This past weekend I attended for my first time Wondercon in San Fransisco. I normally give a review of the convention a few days after I have attended it, but since I only two out of the three days there I can't give my full opinion on it. What I can do is write about my experience there.
I had a great time and it was a completely different experience then what I normally used to at a anime convention. There were more comic book and star wars cosplayers then anime cosplayers like you usually see at anime conventions. The things I noticed when I was there is that people there go crazy for free stuff. I mean at an anime convention you get free stuff, and its no big deal, but at a comic book convention like Wondercon people go nuts for it. The lines for free stuff is insane, even if its just a few comic books. The other thing I noticed is that there are lines for practically everything. If you want to get free stuff get in line, if you want go to a panel get in line, if you want to go to an auction, get in line and be lucky to pick out the ticket to get to the auction. I never seen this before at any anime convention except for autographs and panels, but these lines would stretch from one side of the convention to the middle of the convention.
The people, at Wondercon, are alot more mature then your average convention crowd you see at anime conventions. Probably the reason why is because they are alot older people there and not alot of little kids there making a scene or being stupid like at anime conventions. Everyone from the attendees to the artists in the artist alley were really laid back and chill to talk to. The other difference there at Wondercon then other anime conventions is that the vendors there ,aside from the usual comic book ones, there were more well known companies booths there to check out. Some even had their own set up with the space they were given. Most notably Marvel, DC, Capcom, Dark Horse, Bandai, and other companies of the sort with a booth there. At some anime conventions you don't see many big companies coming out and having their own booth unless your Anime Expo or one of the major anime conventions in the U.S.
At Wondercon it wasn't just comic books there to buy or look at but all sorts of things. Anime figurines, manga, comic books, t-shirts, art, props, pretty much everything nerdy you can think of was there. There was even a small booth selling Star Wars and Star Trek bath robes. Thats the other thing that differentiate Wondercon from anime conventions, the stuff at Wondercon they sell there you won't find anywhere else unless you scour the internet to find it. Some of the stuff there was pretty rare. Like I said I missed probably the biggest day out of the Wondercon and that was Saturday. I missed out on the day cosplayers came out that day, plus the big announcements, panels, and the masquerade. Still with that said I had alot of fun being there. I experience alot of new things that I never did at anime conventions and from talking to my friends about it this is a small taste of what Comic con is all about. If that is the case I really want to go to Comic Con somehow and experience the whole thing!