WonderCon Alights in Downtown LA | NBC Southern California

WonderCon Alights in Downtown LA

The large-scale pop culture convention jumps north from Anaheim.

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    NEWSLETTERS

    When a superhero takes it upon herself to defend a neighborhood or city or planet, you can generally count on the cape-rocking defender to stay somewhere within, or nearby, her chosen locale.

    But when you can fly, and move from place to place, well, covering a bit of territory comes with the territory. Such is the case with WonderCon, the huge pop culture convention that's second in size only to its intra-company sibling, Comic-Con International. 

    Mavens of WonderCon know it has seen some of the state in its day, with a San Francisco start in the late 1980s, followed by a move to Anaheim in 2012 (while the Moscone Center underwent updates), and, lastly and currently, a new home in Los Angeles.

    That means 2016 is year #1 for the convention's LA residency. The dates? Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27.

    WonderCon Kicks Off in Los Angeles

    [LA] WonderCon Kicks Off in Los Angeles
    Comic book fans took over the Los Angeles Convention center on the first day of WonderCon. Mekahlo Medina reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Friday, March 25, 2016. (Published Friday, March 25, 2016)

    Just don't call the pop culture-obsessed gathering "mini Comic-Con" because there's nothing wee about WonderCon. Even the user-ready "Quick Guide" runs for several pages, pages that tell you where to go at the Los Angeles Convention Center, what celebrities are signing autographs, what exhibitors are purveying books/tees/more and where, and when your favorite show or subject is having its panel.

    Those panels and presentations include cosplay make-up, "Bob's Burgers," Batman and Superman: Cultural Imagery and Myth, Cartoon Voices, "Sleepy Hollow," and a 50th anniversary "Star Trek" celebration.

    Do you need to dress up? That isn't a pre-requisite for entry, but you'll see a whole caboodle of costumes that clearly were created with love over a long period of time. Some you'll know instantly, others you may need to inquire about, and almost all of the costumed attendees will pose for a photo when asked.

    Comic-Con International is over three months away, in San Diego, which means WonderCon will fill that fantastical and fictional need for many a fan who is looking to delve deeper into an interest, be that interest a comic book character, a movie superhero, or a TV genre series.

    Tickets? Get yours in advance. Planning your day in advance is also advised, given the high volume of happenings. Wouldn't a superhero survey the city before going about her heroic deeds? Best that we WonderCon-attending mortals follow suit, on the planning-ahead front.

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