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Title: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on May 01, 2016, 04:55:14 PM
So... I was looking at hotels for WC and i don't seem to be able to book either the Marriott or the Hyatt on convention way.
Is this normal?

Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on May 01, 2016, 06:04:11 PM
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So... I was looking at hotels for WC and i don't seem to be able to book either the Marriott or the Hyatt on convention way.
Is this normal?

Sort of. Sometimes they hold onto the rooms for a bit. Try checking every day. Eventually they will open up. I'm waiting for the Disney hotels to open for 2017.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Angie on August 16, 2016, 04:43:58 PM
You can make reservations at the following hotels now (No discount though):

1. Hyatt Place
2. Doubletree
3. Courtyard Anaheim
4. Sheraton Park Hotel

So when do the discounted con rates go up? Is it through travel planners/CCI? And do the Hilton and Marriott adjacent to the con center sell out quick or do I have a chance?
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on August 16, 2016, 05:38:28 PM
Normally the con rates are announced much closer to the convention itself, around the time badges go on sale.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Zero on August 19, 2016, 07:02:24 PM
Planning to volunteer again at WonderCon, probably for just one day.  Perhaps I'll see some forum members there. ^__^d
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on September 01, 2016, 11:18:39 AM
http://comic-con.org/wca

If you're interested in exhibiting, please click here to download the WonderCon 2017 Exhibitor Application. Please note: Submission of an exhibitor application is not a guarantee of space.

http://comic-con.org/sites/default/files/forms/wc2017_exhibitorapp_v2.pdf
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on September 21, 2016, 07:25:13 AM
From: http://comic-con.org/toucan/comic-con-2016-photo-galleries

And coming soon … Comic-Con day-by-day photos, and-as we ramp up to start our WonderCon 2017 coverage-WonderCon 2016 photos, too!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on September 27, 2016, 06:26:56 PM
http://comic-con.org/wca/hotels

More information about WonderCon 2017 is coming soon...check back for details!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on September 28, 2016, 09:33:32 AM
Wow, that's a lot of WonderCon information... considering they haven't even had SDCC pre-reg announcements yet!

Still, I'm glad to see the WonderCon info going up!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: mlgagne on September 28, 2016, 10:10:08 AM
I'm also glad to see some activity regarding the 2017 shows on CCI's site! And I'm even more excited about it because I'm actually planning on attending WonderCon this year  :D

But an SDCC pre-reg announcement would be nice... ;)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Angie on September 28, 2016, 05:30:15 PM
So when the hotels DO go on sale, is it a mad dash to get the Marriott or the Hilton? Or can I just log on when its time and a get a room?
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on October 05, 2016, 11:38:23 AM
http://comic-con.org/toucan/setting-stage-wondercon-2016-photo-galleries (emphasis mine)

LET'S GET READY FOR WONDERCON 2017!
Setting the Stage: WonderCon 2016 Photo Galleries!
We’re getting ready to launch our coverage of WonderCon Anaheim 2017, to be held March 31—April 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center. And to put us all in the proper mood, let’s look back at the fond memory that is WonderCon 2016.

As you may recall, WonderCon moved to Los Angeles for the 2016 show due to construction at the event’s Southern California home, Anaheim. We’ll be moving back for 2017 and next week we’ll start announcing our confirmed special guests (4 at a time) over the coming weeks, so check back often for more info. Our WonderCon Anaheim Front Page and Toucan will be your OFFICIAL source of info for the 2017 show. Bookmark both pages for the latest information!

But first, let’s look back at WonderCon 2016. Below are some “outtakes” from our set of 3 photo galleries that we’ve also launched today. To see each day’s galleries please click on these links:

WonderCon 2016 Day One (Friday, March 25)

WonderCon 2016 Day Two (Saturday, March 26)

WonderCon 2016 Day Three (Sunday, March 27)

(and coming soon, the WonderCon 2016 Masquerade Photo Gallery!)

There’s over 150 other photos in the galleries listed above … go see them all! And visit us next “WonderCon Wednesday” (Oct. 12) for a look at our first 4 guests for WonderCon Anaheim 2017!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: mlgagne on October 14, 2016, 11:15:59 AM
For those who fly in to WonderCon - when do you normally book your flight? I just did a quick search, and it looks like my ideal "return" flight with Southwest is already sold out...sigh  :-[
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on October 14, 2016, 12:22:16 PM
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For those who fly in to WonderCon - when do you normally book your flight? I just did a quick search, and it looks like my ideal "return" flight with Southwest is already sold out...sigh  :-[

Check alternate airports. You can fly from LAX or SNA. Also Long Beach, but that's a Jet Blue hub and Southwest doesn't fly there.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: mlgagne on October 14, 2016, 12:28:19 PM
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Check alternate airports. You can fly from LAX or SNA. Also Long Beach, but that's a Jet Blue hub and Southwest doesn't fly there.

Ahh, thank you - that could work!  :D
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on November 17, 2016, 10:39:20 AM
http://comic-con.org/toucan/wondercon-anaheim-2017-masquerade-registration-now-open

We’ve updated our WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Masquerade page to include info on how to register as a contestant for this year’s big Saturday night event at the Anaheim Convention Center. Click here to read all about it and for the link to the official rules and entry form.

We’ve also taken the opportunity of this announcement to show you every contestant from this year’s WonderCon Masquerade, in a brand-new photo gallery. Included on that page is a list of the trophy- and prize-winners for the 2016 event, which was held on March 26th at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.

http://comic-con.org/wca/masquerade

The deadline for advance entry is March 17, 2017.

You can also e-mail the Masquerade Coordinator at [email protected] to request a copy be e-mailed to you.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on November 30, 2016, 07:32:21 AM
Excerpt from http://comic-con.org/cci/volunteers noted by [member=1732]SamTurtledove[/member] and [member=317]Zero[/member] in the SDCC 2017 Volunteering Thread -- (italics mine)

If you are not currently on the Priority List or the Interest List, another volunteer opportunity you might want to check out is WonderCon Anaheim! Please review the WonderCon Anaheim “Volunteers” page for additional information and instructions to register. Online registration for WonderCon 2017 Volunteers will open in late 2016.

http://comic-con.org/wca/wondercon-volunteers
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on December 02, 2016, 08:51:03 AM
[Purchase Badges] tab leads to [2017 Badge Sale] -- with 2016 information still appearing:

http://comic-con.org/wca/2017/badge-sale
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on December 02, 2016, 09:01:42 AM
that is disconcerting.... yikes! 
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on December 04, 2016, 07:13:30 PM
http://comic-con.org/wca/2017/badge-sale

Badge Sale
WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Badge Purchase Information Coming Soon!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: mlgagne on December 06, 2016, 05:16:13 PM
Badge Sale

WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges are on sale now! To purchase a badge for WonderCon Anaheim 2017, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and select the "Registration Info" tab. No badges will be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center. We encourage you to purchase your badge early and take advantage of advance shipping!
 
Anyone who wishes to purchase, apply, or register for a WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badge must have a valid Comic-Con Member ID. Click here to register for a Comic-Con Member ID today.

New For 2017! WonderCon Anaheim badges will be mailed in advance to all attendees who purchase a badge prior to February 27, 2017. Badges will be mailed to the address on file in your Comic-Con Member ID account. Please log in to your account and make sure your address is correct before you purchase a badge. We are unable to ship badges to an international address. If you are an international attendee or if you purchase your badge after February 27, 2017, please review the badge pick up hours listed in the Badge Purchase FAQ.

WONDERCON ANAHEIM 2017 BADGE PRICES (Adult / Junior / Military + Senior)

3-Day Badge: $65 / $32 / $32
Friday: $30 / $15 / $15
Saturday: $30 / $15 / $15
Sunday: $18 / $9 / $9

http://comic-con.org/wca/2017/badge-sale (http://comic-con.org/wca/2017/badge-sale)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on December 06, 2016, 05:47:36 PM
http://comic-con.org/wca/badge-purchase-faq

Badge Purchase FAQ

Please note: Badges for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 will be available for purchase ONLINE ONLY!  No badges will be sold at the Anaheim Convention Center.
 
How do I purchase a WonderCon 2017 badge?

Everyone who intends to purchase, apply, or register for a WonderCon Anaheim badge must have a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. To sign up for a Comic-Con Member ID today, please click here. If you already have a Comic-Con Member ID, simply log in to your account and select the "Registration Info" tab to purchsae a badge.


How much are WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges?

For badge pricing, click here.
 

Where will WonderCon Anaheim 2017 be held?

WonderCon Anaheim 2017 will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802.
 

Will badges be mailed out in advance?

If you purchase a WonderCon Anaheim attendee badge prior to Februray 27, 2017 your badge will be mailed to you in adnace. Please make sure that you log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and confirm we have the correct mailing address on file. You may change your address up until Februray 27, 2017.  Badges will begin shipping at least 3 - 4 weeks prior to March 31, 2017. Badge will be shipped in batches, so please do not be alarmed if a friend or family member receives their badge before or after you. Badges not delivered for any reason (lost/stolen/forgot/returned to sender) must be picked up onsite.  We are unable to ship badges to an international address. International attendees and attendees who purchase a badge after Februray 27, 2017 will be able to pick up their badge onsite at the Attendee Registration Area.


Where do I pick up my badge?

You may pick up your badge at the Attendee Registration Area during the following hours:

Thursday, March 30: 12:00 PM — 7:00 PM
Friday, March 31: 10:30 AM — 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 1: 8:30 AM — 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 2: 8:30 AM — 5:00 PM
 
 
How do I register my child?

Children age 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Children do not need to register for a Comic-Con Member ID to receive a badge. You may register a child (12 and under) onsite for free at the Attendee Registration Area. You will be required to provide emergency contact information for any child registrant age 12 and under.
 

If I am unable to attend WonderCon Anaheim, can I get a refund?

The WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badge refund deadline is February 27, 2017. After this date your WonderCon badge purchase is non-refundable. For more information, please review the Cancelation and Refund Policy.
 

Can I transfer my WonderCon Anaheim badge?

Reselling, sharing, or transferring a WonderCon Anaheim badge or complimentary pass is strictly prohibited. If you cannot attend WonderCon Anaheim 2017 you must submit a refund request by February 27, 2017. WonderCon badges are non-transferable. To submit a WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badge refund request, simply log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and select the "Registration Info" tab. You will see a "Refund Badges" button on the right of your screen.

Additional note, from CCI e-mail about this (italics mine):

Don't miss this opportunity to experience all WonderCon Anaheim has to offer, including proximity to Downtown Disney, Disneyland, California Adventure, and specially priced Disney Resort Theme Park tickets for WonderCon attendees.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on December 06, 2016, 06:05:42 PM
Got our badges!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on December 06, 2016, 06:16:10 PM
and mine is bought
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Jim Watari on December 06, 2016, 06:22:12 PM
Just bought mine :D
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: mlgagne on December 06, 2016, 06:23:50 PM
Badge and flight are both secured. Mini combo vacation to Anaheim and LA, here I come! Now, there's just the hotel... ;)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on December 06, 2016, 07:20:18 PM
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Badge and flight are both secured. Mini combo vacation to Anaheim and LA, here I come! Now, there's just the hotel... ;)
yes the hotel......
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: rando on December 06, 2016, 07:29:33 PM
Got mine too.  The site was a little hinky at first, wouldn't show the badge purchase section and when it finally did it didn't take my payment and I had to go through it again.  Hopefully I didn't get charged twice but I'm stoked that we get WC in Anaheim again!  ;D
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on December 06, 2016, 07:35:26 PM
So in all of the excitement, I just missed (until now) the fact that badges will be mailed this year! So we don't have to get into town early for registration!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mario Wario on December 06, 2016, 09:43:46 PM
Bought mine. All set. Let's go!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on December 06, 2016, 10:04:33 PM
Joining the "hotels, please!" chorus  O0

Hopefully last year's same week punch of WC badges and hotels repeats:

Badges 12/14/15 http://comic-con.org/toucan/wondercon-2016-badges-are-now-available

Hotels 12/17/15 http://comic-con.org/toucan/reserve-your-wondercon-2016-hotel-room-now
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on December 07, 2016, 05:11:26 AM
anyone else noticed that a different payment/check out process was used for the sale?

i saved my cc info and just got a text from Stripe thanking me for using their service.  granted that's just the cc saving feature and it still could be epic processing the sale- but the entire interface seemed upgraded
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Iris on December 07, 2016, 12:06:15 PM
I saw the email yesterday and immediately tweeted friends. Unfortunately, I'm stuck in the hospital at least one more day so I'm probably not going to go ahead and buy my badge until I'm allowed to go home.My phone is giving me issues with logging into my epic account unfortunately

I will be happy to see it back in Anaheim this year though!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on December 07, 2016, 01:48:56 PM
Already got my three-day badge.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: lostninja on December 07, 2016, 02:45:05 PM
Got my badges can't wait. :)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: fivexfive84 on December 09, 2016, 12:51:18 PM
Just got my 3 day badge! It'll be my first year attending. Is there an official hotel sale for Wondercon like SDCC?
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on December 09, 2016, 12:54:33 PM
LOL, we got an alerts on our credit card for 'repeated charges'. That's because I had to purchase each of my family's 4 badges as a separate transaction, because of the Member ID login requirement.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mario Wario on December 09, 2016, 01:25:00 PM
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LOL, we got an alerts on our credit card for 'repeated charges'. That's because I had to purchase each of my family's 4 badges as a separate transaction, because of the Member ID login requirement.
Not a fan of this new requirement. I find it silly to do this extra step when buying for others, but hey, they must think it is important to have, so whatever. :p
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: SwagCollector on December 11, 2016, 01:55:50 PM
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So in all of the excitement, I just missed (until now) the fact that badges will be mailed this year! So we don't have to get into town early for registration!

