Upcoming Cons: Long Beach, WonderCon, Anaheim & San Diego

Long Beach Comic ConLong Beach Comic-Con is only two weeks away! They’ve posted their programming schedule and floor map, and I’m happy to see that the panels I most want to see are (a) on the day I’m going and (b) not opposite each other!

Comic Con International has opened online registration for 2010. There’s a pretty steep price jump — the full week is $100 now. Admittedly, that comes out to $25 a day, so it’s not that bad when you think about it. But it’s still triple digits.

They’re trying to cut down on the Wednesday night crowds by selling two types of full-con tickets, one with Preview Night and one without. On one hand, that’s probably a good idea. “Preview” Night has gotten rather insane the last couple of years (since the last time Warren Ellis came out to San Diego, really). On the other hand…you need the Preview Night version to pick up your badge early. If you get the regular version, you have to wait until Thursday morning. Otherwise, I’d happily forgo Preview Night so that someone who really wants to go can have a slightly less crowded experience, since I rarely spend more than half an hour on Wednesday anyway.

WonderCon has announced the dates for next year’s convention: April 2-4, 2010. That’s later than it’s been the last few years, and puts it only 2 weeks before Wizard’s Anaheim Comic Con (April 16-18). It’s close enough to make me feel like there’s no point in going to both. WonderCon looks like a better idea for a lot of reasons…but Anaheim is so close that it feels like it would be a waste to not go.


6 thoughts on “Upcoming Cons: Long Beach, WonderCon, Anaheim & San Diego

  1. Margaret

    We’re going to Long Beach all three days (but leaving early on Saturday for a wedding.)

    San Diego’s a must of course, Anaheim is literally five minutes from our house and WonderCon’s an excuse to see friends in the bay area.

    One of these days we will take a vacation that doesn’t involve a con…one of these days…
    .-= Margaret’s latest blog post: High Five! Wrap-Up! Week of 9/14/09 =-.

    1. Kelson Post author

      Hah! I didn’t mention it in the final wording of the post, but visiting friends in the bay area is one of the reasons in favor of WonderCon for us too!

      And I’m with you on the vacation/con link as well. We keep meaning to, but it’s been a few years…

  2. Eric Ridgeway

    Do you think there is any chance of Geoff Johns attending the Anaheim Comic-con? That would be the easiest con for me to get to. I sent Johns atweet with no response so far.

    1. Kelson Post author

      It seems likely, since he lives in the LA area. Obviously I can’t be sure until they announce something.

      I do know he’s on the Long Beach guest list, so if the issue for you is distance and you have the weekend after next free (Oct 2-4), that’s probably a safer bet.


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