WonderCon 2013: Tickets now on sale for Anaheim pop culture expo

Jan. 22, 2013 | 1:45 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale for 2013′s WonderCon, the annual gathering of sci-fi, fantasy and comics professionals and fans.

The pop culture expo — a sort of little sibling to San Diego’s Comic-Con International — runs March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center and offers movie and television panels, previews from comic publishers, a cosplay masquerade (click through the gallery above for a peek at last year’s costumes), autographs and book-signings, portfolio review for aspiring professionals and, of course, plenty of geek-friendly shopping.

The full 2013 schedule will probably be released two weeks prior to the event, but announced guests include Bent Anderson, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, J.M. DeMatteis, Jane Espenson, Mark Evanier, Dean Koontz, Jim Lee, Marjorie Liu, Doug Mahnke, Ann Nocenti, Jason Palmer, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dan Slott, Jeff Smith, Jim Steranko, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell.

It’s WonderCon’s second engagement in Anaheim. The 2012 expo was held there due to major renovations at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. With renovations at the Moscone Center complete, the convention was expected to return to its Bay Area home, but a coinciding event caused conflicts, and planners decided to stay in Anaheim for 2013.

Now in its 27th year, WonderCon began in Oakland and had previously been held in San Francisco since 2003.

Tickets are available online after creating a Comic-Con member account. Three-day passes are $40 in advance and $50 on site for adults and $20 and $25 for teens under 18, active military and seniors. Single-day passes for Friday and Saturday are $20 in advance and $25 on site for adults, and $10 and $13 for teens, military and seniors. Sunday passes are $10 and $15 for adults, and $5 and $7 for teens, military and seniors. Children 12 and under attend free with a paying adult.

– Noelene Clark
Twitter.com/@NoeleneClark

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