I didn't even think of this! No need to get in to town the day before! Which means no need for thursday night hotel cost!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: darkron9 on December 13, 2016, 10:46:02 AM
Me too on the badge mail out.  No more $$ parking just to pick up my badge!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on December 13, 2016, 12:49:42 PM
I plan to use the O.C Transit bus, no expensive parking for me.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: fivexfive84 on December 13, 2016, 01:16:59 PM
Volunteer registration is now open: http://www.comic-con.org/wca/wondercon-volunteers
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: SwagCollector on December 13, 2016, 01:22:33 PM
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I plan to use the O.C Transit bus, no expensive parking for me.

Same here!
…Bus from San Diego!
Between one fewer day in the hotel and no parking costs... I may actually have some money to spend at the convention itself!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Miclpea on December 13, 2016, 02:37:44 PM
I'm waiting for the hotel information.


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: dolphina on December 13, 2016, 10:38:54 PM
Add me to the "waiting for the hotel" announcement. I have to admit I am considering commuting this year, I'm like 45 min away. We will see if my daughter will be going with me.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Chris on December 13, 2016, 10:59:37 PM
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Same here!
…Bus from San Diego!
Between one fewer day in the hotel and no parking costs... I may actually have some money to spend at the convention itself!

I'm picturing a limo bus.  :)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: dolphina on December 13, 2016, 11:03:43 PM
I might actually drive to SD so I can take the limo bus to Anaheim and party with my FoCC friends, you did mean to say PARTY limo bus, right? Lol
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Chris on December 13, 2016, 11:13:22 PM
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I might actually drive to SD so I can take the limo bus to Anaheim and party with my FoCC friends, you did mean to say PARTY limo bus, right? Lol

I will need 2 seats.  One for me and one for my comic purchases...  Ok, I'll need four seats. :)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Miclpea on December 14, 2016, 05:48:03 AM
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Add me to the "waiting for the hotel" announcement. I have to admit I am considering commuting this year, I'm like 45 min away. We will see if my daughter will be going with me.
Just remember the traffic increases exponentially during Comic Con!


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: SwagCollector on December 14, 2016, 08:22:30 AM
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I'm waiting for the hotel information.


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Maybe WonderCon is having mercy on us by waiting until after Christmas to post hotel info.
Try not to spend all your money... cause the announcement has gotta be coming next month or the end of this month...
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on December 14, 2016, 03:05:44 PM
i'm not sure i'd call it 'mercy'....
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Miclpea on December 14, 2016, 06:18:56 PM
I agree. I like ReedPOP way of doing it. Badge/ticket purchase then hotel purchase. All done at same time!


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: SwagCollector on December 14, 2016, 06:51:42 PM
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i'm not sure i'd call it 'mercy'....

It's merciful not to have to spend the money right before Christmas...
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on December 14, 2016, 06:54:17 PM
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I agree. I like ReedPOP way of doing it. Badge/ticket purchase then hotel purchase. All done at same time!

I completely agree. If only!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: fivexfive84 on December 27, 2016, 02:10:21 PM
FYI - Southwest just posted a sale for flights between Jan 10 and May 18. I am now planning on flying into LAX instead of driving down from Northern California. Of course, the best deals are for weekday flights and flying into Orange County/Anaheim is not as good a deal. However, it worked out great for me as we are staying beyond the weekend to visit Disneyland and eliminating drive time means we can save $$ on our hotel room :) Thought I'd share in case others had similar plans.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Iris on December 27, 2016, 09:27:39 PM
I was in the hospital when the badge sale went up (always fun) and then had a diagnostic surgical procedure the week after and had to work on scheduling another two surgeries. So needless to say, my mind has not been anywhere near the topic of any conventions.

I suddenly remembered that I hadn't bought my badge or looked into hotels at all for WCA and rushed to the site. So I've finally gotten my badge. I need to bother my friends to find out who is going to determine how much space we need.

Hopefully my second surgery doesn't conflict with WCA or I'll probably be slightly devastated.

If all goes well, I'll probably be driving up to Anaheim from SD. I usually pick up a friend on the way if I'm coming from down here.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Miclpea on January 01, 2017, 01:02:08 PM
I wonder why the hotels haven't been put on sale? It's less than 90 days now!


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on January 03, 2017, 04:34:59 PM
Nope... and I'd rather have a hotels update too please ;)

https://twitter.com/WonderCon/status/816441630223831040

We can't wait for the final chapter of #Grimm on @nbc. Will you be watching this Friday at 8/7c? @NBCGrimm
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on January 03, 2017, 05:03:45 PM
i'd just like the press application to open up!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: mig0 on January 05, 2017, 11:38:54 PM
Yeah I'm waiting for a hotels update. Wanna book a room at the Sheraton through Monday.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: MarvelGurl on January 06, 2017, 11:29:27 AM
Waiting for the Pro Badges to be available.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: mlgagne on January 06, 2017, 11:31:50 AM
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Waiting for the Pro Badges to be available.

Same - I bought a 3-day badge before I was accepted as a pro, and now I want to make sure that the pro badges become available before I refund it...sigh!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mario Wario on January 07, 2017, 11:40:25 AM
I checked and still nothing about hotels yet? Good grief, lol. x_x
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on January 09, 2017, 08:38:30 AM
And they're about to be all bogged down in returning Registration!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mario Wario on January 09, 2017, 10:27:23 AM
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And they're about to be all bogged down in returning Registration!
Yup! x_x

Should be interesting! (And fun, lol.)

Btw: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/12/five-reasons-to-celebrate-return-of-main-street-electrical-parade-during-after-hours-premiere-event-at-disneyland-park-on-jan-19/?CMP=SOC-TWITTER20161230203300 (https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/12/five-reasons-to-celebrate-return-of-main-street-electrical-parade-during-after-hours-premiere-event-at-disneyland-park-on-jan-19/?CMP=SOC-TWITTER20161230203300)
For sure seeing it during WonderCon. One of my favorite parades.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Miclpea on January 10, 2017, 04:24:26 PM
You can make a reservation at some hotels such as the Hyatt now but at a non-WonderCon rate.


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: SwagCollector on January 11, 2017, 07:43:09 AM
Would prefer to stay at Hilton or Marriott, but just reserved the Travelodge thru Hotels.com.
At $79 per night, I didn't want to miss this deal. Plus, it's taking waaay too long for WonderCon to post Hotels at their convention rate.
It wasn't clear, but I think parking is FREE at Travelodge! If that's the case, I won't need to take the bus to Anaheim- cause I won't be victim to outrageous parking costs!
I just hope it's a decent hotel. I'm tempted to drive up there one weekend to check it out- just to make sure its acceptable. Have any of you stayed at the Travelodge?
I feel good about this decision. And I can cancel w/out charges as late as 3/30/17.
When WonderCon finally does release their convention rates, I can compare and, if necessary, cancel my Travelodge reservation in favor of a better option.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on January 11, 2017, 04:03:16 PM
[member=6447]SwagCollector[/member]   I haven't stayed at the Travelodge but found this short review on DisBoards

http://www.disboards.com/threads/tell-me-about-travelodge-anaheim-international.3495021/#post-55411943

There are also some Tripadvisor reviews here.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g29092-d75553-Reviews-Travelodge_Anaheim_Inn_and_Suite_on_Disneyland_Drive-Anaheim_California.html#REVIEWS
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: SwagCollector on January 11, 2017, 05:06:37 PM
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[member=6447]SwagCollector[/member]   I haven't stayed at the Travelodge but found this short review on DisBoards

http://www.disboards.com/threads/tell-me-about-travelodge-anaheim-international.3495021/#post-55411943

There are also some Tripadvisor reviews here.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g29092-d75553-Reviews-Travelodge_Anaheim_Inn_and_Suite_on_Disneyland_Drive-Anaheim_California.html#REVIEWS

Uuugghh... Not happy with the TripAdvisor reviews. :(
I'm definitely going to stay alert for convention rates on the WonderCon site. But dang! This price is so nice.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: SwagCollector on January 14, 2017, 08:18:43 PM
On the way home from Universal Studios and just stopped to check the Travelodge hotel I reserved for WonderCon.
Glad to report the hotel seems more than acceptable for a two nite stay.
It's nothing special, but honestly, we won't be spending much awake time in the room, anyway.
It's also only .3 miles from the convention center.
With the proximity and the price, I'm pretty sure we're gonna keep the room.
Feeling a lot better about this resevation!
SCORE!!!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on January 15, 2017, 07:40:59 AM
Glad you were able to check it out, SwagCollector! I agree that a firsthand view is always best. And it sounds like you're happy with what you booked, so it all worked out! :D
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Iris on January 15, 2017, 11:41:47 PM
Ack! I still need to go ahead and request the days off from work (though I'm not sure how much longer I'll be staying with this firm), but I'm a bit afraid to because I've been out from December 7-at least Feb. 11 due to severe health issues.

I'll need to grab the request form and maybe fax it over after the newest confirmations that I should be out @[email protected]
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on January 18, 2017, 09:40:36 AM
It's about time!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/reserve-your-wondercon-anaheim-2017-hotel-room-now

WonderCon Anaheim 2017 hotel reservations are now open!

Choose your room from 8 great hotels, including our headquarters hotel, the Anaheim Hilton, located adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center. The Hilton will host our nighttime events, including Anime screenings, games, and the WonderCon Anaheim Hospitality Suite.

Each hotel offers a special WonderCon Anaheim 2017 room rate for the March 31 through April 2 weekend of the show, so be sure to book through our official hotel partner onPeak; they are the only hotel provider to offer official WonderCon Anaheim 2017 hotel rooms. Make sure you book in our room block to get the special rates!

Click here for more WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel reservation info!
WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges are now on sale. Click here for info on how to buy your badges for one of the best comics and pop culture conventions in the country! Remember: WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges are available online only, and only from us … badges will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: SwagCollector on January 18, 2017, 09:49:03 AM
So, the WonderCon Hotel rates have finally been posted...
The least-expensive option is double the cost of the room I've reserved at the Travelodge.
...And the desired option (Anaheim Hilton), is TRIPLE what I currently have reserved.
When selecting a WonderCon hotel stay, my main concerns are: safety, cleanliness, proximity to convention center, and a comfortable bed.
I think I'm gonna be ok with the Travelodge...
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: dolphina on January 18, 2017, 09:52:33 AM
Wow! These prices seem way more than last year  :(
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Miclpea on January 18, 2017, 09:55:11 AM
They are!!!


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Miclpea on January 18, 2017, 09:59:31 AM
Did anyone receive an email about the rooms being available?


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: dolphina on January 18, 2017, 10:09:40 AM
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Did anyone receive an email about the rooms being available?


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No, I saw a tweet from the Unofficial Blog, but no email, might be looking for a room mate with these prices, but I did book the Hilton.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on January 18, 2017, 10:18:19 AM
Late to their own party

https://twitter.com/WonderCon/status/821782421485932544

Hotels are now open for the wonderful days of WonderCon 2017! Check out the #ToucanBlog for more information. #WCA  http://bit.ly/2j9BKKd
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Miclpea on January 18, 2017, 10:30:03 AM
Rooms are going quickly!


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on January 18, 2017, 10:43:47 AM
the bottom line price difference between the hilton & the marriott is about $35

the hilton is $221/nite for 2
the marriott is $256/nite for 2

Me & [member=3884]mlgagne[/member] need thursday nite at the hilton is anyone see's it become availible please let us know!
we've got the marriott as a back up but would like to only stay in one hotel
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mario Wario on January 18, 2017, 11:41:53 AM
The rooms are going somewhat fast and only the Hilton (which I wanted) was gone when I last checked, which has been booked since November when I called last month. (Staying there for D23 though!) So for WonderCon, staying at the Sheraton nearby. Been there before and it's enough. Could have done the Marriott but got a better room deal at the other hotel. Btw, not a fan what was offered this year; and likewise for the rates. Seen better and only two that I liked were offered. Glad I didn't wait. Any who, all set here.

