Friday, April 18, 2014

Wondercon 2014 - Day 1

Today was the first day of Wondercon 2014 at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim CA. The R2 Builders came with 12(!) R2 units, a treadwell droid, and two WALL•Es.

I'd guess at least 30,000 people were in attendance, and the droids proved quite popular, as always.

R2 attire was popular as well.

We entertained and talked to guests throughout the day. At 5:00pm, we had our R2 Builders Panel in room 207 that had a 600 seat capacity!

I moderated the panel, with panelists Chris Romines, Michael McMaster, William Miyamoto and Mike Senna. We got lots of good questions and there were lots of laughs.

Michael McMaster's panorama pic. A larger version is here.

Someone recorded the panel. Hopefully the link will persist.

Toward the end of the day we took our traditional group picture. The most amazing part it that we were able to close down a main aisle way for this. Left to right we have Mike Senna, Paul Thompson, John Boisvert, Gene Arena, Dan Johnson, Roy Powers, Chris Romines, Victor Franco, William Miyamoto, Russell Rucker, and Michael McMaster. (Maddy and Manny had to leave before the picture was taken.)

Finally, the 7:00pm closing time rolled around, and it was time for our droids to go to sleep.

Assuming they're all still there in the morning, we'll do it all again tomorrow. Note: Since tomorrow will be so packed with droids and attendees, I've decided to put off bringing droid #2 until Sunday, rather than Saturday.

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