By Nolan Patrick Smith
(Victor Valley)– For the first time ever, WonderCon, one of the premiere comic book conventions on the West Coast, was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this past weekend.
Planned by Comic Con International, the same organization that organizes the San Diego Comic Con, WonderCon 2016 was a massive hit from all angles. Bringing thousands of fans together for the unifying theme of a love for pop culture. With vendors including comic book publishers like Image Comics, Valiant Entertainment, Boom! Studios, and Black Mask Studios, video game mainstays like Nintendo and Capcom, collectible creators like Sideshow Collectibles and Funko, and of course, an array of professional and amateur comic book creators, were all on hand for the three day event.
Of course, one of the major draws to a comic book convention is the range of cosplayers in attendance. Cosplayers at WonderCon came from all walks of the pop culture realm: from Batmen, Spider-Men, Wonder Women, and many other comic book heroes, to characters from video games like Overwatch and Final Fantasy, there was absolutely something for everyone. One of my favorite parts of cosplay is seeing what mash ups will be on hand. Mash ups meaning taking a character and merging it with another character or a different genre. Like the Boba Fett/Mandolorian armored Disney Princesses, or the Joker inspirted Boba Fett armor. Or a certain little mermaid with a flare of Victorian Steampunk.
For Victorville resident Rebecca Rubio, she was that mermaid, donning a homemade costume that merges the design elements of Disney’s The Little Mermaid with the gears and goggles known in the Steampunk genre. This was Rubio’s second WonderCon, but the first convention she wore a costume for. How was it?
“It was great! I got “caught” literally before I even checked in for my badge,” said Rubio. “The best part is just seeing what everyone comes up with. It’s pretty cool when people dress up and you appreciate the hard work they put into their costumes.”
WonderCon 2017 will be held March 31–April 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. For more information on WonderCon, visit www.comic-con.org/wca.