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the bottom line price difference between the hilton & the marriott is about $35

the hilton is $221/nite for 2
the marriott is $256/nite for 2

Me & [member=3884]mlgagne[/member] need thursday nite at the hilton is anyone see's it become availible please let us know!
we've got the marriott as a back up but would like to only stay in one hotel
While keeping an eye out for the Hilton, while it is not with WonderCon, the rates, you could get on the waitlist by calling the hotel, if you have not already. That said, the hotel wouldn't update you until 3 weeks before the con so there's that little problem.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on January 18, 2017, 12:20:41 PM
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The rooms are going somewhat fast and only the Hilton (which I wanted) was gone when I last checked, which has been booked since November when I called last month. (Staying there for D23 though!) So for WonderCon, staying at the Sheraton nearby. Been there before and it's enough. Could have done the Marriott but got a better room deal at the other hotel. Btw, not a fan what was offered this year; and likewise for the rates. Seen better and only two that I liked were offered. Glad I didn't wait. Any who, all set here.
While keeping an eye out for the Hilton, while it is not with WonderCon, the rates, you could get on the waitlist by calling the hotel, if you have not already. That said, the hotel wouldn't update you until 3 weeks before the con so there's that little problem.
the hilton isn't sold out for all nights it's just sold out for check in on thursday. check in friday- monday is available for 2 doubles.
yeah the marriott is the pricy hotel -   we ended up moving from the thursday at the marriott to the clariton  for half the cost.

thx for the suggestion to call the hotel for the wait list.  I just got off the phone with onpeak & they're trying for us.... i'm ok with how it is- it's not too far to wheel the luggage ;)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: darkron9 on January 18, 2017, 12:41:38 PM
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Wow! These prices seem way more than last year  :(

Yes, the Marriott was $50 less two years ago when Wondercon was last in Anaheim.  Even though the Marriott isn't the Wondercon main hotel, Thursday has already been sold out.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Aaron on January 18, 2017, 11:19:21 PM
Whew...just got home from work (11pm) and was able to snag a room for the Hall H team (at the Clarion). See you all there (hopefully :) )!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Zero on January 20, 2017, 04:41:05 PM
In light of the recent hotel reservations announcement, is anyone interested in room sharing at WonderCon 2017?

I can create one for WonderCon 2017 if it helps anyone out.  Please let me know and tag me in this thread.  ^__^d


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I also closed old WonderCon 2016 threads to prepare for more 2017 threads (and make room for them too).
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: dolphina on January 22, 2017, 12:59:53 PM
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In light of the recent hotel reservations announcement, is anyone interested in room sharing at WonderCon 2017?

I can create one for WonderCon 2017 if it helps anyone out.  Please let me know and tag me in this thread.  ^__^d


[member=317]Zero[/member], could you start a room sharing thread. I'm interested in looking for a room mate. Thanks.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Zero on January 23, 2017, 10:39:22 PM
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[member=317]Zero[/member], could you start a room sharing thread. I'm interested in looking for a room mate. Thanks.

It has been done.  ^__^d

Please check out the WonderCon 2017 room sharing thread here:
http://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/index.php?topic=7606.msg189033#msg189033

Good luck on roommate hunting!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Godolphin on January 25, 2017, 08:04:42 AM
Does anyone know what time Wondercon opens on Friday?
Or at least what time the past couple of years they opened.
Thanks
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on January 25, 2017, 08:28:26 AM
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Does anyone know what time Wondercon opens on Friday?
Or at least what time the past couple of years they opened.
Thanks

http://comic-con.org/past-events

LA: programming and exhibit hall = 12pm (2016)

http://www.comic-con.org/sites/default/files/forms/WC16_Online_QuickGuide_v3.pdf (page 5)

Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Godolphin on January 25, 2017, 08:31:15 AM
Ok, thanks for the info. I'm trying to book flights, it would help if they posted the opening times soon.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on January 30, 2017, 03:10:38 PM
Should be fun to see this site's seventh expansion in progress...

From http://www.ocregister.com/articles/space-738180-center-convention.html

David Meek looked up at the scaffolding and marveled at the construction workers balancing on narrow steel beams as they hammered away on the towering new wing of the Anaheim Convention Center. Standing outside on what will be a 1,350-space parking garage, Meek, a manager at the Convention Center, said he enjoys checking out the daily progress of the site, which is slated to open in September. “I’m just one of those guys who loves watching how things get built,” Meek said during a recent tour. “I can’t wait until the steel goes up.” The $190 million expansion will add more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space. It is right on schedule, Meek said, and already booked for several big shows a month after it opens, including by the American Heart Association in November. The Convention Center hosts about 190 conventions year and attracts more than 1 million guests. The 1.6 million-square-foot facility is already the largest convention center on the West Coast. Since it first opened in 1967, the center has had six expansions. This is the seventh. The latest 450,000-square-foot expansion features additional exhibit halls, meeting spaces, a balcony and a lobby area.

From http://accexpansion.com/

How will Anaheim pay for the ACC expansion?

The ability to expand the ACC was made possible by the creation of the Anaheim Tourism Improvement District (ATID). In 2010 hoteliers within the Resort and Platinum Triangle agreed to self-assess 2% of hotel room rent to pay for the Visitor and Convention Bureau’s (VCB) marketing and promotion of the Anaheim destination. Since the city is no longer responsible for paying this cost (approximately $6 million in 2010), the city committed to re-dedicating those funds to the expansion of the ACC. Ultimately, the amount of city funds formerly committed to marketing and promotions will, over time, cover the entire cost of the new expansion.

Additionally, the city will be able to take advantage of historically low interest rates — which are lower today than they are 90% of the time.

Taxpayers will not have to pay any additional funds for the expansion of the ACC and the General Fund will not incur any added annual debt service.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Angology on February 01, 2017, 11:28:25 AM
[member=283]Devorah[/member] or [member=317]Zero[/member] - Can I get a calendar link for WonderCon? There doesn't seem to be a board moderator for the WonderCon board for me to ask. Thanks!

On topic-I so wish I could go to this one. I have been jealously reading all of your posts. It's just too close to Gally One for a trip to the west coast. Someday!!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Devorah on February 01, 2017, 11:32:19 AM
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[member=283]Devorah[/member] or [member=317]Zero[/member] - Can I get a calendar link for WonderCon? There doesn't seem to be a board moderator for the WonderCon board for me to ask. Thanks!

I am on it!

All done :)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on February 03, 2017, 11:39:08 AM
https://twitter.com/Comic_Con/status/827594800530550784

BB-8 knows that #WCA is only 8 weeks away and that #WCLA was a Wonderful time. #FlashbackFriday 📷: S. Lazaro © 2016 WCLA

https://twitter.com/WonderCon/status/827627468617965568

WonderCon Anaheim 2017 press application is OPEN! Detailed info on how to be considered for a #WCA press badge @ http://bit.ly/2kxVnQ0

http://www.comic-con.org/wca/press
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on February 03, 2017, 02:35:11 PM
i've made a separate Press thread-   ;)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on February 09, 2017, 12:59:13 PM
http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/comic-creator-connection-returns-wondercon

WonderCon Anaheim will once again host the Comic Creator Connection, an event that puts writers and artists together to see whether they can find their creative counterparts. Here's how it works: in two 2-hour sessions-on Friday, March 31 and Sunday, April 2-writers and artists can sit down and meet each other in a neutral environment. In 5-minute sessions, you can talk one-on-one with individual prospective collaborators about their ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you're interested in furthering the conversation, you place your contact info (name and email address) on a supplied card for that prospective partner.

Click here to visit the WonderCon Anaheim CCC page for complete info on how to participate. We recommend signing up in advance to reserve your space. While space may be available onsite, preferred seating at WCA’s Comic Creator Connection is given to pre-registered writers and artists.

(Please note: All participants in WonderCon Anaheim Comic Creator Connection must have purchased a single-day badge to the day in which they would like to participate or a 3-day badge to WonderCon Anaheim.)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on February 15, 2017, 10:59:53 AM
http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/wondercon-anaheim-2017-updates

We’ve updated our WonderCon Anaheim Games page with some exciting news about the tournaments and game demonstrations you can look forward to at the big event, March 31—April 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Twenty companies will participate in game demos, and there’s a full schedule of sanctioned tournaments, including all your faves, like HeroClix, Magic The Gathering, Pokémon, and more! Click here to visit the WCA Games page for complete info … and get your game on at WonderCon 2017!

Our special guests list is now complete, but there are a couple of notes you should be aware of when you’re buying badges. Most of our guests will be appearing all 3 days of WonderCon, but there are a few that have limited schedules, which you might want to keep in mind when purchasing badges. They are:

Kevin Eastman - Appearing Saturday and Sunday only
Jim Lee - Appearing Friday and Saturday only
Gerard Way - Appearing Friday and Saturday only
We will update guest info if it changes. Click here to see our complete WonderCon Anaheim 2017 special guests list. Also, see the last paragraph below to follow us on social media for updates!

Speaking of badges, they’re still available, but going fast! More info on buying badges for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 is available by clicking here, but lock in your WCA visit now so you can make sure you get what you want. Each year the show sells out, and usually the 3-Day and Saturday badges are the first to go. We thoroughly recommend the 3-Day badge … it’s going to be a great show this year as we return to Anaheim!

Likewise, there are still some WonderCon Anaheim 2017 hotel rooms available, but they’re also going fast with at least one hotel already sold out. If you’re coming for all 3 days, or planning a 2-day stay, now is the time to get that hotel room reserved. Click here for info on how to reserve a room!

Don’t forget the WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Masquerade! The deadline for applying as a contestant for the big Saturday night event in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena is about a month away on March 17, so get your application in soon, as the Masquerade tends to fill up quickly with contestants. Complete info is on our WC 2017 Masquerade page … click here to visit it!

And finally, add us to your social media apps! WonderCon is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Follow or like us on all 3, and bookmark Toucan for all the latest info on WonderCon Anaheim 2017 (and, of course, Comic-Con International, too!).

PS … Stay tuned for next Wednesday (Feb. 22) when we reveal this year’s amazing WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Program Book cover art and T-shirt design!

Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: RSilvaConFan on February 15, 2017, 11:12:29 AM
Nothing on Pro-reg?
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on February 15, 2017, 11:29:53 AM
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Nothing on Pro-reg?

Stuck in neutral: "will open in early 2017."

http://www.comic-con.org/wca/professionals
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mel on February 15, 2017, 11:21:51 PM
Pro Reg started today
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: rando on February 16, 2017, 01:56:21 PM
If anyone is interested in the Anaheim Hilton for Wed and Thurs nights (it was sold out earlier) I was just able to add those days to my reservation.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: mlgagne on February 16, 2017, 02:12:30 PM
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If anyone is interested in the Anaheim Hilton for Wed and Thurs nights (it was sold out earlier) I was just able to add those days to my reservation.

Thanks for the heads up, [member=846]rando[/member]!

[member=1]alyssa[/member]  ;)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: rando on February 16, 2017, 02:15:00 PM
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Thanks for the heads up, [member=846]rando[/member]!

[member=1]alyssa[/member]  ;)

I thought I had read/heard that some focc peeps were looking for that night as I was.   :)

eta:  yah I was concerned because the deadline for cancelling the room at the other hotel without losing the deposit is the 19th I believe.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on February 16, 2017, 03:53:50 PM
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eta:  yah I was concerned because the deadline for cancelling the room at the other hotel without losing the deposit is the 19th I believe.

according to the csr person i spoke while transferring my existing reservation to the hilton, I had until the 20th to cancel my Clarion reservation.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: mlgagne on February 16, 2017, 03:57:09 PM
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according to the csr person i spoke while transferring my existing reservation to the hilton, I had until the 20th to cancel my Clarion reservation.

Oh dear, CCI's site says we only have until today at 4pm PST. Somehow, I'm not surprised by this discrepancy


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on February 16, 2017, 04:41:00 PM
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Oh dear, CCI's site says we only have until today at 4pm PST. Somehow, I'm not surprised by this discrepancy


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this really is not a good sign for the sdcc hotel sale...
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 16, 2017, 04:45:11 PM
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this really is not a good sign for the sdcc hotel sale...

I'm wondering if they're rushing WC stuff to get to SDCC stuff...?
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: mlgagne on February 16, 2017, 05:11:59 PM
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this really is not a good sign for the sdcc hotel sale...

I'd like to retract my winky face for this one:  ???

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I'm wondering if they're rushing WC stuff to get to SDCC stuff...?

Hmm, that's definitely possible. It wouldn't be surprising, since SDCC badge sales appear to be uncharacteristically late this year. Perhaps they're just really overwhelmed...?
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on February 16, 2017, 05:28:05 PM
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Perhaps they're just really overwhelmed...?

I'm pretty sure they're very overwhelmed right now. I'm overwhelmed by the amount of stuff they have yet to do... or even announce! No wonder WC is getting short shrift!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: rando on February 16, 2017, 07:05:50 PM
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Oh dear, CCI's site says we only have until today at 4pm PST. Somehow, I'm not surprised by this discrepancy


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Well I'm glad I cancelled my excess reservations (2 days at doubletree and wed night at hilton) at 2:00 PM today then so hopefully I'm good for any deadline they want to use!   ::)

eta:  wow now there are no days available at the Hilton or doubletree!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mel on February 16, 2017, 08:29:42 PM
I'm staying with a bunch of friends at the Residence Inn. A suite that sleeps 6 was the same price as Hilton there AND you get free full breakfast every morning.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on February 17, 2017, 06:49:50 PM
k, so this may be obvious, but if i wanted my WC badge mailed to another address, i could change my shipping address in my member id account then change it back for my SDCC badge (assuming i get one)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Zero on February 17, 2017, 07:52:01 PM
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k, so this may be obvious, but if i wanted my WC badge mailed to another address, i could change my shipping address in my member id account then change it back for my SDCC badge (assuming i get one)

That's correct.  ^__^d 

Whatever address is listed on your Member ID account is the one that they'll be sending the badges to (as long as the badges are purchased before February 27th).

