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Friday, March 23
 

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

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

1:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:30pm

#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

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

7:30pm

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

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
 
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

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

10:15am

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

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

11:30am

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

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

12:30pm

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

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

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

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

1:30pm

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

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

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

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

2:30pm

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

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

3:30pm

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

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

4:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

6:30pm

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

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
 
Sunday, March 25
 

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

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

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

11:30am

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

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

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

12:45pm

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

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

1:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

3:30pm

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