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Let’s get ready for Wonder Con 2017 in Anaheim by taking a Throwback Thursday look at Wonder Con 2016 in Los Angeles.

Last year WonderCon was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center due to renovations being made to the Anaheim Convention Center (Home to WonderCon since 2012, and before that, it took place in San Francisco from 1987-2011).

With the change in location came a few changes like the events/panel rooms/exhibit hall layout- parts of the convention spanning throughout the neighboring LA Live complex which made WonderCon, known as the “little, but mighty sister to San Diego Comic Con” seem pretty massive.

The most noticeable change of all was the use of the atrium/main lobby of the convention center that basically turned into a big cosplay cocktail hour (Minus the cocktails. Except for one seemingly tipsy Deadpool, but was he tipsy or just.. Deadpool? We may never know). Due to the great natural lighting the area provided, the majority of con-goers in costume hung out in the area, chatting with one another and showing off their cosplays for photographers. It was like a convention within a convention.

One of my favorite aspects of WonderCon has always been that it packs a big punch as far as a great exhibit hall, artist alley and panel programming but still allows actual space to move around and take it all in, including seeing those that create unbelievable costumes. My roots run deep in SDCC, but having a smaller, but highly concentrated convention like WonderCon to look forward to every year fills my geeky heart with total giddiness.

Here are some of the cosplay highlights from last year’s convention:

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Photo by Annie Thornton

Want to join the fun this year (March 31-April 2) in Anaheim? Head to the official WonderCon website for tickets, hotels, and all of the other necessary info you may need!

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About The Author

Annie Thornton is a lifelong pop culture fan and has been attending Southern California comic conventions for over half her life. Her interests include all things Disney, horror (those two things go together.. Yes? No? Oh well), Star Wars, DC Comics, Marvel, and trying to strike up conversations with other people's pets.