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Friday, March 23
 

1:00pm

Introduction to Whovian Cosplay
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 12, 10:44PM
Whether you’re new to Doctor Who cosplay or new to cosplay entirely, this is a great place to start! The Order of Gallifrey will share tips for beginners, at any budget level, on how to dress like your favorite Doctors, companions, and villains, including the new 13th Doctor. Panelists include Danielle Beebe, Alex Bagosy, Clarissa Berry, Bonnie Castillo, and River Alexandra Song.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 213CD

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

2:00pm

Cospositive: Cosplay with Confidence
Ivy Doomkitty (IGN's Hero Makeover, Body Positive advocate), DPiddy (YouTuber, international cosplayer), David Baxter (Legion M, LTL Cosplay), and Kelton FX (SFX artist) discuss body image and confidence in oneself, self-worth, ways to work on confidence, and how to stay positive in the community when faced with negative people or negative comments on social media. Cosplaying regardless of age, skin color, gender, body type/size, or disability, will be covered.

Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 213CD

2:00pm

Fanbase Press: Exploring Legacy in Star Wars
Long ago on a desert planet far, far way, audiences were first introduced to Luke Skywalker and the Jedi legacy that had been passed down through generations. This hero's journey has resonated with audiences on a grand scale over the past 40 years in movies, television, books, comics, and more. Led by Michele Brittany (editorials manager, Fanbase Press), panelists Craig Miller (Star Wars publicist), Dr. Kevin Wetmore, Jr. (Empire Triumphant), Michael Kogge (Everything You Need to Know . . . ), Daniel Cooney (Star Wars: Rogue One trading cards), and Livio Ramondelli (Star Wars cover artist) will discuss the themes of legacy within the Star Wars mythos both from storytelling and academic perspectives.

Friday March 23, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 300B

3:00pm

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
Room 213CD

3:30pm

Entrepreneurial Women in Geek Culture
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 19, 04:50PM
A group of extraordinary entrepreneurial women share how they made their dreams an everyday reality. They will describe how they took their respective niche passions and, against the odds and the opinions of others, created a market that was previously not there before. Moderated by the Winner Twins (Brittany and Brianna Winner, national-bestselling science fiction authors) the panel features Laura Byrnes (owner/creator, Pinup Girl Clothing), Masuimi Max (owner/creator, I Am Sin Cosmetics, top model, actress), Katie Elhoffer (owner/creator, Elhoffer Designs), and Ivy Doomkitty (cosplayer, costume designer, and guest host on Heroes of Cosplay).

Friday March 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 213AB

4:00pm

Fandom to Career: Make Your Wildest Dreams Come True
Tony B Kim (Hero Within, Crazy 4 Comic Con) hosts a discussion about how to turn your passionate hobby into a promising career. You’ll learn the various ways to monetize your interests, how to launch your brand, and what pitfalls to avoid. Attendees will get a chance to pitch business dilemmas for the panel to help solve. Panelists include Britta Lundin (writer, CW’s Riverdale), Jason Inman (creator, Jupiter Jet), Andre Meadows (YouTube personality, host), Chris Gore (comedian, writer), LeeAnna Vamp (cosplayer, host), and a surprise guest.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 213CD

4:00pm

Star Trek: The Next 50 Years
The authors of the critically acclaimed bestselling two-volume series from St. Martin’s Press, The Fifty-Year Mission, Mark A. Altman (Tor’s So Say We All: The Complete Oral History of Battlestar Galactica), Edward Gross (Slayers & Vampires: The Complete Oral History Of Buffy & Angel), and Michael Sussman (writer-producer, Star Trek: Voyager, Enterprise) are joined by film critic Movie (Scott) Mantz to look back at 50 years of Star Trek and discuss where the franchise will boldly go over the next 50 years, including musings on Star Trek: Discovery, their hopes and dreams for Quentin Tarantino’s pulp science fiction, and why we need Star Trek today more than ever.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 300B

4:00pm

Stargate: Re-Open the Gate!
The team behind the Stargate franchise come together to talk about the new Stargate Origins series, the future of Stargate, and most of all, the passion and commitment of the Stargate fans!

Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 207

5:00pm

1988 - Geek's Greatest Year: Make A Fist With Your Toes Edition
An expert panel of geeksperts will blow you through the back wall of the theater as they take a trip back in time 30 years to the great geek year of 1988, looking back at Die Hard, A Fish Called Wanda, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Beetlejuice, Willow, Heathers, Midnight Run, the all too prescient They Live '

Friday March 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 300B

5:00pm

Star Wars Mock Trial - Can R2-D2 and C-3PO Sue the Mos Eisley Cantina for Discrimination?
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Friday March 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 207

6:00pm

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
Room 213CD

6:00pm

Unnecessary Debates
Who wore it better: Gollum or Tarzan? Find out in this panel where debaters like Abed Gheith (writer, Rick and Morty), Michael Tanner (creator, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse), Tony Kim (founder, Hero Within), and Eric Durham (producer, The Grand Geek Gathering) go toe-to-toe filling your heads with unnecessary facts and opinions, with moderator Tyler McPhail (creator, The Grand Geek Gathering).

Friday March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 207

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

6:30pm

25th Anniversary of Jurassic Park: Life Finds a Way
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 03:45PM
An iconic film that debuted in theaters 25 years ago, Jurassic Park forever shaped audiences around the world and dug into their love for dinosaurs. Steven Spielberg's beloved film has now spawned several sequels, including the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Jessica Tseang (co-host, The Kaiju Kingdom Podcast), Megan Kathleen (Film Threat, Jurassic Park franchise film critic), Anthony Ray Bench (film critic Film Threat) and special guest Dr. Nathan Smith (paleontologist for the Los Angeles Natural History Museum) come together to discuss how this franchise evolved from novel to film to a worldwide phenomenon.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 300D

6:30pm

Legion M: How the Power of Fandom Is Changing Hollywood
Every fan has the potential to change the way entertainment is made. Legion M, the world's first fan-owned entertainment company, has helped produce such hot genre films as Colossal with Anne Hathaway, the upcoming Mandy starring Nicolas Cage, and Ant Timpson's The Field Guide to Evil. Legion M's Paul Scanlan (CEO), Terri Lubaroff (COO), and David Baxter (head of development) reveal how Legion M works, what's coming next, and how you can join. Moderated by Dave Elliott (A1 Comics) with surprise guests, announcements, and special giveaways. Room 200B

Friday March 23, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
North 200B

7:00pm

Gaaays in Spaaace: Live Long & Be Fabulous
In 2016, Star Trek Beyond gave fans their first glimpse of a gay man who was alive and well in the future, followed by an actual gay couple on Star Trek: Discovery. Gaaays In Spaaace was created to celebrate this historic step forward and has been joined by numerous members of the Star Trek family at events across the country. Nana Visitor (Major Kira, Star Trek: DS9), Dan Deevy (GIS founder) and Blueprint Earth co-founder, volcanologist, and California congressional candidate Jess Phoenix are on hand to discuss the journey so far, why it’s taken so long to get here, and why it’s more important than ever for LGBTQ character inclusion in sci-fi to continue. Plus, everyone will receive a free GIS tote bag.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 209

7:00pm

Lawyers vs. Kaiju: What is the Liability for Monster Attacks?
Is King Kong protected by the Endangered Species Act? Does Gamera have a duty to save children? Attorneys Monte Cooper, Esq. (Orrick and grandnephew of Merian C. Cooper, the creator of King Kong), Megan Hitchcock, Esq. (Esurance), Jeraline Singh Edwards, Esq. (Law Offices of Jeraline Singh Edwards), and Joshua Gilliland, Esq. (The Legal Geeks) do battle over John Driscoll's liability for Kong's rampage across New York, whether the United States has a treaty obligation to defend Japan from Godzilla, and much more. Moderated by Matt Weinhold (Monster Party).

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 207

7:00pm

Psychology of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
Are you a die-hard Harry Potter fan? Are you looking forward to the next Fantastic Beasts movie? If so, join psychologists Dr. Janina Scarlet (author of Harry Potter Therapy) and Dr. Travis Langley (Star Wars Psychology; Batman and Psychology), peer counselor Travis Adams (Supernatural Psychology), director Justin Zagri (Snape and the Marauders), and illustrator Vince Alvendia (Harry Potter Therapy) for an interactive discussion of the psychology of Harry Potter and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films. Dustin McGinnis (McGinnis Music) moderates.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 300B

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

8:00pm

Film Threat's Mega-Movie War 201 8
Solo: A Star Wars Story, Ready Player One, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Aquaman, and more will be debated at this gathering of a veritable "Jedi Council" of movie geeks. Anthony Ray Bench (Film Threat), Charles de Lauzirika (Blade Runner: The Final Cut), Cliff Stephenson (Hannibal), and Dante James (Film Threat) among others engage in a raucous discussion moderated by Film Threat editor Chris Gore. They'll choose the winners and losers of 2018 's biggest movies.

