Friday, April 2, 2010

WonderCon: crowded

I spent almost six hours today at WonderCon in San Francisco -- the event appears to be well worth attending this year (and I haven't always been a fan in recent years).

But if you're interested in going Saturday or Sunday, be advised: It was fairly crowded, despite the fact that it was a work day and that people arriving during its opening hours experienced some nasty weather. So that suggests it's going to be absolutely jammed for the rest of the weekend.

Still, the crowd had a nice vibe. Yes, that means I once again enjoyed seeing significant numbers of pink- and purple-haired women in anime and superhero costumes. Even better, though, was the deliriously-happy-to-be-an-obsessed-fan spirit that seemed to infuse everything. My favorite moment probably was when "Blackest Night" writer Geoff Johns was asked to explain the difference between love and compassion -- in the context, obviously, of the emotional spectrum of multi-colored Green Lantern-type power rings, which represent love and compassion, willpower, rage and more. Heavy, huh?

Is WonderCon kid friendly? Well, put it this way: alert parents will be able to navigate the convention without feeling irresponsible. Again, they DO need to be alert to what may be at an 8-year-old's eye level in any given aisle on the dealer floor. But -- and I've written about this in the past with a greater sense of worry -- nothing seemed egregious to me. Pop culture, including the mainstream media pop culture that's all around us daily, is increasingly mature in its content. WonderCon reflects that (in both positive and negative ways), and smart parents just have to cope with it.

I'll have more WonderCon observations over the next couple of days, but I want to get this posted at an hour when people making plans for tomorrow might see it.


  1. Regarding this observation:

    "Pop culture, including the mainstream media pop culture that's all around us daily, is increasingly mature in its content."

    I kind of wonder how far this trend will go. Anything that I have to worry about a kid at in terms of mature content is a headache. But then, bookstores have Watchmen right at eye level for kids, so it is a matter of teaching your kid the right choices to make. It still would be nice to see the entertainment industry be a little more family friendly at times however.

  2. Among the eye-level things at WonderCon, "customized" female superhero action figures. But again, I watched parents navigate the problem adroitly. I guess I waffle on all this . . .

  3. "customized" female superhero action figures

    *Facepalm*. As if female superheroes weren't improbable enough...