|Wall-E Robot at Wondercon 2013|
I wandered the convention center with my friend Elizabeth Ann (Nerdlush) who festively wore a bunny-eared fascinator while I had decided that it was the perfect time to bring out my TARDIS costume with a modified fascinator hat for Easter Sunday.
Elizabeth was my partner in crime at last year's Wondercon in Los Angeles, where we had quite an adventure getting there in torrential rain and had the surreal experience of being surrounded by concurrent cheerleading and volleyball tournaments while at a geeky/nerdy convention. This year, there was no rain and sports tournaments, so perhaps my perspective of a more laid-back Sunday is a little skewed.
When we saw the line for the Arena, we both decided that it was perhaps not the best investment of our time to try and get into the panel for Much Ado About Nothing, the much talked about Joss Whedon foray into one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays (Cinema Blend offered an excellent live blog about the panel). So we concentrated on a time-consuming game plan that reflected our last year's adventures: walking the floor of the Exhibition Hall.
One of our first stops was at the Small Press Area at the end of the Hall, where Jimmy Purcell (Been Better Comic/J&J Studios) offered us an additional challenge to our wandering - a scavenger hunt! We were encouraged to be creative as we looked for the items. For example, we combined "zombie" and "bunnies" with Jim Hillin's Wireheads: Zombie Bunnies!, featured at a table in the next section. We also tried to cover some of the clues through T-shirts, especially the Seven Deadly Sins. A Star Wars shirt featuring Jabba the Hutt was our answer to "Gluttony" and another one featuring a curly-mustached R2D2 represented "hipster".
from Jim Hillin's "Wireheads: Zombie Bunnies!"
|"Hipster" R2D2 and|
Flat Bonnie Sloth Doll
A post about conventions like Wondercon wouldn't be complete without commenting on the cosplay and photo opportunities. R2D2 and a Wall-E seemed to follow us everywhere we went. We also spotted classic references to Star Wars (Storm Troopers, Darth Vader), Batman, Transformers, and there was even a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!
All in all, it was a pretty excellent day of geeky fun! And yes, we did win:
|Elizabeth Ann (Nerdlush) and Charity Tran (ExperienceLA)|
with Scavenger Hunt Winning Print
Photo by Jimmy Purcell (Been Better Comic)
-Photos and Text by Charity Tran