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Friday, March 23
 

1:00pm

Animated Effects in Live Action Productions
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:23PM
When the word animation is used, we think of cartoons. However, the line between live action and animation has become blurred due to technological advances. Join industry professionals for a lively discussion of the most memorable animated visual effects in film and TV, and how they blend animation with live action seamlessly. Guest include John Van Vilet (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, TRON), Eli Jarra (Space Jam, Ant-Man, True Detective) and Roger Kupelian (The Lord of the Rings, Cloverfield, Oblivion). The panel will be moderated by ASIFA-Hollywood vice president David Derks.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 207

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #1: What Is a Supervillain?
The greatest superheroes face rogue’s galleries full of colorful foes. What makes a great supervillain? How evil do they have to be? Are they truly insane or just having fun? Travis Langley (Daredevil Psychology: The Devil You Know; Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth), Peter Coogan (Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre), Kathleen McClancy (Texas State University), and Alan Kistler (Doctor Who: A History) offer a look at the history of supervillains and an exploration of what they really are. Find out which came first—the superhero or the villain—and which one needs the other more.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 210

1:00pm

Introduction to Whovian Cosplay
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 12, 10:44PM
Whether you’re new to Doctor Who cosplay or new to cosplay entirely, this is a great place to start! The Order of Gallifrey will share tips for beginners, at any budget level, on how to dress like your favorite Doctors, companions, and villains, including the new 13th Doctor. Panelists include Danielle Beebe, Alex Bagosy, Clarissa Berry, Bonnie Castillo, and River Alexandra Song.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 213CD

1:00pm

Jack Kirby's Centennial Artwork Extravaganza
The Jack Kirby Centennial celebration continues with this final presentation of the King's original comic artwork. Hosted by IDW president and publisher Greg Goldstein, this special tribute features a multimedia display of more than 1,300 pages of Kirby's original artwork 'the largest showing ever' selected from the eight Jack Kirby Artist's Edition books IDW has published, as well as additional not-yet-published pages that will be new to fans of the books. Everyone who attends will walk away with a special gift!

Friday March 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 209

1:00pm

Spiritual Themes in Comics
This marks the fourth year that the Christian Comic Arts Society has hosted the Spiritual Themes in Comics panel at WonderCon. As spiritual themes continue to be explored in movies like Wonder Woman and in comics, science fiction, and fantasy, panelists will examine how spiritual themes influence the entertainment industry and how the reality of spiritual beliefs affects the culture'

Friday March 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 211

1:00pm

SubZero and the Evolution of Mr. Freeze
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:43PM
In anticipation of Warner Archive Collection’s release of Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero on Blu-ray this Spring, join the beloved voice of Robin, Loren Lester (Batman: The Animated Series) alongside SubZero screenwriter (and heralded Animaniacs songwriter) Randy Rogel, noted psychologis, Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions), WAC Podcast hosts D.W. Ferranti & Matthew Patterson and some surprise guests as they show remastered footage and discuss the film and the evolution of Mr. Freeze from a goofy threat into an endearing multi-dimensional villain who just wants to find a cure for his dying wife. Moderator Gary Miereanu might even bring some cool giveaways for select fans.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 300B

1:30pm

Life in the Weird City: Urban Fantasy
Explore familiar and not-so-familiar metropolitan areas with WonderCon special guest Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Stephen Blackmoore (necromancer Eric Carter series), Rachel Marks (Otherborn, The Dark Cycle series), Mishell Baker (The Arcadia Project), and Mairghread Scott (The City on the Other Side), assisted by Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 213AB

1:30pm

Spotlight on Laini Taylor
New York Times bestselling authors Laini Taylor and Kiersten White talk writing, monsters, and magic. Laini Taylor is the author of the Printz Honor winner Strange the Dreamer and its upcoming sequel, Muse of Nightmares. She will be interviewed by Kiersten, the bestselling author of the And I Darken series and the upcoming The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 300D

1:30pm

The Sergio, Mark, and Tom Show
Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragonés, and Tom Luth bring you the long-running, award-winning comic featuring the ship-sinking, everyone-slaying Groo the Wanderer. This is a panel where those three people talk about what they do, how they do it, why they do it, how one or two of them actually gets paid for doing it . . . it's just a very silly panel featuring silly people who do a silly comic book.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 208

2:00pm

BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
The world of BOOM! Studios has grown bigger than ever before, meaning there’s a comic book for every kind of fan, and this is the panel to Discover Yours! Josh Trujillo (Dodge City), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), David Walker (Planet of The Apes), Ben Blacker & Ben Acker (The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl), Matt Gagnon (editor-in-chief, BOOM! Studios), and others reveal big news from the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box, and KaBOOM!, along with some special surprises for every fan in attendance. Moderated by Filip Sablik (president of publishing & marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 211

2:00pm

Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 20, 10:36PM
Just getting into comics but not sure where to start? Hear from some of the industry's biggest pros as they impart their vast comic knowledge by personally recommending series just right for you. Join the eternal comics fans at comiXology along with comics luminaries, tastemakers like Devin Funches (Lion Forge), Deb Aoki (Anime News Network), and surprise guests as they become your guides through the awesome world of comics.

Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 209

2:00pm

Cospositive: Cosplay with Confidence
Ivy Doomkitty (IGN's Hero Makeover, Body Positive advocate), DPiddy (YouTuber, international cosplayer), David Baxter (Legion M, LTL Cosplay), and Kelton FX (SFX artist) discuss body image and confidence in oneself, self-worth, ways to work on confidence, and how to stay positive in the community when faced with negative people or negative comments on social media. Cosplaying regardless of age, skin color, gender, body type/size, or disability, will be covered.

Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 213CD

2:00pm

Fanbase Press: Exploring Legacy in Star Wars
Long ago on a desert planet far, far way, audiences were first introduced to Luke Skywalker and the Jedi legacy that had been passed down through generations. This hero's journey has resonated with audiences on a grand scale over the past 40 years in movies, television, books, comics, and more. Led by Michele Brittany (editorials manager, Fanbase Press), panelists Craig Miller (Star Wars publicist), Dr. Kevin Wetmore, Jr. (Empire Triumphant), Michael Kogge (Everything You Need to Know . . . ), Daniel Cooney (Star Wars: Rogue One trading cards), and Livio Ramondelli (Star Wars cover artist) will discuss the themes of legacy within the Star Wars mythos both from storytelling and academic perspectives.

Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 300B

2:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Comics in the World
Can comic books make a difference in people's lives? How might we use them to make the world better? Jessica Motherwell McFarlane (Justice Institute of British Columbia; Life Outside the Box) describes how graphic narratives can help people practice moving from bystanders to upstanders to stop social injustices and bullying. Megan Hoelting (Northwest Missouri State University) uses Lumberjanes to explore youth agency, analyzing comics for survival stories, mythology adaptations, and LGBTQ accounts of 'coming out.' Victoria Minnich recorded her daily observations as the only woman among male deckhands, through the visual language of comics. Rachel Branham (Marblehead High School; What's So Great About Art, Anyway? A Teacher's Odyssey) applies visual narrative in public education for 21st-century skills.

Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 210

2:30pm

A Very Special Episode: Lessons in Kids Comics
Grab your afterschool snacks and settle down to listen to WonderCon Anaheim special guests Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Jody Houser (Faith), Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City), Cat Staggs (Supergirl), and Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) as they wax philosophical on why kids’ comics shouldn’t shy away from the tough stuff. Moderated by Jessica Tseang (founder, The Comic Book Girl, Little Geek Girls).

Friday March 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 213AB

2:30pm

Inside The Writers Room: The Shows That Inspired Us
Some of your favorite TV writers and directors discuss the television series that inspired them to do what they do, from The Six Million Dollar Man to Star Trek, The Twilight Zone to Hill Street Blues, Battlestar Galactica (1978) to Battlestar Galactica (2004), and Mannix to Manimal (okay, maybe not that one). They’ll look back at the series that helped make the medium great. Panelists include Ashley E. Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X), Sean Crouch (The Exorcist, Lore), Steve Kriozere (Castle, NCIS), David Rogers (director, The Office, The Mindy Project), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Deric A. Hughes (The Flash, Warehouse 13), and Amy Berg (Counterpart, DaVinci's Demons).

Friday March 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 300D

2:30pm

Spotlight on Larry Hama
WonderCon special guest Larry Hama will present a slide show of GI Joe ARAH #21 (“Silent Interlude”) with panel-by-panel explanation, followed by a short Q&A.

Friday March 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 208

2:30pm

The Science of The Expanse
NEW: Mon, Mar 19, 09:59PM
Join the cast and crew from The Expanse, including Naren Shankar, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams, and Cas Anvar, with moderator Kyle Hill (Nerdist science editor, host of Because Science, and professional nerd) as they share details on the upcoming season of the critically acclaimed series from Alcon Television Group and SYFY.

Friday March 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
North 200A

2:30pm

Unikitty! Video Presentation and Q&A
WonderCon attendees will be transported to a joyous kingdom full of sparkle matter, happy thoughts, and the occasional rage-out when Unikitty! takes the stage. Bring your positive vibes as a panel of producers and members of the voice cast present a behind-the-scenes look at the hit animated series starring your favorite character from The LEGO Movie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Unikitty! airs Fridays at 6:30/5:30c on Cartoon Network.

Friday March 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
North 200B

3:00pm

CBLDF: State of Censorship 2018
Get a global look at comics censorship from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Learn about current censorship challenges in the U.S., including new bills attempting to regulate internet use, and the abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression! CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein leads the conversation.

Friday March 23, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 211

3:00pm

Game As a Pro
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 04:48PM
What does it take to become an e-sport pro? A game designer? A programmer? This panel will give you insight into each of these career paths and the people behind them. Panelists include Damian “E-Love” Matthias (CEO of VR Innovator, Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer – Tupac, LL Cool J), Hoa Nhat "Anakin" Luu (Red Bull TEKKEN athlete), Sohrob C. Farudi (Fan Controlled Football League), Guy Constantini (VP global interactive marketing, Skydance Media, Archangel VR) and Cat Wendt (marketing & community manager, iThrive Games). Moderated by Anastasia Staten (executive director, The ESA Foundation).

Friday March 23, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 207

3:00pm

Gather 'Round the Campfire: Telling Tales
WonderCon special guest Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicles), R. A. Salvatore (Child of a Mad God, The Legend of Drizzt), Tina LeCount Myers (The Legacy of the Heavens series), and Jenna Rhodes (Elven Ways series) gather around the microphones to spin tales of what compels them to be modern-day bards.

Friday March 23, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 300B

3:00pm

Gay Geeks and Where to Find Them
Jack Plotnick (actor, Drawn Together, Girls Will Be Girls), Cort Lane (SVP of Marvel Entertainment Animation & Family), Ted Biaselli (executive of development, Netflix Original Series), Richy Rich (podcast host), Renee Jeske (Disney Music Group), Xander Jeanneret (singer, The Library Bard's, role player on Geek & Sundry), and Jacob Johnston (SVP of Development of Crypt TV, visual development producer of Marvel Films) discuss how to turn your favorite geeky fandoms into flourishing careers, the challenges and rewards of growing up a gay geek, and how being a member of the LGBT community influenced their work. Q&A session moderated by Chris Riley (producer, Male Cosplay Pinups).

Friday March 23, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 213CD

3:00pm

Spotlight on Gail Simone
Fan-favorite writer Gail Simone (Batgirl, Deadpool, Wonder Woman) has an intimate and no-holds-barred discussion about her journey in comics, from fan to award-winning author. Surprise guests and a lively Q&A will cover her career from Women in Refrigerators to her new Image title, Crosswind.

Friday March 23, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 209

3:30pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #3: With Great Power Comes Great Pedagogy: Teaching, Learning, and Comic Books
Eisner Award winner Susan Kirtley (Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass) brings together diverse voices to explore the power and potential of comics in education today. Antero Garcia (Stanford University) offers an overview of the need for comics teaching methodology. Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools) presents examples of comics used in South Central L.A. classrooms to impact reading and empower students. Bart Beaty (University of Calgary) speculates on how scholars and educators can embrace online tools and incorporate comics beyond the "typical." Ben Bolling (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) describes a class in which students engage the Batman mythos in print, radio, television, film, music, and other media.

Friday March 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 210

3:30pm

Entrepreneurial Women in Geek Culture
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 19, 04:50PM
A group of extraordinary entrepreneurial women share how they made their dreams an everyday reality. They will describe how they took their respective niche passions and, against the odds and the opinions of others, created a market that was previously not there before. Moderated by the Winner Twins (Brittany and Brianna Winner, national-bestselling science fiction authors) the panel features Laura Byrnes (owner/creator, Pinup Girl Clothing), Masuimi Max (owner/creator, I Am Sin Cosmetics, top model, actress), Katie Elhoffer (owner/creator, Elhoffer Designs), and Ivy Doomkitty (cosplayer, costume designer, and guest host on Heroes of Cosplay).

Friday March 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 213AB

3:30pm

Fanbase Press: Introducing Quince
Quince is a 15-issue comic book series being released in English and Spanish about teenager Lupe who discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera. Creative team Sebastian Kadlecik (Penguins vs. Possums), Kit Steinkellner (Z: The Beginning of Everything), and Emma Steinkellner (Ayzenberg) discuss the series and the importance of inclusivity and representation in the comic book medium in a session moderated by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief of Fanbase Press).

Friday March 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 208

3:30pm

Teen Titans Go! Video Presentation and Q&A
The Titans are back at WonderCon and they're bringing all the fun, laughs, and hilarious hijinks that are part of every Teen Titans Go! panel. You only need to bring your questions (and maybe some waffles and pie) for this packed panel of producers and members of the voice cast. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Fridays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.

Friday March 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
North 200B

3:30pm

Writing for Animation
Interested in writing for cartoons or video games? Then you'll want to hear three people who've done it tell you how they've done it: Marv Wolfman (Epic Mickey 2, The Adventures of Superman), Shelly Goldstein (Shelldon, Flying with Byrd), and moderator Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show, Scooby Doo). They'll talk about script formats, breaking a story, getting the assignment, dealing with sinister forces, and everything else.

Friday March 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 300D

3:30pm

NBC's Reverie: Exclusive Sneak Peek Screening
From Mickey Fisher, the creator of Extant, this grounded new thriller follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. When she's brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which people can literally live their dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself. The series also stars Dennis Haysbert (24), Jessica Lu (Awkward), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), and Kathryn Morris (Cold Case).

Friday March 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
North 200A

3:30pm

The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Presenting 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. Producer/curator Ron Diamond will present the program and answer questions following the showing.

Friday March 23, 2018 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Arena

4:00pm

Fandom to Career: Make Your Wildest Dreams Come True
Tony B Kim (Hero Within, Crazy 4 Comic Con) hosts a discussion about how to turn your passionate hobby into a promising career. You’ll learn the various ways to monetize your interests, how to launch your brand, and what pitfalls to avoid. Attendees will get a chance to pitch business dilemmas for the panel to help solve. Panelists include Britta Lundin (writer, CW’s Riverdale), Jason Inman (creator, Jupiter Jet), Andre Meadows (YouTube personality, host), Chris Gore (comedian, writer), LeeAnna Vamp (cosplayer, host), and a surprise guest.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 213CD

4:00pm

Spotlight on Mark Waid
Mark Waid (Daredevil, Captain America, Kingdom Come, Superman: Birthright) is here to answer any and all questions about his 33+ year career or about comics history in general.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 209

4:00pm

Star Trek: The Next 50 Years
The authors of the critically acclaimed bestselling two-volume series from St. Martin’s Press, The Fifty-Year Mission, Mark A. Altman (Tor’s So Say We All: The Complete Oral History of Battlestar Galactica), Edward Gross (Slayers & Vampires: The Complete Oral History Of Buffy & Angel), and Michael Sussman (writer-producer, Star Trek: Voyager, Enterprise) are joined by film critic Movie (Scott) Mantz to look back at 50 years of Star Trek and discuss where the franchise will boldly go over the next 50 years, including musings on Star Trek: Discovery, their hopes and dreams for Quentin Tarantino’s pulp science fiction, and why we need Star Trek today more than ever.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 300B

4:00pm

Stargate: Re-Open the Gate!
The team behind the Stargate franchise come together to talk about the new Stargate Origins series, the future of Stargate, and most of all, the passion and commitment of the Stargate fans!

Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 207

4:00pm

Valiant presents: Harbinger Wars 2 and Beyond
This summer, Harbinger Wars 2 is about to erupt in full force! Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious, and most impactful comic book event in its history starts here at WonderCon with exclusive announcements and artwork. Plus: Shadowman, Bloodshot Salvation, Ninja-K, Quantum and Woody! and more.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 211

4:30pm

Black Crown: The Ruling Class
Last October, IDW kicked off a new comics revolution with Black Crown, editor Shelly Bond's audacious creator-owned imprint. Bond and her coterie of star talent, including Philip Bond (CUD: Rich and Strange) and a special guest, spill secrets and share amazing art.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 213AB

4:30pm

Spotlight on Jim Lee
DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee (Batman, Justice League, Superman Unchained, The Immortal Men) talks about his 30+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process firsthand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment's characters to life.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
North 200B

4:30pm

The Business of Independent Art
NEW: Wed, Mar 21, 05:18PM
What does a person need to think about when they venture in the market place as an independent artist? Between marketing yourself to getting the job, being independent has it's challenges. Join Pete Emmerich, Nic Gregory, Casey Robin, Stephen Franck and David DePasquale for a candid discussion on being entrepreneurial, handling career obstacles and treating an independent art career like a business. The panel will be moderated by ASIFA-Hollywood vice president David Derks.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 208

4:30pm

Writing 101: What To Think About Before You Start Writing
Award-winning writer/editor Marv Wolfman (writer-creator of Blade, Black Cat, Bullseye, New Teen Titans, Deathstroke, and many more) brings his annual writing seminar to WonderCon. This is for those who want to write but aren’t sure how to begin. Marv talks about structure, creating characters, writing dialogue, and more. If you want to begin writing, be sure to attend Marv’s panel first.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 210

4:45pm

Marvel's Cloak & Dagger
Freeform's new original series Marvel's Cloak & Dagger is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph), two teenagers from very different backgrounds who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers that are mysteriously linked to each other. Tandy can emit light daggers, and Tyrone has the ability to control the power of darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart. Executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb is joined by series stars and producers for a sneak peek of the highly anticipated new series.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:45pm - 6:00pm
North 200A

5:00pm

1988 - Geek's Greatest Year: Make A Fist With Your Toes Edition
An expert panel of geeksperts will blow you through the back wall of the theater as they take a trip back in time 30 years to the great geek year of 1988, looking back at Die Hard, A Fish Called Wanda, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Beetlejuice, Willow, Heathers, Midnight Run, the all too prescient They Live '

Friday March 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 300B

5:00pm

Friday Comic Pitch Review
If you’re a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch before the networking event and get some free coaching from a pro. A pitch is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you’re doing or what you’ve made. Giving a good pitch is a vital skill you must have to bring your project to life. Fortunately, it’s also a skill you can learn and improve with practice. Pitch reviews will be conducted by Douglas Neff, an experienced presentation coach and professional public speaker who also hosts the Comic Creator Connection. This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday March 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 204C

5:00pm

Manga: An Intro For Comics Fans
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 20, 10:40PM
Are you a longtime comics fan but also have interest in anime and manga and don’t really know how to dive in? ComiXology hosts a panel of comics tastemakers (who are also secretly weebs and otaku, shhh!) to recommend the best of manga, past and present. Panelists includes Deb Aoki (Anime News Network), Faith Erin Hicks, (The Nameless City), and Stephanie Hocutt (BOOM! Studios). Tell them your favorite comic, movie, or TV show and they’ll give you a manga to match.

Friday March 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 211

5:00pm

Spotlight on Jody Houser
Writer Jody Houser has made her mark in both licensed comics (Orphan Black, Star Wars, X-Files, the upcoming Doctor Who comic) and superhero titles (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Supergirl, Mother Panic, Faith). Join her for a discussion of the facets of a career in writing comics and what it's like to collaborate on a wide range of different characters. Moderated by Taliesin Jaffe (Critical Role, The Wednesday Club).

Friday March 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 209

5:00pm

Star Wars Mock Trial - Can R2-D2 and C-3PO Sue the Mos Eisley Cantina for Discrimination?
Would a court rule that a droid is a '

Friday March 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 207

5:00pm

Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics Gathering
Webcomics Advocates co-founder Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker) and webcomic creators Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings), Eddie DeAngelini (Collectors), Ambrose Quintanilla (Gopher-It Comics), Madeleine Holly-Rising (Boston Metaphysical Society), and moderator Josh Forbes (director, Contracted 2) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics, They will also give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comic to the crowd.

Friday March 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 213CD

5:30pm

Alterna Comics: Bringing Back the Newsprint
Alterna Comics has revived the newsprint format. The publisher’s books can now be found not only at comic shops but also on newsstands for a fraction of the price of most comics today. Hear from writers Jordan Hart (Doppelgänger), David Lucarelli (Tinseltown/The Children’s Vampire Hunting Brigade), Terry Mayo (The Wicked Righteous), and Michael Kogge (Empire of the Wolf) about why comics are going back to the past to carve a bold new future. Free comics for everyone who asks a question!

Friday March 23, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 208

5:30pm

Comic Book Law School - So I Have This Idea...
With the backbone of the economy swinging more and more toward the production and distribution of creative works, and with an ever-increasing number of channels through which to offer or sell your creative works, it has never been easier to get your creations in front of a willing and ready audience (hopefully in a profitable way). But with a legal system that sometime struggles to keep up with the newest technological advances, there are also more pitfalls than ever to navigate your way through on the road to success. And while it may be true that the greater the risk the greater the potential reward, it is foolhardy to risk losing your creations when a few simple steps may provide you with strong basic protections against the pirates lurking around each technological corner ready to fleece the unwary. Bottom line: Before you accidentally give away your next big idea, it may be time to get some help. Luckily, noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, is on hand to discuss the truths and myths of protecting your intellectual capital. Attendees are invited to join an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. Copyright and Trademark laws, starting with the basics on the ownership and protection of ideas, a brief overview of copyright and trademark rights, including for works of authorship, characters, and names, as well as the registration process for each, and (time permitting) a brief discussion on why written agreement are good, and not all lawyers bring bad news. Please Note: The Comic Book Law School® seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. However, the seminar is presented for information and entertainment purposes only, and the information presented and opinions expressed at the seminars do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. [This program is approved for one (1) credit of California MCLE.].

Friday March 23, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 210

5:30pm

Comics Character Sheets: What is the Best Super Power?
Constitution, dexterity, strength, wisdom . . . there is so much to consider when selecting the best super power. Roll the dice with WonderCon special guests Ryan Benjamin (X-Men), Jason Fabok (Justice League), Mitch Gerads (The Punisher), Gail Simone (Birds of Prey), and Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl) as they hash out what truly is the most sought-after power in the land. Moderated by Vince Hernandez (Aspen).

Friday March 23, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 213AB

5:30pm

DC Action Comics: Celebrating 80 Years of Superman
Highlighted by the return of his trademark red trunks, Superman reaches an incredible milestone on his 80th anniversary April 18, as Action Comics, the book that introduced the superhero genre, hits an unprecedented 1000th issue! Join some of comics’ most talented writers and artists in a discussion of their favorite Superman moments, find out more details on the creative process behind this commemorative issue, and learn what surprises it has in store for fans of the Man of Steel!

Friday March 23, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
North 200B

5:30pm

StudioADI: 30 Years Of Making Monsters
Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. (co-founders of the Oscar Award–winning FX studio) discuss their work creating practical characters and effects for films like Alien 3, The Predator, Starship Troopers, and It, as well as share info about their upcoming projects. Q&A will follow.

Friday March 23, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 300D

5:45pm

The Greatest Cartoons Ever!
Programmed by noted animation historian Jerry Beck and ASIFA-Hollywood executive director Frank Gladstone, this screening features the best and most notable theatrical shorts from Hollywood’s legendary golden age. Films scheduled are Tex Avery's King Size Canary, Chuck Jones’s What's Opera, Doc?, Disney’s The Band Concert and The Three Little Pigs, and the Fleischer Studios’ Betty Boop in Snow White, as well as the Superman short “Magnetic Telescope.” For the finale, you’ll be treated to Fleischer’s amazing 1936 two-reeler Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor.

Friday March 23, 2018 5:45pm - 6:45pm
Arena

6:00pm

Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining
Comics and Hip-Hop are both hybrid forms, forging new ideas by combining existing elements in new and creative ways, reflecting and shaping popular culture through artistic expression. Rappers and graffiti artists utilize four-color visuals and adopt heroic alter-egos; MCs and producers create universes with words and sound; comic creators incorporate Hip-Hop's music, dance, and fashion into the fabric of their stories. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field) brings together graphic artists and musical innovators to discuss the ties between these two creative cultures.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 211

6:00pm

Queer Comics at the Crossroads
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 13, 08:44PM
In the past several years, LGBTQAIU individuals have made great strides in representation in comics. The next frontier for queer creators is tackling characters whose experiences straddle not only a queer identity but the other identities that make people who they are: race, ethnic background, gender, religion, ability, and more. What are the unique challenges facing writers and artists who wish to examine intersectionality of identities? How do a character's additional identities complement or complicate their lives and loves? Moderator Viktor Kerney (#GayMediaSoWhite creator, Prism Comics board member) and panelists Sean Z. Maker (Bent-Con, Ramonah Rising), Ajuan Mance (Gender Studies), William O. Tyler (Queerbait), Sonya Saturday (Sonya Saturday's Comics and Art) discuss creating characters and stories that highlight diversity and inclusion.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 209

6:00pm

ROBOTECH: A Look to the Future
Harmony Gold USA presents the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from awesome new products to the live-action film in the works at Sony Pictures with the producers of 300 and the director of Stephen King's It.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 300B

6:00pm

The 100 Special Video Presentation and Q&A
With season 5 premiering on Tuesday, April 24 at 9/8c on The CW, The 100 makes its return to WonderCon with a sneak peek into the new season. More than six years have passed since Praimfaya has ravaged the planet and killed most of the human race. As Clarke waits to hear from the group on the Ark, or in the bunker, a prison ship drops from the sky. Are they friend or foe? And what do they want? A special video presentation will be followed by a session with series stars and producers. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The 100: The Complete Fourth Season is available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
North 200A

6:00pm

The Many Forms of Fandoms: The variety of ways Fans Show Devotion
Joel Christopher Payne (artist), Shawn Alexander Mullen (Sci Fi Coalition), Patricia A Miller (cosplayer), Susan Watson (Who Con chair), Caitlyn “Mazz” Mazzacano (fan fiction writer), and Colleen Kelly Burks (collector) discuss the various forms fans use to support and promote the fandom they love.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 213CD

6:00pm

Unnecessary Debates
Who wore it better: Gollum or Tarzan? Find out in this panel where debaters like Abed Gheith (writer, Rick and Morty), Michael Tanner (creator, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse), Tony Kim (founder, Hero Within), and Eric Durham (producer, The Grand Geek Gathering) go toe-to-toe filling your heads with unnecessary facts and opinions, with moderator Tyler McPhail (creator, The Grand Geek Gathering).

Friday March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 207

6:30pm

#TimesUp - Drawing the line for status quo in comics, Lit, and education
Everyone seems to be ready to take a stand against the bullies and oppressors in their own arenas. The question is, what does that really mean? How do you navigate the high walls and ivory towers of the media to educational worlds to get your voice heard by your audience and stop being silenced? Creators, intellectuals, and educators discuss whose time is really up, and how everyone can engage in dismantling the systems of oppression that they built.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 208

6:30pm

25th Anniversary of Jurassic Park: Life Finds a Way
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 03:45PM
An iconic film that debuted in theaters 25 years ago, Jurassic Park forever shaped audiences around the world and dug into their love for dinosaurs. Steven Spielberg's beloved film has now spawned several sequels, including the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Jessica Tseang (co-host, The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast), Megan Kathleen (Film Threat, Jurassic Park franchise film critic), Anthony Ray Bench (film critic Film Threat) and special guest Dr. Nathan Smith (paleontologist for the Los Angeles Natural History Museum) come together to discuss how this franchise evolved from novel to film to a worldwide phenomenon.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 300D

6:30pm

Legion M: How the Power of Fandom Is Changing Hollywood
Every fan has the potential to change the way entertainment is made. Legion M, the world's first fan-owned entertainment company, has helped produce such hot genre films as Colossal with Anne Hathaway, the upcoming Mandy starring Nicolas Cage, and Ant Timpson's The Field Guide to Evil. Legion M's Paul Scanlan (CEO), Terri Lubaroff (COO), and David Baxter (head of development) reveal how Legion M works, what's coming next, and how you can join. Moderated by Dave Elliott (A1 Comics) with surprise guests, announcements, and special giveaways. Room 200B

Friday March 23, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
North 200B

6:30pm

The Golden Age of Tabletop
Board games have come a long way since Monopoly, Jenga, and Sorry, and with the popularity of Kickstarter anybody can publish their own game. Will Pasquin (head of gaming, High Voltage), John D. Clair (game designer, Edge of Darkness), Brian Henk (president, Overworld Games), Ross Thompson (games marketing & events manager, IDW Games), Becca Scott (co-host, Geek & Sundry’s Game The Game), and Peter Vaughan (director of development at Breaking Games) discuss this growing community and tabletop trends, and they answer your questions about designing your own game or creating a community to help everyone play more games.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 213AB

7:00pm

Gaaays in Spaaace: Live Long & Be Fabulous
In 2016, Star Trek Beyond gave fans their first glimpse of a gay man who was alive and well in the future, followed by an actual gay couple on Star Trek: Discovery. Gaaays In Spaaace was created to celebrate this historic step forward and has been joined by numerous members of the Star Trek family at events across the country. Nana Visitor (Major Kira, Star Trek: DS9), Dan Deevy (GIS founder) and Blueprint Earth co-founder, volcanologist, and California congressional candidate Jess Phoenix are on hand to discuss the journey so far, why it’s taken so long to get here, and why it’s more important than ever for LGBTQ character inclusion in sci-fi to continue. Plus, everyone will receive a free GIS tote bag.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 209

7:00pm

Headlocked: Wrestling and Comics Collide!
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 10:04PM
Discover the groundbreaking comic that's taken the wrestling world by storm. Headlocked is out to change the way you look at wrestling by using actual professional wrestlers as the artists! Series creator Michael Kingston (WWE), and Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. Joe) discuss wrestling and comics, how they've influenced pop culture, and how they've influenced each other. Moderated by Brandon Stroud (UPROXX).

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 211

7:00pm

Lawyers vs. Kaiju: What is the Liability for Monster Attacks?
Is King Kong protected by the Endangered Species Act? Does Gamera have a duty to save children? Attorneys Monte Cooper, Esq. (Orrick and grandnephew of Merian C. Cooper, the creator of King Kong), Megan Hitchcock, Esq. (Esurance), Jeraline Singh Edwards, Esq. (Law Offices of Jeraline Singh Edwards), and Joshua Gilliland, Esq. (The Legal Geeks) do battle over John Driscoll's liability for Kong's rampage across New York, whether the United States has a treaty obligation to defend Japan from Godzilla, and much more. Moderated by Matt Weinhold (Monster Party).

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 207

7:00pm

Psychology of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
Are you a die-hard Harry Potter fan? Are you looking forward to the next Fantastic Beasts movie? If so, join psychologists Dr. Janina Scarlet (author of Harry Potter Therapy) and Dr. Travis Langley (Star Wars Psychology; Batman and Psychology), peer counselor Travis Adams (Supernatural Psychology), director Justin Zagri (Snape and the Marauders), and illustrator Vince Alvendia (Harry Potter Therapy) for an interactive discussion of the psychology of Harry Potter and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films. Dustin McGinnis (McGinnis Music) moderates.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 300B

7:00pm

Friday Comic Creator Connection
Are you a writer with a great idea for a comic book series, but you can’t draw? Or maybe you’re an artist looking to illustrate an incredible story, but you can’t write. WonderCon is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet new creative partners. Here’s how it works: In a 2-hour period writers and artists will sit down across from each other at a table. (And by artists, we mean pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc—all are welcome!) Then, in 5-minute sessions, you will talk one-on-one with each other about your ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you’re interested in furthering the conversation, you’ll exchange contact information. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists! Sign-ups are taken in advance for this event, but space may still be available on site.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 204C

7:00pm

World Premiere Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 22, 05:07AM
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation celebrate a decade of WonderCon World Premieres with the debut of the latest DC Universe Movie, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay. The all-new animated film finds Amanda Waller’s top secret “Task Force X” – Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Copperhead – on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it. But the Suicide Squad isn’t the only group of villains seeking to possess the object. The race is on for the golden prize … and, to stay alive, second place isn’t an option. Confirmed to appear on the special pre-screening panel are actors Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: War of the Damned, The Flash) as Captain Boomerang, Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood, Once Upon a Time) as Killer Frost, Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf) as Copperhead, Dania Ramirez (Once Upon a Time, Heroes) as Scandal Savage, Julie Nathanson (The Zeta Project, Beverly Hills 90210) as Silver Banshee, and Greg Grunberg (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Heroes) as Steel Maxum, in addition to executive producer James Tucker (Batman vs. Two-Face, Justice League Dark), co-producer/screenwriter Alan Burnett (Justice League vs. Teen Titans) and character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice). Tiffany Smith (DC All-Access) will moderate. The all-star cast also includes Christian Slater (Mr. Robot, Archer, True Romance) in his DC Universe Movies debut as the voice of Deadshot, who heads “Task Force X” alongside Billy Brown (How To Get Away With Murder) as Bronze Tiger, Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) as Harley Quinn and their “boss,” Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) as Amanda Waller. Villainous forces in the film include C. Thomas Howell (Outcast, The Outsiders, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) as Zoom, Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids, Heroes, Once Upon a Time) as Scandal Savage, James Urbaniak (Difficult People, The Venture Bros.) as Professor Pyg, and Jim Pirri (Injustice 2) as Vandal Savage & Vertigo. The feature-length animated film arrives on Digital starting March 27, 2018, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD April 10, 2018.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Arena

7:30pm

Comics con Comics
En el estreno de Comics Con Comics en WonderCon, presentador Juan-Manuel Rocha va a traer grandes de los mundos Comedia y Comics. ¡Unete con nosotros esta noche y desfrute la risa!

