San Francisco gets over 16 million people a year visiting for the primary purpose of attending a convention. Make no mistake – the Wondercon folks are my favorite! Less glitzy and feature-film oriented than ComicCon down in San Diego, WonderCon is a little more focused on independent graphic novelists and artists – Neil Gaiman is a frequent panelist. Although this year Ryan Reynolds upped the hunkiness factor by a hundred by making an appearance to promote the new Green Lantern movie, so maybe we’re heading for ComicCon-like critical mass soon.
My friend Wendy, owner of an awesome graphic arts company called I Heart Guts, was an exhibitor at WonderCon this year, so I got a backstage pass to the passionate wackiness that is the hallmark of any convention of this kind. I love the way every variety and genre of fandom has a place here. The classic Star Wars-themed costumes (Slutty Princess Leia is always popular!) blend seamlessly with Steampunks, Harajuku Girls, and homemade PacMans (PacMen?).
Here are some of my favorite photos from this year’s show:
All in all, I had a great time. I spent a ridiculously self-indulgent amount of time discussing my own embarassing-ly detailed knowledge of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Freakangels with like-minded geeks, and seriously considered putting a costume together for next year. Yikes! Someone talk me down off the ledge!