WonderCon: A Month Later

By: Jennellee Samkhem & Sydney Ho

 We all had an amazing time at this convention; posing in front of the iconic WonderCon backdrop was so fun! (from left to right: Sydney Ho, Casey Duyan, Jennellee Samkhem, and Abby Lisk)

We all had an amazing time at this convention; posing in front of the iconic WonderCon backdrop was so fun! (from left to right: Sydney Ho, Casey Duyan, Jennellee Samkhem, and Abby Lisk)

Oh, the life of a convention-goer. Chaotic midnight sewing, last-minute photoshoots, and the glory of being surrounded by nerds like you. The convention hall holds merchandise galore; costumes of all shapes, sizes, and colors beckon your eyes for a quick peek, holding your gaze for a second longer if they’re truly outstanding. Yes, this was WonderCon, and I’m still not over it.
— Sydney Ho
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With more than fifty-thousand attendees this year, WonderCon Anaheim has definitely grown from its small roots in 2012. We like to call it “the baby of ComicCon”, since both are under the same brand; though WonderCon feels like home. It is held in Anaheim, after all. From March 23-25, people from across the nation gather to express what they love. Cosplayers, artists, and normal attendees alike are able to meet each other and indulge in their favorite TV shows, books, and movies without hesitation.

Besides attending panels and premiers, spotting our favorite characters was definitely a highlight of the weekend. Cosplayers work for years on their sets of armor, ballgowns, and more to display their hard work and passion. From beautiful Disney princesses to ridiculous variations of Deadpool, there is a cosplay out there for everyone. Here are some cosplayers who stunned the entire con! Even we decided to join in on the cosplaying fiasco!

I really love the community it brings together. I feel so excited and at home every time I get to go to a convention. You create irreplaceable memories with people who love the same stuff as you, and that is so special to me!
— Coco Williams (@coco.motion on Instagram)
  credit to  @coco.motion

 credit to @coco.motion

  @starryandmooncosplay  took an awesome rendition of their Beauty and the Beast cosplays with a Star Wars theme!

@starryandmooncosplay took an awesome rendition of their Beauty and the Beast cosplays with a Star Wars theme!

 These Luna Lovegood and Rita Skeeter cosplayers are actually mother and daughter, and they hosted a panel about cosplaying with your kids, which was loads fun.

These Luna Lovegood and Rita Skeeter cosplayers are actually mother and daughter, and they hosted a panel about cosplaying with your kids, which was loads fun.

  @krankmeister  actually built his own R2D2 and programed it to open its parts, follow him round the convention center, and even play the Mario theme song!

@krankmeister actually built his own R2D2 and programed it to open its parts, follow him round the convention center, and even play the Mario theme song!

 Steampunk Disney seemed to be a popular concept this year, and this Ariel cosplayed killed it!

Steampunk Disney seemed to be a popular concept this year, and this Ariel cosplayed killed it!

 We got a huge laugh out of  @missybeedoesthings  and  @damjerry 's cosplays, who took a fun spin on their Beauty and the Beast cosplays as well!

We got a huge laugh out of @missybeedoesthings and @damjerry's cosplays, who took a fun spin on their Beauty and the Beast cosplays as well!

  @goodolecosplay  was a crowd favorite throughout the convention, photobombing other princesses and playing pranks on the odd bystander. 

@goodolecosplay was a crowd favorite throughout the convention, photobombing other princesses and playing pranks on the odd bystander. 

 We were stunned by  @ascheley_does_cosplay 's Ursula, accompanied by an equally impressive Maleficent!

We were stunned by @ascheley_does_cosplay's Ursula, accompanied by an equally impressive Maleficent!

Although it's been a month, we're still lacking the adrenaline and sheer happiness that WonderCon Anaheim brought. There's nothing quite like being a part of a community that's just as crazy obsessed with your favorite thing as you are.  Honestly, we're already anticipating what WonderCon 2019 will bring~

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