Friday March 23, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 300D

7:30pm

Fanbase Press: Art of Trading Cards
Themed collector cards have been around for over 100 years, originally packaged with cigarettes. By the 1950s, bubble gum was packaged with trading cards that began to spotlight media-based subjects such as popular television shows and films. Trading card sets typically include sketch cards, which feature the work of established and aspiring artists. Led by Michele Brittany (editorials manager, Fanbase Press), panelists Daniel Cooney (Star Wars: Rogue One), Chris Thorne (DC Comics's New 52), and Ashleigh Popplewell (The Walking Dead) talk about their experiences working with Topps, Cryptozoic Entertainment, and other companies to create trading cards that celebrate some of your favorite franchises.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 213AB

7:30pm

How To Build a BB-8 and R2-D2
Do you want to know what it takes to build your own Star Wars droid? Southern California R2/BB8 builders Chris Romines, Mike Senna, Michael McMaster, William Miyamoto, and builder/moderator Victor Franco discuss how their robots were built and how they work. Topics include materials, blueprints, building techniques, tools, and the electronics used to bring these awesome droids to life.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 210

7:30pm

Tales of the Comic Book Shop
Have you ever wondered what it was like to work at a comic book shop? Well, find out about the highs and lows from those who have owned, managed, and worked at them! You can finally learn the secrets behind those geek safe-havens and know how annoying of a customer you are. Moderated by Tyler McPhail (creator, The Grand Geek Gathering).

Friday March 23, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 208

8:00pm

Film Threat's Mega-Movie War 201 8
Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ready Player One, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Aquaman, and more will be debated at this gathering of a veritable "Jedi Council" of movie geeks. Anthony Ray Bench (Film Threat), Charles de Lauzirika (Blade Runner: The Final Cut), Cliff Stephenson (Hannibal), and Dante James (Film Threat) among others engage in a raucous discussion moderated by Film Threat editor Chris Gore. They'll choose the winners and losers of 2018 's biggest movies.

Friday March 23, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 207

8:00pm

StreetPass OC: Nintendo Quiz Bowl
Are you the biggest Nintendo fan? Are you the Hero of Time everyone has been waiting for? Prove it by competing with other Nintendo fans to showcase your knowledge of all things Nintendo! Join Nintendo quizmasters Kiet Pham and Ryan Van Lu to see if you have what it takes to be a Nintendo Master. Compete alone or in teams for fabulous prizes, but remember there could only be one Ultimate Nintendo Fan. Are you the one?

Friday March 23, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 209

8:00pm

The Musical Universe of Doctor Who
Blair Mowat, musical arranger on Doctor Who and composer of spinoff Class, takes you on a musical journey through the Whoniverse from 1963 to 2018. Audience members will also be given a chance to show off their musical Who knowledge, in a game of Name That Who-ne, to win exclusive prizes.

Friday March 23, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 300B

8:00pm

VRV Industry Panel
VRV will be talking about their streaming service and all the hottest upcoming shows.

Friday March 23, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 211
 
Saturday, March 24
 

10:00am

Constantine World Premiere Screening
A WonderCon Anaheim exclusive! See the first episodes of the animated Constantine series for CW Seed. This new series from Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content follows DC's popular comic book character John Constantine (voiced by the live-action series star Matt Ryan), a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult. Constantine is executive produced by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Constantine [live-action series], Krypton), Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning), and Sarah Schechter (Blindspot, Riverdale, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning); produced by Butch Lukic (Justice League Action, Batman Unlimited); written by J. M. DeMatteis (Justice League Dark, Batman vs. Robin); and directed by Doug Murphy (Justice League Action, Young Justice). The first season of Constantine will begin streaming on the CW Seed on March 24.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
North 200A

10:00am

How To Get Press Coverage
Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what won't? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, or why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include Tim Chizmar (First Comics News, Fangoria), Ed Catto (Captain Action, Bonfire Agency), Josh Henaman (Big Foot), Glenn Hauman (ComicMix), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News, Geek-a-pedia), Mike Kingston (Headlocked Comics, BOOM! Studios), Alex Raymond (Monstar, Hollywood Gone Geek), Francis Sky (First Comics News), and Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla Comics). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comic.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 209

10:00am

IDW Publishing and Star Trek Comics: Keep on Trekkin'
Focusing on all the great Star Trek comics coming out from IDW, panelists include group editor Sarah Gaydos, writers Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (also a staff writer on the Star Trek: Discovery show), Scott Tipton, and David Tipton, and Trek fan-favorite artist J. K. Woodward.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 211

10:00am

Into the Badlands
Cast and executive producers join moderator Jeff Yang for a discussion about what to expect from the upcoming third season of AMC's martial arts drama Into the Badlands. .

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 300B

10:00am

The Avatar's Narrative: Writing for Video Games
The video game industry is a growing platform teeming with well-known geektastic careers including design, production, art, and programming. But many opportunities also lie within the world of writing, including short and longform writing, literary-esque writing, and punchy marketing content writing. Genese Davis (Omensight), Chris Avellone (Fallout 2), Cameron Dayton (Call of Duty: WW2), and William Weissbaum (Star Citizen) divulge their experiences writing in the video game industry and discuss the ins and outs of producing quality and unique content.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 207

10:00am

DC Publishers
DC's publishers are back in Anaheim and have much to share! Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are the driving forces behind DC Universe, Vertigo, MAD, DC's Young Animal, and much more. This bombastic panel gives you a unique in-depth look this fan-favorite comic book company!

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
North 156

10:00am

The Her Universe Fashion Show: Junior Design Camp
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 09, 10:27PM
Are you too young to compete in the Her Universe Fashion Show?Do you want to design your own pieces or maybe even work for a fashion company like Her Universesomeday? If you are between the ages of 5 and 17, come and learn to design with the Her Universe Team and Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein. This 3-hour session is free with a WonderCon badge and no experience is needed. Junior designers will learn how to bring their ideas to life with a step-by-step tutorial of the fashion design process. Parents are welcome to attend and will also have the opportunity to ask questions during a Q&A portion of the class.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Room 204C

10:15am

World Premiere of Batman Ninja
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:53PM
Witness the Dark Knight as you’ve never seen him before at the first public screening of the highly-anticipated anime film. Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine transports many of Batman’s worst enemies to feudal Japan – along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies – including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family – to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City. The visually stunning Batman Ninja will be discussed afterward by the creative team of director Jumpei Mizusaki (Opening animation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure), original screenwriter Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren Lagann), and character designer Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai) and English-language screenwriters Leo Chu and Eric Garcia (Supah Ninjas, Afro Samurai) alongside several of the film’s actors, including the voice of Batman, Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins), Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) as the Joker, Fred Tatasciore (Family Guy) as Gorilla Grodd & Deathstroke, Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Robin & Red Hood, Adam Croasdell (Reign) as Nightwing & Alfred, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Penguin and Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots) as Two-Face. Whitney Moore (DC All-Access) will moderate. Warner Bros. Japan, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment bring Batman Ninja to Digital starting April 24, 2018, and Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on May 8, 2018

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:15am - 12:15pm
Arena

10:30am

A Story is a Story: Multimedia Entertainment
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 08:56PM
Writers discuss the art of storytelling, whether in prose, games, cartoons, comics, or other media. Sam Sykes (Bring Down Heaven series, Brave Chief Brianna), Judd Winick (Hilo series, DC Comics), and Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex series, Barbie comics) converse about the commonalities and differences of storytelling formats with librarian Judy Ann Neeb.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 300D

10:30am

Comics Rules for Young Readers
Creating comics that speak to young readers (without being condescending) requires numerous skill sets and sensibilities. It also requires knowing when you can and can't break the rules. Moderator Lee Nordling (two-time Eisner Award nominee) is joined by Michele Wells (VP of content strategy at DC Entertainment), industry legend Marv Wolfman (the founding comics editor for Disney Adventures), Faith Erin Hicks (Eisner Award-winning creator of The Adventures of Superhero Girl), and writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (Black Is for Beginnings).

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 208

10:30am

Golden Apple Books Creator Showcase
UPDATED: Sat, Mar 24, 01:46AM
Meet creators of comics series set to debut this year from Golden Apple Books, the new publishing arm of the world-famous Golden Apple Comic shop in Los Angeles: comic creator Darick Robertson, and co-writer R. Eric Lieb for Sparrow; creator/writer/actor Michael McMillian (True Blood, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) for Adventure Van; creator/writer/artist Richard Fairgray and co-writer and voice actor Paul Eiding (Transformers, Metal Gear Solid, Ben 10) for Blastosaurus. .

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
North 200B

10:30am

Spotlight on Matthew Rosenberg
Comics writer Matthew Rosenberg quickly made a name for himself with indie hits We Can Never Go Home and 4 Kids Walk into a Bank. Now with titles such as Phoenix Resurrection, The Punisher, New Mutants, Rocket Raccoon, Secret Warriors, and Kingpin to his name, Matthew is emerging as one of the new faces of Marvel Comics. He doesn't really have anything planned, so come listen to him nervously ramble, yell out questions at him, or just eat your lunch at what may be the most awkward program of the weekend. He'll probably bring some free comics to give out, so get there early.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 213AB

10:30am

Comics Arts Conference Session #4: Comic Monsters
Michele Brittany (Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre) uses historical and intertextual approaches to identify themes and tropes in comic books featuring the mummy as the main character. James R. Thompson (Comic Book Historians Group) examines how techniques of the comics form are used to represent "Authority" in the police interrogation scene from diverse comic book adaptations of Poe's "A Tell-Tale Heart." Nicholas Diak (The New Peplum: Essays on Sword and Sandal Films and Television Programs Since the 1990s) employs concepts such as gender representation and the hero's journey to explore how Dynamite Comics's Re-Animater series reimagines and subverts H. P. Lovecraft's "Herbert West–Reanimator."

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 210

11:00am

Destination Nerd
Anastasia Washington (Legion of Leia, Anastationtv) chats with the most jet-setting nerds around as they discuss fashion, travel tips, and how to find your ultimate nerd mecca whereever you go. Panelists include Melissa Howland (We Are Movie Geeks), Miley Yamamoto (Ingress), Marlon Reynoso (Nerd Coolture), Michelle "ChubbyBunny" Nguyen (host, HyperRPG, Senpai Buddies podcast), and Yume Warlock (host, producer).

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 213CD

11:00am

Everyone's a Critic: Being a Journalist in a Online Age
Bill Watters (Bleeding Cool), Mary Anne Butler (Aggressive Comix), Dana Han-Klein (Mohawk Movie Review), Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits), Alexandra August (Geek Magazine, CBR), and Thomas Parham (APU) discuss the expansion of journalism over the past decade, from the rise of citizen journalism to blogging to vloggers, podcasters, and online-only news sources. Panelists will talk about the roles new media play between their readers and the industries and communities they serve, varying levels of informality versus classic ideas of professionalism, show-specific outlets versus general news sites, moving from hobbyist to being a professional, legal challenges, and more.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 209

11:00am

Freeform's Siren
Dive into Freeform’s highly anticipated mermaid drama Siren before it comes to shore on March 29. In this epic tale, the coastal town of Bristol Cove, known for its legend of having been home to mermaids, is turned upside down when a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc on the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land and whether there more like her out there. Join series stars Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun, Rena Owen, and Sibongile Mlambo along with creator Eric Wald and showrunner Emily Whitesell for a discussion about bringing mermaid mythology and mystery to television and get a sneak peek of the 2-hour series premiere.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
North 200A

11:00am

Geek & Sundry: The Wednesday Club: The Art of the Third Act
In just a few weeks, Marvel Studios’s Avengers: Infinity War will hit theaters and start bringing the 10-year saga to a satisfying conclusion. What cues can the studio take from comics past and present to help them stick this landing? Join Geek & Sundry’s breakout live comic book show The Wednesday Club to find out. Ask Amy Dallen (Shield of Tomorrow, Sagas of Sundry), Taliesin Jaffe (Critical Role, World of Warcraft), and Matt Key (Key Question, Screen Junkies News) your questions and engage in their discussion about the art of ending an epic saga and what makes a satisfying and memorable third act.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 300B

11:00am

Making and Publishing Queer Comics: A Workshop
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 13, 08:16PM
For queer cartoonists, comics are an amazing way to build community, tell their stories, imagine new worlds, and claim their identity. But how do they get these comics out of their own heads and in front of readers? Prism Comics and moderator Elizabeth Beier (Prism Comics board member, Bisexual Trials and Errors) present a discussion on the avenues and ways to put queer work into the world, from self-published zines to webcomics and online funding options like Patreon and Kickstarter, to traditional publishing. Panelists include Tara Madison Avery (Prism Comics board member, Stacked Deck Press publisher), Cat Esguerra (Eighty Days), Sina Grace (Iceman, Self-Obsessed, Nothing Lasts Forever, Iceman), Viktor Kerney (Prism Comics board member, StrangeLore) and Jeff Krell (Jayson). The winner of the Prism Comics 2018 Queer Press Grant will be announced at the end of the panel. The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant is an annual financial grant given by Prism Comics to an up-and-coming comics creator to help them publish their work of LGBTQ-interest.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 211

11:00am

SuperheroIRL! Join the Real-Life Justice League
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 20, 06:31PM
Captain America knocked out Hitler, and @SuperheroIRL is knocking out bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQ bullying, and cyberbullying. Join this rally on empowerment & strategies to end injustice from bad school memories through relationships, workplace bullying & more. Featuring Joe Gatto (Impractical Jokers), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), showrunner Geoff Thorne (Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest), Aliza Pearl (Nerdist), Mark Altman (The Librarians), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), Vanèe Matsalia (Black Girl Nerds), Brandon Matsalia (curriculum creator), Jo Garfein (Cancer Gets Lost), Deric Hughes (The Flash), Erin Maher (Freakish), Kay Reindl (Freakish), and David Avallone (Love Is Love). Hosted by Pop Culture Hero Coalition Founder Chase Masterson (Big Finish: Vienna). Come join the real-life Justice League! "From now on, Comic-Con attendees will come for cosplay, entertainment, freebies, autographs -- and healing.” CNN

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 207

11:30am

An Afternoon with Pat Rothfuss
New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss tells stories, answers audience questions, discusses strange things, and maybe does some reading. Be prepared for tangents, digressions, inappropriate humor, and potential impromptu singing.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
North 200B

11:30am

Forgotten Trio: Colorists, Inkers, and Letterers
Many think of the artist and the writer as the masterminds behind all great comics. Little do many know how much credit should go to the colorists, inkers, and letterers who put in hours of work only to receive minimal recognition. Jessica Tseang (founder, The Comic Book Girl, Little Geek Girls) leads a discussion with Dave Lanphear (letterer, DC Comics’s Future Quest Showcase, Matt Wagner’s Mage)and veteran Marvel and DC inkers and colorists on how the industry can change, the importance of their work, a brief look into their daily lives, and how to break into their career.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 213AB

11:30am

IDW: Transforming and Rolling Out
It's a year for big changes and even better comics at IDW Publishing! Come hear all about it from IDW's senior editor Sarah Gaydos, editor Joe Hughes, and a cavalcade of creators. Expect the usual scintillating chat, major announcements, and even some fun giveaways.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 208

11:30am

Sights & Sounds of Animation, CG & VFX
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 16, 04:19PM
Featuring creatives from Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, The Simpsons, BoJack Horseman, Star Trek, Fast and the Furious, Paranormal Activity, HALO, Uncharted, and more. Explore the latest technology in film and television, learn about some of the industry’s most iconic scores, and get an in-depth look at the script-to-screen process for some of your favorite stories. Panelists include Bryan Grill (visual effects supervisor at Scanline VFX - Black Panther, Captain America: The Winter Solder), Jordan Crockett (art director - Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange), Mike Hollingsworth (supervising director - BoJack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie), Paul Lipson (senior vice president at Formosa Interactive - Uncharted: Lost Legacy, Halo Wars 2), Peter Brown (supervising sound editor at Formosa Features - Star Trek: Beyond, Paranormal Activity), Russell Emanuel (chief creative officer at Bleeding Fingers Music - The Simpsons, Blue Planet II), and Andrew Shulkind (director of photography and co-founder of Headcase VR - The Ritual, Gone: VR 360). Panel moderated by Conner Schwerdtfeger from CinemaBlend.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 300D

12:00pm

#SPARK Your Creativity: A Call To Action
Accomplished female creators discuss how to cultivate your ideas and bring them to life, conquer hurdles, and create the best project you can. Leave with inspiration, confidence, a solid plan of action, and tons of new ideas. All genders and ages welcome. Featuring Stephanie Pressman (Fashionably Nerdy), Heidi Cox (Dweeb Darlings), Stephanie Thorpe (ElfQuest: A Fan Imagining), Trisha Hershberger (The Naked Truth), Paula Rhodes (New Adventures of Peter & Wendy), and Jenny Lorenzo (Abuela).

