It's time to post my photo gallery from WonderCon! This sci-fi convention takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center every year and I love it. However, it requires a ton of walking because this particular convention center is enormous. Let's dive into the pics without any further ado!
This was the first time I saw Octopunx; a very nice retailer of jewelry and custom made goggles. Basically, their merchandise is great for any type of cosplay, including steampunk, superheroes, Ren Faires, witches, Star Wars, Star Trek, vampires, etc. I bought a really pretty steampunk cat pendant. The Shield vs. Hydra goggles sparked my fancy too, but that type of cosplay is hard for me because I wear glasses. Feel free to check out their work on Instagram and Etsy.
Here's another newcomer to my blog. Silver Leaf Costumes makes licensed outfits with a Ren Faire twist. Fun stuff for a lot of cosplayers. I noticed Wonder Woman, BB-8, Batman, and a Slytherin outfit. Find this vendor on Etsy if you want to comission them for a costume. It looks like they do really good work.
I'm not a big fan of the Green Hornet, but the car is cool.
Classic Batmobile! Love it!
You have no idea how big Pokémon was at this event. I saw quite a bit of Pokemon cosplay. A lot of exhibitors sold Pokémon merchandise as well. Detective Pikachu is coming out next month, so I can understand the explosion of Pokémon interest. Rock on, Pikachu.
It's Hawkman and Hawkgirl! I've actually seen this pair at other conventions. If memory serves me correctly, they appear at the Long Beach events sometimes. Believe it or not, I've always liked the Hawkman and Hawkgirl characters. I wouldn't mind seeing them in the DC films, but that probably won't happen any time soon. They get a bad rap, kind of like Aquaman. But the Aquaman movie was really popular, so there might be hope yet.
Here's a vendor who attends a lot of conventions. The Brass Wardrobe sells a lot of merchandise that works well for steampunk, Ren Faires, Wild West reenactments, and pirate festivals. It seemed like leatherwork and woodwork was a big showcase at this event. They also sell replica guns, but unfortunately, many events are banning prop guns. I should buy a bottle in a holster. It would be a really cute accessory with my steampunk outfits. Let's put water in the bottle and call it moonshine. You can inquire about merchandise and commissions on their Facebook or Etsy pages.
I took a moment to visit the Order of Gallifrey. First of all, I have to apologize for the blurry photo. That's an epic fail on my part. This statue is a Dalek from the Doctor Who series. Daleks are an alien race who inhabit mechanical bodies and remain the Doctor's arch enemies throughout the franchise. This one appears to be a model from the earlier seasons of the reboot series. I find their makeshift arms kind of funny. Their arms are plungers, egg beaters, and other random items. The Order of Gallifrey is a really entertaining group for Doctor Who fans. If you want to become a member, check them out on Facebook. Each area has a different chapter. I live in Southern California, so my chapter is the Bad Wolf Sector.
Boba Fett! Wheeeee! A lot of Star Wars fans like Boba Fett and bounty hunters in general.
I took a few pictures of the Gaslight Gathering booth again. They're a pretty dedicated steampunk group. I see them at almost every sci-fi convention and steampunk convention in Southern California. They host an annual event in San Diego every spring. I believe this year's theme is a tribute to cinema. They're also going to have a steampunk X-Wing that will be available for exploration. If you want to attend, purchase tickets on their official website. The Gaslight Gathering will take place on April 12-14 this year.
Lady Mechanika is a fantastic comic book series for steampunk fans. It's definitely my favorite steampunk comic book series. It has amazing illustrations, mystery, action, and really cool steampunk elements. Marcia Chen is the writer and she took some time to converse with me again. I've seen her at multiple events and she's quite approachable. Maybe I'll run into Joe Benitez one of these days. He's the illustrator and very talented. There's some new work coming out in the near future. You can buy the entire Lady Mechanika series on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Click on the link to find out more information about Joe Benitez's work.
That's awesome. It might be from a t-shirt retailer.
I had my photo taken with the 501st Legion. They're a really huge Star Wars cosplay group, specifically for Empire characters. You can find out all kinds of information about the 501st Legion on their official website. It's a good place to check out if you're thinking about making a Star Wars costume. I wore some Captain Marvel gear with the logo t-shirt and Bomber jacket in this photo. By the way, Captain Marvel was a popular cosplay at this event.
And I took a photo with their rivals, the Rebel Legion. This is the right Star Wars group if you want to cosplay as the good guys. I'll leave a link for their website as well.
The Gaslight Expo is a steampunk festival that's also located in San Diego. I believe it's taking place in late September this year. It's a pretty nice event. I went last year and it was really cool. It seems like they're having an Egyptian and archeological theme this year. You can purchase memberships on their official website.
Well, you don't see that every day. This was my first time seeing a Lego Batman. By the way, the second Lego Movie is super cute and funny. It was released earlier this year.
Excellent! A Deadpool Stormtrooper. I see a lot of inventive crossover outfits at these conventions.
I took a few pictures of the Fanbase Press booth. They attend most of the major events in Southern California. I would recommend checking out their website if you're a prospective writer. They have a lot of great resources for Indie authors. I've noticed their comic books have a lot of originality too. They're not trying to copy Marvel or DC.
More Legos! These guys are taking over the world.
The Boston Metaphysical Society is another fun steampunk comic book series. Madeleine Holly-Rosing is the author and she has really creative ideas. I see her at most of the local steampunk events and Comic Cons. This series is entertaining because it has a big emphasis on paranormal elements. It looks like she has some new work as well. You should take a look at her website. Her books are also for sale on Amazon.
That's the end of my WonderCon post! Thanks for checking out my photos. I'm planning to attend a couple more events later this year. A lot of people would probably enjoy these events. You don't have to be shy or ashamed of geekdom. I know many people are interested in cosplay, comic books, superhero movies, and sci-fi conventions, but they're afraid of negative labels. Who cares about everyone's opinions? People are too worried about winning popularity contests. There might be a similar event in your area and it might be worth attending. Give it a shot if you're curious. Leave a comment if you have anything to say about this post or my photos. Stay tuned for more news, interviews, reviews, and photo galleries. I have plenty of plans for 2019. Thanks a lot and I'll see you guys next week.
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