WonderCon Highlights Part 2: Fun Finds

I know, I know! Time runs away with you when you park your six kids with your parents and skip town for a comics convention and then come home and there’s all kinds of laundry to do, and suddenly a week has passed since you wrote your WonderCon Highlights Part 1 post and if you don’t hurry up, it’ll be time for Comic-Con again, for Pete’s sake.

So. Whew. Let me get down to it. On Sunday afternoon at WonderCon, after we enjoyed a perfectly perfect brunch with GeekMom Kristen and her family, my hubby returned to the hotel to read Saga for the third time, and I headed over to the exhibit hall for some browsing.

Anaheim Convention Center. Oh, sure, it looks like Southern California, but it was cold as San Francisco that day.

True confession: I love a long, solo stroll through a convention hall packed with vendors. Even at SDCC, when the crushing crowds can sap the life force from your very bones, I love it: the costumes, the toys, and above all the books. And tucked between the piles of mass-produced loot: the artistic treasures.

Here’s a look at some of my favorite discoveries at this year’s WonderCon.

I don't know who she was, but I really loved her hat.

Tucked behind a table at the farthest end of the hall, I met Kim Rountree of Oboro Charms, an artist whose kawaii polymer clay creations made me squeal.

Oboro Charms by Kim Rountree. They're now mine mine all mine. OK, technically they belong to my daughters, but in my heart they are MINE.

And then there was this:

J is for Jane shirts by LittleBookwormz.com. Yes, please.

Little Bookwormz is run by a couple of bona fide geek moms, Janice Markham and Paula Sewell. I wanted to buy one of everything at their booth. Alas, I contented myself with the fabulous Jane Austen shirt pictured here, a gift for my oldest daughter, whom I call Jane on my blog. But I really really wanted that W is for William (Shakespeare, naturally) shirt, too, and the F is for Frida, and E is for Emily, and also E is for Edgar, and…you see what I was up against.

Emily Dickinson CLEARLY wants to come home with me; you can see it in her eyes.

They even had onesies. Actually, now that I look at my photo above, I think those are the J is for Jane onesies there. Where were these when I had a baby in the house?? And the bibs with quotes on them: swoon. “The belly will not listen to advice.” (Seneca) Ha!

If I were in the market for an MP3 player, I’d have been sorely tempted by the killer cute Mugo jobbies: combo MP3 player and flash drive. I liked the tigress one.

Rrowr!

One of my favorite finds was a sweet and simple cookbook comic by Jenn of justjennrecipes. It’s called Original Grandma and is a collection of Jenn’s Japanese-American grandmother’s favorite recipes, complete with actual grandma dialogue.

Image source: Just Jenn Designs

I really enjoyed getting to know O.G. through the pages of this unique little book. And I’m dying to try her Somen Salad.

And I know a certain little geekgirl who would approve of Jenn’s homemade Hello Kitty Oreos…or “Tokyo Meow-Meow” Oreos, as Kristen’s daughter would call them.

Ahh…now to read all the books I lugged home from the con. I’m particularly interested in the Bean comics by Travis Hanson. Have you read these? I haven’t had a chance to sit down with them yet, but they look like something my kids might enjoy…

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