WonderCon Returns to Anaheim

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This year WonderCon (WC) returned to Anaheim to the Convention Center,  from 3/31/2017 – 4/2/2017 after last years temporary location at the LA Convention Center.   I tell you what, that made us very happy, as we skipped last year as LA is not just a quick trip to Anaheim where we can just say , “hey let’s drop in on WonderCon for a bit” Round trip to the convention center is 12 miles, needless to say, that is very convenient.

This year they had some new security in place. Ok, to be honest, I am not sure if they did it last year when it was in LA, but I know they did it in San Diego for Comic Con.  If you didn’t have a ticket to get in you couldn’t even get past the security.  Once you picked up your actual badge you had to scan said badge to exit/enter every time you decided to go in or out.  They are enabled with RIF (Radio Frequency Identification).

As always, comic book and cosplay fans of all walks of life descended on this convention in full force. The weather was nice but got a little warm at some points of the weekend, but nothing unbearable, unless you were in full costume.

DISCLOSURE –  We attend these conventions as media/press so the celebrity photos are watermarked from the outlet we shoot for. They are posted on a website for purchase by magazines/websites ect.  Therefore, we usually spend most of our time shooting pressrooms for television shows, new and old , so that is where most of our time was spent.  I did get some time on Saturday to roam the floor to check out the booths and visit friends as well as take in the variety of cosplay costumes wandering. Those photos to follow.

I attended all 3 days to cover the pressrooms throughout the weekend.   It was the first time ever that I attended and covered 2 days of a convention on my own as media and had Dave join me only for the last day.   I did wander the floor for a bit  on Friday then headed upstairs to shoot the first pressroom.  I have to admit, I was pretty nervous never having shot a pressroom by myself before. Thankfully the first one I walked into, I saw a few familiar faces from San Diego Comic Con and they were very welcoming, but of course I got the standard “where’s Dave” but after that, it was easy breezy.

The first one I was going to shoot was for Prison Break  http://www.fox.com/prisonbreak,

I am a BIG fan of Prison Break and was super excited when I heard it was coming back. It made it’s return on Tuesday April 4, 2017.  I watched and was happy how good it was.  It was like it never ended and it was great to see a lot of the original cast is back. The cast had a busy week promoting the show around LA, so the talent that showed up for the WC pressroom was light, but hey, we got the 2 main characters and a new one to boot 🙂

Dominic Purcell/Wentworth Miller                   Inbar Lavi

Next up was Imaginary Mary,  http://abc.go.com/shows/imaginary-mary/about-the-show  a new show on ABC that had a sneak peek a few days prior to WC.   I watched it and was on the fence as to if I would watch again.  It was cute enough but not sure it was good enough to suck me in.   I recorded it again this week, so only time will tell.  The 2 main characters showed up for this one.  Imaginary Mary was wandering around, but sadly she didn’t show up for photos

             Jenna Elfman               Stephen Schneider          Imaginary Mary

Last one for the day was Riverdale, http://www.cwtv.com/shows/riverdale/  a new show that debuted on January 26, 2017.  I didn’t realize this was based on the Archie comic, which I should have, being that the WB has become, what I call, “The Comic Book” Station 🙂   I was immediately sucked in to this show, as it wasn’t at all what I expected.  Check it out if you haven’t yet!  It’s fun!  Here is my group shot of the cast that showed up and a few individual shots as well.  This room was a lot of fun and the cast was very friendly!

Marisol Nichols, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry, Ashleigh Murray, K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse

Marisol Nichols, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry, Ashleigh Murray, K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse

That was the end of my day 1.  I was exhausted and headed home to get the photos up for the site.