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 213CD

12:00pm

Crackle, a Sony Network: SuperMansion
The SuperMansion team discusses the upcoming season of Crackle’s original Emmy-nominated stop-motion animated adult comedy series from Stoopid Buddy Stoodios (Robot Chicken). Get the scoop on how the hit series comes to life. Season three voice-over stars include Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Jillian Bell (22 Jump Street), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Heidi Gardner (SNL), Tucker Gilmore (Frozen), and Zeb Wells (The Amazing Spider-Man, Robot Chicken).

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
North 200A

12:00pm

Game Pitch Review
This pitch review will be conducted by a panel of professional game developers who will offer their invaluable advice and insight to those seeking to further their dreams of making their game a reality. Participants will have the opportunity to pitch a game for 3 minutes and then receive constructive criticism on how it went. This session will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis and sign-ups will be taken onsite. To participate in the Game Pitch Review, you must be prepared before you sign up. Preparation includes (1) a well-practiced, 3-minute verbal pitch that clearly explains the game concept, how it's unique to the marketplace, why it would be worth funding, etc.; (2) any hardcopy or digital visuals (images, video, etc.) that help illustrate the concept and viability of the idea (you must bring the device on which you will display the visuals); and (3) imagination and passion; imagine you're making a very quick pitch to receive funding for your idea.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 206B

12:00pm

Nerdist News Live
Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Bizarre States), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave, Nerdist News), Rachel Heine (Nerdist and Geek & Sundry editor-in-chief), Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search), Nerdist writer Aliza Pearl (Shield of Tomorrow), and Brian Compton (Nerdist producer) discuss the biggest pop culture stories of the day like only Nerdist can. Go behind the scenes of Nerdist News and other shows, and bring your questions for the cast and crew.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 300B

12:00pm

Spotlight on Dan Jurgens
Over the course of 35-plus years in the industry, Dan Jurgens has worked on many of the best and most well-known characters in comics. Most recently, Dan has been writing DC's Action Comics, guiding it toward the highly anticipated issue #1000. Dan and host Larry Ganem talk about Superman, Action Comics, and Dan’s long, accomplished career as both writer and artist.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 207

12:00pm

Spotlight on Faith Erin Hicks
Cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City, The Adventures of Superhero Girl) goes for a magical journey through her varied career, from her awkward early attempts at webcomics to Eisner Award–winning creator with over a dozen published graphic novels. This presentation will include a peek into Faith's comic-making process, and encouragement for anyone who's ever wanted to try drawing comics but thought they weren't a good enough artist to do so.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 209

12:00pm

Valiant 101: Jump on Board Here
New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes, from Bloodshot to Faith to Ninjak and X-O Manowar. Look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 211

12:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Borders and Liminal Spaces
Andrew Barton (Texas State University) examines how Dr. Strange's straddling of the borders between magic and medicine in Dr. Strange: The Oath can enhance our understanding of the interplay between the scientific and the fantastic. Lillian Martinez (Texas State University) details how Saga's star-crossed love story reveals the potentialities unleashed when sexual acts transgress the binaries and borders of war. Sean Rachel Mardell (Texas State University) argues that Frank Castle's arc in The Punisher (2014–2015 series) and his inevitable inability to escape his "punishing'" nature connects with the inherent link between whiteness and the imperialistic past and present. Michael Gonzales (Texas State University) uses DC: The New Frontier as a case study to examine how the "Freak Lab Accident" trope in origin stories is a liminal event between humanity and superhumanity, heroism and villainy.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Room 210

12:25pm

Warner Bros. Pictures
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 12, 07:02PM
It's time to escape the Stacks and head to the Oasis! Get a sneak peak of Ready Player One and meet the high five and Ernest Cline.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:25pm - 1:10pm
Arena

12:30pm

Essential Deserted Island Comics
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 20, 10:44PM
Bad news: You’re stranded on a deserted island. Good news: You can pick your favorite comics to get stuck with for the rest of your life! What essential comics will you be reading and rereading? You might know your own picks, but find out what some of comics’s hottest young pros like Josh Trujillo (Dodge City, Telltale Games), Devin Funches (Lion Forge), Stephanie Hocutt (BOOM! Studios) picked as their absolute top favorite deserted island comics. Hosted by the comiXology castaways, this is a party game discussion for every comics fan!

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 208

12:30pm

Hollywood & Emerging Tech: The Evolution of Entertainment
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 04:56PM
A diverse panel of experts explore where Hollywood and technology are headed in 2018 and beyond: Arvel Chappell III (Emerging Tech, Warner Brother Entertainment), Alex Barder (partner at VR Werx, Paranormal Activity: Lost Souls) Gregg Katano (VP of US operations at Hologate), Mark Harwood (global director VR, John Wick, Payday), Guy Constantini (VP Global Interactive Marketing, Skydance Media, Archangel VR) (games producer & VR production lead, NBC Universal Games) and John Kirkpatrick (CMO the Void, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire in hyper reality). Moderated by Anastasia Staten (executive director, The ESA Foundation).

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
North 200B

12:30pm

Marvel Animation: From Pencil To Screen
Marvel Animation presents a behind-the-scenes journey through all aspects of production and development. You’ll get an exclusive look at how Marvel assembles acclaimed animated series and projects such as Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, and the highly anticipated Marvel Rising, as well as an inside glimpse at the popular Marvel Funko animated shorts and Marvel LEGO Super Heroes—Black Panther: Trouble in Wakanda. Led by Cort Lane (SVP, Animation and Family Entertainment) and featuring several special guests, the Marvel Animation team will share insights into the writing process, voice direction, production, never-before-seen sneak peeks of upcoming projects, and tons of scoops on future storylines.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 300D

12:30pm

Mythology in Final Fantasy
From the basis of the four elements to the summons we all love, there are many legends and myths that the Final Fantasy series pays homage to. This panel will explore those myths and legends, ensuring that the fantasy worlds that have given us countless hours of game play will never be final.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 213AB

1:00pm

All Shapes and Sizes Welcome: Body Image & Women's Issues in Entertainment
UPDATED: Sat, Mar 24, 05:11PM
This panel of outspoken actresses, producers, TV hosts, and journalists returns to WonderCon to continue the conversation on their journey with body image, discrimination, and the road to self-love. Panelists will discuss topics such as the sexualization of women in film and TV, beauty myths, eating disorders, and an acceptance for women of all shapes and sizes, while inspiring others to get out there and live their best life. Panelists include Miracle Laurie (Dollhouse), Leah Cevoli (Robot Chicken/Deadwood), Dani Lennon (Malevolent, Bite Me), Asha Dahya (GirlTalk HQ), Lotti Pharriss Knowles (Weirdsmobile Productions), and Cheryl L. Bedford (Dark Girls, The JTC List).
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Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 213CD

1:00pm

Aspen Comics Celebrates 15 Years of Publishing
Frank Mastromauro (Aspen co-publisher), Peter Steigerwald (Aspen co-publisher), Vince Hernandez (Aspen EIC), Mark Roslan (Aspen VP), J. T. Krul (Jirni), and Scott Lobdell (No World) discuss Aspen's 15 years of publishing, reveal upcoming projects, and hold a Q&A with fans.

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 211

1:00pm

Geek & Sundry: Sagas of Sundry
Darin De Paul (Overwatch, World of Warcraft) will explore why fans are so captivated by Geek & Sundry's latest hit horror RPG show Sagas of Sundry. Cast members Matthew Mercer (Critical Role, Sagas of Sundry), Ivan Van Norman (International Tabletop day host, Sagas of Sundry), Marisha Ray (Critical Role, Geek & Sundry creative director), Satine Phoenix (Sagas of Sundry, GM Tips), Amy Vorpahl (Sagas of Sundry), and Xander Jeanneret (King of the Nerds, Sagas of Sundry) will delve into the heart-wrenching and harrowing experiences their characters endured in the adventure, where their actions were determined by making a pull from the "Dread Tower." An audience Q&A to follow where fans must pull a piece of the Dread Tower and see their fate before they ask a question of the panel!

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 300B

1:00pm

NBC'S Fan-Favorite Drama Timeless Returns!
NBC's fan-favorite drama Timeless is back for season 2 with nonstop action, adventure, and romance, as the beloved Time Team continue to race throughout history in an attempt to prevent the destruction of our world as we know it. Join cast members Abigail Spencer (Rectify, Oz the Great and Powerful), Matt Lanter (Pitch Perfect 3, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Malcolm Barrett (Preacher, Better Off Ted), Claudia Doumit (Supergirl, Faking It), Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers, Aeon Flux), Goran VišnjiÄ

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
North 200A

1:00pm

Spotlight on V.E. Schwab
New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab (Vicious) talks with Entertainment Weekly books writer Maureen Lenker about her groundbreaking career, her love of weird and magical stories, upcoming projects, and why she’s known as the master of villains. A Q&A session will follow.

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 207

1:00pm

The Graphic Novel Revolution
Justin Eisinger (senior editor, IDW), Sarah Gaydos (group editor, IDW), Chris Lutes (Vroman's Bookstore), and a representative from Skylight Books gather for a wide-ranging conversation about how the changing market for comics affects publishers, creators, retailers, and the entire industry. Moderated by Jeremy Melloul (CreatorAtLarge.com).

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 209

1:20pm

Trailer Park
See the latest and greatest trailers with all of your pop culture–loving friends here on the big screen at WonderCon Anaheim.

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Arena

1:30pm

Hogwarts Academia: 20 Years of Fantastic Harry Potter Fandom
2018 marks 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was released in the United States. Panelists Tabitha Davis (Geek Magazine), Kelly King (teacher), Ellen Lee (teaching assistant), Jeannie Lin (animal lover, conservationist), Jenny Mendoza (graphic designer), and Heather Nicholson (attorney) discuss all the areas of the fandom that are still going strong: fan groups, events, and destination travel. They will cover ways people use Harry Potter in their Muggle careers in everything from law to teaching the next generation, as well as raising children in the fandom, enjoying cosplay, and reading as a family. They’ll also explore the new Fantastic Beasts universe, discussing Newt Scamander’s true passion as a magical beast conservationist taking a look at the graphic arts from the movie and its mixture of 1920s-era and wizard design, and discussing newly released images from the second Fantastic Beasts movie premiering in November. Moderated by Adrienne Alwag-Aipia (multicultural marketing director and globetrotter).

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
North 200B

1:30pm

Kotobukiya Spring Update 2018
Get an insider's look at what Kotobukiya has in store for this year and beyond, including updates and reveals. A Q&A session will allow a rare opportunity to gain insight from team members directly involved in licensing and product development. And the always popular giveaways will get you rising to your feet in a roaring good time.

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 213AB

1:30pm

Romance in Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 13, 04:31PM
Award-winning bestselling artists, authors, and actors discuss attraction, compatibility, offspring, love, society, (extremely) long-distance relationships, close quarters, customs, rituals, religions, marriage, and more. Featuring Rico Anderson (The Orville, Star Trek: Renegades), Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Star Trek: Voyager), Rebekah R. Ganiere (Fairelle Series, president of Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal RWA Chapter), Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, Pirates of the Imperium), and Claudia McKinney ( New York Times bestselling book cover artist). Moderated by James Ganiere (chief editor at Fallen Angel Press, CEO at Rio Vista Universal).

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 208

1:30pm

Spotlight on Scott Snyder
Scott Snyder explains the pain and joy of writing your favorite superheroes. Learn where the Dark Multiverse first came from in Dark Nights: Metal and about his upcoming plans for the Justice League. Also find out which characters from Dark Nights: Metal we might see lurking in the pages of upcoming DC titles. Room 300D

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 300D

1:30pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Comics and Women
This panel presents four approaches to considering the representations of women in comics. Resisting the subsuming of female heroes under masculine identities, Megan Vinson (Indiana University Bloomington) examines what happens in Greek drama, comics, and contemporary superhero films when the mother-figure is embraced, rather than rejected, in constructing heroic forms. Olivia Hicks (University of Dundee) looks at how British superheroine Valda from the anthology Mandy showcases the fascinating and complex process of repurposing characters within a gendered context, and asks how Mandy adapts and reconstructs genre and gender in the British superhero sports story. Sean O'Brien (Wayne State University) studies Geek Feminism as a subculture with critical components in the production of comics, the consumption of comics, and as subject matter. Monica Geraffo (Fashion Institute of Technology) unpacks Storm’s makeover in The Uncanny X-Men #173 from cape to punk streetwear, a fan-favorite depiction that would become both synonymous with her character and a visual representation of a society in transition.

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 210

1:50pm

A First Look at Netflix's Lost In Space
Lost in Space is a Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960s science fiction series. See a screening of the first episode, followed by a discussion with Zack Estrin (showrunner) and cast members including Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Parker Posey, and more.

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 3:20pm
Arena

2:00pm

Blacks in Entertainment: Designing for the Culture/Spotlight on Ryan Benjamin
Panelists include Evan Narcisse (writer, Black Panther), Travis Williams (VP, Lightstorm Ent), Charles Babb (CEO, Fairchild Consortium), Ryan Benjamin (DC and game artist), Kevin Grevioux (writer/actor), Eric T. Elder (CEO, Online Worlds Ent), Leon Pryor (Microsoft developer), and Kadeem Hardison (writer/director/actor).

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 209

2:00pm

How to Get That Second Writing Assignment
Getting your first writing assignment may be tough, but the second one may be tougher. Writers discuss their methods on booking that next job. Panelists include Joel Anderson Thompson (showrunner, Superstition), Kristine Huntley (Freakish), Teresa Huang (Superstition), and Hannibal Tabu (CBR’s The Buy Pile, Wunderman Comics’s Time Corps). Moderated by Ken Choy.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 207

2:00pm

Publishing Your First Comic Book
Screenwriter Rylend Grant (whose first comic title, Aberrant, will be released by Action Lab Entertainment in June), hosts a panel of creators—many with backgrounds in film and television—who will share how they developed their comic book ideas and ultimately found publishing success. Learn how to find a penciller, inker, colorist, letterer, and designer; submit material to publishers; and figure out how to position your project in today’s marketplace.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 211

2:00pm

Steampunk for Beginners
Offering tips and tricks for those new to the hobby. From top hats, corsets, bustle skirts, and even personas, these panelists have got you covered! Crystal Rose Creations moderates the panel with Poppy Appleton, Agents of Steam, and Dr. Peepers.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 213CD

2:00pm

SYFY: Krypton
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:27PM
Krypton is the never-before-told story of Superman’s ancestors, set two generations before the destruction of his home planet. The series follows Superman’s grandfather, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) as he’s faced with a life-or-death conflict - to save his home planet or let it be destroyed in order to restore the fate of his future grandson. Showrunner and executive producer Cameron Welsh (Ash vs. Evil Dead), DC Entertainment executive Dan Evans, and stars Cameron Cuffe (The Halcyon), Georgina Campbell (Black Mirror), Wallis Day (The Royals) and Shaun Sipos (Melrose Place) provide exclusive insight into this highly anticipated new series from executive producer David S. Goyer, Warner Horizon Television, DC Entertainment, and SYFY.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
North 200A

2:00pm

WonderCon Women of Pop Culture
Wonder Woman. Rey. The Dora Milaje. As women are reflected more and more in geek and pop culture, the women who discuss, analyze, and obsess over them have plenty to fangirl about this year. But what’s it like on the other side of the screen? Nerdist and Geek & Sundry editor-in-chief Rachel Heine is joined by her colleagues Nerdist host Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Bizarre States), Geek & Sundry creative director Marisha Ray (Critical Role), Nerdist managing editor Alicia Lutes (Fangirling), Geek & Sundry host Erika Ishii (Game Engine, Sagas of Sundry: Madness), Nerdist writer Aliza Pearl (Shield of Tomorrow), and Geek Bomb creator and host Maude Garrett (Alpha Book Club) as they break down how they got to where they are, offer advice for up-and-coming creators, and share their hopes for pop culture in 2018 and beyond.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 300B

2:00pm

Gaming Creator Connection
The Gaming Creator Connection is an opportunity for aspiring and learning game developers to receive valuable advice, insights, and mentoring from seasoned veterans of the game industry with diverse experiences in production, programming, art, business development, and more. The Gaming Creator Connection is organized and run by professional game developers, including a former executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). The GCC is a perfect opportunity to seek expert guidance on a wide range of topics pertaining to the development of your career. The Gaming Creator Connection is only available to those who have signed up in advance.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 204C

2:30pm

Celebrate Ultraverse 25th Anniversary
In June 1993, Malibu Comics launched a new universe of characters unlike anything fans had ever seen. The Ultraverse brought writers, editors, and artists together to create a well-conceived world before the first title was released. The Ultraverse burned exciting and bright. There was a live-action short, a TV series, action figures, and an animated series—and then suddenly it was all gone. Titles like Prime, Freex, Mantra, Sludge, Firearm, Nightman, Ultraforce, and Rune still boast a large fan following. Join panelists Chris Ulm (Ultra editor-in-chief), Ross Richie (BOOM! publisher/Ultra marketing), Terry Dodson (Mantra artist), Aaron Lopresti (Sludge co-writer/artist), and moderator Dave Olbrich (Ultra publisher) to celebrate the Ultraverse.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 300D

2:30pm

Do You Read Me? Comic Adaptations
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 08:57PM
Reach out into the ether with moderator Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) as she learns firsthand what it takes to adapt a world for the printed page. WonderCon special guests Kevin Grevioux (I, Frankenstein), Larry Hama (GI Joe), and Jody Houser (Orphan Black) explain how they crafted comics from stories originated in other formats. Hang on to the edge of your seat and don’t be afraid, Dave.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 213AB

2:30pm

Fantastical & Magical Creations
Magic manifests in myriad forms in fantastic fiction and its many subgenres, from epic fantasy to magical realism. WonderCon special guests Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer) and Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Jessica Cluess (Kingdom on Fire series), Livia Blackburne (Rosemarked), and Kiersten White (And I Darken series) share their alchemical process of determining how much magic to include in their tales with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 208

2:30pm

Power Rangers: Shattered Grid
Lord Drakkon has returned, and after the events of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25, no ranger is safe! Writers Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), actor David Yost (Billy Cranston, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series), editor Dafna Pleban (BOOM! Studios), Melissa Flores (director, Power Rangers Content, Saban Brands), and others discuss the first-ever Saban’s Power Rangers comic book event and what it means for the original teenagers with attitude. This panel will make Power Rangers history with a moment no Power Rangers fan can afford to miss, along with exclusive news and first looks! Moderated by journalist Joshua Yehl (IGN.com).

