WonderCon 2009 – Day One Recap

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wondercon WonderCon 2009   Day One RecapI arrived at WonderCon around mid afternoon and walked the floor to see what they had.  It is a lot more low key than the San Diego Comic-Con and the focus is so much more on comics and video games.

The hall is only 2/3rds full of vendors and booths today.  It’s odd to see so much empty floor space in a convention like this.  Is the economy hitting even here?  I’ve been told that the Con filled the hall last year.

There were quite a few folks signing autographs.  Most were character actors like Bobby Clark, the man who wore the Gorn suit on Star Trek and Anthony Forest, the storm trooper who said “These aren’t the droids we’re looking for” in Star Wars.

The bigger draws that I saw were the likes of Richard Kiel and Mark Hamill.

wondercon hamill2 p WonderCon 2009   Day One RecapWhen I tried to get a snap of Kiel, he asked me to buy a picture.  When I said no thanks, he gave me the cold shoulder.

Hamill was pretty chatty with everyone who asked for his autograph and was pretty friendly with people who even stopped him after the signing session.  He was wearing a Warner Bros Joker coat.

Then there was the coveted prize of the day. The Watchmen raffle. WonderCon was screening Watchmen at midnight tonight in a nearby IMAX theater and they were raffling off 400 tickets. The line was long. All we had to do was shuffle along until we came to a desk, then reach into a big plastic bag and pull out a raffle ticket. Those who pulled out a ticket with a smiley on it got a wristband for the movie. A person in front of me and a person behind me got smiley faces. Sigh. I’ll just have to wait.

Well, on to Saturday.  It’s going to be a long day tomorrow as I’ll be literally sequestered away in the Esplanade Ballroom all day.  I hope they have bathrooms!

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  1. The floor is actually larger this year. We’ve expanded by one entire exhibit hall to accommodate both additional exhibitors and to bring registration inside.

    Our preregistration numbers are up so we hope this will translate into more people this year than last.

  2. The floor is actually larger this year. We’ve expanded by one entire exhibit hall to accommodate both additional exhibitors and to bring registration inside.

    Our preregistration numbers are up so we hope this will translate into more people this year than last.

  3. @Wondercon

    Oh boy… so does this mean that this year’s San Diego Comic-Con will be even MORE insanely crowded than last year?

    Yikes.

    Vic

  4. well last year san Diego Comic-Con they had night owl’s ship.
    question is can they top it this year ?

  5. Hey Bruce, did you ask Hamill to do the Joker laugh? I would have loved to hear him do it in person. I would have brought a picture of the Joker in for him to sign, lol. I’m sure he’ll be happy for that publicity instead of the typical Star Wars fanatic. I’m definitely getting the new Batman game where Hamill will rejoin Kevin Conroy as Batman and Joker.

  6. cool

  7. Yea Ken I would of loved to hear the laugh as well. That game is on my very short list of games I will buy the day they are released.

  8. Yah, my short list is like 4 games long, Operation Flashpoint 2, ArmA2, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Borderlands. That’s about it, and the only reason why I’m giving that game a chance is because of the voice cast. There are so many crappy batman games…

  9. I’m glad to hear they are expecting more folks this year!

    I took some pics of the floor today but I have some writing to do now.

    You’ll see.

  10. Dang Vic, saturday at the con was huge, sooo many people, way too many, It was like a bay area traffic jam. I was there last year and the floor seemed bigger, I guess it seemed a lot smaller this year because there was a lot more people. But it was cool, I wish I could’ve got into the Star Trek panel (dang!!!)

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