Two weeks ago saw WonderCon 2014 (the little sis of Comic-Con) come and go in Anaheim, and I had the opportunity to attend for the day on Friday. It would be my first WonderCon ever (look at me, branching out into the con world!), and I would be donning my Eleventh Doctor cosplay for the occasion.
Photos taken by TheNerdyGirlie
I drove up with Megan of TheNerdyGirlie and Lauren of Fancastic Podcast and Blog where we immediately fit right in with our Doctor Who group cosplay. Carpooling worked out great – it was a nice opportunity getting to spend some time with them just chatting about life!
Approaching the convention center was like letting go of a breath I’d been holding for a while, as we stepped into the colorful throng of our fellow geeks. I’m not sure I stopped smiling the entire time we were there.
We got in line for our passes and then headed to the floor where we knew a couple people with booths. Comic-Con is amazing, obviously, but I have to say that it was nice experiencing a smaller scale con where the whole atmosphere was pretty relaxed. ‘Lines‘ moved quickly and there were no huge crowds waiting for panels, or at least the panels I went to on Friday.
Disney/ABC hosted a panel ‘The Art of the Pitch: The Writer. The Director. The Story’. The panelists included writers who had been accepted into the company’s development program, so it was perfect for Lauren and I as we’re both interested in pursuing a career in the area. They even had a few people from the audience stand up for the chance give a one minute pitch of themselves, and I came away with tips not only valuable for story pitches, but interviewing in general. Just remember, confidence is key! And be yourself – if you’ve pitched yourself honestly and they like you, well you’re already half way to a job you will excel in because you won’t have to struggle through pretending to be someone else every day.
Directly after that panel was another Disney panel, this one by some of the storyboard artists who worked on Frozen! I’m so glad I stayed to catch this one because storytelling through animation fascinates me, and I had the chance to get some fun insight into the Disney Animation process of bringing a story to life. The panelists had such a great sense of humor, showing us pictures of the team, the process, and side by side views of the storyboard images vs the final animation.
After those two panels I was off to catch up with Megan and some new twitter friends for lunch – shout out to @gb_reviews, @yourfriendelle, and seelingcat on tumblr! And yes – meeting twitter/tumblr friends in person is the best. You instantly have something in common to bond over!
Following pancakes it was back to the convention center to hit the floor for a bit before heading off to another panel – this one on breaking into the business as a writer. Again, I took some valuable notes; everyone in that room was appreciative of the host’s honesty and inspiration about working as screenwriters and looking ahead at how the digital age is shifting the industry.
As the day was drawing to an end and Megan and I were being shooed out of the convention center, we headed over to a hotel across the street where the unofficial SDCC blog meetup was happening – but first, a few photos!
The meetup at the end of the day was so much fun! It was a pleasure chatting more with one of our lunch buddies, Michelle of You’re Friend Elle, and of course getting to meet more fellow nerds. Now I just can’t wait to see them all again at Comic-Con!
It was around 10 pm when we left (after a quick scare that we might have been locked out from the parking lot…but you know, we were two Doctors and Rose Tyler – there was no way we weren’t going to figure something out!), saying our goodbyes to new friends and to Anaheim. And even though I was exhausted when I got home just after midnight, I was still smiling (at least on the inside, my face may have been more zombie-like at that point…).
The verdict? WonderCon 2014 was a success! As always, thanks for reading, cheers! Until then…