This past weekend market the official return to in-person conventions as WonderCon appeared to go off successfully and it has me feeling like I might be ready to attend something like this in person soon. Under the same umbrella as San Diego Comic Con, WonderCon is a smaller version hosted in Anaheim, California.
WonderCon supports just under 70,000 attendees and offers fans a better opportunity to schedule their convention as panels are less likely to have long lines and the creators that attend are more accessible. Highlights from this weekend included Funko's presence at the convention, a massive booth from Bandai including a wealth of Demon Slayer collectibles, and guests including Becky Cloonan, Kevin Eastman, Kevin Smith and more.
One thing we will have to get used to as we return to in person conventions are COVID protocols. WonderCon did require proof of a negative test or vaccination and face masks were required. From the photos I saw from my computer in Illinois, it looked like masks were worn appropriately and makes me feel like I might be comfortable attending a similar event. I am currently looking into C2E2 in Chicago and Gen Con in Indianapolis. My return to the Midwest has me excited about the convention opportunities in my general area.
While conventions might not feel quite the same and we will have to live with COVID protocols for the foreseeable future, I am excited about the opportunity to attend a convention and feel safe. I am not sure I am ready for something the size of SDCC, but I am getting closer.
POSTED BY MIKE N. aka Victor Domashev -- comic guy, proudly raising nerdy kids, and Nerds of a Feather contributor since 2012.