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
North 200B

3:00pm

Beyond the Page: Augmented Reality
Comic books have been a staple of pop culture for decades, and there have always been creators who push that medium to its storytelling limits. Meet some of the creators that are using AR technology in their books today: Brian Haberlin (Faster Than Light, Anomoly), Daniel Corey (Bloodworth, Moriarty), and some of the creators behind the Black Eyed Peas comic Masters of the Sun.

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 211

3:00pm

Figure Drawing for Popular Media
Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (John Buscema: A Life in Sketches; Draw the Line) presents a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design; he is joined by Lauren Echevaria (artist) and Elisabeth Echevaria (panel model). Emilio will lecture and demonstrate on anatomy and figure drawing. Lauren will demo a figure. There will be time to draw as well. Professionals and beginners are welcome. Bring your drawing supplies to draw models/cosplayers during this interactive presentation.

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 210

3:00pm

Her Universe Fashion Show Update
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 09, 10:27PM
For the last four years, The Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con has wowed audiences with its original "geek couture" designs. Every year winners are chosen and given the unique professional opportunity to design a fashion collection with Her Universe to be sold in Hot Topic stores. Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein, Ed Labay (VP GMM, Hot Topic), Theresa Mercado (VP of product development, Hot Topic) and 2017 fashion show winners Grace DuVal, Lindsay Orndorff, and Rose Ivy take you behind the scenes of the making of the fashion show and their all-new collection for Hot Topic. Learn how these designers went from runway to retail! Plus, be the first to see other sneak peeks from Her Universe.

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 207

3:00pm

How to be a GEEK in the Work Force
GEEK: Greatly Educated Emitter of Knowledge. This panel is designed for those who are geeks working among normies who have little to no understanding of the rather special geek subculture. Career advisor Joy Marie Menzel and her band of working geek professionals Jose E. Cardenas (art director for Liquid Advertising, comic book creator), Ryan Tumaliuan (toy designer for Universal), Mikaela Ibanez (management assistant, City of Los Angeles), and Paola Carbajal Kerr (assistant complex coordinator, CSUDH) talk about how to create a work/geek balance.

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 213CD

3:00pm

Learning Through Role-Playing Games
Role-playing has created thriving learning environments across all levels and areas of education. Tabletop RPGs, LARPS, and escape rooms are being used in classrooms and other learning facilities as a welcome departure from traditional pedagogues like lectures. Get an overview of these non-digital methods from a panel of teachers and instructors using game-based learning. Be sure to bring your questions on how you can use fun, engaging games to boost your own educational goals. Moderated by Aaron Vanek (vice-president, The Game Academy). p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Verdana}

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 209

3:00pm

Making of Star Trek: Discovery
Meet the creative minds from behind the scenes who brought the world of Star Trek back to TV. From the writers’ room to VFX, music, SFX makeup, prosthetics, and more, hear from the talented creators and artists who took the world from idea to streaming on CBS ALL ACCESS.

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
North 200A

3:00pm

The Science of Pacific Rim
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 15, 07:48PM
Nerdist's Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search) breaks down everything from linking brains to kaiju caloric intakes with neuroscientist and science communicator Dr. Crystal Dilworth and honorary MythBuster and mad scientist Allen Pan, and cognitive scientist and wildlife reporter Jason G. Goldman. Q&A session to follow.

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 300B

3:30pm

Art Directors Guild: Star Wars Then and Now
Illustrators of the Star Wars films discuss the creation of these and other sf/fantasy films: Mauro Borelli (The Last Jedi, The Hateful Eight), Benton Jew (The Phantom Menace, Venom), and Tani Kunitake (The Last Jedi, A Wrinkle in Time); moderated by Tim Burgard (ID4: Insurgence).

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 300D

3:30pm

CBLDF: How To Fight Censorship
What do you need to know when you experience censorship? What is censorship anyway? This program examines the contours of current censorship of comics and provides how-to information for managing challenges to books, police inquiries, and media invasions. It also investigates the difference between controversy, business response, and censorship. Come share your stories, and learn how you can make a difference in protecting free expression!

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 208

3:30pm

DC Universe
Thanks to the incredible imaginations of its creative talent, the DC Universe continues to be an action-packed, unstoppable rollercoaster ride for comic book fans. Hear the latest from the brilliant minds behind some of your favorite DC titles, such as Batman, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, The Flash, Mister Miracle, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman.

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
North 200B

3:30pm

Fear the Walking Dead
Cast and executive producers will discuss what to expect from the upcoming fourth season of Fear the Walking Dead, with additional insight on the highly anticipated crossover of Lennie James’s character Morgan Jones from the show’s companion series, The Walking Dead.

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Arena

3:30pm

IDW Bookshelf: New and Upcoming Titles
A conversation with select creators on their new releases and upcoming titles from IDW and Top Shelf.

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 213AB

3:45pm

Valiant Entertainment Portfolio Review
Warren Simons (editor-in-chief) will critique artwork and offer advice on expanding your portfolio.

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room 206B

4:00pm

Bad Samaritan Sneak Peek
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 20, 06:41PM
Electric Entertainment and Legion M lead a discussion of Dean Devlin’s new thriller Bad Samaritan, starring David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones, Broadchurch) and Robert Sheehan (Geostorm, Mortal Engines, The Umbrella Academy). Writer Brandon Boyce (Apt Pupil, Wicker Park), director/producer Dean Devlin (Stargate, Independence Day, The Librarians), and star Carlito Olivero (Step Up: High Water, East Los High), Jacqueline Byers (Roadies, Salvation), and Kerry Condon (Better Call Saul, Avengers: Infinity War) will debut exclusive footage from the film and answer questions moderated by LA Online Film Critics Society president Scott Mantz. Every attendee will receive a collectible Bad Samaritan black card, an interactive replica of the one used by David Tennant in the film.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
North 200A

4:00pm

Bizarre States: LA
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 15, 07:56PM
Host Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Bizarre States), Andrew Bowser (Bizarre States), and Derrick Paller (director/producer) take their popular podcast on the road, exploring the mysteries of the weird, supernatural, and occult, dragging into the light current and historical paranormal activities and personal experiences.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 300B

4:00pm

Level Up! Composing for Video Games
Beth Krakower (The Krakower Group) moderates a panel to discuss video game music from start-ups to AAA games. Panelists include Russell Brower (formerly senior audio director/composer at Blizzard Entertainment), John Rodd (music recording, mixing, and mastering engineer on properties including Mass Effect 3, EA Star Wars: Battlefront), Sandra Schnieders (Dungeon of Monarchs), and other composers TBA.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 207

4:00pm

More Than Just High Tech: Science Fiction
Sure, science fiction offers amazing possibilities (and sometimes terrifying consequences) with speculative advances in technology—but without engaging characters, readers don’t care about the impact of that tech. SF authors Marie Andreas (Asarlai Wars series), E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Ahsoka, That Inevitable Victorian Thing), James Morris (The Three Kingdoms series), and Tony Valdez (Dax Harrison) talk about the importance of creating more than just cool stuff for their universes.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 209

4:00pm

Spotlight on Mariko Tamaki
Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, She Hulk, Supergirl) talks with Sina Grace (Self-Obsessed, Iceman).

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 211

4:00pm

The Fans' Perspective: The Best Of DreamWorks
Last year, the Fans’ Perspective hosted a panel titled "Underrated Disney." This year, they are switching things up with DreamWorks. Films to be discussed include Prince of Egypt, Road to El Dorado, The Spirit, and Sinbad.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 213CD

4:00pm

Writing Great Dialogue
Short. Meaningful. Memorable. How do you write great dialogue? What works and what doesn't work? Animation writers including Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars), Holly Huckins (Rugrats, Sheriff Callie's Wild West), Jim Krieg (Justice League Action, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight), Mairghread Scott (Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers: Rescue Bots),and Matt Wayne (Niko and the Sword of Light, Cannon Busters) talk about how you craft a great line.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 210

4:30pm

Mr. X's Guide to CGI Creature and Monster Creation
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 13, 10:48PM
Meet the VFX wizards behind Oscar-winning The Shape of Water. For award-winning VFX house Mr. X, Crimson Peak ’s ghosts, vampires of The Strain, and the undead of the Resident Evil franchise were preludes to its most acclaimed creature yet: The Shape of Water ’s Amphibian Man. In this session, VFX supervisors Chris MacLean and Trey Harrell will join animation director Kevin Scott and VFX producer Luke Groves to illustrate how they use visual effects in these films and TV shows to breathe believability into supernatural characters and enhance story, mood, and personality. Moderated by Fast Company’s Susan Karlin.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 300D

4:30pm

Quick Draw
It's another battle to the death—or at least until dinnertime!—with three lightning-fast cartoonists armed only with Sharpies and sharp senses of humor. The three cartoon combatants are Sergio Aragonés (Groo the Wanderer, MAD magazine), Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons, The Flintstones), and Tom Richmond (MAD magazine's star caricaturist). They'll be drawing the suggestions of you, the audience, as well as the Quizmaster of Quick Draws, Mark Evanier. As always, no wagering.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
North 200B

4:30pm

Tarzan and the Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs
Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Cathy Wilbanks (VP of operations, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), and other panelists discuss upcoming releases featuring Burroughs’s famous literary heroes, including comics, novels, and role-playing games based on Tarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars, Carson of Venus, Pellucidar, and The Land That Time Forgot.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 208

4:45pm

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb, series stars, and producers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D talk all things season 5. Find out what’s coming up with a Q&A and sneak peek of a never-before-seen episode. The action-packed series from Marvel Television airs Friday nights at 9

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Arena

5:00pm

Comic Pitch Review
If you’re a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch before the networking event and get some free coaching from a pro. A pitch is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you’re doing or what you’ve made. Giving a good pitch is a vital skill you must have to bring your project to life. Fortunately, it’s also a skill you can learn and improve with practice. Pitch reviews will be conducted by Douglas Neff, an experienced presentation coach and professional public speaker who also hosts the Comic Creator Connection. This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 204C

5:00pm

DC Super Hero Girls
Featuring iconic DC Super Hero characters like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batgirl, this world of digital content, videos, books, toys, and other exciting merchandise inspires girls to find the hero within themselves, empowering them to recognize that they, too, can save the day. Join the creators behind DC Super Hero Girls to learn more about the characters and new adventures to come.

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 210

5:00pm

Inside Impulse: YouTube Red's Thrilling New Series
Executive producer Doug Liman (Bourne Identity, Live. Die. Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow), along with producers and cast, discuss the upcoming YouTube Red Original series Impulse, in which a teenage girl longing to escape her small town discovers an extraordinary ability to teleport.

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
North 200A

5:00pm

Prototyping and Manufacturing Collectables
Geek fandom doesn't stop at the toy store, nor does it start there. As a prototype designer and manufacturer, Mike Syfritt is a big fan of custom and third-party collectibles. Find out how a small company can use today's technology to go from an idea to full production in less time than it takes to hunt down your favorite toy or collectible. See firsthand prototypes that are ready for manufacturing and learn what it takes to do so.

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 213CD

5:00pm

Spotlight on Cat Staggs
Join Cat Staggs for a chill, 45 minutes before Saturday dinner, as she talks about her art process, demonstrating with pages from Crosswind with Gail Simone, who will be stopping by to talk about season 2, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, and more. With moderator Lea Hernandez, artist on DC Comics’s Teen Titans Go!

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 211

5:00pm

The All Female Show Runners' Panel
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 19, 04:59PM
Dive into the trenches of creativity, as moderator Kay Reindl (Freakish) and top film and TV showrunners—including Amy Berg (Counterpart), Sera Gamble (The Magicians), Gillian Horvath (Primevil: New World), Erin Maher (Freakish), Willow Polson (Triune), and Kimberly Jessika (founder of KidPire TV Network)—share their proven work and life advice, as well as their most cautionary war stories about coming up and surviving in a dominated industry. Q&A to follow.

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 300B

5:00pm

Trekland: Discovery Made Me Do It
Did the recent Star Trek: Discovery series make a Trek fan out of you, where you had not gone before? Or maybe it was the J. J. Abrams “Kelvin Timeline” movies that brought you aboard as a newbie? Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek (Portal47.net, The Trek Files, TNG Companion) wants to hear from you—and share your perspectives—in a world where “older” Trek fandom tends to be the only mainstream voice heard.

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 209

5:00pm

Writing and Illustrating Books for Kids
Caldecott winning author/illustrator Dan Santat (After the Fall), NY Times bestselling author/illustrator Antoinette Portis (Now), Newbery honoree author Jenni Holm (Swing It Sunny), Newbery honoree author/illustrator Eugene Yelchin (The Haunting of Falcon House), and popular author Deborah Underwood (Here Comes Teacher Cat) share their insights into the publishing industry, how to get started, and lessons learned on the journey to traditional publication. Moderated by author Henry Herz (Cap'n Rex & His Clever Crew).

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 207

5:30pm

Cartoon Voices
Once again, your host Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show) gathers five masters of speaking for animated superstars to demonstrate their talents. The dais will consist of Neil Ross (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, The Transformers), Eliza Jane Schneider (Final Fantasy, Skylanders), Wally Wingert (Batman: Arkham Asylum, The Garfield Show), Julie Nathanson (Marvel's Avengers, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Far Cry 5), and Townsend Coleman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Tick).

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
North 200B

5:30pm

Cinematic Storytelling for Comics
Award-nominated animator/director/ comic book creator Stephan Franck (The Iron Giant, Silver) discusses how toapply the visual principles of film language to the comic page for clarity, emotional and cinematic impact, and making the storytelling accessible to the broadest possible audience.

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 213AB

5:30pm

IDW's World Famous Artist's Edition and Artist's Select Panel - New and Improved
IDW director of special projects Scott Dunbier takes you on a Magical Mystery Tour of all things related to great original art and classic comics. Come with questions—he loves to hear himself talk—and he’ll have some great images to show and one or two nifty surprises to announce. Plus: a very special guest star appearance!

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 208

5:30pm

Psychology of Cult TV Shows Episode 5
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 12, 05:19PM
Back by popular demand this team of actors, TV writers, and psychologists discuss the psychology of your favorite TV shows, such as Supernatural, Star Wars Rebels, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Doctor Who, and many others. Join psychologists, Dr. Janina Scarlet (Therapy Quest; Harry Potter Therapy), Dr. Travis Langley (Supernatural Psychology; Daredevil Psychology), peer counselor Travis Adams (Supernatural Psychology) actor and Type I Diabetes advocate Austin Basis (Supernatural; Beauty and the Beast), TV writer Deric Hughes (Flash; Beauty and the Beast) in geeking out and discussing your favorite TV shows. Dr. Billy San Juan (Supernatural Psychology) moderates.

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 300D

6:00pm

Coloring with Alex Sinclair
Alex Sinclair and other industry leading colorists discuss how they approach each page and cover and where they draw their inspiration from. Each panelist will color the same art without knowing what the other is doing. They will each reveal their work and discuss what inspired them to render the image.

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 210

6:00pm

Fanbase Press: Latinx Comics Creators & Readers
Quince is a 15-issue comic book series being released in English and Spanish about teenager Lupe who discovers she has superpowers at her quinceañera. Comadres y Comics is a podcast hosted by three Latina women hoping to highlight the role that Latinos have in the comic book industry. Join Quince creator Sebastian Kadlecik and Comadres y Comics hosts Kristen Parraz, Sara Bazan, and Jennifer Lopez as they discuss the importance of inclusivity and representation in the comic book medium in a session moderated by Barbra Dillon (editor-in-chief, Fanbase Press).

