Ah springtime! When a person’s mind turns to thoughts of….conventions!!!
Yes, it’s time to kick off convention season as it were with something a little different. For the first time, DigThatBox
presents a sneak preview of WonderCon 2012! Normally this convention is held every year in the Bay area of California. Due
to some remodeling, the convention has moved down south to the city of Anaheim for this year only. I’ll be there amongst
the masses to give you my full round up of what’s what and who’s who. Most importantly, I’ll give you my
honest opinion on whether WonderCon succeeds or fails in its new environment. WonderCon takes place March 16-18th.
WonderCon has a much larger emphasis on comic books and the
people who create them, from artists to writers and so forth. There is still quite a variety of events and panels for everyone
to enjoy on so let’s take a look:
The fun begins on Friday with what is sure to be a lively discussion
about the upcoming film, The Hobbit. Members of TheOneRing.net web portal will be on hand to talk about the film’s production.
Richard Hatch will be on hand to talk about all things Battlestar Galactica. As this is a big year for Marvel comics, there
will be a panel discussing the surprises as Spiderman bears down on issue #700(!) Warner Brothers television will feature
specials screenings of two of its hit series, The Secret Circle and Person of Interest. If you’re a fan of Wil Wheaton
(and if not, WHY NOT?) then you’ll be stoked for his first ever appearance as a special guest of WonderCon. Are you
a fan of Blade Runner, E.T., The Thing, Star Trek II, Tron, The Road Warrior or Poltergeist? Then come to a panel celebrating
thirty years of these fine films. Finally, the nights ends with the premiere of the DC Universe’s latest animated feature,
Superman vs. The Elite.
Saturday is the big day as it most assuredly will be the most
crowded. It is also the day with the most to choose from. Get the inside dirt on this summer’s mega event, Avengers
Vs. X-Men as some of Marvel Comics’ top brass give you the nitty gritty. Want to get a sneak peek at some upcoming offerings
from Twentieth Century Fox? Me too! They’re keeping a tight lid on this so far but they do promise some very special
guests. Universal Pictures will be hosting a panel featuring two upcoming potential blockbusters. The stars and creators of
Snow White and the Huntsman and Battleship will be on hand to discuss these projects. Want more offerings from Hollywood?
Make sure you hit the presentation from Sony for Resident Evil: Retribution with a special appearance by avowed geek lover
Milla Jovovich. Finally, the evening ends with the Masquerade ball! Come and show your support and revel in the creativity.
Sunday brings more Marvel goodness as a secret panel called The
Next Big Thing featuring secret talent from the publisher will be on hand to make a few surprise announcements about your
favorite heroes and villains. (I know, frustrating description but highly curious at the same time!) Come enjoy a lively discussion
with acclaimed zombie novelist Max Brooks. Warner Brothers television hosts a special panel featuring the cast and creators
of their new hit shows, Fringe and Alcatraz. Not to be outdone, ABC presents an exclusive look at an upcoming episode of their
series, Once Upon A Time. The convention closes with an interactive screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog!
More details will be revealed as the days count down to the big
show. My suggestion as always is to check out some of the panels devoted specifically to comic books and publishers because
you sometimes get a surprise guest. More importantly, you might find yourself curious about a new comic or looking to get
back into an old favorite. Remember, if we don’t support the comics industry, particularly the lesser known indie comics…who
After all the madness has subsided, I’ll be giving you
my first person report on all that I saw at the show. Until then, you can find out more detailed information at the
official WonderCon website:
About the Author: Abel Pinedo has worked
in the entertainment industry for over a decade. He's also an annual visitor to such conventions as Comikaze, San Diego Comic
Con, Wizard World and More. When he's not touring the convention circuit he can usually be found at his keyboard telling the
World about his adventures.