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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

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

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

3:30pm

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

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

4:30pm

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

4:45pm

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

5:45pm

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

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
 
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

10:15am

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

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

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

12:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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
 
Sunday, March 25
 

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

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

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

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

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

2:30pm

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

3:30pm

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

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