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References are listed below:

From the WonderCon front page on the Comic-Con website:
(https://secure.comic-con.org/wca)

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New For 2017! WonderCon Anaheim badges will be mailed in advance to all attendees who purchase a badge prior to February 27, 2017. Badges will be mailed to the address on file in your Comic-Con Member ID account. Please log in to your account and make sure your address is correct before you purchase a badge. We are unable to ship badges to an international address. If you are an international attendee or if you purchase your badge after February 27, 2017, please review the badge pick up hours listed in the Badge Purchase FAQ (https://secure.comic-con.org/wca/badge-purchase-faq).


From the WonderCon Badge Purchase FAQ page:
(https://secure.comic-con.org/wca/2017/badge-sale)

I also bolded some important text:

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Will badges be mailed out in advance?

If you purchase a WonderCon Anaheim attendee badge prior to February 27, 2017 your badge will be mailed to you in advance. Please make sure that you log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and confirm we have the correct mailing address on file. You may change your address up until February 27, 2017.

Badges will begin shipping at least 3 - 4 weeks prior to March 31, 2017. Badge will be shipped in batches, so please do not be alarmed if a friend or family member receives their badge before or after you. Badges not delivered for any reason (lost/stolen/forgot/returned to sender) must be picked up onsite.

We are unable to ship badges to an international address. International attendees and attendees who purchase a badge after February 27, 2017 will be able to pick up their badge onsite at the Attendee Registration Area.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on February 22, 2017, 09:50:34 AM
http://comic-con.org/toucan/michael-cho%E2%80%99s-amazing-wondercon-cover-and-t-shirt-art

(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2F5Pal19g.jpg&hash=696fd43d355b3abc6fd521bb9e74538ce3c2e6ef)

WonderCon Anaheim 2017 special guest Michael Cho is the illustrator behind this year’s amazing WCA Program Book cover. And best of all, you can wear it, too! The cover art is just one of three incredible official WCA 2017 T-shirts (more on those in the weeks ahead)!

This year’s cover/T-shirt combo includes the original, Silver Age incarnations of some of TV’s most popular superheroes, including (clockwise from upper left) Rip Hunter, Time Master, Supergirl, Green Arrow, The Flash, Black Canary, and J’onn J’onzz, Manhunter from Mars. Modern day versions of these DC Comics heroes appear on the CW each week, in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Arrow, and The Flash.

Cho is best known for his variant cover work on titles such as Marvel’s Civil War II, and his covers for DC’s graphic novel collections of Golden and Silver Age stories, such as the Flash, Justice League of America, Superman, Batman, and many more. He’s also the writer/illustrator of the graphic novel, Shoplifter, published by Pantheon in 2014. Michael will have a table in WonderCon’s Artists’ Alley this year, so make sure and stop by and get your book signed! Michael’s art will also be featured in an ad for the convention appearing in DC Comics publications during the month of March.

This year’s official WonderCon Anaheim T-shirt will be available for sale at the show only. Cho’s design (shown below) is just one of three official WCA 2017 shirts that will be offered this year. The other two T-shirt designs will feature the WonderCon Anaheim logo and will be revealed soon … check back here on Toucan for more info as we get closer to the show, along with information on some other exciting WCA merchandise we'll be offering at this year's event!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Old Man Grey on February 22, 2017, 12:45:19 PM
Gee, another crummy Wonder Con shirt   :( Why is it always DC?  Maybe they can't get Marvel but what about the independents?
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Godolphin on February 22, 2017, 01:21:27 PM
Crummy? I really like the shirt
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Zero on February 22, 2017, 10:20:34 PM
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Crummy? I really like the shirt

Actually, I kind of like it too... I think it would look better without the white square background, but it's a decent-looking shirt overall.  ^__^;
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Aaron on February 23, 2017, 12:27:03 AM
Since one reason we started HallH.com was to put the spotlight on independent creators I would have done a Stranger Comics shirt...or a KID Comics shirt.


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Aaron on February 23, 2017, 12:29:54 AM
Oh...but I do dig the silver age nod.


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mel on February 23, 2017, 11:20:07 AM
I love this shirt. I love it a lot.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on February 23, 2017, 03:59:17 PM
I like the look of it. 
i don't think i'll get one tho, I'm not a fan of big complicated graphics on the front of T-shirts.  /it's a woman thing/
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on February 23, 2017, 04:20:11 PM
WonderCon retweeted:

https://twitter.com/ToynamiWorld/status/834573044895010816

Make sure to pencil TOYNAMI BOOTH #827 into your WonderCon schedules! More announcements to come!  #Toynami #WonderCon

 O0

Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on February 24, 2017, 08:16:52 AM
Reminder (bold = mine):

The WonderCon Anaheim badge refund deadline is February 27, 2017. After this date your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badge purchase is non-refundable.

http://www.comic-con.org/wca/wondercon-anaheim-cancellationrefund-policy

Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: omraged9 on February 25, 2017, 08:47:42 PM
If anyone needs a Saturday hotel and wants to book the Anaheim Marriott hotel, hotels.com has the Saturday night for the hotel priced at $159 which seems to be lower than Wondercon's rate oddly enough. I just booked mine for Sat night.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on February 28, 2017, 07:40:16 AM
Member ID notices tab updated today (bold = theirs):

Updated February 28, 2017

WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Badges Are on Sale Now!

To purchase your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badge, click on the "Registration Info" tab and follow the instructions to purchase your badge.

If you purchased a badge prior to February 27, 2017, it will be shipped to you in advance. The deadline to change your mailing address was February 27, 2017.

We are unable to ship badges to an international address. If you purchased your badge after February 27, 2017 or are an international attendee, you will be able to pick up your badge at the Attendee Registration Area in Hall D when you arrive.

For more information on WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badge sales, please visit http://www.comic-con.org/wca/2017/badge-sale
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: sylent_asassin on February 28, 2017, 09:37:30 AM
Sorry if this was previously mentioned, but has anyone received their badges? I purchased mine when they initially went on sale months ago, but haven't heard anything since.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: semigeekgirl on February 28, 2017, 09:42:53 AM
I don't know for sure, but since the deadline to change your mailing address was yesterday, I'd assume they're starting the shipping process today.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on February 28, 2017, 03:29:54 PM
WonderCon Twitter is also awake today:

https://twitter.com/WonderCon/status/836714230002794496

Awww thanks @nbcsandiego! We think we're a great Spring Break destination as well.

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/blogs/worth-the-trip/WonderCon-OC-Pop-Culture-a-Rama-414287433.html

Quote
COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL... is definitely and absolutely on the horizon, the same sort of horizon that, in a comic book or blockbuster film, might bear the vision of a shimmery spaceship or unusual alien moon. Horizons, in short, are important in the stories that fill our favorite television shows and movies and graphic novels, because, so often, the characters we love our gazing out into the distance, searching for what they'll soon face. But mavens of popular culture, and intricate storytelling, and fabulous costuming, and adventuresome cosplay only need gaze into the nearer horizon, and not quite as far as Comic-Con, to see another major happening: WonderCon, in Anaheim. Yep, this convention was formerly in San Francisco, and, indeed, it is in the Comic-Con International family. But calling it prep for the Julytime San Diego jamboree isn't nearly the whole story, given that WonderCon has long been on the colossal, cram-in-lots-of-cool-stuff side of things, as it should be, of course. It's been delivering all sorts of pop culture delights for three decades. The 2017 dates are...

MARCH 31 THROUGH APRIL 2, the list of special guests has filled out (hello to the legendary Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier), there shall be the beloved, gussy-up Masquerade, as is tradition, and oodles of vendors, too. If you need fresh comic books, new toys, new tees, new action figures, or to replace an old favorite (a book you loaned out to a pal and never got back), WonderCon has a way of having what fans are seeking. Badges are on sale, artist Michael Cho's retro-tastic t-shirt and cover art is live and the whole shebang is just a few weeks out. Have your room in Anaheim? This is, after all, right around spring break, when Disneyland Resort is humming. Best book what you have to book, then get to work on that Masquerade costume, the one you meant to start sewing in November. You have time, but go, go, go.

Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 01, 2017, 10:00:01 AM
http://comic-con.org/toucan/01-get-ready-wondercon-anaheim-2017

WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #01: Get Ready for WonderCon Anaheim 2017!

It’s the first day of March, which means we are now just 30 days away from the start of WonderCon Anaheim 2017, March 31—April 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center! We’re back in Anaheim, and we’re excited for what’s shaping up to be another great show!

2017 marks the 31st year for WonderCon. Since its small beginnings in 1987 in the Bay Area, WonderCon has grown to become one of the most popular comics and pop culture events in the country. As the sister show to Comic-Con International in San Diego (and hosted by the same team who produces that event), WonderCon Anaheim brings together comics creators, authors, artists, filmmakers, stars, and many other creative people from the popular arts for a fun-filled weekend. This year, for the first time in many years, WonderCon is not positioned on Easter weekend, but we are smack-dab in the middle of spring break for some of you, so we hope you’ll take advantage of your time off and the usually beautiful Southern California weather (but no guarantees on that!), and join us for this amazing weekend. For attendees, WonderCon offers a unique chance to interact with fan-favorite writers and artists and to meet other fans, see some of the best the comics world has to offer, and also get a peek behind-the-scenes at some top TV shows and upcoming movies.

We’ll be running daily tips from now until March 30 that will help you better plan for your visit to WonderCon Anaheim 2017. Check back each day for a new tip and start making your plans NOW. Badges and hotel rooms are still available, but they’re going fast; click on the links below for more information. We hope to see you at WonderCon Anaheim 2017, just 30 short days away!

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 02, 2017, 11:05:50 AM
http://comic-con.org/toucan/02-wondercon-anaheim-2017-exhibit-hall-map-and-exhibitors-online

The first big key to visiting WonderCon Anaheim 2017 is now available! We’ve posted our Exhibit Hall Map and the complete list of our exhibitors, including Artists’ Alley, Fan Groups, and the Small Press Area. Click on the image above for a larger look at the Exhibit Hall (or click here to download the full-sized PDF of the map, which you can zoom in on).

http://comic-con.org/sites/default/files/forms/wca2017_exhhallmap_web.pdf

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Here are the links to the individual pages on our website:

Exhibitors

Artists’ Alley

Fan Tables

Small Press Area

Autographs (Media Tables on the map)

WonderCon Anaheim will also present two different signing areas during the event, including one dedicated to our author special guests. They’re indicated in orange on the map below.

Start planning your visit to WonderCon Anaheim 2017 with this Exhibitor and Exhibit Hall info!

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mel on March 02, 2017, 11:56:18 AM
Looks pretty much just like the last time it was in Anaheim. Very familiar floor to those of us who were used to Anaheim.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Kevin Rutan on March 03, 2017, 09:28:19 AM
The lack of any studio booths makes me wonder if the programming is starting to take a hit.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 03, 2017, 11:02:41 AM
http://comic-con.org/toucan/03-wca-exhibit-hall-do%E2%80%99s-and-don%E2%80%99ts

WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #03: WCA Exhibit Hall Do’s and Don’ts

With the announcement yesterday of our WonderCon Anaheim 2017 exhibitors and the Exhibit Hall map, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of some very important “do’s and don’ts” to follow while you’re visiting the Exhibit Hall at this year’s event.

WonderCon’s 2017 Exhibit Hall is bigger than ever before, with over 900 total exhibitors (including Artists’ Alley and the Small Press Area). This year’s WonderCon encompasses ALL of the Anaheim exhibit space on the ground floor (Halls A through D, with most of A and all of B and C dedicated to exhibits, with D and a portion of A used for registration and lines). With a space that size, you’re going to experience crowd issues. Here are some tips to help you better understand and navigate this massive space. Please keep in mind that SAFETY is our major priority. Following these tips will help us have a safe and fun convention.

No Running

There is absolutely no running anywhere at WonderCon. That includes the programming rooms, the lobbies, outside the Anaheim Convention Center, and in the Exhibit Hall at all times, but especially in the morning when we first open the hall. We understand that you want to get to your favorite booth (or program or anime screening or food truck) right away, but running is a safety hazard for EVERYONE, not just you. People caught running may have their badges taken away from them and may be ejected from the convention. Don’t run … it’s not worth it!

Please Keep to Your Right

A simple way to easily move through the Exhibit Hall is to follow one simple rule: please keep to your right.  While this isn’t imperative in areas where there is no aisle congestion, in crowded areas of the hall having the traffic flowing easily on both sides of the aisle can prevent bottlenecks and potential safety hazards. If you hear a Floor Manager asking you to “Please keep to your right,” we would very much appreciate your cooperation!

Do Not Sit in the Aisles

You may notice some large open areas around the pillars in the Exhibit Hall. These areas have to remain clear by order of the fire marshal. Please don't sit or block these locations, or in any of the aisles in the Exhibit Hall. Only sit in designated lounge areas (check the Exhibit Hall map in the center of the WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Program Book or click here to see it online), near the food concession areas throughout the hall, by the Author Signing Are in Hall A, and by Games at the back of Hall C.