Friday March 23, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 207

8:00pm

StreetPass OC: Nintendo Quiz Bowl
Are you the biggest Nintendo fan? Are you the Hero of Time everyone has been waiting for? Prove it by competing with other Nintendo fans to showcase your knowledge of all things Nintendo! Join Nintendo quizmasters Kiet Pham and Ryan Van Lu to see if you have what it takes to be a Nintendo Master. Compete alone or in teams for fabulous prizes, but remember there could only be one Ultimate Nintendo Fan. Are you the one?

Friday March 23, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 209

8:00pm

The Musical Universe of Doctor Who
Blair Mowat, musical arranger on Doctor Who and composer of spinoff Class, takes you on a musical journey through the Whoniverse from 1963 to 2018. Audience members will also be given a chance to show off their musical Who knowledge, in a game of Name That Who-ne, to win exclusive prizes.

Friday March 23, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 300B
 
Saturday, March 24
 

10:00am

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
Room 204C

11:00am

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
Room 213CD

11:00am

Geek & Sundry: The Wednesday Club: The Art of the Third Act
In just a few weeks, Marvel Studios’s Avengers: Infinity War will hit theaters and start bringing the 10-year saga to a satisfying conclusion. What cues can the studio take from comics past and present to help them stick this landing? Join Geek & Sundry’s breakout live comic book show The Wednesday Club to find out. Ask Amy Dallen (Shield of Tomorrow, Sagas of Sundry), Taliesin Jaffe (Critical Role, World of Warcraft), and Matt Key (Key Question, Screen Junkies News) your questions and engage in their discussion about the art of ending an epic saga and what makes a satisfying and memorable third act.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 300B

11:00am

SuperheroIRL! Join the Real-Life Justice League
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 20, 06:31PM
Captain America knocked out Hitler, and @SuperheroIRL is knocking out bullying, racism, misogyny, LGBTQ bullying, and cyberbullying. Join this rally on empowerment & strategies to end injustice from bad school memories through relationships, workplace bullying & more. Featuring Joe Gatto (Impractical Jokers), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), showrunner Geoff Thorne (Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest), Aliza Pearl (Nerdist), Mark Altman (The Librarians), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), Vanèe Matsalia (Black Girl Nerds), Brandon Matsalia (curriculum creator), Jo Garfein (Cancer Gets Lost), Deric Hughes (The Flash), Erin Maher (Freakish), Kay Reindl (Freakish), and David Avallone (Love Is Love). Hosted by Pop Culture Hero Coalition Founder Chase Masterson (Big Finish: Vienna). Come join the real-life Justice League! "From now on, Comic-Con attendees will come for cosplay, entertainment, freebies, autographs -- and healing.” CNN

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 207

12:00pm

#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
Room 213CD

12:00pm

Nerdist News Live
Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Bizarre States), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave, Nerdist News), Rachel Heine (Nerdist and Geek & Sundry editor-in-chief), Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search), Nerdist writer Aliza Pearl (Shield of Tomorrow), and Brian Compton (Nerdist producer) discuss the biggest pop culture stories of the day like only Nerdist can. Go behind the scenes of Nerdist News and other shows, and bring your questions for the cast and crew.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 300B

12:30pm

Hollywood & Emerging Tech: The Evolution of Entertainment
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 04:56PM
A diverse panel of experts explore where Hollywood and technology are headed in 2018 and beyond: Arvel Chappell III (Emerging Tech, Warner Brother Entertainment), Alex Barder (partner at VR Werx, Paranormal Activity: Lost Souls) Gregg Katano (VP of US operations at Hologate), Mark Harwood (global director VR, John Wick, Payday), Guy Constantini (VP Global Interactive Marketing, Skydance Media, Archangel VR) (games producer & VR production lead, NBC Universal Games) and John Kirkpatrick (CMO the Void, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire in hyper reality). Moderated by Anastasia Staten (executive director, The ESA Foundation).

