WonderCon 2009 – Closing Thoughts

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2009 at 9:12 am,

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WonderCon 2009 was fun and I took a lot away from it. I’d like to share a quick look back at a few moments I experienced while there!

On Friday I walked the entire floor, checking out the booths for both product and celebrity appearances. The floor is definitely more focused on games and comic books. While browsing around, I asked a few folks about the size of the con and a few of them thought it was smaller than in previous years.

Despite the years, Mark Hamill was by far the most popular notable on the floor Friday night.

Yet the one thing I noticed was the lack of costumed attendees. There were some, but the numbers were a mere shadow of how many folk came dressed as their favorite movie character back at Comic-Con.

The biggest thing that stuck with me from the weekend was seeing the first 20 minutes of Watchmen. I was blown away. I also came away with a completely different perspective about Terminator: Salvation. What I saw was compelling and awesome – The direction they’re going with that movie took me by surprise (Check out the new trailer to see what I mean).

But enough about my drooling all over myself. Here are a few photographic moments, memories and lessons learned from my weekend at WonderCon 2009:

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This is the line to get in on Saturday morning. The convention is ready to ramp up for another big day!

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This is the line for the raffle for the Watchmen tickets to Friday night’s midnight screening. It turned out that after standing in line for more than an hour, some attendees were turned away at the doors because the theater was overbooked. According to some rejected sources, the theater was just letting walk ups in to see the movie. Ouch! I don’t know all the gory details, but I’m bummed for those who ended up getting turned away.

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They still had cool things for sale… this booth had some Star Trek toys that were very hard to walk away from.

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There were obviously some pretty cool outfits in attendance. The Storm Trooper on the left was the coolest one in the convention while the Transformer Bumblebee was a pretty intense outfit.

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No matter how much cool stuff is at the Con, it can still be a tiring event as even Batman was tired of buying Batman stuff.

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There were obviously some “really nice” costumes at WonderCon. Gee, can you guess which panel I was waiting for?

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So I took a pretty quick picture that and didn’t get my flash synced up fast enough – But I noticed something in the background. After playing with the exposure, I really have to wonder what the heck the guy on the right is focusing on with his telephoto lens!!??

So what did I learn at WonderCon?

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The bridge of the Enterprise in the new Star Trek movie is going be steamy good looking, regardless of who you are.

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Did I not say in an earlier post that the Terminator: Salvation panel was fun. I learned that the panel tables are strong enough to hold up some resistance fighters from Terminator: Salvation!

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This was when McG asked Moon Bloodgood to stand up. No one was complaining.

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That Adam Baldwin can describe how Chuck holds a weapon, but still make it dirty. The man’s comedic timing is flawless.

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And this is how Chuck fights… cover the face, cover the jewels… Now he’s ready to rumble!

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I learned that my camera, for what ever reason, is a secret agent of my wife’s and didn’t cooperate when it really counted most. If I didn’t just buy the thing, it would have become a UFO zinging through the auditorium! What’s up with the Batgirl shirt Summer?

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Despite it being late Sunday afternoon, the Con is still going strong with the power of the fans. That’s what it’s all about. You, the fans. Thanks for sharing my WonderCon weekend with me!

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  1. Alec Baldwin?

    I hope you mean Adam Baldwin, or I’ll die. haha.

  2. Nice pics!
    thanks for being our eyes Bruce!

  3. Cripes… DID I SAY ALEC. I knew it was Adam. I saw him a bunch of times that weekend. I really like the guy. Me go fix it. Thanks.

  4. What was Adam Baldwin talking about? Holding a weapon? I think he does have real world weapon experience, at least it looked like it from his stance and posture in Serenity or Firefly…

    Anyway, what kind of camera are you using? Olympus E-520 is what the images say… hm, I always thought Olympus makes pretty decent camera’s. I am a Canon guy myself, but the Olympus usually have pretty good features for a budget price. That’s weird that it was acting up on you. If it was a Sony I wouldn’t be too surprised, lol.

  5. Yep Ken, It is an Olympus e-520. it’s pretty cool.

    Now be careful. I took 30,000 pics with my Sony point and shoot over the last 3 years. it was flawless for me. Then again, camera ratings drove me to the P-150 back then.

    Then again, I came across both cameras via consumer reports and review websites.

    It was a pretty good deal. I got 2 lenses and no sales tax so it was almost a steal.

    TO BE FAIR: It was me not the camera that didn’t focus. I tell ya, there are so many buttons on this DSLR that every time I pick the thing up, I change some setting somewhere!

    And I picked a really bad time to experiment with the shutter / focus reactions… but I was still mad at it. You know how that goes. It’s never our fault!

    Sigh.

  6. What mode do you use? I find the easiest modes to use are either shutter priority or aperture priority. Manual is only for very well planned shots, auto is far too… automatic, lol, it doesn’t let you pick anything, which sucks…

    And sorry about the Sony statement, I’ve simply had way too many bad experiences with Sony products randomly dying on me. Back when my Canon point and shoot had warranty repair done to it, it was because they used a Sony CCD for that model, which commonly failed, so they recalled my model, lol. So even when my Canon failed it was because of Sony…

    I have bad luck with Sony…

  7. Nah.. I totally get that on product bad luck. No worries.

    I was on auto. I’ve learned how to trick auto modes to do what I need them to, but yea, shutter or aperture prios work awesome.. I just haven’t played with this thing enough to get there yet. that’s how new it is.

    The lense i was using was this super zoomer lens so evertime i changed the zoom, it needed to readjust focus and when it does that, it strobes the flash to see the target, even if it’s not going to use the flash.

    I was reaaalllll popular in my section of the of auditorium! A giant electronic purring sound (flash strobe) accompanied by flashy alien lights… yea. I’d hate me too if I was sitting next to me! So I was trying different things to eliminate the strobey existence I was emanating!

    Or, get out of there alive!

  8. Lol… well, looks like you’ve made it, must have been using those jedi mind tricks…

    You: “I’m not the guy with the strobe you’re looking for”
    angry mob: “You’re not the guy with the strobe we’re looking for.”
    You: “I can go about my business”
    angry mob: “You can go about your business.”
    You: “move along”
    angry mob: “move along, move along…”

  9. uh ho. I was trying to keep that talent low key… since I use it a lot in bars and at work!!! Shh.

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