Saturday, April 26, 2014

A to Z Challenge: W is for Wondercon 2014

Since I went to Wondercon last weekend in Anaheim, CA, I decided to do my W topic on that.

It is a sister convention to the Comic Convention in San Diego. It is smaller, less crowded, has better parking, is less humid, has smaller rooms for panels, has less panels, has less giveaways, but it was still fun. I actually prefer it to Comic Con because I like the smaller crowd. I like being able to walk around comfortably and smell less body odor from other people.

For kids, the best thing was the Mario Kart booth where you could get your picture taken in the car and get it printed on a "drivers license." My kids were not into that, but I know other kids were. You could try out some video games at that booth as well.

There was a booth that sold a lot of Minecraft toys. My kids liked that booth. They each bought an Enderman stuffed toy.

I went to a couple of panels to listen to children's book authors talk about their craft. I also went to a panel to listen to what literary agents had to say. I didn't have to wait in line for any of those panels which was super great because I hate waiting in line. After the panels, I got to meet a couple of my favorite authors, buy their latest books, and get their signature.

My family and I dressed up as superheroes the second day of the convention and got stopped by a lot of people who wanted to take pictures of us. There was a guy on stilts with goat feet that looked really cool. I wanted to get his picture, but other people wanted to take pictures of us, so I wasn't able to get his picture and I didn't see him again.

I wanted to get more pictures of the Steampunk people so I could draw them, but by the time I got the idea, I couldn't find them again. I got a couple of pics, so not all was lost. There were a lot of missed photo opportunities. I just joined Instagram, so I can probably find some good photos on there to draw.
Me and Rachel Hawkins, the author of Hex Hall. I was so excited! She is so nice!

Here is the panel that Rachel Hawkins was on. She's third from the left. The first person is Melissa de la Cruz and her writer husband (Michael Johnston I think) is sitting next to her. Alyson Noel (the Immortals series) is fourth, Magaret Stohl (she wrote Beautiful Creatures with Kami Garcia) is fifth. I believe Jim DiBartolo is second to the last and Kiersten White, author of the Paranormalcy trilogy is at the end.

Me and Shannon Messenger, author of Keeper of the Lost Cities. She is so nice, too! And she has 6 cats! lol I was cosplaying that day.

Dr. Who and the gang. That Tardis actually rolls and I believe it's electronic.

There they are again at another time.

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