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AICN COMICS @$$Holes Abroad: superhero has pics from Wondercon 2010!

Published at: April 8, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

Hey out there in comicland! It is I, superhero back from the wilds of San Francisco and WonderCon!

The first thing I have to do is apologize. There was a problem over the weekend with me being able to get e-mails on my phone. So to those varied individuals who e-mailed me with booth visit requests I have to say I’m sorry. I didn’t get your e-mails until I returned back home to Los Angeles. For those of you going to C2E2 in Chicago just rest assured that there will be a small gaggle of @$$holes out there and you should be able to hook up with some AICN comic reviewers at that show.

The next thing I want to say to you is…don’t go to WonderCon. No, really, don’t. I don’t want you to go. Stay away. Why, you ask?

The reason is simple. About fifteen years ago I started going to a neat comic book convention called the San Diego Comic Con. It was a great con. You could walk around, talk to creators without getting too crowded out by other fans, pick up interesting stuff from outside the mainstream without too much hassle, and possibly have a small chat with a celebrity or two without security trying to wrestle you to the ground. It was a comic fan’s paradise. It was fun and low key and was about comics. Then, somewhere around five or so years ago the entertainment industry got wind of it and just like anything else the entertainment industry gets its hands on Comic Con got corrupted. Sure, it’s still fun but now its just become too big for its own good. It’s been swallowed by other media and with that it’s attracted every Tom, Dick and Harriet under the sun who’s got a passing interest in anything from Transformers to “30 Rock”. It’s too big, too crowded, and just too, too much.

I can tell you that WonderCon was the perfect antidote to Comic Con. Maybe it’s the city of San Francisco itself but WonderCon just has a much more low key attitude to itself than Comic Con does. It’s large but it’s not too large. Even so, there’s more room to move around because there’s less people and there’s less people because it’s not so much a media show…it’s a comics show. There’s more room to breathe on the floor. Less pushing and shoving, less of a scramble to get everywhere, and more of a general friendliness on the floor. You can actually have a conversation with people at a booth, an artist at a table, or a celebrity signing autographs (depending on their disposition) without feeling like the masses are ready to knock you down to the floor the first chance they get. Hell, the screening of the first new Doctor Who episode wasn’t the awful standing in line torture session that screenings have turned into at Comic Con. WonderCon is a kinder, gentler version of Comic Con and I am so happy that I went this year. I had a lot of fun, picked up some great loot, and talked with some really nice people. I’ll be back again for sure.

As for the rest of you…stay away.

What follows is a gallery of snapshots that I took while on the floor. Please forgive the photo quality as some of these shots were taken with my phone, but I think you’ll get the point. Hope you enjoy the pics as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Discovered as a babe in an abandoned comic book storage box and bitten by a radioactive comic fan when he was a teenager, superhero is actually not-so mild mannered sometime designer & cartoonist, Kristian Horn of Los Angeles, California. He's been an @$$hole for three years. Some of his work can be seen at www.kristianhorn.com and check out his blog at www.parttimefanboy.com.

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  • April 8, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    FIRST posters suck

    by ATARI

  • April 8, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Get a fucking life ATARI

    by ATARI

  • April 8, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    I almost made it to Wondercon but...

    by butterbean

    I to stay home and take care of a sick kid. Oh and I completely agree with you about ComicCon.

  • April 8, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Thanks for all the awesome blurry photos!!!

    by AndrewWanKenobi

    Ugh.

  • April 8, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Wow, the Justice League have really

    by brobdingnag

    let them selves go. Seriously though, people in the 30's wearing superhero outfits is a serious cry for help. How long till we get a real life Kick-Ass wearing a Batman outfit getting shot by some street thugs?

  • April 8, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Holy blurry photos Batman!

    by Spyhunter

    Zatanna & Batgirl are pretty hot though.

  • April 8, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Gotta love hot girls in Harley Quinn outfits...

    by 7pointedstar

    ...I mean, if I don't love them, who will?

  • April 8, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    WTF?

    by mojoman69

    Why would ANYONE dress up as Booster Gold? FUCK. Why dont you dress up as Fin Fang Foom you dopey fanboy fuck.

  • April 8, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Why are there so many thin women in these pics?

    by V'Shael

    We all know that the vast majority of comic-reading convention-going folk are over-weight bearded-tubby's like Kevin Smith. <p> Right?

