Convention season has returned! WonderCon is kicking off today in sunny Anaheim, and we got early access to the show to check out some of the many offerings in the exhibit hall. There’s something for just about everyone–whether you want to see B-9 from Lost in Space, get comic books signed, or purchase show exclusives, comics, art, and games. Get your wallets and your cameras ready and take a tour of the booths for Boom! Studios, Fox, and IDW Publishing with us!
Boom! Studios – Booth 611
Boom! has show exclusives and early releases as well as signings and panels. Their WonderCon exclusives include a variant cover for Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant #1 by Braden Lamb and a special variant for Sleepy Hollow Origins that features Jeremy Owens–the Headless Horseman in the series–reading the Sleepy Hollow comic. Don’t think too hard about how he reads a comic without eyes. Or a head.
They also have the first trade for Bee & PuppyCat, which isn’t available in stores until April 15, and beautiful hardcovers for Hit 1955 and Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake. It’s in these hardcovers that you can really see the design aesthetics Archaia brought to Boom! when they merged. And in case you don’t have it yet, run to Boom! and pick up the first trade for Lumberjanes. As far as pre-orders go, it’s the highest selling Boom! original trade.
Be sure to check out this complete listing of their exclusives, panels, and signings.
Fox – Booth 1420
If you’re a fan of Lost in Space, plan on stopping by Fox’s booth to see a fully refurbished B-9. The robot is the original used in the series, and it’s been restored by a team of pros including Ron Hamil. He said they referenced original material and blueprints to make B-9 look just like it used to, and it’s now the “official” Lost in Space robot. It even will appear in a film (they didn’t say which one) this June. The robot lights up and has a speaker and can be worn as a costume.
And in more Lost in Space news, they’ll be accepting pre-orders for the Lost in Space 50th anniversary Blu-ray set. Every episode has been completely restored over the last four years, and the collector’s edition will only be available to pre-order at WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con as of right now. While you’re at Fox, you can also pre-order some of their latest releases. And this is important: They have eight beautiful outlets next to couches so you can sit down and charge all your iGadgets.
IDW Publishing – Booth 509
Have a nostalgic itch that needs scratching? Stop by IDW’s booth for Jem and the Holograms #1. Yes, they even have a show exclusive cover by Amy Mebberson. It’s priced at $5, and ladies and gents, it’s beautiful. And in another blast from the past, IDW is showing off their newest Artist’s Edition for Jack Kirby’s Mister Miracle. Yes, you can make room for it on your bookshelf. It’s worth it. But if you don’t have space, you can always opt for their mini comics. These packages are super cool because they’re available on the mass market which means they’re likely to get into the hands of more kids and new readers. IDW offers their own titles in the mini format as well as ones from Marvel, and they will have a mini comic tie-in for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
IDW also has their games available, and we took a look at copies of The X-Files and Chew. The X-Files game would be perfect to have on hand for the viewing party you have when The X-Files returns on television. Just saying. And the Chew title is of course inspired by the comic of the same name by John Layman and Rob Guillory.
Visit IDW on Facebook to review their full listing of panels, signings, and exclusives.
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