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Published on April 15th, 2013 | by gareth


Wondercon 2013

Story by Albert Valenzuela & Ricardo Valencia, all photos by Albert Valenzuela

This weekend’s Wondercon was a great success at the Anaheim Convention Center. Sold-Out all three days, geeks, cosplayers, movie buffs, and anime characters of all kinds reveled in the perfect 70 degree weather.

Other than the long lines on Saturday, everything seemed to run perfectly including the food trucks that lined the convention center entrance.

Many of the attendees dressed in their best zombie, anime & Star Wars costumes, which worked out in the beautiful weather and nicely air conditioned convention halls. All were looking except for one dirty looking Wookie that could have used a good washing next door at Splash Mountain.

Not many ”giveaways” as expected, at all, but there was a fleet of Pacific Rim ”army girls” handing out 3 pack trading cards. Sadly no fava beans or glasses of Chianti during the Hannibal screening that was way ”sold out”.

Those that were lucky enough to see the super extended Evil Dead trailer were not disappointed, gore gore galore, who knew Suburgatory’s Jane Levy could me such a screamer! Quick suggestion, dont eat dinner before seeing this movie.

There was not a big presence of ”movie booths” handing out premium posters and such, but the Pacific Rim army girls were there Saturday handing out 3 packs of trading cards.

The big award goes to Universal Pictures for bringing the full scale, life-size Bubbleship from Oblivion, the pod-like ship Tom Cruise flies around in the upcoming IMAX science fiction adventure.

Director Joe Kosinski even made a brief appearance early Saturday morning, before going back to work to do some final editing!

Overall, all seemed to have a great time the entire weekend, including the hundreds of vendors that were busy the entire time, including an hour past the 5pm closing on
Sunday afternoon., but sadly, no appearance by a zombie or Jedi Easter Bunny.

One suggestion if you’re going to the much larger San Diego Comic Con later this year, plenty of Red Bull for all the miles you’ll be running around trying to make all the panels and trying to see all the different costumed attendees.

About the Author

Syndicated movie & game critic, writer, author and frequent radio guest. His work has appeared in over 60 publications worldwide and he is the creator of the rising entertainment site and publication “Skewed and Reviewed”.He has three books of film, game reviews and interviews published and is a well-received and in demand speaker on the convention circuit. Gareth has appeared in movies and is a regular guest on a top-rated Seattle morning show.He has also appeared briefly in films such as “Prefountaine”, “Postal”. “Far Cry”. and others. Gareth is also an in-demand speaker at several conventions and has conducted popular panels for over two decades.

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