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WonderCon 2016

by Claudia Helena Ross on 03/31/16

"I have some good news for you Miss Ross."


I was hoping for a complimentary bottle of wine, but I waited to hear what he wished to share. 

"You've been upgraded to the Presidential Suite."

I started jumping up and down like I'd won the lottery. I grabbed my room key cards and went to my suite.

It took my breathe way. Somehow I'd been transported from WonderCon to The Hangover. The suite was bigger than my parents' home. 

I sat down, poured myself a glass of wine, turned on the TV in the small lounge of my suite and closed my eyes.

I'm not going anywhere.

OK. My suite is too nice. I was ready to skip WonderCon and spend the weekend drinking wine and ordering room service. But this wasn't the planned purpose of my trip.

Networking.

So that means I have to leave my suite, right?

Damn.

I grabbed my purse and went downstairs. At the least, I could have a drink at the bar and then return to my suite. 

I went outside for some air. Guinan!

Guinan & Friend

Pam, aka 'Guinan', WonderCon vet. She had to run because she hosts the WonderCon hospitality lounge, serving up snacks and refreshments for the WonderCon attendees.

I also meet Phil, a 26 year vet. He declined to be photographed. :-) Don't worry Phil, I understand.

I returned to my room two hours later and collapsed into my comfy bed, with a NCIS marathon on TV lulling me asleep.

WonderCon LA Staples Center

I made it to WonderCon bright and early at 2pm to begin the day's festivities. I was great! Ran into some old ComicCon friends. WonderCon is still focused on...

Guess what?

COMIC BOOKS

Amazing. No high profile movie promotions. Just good old fashioned comic books, gaming, anime, cosplay, and action figure fun. 

On of my first stops was ZeeCee Art booth. The artist's name is Zani Cochran. Pictured is Mrs. Cochran.

ZeeCee Art

Costume Highlights:













And my favorite costume



His costume ranks up there with Retired SpiderMan from ComicCon 2015

After a full day (well three hours) of conferencing and networking, I returned to my suite.

My beautiful suite. Goody! NCIS was still on. 

You didn't come here to sit on the couch and watch TV

DAMN!!!!

I wandered down the street to the Triple 8 Chinese Bar and Grill. My servers Samantha and Kantra (I know I screwed up your name, sorry) were excellent. Kantra was new and made her first Pink Lotus Martini for  me. She's a natural. IT WAS DELICIOUS. The pot-stickers were magical.

Stuffed, I waddled back to my hotel. I want to go to my suite, but I remembered Pam was in the hospitality lounge. So I stop in to visit with her.

Claudia and Pam aka "Guinan'

OK... I've done my social duty. I'm going to bed.

But I can stop at the bar for a minute. I order a martini and who do I see but Lonnie Millsap (LonnieMillsap.com) and his friend Stephen Notley (Bob the Angry Flower). They are BRILLIANT cartoonists. Funny as hell too. Stephen definitely needs his own TV show. I met Lonnie at the 2011 ComicCon in San Diego and hadn't seen him since. Go figure. After laughing with those two all night, I didn't return to my suite until 3am.

I surprised myself. I attended the conference on Sunday. Alas it was time to go home. Leaving the hotel, I ran into Phil and talked to him for awhile. He said, "I told you this the first night, and I will tell you again. This WonderCon and ComicCon --- I keep coming back. You know why?" I waited for him to continue. "We don't have to explain ourselves to anyone here. We're all the same. They're like us. We're like them. We can just be and enjoy ourselves."

Phil was right. I gave him a big hug and left the hotel, returning the mundane hopelessness of everyday life. It will end soon. I'm suspecting things will change in July for five days.

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