Angeles discovers Wonder at this Con

A fan comes as Doctor Strange to Wonder Con. (Photos by Dave Mason)
Jeph Loeb, a longtime comic book writer who became executive vice president of Marvel Television, leads the “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” panel, which included Chloe Bennet, who stars as Agent Daisy Johnson.
USS Angeles member Jay Gerber visits the dealers room at Wonder Con.
Fans dress as the Justice League of America.
Chewbacca stands out among (and above!) fans at the Anaheim Convention Center.
A fan dresses as Lady Spider, a character she said is from the Spider-Man 2099 comic, at Wonder Con.

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
ANAHEIM — Fans dressed as everyone from Power Girl to a female Doctor Strange at this year’s Wonder Con.
From costumed fans to TV casts to comic book artists and writers, diversity stood out March 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Women in the traditionally male-dominated comic book industry are now working for DC Comics on its Green Arrow magazine, and diversity was clearly seen in Wonder Con panels such as “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” (ABC) and The CW’s “Black Lightning,” based on DC Comics characters.
I attended all three days, and USS Angeles member Jay Gerber joined me March 24.
Wonder Con has much of the same content as San Diego Comic-Con International but without the long lines. Fans this year wore costumes varying from dinosaurs to Marvel Comics’ Lady Spider, which the fan dressed as her said is from the Spider-Man 2099 comic.
During the Angeles mission, Jay and I went through the dealers room and enjoyed panels including one on special effects.
I also attended panels on “Star Trek” and the history of Marvel Comics. The highlight was a “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” panel, which featured the entire cast except Clark Gregg, aka Phil Colson, the heroes’ leader.
Gregg was in Washington, D.C., but star Chloe Bennet (agent Daisy Johnson) had all the fans in the arena yell, “We love you, Clark!” into her smart phone as she left Gregg a message. He soon called her back and appeared on her phone’s screen (in FaceTime or Skype) and greeted fans. Among those fans was a woman from the audience, who went to a microphone during the Q&A and praised the show for its ethnically diverse cast.
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Dave Mason

Commanding Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840