Saturday, March 17, 2012

Convention Madness - WonderCon 2012 : March 16 - 18

WonderCon in Anaheim: March 16-18, 2012!
WonderCon, one of the country's best comics and pop culture conventions, moves to Anaheim, CA and the beautiful Anaheim Convention Center for 2012. Taking place the weekend of March 16-18 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), WonderCon is coming off its best year ever, with over 49,000 attendees in its 25th annual event in San Francisco in 2011.

Moscone Center South, the home to WonderCon for the past six years in San Francisco, is undergoing renovation work in the first six months of 2012, and dates were not available in our regular venue. Rather than miss a year, Comic-Con International, which has put on WonderCon since 2002, decided to look for an alternative venue for the popular show. The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest convention center on the West Coast, and one of the largest in the world. It's location - right next to the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Theme Parks - offers attendees warm weather, numerous hotel rooms, and great dining opportunities. Anaheim is easy to get to from all over the country, whether by air (LAX, Long Beach, and John Wayne airports), train, or car (via Interstate 5).

The Anaheim Convention Center is within easy walking distance of Disneyland's free Downtown Disney district, featuring shopping and fine dining, including ESPN Zone, House of Blues, Rainforest Cafè, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, and Tortilla Joe's. In addition, the center is right down the street from The Shops at Anaheim GardenWalk, which features Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., California Pizza Kitchen, McCormick & Schmick, P.F. Chang, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, and The Cheescake Factory, among other restaurants and shops.

WonderCon offers attendees, professionals, and exhibitors the complete convention experience. In addition to the Exhibit Hall featuring comics and items from the many worlds of the popular arts, fans can expect exclusive programming from the top comics publishers in the country, movie and television panels, anime, autographs, games, the Masquerade, and portfolio review, providing one of the best conventions out there. With the change of venue to Anaheim in 2012, WonderCon is more than ever a Òmust-attendÓ event on the convention calendar, especially with the addition of the beautiful Anaheim Convention Center and surrounding area as a bonus to both long-time and new attendees. Make it a long late-winter weekend in Anaheim and visit WonderCon, then take in Disneyland right next door after the convention!

Friday's Friends Pictures from the Con

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