No Doublewide Strollers or Rolling Carts in the Exhibit Hall

We know you want to bring the wee ones with you to WonderCon Anaheim, but due to safety reasons, we cannot allow doublewide strollers in the Exhibit Hall. We will have stroller parking at the Anaheim Convention Center; location information will be available as we get closer to the event. We also don’t allow rolling carts in the Exhibit Hall. Please don’t bring them.

Snap That Photo Fast … and Keep the Aisles Clear so People Can Move

If you’re going to stop and have a Kodak moment, make it fast. There are hundreds of people around you, all of them trying to go somewhere, so stopping to take a photo and clogging up the aisles is a bad idea. Be aware of the people around you, especially behind you, when you stop to snap that photo and do it fast and step out of the way. There are 3 WonderCon Anaheim Photo Areas with backdrop featuring our logo … see the Exhibit Hall map for exact locations.

Pay Attention to the Aisle Signs

They’re above every aisle, hanging from the rafters. So when you spot that item you want to comparison shop, mark down the aisle marker number and whether it’s in the front, middle, or back of the hall. It makes it so much easier to find again. You can also compare the aisle signs to the Exhibit Hall map in your Program Book (and mark it with a pen) or on the official Comic-Con app, which will be updated before the show.

The Fastest Way to Anywhere Is the Lobby

In a hurry to get to the other end of the Exhibit Hall? Don’t go through the crowds inside the Exhibit Hall, walk out into the lobby and stroll on down to the other end’s doors and enter there. And if you get lost, it’s the best place to get your bearings.

No Retail Sales Unless Exhibit Space Has Been Purchased

No retail sales are allowed anywhere in WonderCon Anaheim unless you purchased or were allocated exhibit space. This includes the Exhibit Hall, common areas such as lobbies, program rooms, and outside venues, such as the Anaheim Convention Center grounds, our headquarters hotel, the Hilton Anaheim and any other convention sites. Retail sales are strictly limited to the exhibitors in the WonderCon Anaheim Exhibit Hall.

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: mlgagne on March 03, 2017, 01:38:09 PM
A Reminder to All Colonies of Kobol: WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Badges Begin Shipping Soon!

The Quorum of the Twelve doesn’t want you to forget about how we are shipping badges this year! If you purchased a WonderCon Anaheim attendee badge prior to February 27, 2017, your badge will be mailed to you in advance! Your badge will be shipped to the address on file in your Comic-Con Member ID account as of February 27, 2017. The deadline to change your address was February 27, 2017. Comic-Con International is unable to accept address changes after this date.
 
Badges (for those who purchased by February 27) will begin shipping at least 2 - 3 weeks prior to March 31, 2017. Badges will be shipped in batches, so please do not be alarmed if a friend, family member, or Viper Pilot receives their badge before/after you! Badges not delivered for any reason (lost/stolen/destroyed by Cylons) must be picked up onsite at the Attendee Registration Area in Hall D.
 
As a reminder, we are shipping badges directly to the attendee associated with that badge, instead of the buyer. For example, Katee Sackhoff paid for her badges, your badges, and Edward James Olmos’ badges. Katee’s badge will be shipped to her, your badge will be shipped to you, and Edward’s badge will be shipped to him. However, international attendees will still pick up their badges onsite.
 
If you purchase your badge after February 27, 2017, or are an international attendee, you will be able to pick up your badge onsite at the Attendee Registration Area in Hall D. You may pick up your badge during the following hours:
 
Thursday, March 30: 12:00 PM — 7:00 PM
Friday, March 31: 10:30 AM — 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 1: 8:30 AM — 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 2: 8:30 AM — 5:00 PM
 
As always, children age 12 and under are free with a paying adult! You may register a child onsite for free at the Attendee Registration Area in Hall D. For more information about our child badge policy, click here (http://www.comic-con.org/wca/2017/child-badge-policy (http://www.comic-con.org/wca/2017/child-badge-policy))!
 
We look forward to seeing you soon! Thank you for your continued support. So say we all!

Link: http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/reminder-all-colonies-of-kobol-wondercon-anaheim-2017-badges-begin-shipping-soon (http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/reminder-all-colonies-of-kobol-wondercon-anaheim-2017-badges-begin-shipping-soon)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 04, 2017, 09:08:00 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #04: WonderCon 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center

http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/04-wondercon-2017-anaheim-convention-center

WonderCon is back at the Anaheim Convention Center, located at 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802 (click here for a map), Friday, March 31 (12:00—7:00 PM), Saturday, April 1 (10:00 AM—7:00 PM), and Sunday, April 2 (10:00 AM—5:00 PM), with extended hours for programming on both Friday and Saturday night, at both the Convention Center and at our headquarters hotel, the Hilton Anaheim, directly next door to the center.

WonderCon Anaheim 2017 offers a complete, one-price, convention experience, which includes a weekend-long program schedule with 10 separate tracks, 9 of them in the Convention Center (including the Comics Arts Conference returning to WCA), and one (our Fan Culture track) at our headquarters hotel, the Hilton Anaheim. In addition, there’s 3 full days of anime screenings (with added films at night at the Hilton), games (also at night at the Hilton), portfolio reviews, and special events such as Comic Creator Connection, Friday night’s world premiere of a new DC Universe animated film from WB Animation (info to come!), and Saturday night’s Masquerade in the Arena, and one of the world’s most exciting shopping experiences, the giant Exhibit Hall! A complete schedule of programs and other events will be available on this website as we get closer to the event, and also onsite in your copy of the WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Program Book, which you’ll receive when you pick up your lanyard or your badge, if it wasn’t mailed to you in advance (more on badges later, too!).

Don’t forget that badge! You’ll need it to access everything at WonderCon, including the Exhibit Hall and the programming rooms, and the nighttime events at the Hilton Anaheim.

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 05, 2017, 09:07:49 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #05: The WCA 2017 Special Guests List!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/05-wca-2017-special-guests-list

WonderCon Anaheim 2017 once again features an amazing special guest list showcasing some of the finest creators from the worlds of comic books, graphic novels, science fiction, fantasy, and Young Adult books.

Our line-up of comics creators includes Sergio Aragonés, Michael Cho, Kevin Eastman, Mark Evanier, Matt Fraction, Sanford Greene, Chad Hardin, Phil Jimenez, Hope Larson, Bob Layton, Jim Lee, Andy Park, Chris Roberson, Dave Roman, Marguerite Sauvage, Simon Spurrier, Lissa Treiman, Genevieve Valentine, Mark Waid, David F. Walker, Gerard Way, Judd Winick, and Chip Zdarsky.

Authors and artists who are special guests include James Dashner, Olivia de Berardnis, Deliah S. Dawson, Larry Dixon, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Stohl, Chuck Wendig, and Connie Willis.

These titanic talents, along with hundreds more professionals from all walks of the popular arts, will be featured on panels and in our Exhibit Hall during WonderCon Anaheim 2017.

You can read more about our special guests by clicking here.

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 06, 2017, 09:45:31 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #06: Your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 RFID Badge!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/06-your-wondercon-anaheim-2017-rfid-badge

To help prevent scalping and counterfeit badges, WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges will once again be enabled with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags! At various access points in and around the Anaheim Convention Center, you will encounter gates with a large “Tap Here” indicator. All you need to do is tap your badge briefly to the indicator. When you do, you’ll get a green light that indicated that you’ve been validated and are okay to enter. When you leave, you must also tap your badge out so you may re-enter when you return.

It is extremely important you remember to tap your badge when you leave, or you could be denied re-entry and sent to the customer service desk in a different location of the Convention Center. If you are sent to customer service to resolve a badging issue, you will need a photo ID to validate that you are the badge holder of record.

WonderCon Anaheim badges will be mailed in advance to all attendees who purchased a badge prior to February 27, 2017. Badges will be mailed to the address on file in your Comic-Con Member ID account. We are unable to ship badges to an international address. If you are an international attendee or if you purchased your badge after February 27, 2017, here are the badge pick-up hours:

Thursday, March 30: 12:00—7:00 PM
Friday, March 31: 10:30 AM—7:00 PM
Saturday, April 1: 8:30 AM—7:00 PM
Sunday, April 2: 8:30 AM—5:00 PM
Badge pick-up will take place in the Attendee Registration Area in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center. If you received your badge in the mail, please come to Hall D to pick up your lanyard, WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Program Book, and bag.

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 07, 2017, 10:00:12 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #07: Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive at WCA 2017!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/07-robert-heinlein-blood-drive-wca-2017

The Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive returns to WonderCon Anaheim in 2017 for its 11th straight year, and expands to all 3 days of the event. You can donate blood at the event and give the gift of life by taking just a short amount of time out of your convention schedule. You can even schedule an appointment in advance right now! The Blood Drive, held in conjunction with WonderCon, the Red Cross and the Heinlein Society, will be happening on Friday, March 31 from 12:00 until 6:15 PM, and Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2 from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. Onsite, you can visit the Blood Drive desk in the lobby in front of the Exhibit Hall for more info on how to donate, or you can click here to visit our Blood Drive page and follow the link there to schedule an appointment in advance. Heinlein is one of the greatest science fiction authors ever, and his ongoing gift to all of us is his “pay it forward” attitude of donating blood. Live his legacy and do a good deed at WonderCon Anaheim!

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 08, 2017, 11:21:03 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #08: WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Exclusives Online!

http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/08-wondercon-anaheim-2017-exclusives-online

Our first round of WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Exclusives is now up online … you can see them by clicking here to visit our Exclusives page.

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This year, WonderCon itself is ramping up its exclusive merchandise with some exciting new additions! We have the official WCA 2017 T-shirt, featuring Michael Cho’s stunning Program Book cover illustration featuring the Silver Age original designs of some of TV’s most popular DC Comics superheroes. We also have TWO great WonderCon Anaheim logo shirts this year. All T-shirts are available in Adult, Women’s, and Youth styles, with sizes ranging from small to XXXL (Youth sizes range from small to large).

New this year is the official WonderCon Anaheim Tote Bag. We introduced this soft, roomy tote bag at Comic-Con last year and it was an almost-instant sellout! And for something completely different, how about an official WonderCon Tiki Mug? We’re joining the Tiki craze with this limited edition, 9.25” high mug with the WonderCon logo on the base. It’s limited to just 1,000 and the perfect gift for your Tiki-loving friends (or yourself).

Click here to visit our Exclusives page and check out the WCA items and more exclusives from some of our exhibitors!

http://www.comic-con.org/wca/2017/exclusives

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 09, 2017, 09:56:24 AM
(Planning to ;D )

WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #09: Spend a Day in WonderCon’s Artists’ Alley!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/09-spend-day-wondercon%E2%80%99s-artists%E2%80%99-alley

This year’s Artists’ Alley will be the largest ever featured at WonderCon! 367 separate exhibitors will fill this massive space in Hall C at the Anaheim Convention Center, and you could fill your entire day going from table to table to see what each and every exhibitor has to offer. From new, independent artists to the artists you know and love, the variety and talent you will discover will astound you. Try a new comic or two, buy a stunning art print as a souvenir, or just immerse yourself and be inspired! With all the great talent at WonderCon Anaheim, you’ll be have plenty to choose from!

For many attendees, the chance to buy some original art has become one of the highlights of the WonderCon Anaheim experience. If you are considering buying some original art this year, be sure to think about how you will safely transport your art back home. While some vendors may offer plastic bags to protect your art from the weather, you may also want to consider bringing poster board, poster tubes, rubber bands, or packing material to make sure your art stays safe. (Some (if not all) of this essential material is available in the WCA Exhibit Hall, too!

Navigating this show within a show can be a bit tricky-and you can almost spend your entire day in there!-so here are some tips.

Make sure you browse through portfolios and binders on the artists’ tables. They can't display everything on their tabletops, and you never know what kind of hidden treasure you might find.

Many artists will do sketches (for a fee), and most will sign published work such as comics and books. A lot of artists offer prints of some of their work, which you can get signed with a purchase.

Be courteous and don’t ask them to sign every issue of that complete 100-issue run that you brought along.

Remember other people want to see their work, too, so be aware of the people around you and whether or not you’re blocking table access for others.

Collect the business cards of artists whose work you like, so you can visit their websites or social media later and purchase something you missed. And check social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) hashtags to discover artwork and merchandise that's been posted. Find out what their table number is or ask the person who posted the art on social media who they purchased it from. Use the WonderCon Artists’ Alley and Exhibitor Lists on our website and the official Comic-Con App to do some advance research and check out what people may be selling at the show.

Our regular Toucan contributor, artist Steve Lieber (Whiteout, The Fix) has offered his own unique perspective of sitting BEHIND a table in Artists’ Alley and some advice on how to visit this massive part of the Exhibit Hall floor. Click here to read it!

WonderCon’s Artists’ Alley is a literal treasure trove of great art … set time aside to explore all of it! Click here for our Artists’ Alley list of exhibitors and click here for a map of the Exhibit Hall!

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: dolphina on March 09, 2017, 10:15:37 AM
My son, who is not attending, has already started a want list, children!!!, but I guess it is my own fault LOL
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Miclpea on March 10, 2017, 02:35:48 PM
Anyone receive their badges in the mail?


