Bash panel featured Lee, David Mazouz (Gotham), Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), Lee Meriwether (Batman), Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins), and Grace Randolph (Beyond the Trailer).  Details of Batman’s entrance into the Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame, which will take place opening night of the 50th San Diego Comic-Con on July 17, 2019at The Comic-Con Museum’s future venue.  Fans were able to share a slice of Bat-cake.

Grace Randolph, Jim Lee – DC Publisher, Chief Creative Officer – DC Entertainment, David Mazouz, Lee Meriwether, Kevin Conroy, Diedrich Bader and Roger Craig Smith
In addition to celebrating Batman’s birthday, WonderCon attendees got to attend panels for their favorite shows.  And if you were really lucky, you got to attend screenings for pilots or episodes that have not hit the TV screens yet!  Several shows came to WonderCon this year, including:
Into the Badlands, NOS4A2, The Walking Dead, Fear The Walking Dead, A Discovery of Witches, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, Agents of SHIELD, Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron, 20th Century Fox – Dark Phoenix, FX’s Legion, The Big Bang Theory, Hannah, Justice League vs. the Fatal Five, Badman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The 100, The Tick, The Dragon Prince, DC Super Hero Girls, Cobra Kai,
Star Trek: Discovery, Stargate, Missing Link, Into the Spiderverse, Shazam, Gotham, Hannah, and many more

 

If you are a visual person and get way more by watching than just reading, then check out several clips below of trailers to some of the TV shows and films that came this weekend.
Films:

Shazam – Premieres April 5

Missing Link – Premieres April 12

Godzilla:  King of the Monsters – Premieres May 31

Dark Phoenix – Premieres June 7

Annabelle Comes Home – June 28

New TV shows:
The Twilight Zone – Premieres April 1

A Discovery of Witches – Premieres April 7

Nos4a2 trailer – Premieres June 2

Returning shows:
Into The Badlands season 4 – Premieres Mar. 24

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger – Premieres April 4

The Tick season 2 – premieres April 5

Cobra Kai season 2 – premieres April 24

The 100 season 6 – premieres April 30

Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6 – premieres May 10

Fear The Walking Dead season 5 – premieres June 2

 

Animated shows

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Justice League vs. The Fatal Five – Premieres March 30

Marvel’s Heart Of Iron: Premieres April 3

She-Ra Princess of Power season 2 – Premieres April 26

The Dragon Prince season 2

DC Superhero Girls season 5

 

Several award-winning writers and pop culture artists were at this year’s WonderCon, including Greg Capullo, artist for Batman, Dark Nights: Metal; Jen Bartel, artist for Blackbird, Black Panther, America;  Scott Snyder, writer for Batman, American Vampire, Wytches;  Vita Ayala, writer for Supergirl, Marvel Knights 20th, Livewire.  There were several panels for people looking to work on their writing, board game designing, Grammy award winning artist Steve Aoki also created a new comic book New Fusion which debuted at WonderCon.

One of the big hallmarks of WonderCon are the costumes.  This year’s 15th annual Masquerade Ball was held on March 30 to a crowd of approximately 3,000 people.  Bright colors, flashing lights, and music accompanied the parade of the most unique costumes.  Below are just a few of the many costumes I saw during my trek through the convention center.

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The exhibit hall was filled with just about anything comic book, anime, gamer, or anything a WonderCon groupie would want.  And if anyone tells you that you can walk through the exhibit hall in 30 minutes, NO, YOU CAN’T!  This year I tried to see how long it would take for me to power walk through all the booths, and it took me about an hour to go through EVERY row at the exhibit hall.   As I leafed through posters of the ever popular “One Piece” anime cartoon and passed by the long lines of people waiting to have their special collection comic books signed bi popular cartoonists, I checked out special tables for Dungeon & Dragon players and an exhibit for people seeking to make their own masks.

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Several award-winning writers and pop culture artists were at this year’s WonderCon, including Greg Capullo, artist for Batman, Dark Nights: Metal; Jen Bartel, artist for Blackbird, Black Panther, America;  Scott Snyder, writer for Batman, American Vampire, Wytches;  Vita Ayala, writer for Supergirl, Marvel Knights 20th, Livewire.  There were several panels for people looking to work on their writing, board game designing, and how to win at a cosplay competition.  Old shows were revised, such as Back to the Future, Stargate, etc.  As attendees learned on how to work on their own comics, two-time Grammy-nominated international producer and DJ Steve Aoki, Eisner Award winner Jim Krueger (DC Comics “Justice,” Marvel “Earth X,”) and Impact Theory founder Tom Bilyeu launched their first issue of Neon Future, a sci-fi series exploring the collision of Humanity’s competing desires for stability and advancement and the violence the inevitably follows.

WonderCon is not just for adults.  It’s for kids too!  I saw a lot of toys, including exhibits for Barbie and numerous other toys.  Pugs are the cutest dogs, so I had to pass by the giant stuffed pug of Puglies and stopped by the Mr. Toast booth to buy comic books on sale for my young nephews.

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WonderCon also has a heart.  Literally.  It held its annual blood drive for attendees to donate blood.  I even encountered a group known as the 501st Legion, or Vader’s Fist, which is a group of volunteers who wear quality Stars Wars costumes to give back to the community and  raise thousands for Make A Wish Chapters.

Make sure to check our web site frequently for ongoing updates on several of the shows mentioned in this article.  And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the 34th WonderCon on April 10-12, 2020.  I’ll see you next year!

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