Updated: Aug 25, 2019
Thanks to CCI for Providing a Press Pass for the Purposes of Coverage.
This past weekend, consisting of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, legions of fans rushed to the Anaheim Convention Center near Downtown Disney for this year’s Wonder-Con, hosted by Comic-Con International. And courtesy of CCI (Comic-Con International), HBB Reviews was fortunate enough to cover the event and explore every nook and cranny that this spectacular and massive event had to offer. Ranging from exclusive world premieres of the most anticipated upcoming animated releases, such as Justice League: The Fatal Five and of course Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to fan signings with the most respected icons in the industry to a gaming section to a massive exhibit hall and artist’s alley, Wonder-Con 2019 had something for everyone, regardless if they were fans of comic books or not.
In relation to other conventions, excluding San Diego Comic-Con of course, Wonder-Con 2019 boasted an impressive sense of scale. Talent from the most popular releases in entertainment, from TV shows to films themselves, appeared to highlight exclusive panels moderated with charm by those who were actually related to the subject matter of the panel itself. It created a much more concise and focused discussion as the moderator was never struggling to catch up with the audience and the present talent. The panels themselves also were far more intriguing and better managed than previous years. For one, it was shockingly easy to navigate in and out of the Arena, an area which had the most popular events including a presentation from Warner Bros and New Line. This was most likely because of the number of attendees striking a fine chord between understaffed and overstaffed.
The centerpiece of any convention, the constantly crowded Exhibit Hall and Artist’s Alley, was similarly scaled to a much larger degree. Exciting exhibitors such as Marvel were unfortunately absent from this year’s massive roster were replaced by a series of hopefuls who had excellent artwork and deals to coincide with their pieces. It resulted in a much more balanced ratio of blockbuster exhibitors to the independent ones, making each side equally appealing.