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Friday, March 23

3:00pm PDT

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

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

6:00pm PDT

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

Friday March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 213CD
Saturday, March 24

10:00am PDT

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

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

11:00am PDT

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

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

12:00pm PDT

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

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

1:00pm PDT

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

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 213CD

2:00pm PDT

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

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

3:00pm PDT

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

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

3:00pm PDT

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

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

4:00pm PDT

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

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

6:00pm PDT

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

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

7:30pm PDT

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

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 208
Sunday, March 25

1:00pm PDT

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

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

3:00pm PDT

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

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