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 209

6:00pm

Final Space: Q&A with Cast & Creators of the TBS Animated Series
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 09:42PM
Olan Rogers (creator, executive producer, actor),Tika Sumpter (actor), and Coty Galloway (actor) discuss the new TBS animated series about a spaceman named Gary who is working off a prison sentence. Gary makes a mysterious new alien friend named Mooncake with whom he immediately bonds. But what Gary doesn’t know is that his adorable new sidekick is actually wanted by the sinister Lord Commander, who will stop at nothing to use Mooncake's untapped powers for evil.

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 300B

6:00pm

Henshin: The Tokusatsu Panel
The Japanese TV genre known as Tokusatsu is split into various subsections: Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Ultraman, Kaiju, and other off-shoot TV shows. The panel explains the history and characteristics of Tokusatsu and how to get into this exciting genre of Japanese superheroes.

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 211

6:00pm

Inside the Writers Room: From Script to Screen
Be on hand for this all-star insider look at your favorite TV series from the scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows, as they share their candid thoughts on how to write, rewrite, and actually produce the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers’ room—and what happens after a script hits the stage and why editing is considered the final rewrite. Moderator Chris Parnell (president, Sony Pictures Television) presides over this year’s lineup, including Gabrielle Stanton (The Flash, Titans, The Vampire Diaries), Michael Narducci (The Originals, Medium), Ryan Condal (Colony, Conan The Barbarian), Sean Crouch (Lore, The Exorcist), Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Black Sails), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Steve Holland (The Big Bang Theory), Kay Reindl (Freakish, Millennium), Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock), Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X), and Amy Berg (Counterparts, Eureka).

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 207

6:00pm

ScreenJunkies: The Truth Behind Honest Trailers PLUS Movie Fights!
The ScreenJunkies team answer your questions about the Emmy-nominated series Honest Trailers and premiere a trailer exclusively for WonderCon. Plus, cheer on your favorite fighter in a Movie Fights lightning round where your votes decide the winner. Join ScreenJunkies personalities including Hal Rudnick, Joe Starr, Spencer Gilbert, Dan Murrell, Roth Cornet, and special guests as they keep Hollywood honest! North 200A

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
North 200A

6:00pm

Silicone vs Foam vs Gelatin: What should I use?
Makeup effects artist Jeff Barkley (Frost: Portrait of a Vampire, Monster Manor, Reading Rainbow) will be doing a makeup demo with each product, discuss the pros and cons of each, and describe what's best for your cosplay, film, etc. Joining him on stage will be pro cosplayers Trey Barkley (Sparrows Flight) and Desiree Preston (Enasni) to talk about what they find useful in each case.

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 213CD

6:30pm

Comics on Comics
Battle-weary hosts Vito Lapiccola and Tim Powers are joined by the galaxy’s most fearsome mercenaries: Haughty Hannibal Tabu, Treacherous Tom Franck, Chaotic Klee Wiggins, and Dastardly Dani Fernandez. They will battle it out to find out who is the last Jedi.

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 300D

6:30pm

Nerd Rage (with Mark Waid)
Kris Simon (CEO & founder of GeekChic Promotions), RuthAnn Thompson (president of sponsorships & events for GeekChic Promotions) and resident DC Comics expert Mark Waid (Eisner Award–winning writer) host their popular show Nerd Rage from the panel room. They’ll discuss live-action Superman adaptations and a whole lot more, so show up, summon your nerd rage, and ask questions, for they will be answered!

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 213AB

6:30pm

The Further Adventures of Nick Wilson: Behind the Scenes Look at the Making of an Image Comics Series
Creator Marc Andreyko (Love Is Love, Manhunter) and editor Shannon Eric Denton (SyFy’s Con Man: The Series) discuss the everyday preparations and execution that go into creating a series for Image Comics. Moderated by Henry Barajas (operations director, Image’s Top Cow Productions).

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 208

6:30pm

The Science of Cool
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 04:59PM
An all-star panel of scientists and creators discuss how the rise of immersive technology, rocketry, robotics, and AI has made science cool again and continues to bring us closer to solving some of the greatest challenges and mysteries in our universe. Panel will include Arvel Chappell III (Emerging Tech, Warner Brothers Entertainment), TJ Wright (CEO of Horizon Hover), Nova Spivack (CEO, Magical), Sinclair Fleming, (Global Director VR, John Wick, Payday), Kevin Cruz (KodakPixpro), and Stephen Powers of Elevation of Fulldome Pro. Moderated by Anastasia Staten (CEO & executive director of the Society of Women Engineers).

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
North 200B

7:00pm

A Series of Unfortunate Events Screening hosted by Nathan Fillion
Nathan Fillion introduces a special advanced screening of an all-new episode from season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Based on the internationally bestselling series of books by Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. Daniel Handler), season 2 of the Netflix original series plunges further into the epic world of this darkly comedic mystery. Starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans —Violet, Klaus, and Sunny—and their extraordinary encounters with the devious Count Olaf. The series is executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler. Cast members Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Presley Smith, Patrick Warburton, and K. Todd Freeman return for season 2; additions include Nathan Fillion, Lucy Punch, Tony Hale, Sara Rue, and Roger Bart. Season 2 premieres worldwide on Netflix on Friday, March 30.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
North 200A

7:00pm

Intro to TV Writing: From First Draft to Getting Staffed
Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Arrow) joins Drew Greenberg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Keto Shimizu (Legends of Tomorrow) and Melinda Hsu Taylor (The Gifted) to discuss navigating the TV spec terrain, including beginner’s mistakes, what they look for in a writer and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 207

7:00pm

Mark McDonnell: How to Draw in the Different Studio Styles
Being a good artist and facile with technology are two skills animation companies want. But there's a third component rarely discussed: how well you can draw in the manner of each studio. In this session, Disney master teacher Mark McDonnell will demonstrate how to adapt your style to different studios, including Disney, DreamWorks, and Warner Bros, to increase your chances of getting hired. Moderated by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 210

7:00pm

No Tow Trucks Beyond Mars
David Rosing (NASA JPL Mars Sample Return system engineer), Shonte J. Tucker (JPL thermal engineer), Laura Kerber (NASA JPL Mars research scientist), Brian Y. Lim (JPL mechatronics supervisor), and Rob Lock (JPL Mars Sample Return Orbiter lead) discuss how we go boldly where there’s no one around to fix it. Hear stories from the trenches of the heartbreaks, close calls, and adventures of real-life solar system exploration. Q&A session following.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 211

7:00pm

Selling the Hit: What you Always Wanted to Know About the Stunt Industry (In Memory of Eric Cajiuat)
Stuntmen and stuntwomen from Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Jumanji, Central Intelligence, and countless more discuss their experiences and offer advice in getting into and navigating the stunt industry in movies and TV, as well as how the industry has changed and is changing. Moderated by Justin Bowler.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 213CD

7:00pm

Warner Archive Meets Trailers from Hell
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:55PM
The forces of film & fun reunite for another insightful examination of current and upcoming sci-fi, horror and cult movie trailers from the Warner Archive Collection's recent and up-coming Blu-ray releases. Join Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson, Warner Archive Podcast hosts Matthew Patterson & D.W. Ferranti and some potential surprise guests as they delve deep into the stories behind a bevy of classics including Black Scorpion, The Flight of Dragons, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, and quite a few unexpected surprises! Moderator Gary Miereanu will undoubtedly be carrying some fun giveaways for a few lucky fans.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 300B

7:00pm

Women On The Dark Side
Susan Lee (Wraith of Love, Shadow of the Knight) brings together a panel of women who aren't afraid to explore the darker side of creation or to delve into the shadows of the heart and mind, whether it's in comic books, literature, or film. Other panelists include Maria Alexander (Snowed), Mairghread Scott (Toil & Trouble, Transformers: Till All Are One), and Bel Deliá (The Tangle, The Tunnel). Moderated by Barbra Dillon (Fanbase Press).

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 209

7:00pm

Saturday Comic Creator Connection
Are you a writer with a great idea for a comic book series, but you can’t draw? Or maybe you’re an artist looking to illustrate an incredible story, but you can’t write. WonderCon is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet new creative partners. Here’s how it works: In a 2-hour period writers and artists will sit down across from each other at a table. (And by artists, we mean pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc—all are welcome!) Then, in 5-minute sessions, you will talk one-on-one with each other about your ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you’re interested in furthering the conversation, you’ll exchange contact information. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists! Sign-ups are taken in advance for this event, but space may still be available onsite.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 204C

7:30pm

Bat in the Sun Presents
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 22, 10:52PM
The makers of the award-winning web series Super Power Beat Down discuss and preview exclusive never-before-seen clips from the upcoming project Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe. Join Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, Kevin Porter, Michael Rowe, and Derek Theler to get a chance to be a part of a live Q&A.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
North 200B

7:30pm

Bond Vs. Bond
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 09, 10:15PM
A panel of Bond-sperts who may not have a license to kill but do have license to thrill debate the best and worst James Bond movies of all time. From Dr. No to Spectre, they’ll travel the globe as they debate Bond and beyond and count down to the greatest and worst 007 movies of all time. Tuxedos not required. Moderator Mark A. Altman (Agent X, The Librarians) is joined by Edward Gross (author, Slayers & Vampires, So Say We All), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels), Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock), David Rogers (The Office, The Mindy Project), and Charlie de Lauzirika (documentary filmmaker, Die Another Day). And, of course, no panel on 007 would be complete without Bond: Jeff Bond (Geek Magazine).

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 300D

7:30pm

Geek Offensive: Uncomfortable Questions from a Terrible Hat
Producer Justin Mallari runs a live recording of the Geek Offensive podcast, picking uncomfortable geek culture questions from a terrible hat for his panelists to answer. Alix Galit (host, Ready Set Geek!), Justin Madriaga (host, Geek K.O. ), Justyn Cortes (host, Reel Talk Radio), and JPG (CEO, Geek Say What? Network) address harassment, toxicity, and injustice.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 208

7:30pm

The Writer's Journey: Developing Material for the New Marketplace
This panel explores the developmental process for writing science fiction and/or fantasy cinema, TV, comics, and prose literature. The shifting 21st-century digital frontier of marketing and distribution means that age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant, and this group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter, IDW's M.A.S.K. ), the panel includes TV producer Geoffrey Thorne (Black Panther's Quest, The Librarians), writer Ubah Mohammed (DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Gang Related), actress/writer Erika Alexander (Get Out, Queen Sugar), and artist/writer Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser, Queen of the South).

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 213AB

8:00pm

Celebrating 20 Years of Cowboy Bebop
From professionals involved with the creation of Cowboy Bebop to voice actors and fans, everyone has an interesting tale to share on how this pivotal anime has touched their lives. Hosted by voice actor and director Ezra Weisz (ADR director, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, Vampire Knight), panelists include Les Claypool (sound supervisor, Cowboy Bebop The Movie, Ghost in the Shell), Mary Claypool (script writer, C owboy Bebop: Cowboy Funk, Ghost in the Shell, ADR writer), Sabrina Weisz (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir), Alec Orrock (chair, Anime Los Angeles), Allison Meyer (chair, Anime Conji; entertainment director, Anime Los Angeles), Victor Frost, and Steve Roberts.

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
North 200A

8:00pm

Dex Checks, Dungeon Crawls, and Dryads: A Super-Fun Guide to Dungeons & Dragons and Tabletop RPGs
The session will focus on how to get started if you're new to D&D and Tabletop RPGs, how to make a character you'll love playing, tips for having fun while role playing, and some great recommendations for RPGs to try out. Grab your magic tomes and join your fellow adventurers (and Dungeon Masters) Jennifer Kretchmer (Dollhouse, Maze Arcana), T. J. Storm (Godzilla, Deadpool), Molly Knox Ostertag (The Witch Boy, Strong Female Protagonist), and Trip Hope (The League of S.T.E.A.M. ), and friends for an action-packed panel!

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 211

8:00pm

Future Indies You Must See
Chris Gore (Film Threat) brings an exclusive sneak preview of amazing new independent genre films and documentaries coming your way in 2018 and beyond. Through trailer debuts and exclusive clips, you'll get a glimpse into the projects that are not coming to the multiplex but can only be seen in limited release and VOD. In addition, filmmakers and members of the cast will talk about their work and how they need you to help them spread the word. Be part of the first audience to see any footage from these films, From lo-fi sci-fi to horror to docs to indies that defy genres.

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 207

8:00pm

Shooting Clerks
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 05:29PM
Fresh off their feature on AMC TV's Comic Book Men, the Kevin Smith biopic comedy which dramatically depicts the making of his cult hit film Clerks is finally coming to indie cinemas around the U.S. later this year. Join Christopher Downie (writer/director), Brett Murray (producer/actor), Ryan James (producer/editor), Chris Bain (actor), Matthew Postlethwaite (actor), Jay Booton (actor), and special guest from the original Clerks, Marilyn Ghigliotti (associate producer/actress) for an exclusive sneak peak, behind the scenes footage, and some very special announcements.

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 300B

8:00pm

The Arkham Sessions: Psychology of Batman the Animated Series
The Arkham Sessions podcast returns to WonderCon to continue the celebration of Batman: The Animated Series through the critical lens of a clinical psychologist. Joined by their special guest Londyn Jackson (History of the Batman), podcast hosts Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward discuss the use of Batman in their work to explore the characters, stories, and psychological themes from this iconic series. Join them to discuss how the art and narrative of the Caped Crusader can engage and inspire wide audiences.

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 209

8:00pm

Words Create Worlds: Lessons from a Storyteller
Aspiring and current writers will want to take part in this interactive workshop to ask questions and learn about what it takes to write a book and become a published author. Learn about the writing process from author, singer/songwriter, and advocate James Morris (Sky Bound, Water Tower, Surface, Vans Warped Tour) as he shares the challenges and excitement that come with creating new worlds. He will discuss the art of storytelling and share valuable tips, tricks, and organizational skills to help get you started and keep going. Be sure to bring your questions.

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 210

8:30pm

14th Annual WonderCon Masquerade
This big onstage costume competition features amazing, beautiful, and imaginative re-created and original costumes crafted by talented attendees. Contestants compete for trophies, cash, and merchandise awards as bestowed by a panel of guest judges and representatives from various companies and organizations. The MCs are Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio. Entertainment during judging intermission is provided by the Saber Guild performance group. Doors open for seating at 8:00, but the line for choice seating starts earlier!

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Arena
 
Sunday, March 25
 

10:00am

Destination: Happily Ever After
Authors C. B. Lee (Sidekick Squad series), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K. ), WonderCon special guest V. E. Schwab (Shades of Magic, Vicious), Audrey Coulthurst (Inkmistress), and Amy Spalding (The Summer of Jordi Perez, The Best Burger in Los Angeles) join Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy to explore the often thorny path to a happy ending for their characters.

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 300B

10:00am

The Gospel According to Chick Tracts
You may not know his name, but chances are you are familiar with his work. When he departed this mortal coil in 2016, Christian author/illustrator Jack Chick left behind a legacy of comicdom's most controversial titles. Often found in doctors' offices, in transportation hubs, and passed out by street preachers, Chick's miniature black-and-white comics targeted, among others, Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic people, as well as fans of rock and roll and Dungeons & Dragons. Moderator Erik Amaya (Rotten Tomatoes, Tread Perilously) and panelists examine these heavy-handed comics through a lighthearted, satirical lens. Featuring Rob Bradfield (In Your Faith, Nuke the Fridge), Adam Sand (In Your Faith, Jack Chick superfan), Jessica Tseang (Robert Kirkman's History of Comics, comics historian), Pat Jankiewicz (Fangoria, Starlog), and Eisner Award-nominee Nat Gertler (The Factor, Peanuts historian).

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 209

10:00am

The Ultimate Guide to Constructing Your Favorite Sci-Fi Universe
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 11:52PM
Aliens, super-powered private eyes, blade runners and paranormal beings take shape into your most beloved characters on the big and small screen. From styling undercover superheroes to composing the latest shoot-outs, award-winning panelists will provide you with an exciting inside look to how they were able to create your favorite sci-fi projects. Featuring composer Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story), production designer Barry Robison (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), composer Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story), costume designer Elisabeth Vastola (Jessica Jones, Daredevil), composer Matthew Carl Earl (Arena of Valor), writer Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising, Jurassic World 3), and audio director Richard Ludlow (Arena of Valor, Blade Runner Revelations). Panel moderated by content producers Chris Villain and Dre Ronayne.

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 207

10:00am

We're Still Here: The First All Transgender Comics Anthology
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 13, 08:23PM
In recent years transgender artists and performers have struck high profiles in the world of popular culture, and the world of comics is no exception. In 2018, Stacked Deck Press is publishing the world's first all-transgender comics anthology, We're Still Here, featuring a roster of trans creators from every walk of life the world over. Join Prism Comics, moderator Tara Madison Avery (Prism Comics board member, Stacked Deck Press publisher) and anthology contributors Ryan Rose Aceae (Genderwrecked), DiAngele Augustus (The Indigo Path), Veronica Casson (Salt & Fog), Marcy Molly "Bones" Jones (Rad Bones), Ajuan Mance (Gender Studies), Sonya Saturday (Socially-Conscious White Ladies), and Knave Murdock (TransCat) for a lively discussion of the forthcoming book and the state of trans comics today.

