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Friday, March 23
 

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

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

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
 
Saturday, March 24
 

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

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

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

4:30pm

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

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

7:00pm

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

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 211
 
Sunday, March 25
 

10:30am

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

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

11:00am

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

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

11:00am

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

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

11:00am

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

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

11:30am

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

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

11:30am

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

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

12:00pm

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

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

12:00pm

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

2:00pm

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

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

2:00pm

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

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

2:30pm

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

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

2:30pm

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

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

2:30pm

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

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

3:00pm

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

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

3:30pm

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

4:00pm

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

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