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mario Wario on March 10, 2017, 02:56:10 PM
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Anyone receive their badges in the mail?


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So far for me, nope.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 10, 2017, 06:30:02 PM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #10: Remember: The Fun Continues into the Night on Friday and Saturday!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/10-remember-fun-continues-night-friday-and-saturday

WonderCon Anaheim doesn’t stop at 7:00 PM when the Exhibit Hall closes! On Friday and Saturday night, the fun continues at both the Anaheim Convention Center and our Headquarters Hotel, the Hilton Anaheim, located adjacent to the Center. On both Friday and Saturday nights, panels will continue late in some of our upstairs programming rooms at the Center (our complete programming schedule is coming soon!). And on Saturday night, it’s the famous WonderCon Anaheim Masquerade, back for its 13th big year. This annual costume competition will take place on the giant Arena stage, beginning at 8:30 PM (all you need to get in is your 3-Day or Saturday WCA badge, providing seats are available!). And on both nights, the events at our Headquarters Hotel include nighttime Anime screenings, Games, and our Hospitality Suite, a great place to network and meet new friends.

We also highly encourage WonderCon Anaheim attendees to take the opportunity to meet new friends. After all, how many chances do you get to hang out all weekend with so many people who share your interests? There are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area, so check out the town and make with some new friends!

Don’t leave at 7:00 PM … the fun is just getting started!
Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 11, 2017, 11:38:28 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #11: Comic Creator Connection at WCA 2017!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/11-comic-creator-connection-wca-2017

Comic Creator Connection returns to WonderCon Anaheim in 2017! This fun program, which teams up writers and artists as prospective collaborators in short, 5-minute, one-on-one discussions, will have two separate events, on Friday and Sunday, in Room 206B. Online registration for participating writers and artists took place before the show, and preference for space is given to those that pre-registered, however space for artists may be available onsite, so you should check in at Room 206B about a half-hour before each event. Friday’s CCC is 7:00—9:00 PM; Sunday’s is 12:00—2:00 PM.

In addition, there will be two special “Comic Pitch Review” events, which help you prepare before the CCC and offer free coaching. They’re scheduled in Room 206B for Friday, March 31 at 5:00 PM and Sunday, April 2 at 10:00 AM. Take advantage of the great tips offered in these 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions to help you hone your pitch before going into the Comic Creator Connection! (Coaching sessions are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, while space is available).

For more information on WonderCon Anaheim’s Comic Creator Connection, including how to sign up in advance, please click here. (Please note that at this point, the CCC is full for writers; however, there is still space for artists.)
Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 12, 2017, 09:47:22 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #12: Programming Tracks at WCA 2017!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/12-programming-tracks-wca-2017

This week our Toucan Tips will be focusing on programming at WonderCon Anaheim 2017, as we lead up to the big reveal of our complete Program Schedule on Friday, March 17! Stay tuned for some important information about attending programs at the event and maybe even an advance sneak peek at some of the programs you can expect to see at this year’s show … like:
Check Out the Avalon Room at the Anaheim Hilton for Fan Culture Panels

When selecting our lineup of panels for WonderCon Anaheim, one thing we strive for is variety. Whether you’re interested in hearing about comics, films, TV, or games, getting industry insider tips, or learning about your favorite writers and artists, there should be something for everyone at WonderCon Anaheim.

In recent years, we’ve noticed an increasing interest in “fan culture” panels. These are the panels that enable fans to talk with each other about the things they love, share ideas, develop their creative skill-sets, and even pick up new hobbies. As these panels have proven more and more popular, we have started to add more each year and have developed a special Fan Culture track.

At WonderCon Anaheim 2017, the Avalon Room at our headquarters hotel, the Anaheim Hilton (adjacent to the Convention Center) is our designated Fan Culture room. At any point throughout the weekend, you can visit this room to see panels designed to appeal to the fan in everyone, including panels on cosplay make-up tutorials, fan-driven discussions, and creative new ways to incorporate fandom into your daily life. We definitely encourage attendees to check out a Fan Culture panel as it’s a great way to meet people with similar interests and passions.

 Comics Arts Conference Returns to WonderCon!

The Comics Arts Conference, the nation’s leading academic conference devoted to comics, is once again a part of WonderCon Anaheim. This year the CAC will present programs all 3 days of the event. The line-up includes:

    Politics and Memory
    Comics and Fandom
    Fans, Academics, Creators, and Educators in Conversation
    Do Genre Definitions Limit Comics Storytelling?
    Focus on Genevieve Valentine
    Gender and the Superhero Narrative
    Queering Comics
    Aesthetics
    The Psychology of Teamwork Dynamics in Comic Books and Cinema
    Continuity

The CAC offers fascinating discussion on comics and related topics from some of the country’s leading comics-oriented academics. Stop in and sample a panel during WonderCon Anaheim 2017!
Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on March 12, 2017, 01:41:07 PM
As you may remember SDCC does not recommend you use a tablet or a smartphone to purchase a badge.  Last year, being that purchasing a WonderCon badge is no different from any ordinary online purchase, just for fun, I decided to use my iPhone to see if I could purchase a WonderCon badge and was able to do so!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: malarrya on March 13, 2017, 11:33:49 AM
It looks like the Hilton has rooms available again. They cost nearly $200/night, however. Too expensive for WC IMO :)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 15, 2017, 09:54:46 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #15: Only Line Up When You’re Ready to Sit Down

http://comic-con.org/toucan/15-only-line-when-you%E2%80%99re-ready-sit-down

Just about everyone who visits WonderCon Anaheim comes with their list of top priority events and panels, and so planning and waiting to see these panels can dictate the way you spend your weekend. And if you just have to be at that must-see panel at 3:00 PM, you might think it’s a good plan to get in line as early as possible to be sure you will get in. However at WonderCon Anaheim, please remember that the line is for the ROOM and not for specific panels. If you’re in line you must take a seat as soon as one becomes available. So if you get to the front of the line before your panel starts, please be sure to enter the room because the people in line behind you may be waiting to get into the panel that is currently happening. If you don’t want to enter the room, you will have to leave the line. You will also not be allowed to form a separate line for any room in order to wait for a later panel.

Also keep in mind that you can sit through earlier panels in order to have a seat for the one you really want to attend. Since we do not clear rooms after each panel and our panels run back to back in most rooms, you are welcome to hold your seat through multiple panels.

Going into a panel that you hadn’t planned on seeing isn’t a bad thing … you might even end up discovering something new you’ll want to explore later, whether it’s a comic series, a TV show, or “now for something completely different.” One sure way to have a memorable WonderCon Anaheim is to be open to trying some new things!

So, let’s review:

Not ready to take a seat? Don’t get in line.
Want to wait around for a panel later in the day? Get in line and take a seat in the panel room as soon as one becomes available.
A Few Things to Keep in Mind in Panel Rooms ...

While you are welcome to hold your seat in a panel room after a panel ends and stay as long as you like, you may not “reserve” that seat. If you leave the panel room at any time, you will have to stand in line again if you want to go back in. (Bathroom passes may be available in certain rooms, at which point you can get back into the room by showing the pass.)

Certain seats are reserved. They will be clearly marked, so please avoid sitting in those seats.

In addition, though we do not clear rooms between panels, we will clear rooms at the end of the day, so you cannot keep your seat in a panel room after hours or overnight. (No, you can’t sleep in the panel rooms!)

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 15, 2017, 01:45:19 PM
Anyone hear anything about discounted DIsneyland tickets? We've been waiting to buy, and now we're approaching the 2 week mark...
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 15, 2017, 02:14:50 PM
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Anyone hear anything about discounted DIsneyland tickets? We've been waiting to buy, and now we're approaching the 2 week mark...

Need to add the Special Offers tab, Toucan does:

http://www.comic-con.org/search/site/Disneyland

(announced at WC tip #24 in 2014, WC tip #17 in 2015 -- we're at #15 today)

http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/wondercon-anaheim-2017-badges-sale-now

Don't miss this opportunity to experience all WonderCon Anaheim has to offer, including proximity to Downtown Disney, Disneyland, California Adventure, and specially priced Disney Theme Park Resort tickets for WonderCon attendees!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 15, 2017, 02:31:10 PM
Thanks, AzT! Good to hear that they still plan to offer the discounted tickets! It's a very good price.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: fivexfive84 on March 15, 2017, 04:12:51 PM
I was just reading through the Toucan Tip Blog and came across a post about the Saturday night masquerade.  It starts at 8:30 p.m. and I'd like a decent seat.  Any tips on when to line up for this?

http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/10-remember-fun-continues-night-friday-and-saturday
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 19, 2017, 09:02:43 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #19: Costume Props Check Desks at WonderCon Anaheim 2017!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/19-costume-props-check-desks-wondercon-anaheim-2017

If you’re coming to WonderCon Anaheim in costume and that costume includes any kind of prop or weapon, you’re going to have to have it checked and tagged at one of our Costume Props Check Desks at the event. There are two separate locations this year: in Hall D (where you pick up your lanyard, bag and Program Book if you had your badge mailed to you, or your badge if you registered online after Feb. 27), and in Lobby B/C in front of Exhibit Halls B and C. Both locations are on the ground level of the Anaheim Convention Center. Here’s some things to keep in mind when going to WCA 2017 in costume:

No functional props or weapons are allowed at WonderCon Anaheim.

Simulated or costume props and weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following:

All costume props must be inspected at the Costume Props Check Desk. There are 2 locations this year: Inside Hall D, and in Lobby B/C (locations are subject to change).

All costume props and weapons must conform to state and federal law.

Projectile costume props and weapons must be rendered inoperable.

Functional (real) arrows must have their tips removed and be bundled and zip-tied to a quiver.

Costume swords must be tied to your costume in such a way that they can’t be drawn.

After each person’s costume props have been checked, they will be tagged by security, and you will be given a wristband to wear to designate that your props have been checked.

Security will escort you to the security station for inspection if your costume prop is not tagged.

If you do not want to have your costume props inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please do not bring your costume props to WonderCon Anaheim.

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Click here for WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Hotel Reservation information!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 21, 2017, 09:48:54 AM
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Anyone hear anything about discounted DIsneyland tickets? We've been waiting to buy, and now we're approaching the 2 week mark...

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WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #21: WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Special Offers!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/21-wondercon-anaheim-2017-special-offers

Good news for our WonderCon Anaheim attendees! We have a pair of special offers for you that you can take advantage of during your WCA 2017 visit!

First up are discounted tickets for the Disneyland Resort. This sale features ticket prices not available when you arrive at the Resort, but you have to hurry … this specially-priced ticket sale ends at 9:00 PM Thursday, March 30, the day before WonderCon Anaheim begins! These special tickets are good from March 24 through April 4, 2017.

Our second offer is from our friends at Medieval Times in Buena Park, and they’re offering a special $38.00 admission price for adults ($28.00 for children 12 and under), which is valid through April 30, 2017. That’s a great deal for dinner and a tournament at “North America’s number one dinner attraction,” located in nearby Buena Park!

Click here to visit our Special Offers page for more information and to order your discounted Disneyland and Medieval Times tickets!

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 21, 2017, 01:46:18 PM
Thanks, AzT! Got my tickets!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Miclpea on March 21, 2017, 04:15:43 PM
Badge came today!


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 22, 2017, 08:38:37 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #22: Read Our Updated Convention Policies for WCA 2017!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/22-read-our-updated-convention-policies-wca-2017

It takes a lot of work to put together a giant show like WonderCon Anaheim, and to ensure everyone has a great time, we have to have some basic guidelines to help you enjoy the event. We’ve updated our Convention Policies page for 2017; please click here to read it. It includes important information for everyone attending the show, including those in costume who may have costume props (guns, bows and arrows, swords, your basic giant Harley Quinn hammer). Help us make your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 experience more enjoyable by reading these guidelines and keeping them in mind when you’re onsite, so everyone has a safe and fun show!

http://comic-con.org/wca/convention-policies

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: rando on March 22, 2017, 02:54:22 PM
I just noticed my Onpeak Anaheim Hilton reservation made it in my Hilton Honors account so I cancelled my backups. 
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Jim Watari on March 22, 2017, 05:20:17 PM
I'll be across the way at The Marriott and my Marriott Rewards has been updated
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: tt7777 on March 23, 2017, 04:18:19 AM
Me,too!


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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 23, 2017, 11:27:33 AM
Directions & Transportation

http://www.comic-con.org/wca/directions

DIRECTIONS TO THE ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER

700 West Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

The Anaheim Convention Center is adjacent (0.02 miles) to the Hilton Anaheim hotel.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the North:

Take the I-5 South, exit Harbor Blvd., turn right onto S Harbor, and then turn right onto W Convention Way to the hotel.

From the South:

Take the I-5 North, exit Katella/Disney Way, turn left onto E Katella, drive about a mile to S Harbor Blvd., turn left onto S Harbor, then turn right onto W Convention Way to the hotel.


