#16: Special Panels and Events at WonderCon!
We have a number of special events we’d like you to be aware of at WonderCon this year, including a pair of salutes to the late John Rogers, Comic-Con's long-time president, the Comic-Con Museum’s booth and panel presence at the show, and the return of FutureTechLive! with an entire room filled with cutting-edge tech stuff to blow your mind, all weekend long!
John Rogers Events
Friday, 9:30 PM: A Gathering of Friends of John Rogers
In November 2018, Comic-Con’s long-time president, COO and CFO, John Rogers, passed away. Come share your memories of John with friends, family, staff, and volunteers. Hospitality Suite • California B on the second level of the Hilton Anaheim, next to the Anaheim Convention Center.
Sunday, 4:00 PM: Remembering John Rogers
For those who have attended the WonderCon Anaheim Talk Back in the past, the face of John Rogers is a very familiar one. Outside of that spotlight, his years as the president, CFO and COO of Comic-Con were marked by incredible growth for both the organization and the increasing social acceptance of popular arts fandom and culture. This year, to honor his memory, we will discuss his contributions to the organization and this field throughout the years. Room 211
Comic-Con Museum at WonderCon
The future Comic-Con Museum is edging ever closer to construction in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Seeking to capture the magic of Comic-Con all year-round, it’s planned to open in 2021.
Following the launch of a Charter Membership program at Comic-Con last year, the Museum has been prototyping the kinds of activities and events members can expect to attend at the Comic-Con Museum. Test events have included graphic novel book clubs, a comic art show, horror movie marathon, educational panels, live art demonstrations, tabletop gaming, themed food & drink, fan-curated exhibits, and a Maker Faire.
Want to find out more about this exciting new project, and how you can be a part of it? The vision for the Museum is being actively shaped by fan input and we’d love you to be involved. Come visit us at WonderCon 2019 at Booth #1819.
The Comic-Con Museum staff has been working on an exhibit collaboration with the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles called Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The official opening is May 2019, but if you come to our WonderCon booth you can get a sneak preview in the form of two iconic cars that will be featured in the show.
Members of staff will also be on hand to answer your questions about Charter Membership, and the project in general. Don’t miss the debut of the new 2019 Charter Member T-Shirt!
Comic-Con Museum Panels
Friday 4:00 PM: Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Comic-Con Museum's collaboration with the Petersen Automotive Museum. The exhibit, which will open on May 4, 2019 at the Petersen, will showcase props, original art, design drawings, and a world class collection of vehicles to bring pop culture's visions of dystopian, utopian, and science fiction worlds to life. Hear how iconic movie cars were preserved and how the collection of vehicles showcased in the exhibit has been assembled. Room 207
Sunday, 4:00 PM: Inside the Comic-Con Museum
Museum staff and members of the project team will present a progress report on the upcoming Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego. Get an early behind-the-scenes look at programs and events that will be offered by the museum, and learn how fans are driving the development of a new kind of museum. Room 209
FutureTechLive! at WonderCon
This year at WonderCon, not only did we aim to bring you great panels and exhibitors but also first-hand experience trying out AR/VR technology. Last year marked the first year that FutureTechLive! brought its games and technology to WonderCon Anaheim for attendees to enjoy during the show. After becoming a returning favorite at San Diego Comic-Con, they’ve now expanded to our WonderCon show to keep bringing you these exciting and fun experiences.
Come to the FutureTechLive! lounge to see them showcase some terrific tech for this spring, exciting multi-player VR gameplay with Hologate, immersive arts, robotics, and gaming surprises situated in the North Hall as part of an exciting array of esports, gaming, and tech!
Bring your friends and kick some virtual butt at FutureTechLive!
Where: Anaheim Convention Center Room North 154
When: Friday: 12:00–7:00 PM • Saturday: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM • Sunday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
Badges are available online only and will not be sold onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center. SATURDAY BADGES ARE SOLD OUT!
Make it a WonderCon Weekend and stay at one of our hotels with special rates!