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
North 200B

12:30pm

Mythology in Final Fantasy
From the basis of the four elements to the summons we all love, there are many legends and myths that the Final Fantasy series pays homage to. This panel will explore those myths and legends, ensuring that the fantasy worlds that have given us countless hours of game play will never be final.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 213AB

1:00pm

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

1:00pm

Geek & Sundry: Sagas of Sundry
Darin De Paul (Overwatch, World of Warcraft) will explore why fans are so captivated by Geek & Sundry's latest hit horror RPG show Sagas of Sundry. Cast members Matthew Mercer (Critical Role, Sagas of Sundry), Ivan Van Norman (International Tabletop day host, Sagas of Sundry), Marisha Ray (Critical Role, Geek & Sundry creative director), Satine Phoenix (Sagas of Sundry, GM Tips), Amy Vorpahl (Sagas of Sundry), and Xander Jeanneret (King of the Nerds, Sagas of Sundry) will delve into the heart-wrenching and harrowing experiences their characters endured in the adventure, where their actions were determined by making a pull from the "Dread Tower." An audience Q&A to follow where fans must pull a piece of the Dread Tower and see their fate before they ask a question of the panel!

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 300B

1:30pm

Hogwarts Academia: 20 Years of Fantastic Harry Potter Fandom
2018 marks 20 years since the first Harry Potter book was released in the United States. Panelists Tabitha Davis (Geek Magazine), Kelly King (teacher), Ellen Lee (teaching assistant), Jeannie Lin (animal lover, conservationist), Jenny Mendoza (graphic designer), and Heather Nicholson (attorney) discuss all the areas of the fandom that are still going strong: fan groups, events, and destination travel. They will cover ways people use Harry Potter in their Muggle careers in everything from law to teaching the next generation, as well as raising children in the fandom, enjoying cosplay, and reading as a family. They’ll also explore the new Fantastic Beasts universe, discussing Newt Scamander’s true passion as a magical beast conservationist taking a look at the graphic arts from the movie and its mixture of 1920s-era and wizard design, and discussing newly released images from the second Fantastic Beasts movie premiering in November. Moderated by Adrienne Alwag-Aipia (multicultural marketing director and globetrotter).

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
North 200B

2:00pm

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
Room 213CD

2:00pm

WonderCon Women of Pop Culture
Wonder Woman. Rey. The Dora Milaje. As women are reflected more and more in geek and pop culture, the women who discuss, analyze, and obsess over them have plenty to fangirl about this year. But what’s it like on the other side of the screen? Nerdist and Geek & Sundry editor-in-chief Rachel Heine is joined by her colleagues Nerdist host Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Bizarre States), Geek & Sundry creative director Marisha Ray (Critical Role), Nerdist managing editor Alicia Lutes (Fangirling), Geek & Sundry host Erika Ishii (Game Engine, Sagas of Sundry: Madness), Nerdist writer Aliza Pearl (Shield of Tomorrow), and Geek Bomb creator and host Maude Garrett (Alpha Book Club) as they break down how they got to where they are, offer advice for up-and-coming creators, and share their hopes for pop culture in 2018 and beyond.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 300B

3:00pm

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
Room 207

3:00pm

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
Room 213CD

3:00pm

Learning Through Role-Playing Games
Role-playing has created thriving learning environments across all levels and areas of education. Tabletop RPGs, LARPS, and escape rooms are being used in classrooms and other learning facilities as a welcome departure from traditional pedagogues like lectures. Get an overview of these non-digital methods from a panel of teachers and instructors using game-based learning. Be sure to bring your questions on how you can use fun, engaging games to boost your own educational goals. Moderated by Aaron Vanek (vice-president, The Game Academy). p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Verdana}

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 209

3:30pm

Art Directors Guild: Star Wars Then and Now
Illustrators of the Star Wars films discuss the creation of these and other sf/fantasy films: Mauro Borelli (The Last Jedi, The Hateful Eight), Benton Jew (The Phantom Menace, Venom), and Tani Kunitake (The Last Jedi, A Wrinkle in Time); moderated by Tim Burgard (ID4: Insurgence).