LOCAL AIRPORTS

John Wayne Airport-Orange County - SNA

Direction to ACC: 14.1 mile(s) NW

Los Angeles International Airport - LAX

Direction to ACC: 35 mile(s) SE

Long Beach Airport - LGB

Direction to ACC: 18.2 mile(s) E


OTHER TRANSPORTATION:

City Buses: Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) 3 mile(s) SE
OCTA Bus Transit - Routes and Schedules
OCTA Trip Planner

Metrolink to Anaheim - ARTIC Station
Tickets and pricing

Train: Amtrak Anaheim Station: 2.5 mile(s) E
Amtrak California Ticketing and Additional Information

Buses: Anaheim Greyhound Station: 2.2 mile(s) N
Greyhound Ticketing and Trip Planner
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: dolphina on March 24, 2017, 10:51:10 AM
Need to make sure I get my Hilton rewards added.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 24, 2017, 05:43:31 PM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #24: WCA 2017 Quick Guide Now Online!

It’s your total guide to WonderCon Anaheim 2017! The Quick Guide is a special section in the center of the WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Program Guide, which you’ll get (while supplies last) when you pick up your lanyard, bag and book (or badge if you purchased after Feb. 27) in Hall D at the Anaheim Convention Center. These 21 pages are your key to WonderCon Anaheim 2017, including maps of the Convention Center, our headquarters hotel, the Anaheim Hlton, and our giant Exhibit Hall, plus lists of all of our exhibitors, including Artists’ Alley, the Small Press Area, and Fan Club Tables, and our Programming Grids for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Click here to read it online now (or download it) http://comic-con.org/sites/default/files/forms/wca2017_quickguide_web_v1.pdf

and get ready for the big show! Please note: this online edition of the Quick Guide will NOT be updated between now and the show, so check our website, the Official Comic-Con App, or the signs outside of each programming and event room for updated info.

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

https://twitter.com/WonderCon/status/845076293557272576

3-Day badges are going fast! Don't miss out on amazing programming! Friday and Sunday badges are still available!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 25, 2017, 10:35:02 AM
https://twitter.com/WonderCon/status/845336884112908288

The @ocregister shared a few of their highlights for #WCA 2017 thanks @PeterLarsenBSF !

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/panel-747448-year-book.html
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 26, 2017, 08:38:57 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #26: Review Our WCA 2017 Toucan Tips!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/26-review-our-wca-2017-toucan-tips

To-date, we’ve posted 25 Toucan Tips for WonderCon Anaheim 2017! These tips include a lot of great information on attending the show, so we urge you to read over them before you come onsite next week. You can see all of them in one handy-dandy list by clicking here (or on “Tip of the Day” in the Categories box up there in the upper right corner … yep, right there!). There's a wealth of info in that list, including where to line up for certain rooms, where to go to have your cosplay props checked and tagged, links to all of our program and event schedules and much more! Study hard ... there won't be an onsite quiz, but it will certainly help you enjoy WonderCon more!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/categories/tip-of-day

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges! Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Also (we usually get a Toucan post about this closer to show time): https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USCA0027:1:US
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: tremendo on March 27, 2017, 12:28:48 AM
Post-Masquerade food/dance/party?

First-timer @ WonderCon here. Is there a food/dance/party after the Masquerade on Saturday night (like there is at CC in San Diego)?

Thanks!
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 27, 2017, 08:04:55 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #27: Hey … What’s the Weather Like in Anaheim?

http://www.comic-con.org/toucan/27-hey-%E2%80%A6-what%E2%80%99s-weather-anaheim

WonderCon Anaheim 2017 weather this week looks great! Sunny and warm with highs near 80 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and overnight lows in the low-50s. Bring that jacket or hoodie for the cool temps inside the Anaheim Convention Center when you’re shopping in the giant Exhibit Hall or enjoying programs in the rooms upstairs (and the Arena on the ground level, next to the Exhibit Hall)!

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges! Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center.


http://comic-con.org/wca/2017/badge-sale

3-Day and Saturday badges sold out, Friday and Sunday still available


http://www.comic-con.org/wca/parking

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http://www.comic-con.org/sites/default/files/forms/wca2017_anaheimparkingmap.pdf

Anaheim Convention Center Parking

Parking is available in all lots at the Anaheim Convention Center on a first-come basis (no reserved or valet is available).

The Anaheim Convention Center has several parking lots, but they fill up very quickly. Please follow the overhead message signs around the Convention Center for directions for open parking lots. Parking at the Convention Center is $15.00, with no in and out privileges. The first lot at ACC will open at 5:00 AM, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. See below for more information about parking at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Overflow Parking at Angel Stadium Saturday and Sunday

Overflow parking will be available at Angel Stadium on Saturday and Sunday in the State College West Lot. Enter at State College/Gene Autry Way and Orangewood Entrance Lanes. A FREE shuttle bus will bring attendees from Angel Stadium to the Disney Toy Story Lot. Parking at Angel Stadium is $10.00/vehicle.

Hours:

Saturday: 7:30 AM—12:00 AM (final car must be off the lot by 1:30 AM)
Sunday: 7:30 AM—6:00 PM (final car must be off the lot by 7:30 PM)
Overflow Parking at Disneyland Toy Story Lot on Saturday

Additional overflow parking will be available on Saturday at the Disneyland Toy Story lot for $20.00 per car or motorcycle (larger size vehicles pay more). There are no in and out privileges at any of these lots.

Prices listed here are subject to change without notice.

Check the overhead message signs around the Convention Center for directions to open parking lots.

Anaheim Convention Center Parking Additional Information

Note that vehicles in excess of 20 feet in length will be charged twice the daily rate per entry and must be parked in designated spaces. Total length of vehicle cannot exceed 40 feet.

The Convention Center accepts the following payment types:

Cash
Master Card (credit)
Visa (credit)
The parking fee is surrendered upon entering the parking lot and the parking receipt is not transferable.

The parking ticket is valid for one entry only and is not valid for in and out parking.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 28, 2017, 10:00:30 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #28: #WCA … Share the Love on Social Media!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/28-wca-%E2%80%A6-share-love-social-media

If you’re coming to WonderCon Anaheim 2017 and plan to share what you’re doing on social media, here’s our “official” hashtag: #WCA … please use this when sharing everything you’re doing at this year’s show. We have a few “official” WonderCon Anaheim Photo Areas scattered throughout the Exhibit Hall, including near the concessions area in Hall C and in the passageway between Halls A and B. Whatever you’re doing at WonderCon Anaheim 2017, share it with your family, friends, and the whole wide world and tag it #WCA ... !

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center. 3-Day and Saturday badges are sold out.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: frgx on March 28, 2017, 11:34:39 PM
Some news about autographs--

There will be special autograph draws for the following--

LIMITED SIGNINGS TICKET DRAWINGS:
ABC: Time After Time
CW: Riverdale
FOX: Gotham, Lucifer
Marvel Television: Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema: Annabelle: Creation

You can see the entire "Special Autograph Signings Schedule" here--
http://www.comic-con.org/wca/autographs

I haven't heard anything for Prison Break or Midnight, Texas. Those are the two that I would really like to try for.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: katchoo on March 29, 2017, 02:38:40 AM
For those familiar with the area around the convention center or the hotels, is there a hair salon nearby that's open really early on Saturday? It's a longshot, I know. Within a Disney hotel maybe?
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 29, 2017, 07:07:59 AM
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For those familiar with the area around the convention center or the hotels, is there a hair salon nearby that's open really early on Saturday? It's a longshot, I know. Within a Disney hotel maybe?

There is a salon/spa at the Grand Californian, but I don't know how early it's open.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 29, 2017, 07:59:55 AM
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For those familiar with the area around the convention center or the hotels, is there a hair salon nearby that's open really early on Saturday? It's a longshot, I know. Within a Disney hotel maybe?

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There is a salon/spa at the Grand Californian, but I don't know how early it's open.

https://disneyland.disney.go.com/recreation/grand-californian-hotel/mandara-spa/ (hours look to be 8am-8pm)


WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #29: Are You Ready for WonderCon Anaheim 2017? Let’s Review!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/29-are-you-ready-wondercon-anaheim-2017-let%E2%80%99s-review

(bold = theirs)

We’re already onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center, building the WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Exhibit Hall and programming rooms, so now the only question to ask is: Are YOU ready? Here are some helpful tips to get you ready for actually being at the big show!


Remember to Bring Your Badge or Your Info to Pick Up Your Badge!

If you purchased your badge BEFORE Feb. 27, you should have gotten it in the mail. Make sure you bring it with you, and stop in Hall D to get your lanyard, WCA 2017 Program Book, and bag.  If you purchased it after that date, you can pick up your badge in Hall D, too, along with everything else mentioned in the previous sentence! 3-Day and Friday badgeholders can begin to pick up their badges on Thursday, March 30, from 12:00—7:00 PM. Visit our Badge Purchase FAQ page for hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.


Wear Your RFID Badge at All Times and Remember to Scan In and Out!

To help prevent scalping and counterfeit badges, WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges are enabled with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags! At various access points in and around the Anaheim Convention Center, you will encounter gates with a large “SCAN HERE” indicator. All you need to do is tap your badge briefly to the indicator. When you do, you’ll get a green light that indicated that you’ve been validated and are okay to enter. When you leave, you must also tap your badge out so you may re-enter when you return.

It is extremely important you remember to tap your badge when you leave, or you could be denied re-entry and sent to the customer service desk in a different location of the Convention Center. If you are sent to customer service to resolve a badging issue, you will need a photo ID to validate that you are the badge holder of record.

Your WonderCon Anaheim badge must be worn at all times in an easily visible place on your person, so our security people can see it. This badge is what gets you into the building, not to mention the massive Exhibit Hall, panel rooms (while space is available), and even the nighttime events and areas-Anime, Games, our Hospitality Suite, and our new programming room in the Avalon Ballroom-at our Headquarters Hotel, the Hilton Anaheim, right next door to the Convention Center. So keep that badge prominently displayed at all times, and wear it proudly!


Review Toucan Tips and Convention Policies

Review our complete set of Toucan Tips by clicking here or on the link of the same name in our Categories box in the upper right corner of this page. There’s a wealth of info in there (we’ve been doing this for almost a month now!). Also review our Conventions Policy page for information on certain guidelines and rules that will help you have a better time at WonderCon Anaheim 2017!


Plan Ahead!

Going to WonderCon Anaheim with a group of friends? Be sure to designate a place and time to meet in case you get split up. With all the great photos you’ll be taking, your phone battery may run out a lot faster than you anticipated and you’ll want to know how to reunite with your group. There are many spots to regroup, including the lobbies outside of Halls A B, C, and D and the plaza and walkways outside of the Anaheim Convention Center; even the hotel lobbies of the Marriott and the Hilton, right next door to the Center, and they come with handy food and beverage choices. Think ahead and plan a place to meet!


Exhibit Hall

While the Exhibit Hall is larger than it’s ever been this year, making it an extremely busy place. Please be aware of the people around you and try not to stop and clog the aisles by taking photos. Do not sit in the aisles, and remember there’s no doublewide strollers or rolling carts allowed in the Exhibit Hall. Click here for some more "do's and don'ts" for the WonderCon Exhibit Hall.


Essentials

Remember your collector essentials: Want lists, bags and boards, sketchbooks, pens, poster tubes, etc.

Remember your personal essentials: Phone charger, camera, batteries, water bottle, backpack, snacks, comfortable shoes and a jacket or hoodie for the air-conditioning in the Convention Center. No rolling luggage or carts in the Exhibit Hall; no strollers in the programming rooms, including the Arena. The maps in the Quick Guide will show you where stroller parking areas near the programming rooms are located … click here to view or download the Quick Guide.


Portfolio Review

If you’re showing your portfolio, remember to bring printed copies of your work (never give out original art!), business cards, and resumes. Click here for more info on our Portfolio Review schedule!


Prepare Your Own Personal Programming Schedule

Review our complete Programming Schedule to see what you want to see. Remember you probably won't get in to see everything you want to see, so having some alternate plans is always a good thing! Use our My Schedule function to highlight and keep track of the panels and events you want to attend. It’s easy and it’s free, and it syncs with our App. Speaking of which, don't forget our Official Comic-Con App, which includes updated WonderCon info! Click here to get it from the App Store for iOS, or here for Google Play for Android!


The 2017 Quick Guide

Read online or download our 2017 Quick Guide. It contains maps of the Exhibit Hall, Anaheim Convention Center, and our headquarters hotel, the Hilton Anaheim. The Quick Guide also features the complete 3-day Program Schedule grids, plus listings of all the exhibitors at the show. The Quick Guide comes bound into the center of the WCA 2017 Program Book, which all attendees will receive (while supplies last) when they pick up their badges (or pick up their lanyard, book and bag if they already have their badges) in Hall D.


Social Media #WCA

If you’re posting photos or Tweeting about all the great things you’re seeing and doing at WonderCon Anaheim 2017, please share the love and use our official hashtag: #WCA … share your experiences with the whole wide world!


Anaheim Convention Center Wi-Fi

There is FREE Wi-Fi in the Anaheim Convention Center. Look for “Anaheim Free Wi-Fi.” Please note that this is not high-capacity Wi-Fi … it’s best used just for checking email, Tweeting, and the like, not for uploading or downloading large files, such as videos.


