Will Warner Bros Pictures Once Again Win WonderCon?

WonderCon 2018 is almost here!
Since arriving in Anaheim (from San Francisco) in 2012, the event has maintained its standing as a premier pop-culture convention…

WonderCon 2017, Anaheim, CA

As such, WonderCon should be a MUST-ATTEND event for movie studios with properties that could benefit from a promotional push between now and San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) in mid-July. Yet, despite several studios having big-budget genre films hitting theaters in the next few months, Sony Pictures is currently the only confirmed movie studio presenting at WonderCon.
But with rumors of a Warner Brothers Pictures presence, WonderCon attendees shouldn’t give-up hope of more involvement from movie studios.
…Especially considering Warner Bros’ rumored attendance isn’t too far-fetched.
Here’s three reasons why:

1. Warner Bros’ comic book and television divisions are already confirmed at WonderCon!
According to the convention’s exhibitors list, DC Comics has a booth on the event floor that could easily accommodate some shared-space for any special movie-promo events.
Additionally, WonderCon recently sent out a tweet confirming Warner Bros’ television division will attend, with the new SYFY show, Krypton in-tow.

SYFY’s Krypton is coming to WonderCon!

And if past years’ events are an indication, it’s likely at least one, but probably more (hopefully) of DC’s other superhero shows will also have a presence!

2. Wonder Woman at WonderCon stole the show in 2017!
Last year, Warner Bros had the good sense to host a Wonder Woman panel that included Director Patty Jenkins and never-before-seen clips of the movie. Additionally, the DC Comics booth hosted a signing with Jenkins, where attendees received t-shirts, pins and signed posters.

Wonder Woman poster SWAG signed by Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman definitely came away from WonderCon with a lot of positive buzz that surely added to its great word-of-mouth and huge box office receipts when it was released in theaters on June 4.
Warner Bros could effortlessly mimic the WonderCon strategy they used for Wonder Woman, and apply that same strategy to any high profile, genre movie released before SDCC.
And speaking of which…

3. Ready Player One and Rampage open nation-wide one week and three weeks respectively after WonderCon!
WonderCon presents the PERFECT opportunity for Warner Bros to build additional buzz for the hotly anticipated Ready Player One movie adaptation.
…And if The Rock actually came to WonderCon to support the April 20 release of Rampage… FORGET ABOUT IT!!!
A Warner Bros movie presence at WonderCon, anchored by Ready Player One… With an appearance by The Rock to hype Rampage… Including a trailer for Aquaman… And maybe even sneaking in a teaser for Fantastical Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald would be a HUGE win for the studio!
Warner Bros navigated WonderCon perfectly last year, and could again be positioned to reap the benefits of being the biggest
fish in an under-utilized pond.
…of course, without confirmation, this is all just speculation.
As an eager attendee, it’s nice to dream. And in case I’m completely off-mark in my prediction…
Someone please forward this blog post to Warner Bros’ marketing team, and let them know they have less-than a month to MAKE-IT-HAPPEN!!!

Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash

On Saturday, February 10, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment hosted the world premiere of the Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash movie, at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA.

DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash lobby standee at The Paley Center in Beverly Hills, CA

The kid-friendly Lego flick puts The Flash front-and-center, pitted against the Reverse-Flash, in a battle for control of the “speed-force”. The movie also features several Justice League members- with The Atom, Doctor Fate, and Zatanna (“Yrros”) as stand-out characters.

Several cast members and creators who worked on the movie were in attendance at the premiere…

Cast and creators gathered to sign poster SWAG!

After the showing, film talent gathered in the lobby of the Paley Center to sign posters and briefly mingle with attendees. The poster SWAG, recreating the image from the Blu-ray packaging, was signed by James Arnold Taylor (The Flash), Troy Baker (Batman), Grey Griffin (Wonder Woman/Lois Lane), Phil LaMarr (Firestorm), Eric Bauza (The Atom), and Jeremy Adams (writer). Kids in attendance were also given a Lego set featuring DC Comics Super Heroes.

Lego DC Comics Super Heroes, signed movie poster.

Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash is a fun movie. Though it is very-much made for kids, the adults in the audience seemed to have a good time with the humor-filled story.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash is now available on digital, and available March 13 on Blu-Ray.

WonderCon celebrates Action Comics #1000 with Dan Jurgens Cover

The only thing better than a convention exclusive, is a SIGNED convention exclusive!

WonderCon recently revealed they’ve enlisted show guest, Dan Jurgens to create this year’s program guide cover… And with Jurgens as an invited guest, this gives attendees the opportunity to take home some SWEET, S-W-E-E-T, Signed SWAG!!!

Helping Jurgens with the cover are Inker Norm Rapmund, Colorist Alex Sinclair, and Letterer Todd Klein.
Norm and Alex will also be attending Wondercon this year. And though Todd hasn’t confirmed if he’ll attend WonderCon, a nice article about his process creating the program cover logo can be found at Todd’s Blog.

The cover itself, and the Action Comics #1000 logo visible on the cover, are good indications that DC plans to promote Superman’s milestone issue at this year’s WonderCon! Hopefully, this translates into a convention exclusive issue 1000 or even BIGGER & BETTER SWAG!

WonderCon is sure to be filled with numerous opportunities to snag some cool SWAG!
Don’t miss the opportunity to add these talented creators’ signatures to this awesome cover. And be on the lookout for SWAG celebrating Action Comics #1000!

Started on Twitter, Now We’re Here! The SWAG Collector is now a Blog!

Hello visitor!

This site is dedicated to the joys of SWAG Collecting!

“What is SWAG?”, you may ask?

SWAG” is an acronym for “Stuff We All Get.”

The term was coined to describe an item (usually free) given as incentive, reward or promotion to an attendee of a special event.

When referring to “SWAG” on this site, the term will fall into one (or more) of the following categories…

  • Promotional (Free) event exclusive
  • Paid Event exclusive
  • Items (exclusives & non-exclusives) signed at the event
  • Free, non-exclusive (sometimes)
  • …And on VERY special occasions, the event itself IS the SWAG!

At comic book conventions, the “Stuff” in “Stuff We All Get” frequently is bastardized into encompassing ANY item (including non-exclusives & everyday items) obtained at the event. On this site, the term “SWAG” will NOT be used to describe a paid, unsigned, non-exclusive item- easily found outside of a special event, with no discernible characteristic or uniqueness.

I’ve collected SWAG for many years, and for the last six years, I’ve chronicled my hobby on the twitter account, @SWAGCollector.
If you already follow me, you may have a good idea of what SWAG is, and what SWAG Collecting is all about! If not, take a look

My goal is to make this blog a fun place for convention-goers, collectors and others to check-out some of the awesome going-ons surrounding SWAG found (mostly) at conventions, such as WonderCon, New York Comic Con, and the granddaddy of all comic book conventions, San Diego Comic Con!

I hope you find it entertaining.  Any and all feedback is appreciated…

Thanks for reading!