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 211

10:30am

Lucifer Episode Screening
Consider this your deal with the devil! Lucifer fans will have the opportunity to see not only an upcoming episode of the devilish drama but also a special video message from series stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Tom Welling, and Aimee Garcia. From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television, and based on the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer airs Mondays at 9/8c on FOX.

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am
Arena

10:30am

Craft & Comics: Teresa Huang and Nidhi Chanani
Teresa Huang (Superstition/SYFY) and Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina) share the challenges and fun of creative careers. This will be a one-on-one interview followed by a Q&A session.

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 208

10:30am

DC Art Academy
DC is proud to be home to some of the most talented artists working in comics today. Join DC for a unique look into their visual approach in shaping some of your favorite books.

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 210

10:30am

Dispatches from Middle-earth: What's New with All Things Tolkien
TheOneRing.net staffers Clifford Broadway (host of TORn Tuesday), Michael Urban (writer for TORn's Green Books), Nancy Steinman (graphic artist), Josh Rubinstein (host of TORn Bookclub), Nicole Roberts (public outreach coordinator), and Kristi Fojtik (founder of Tolkien Forever) discuss new Tolkien projects coming this year and beyond. They will start off with a discussion about the Tolkien Biopic that recently wrapped filming and then head straight into fact, fiction, and rumors surrounding the new Middle-earth stories coming from Amazon Studios. As in previous years, WonderCon coincides with Tolkien Reading Day, so they will be reading snippets of the Professor's words to further their discussions. Also celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the release of Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Moderated by Cathy Udovch (special event coordinator for TORn).

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
North 200B

10:30am

Going Crypto: How Digital Coin Technology Is Changing How We Live Our Lives
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 05:04PM
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Dash, LiteCoin... Crypto currency or digital currency or digital coin or blockchain or whatever you want to call it is arguably one of the most talked-about topics in the ether right now. Beyond the speculation of altcoins, tokens, and ICOs, at the heart of it all is an innovative tracking technology that is now also affecting gaming, entertainment, and everyday life. Companies like Gameflip, for example, are using blockchain tech to optimize the way gamers can trade their in-game bounty. Tech companies such as Kodak have entered the market, creating currency and bitcoin mining opportunities. Come find out what is coming down the pike in the world of crypto! From gaming to animation to music to entertainment to lifestyle, this world will never be the same. This panel will feature Sohrob C. Farudi (Fan Controlled Football League), John Blaisure (CEO, Max-D), Eric Mitchell (CEO, Writ Media), Manshu Agarwahl (CEO, Ponder) and moderated by Josh Lawler (Zuber, Lawler and Del Duca)

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 300D

10:30am

Kids Books for the Comics Fan
Heroes come in all sizes. Get an inside look at some of the newest heroes in some of the biggest kids' books and graphic novels. Brian Lynch (Minions, Toy Academy) joins Derek Fridolfs (Secret Hero Society, Lil' Gotham), and Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy) to discuss their latest kids' books and how they create books, comics, films, and characters that kids love.

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 213AB

10:45am

World Premiere: LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Super Villain High
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:56PM
Be amongst the first audience to see the all-new animated film, LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High. After a mysterious school opens across the street, the students of Super Hero High find themselves up against a new threat. Now, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl and the rest of the DC Super Hero Girls not only have to worry about the well-being of their grades, but the safety and security of friends, family and the rest of civilization. The girls must figure out how to put a stop to this evil, new cross-town rival and save the world once again! Anais Fairweather, the voice of Supergirl, will provide a special introduction to the film. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group, the film – a continuation in the worldwide DC Super Hero Girls franchise phenomenon – will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on May 1, 2018 on Digital, and May 15, 2018 on DVD

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
North 200A

11:00am

Disneybounders Unite!
From brooches, skirts, vests, and even themed days like Dapper Day, Bats Day, and Villains Day, panelists provide tips and tricks for those new to the hobby. Crystal Rose Schaefer moderates, along with Holland Gedney, Erica Espejo, Marvin Villanueva, Alyssa Albanese, and Nolan Brewer.

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 213CD

11:00am

GeekED: Caring for the Nerd Mind
Teachers, administrators, and student affairs professionals are increasingly called upon to respond to a variety of mental health concerns across the education landscape. This panel of educators and mental health experts, including Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UCLA, The Arkham Sessions podcast), Dr. Brent Crandal (Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego), Alfred Day (UC Berkeley), Adrian Perdue (UCLA), and Brian MacDonald (UCLA), share how they have applied their passion for fandom and the lessons they have learned from superheroes to develop new best practices for promoting mental health in schools and on campuses.

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 209

11:00am

Make Ours Marvel: Eight Decades of Iconic Creators and Characters
Over the last eight decades, Marvel has created an expansive universe filled with timeless stories and spectacular visuals. Today, Marvel's films, TV series, and comics continue to bring complex and diverse worlds to life, From an ethnically diverse group of L.A. teens to a blind lawyer in NYC, from spacefaring misfits to wisecracking webslingers, from an African king to an introspective android–everyone can find a Marvel character to call their own. Patrick A. Reed (Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at MoPOP) assembles creators and commentators to dig deep into Marvel's history and enduring impact.

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 207

11:00am

Pop Culture is LGBTQ
BOOM! Studios and GLAAD present a discussion of LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter, more inclusive future, with special guests including Wilson Cruz (actor, Star Trek: Discovery), Elliot Fletcher (actor, The Fosters), CB Lee (writer, Not Your Sidekick), Rian Sygh (artist, The Backstagers), Josh Trujillo (writer, Dodge City) and Megan Townsend (director of entertainment research & analysis, GLAAD). Moderated by journalist Tracy Brown (LA Times).

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 211

11:00am

The Science of Westworld
Past and future collide when Wild West fantasy requires robots with advanced AI. What is the appeal of live-action role playing? When is artificial intelligence simply intelligence? And how far will people go in pursuit of violent delights? For a look at mysteries of human nature past, present, and future, join a posse of experts wearing both white and black hats: Dr. Travis Langley (Star Trek Psychology, Doctor Who Psychology), John Clemens (Canadian Forces, ret.), Fon Davis (Fonco Creative, Star Wars), Steven Huff (fight choreographer and weapons expert), Allen Pan (Sufficiently Advanced, MythBusters), and Tamara Robertson (Scijinks, MythBusters). Moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia) asks: How is the Westworld won?

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 300B

11:00am

The Writers Coffeehouse at WonderCon
The Writers Coffeehouse is a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing. No agendas, no requirements'just chat about markets, about pitching and selling, about conquering frustration and defeating writer's block, and about all of the good things that come from the community of writers. Led by author Peter Clines (Paradox Bound, The Fold, the Ex-Heroes series, numerous short stories, and countless articles on the film and television industry), this program focuses on the business of prose publishing. It's open to everyone–from absolute beginners to award winners and bestsellers. Just show up, hang out, and talk. Or don't talk–lurk in the back and take notes.

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Room 204C

11:30am

Arena of Valor
This is your chance to meet the staff, get your questions answered, and take a sneak peek at some of the great stuff upcoming in Arena of Valor. Bring your phone to participate in live matches, and expect plenty of fun and some great prizes. Hosted by Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing).

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 300D

11:30am

Behind Hollywood's Hottest Heroes with TV and Film's Top Creatives
Featuring costume designer Ruth Carter (Black Panther), composer Jeff Russo (Star Trek: Discovery, Legion), make-up designer Sarit Klein (The Defenders, Daredevil), composer Sean Callery (Jessica Jones, 24), costume designer Stephanie Maslansky (Luke Cage, The Defenders), and composer Siddhartha Khosla (Marvel's Runaways, This Is Us). From dressing the King of Wakanda to scoring the thematic entrances of powerful mutants, these Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated panelists have done it all. Now, they are here to take you on an unforgettable journey of building your favorite heroes as they share their inspirations, creative processes, and behind-the-scenes secrets. The panel will be moderated by actress Ariela Barer from Marvel's Runaways and actress Emily Coutts from Star Trek: Discovery.

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
North 200B

11:30am

IDW's Hey, Kids! (of All Ages) Comics Panel
Join IDW editors and talent to discuss all your favorite family-friendly comics, from Star Wars Adventures to My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic and beyond. Plus: Kids! Learn from the experts on how you can become the next generation of comic book creators!

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 213AB

11:30am

Spotlight on Mitch Gerads
Mitch Gerads has made a career out of bringing humanity to the superhuman on titles such as Mister Miracle and Batman, as well as real-world authenticity to books like The Sheriff of Babylon and The Activity. Join Mitch and moderator Jason Inman (DC All Access) for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session.

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 208

11:30am

Talks Machina with the cast of Critical Role
Brian W. Foster (host of Talks Machina) moderates a special episode featuring the cast of Critical Role: Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Liam O'Brien, and Taliesin Jaffe. The cast will dive deep into the adventures of the Critical Role Campaigns and answer your burning questions.

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Arena

11:30am

Comics Arts Conference Session #7: Countercultures
Jennifer Henriquez (California State University–Dominguez Hills) explores how King and Hernandez's Vision emphasizes the underlying problems nondominant race groups face in integrating and upholding class structures that do not address social, civil, and economic disadvantages common to marginalized groups. Brenda Bran (California State University, Dominguez Hills) looks at Rivera and Quinones's America, examining how America disrupts the dominant white heteronormative narratives pervasive in both canonical literature and the comic industry. Salvatore Russo (Long Beach City College) argues that, despite being separated through medium and culture, Superman in Kesel and Ordway's World Without Superman and All Might in Korikoshi and Cook's My Hero Academia allow readers to explore and dispel myths associated with marginalization. Terri Fleming-Dright (California State University, Dominguez Hills) argues that the character of Amanda Waller in DC Bombshells reinforces stereotypes and tropes that surround African American women, despite being presented as a counter-narrative because of her position as the leader of the Bombshells.

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 210

12:00pm

CBLDF: Social Consciousness in EC Comics
The untold story of comics' original social justice crusaders! From 1950 to 1955, the young creators of EC Comics changed the face of the medium, injecting new heights of craft, storytelling, and artistry into comics. In titles like Tales from the Crypt, Weird Fantasy, MAD, and Shock SuspenStories, EC addressed civil rights, the injustices of war, gender fluidity, vegetarianism, and other vital topics. Discover how EC's unprecedented social consciousness changed comics.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 211

12:00pm

Cosplaying with your Kid
Kim Henderson McAndrew and Scout McAndrew (9 O'Clock Bedtime cosplay, Raisingaheronotavillain), Sage la and Michael Pomichter (Cosplay Michael, The Hangin' with Show), Deborah and Celia (Ravenpuff cosplay), and Jake (Little Negan cosplay) discuss cosplaying with your kid, tips on how to get started, sources for assembling a cosplay, and social media tips. Moderated by Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv, Legion of Leia).

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 213CD

12:00pm

Ed Piskor, from Hip Hop to X-Men, and everything else
The artist talks about all of the career highlights and strategies that built upon themselves to lead to the creation of smash hit X-Men: Grand Design. If you have questions, special guest Ed Piskor promises a robust Q&A session.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 300B

12:00pm

Spotlight on Kevin Grevioux
Come see what's happening in the world of Kevin Grievoux (writer, I, Frankestein)! Co-creator of the successful Underworld franchise and creator of Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel, is live in Anaheim as a WonderCon special guest. Come get a look inside the mind of the well-rounded screenplay, graphic novel, and comic book writer. Hopefully he'll have enough time to wrap it up with an in-depth Q&A session.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 209

12:00pm

The Iron Giant - the making of an animation masterpiece
Supervising animator Stephan Franck takes you behind the scenes, sharing his personal learning experience working on The Iron Giant and answering all questions about the making of the beloved animated classic.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
North 200A

12:00pm

Women Writers of YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:35PM
Alexandra Monir (The Final Six, Timeless), Livia Blackburne (Midnight Thief, Rosemarked), Robyn Schneider (The Beginning of Everything) and Kiersten White (NYT bestseller) discuss how female authors are playing a major role in this genre and share their experiences breaking through in publishing. Moderated by Sara Santana (What a Nerd Girl Says).

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 207

12:30pm

Beyond Goggles and Bustles: Teapot Racing and Tea Dueling are the Steampunk Interactive Events You Need To Know About
Fellow Steampunks discuss the ultimate in Steampunk competitions: teapot racing and tea dueling. Teapot racing inspires makers to mash up remote-controlled racers with teapots to race against the clock and are judged on best time to complete the course. In the wonderful world of tea dueling, two contestants dunk their cookies into a hot cup of tea for a count of three then turn them over and fight gravity and soggy chemistry to be the last one standing before their cookie literally crumbles. Shenanigans and laughter are guaranteed! Brought to you by Chris Sturhann (head of the San Diego Splendid Tea Pot Racing Society), Tim Silver (teapot race winner 2016), Wendy Hoke Hartline (tea dueling assistant to Madam Askew), Karina Walsh, and moderator Anastasia Hunter (chair, Gaslight Steampunk Expo).

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 300D

12:30pm

Breathing Life into the Undead
Are you voracious for vampires? Zealous for zombies? Unquenchable for the undead? Award-winning bestselling author/screenwriter Rebekah R. Ganiere (Queen of the Undead), and P.G.A. producer James Ganiere (CEO/creative executive Rio Vista Universal) discuss how to write undead characters that practically leap to life off the page. Learn how to craft well-structured, developed romances with a supernatural twist.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 208

12:30pm

Kyle Higgins' The Shadow Hours
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:59PM
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kyle Higgins, filmmakers and IGN host a special screening and panel discussion of Higgins’ award-winning neo-noir short. The Shadow Hours follows twins born with a mysterious condition: only one of them can be awake at a time. Posing as one person, each awake for only half of a day, they make a living as private investigators … until a budding romance threatens to tear apart the fabric of their lives. The short film stars Tom Riley (DaVinci’s Demons) and Britt Lower (Man Seeking Woman), and is written and directed by Higgins (Nightwing, Batman Eternal, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Batman Beyond 2.0 ), filmed by ICG award-winning cinematographer Michael Nie (Shutter Island, Ray, The Kingdom), with an original score from Emmy Award-winning composer Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Outlander, Battlestar Galactica, 10 Cloverfield Lane). Panelists will include Higgins, Nie, executive producer Omar Spahi and producers JJ Vazquez & Nick Erickson. The short film, which has already earned honors at film festivals across the nation, is currently being developed for a full-length version by Higgins.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
North 200B

12:30pm

Spotlight on Kevin Hearne
Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles, The Seven Kennings) has written a New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series and now has two new epic fantasy series in progress, plus a comic! Join him to catch up and see previews of his upcoming work, along with a Q&A.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 213AB

12:45pm

Black Lightning All-New Episode and Q&A
Where there is darkness, there is . . . Black Lightning. Jefferson Pierce made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, he must return as Black Lightning–to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community. Join show producers, writers, and members of the cast to watch the electrifying never-before-seen 'Sins of the Father' episode. Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning is produced by Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Black Lightning airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Arena

1:00pm

Career Paths into Game Development
Kate Edwards (executive director of Take This, former exec. director of the International Game Developers Association)moderates a panel of veteran game industry professionals about what it takes to launch a career in game development. They will discuss the various potential paths into the industry and share insights, anecdotes, and advice about their own experiences.

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 207

1:00pm

Causeplay: A Hobby in Service to Others
Mark Chu-Lin (Avengers Initiative club president, event coordinator), Justine Senna (TV production student at Chapman University Dodge College), Victor Franco (software engineer), Megan Motis (HealthBridge Children's Hospital activities lead), and Jaime Serna (patient engagement coach and educator for Children's Hospital of Orange County) discuss how cosplayers can serve their communities through their love of pop culture. Hear about their experiences, learn how to join organized costume groups, and find out how to get involved in service efforts.

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 213CD

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #8: Race, Horror, and Comics with John Jennings
The genre of horror can be a useful tool to unravel some of the complex systems surrounding representations of race and how to unpack how those systems cause serious complications in the lives of real people. We can see the simmering tensions between white liberal ideologies and the lived fears of black people in Jordan Peele's film Get Out (2017); traumas of sexual abuse, suicide, and familial upheaval in Where Children Play (2015); and fears around the erasure of white identity and interracial sexual tensions in Clive Barker's Candyman (1992). Join WonderCon special guest John Jennings (Kindred; University of California at Riverside) for a conversation that takes inspirations from such cinematic narratives and pushes them into the surreal world of the graphic novel, focusing on how comics and graphic novels have created ample spaces to critique systems of racism. Frances Gateward (California State University at Northridge) moderates.

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 210

1:00pm

Cover Story: The Art of the Cover
What constitutes a good cover on a comic book? How are the best ones created? Be there for this "shop talk" discussion with artists who’ve been responsible for some of the best, WonderCon special guests Ryan Benjamin (WildC.A.T.S, Batman Beyond), Mitch Gerads (Mister Miracle, The Sheriff of Babylon), Dan Jurgens (Superman, Batman Beyond), and Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree, X-Men: Grand Design). Moderated by Mark Evanier.

