Without A Net | Pop culture from Southern California and beyond.
Arts & Entertainment

Jedis, Kick-Ass and the Evil Queen: Awesome cosplay from WonderCon (photos)



Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Sara Eberle plays the Evil Queen from Snow White at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Chris Erkiletian created his giant robot costume for WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Kids play with an R2 M5 at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Tommy Takemoto plays a male harlequin at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Garrett Chandler as He-Man at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
A woman poses outside of WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Darryl Williams as Kick-Ass at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Rocco Fonzarelli and Randy Roe play KISS at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
George Koutsikides plays Harvey Two Face at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Sin Fisted plays R2D2 at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Emily as Princess Penelope from Wreck-It Ralph at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
A Ghost Buster inspired car at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Mary Cohen plays Anarky at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
From left to right, Tony Gonzalez, Teresa Thompson, Collin Logan and Mia Vixen play Star Wars characters at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Ganondorf poses at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
An attendee walks out of the Anaheim Convention Center at Wondercon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
Jill Kopp plays Eridan Ampora at WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
WonderCon attendees wait on the escalator at the Anaheim Convention Center for WonderCon 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC
Kat Lockwood plays Kanaya Maryam at WonderCon 2013.
An attendee at WonderCon 2013 walks down the hall of the Anaheim Convetion Center on March 30th, 2013.
Mae Ryan/KPCC


Nearly 40,000 lovers of science fiction, fantasy and horror descended on Anaheim this past weekend for WonderCon, the celebration of comics, films, TV and pop culture that is the lesser sibling of Comic-Con International.

Not everyone came in costume, but those who did pulled out all the stops, as you can see in this photo gallery by KPCC visual journalist Mae Ryan.

Here are some of the most buzzworthy moments from the convention:

Think you know everything there is to know about Star Wars? Dark Horse is prepping to visualize the original draft of George Lucas’ “The Star Wars.” It features “lazer swords,” Han Solo as a six-foot tall lizard and Darth Vader as “Jedi Annikin Starkiller.” This canted-angle approach to what the rest of us know about Star Wars is currently in the works; see a page from the book below:

In what director Guillermo del Toro said was a trailer that wouldn’t be seen again until the release of “Pacific Rim,” del Toro teased fans with new footage in his giant robots versus giant alien monsters from under the sea movie. The trailer culminates with the human-operated robot dragging a humongous oil tanker down a city street behind it, before picking it up and swinging it to bash one of the monstrosities it’s fighting. The trailer closes with the robot boxing the monster’s ears. You can see that footage in context this summer. Del Toro also offered details on a film he has coming down the line, “Justice League: Dark Universe,” a take on DC Comics’ occult characters.

James Wan, the creator of the “Saw” franchise, has a new scary story based on a true story. It tells the story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, the paranormal investigators behind the case that led to “The Amityville Horror.” The footage shown to fans at WonderCon sent chills down the spine, with fans oohing and yelping along with the characters, as well as emitting nervous laughter at the characters moving increasingly close to danger. Lorraine took the stage, along with fellow family members and Wan, to answer questions about their own experiences.

DC debuted their new “Superman: Unbound” movie, which features Superman (voiced by “White Collar” star Matt Bomer) taking on Brainiac (John Noble, “Fringe”). It grounds the sci-fi action in the relationship between Lois and Clark, with the central dilemma of whether they should go public with their dating giving the movie some humanity. It also explores what it means to be teen superhero Supergirl, voiced by “Castle” star Molly Quinn, who was the real star of the film’s panel at the ripe old age of 19.

Batman’s a character who’s been around for over 70 years, and while some elements of the character almost never change, some are about to. “Batman: Year One” by Frank Miller defined Batman’s origin since the ’80s, but following a recent reboot, some elements of that story no longer fit in with DC’s continuity. Star writer Scott Snyder is set to do an ambitious 11-issue story taking on those early days and looking to define them in a post-Christopher Nolan Batman world. It’s a high-wire act that he could fall from, with Snyder saying that he won’t change what he considers the very core elements of Batman, but that he’s also doing a story with a ton of new stuff that hasn’t been written in any form before.

Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments. Do you have photos of your own from WonderCon? Please post them to Twitter or Instagram, mention @KPCC and hashtag #KPCCWonderCon.