  • April 8, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    "How long till we get a real life Kick-Ass"

    by V'Shael

    "wearing a Batman outfit getting shot by some street thugs?"<br /><br />Jesus. It can't come soon enough, IMO.

  • April 8, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Looking at the pics in closer detail...

    by V'Shael

    We see Shawnee Smith selling autographs.<br /><br />What does she have to do with comics? Oh, that's right. Nothing.<br /><br />I can't see much difference between this and any other low-budget con with less famous tv/movie stars selling their john hancock for 10 bucks.

  • April 8, 2010, 9:16 a.m. CST

    My cousin took better photos

    by wintocha67

    Try this one on for size: http://imgur.com/OV4j0.jpg

  • April 8, 2010, 9:31 a.m. CST

    mojoman69

    by Sailor Rip

    Because Booster Gold fucking rules.

  • April 8, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST

    That Alien costume is awesome.

    by Sailor Rip

    If I saw that thing I would totally spray it with bullets while yelling "Let's rock." It would be worth the life term in prison.

  • April 8, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    For those commenting on the blurry photos...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...you must remember the "tremor damper" switch on his Rascal is busted and I'm sure some item of food was in the other hand.

  • April 8, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Sadly, The Harley Quinn Pictured Above Is Not All That Hot

    by LaserPants

    Average level cuteness. Besides, I'm more of a Supergirl and/or Batgirl man (especially the former).

  • April 8, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST

    @Wintochan - That's weirdly hot.

    by V'Shael

    Would she answer to "mommy" as well? The dirty trollop...

  • April 8, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    An no con photo shhot is complete...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...without a group of Greek mythology majors in steampunk outfits. Look at 'em, they're just waiting for a spontaneus table top RPG session to break out.

  • April 8, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    WTF

    by Br0ken_Finger

    Is that Grant Morrison photobombing the Interracial Avengers?

  • April 8, 2010, 9:49 a.m. CST

    Waaah, Comic Con is TOO BIG - Waaaah!

    by gruntybear

    Oh, grow the fuck up.

  • April 8, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Steampunkers

    by jarjarmessiah

    It getting old.

  • April 8, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    I like the batgirl!

    by TheDudeinLA

    super cute...I want one!

  • April 8, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Batgirl..

    by Mereel

    Looks embarassed to be there. If you're going to go to the effort of doing a costume for a con, then get into character, and enjoy it. Let your geek flag fly. Dont half ass it.

  • April 8, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Steampunkers BEEN Old

    by LaserPants

    Someone forgot to tell them, I guess.

  • April 8, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Eht Annataz Si Ytterp Etuc

    by LaserPants

  • April 8, 2010, 11:09 a.m. CST

    I like the fat Superman

    by ominus

    now thats an elsewhere superman i would like to see in the comics.

  • April 8, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Blurry photo's

    by SmokingRobot

    Yur doing it right.

  • April 8, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Horrible

    by CreatureCantina

    Stop using your cell phone to take photos, dumbass. These shots are just embarrassing.

  • April 8, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I like the Zatana girl,she is cute

    by ominus

    although a bit chubby,but i always liked meat over bones.

  • April 8, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Frank Cho's gained some weight...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    But his art's still as sharp as ever!

  • April 8, 2010, 11:34 a.m. CST

    And yes, Overweight Bearded Superman trumps all!!!

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    ...Though Zatanna and Batgirl are tied for second. ;)

  • April 8, 2010, 11:37 a.m. CST

    POTA

    by Mister_Eko

    When I read the headline, "Assholes Abroad," I wondered if it referred to the two gits who run the Planet of the Apes Discussion Group, over on Yahoo. (Okay, I didn't really wonder that. But they are, in fact, assholes.)

  • April 8, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    type 2 diabetes

    by thecrimsoncurse

    makes it difficult to take pictures on what is obviously an iphone. how long until the first @sshole funeral?

  • April 8, 2010, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Is that one guy dressed as Northstar?

    by fiester

    Ha-ha!

  • April 8, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Those photos suck

    by TheKGB

    Cant you hold a camera??? wtf?? what happened to autofocus?? dipshit.... Oh and most of those costumes sucked too!!!

  • April 8, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Skinny Girls VASTLY SUPERIOR To Fat Girls

    by LaserPants

    But that Zatanna is pretty cute. albeit "thick."

  • April 8, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    none of those girls are really cute

    by dale dragon

    I mean they are ok. most of these nerds freak out about how hot they are, but honestly... no

  • April 8, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Does Texas have any comic conventions?

    by teethgnasher

    Just curious.

