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A lot of the fun for comic-book fans comes not only from collecting books but from collecting memorabilia. Shoppers swarmed several booths packed with toys, figurines, T-shirts and other collectibles.
Peter David, a prolific writer who has worked on stories featuring the Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, "Star Trek" characters and Babylon 5, greets fans at WonderCon. David announced at the conference that he's signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Comics. Other big names who made appearances at WonderCon 2006 included independent filmmaker Kevin Smith, "Hellboy" creator Mike Mignola, "Spider-Man" contributor Frank Cho, and Frank Miller, who has worked on "Daredevil" and several Batman stories and also created "Sin City," which was adapted into a major motion picture in 2005.
As evidenced by the number of costumes in the convention hall, fashion is a key element for many at WonderCon. A few booths carried everything from Edwardian gowns and corsets to cartoon-character costumes.