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Podcast 68: WonderCon 2016 And Comic-Con HQ

New subscription platform for geeks, plus IDW’s ‘Wynonna Earp’

WonderCon 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 25-27.

Photo by Beth Accomando

Above: WonderCon 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 25-27.

Episode 68: WonderCon and Comic-Con HQ

At WonderCon 2016, Cinema Junkie speaks with Seth Laderman of Comic-Con HQ and Ted Adams of IDW Publishing.

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WonderCon 2016 took place over the weekend in Los Angeles, and I took advantage of the event to talk with Seth Laderman of Comic-Con HQ and Ted Adams of IDW Publishing.

Comic-Con is not until July, but its sister convention WonderCon ended at 5p.m. on Easter Sunday.

WonderCon is not as big or as crazy as Comic-Con — at least not yet — so it provides a perfect warm up for Comic-Con. It’s like Con training to remind yourself what to pack for a survival kit when hitting the floor or waiting in line for panels, and it gets your stamina and body prepared for the intense five-day San Diego event in the summer.

This was the first — and possibly only year — that WonderCon will be at the L.A. Convention Center. WonderCon began in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, but when renovations pushed it out it tried Anaheim and had been happy there for the past few years.

But this year Anaheim was undergoing renovations and could not provide the dates and space WonderCon needed so the convention moved to Los Angeles.

The exhibit hall was nice and spacious, and it was easy to move around even with anime cosplayers carrying huge swords and the assorted parents with doublewide strollers taking up aisle space. There was lots of great stuff to find on the floor, from artists and small press comics to high-end collectible toys and extravagant steam punk clothing. I picked up an awesome collector's edition "Alien" book from Insight Editions that comes in a heavy sculpted case and includes an X-ray of a chest burster snuggling inside someone’s rib cage!

I have two interviews for you from the floor, one with Seth Laderman, who’s the executive vice president and general manager of Comic-Con HQ, and another with IDW founder and CEO Ted Adams, who was premiering the Syfy network’s new show "Wynonna Earp," which is based on an IDW comic.

I worked with Laderman last summer when Lionsgate and Comic-Con had announced plans for a subscription channel that was to be about all things geeky and Comic-Con. I was conducting interviews and editing footage of what fans wanted from a Comic-Con platform. Comic-Con HQ had a booth on the floor of WonderCon where people could check out an alpha test of the platform.

WonderCon 2016


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opening quote marksclosing quote marksI cover arts and culture, from Comic-Con to opera, from pop entertainment to fine art, from zombies to Shakespeare. I am interested in going behind the scenes to explore the creative process; seeing how pop culture reflects social issues; and providing a context for art and entertainment.

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