After a 2-year in-person hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year WonderCon is scheduled to finally return to the Anaheim Convention Center, conveniently located just across the street from the Disneyland Resort from Friday, April 1, 2022, to Sunday, April 3, 2022. During 2020 and 2021, WonderCon@Home provided free online streaming and panels on their YouTube channel to help con-lovers fill in the void. So what exactly is WonderCon all about? We’re glad you asked!
What is WonderCon?
Originally called The Wonderful World of Comic Conventions, WonderCon is great because it is a multi-genre convention attracting fans of all sorts of interests and hobbies. It is also organized by the world-famous San Diego Comic-Con, which can be extremely difficult and expensive to get admission to, so WonderCon is a great alternative if you are local to Orange County and you don’t want to spend the time and the money to go all the way down to San Diego. Whether you are a comic book enthusiast, a film buff, or a lover of all Saturday morning cartoons, you are sure to find your niche among the tens of thousands of attendees that flock to the event every year!
Like many other similar conventions, many attendees at WonderCon dress at their favorite characters, including Marvel or DC superheroes and Disney princesses. If you wish Halloween came more than once a year, then you will definitely love coming to WonderCon and experiencing all of the creative costumes the attendees have to offer.
In the artist alley, artists will put their work on display for anyone to purchase. You will enjoy the variety of unique artistic styles each booth has to bring. From prints to custom keychains, you are bound to find a talented artist whose style you are keen on. It will help you be able to support freelance artists who often rely on attending these sorts of conventions to help make their living.
WonderCon holds panels featuring some of the industry’s most recognizable and respected professionals. In previous years, panels featuring Jordan Peele and his work on 2019 The Twilight Zone reboot as well as the cast of Amazon Prime’s hit superhero deconstruction Invincible have been held.
Have a favorite franchise that you want to share your passion with? Check out the list of organized meetups for every series that will be held during the convention. These meetups are often designated for taking cosplay photo shoots, but if you’re not cosplaying, there’s no need to feel excluded. Go ahead and meet fellow fans and make new friends so you can create memories that will last a lifetime!
Getting Your Badge
As of writing, badges are not yet available for this year’s WonderCon – but in the meantime, you can follow WonderCon on your favorite social media platform, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Be sure to turn on notifications so you can get your badge as soon as possible! You may also be interested in the Comic-Con subreddit if you want to connect with other con-goers.
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