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Friday, March 23

1:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 209

4:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 208

7:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 213AB
Saturday, March 24

10:00am PDT

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 PDT
Room 209

11:30am PDT

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 PDT
Room 213AB

11:30am PDT

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 PDT
Room 300D

12:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 209

12:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 210

1:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 209

3:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 210

3:45pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 206B

4:30pm PDT

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 PDT
North 200B

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 207

5:30pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 208

6:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 210

7:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 210

7:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 204C
Sunday, March 25

12:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 300B

1:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 300B

3:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 207

3:30pm PDT

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

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