  • April 8, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Can Dallas support a comic con?

    by teethgnasher

    Wizord world used to oome to the southwest, but not anymore.

  • April 8, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Fat Superman reminds me of Man Faye

    by Rhuragh

    If you aren't familiar with Man Faye, do a GIS. You won't be disappointed.

  • April 8, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    fiester-

    by akiraclass

    I thought it was one of the Power Rangers or wasn't there some cold-themed villain on Superfriends that wore that type of outfit except with a hood? I mean, officially he is dressed as a complete loser; but I'll play along.

  • April 8, 2010, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Also, Han Solo Wolverine/Stormtrooper Wolverine...

    by akiraclass

    ...wins the prize for, well, something. Look at Han Solo, though-he sure is enjoying the shit out of himself, isn't he?

  • April 8, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    also batgirl rules.

    by akiraclass

  • April 8, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Zatana too chubby? On what f-in' planet?

    by cookepuss

    Seriously. That chick is like a size 2.

  • April 8, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Her head/face is just too big for her body

    by cookepuss

  • April 8, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    And Zach Galifianakis as Superman

    by Fletch Gannon

    Seriously they should post more comiccon photos on here because I love the responses! Fucking funny as shit!

  • April 8, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    WTF? Zatana and Batgirl?!

    by magnetoelectric

    You guys know thats Erin Grey in the orange shirt with the scarf right? I know where I'd be.

  • April 8, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Comic Con was overcrowded in 1999.

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    Live about forty five minutes from the San Diego Convention Center, and the last trip I made to SDCC was in 1999. At that time I was tired of all the non-comics fans who were there for the Hollywood bullshit so I quit going. Only time I ever thought about going back was when they were doing the scavenger hunt thing for The Dark Knight. Just isn't fun anymore...

  • April 8, 2010, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Glad somebody else wtf'd the chubby Zatana

    by Jaka

    Because I was like, "uhhhh, no. Superman is chubby." <br><br>Harley Quinn looks too young to comment on. Batgirl is too blurry to comment on. <br><br>Thanks for the effort, but somebody will have a Flickr or PB stream with, like, 1000 photos. Jealous that you attended, though. So you've got that on most of us.

  • April 8, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Is that Booster Old I mean Gold. Zatana is hot though

    by SID 8.0

    So is the Batgirl and the female Robin and Flash look just slutty enough.

  • April 8, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    historical revisionism

    by brabon300

    the sd con started being taken over by hollywood in 2001<p> i recall it well...walking into the con and seeing a huge chunk of the floor being taken up by a promo for the time machine<p> hollywood went full boar in 02, my last year at the con, for i was disgusted...so it is much closer to 8 years than 5 or 6

  • April 8, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    There's nothing fat about that Zatanna

    by Geekgasm

    She's actually very cute and I don't even like girls. SO THERE.

  • April 8, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    I WANNA DO THE SEX WITH BATGIRL

    by MaxCalifornia.

  • April 8, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    That Zatana chick is fat?

    by Semen Stains

    like hell she is,id eat her ass with a side of salad anyday,as would all of you all bullshit aside.

  • April 8, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    MegaCon in Orlando was great last month!

    by George Newman

    Got to see Lando, forgot to bring some "Caroline in the City" dvds for Lea Thompson to sign though

  • April 9, 2010, 4:14 a.m. CST

    btw, comic-con is officially sold out

    by brabon300

    i remember the days of just showing up, standing in line for about 15 minutes and walking right in<p> sd has voted for a 780 mil expansion to the convention center and improvement to the area...so the con will not move<p> but the magic is long gone

  • April 9, 2010, 6:18 a.m. CST

    "none of those girls are really cute"

    by BurnHollywood

    Dude, you're lucky ANYONE with a vagina shows up for this stuff.<p> Nerds have a three-part approach to women:<p> 1) Slam the less-than-perfect ones<br> 2) Troll the photogenic ones<br> 3) Go home and fapfapfap to all of them, regardless

  • April 9, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    gross people

    by RefutetheHype

    wow it's a good thing none of them will ever have children!

  • April 9, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    yes and for the record

    by RefutetheHype

    zatana is fat.

  • April 9, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Sailor Rip

    by Joenathan

    Too funny, man. Good one.

  • April 9, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    No revision at all.

    by Pops Freshemeyer

    I was sick of the Hollywood shit in 1999 and quit going. You must just have a higher tolerance for bullshit, brabon.