Please be Kind and Courteous

Treat people the same way you’d like to be treated. That includes fellow attendees, exhibitors, cosplayers, staff and volunteers. Remember, we’re all here to have a good time!


Remember to Have Fun!

Actually, we sincerely hope you don’t have to remember that one …every comic convention should be fun! Go with the flow and enjoy everything WonderCon Anaheim 2017 has to offer!

Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges! Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center. 3-Day and Saturday badges are sold out.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on March 30, 2017, 09:51:58 AM
WONDERCON 2017 TOUCAN TIP OF THE DAY! #30: WCA 2017: It’s Your Show Now!

http://comic-con.org/toucan/30-wca-2017-it%E2%80%99s-your-show-now

We’ve reached the end of our WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Toucan Tips for this year. Now it all rests in your hands. Both of our shows, WonderCon and Comic-Con International, are so big, they bring different experiences for everyone who attends. We wish you the best possible WCA 2017 experience, whether it's shopping the Exhibit Hall all day, attending programs, playing games into the wee hours, or just people- and cosplay-watching! Have fun, be nice to your fellow fans, and thank you for joining us. We couldn’t do this without you!
Click here for info on how to buy your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 badges!

Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center. 3-Day and Saturday badges are sold out.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 30, 2017, 10:24:03 AM
The Syfy show Cosplay Melee will be sponsoring a Cosplay Emergency Repair booth on the exhibit floor. In a similar move, Duck Tape is also sponsoring a Cosplay Repair station elsewhere on the exhibit floor.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: wolfgirl1272 on March 30, 2017, 12:01:14 PM
Just received an email from the Hilton for my stay tomorrow and apparently they aren't going to let you check in till 4pm and will be charging $1.50 per bag storage fee.

  Welcome to Hilton Anaheim!

We are so thrilled to have you! Thank you for choosing Hilton Anaheim.

Due to heavy turnover check-in will be promptly at 4 p.m. For your convenience the hotel will offer luggage storage for $1.50 per bag.

INTERNET PROMOCODE:

MARCH2017
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: semigeekgirl on March 30, 2017, 01:12:40 PM
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Just received an email from the Hilton for my stay tomorrow and apparently they aren't going to let you check in till 4pm and will be charging $1.50 per bag storage fee.


Wow, that's fairly horrible. I've never had a hotel charge me for luggage storage, and I left 2 bags at a London hotel while I went to Paris for a weekend once.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: dolphina on March 30, 2017, 01:14:58 PM
I saw that too and made me wonder about SDCC, if they will implement this there.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mario Wario on March 30, 2017, 04:09:07 PM
So I'm on my way to Anaheim. Heads up, anyone going through the Grapevine on the I5, really windy I'm seeing so be careful.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on March 30, 2017, 07:19:28 PM
We're driving through downtown LA right now and we're on the Grapevine an hour ago. I can confirm that it was super windy up there. We also saw lots of dust clouds and tumbleweeds driving down 5 through the Central Valley.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mario Wario on March 30, 2017, 07:40:46 PM
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We're driving through downtown LA right now and we're on the Grapevine an hour ago. I can confirm that it was super windy up there. We also saw lots of dust clouds and tumbleweeds driving down 5 through the Central Valley.
The 99 was the same thing, but the Grapevine for me wasn't so bad when I went through? Weird. It didn't feel like it was so bad, but the more open spots of the 5, different story. I know back home, really windy still. Eating dinner at Santa Clarita before hitting LA traffic. That should be fun...

Btw, I am glad you made it through the Grapevine ok.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on March 30, 2017, 09:56:16 PM
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Just received an email from the Hilton for my stay tomorrow and apparently they aren't going to let you check in till 4pm and will be charging $1.50 per bag storage fee.

  Welcome to Hilton Anaheim!

We are so thrilled to have you! Thank you for choosing Hilton Anaheim.

Due to heavy turnover check-in will be promptly at 4 p.m. For your convenience the hotel will offer luggage storage for $1.50 per bag.

INTERNET PROMOCODE:

MARCH2017

it was odd that they didn't state a date.  I checked in today, thursday at 1pm
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on March 31, 2017, 01:13:31 AM
I'll be going for the limited autograph ticket drawing of "Annabelle" Saturday morning.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mario Wario on March 31, 2017, 10:29:54 AM
So already had RFID problems -- mine wasn't on so it was replaced at the help desk. Other folks were having that problem who got their badges in the mail. Anyway, all good now. In line for the floor.

Anyone doing the AoS signing tomorrow? Likewise for WW?
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: TheNeck on March 31, 2017, 10:38:40 AM
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So already had RFID problems -- mine wasn't on so it was replaced at the help desk. Other folks were having that problem who got their badges in the mail. Anyway, all good now. In line for the floor.

Anyone doing the AoS signing tomorrow? Likewise for WW?
no wondercon for me this year, but i wish i got a Saturday ticket just for the AoS signing itself. :(
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: alyssa on March 31, 2017, 10:42:51 AM
I'm sure there will be a group forming for the aos signing.  Are u coming to the meet up tonight?
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mario Wario on March 31, 2017, 11:18:59 AM
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I'm sure there will be a group forming for the aos signing.  Are u coming to the meet up tonight?
No, I will not (I'm doing something else) but for sure seeing you all tomorrow for dinner. If there is a group for AoS, def. joining. If not, no problem.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on March 31, 2017, 07:51:39 PM
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So already had RFID problems -- mine wasn't on so it was replaced at the help desk. Other folks were having that problem who got their badges in the mail.

I got there at 12:45pm today, didn't have any problems with my badge getting in or out and I got mine in the mail.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on March 31, 2017, 08:47:16 PM
My first of many WonderCon pics for 2017!  Click to enlarge.

(https://www.friendsofcc.com/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fi1067.photobucket.com%2Falbums%2Fu436%2FAndrewGallagher3%2FIMG_6073_zpsttqfuf7t.jpg&hash=32600056ce68ec3838062c11df0fe6a1302647ef)

"Riverdale" panel.

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Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: dolphina on March 31, 2017, 10:42:27 PM
I'm actually going to try for Annabelle but may join the AOS to help
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Lilith_hellfire on April 01, 2017, 07:34:26 AM
Does anyone know the best time to start lining up for the signings of the day. I've never done it for wondercon but there's a couple signings I want to try and get into.
I know it's a lottery style to see who gets it, I'm just wondering what's an ideal time.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on April 01, 2017, 07:50:30 AM
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I'm actually going to try for Annabelle but may join the AOS to help

I'm the second person in line!  Right now there is only me and another person as of 7:50am.  The other lines are pretty full.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on April 01, 2017, 09:07:46 AM
[member=283]Devorah[/member] There were only SEVEN of us in line!  I pulled the winning ticket on the second try.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on April 01, 2017, 11:49:50 PM
Front page news

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/comic-748232-wondercon-anaheim.html

(bold = mine)

Quote
There's a fake black dragon draped over Janet Alvarez's shoulder. Barf from "Spaceballs" is roaming around, and so is a child - with a plastic knife, splattered with play blood in hand and dressed as Chucky, that creepy doll that comes alive in horror movies. After a one-year hiatus in Los Angeles, the popular WonderCon is back in Anaheim through Sunday, and that means fans are out in force for one of the largest comic, science-fiction and pop culture conventions on the West Coast.

"It's hard growing up a nerd," said Crystal Schaefer, 22, of Riverside." You get bullied and harassed. But here, I feel free." She had on pointed dog ears and was carrying an empty Milk bone box, dressed as Barfolomew, the half-man, half-dog played by John Candy in the 1980s science-fiction spoof "Spaceballs." "I'm at home," Schaefer said.

A smaller version of San Diego's Comic-Con, organizers are expecting 60,000-plus to converge on the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend. Here, they'll geek out on everything nerd - buying toys and the latest comic books, participating in panels, and learning how to expertly play a card game, Magic: The Gathering. They will see a premiere of "Class," a spinoff of the British sci-fi TV show, “Doctor Who,” and get a preview of what's coming at Warner Bros.

"There's a lot of camaraderie here," said David Glanzer, a spokesman for WonderCon, in existence since 1987. "I've been coming to comic conventions since 1978, and these conventions ... have grown considerably. "It's a place where people with the same common interest and appreciation can come together," he said. The convention moved to Los Angeles last year because of construction at the Anaheim Convention Center. Glanzer said WonderCon will remain in Anaheim for at least the next couple of years.

On the exhibit floor, comic artwork and merchandise hang in various exhibit booths. A Newport Beach retailer, Toddland, has a booth decorated like the hamburger counter of the Fox animated TV show "Bob's Burgers." Indiana artist Terry Huddleston has his pop culture booth festooned with the colorful faces of comic book and video game characters. Fans lined up with a toy in hand to grab a signature from Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano on "Star Wars Rebels," an animated TV show and the founder of HerUniverse, a superhero clothing brand for women. The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum decked out its booth like the Enterprise from "Star Trek"; fans can sit in the captain's chair and take pictures with life-like wax models of Mr. Spock and Dr. Leonard McCoy.

Meanwhile, droves of fans walked around dressed in cosplay as their favorite movie or television character. Think three days of Halloween. Wearing a blonde wig with curls and a red jumpsuit, Vincent Robinette, 54, came from Ogden, Utah dressed as Ralph Hinkley from "The Greatest American Superhero." "I'm here to show these youngin's what a real American hero looks like," said Robinette, an electrical engineer in real life. "Ralph Hinkley was a special-education teacher and helped saved the world." Alvarez, the woman with a dragon on her shoulder, wore a robe, a pointed hat and walked with an emerald-colored walking stick. She was a dragon wrangler. At age 70, it's never too old to dress up. "I don't believe in fairies and dragons," said Alvarez, who lives in Santa Ana. "But I'd like to think if I were to ever go there, it's a safe place, far safer than here."

The backbones of WonderCon, and Comic-Con, too, are the artists and the comic books they produce, and those who buy them. Although some only know the characters from TV and the movies. "People don't really get to know these characters well, only from the movies they watch," said Giovanni Borunda, 33, of Los Angeles, who started collecting comics at 9 and has amassed 3,000. "But now, it's more accepted," he said. "I'm no longer the unpopular kid in the comic book store. Girls will actually talk to me."

In the far end of the Convention Center, the lines weren't as long and a small dedicated few gathered. Dustin Nguyen, an artist known for his work on Batman comic books, and Mark Waid, who made his name for his words for The Flash, Superman and Captain America, signed autographs. Nearby is Gerimi Burleigh, a toy designer from Woodland Hills selling his self-published comic book, "Morningstar." Burleigh remembers as a four-year-old sleeping on Spider-Man bed sheets and nodding to sleep while reading a Spider-Man comic. "WonderCon and comic conventions have become really popular," he said, "There's more fandom and movies but it's expanding the world of comics to a wider audience. It gives kids and people a chance to explore art and opens a world of wonders."
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mario Wario on April 04, 2017, 05:33:50 PM
Got an email from CCI about taking a survey moments ago.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Transmute Jun on April 04, 2017, 06:17:05 PM
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Got an email from CCI about taking a survey moments ago.

My daughter got the email, but none of the rest of us did. I guess it was random.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Andrew Costa Mesa on April 04, 2017, 10:51:26 PM
I got the E-mail and filled it out.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: RobT2K on April 05, 2017, 05:53:29 AM
My daughter and i got it, filled it out.
Did anyone go to the talk back panel?
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mario Wario on April 05, 2017, 07:28:58 AM
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My daughter and i got it, filled it out.
Did anyone go to the talk back panel?
People did, but it only lasted for 7 minutes.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: AzT on April 05, 2017, 07:45:20 AM
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People did, but it only lasted for 7 minutes.

Low attendance? That has to be some kind of record for shortest Talk Back panel.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: The Gossamer on April 05, 2017, 10:03:53 AM
I received a survey from the monkey and filled it out yesterday.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: knight101 on April 05, 2017, 08:32:47 PM
Just wanted to share my Con experience
http://digthatbox.com/wondercon_2017_wrap_up.html

and my photos

https://www.flickr.com/photos/digthatbox/sets/72157678906904583/

Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: darkron9 on April 06, 2017, 09:27:14 AM
I received a survey request from Wondercon as well the other day and filled it out.
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Mel on April 14, 2017, 11:05:08 PM
I finally got around to grabbing all the footage I took at WCA and pulling some into Premiere. To start tonight I just decided to make a little clip from my footage of Nichelle Nichols signing.

https://youtu.be/qqakcEhWo-U
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: dcuodust on April 15, 2017, 05:23:31 PM
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I finally got around to grabbing all the footage I took at WCA and pulling some into Premiere. To start tonight I just decided to make a little clip from my footage of Nichelle Nichols signing.

https://youtu.be/qqakcEhWo-U
Next year I will go to WonderCon with you since it'll be in my hood lol  :)
Title: Re: WonderCon March 31-April 2 2017 Chat
Post by: Zero on April 16, 2017, 03:28:53 AM
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I finally got around to grabbing all the footage I took at WCA and pulling some into Premiere. To start tonight I just decided to make a little clip from my footage of Nichelle Nichols signing.

https://youtu.be/qqakcEhWo-U

Aw, cute clip! Thanks for sharing with us.  Uhura. ♥