Day 2 I had more time to wander the floor and see the people and vendors (see photo gallery at bottom)   Since I was on the floor early, I had a chance to stop and chat with Margaret Kerry,  the original alter-ego, Actor,  and reference Model, for the famous Pixie, Tinkerbell, from Walt Disney’s Peter Pan –  http://www.tinkerbelltalks.com/   She is one of the sweetest ladies ever and she loves to tell you stories of all the things she has done and she may even slip into one of her voices while telling you one, if you are lucky.  It’s very interesting to talk with her for sure, so next time you are at a convention and she is there, stop by and say hi, you won’t be disappointed

Next up – off to the only pressroom for the day for Midnight Texas, http://www.nbc.com/midnight-texas?nbc=1,  a new show that is premiering on July 24, 2016.  Here is a little rundown of what the show is about  –  The town of Midnight sits on a veil between the living and hell. This supernatural thriller takes a journey into a remote Texas town called Midnight where nothing is what it seems. Where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different – a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world.

I am not sure I will watch this one.  I did see a little sneak peek, and it has potential so I may tune in for the first episode and go from there.

Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Dylan Bruce, Sarah Ramos, Francois Arnaud

Arielle Kebbel, Jason Lewis, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Dylan Bruce, Sarah Ramos, Francois Arnaud

On Saturday I made a visit to one of the booths that is at pretty much all the conventions, Cinema Makeup School  http://www.cinemamakeup.com/  It is a school that offers up-to-date education to aspiring makeup and special effects technicians. If you are familiar with the show Face Off on the SyFy channel, many of the artist that are in this booth are from that show  http://www.syfy.com/faceoff .  It is always a fun booth to stop by as they are always creating some interesting characters.  You may need to stop by a few times throughout the day to see the progress and then finally the finished product.  Here are the ones that they created on Saturday.

These cute little cosplayers below are the kids of a few of my friends.  Don’t they look great?  You can follow the little guy on the right on his facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Shadow-Brothers-Cosplay-1898304483733873/

Here a few of the others that I shot on Saturday before heading home for the night.  A little of everything.  Who would have thought,  a pink Chewy?

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On to Day 3, the final day, Sunday, where  my partner in crime joined me finally. I decided not to shoot the pressrooms that day and let him handle them, after all, he is the professional –  You can check out more of his work here  https://www.facebook.com/dstarphotographyoc/ and follow him on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dstarphotography/

Up first was Lucifer, http://www.fox.com/lucifer, which is a show that we both absolutely love.  Unfortunately only 3 of the cast members were able to attend.  Tom Ellis, who plays Lucifer and D.B. Woodside, who plays his brother, Amenadiel did not attend due to the fact they were filming and according to the show writers, the location was only available at 2:30 in the morning.  The show returns in May 2017 after a short break.

Kevin Alejandro, Rachel Harris, Lesley-Ann Brandt

Next up, Gotham http://www.fox.com/gotham, which is also another show I watch.  I really like this show.  I was hesitant to watch when it started because I am not a big comic book fan (I know, if I don’t like comics, why do I go to all these conventions?) but I got sucked in fast and LOVE it now!

Jessica Lucas, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Erin Richards, David Mazouz, Drew Powell

Jennifer Lucas, Camren Bicondova, Cory Michael Smith, Erin Richard,s, David Mazouz, Drew Powell

Well that was it for our pressrooms this year at WonderCon, so we decided to wander a bit and Dave took a few cosplay photos.  He is very picky on what he shoots when it comes to these photos.  Here are the ones he took.

This brought our day to an end and our 2017 WonderCon experience to a close and we had a great time.  Dave had one day of fun and I had 3 days of fun and a lot of running around.   I did a total of 35,017 steps and with all the standing I did, trust me I felt it.

Here are some photos of the few friends we ran into while running around all weekend.  I know there were many more that we missed, so hopefully next time, but for the ones we did see, I am glad we did!

Here are the shots of some of the various booths around the floor.

I will leave you with a few shots of the crowd, with a shot from the third floor balcony of the convention center and of the lobby.  These crowds are minimal compared to San Diego.  🙂

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Until next year WonderCon, we will see you all at San Diego Comic Con.

This IS Cindy’s Spin!  Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the adventure! Until next time~

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