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WonderCon 2010 main exhibit hall
|Venue||1987-2002: Oakland Convention Center|
2003-2011: Moscone Center
2012-2015 Anaheim Convention Center
2016: Los Angeles Convention Center
2017-present: Anaheim Convention Center
|Inaugurated||May 2, 1987(as Wonderful World of Comics Convention)|
|Organized by||Comic-Con International|
WonderCon is an annual comic book, science fiction, and film convention held in the San Francisco Bay Area (1987-2011), then--under the name WonderCon Anaheim--in Anaheim, California (2012-2015, 2017-present), and WonderCon Los Angeles in 2016. The convention returned to the Anaheim Convention Center in 2017 after a one-year stint in Los Angeles.
The convention was conceived by retailer John Barrett (a founder of the retail chain Comics and Comix) and originally held in the Oakland Convention Center. In 2003, it moved to San Francisco's Moscone Center.[failed verification] The show's original name was the Wonderful World of Comics Convention.
Retailer Joe Field (of Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff) and his partner Mike Friedrich owned and operated the convention for fifteen years. In 2001, they brokered a deal with the management team that runs the San Diego Comic-Con International to make it part of the Comic-Con International convention family. This gave the San Francisco show a wider audience and has made it a venue for previews and early screenings of major motion pictures, in particular ones based on comic books. These have included Spider-Man 2 in 2004, Batman Begins and Fantastic Four in 2005, Superman Returns in 2006, 300 in 2007, Watchmen in 2009, and Kick-Ass in 2010. All of these events featured the stars of the films fielding questions from the audience.
The show left the Bay Area after the 2011 con, because San Francisco's Moscone Center was being remodeled. The convention moved to Anaheim in 2012, and was rebranded WonderCon Anaheim. When the move to Anaheim was first announced, Comic-Con International said they would be returning to San Francisco after the Moscone Center renovations were complete; however, the convention ultimately stayed in Southern California. In 2016, a new convention started in the Bay Area, called the Silicon Valley Comic Con.
WonderCon relocated from Anaheim to Los Angeles in 2016, and is now called WonderCon Los Angeles and was held March 25-27, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The 2017 edition of the convention returned to Anaheim and was held March 31 - April 2, 2017.
The WonderCon logo was designed by Richard Bruning aTim Zach.
|May 2-3, 1987|||
|April 23-24, 1988|||
|April 28-30, 1989|||
|May 11-13, 1990||Dan Brereton, Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Ron Lim, Ken Macklin, Chris Marrinan, Trina Robbins, Jim Valentino, Tim Vigil, Marv Wolfman |
|April 24-26, 1992|||
|April 22-24, 1994|||
|April 26-28, 1996|||
|April 1-3, 2001|||
|April 19-21, 2002|||
|April 25-27, 2003|||
|April 30 - May 2, 2004|||
|February 18-20, 2005|||
|February 10-12, 2006|||
|March 2-4, 2007|||
|February 22-24, 2008|||
|February 27 - March 1, 2009|||
|April 2-4, 2010||Peter S. Beagle, Geoff Johns, Adam Kubert, Jimmy Palmiotti, Tim Powers, Kevin Smith, Judd Winick |
|April 1-3, 2011||Sergio Aragonés, Robert Kirkman, Francis Manapul, Joe Quesada, Frank Quitely, Amy Reeder, Bill Sienkiewicz, Judd Winick, Marv Wolfman |
|March 16-18, 2012|||
|March 29-31, 2013|||
|April 18-20, 2014||Tony Daniel, Jim Lee, Mark Waid |
|April 3-5, 2015||Neal Adams, Becky Cloonan, Sam de la Rosa, Steve Epting, Greg Horn, Phil Noto, Greg Weisman |
|March 25-27, 2016||Brian Michael Bendis, Amber Benson, Jason Faunt, Lou Ferrigno, Christopher Khayman Lee, Jim Lee, Humberto Ramos, John Romita, Jr., Bill Sienkiewicz, David Sobolov |
|March 31 - April 2, 2017||Sergio Aragonés, Kevin Eastman, Chad Hardin, Phil Jimenez, Jim Lee, Mark Waid |
|March 23-25, 2018||Sergio Aragonés, Larry Hama, Faith Erin Hicks, Jim Lee, Patrick Rothfuss, Gail Simone, Mark Waid |
|March 29-31, 2019|||
While the main attraction of WonderCon has always been various retailers selling back issues of comic books and action figures, the exhibitor list has grown to include retailers of specialty DVDs. There is also an "Artists Alley" featuring mainly comic book artists selling artwork, signing books, and doing sketches; and mainstream celebrities signing autographed pictures.
In addition, WonderCon features an event called "Trailer Park," where trailers for upcoming films are shown.