Wonder Northwest 2011: Preview

Blocked out the weekend to attend the Wonder Northwest Portland Comics and Pop Culture Expo. This will be the first time, so I’m not really sure what to expect. Judging from their website however, there is lots to do – panels from 11-6pm, the exhibit hall from 10am-5pm and a Gaming Room from 10am-6pm.  Also features Rock Band, a costume contest and Cosplay karaoke. And the after parties seem pretty kick-ass as well. 

Portland Geek Council of Commerce and Culture — 11am – 11:45
Did you know that there’s an organization here in Portland that plans all the nerdy events you all love to attend so much? Well, there is, and here they are! Think of them as the Justice League, but without awesome super powers! The geek Mafia without all that messy mafia stuff! A real life organization that represents you! Come find out what they are doing and what you can do to help.

Boilerplate: Behind the Scenes — 12noon – 12:45
Meet the real Boilerplate! Creator Paul Guinan and his co-author/wife, Anina Bennett, will reveal the origin of everyone’s favorite steampunk robot, discuss plans for a Boilerplate movie produced by J.J. Abrams, perform excerpts from Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, and give you a sneak peek at their next book. Featuring an extremely rare appearance by Paul’s handmade Boilerplate model.

Gays In Comics: Portland Edition! –1pm – 1:45
Industry insider Andy Mangels will host a panel of comics professionals and their experiences in the industry.

Star Wars Filming Locations — 2pm – 2:45
Gus Lopez will present an overview of the Star Wars filming locations used for both Original and Prequel Trilogies. From the deserts of Tunisia to the glaciers of Norway, from the redwoods of California to palaces in Italy, Gus has been hunting Star Wars locations for 15 years. In this panel, he will show photos of the actual locations used to shoot these films, how the sites have changed over time, and some of the cool “souvenirs” he found on location. Learn about traveling on your own to a galaxy far, far away…

Epidemiologic Methods for Investigating the Zombie Apocalypse — 4pm – 4:45
In this unique panel hosted by infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Sullivan, we will take look at how to apply the principles of infectious disease epidemiology to understanding an impending zombie apocalypse, and think of ways to prevent full-scale devastation.


Following our food drive for the Oregon Food Bank at Wonder Northwest (, we will embark on our epic Eastside Zombie Walk!

Meet up between 6:30-7pm at HOLLADAY PARK (next to the Lloyd Center). Once the horde has gathered, we will head out at 7pm, making our way through the streets of East Portland.

We will stop at the Bossanova Ballroom, where Zombies (age 21+) can attend the 4th ANNUAL PDX ZOMBIE PROM: TIKI TERROR (; tickets to this event go fast. If you want to go, be sure to get your tickets in advance.


Geeking Back to the Community — Sunday, 3pm – 3:45
The focused, obsessive intensity of geeks often translates into an army of dedicated volunteers. Come hear how geeks with local organizations use their ordinary nerdy powers to save the world. Representatives from these organizations share anecdotes from and personal insight into their personal charity work. Get inspired, be entertained, and find out how to put your own nerdy powers to philanthropic use.


We’ll probably sprinkle in some time to wander the show floor as well. As always: expect pictures, perhaps some video and a recap!


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About tinyheroes

Mindy Crouchley is a 33 year old woman with a degree in English and Technical Writing from Portland State University. She has accumulated three+ years experience in the Marketing and Communications field - with an emphasis on creating digital media content. She has been reading comic books since she was 10 years old. She currently lives in outer southeast Portland with her spouse Dan Robertson, her baby girl, and their dog - Jabba the pug. She spends her free time devouring books, crafting cosplay, video gaming, attending comic cons, writing stories/screenplays, attending book to film adaptation club meetings, volunteering, and watching copious amounts of TV and movies.

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