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 300B

1:00pm

Reimagined for TV: Writing Shows Based on Popular IP
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 22, 10:44PM
From books to comics and movies, it seems all your favorite TV shows are based on existing properties—but these adaptations pose their own set of challenges. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson (Paper Team) bring an all-star panel of writers, producers, and executives to discuss adapting IPs to the small screen. Panelists include: Michael R. Perry (Altered Carbon, The Dead Zone), Ray Utarnachitt (DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Person of Interest), Kai Yu Wu (The Flash, Hannibal), Britta Lundin (Riverdale), and Colleen McAllister (My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop).

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 209

1:00pm

Spotlight on David Petersen
Starting with a self-published issue in 2005, creator David Petersen has built the world of Mouse Guard for the last 13 years. David discusses the history and future of Mouse Guard as well as his process of world-building through architectural reference models. Q&A to follow.

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 211

1:00pm

X-Men: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary
Eric Lewald (series showrunner, author of Previously on X-Men: The Making of an Animated Series), Larry Houston (series producer/director), Julia Lewald, Bob Skir, and Len Uhley (writers, including DOFP Pt. 1 & 2, Nightcrawler) celebrate the much-loved series with never-before-told behind-the-scenes stories.

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
North 200A

1:30pm

Back to Back to the Future: The Unanswered Questions
Chris Gore (Film Threat, G4TV), Justin Scarred (host of Randomland on YouTube), Joe Walser (head of Time Machine Restoration Team), and Michael Klastorin (author, BTTF Ultimate Visual History) dissect the unanswered questions in the Back to the Future saga! Join moderator Jeff Tucker (host, 91 Reasons Podcast) for a trip back in time!

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
North 200B

1:30pm

MAD
Descend into MAD ness with an exclusive sneak peek at the new MAD magazine! Meet the new Usual Gang of Idiots (and a few old ones) and find out what utter absurdity they have in store. Room 213AB

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 213AB

1:30pm

thatgamecompany On Emotional Games & Sky: Light Awaits
The team from the award-winning thatgamecompany studio discover their unique approach to story, art, animation, sound, and gameplay design when developing emotionally driven video games including Flower, Journey, and now the new global social adventure, Sky: Light Awaits. Moderator Catrina Dennis (games reporter, Comicbook.com) talks to Yui Tanabe (art manager), Avi Yeyni (senior animator), Kyle Holdwick (gameplay engineer), Ritsu Mizutani (senior sound designer), Jennie Kong (story writer), and Robert Hornbek (community development) about the new game. From crafting beautifully artistic in-game worlds to minimalist gameplay and compassionate player experiences, the panel will focus on the creative considerations and challenges to making innovative games as an independent studio.

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 208

1:30pm

Total Immersion: AR, VR & Comics
Immerse yourself in the world of comics. Literally. Expected panelists include representatives from MIRA (AR Marvel/ Black Eyed Peas Masters of the Sun), Madefire (Marvel & Magic Leap), and Square Enix (VR).

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 300D

2:00pm

Comic Tag Teams: Writing and Drawing Action
Leaping from a tall building, landing a punch, dodging a bullet–in comics the action jumps right off the page, but how are these action-packed sequences created? Hear from the dynamic creators themselves as they show you the ropes of writing and drawing action. Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) tags in WonderCon special guests Kelley Jones (Swamp Thing), Dan Jurgens (Action Comics), Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home Again), Gail Simone (Birds of Prey), and Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl).

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 211

2:00pm

Halo Costuming and Props with Anvil Station
Have questions about building your own costumes and props from Halo? A panel of experts will give a quick overview of basic methods to build your own armor and props from start to finish and then move on to the audience Q&A. Panelists will cover topics including foam armor and props (Marissa Russo, Pinnacle Custom Cosplay), casting and mold making (Cary Gunnar Lee, Starside Armory), 3D printing (Alec Richter, Fabled Phoenix Props), electronics (Matt Hendricks, AsthMattic), and rigging and mounting (Benedict Choy, SpacemeatTheCosplay). Moderated by J. P. Pollio.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 213CD

2:00pm

How To Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need To Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors known for their popular Strand series, explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins, who are on staff at UCLA, have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Todd McCaffrey (New York Times bestselling author, Dragon Riders of Pern) and Steven Sears (writer and producer, Xena: Warrior Princess, The A Team, Father Dowling Mysteries, Swamp Thing), plus other panelists to be announced. This panel will be in loving memory of Richard Hatch, a friend, teacher, and inspiration to all.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 300B

2:00pm

Independent Creators' Summit
The Antidote Trust hosts a roundtable discussion on the role of independent creators and what it takes to carve out success in this brave new media landscape. Moderator Justin Penniston (half of Big & Tall Tales; writer, Hunter Black, Ben 10, Avengers Assemble!, Blue Beetle, JSA, Evil Dead 2) is joined by panelists Geoffrey Thorne (creator, Prodigal and Marvel's Mosaic; writer, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ben 10, Disney XD's Ultimate Spider-Man; writer/producer, Leverage, The Librarians), Russell Nohelty (writer, publisher, consultant; currently funding a monster anthology through Kickstarter), Hannibal Tabu (columnist, Comic Book Resources; writer, Wunderman Comics), MD Marie (creator, Saints of Winter Valley, Cinders of Angels; writer, Top Cow's graphic novels Vindication, New Church, Lafayette), and TAT co-founder Robert Roach (creator Menthu, The Roach; winner of inaugural Glyph Award).

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 207

2:00pm

Knowledge: Handle with Care
The ethical challenges faced by characters in science fiction stem back to classics like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Authors Sarah Tarkoff (Sinless, Arrow), Peter Clines (Paradox Bound, The Fold), Jennifer Brody (The Continuum Trilogy), and Elizabeth Briggs (Future Shock trilogy) don their scientific prognosticator hats to discuss the use of knowledge for good or evil purposes, the impact of class on access to technology, and more with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 209

2:00pm

Music in Animation
Hear from the tastemakers and composers from some of the most popular series in animation. Composers Ryan Elder (Rick and Morty), Tim Kiefer (Adventure Time), Mark Rivers (Big Mouth), and Tom Howe (Early Man) will discuss their creative process in writing music and songs for their fan-favorite projects. Following the panel will be a Q&A with giveaways to participants. Moderated by Anne Cecere (senior director, Film, TV, and Visual Media Relations at BMI), and Chandler Poling (president, White Bear PR) .

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
North 200A

2:00pm

Encore Presentation of Batman Ninja
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 06:00PM
Witness the Dark Knight as you’ve never seen him before in a special second presentation of the highly-anticipated anime film. Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine transports many of Batman’s worst enemies to feudal Japan – along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies – including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family – to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City. Warner Bros. Japan, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment bring Batman Ninja to Digital starting April 24, 2018, and Blu-ray Steelbook, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on May 8, 2018.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Arena

2:00pm

Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Comics and History
How have comic books influenced and been influenced by their historical context? Sydney Heifler (The University of Oxford) argues that 1950s romance comics reflected normative, anti-feminist, and societal stereotypes and expectations of the Cold War era as espoused by the white male writers, becoming anti-feminist tools to teach women about their roles in society. Christopher Sperandio (Rice University) discusses a new museum exhibition that presents the art of Mexican comics in the context of other global comic book trends of the time, in particular the nearly forgotten "micro-comic." Kathleen McClancy (Texas State University) examines how Jones and Rich's Lady Killer is emblematic of the ways in which comics as a medium can challenge the ideological uses of nostalgia through its refusal to engage in the reification of history.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 210

2:30pm

Hollywood Science Fiction and Horror Museums
The founders of the Hollywood Science Fiction and Horror Museums present a preview of the props, costumes and sets that will be seen at the Grand Opening in late 2018 in Los Angeles. These are the world's first museums created by filmmakers, including John Carpenter, Clive Barker, Greg Nicotero, Joe Dante, Ronald D. Moore, Ve Neill, and many more. What began as the Star Trek Enterprise Bridge restoration in 2012 has grown into a nonprofit STEM-based educational museum mixing space, science, and the arts, unlike any museum in the world.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 208

2:30pm

Superheroes for Girls and Princesses for Boys?
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 13, 06:35PM
An exploration of how parents and educators can use pop culture to attack gender norms that hold kids back. John Marcotte (Heroic Girls) leads a panel of experts including Charlie Capen (VP Gishwhes), Tamara Robertson (Scijinks, Mythbusters), and Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy).

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 213AB

2:30pm

The Art and Science of Film Pyrotechnics and Firearms
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 14, 07:10PM
Ever wonder how those explosions and battle scenes in the movies really happen? Can those crazy gunfights onscreen and blasts actually happen in real life? These pyro and firearms experts will divulge how they did it. With lots of cool videos and behind-the-scenes anecdotes, they'll also offer tips on getting into the business and the kinds of certifications and training you'll need. Panelists include Thomas Seymour (Criminal Minds), miniatures expert Robert "Hutch" Hutchins (Apollo 13), Dimitri Timohovich (Team America World Police, Burning Man), and Larry Zanoff, Hollywood Weapons star and head of armor at Independent Studios Services. Moderated by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 300D

2:30pm

Warner Archive's Toonstock 7: Special Guest Edition
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 06:02PM
An all-new rendition of the wildly popular Toonstock, this time taking a long look at a lengthy list of animated music from cartoons and films, including a special spotlight on Teen Titans (featuring the title track by Puffy AmiYumi!), plus Secret Squirrel, The Biskitts, Static Shock and some upcoming surprises! Then get ready for the beloved Batman: The Brave and the Bold “Mayhem of the Music Meister” sing-along where you're the star! Join Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts Matt Patterson & D.W. Ferranti and moderator Gary Miereanu for a melodious salute surrounded by surprise guests, interactive performances and oh-so-cool Warner Archive prizes.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
North 200B

3:00pm

Making a Living off Your Art
Artist Lee Kohse (Disney, Dreamworks), writer Brendan Hey (Robot Chicken, Dawn of the Croods), and Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader) discuss the business of being creative. Learn how to generate revenue, promote yourself online and offline, deal with clients and commissions, and more. Moderated by Johnny Kolasinski (podcaster and arts advocate). One lucky panel attendee will win a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud (a $599 value) courtesy of Adobe education leader Sean Glumace.

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 207

3:00pm

Over30Cosplay Costume Advice and Cosplay Support for the Mature Cosplayer
Panelists celebrate the history of comic culture, offer couples cosplay ideas, and provide tips for combating negative, age-related, stereotypes. On hand are John D. Callison (award-winning cosplayer, founder of Over30Cosplay), Shelley Grace-Bowers (Hollywood costume designer, award-winning cosplayer), Alfredo Garcia (founding member, retired U.S. Air Force colonel), Jen Greeley (award-winning cosplayer, master level costumer, roving Over30cosplay reporter), Tracy Davis (cosplayer, founding member of over30cosplay), and Ashley Howe (award-winning cosplayer, founding member of over30cosplay, Renaissance Entertainment Productions staff member). Moderated by Mary Anne Butler (editor-in-chief, Aggressive Comix).

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 213CD

3:00pm

The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute
They call him the King of the Comics and maybe it should also be King of the Cinema, since so many of his co-creations (like Black Panther) have made it so big in the movies. As always, WonderCon takes time to talk about arguably the greatest superhero artist of them all. Joining in the discussion this year are cartoonist Scott Shaw!, Kirby museum curator Tom Kraft, former Kirby assistant Steve Sherman, and moderator (another former Kirby assistant) Mark Evanier.

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 211

3:00pm

The Official Sonic the Hedgehog/IDW Town Hall!
This town hall–style panel focuses on the four Sonic the Hedgehog books IDW is publishing in April. Panelists include editor Joe Hughes, associate editor David Mariotte, writer Ian Flynn, and artist Tyson Hesse.

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 300B

3:00pm

Where Do Ideas Come From?
For artists and writers who get “stuck”! Veteran writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (Shadowzone, My Little Pony) slings rapid-fire tips, tricks, and strategies for vanquishing those blocked brain cells and deadline demons. Part information, part motivation, all entertaining!

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 209

3:00pm

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: An Interactive Whedon Musical
WonderCon is going out on a high note! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis, WhedonCon, and Fandom Charities host an interactive screening of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Come and revel in the musical genius of The Whedons! But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! Cheer for Dr. Horrible! Cheer for Penny! Cheer for Moist! Cheer for the Freeze Ray! Cheer, or whatever, for "Captain Hammer, Corporate Tool"! Just have fun and be sure to make Bad Horse gleeful.

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
North 200A

3:30pm

Animation Resources Portfolio Review
NEW: Sat, Mar 24, 03:20AM
Joseph “JoJo” Baptista reviews portfolios.

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 206B

3:30pm

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
Because this panel covers the vital but basic concepts, the topics covered can apply to anything in creative or geek culture, from creating comic books, TV/film, and animation to hobbyist projects like podcasts and costuming/cosplay or fan groups. Concepts covered include group management and working dynamics, networking, time management, exposure, and pitfalls. Panelists include Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear.com), James Frye (managing editor, TheConGuy.com), Gene Turnbow (general manager, KryptonRadio.com), Renah Wolzinger, Ph.D (dean of career pathways and dual enrollment, Saddleback College Mission Viejo), Ron Coleman, Ph.D. (molecular geneticist and comic book writer), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV). Attendees will get a postcard of some of the collected tips, wisdom, potential pitfalls talked about on past panels. Also, one lucky panel attendee will win a 12-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud ($599 value) courtesy of Adobe education leader Sean Glumace.

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 213AB

3:30pm

Mold/Resin Making 3D Printing and FX Techniques
Don Wistos will discuss mold making and 3D printing for production and hobby, Fon Davis will share his 25 years’ experience of miniature VFX with Star Wars and 3D techniques, and Sam Girgis will share 3D products and applications in the garage kit industry.

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 210

3:30pm

Pop Culture Exchange in the Pacific Rim
Did you know that there was a Japanese Spider-Man show where Spidey pilots a giant robot or that there have been anime interpretations of other beloved Marvel characters? Exchanging art between Eastern and Western culture isn’t entirely new. Learn how countries have inspired one another in comics, television, film, animation, and more.

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 208

3:30pm

You Do What?! Women in Film Production
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 20, 11:07PM
A woman's place is anywhere she wants on a Hollywood set! Lauren Haroutunian (cinematographer, Fangirling), Meg Wilbur (SFX makeup artist, Face Off), Katrina Sainz (art department, Doctor Strange), Sylwia Dudzinska (1st AD, Brooklyn 99), and Jasmine Chiong (Writer's Assistant for The Tick) discuss working in traditionally male-dominated fields of production. Followed by a Q&A session moderated by Brittany Sandler.

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 300D

3:30pm

Starship Smackdown Ultimate: Star Wars Vs. Star Trek
It’s so on! Who will duke it out for the highly coveted Anaheim Smackdown crown this year? Can the Starship Enterprise defeat an Imperial star destroyer? Will Rogue One be assimilated by a Borg cube? Will the Discovery be taken over by Rathtars? And what does God need with the Jefferson Starship? Spaceshipologists Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men First Class), Steven Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Kay Reindl (Freaked, Twilight Zone), Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Daren Dochterman (Westworld), Renny Muldoon (nepotism), Deric A. Hughes (The Flash, Scream), and Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, ST: TNG Blu-ray) slug it out to determine whether “Trek” is the best or “Wars” is the winner. Moderated by the man with the most midichlorians, Mark A. Altman (St. Martin’s Press’s The 50 Year Mission, Tor’s So Say We All).

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
North 200B

4:00pm

"Crazy" Together: The Future of Mental Health and Pop Culture
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 09:26PM
Mental health is everywhere you look in pop culture. From the Upside Down to the MCU, mental health depictions are becoming not only more common, but more accurate and less stigmatizing as well. But while Stranger Things and Jessica Jones help to normalize mental health challenges, inaccurate and stigmatizing portrayals persist. How can diversity and sensitivity regarding this topic be encouraged without stifling creativity? Felicia D. Henderson (The Punisher TV series, Teen Titans) will discuss how depictions of trauma and PTSD inform the characterization of Frank Castle. Joseph D. Reitman (Happy! TV series) will talk about his approach to making his character Very Bad Santa more than just a two-dimensional villain. Should the entertainment industry be concerned about how their properties represent mental illness? Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., (Broadcast Thought) discuss some of their successes and struggles as forensic psychiatrists advocating for more accurate and less stigmatizing mental health media representation. Lastly, the audience will learn how they can empower themselves to encourage and even create mental health themed media. Moderated by Susan Karlin (Fast Company), this panel will encourage creators, clinicians, and fans to get "crazy" together, shaping the future of mental health and pop culture.

Sunday March 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 207

4:00pm

Event and Cosplay Photography: Beyond The Camera
Cosplay, studio, event, and editorial photographers Al Ortega (Getty Images), Dave Lucchesi (Disney), Kevin Green, Bill Watters, and others discuss the ins and outs of being a photographer, including how to approach questions when legal requirements and ethical directives differ, moving from hobbyist to professional, and working with models.

Sunday March 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 209

4:00pm

WonderCon Anaheim Talk Back
It’s Sunday at WonderCon Anaheim and the event is sadly coming to a close. Come to WonderCon Anaheim’s talk back panel and share your con tales. We’ll be there to listen, converse, take notes, and hopefully have a laugh or two.

Sunday March 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 211