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 300D

4:00pm

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
Room 213CD

5:00pm

Trekland: Discovery Made Me Do It
Did the recent Star Trek: Discovery series make a Trek fan out of you, where you had not gone before? Or maybe it was the J. J. Abrams “Kelvin Timeline” movies that brought you aboard as a newbie? Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek (Portal47.net, The Trek Files, TNG Companion) wants to hear from you—and share your perspectives—in a world where “older” Trek fandom tends to be the only mainstream voice heard.

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 209

5:30pm

Psychology of Cult TV Shows Episode 5
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 12, 05:19PM
Back by popular demand this team of actors, TV writers, and psychologists discuss the psychology of your favorite TV shows, such as Supernatural, Star Wars Rebels, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Doctor Who, and many others. Join psychologists, Dr. Janina Scarlet (Therapy Quest; Harry Potter Therapy), Dr. Travis Langley (Supernatural Psychology; Daredevil Psychology), peer counselor Travis Adams (Supernatural Psychology) actor and Type I Diabetes advocate Austin Basis (Supernatural; Beauty and the Beast), TV writer Deric Hughes (Flash; Beauty and the Beast) in geeking out and discussing your favorite TV shows. Dr. Billy San Juan (Supernatural Psychology) moderates.

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 300D

6:00pm

Henshin: The Tokusatsu Panel
The Japanese TV genre known as Tokusatsu is split into various subsections: Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Ultraman, Kaiju, and other off-shoot TV shows. The panel explains the history and characteristics of Tokusatsu and how to get into this exciting genre of Japanese superheroes.

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 211

6:00pm

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
Room 213CD

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

7:00pm

Selling the Hit: What you Always Wanted to Know About the Stunt Industry (In Memory of Eric Cajiuat)
Stuntmen and stuntwomen from Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Jumanji, Central Intelligence, and countless more discuss their experiences and offer advice in getting into and navigating the stunt industry in movies and TV, as well as how the industry has changed and is changing. Moderated by Justin Bowler.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 213CD

7:30pm

Bat in the Sun Presents
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 22, 10:52PM
The makers of the award-winning web series Super Power Beat Down discuss and preview exclusive never-before-seen clips from the upcoming project Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe. Join Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke, Kevin Porter, Michael Rowe, and Derek Theler to get a chance to be a part of a live Q&A.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
North 200B

7:30pm

Bond Vs. Bond
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 09, 10:15PM
A panel of Bond-sperts who may not have a license to kill but do have license to thrill debate the best and worst James Bond movies of all time. From Dr. No to Spectre, they’ll travel the globe as they debate Bond and beyond and count down to the greatest and worst 007 movies of all time. Tuxedos not required. Moderator Mark A. Altman (Agent X, The Librarians) is joined by Edward Gross (author, Slayers & Vampires, So Say We All), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels), Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock), David Rogers (The Office, The Mindy Project), and Charlie de Lauzirika (documentary filmmaker, Die Another Day). And, of course, no panel on 007 would be complete without Bond: Jeff Bond (Geek Magazine).

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 300D

7:30pm

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
Room 208

7:30pm

The Writer's Journey: Developing Material for the New Marketplace
This panel explores the developmental process for writing science fiction and/or fantasy cinema, TV, comics, and prose literature. The shifting 21st-century digital frontier of marketing and distribution means that age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant, and this group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter, IDW's M.A.S.K. ), the panel includes TV producer Geoffrey Thorne (Black Panther's Quest, The Librarians), writer Ubah Mohammed (DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Gang Related), actress/writer Erika Alexander (Get Out, Queen Sugar), and artist/writer Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser, Queen of the South).

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 213AB

8:00pm

Celebrating 20 Years of Cowboy Bebop
From professionals involved with the creation of Cowboy Bebop to voice actors and fans, everyone has an interesting tale to share on how this pivotal anime has touched their lives. Hosted by voice actor and director Ezra Weisz (ADR director, Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, Vampire Knight), panelists include Les Claypool (sound supervisor, Cowboy Bebop The Movie, Ghost in the Shell), Mary Claypool (script writer, C owboy Bebop: Cowboy Funk, Ghost in the Shell, ADR writer), Sabrina Weisz (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir), Alec Orrock (chair, Anime Los Angeles), Allison Meyer (chair, Anime Conji; entertainment director, Anime Los Angeles), Victor Frost, and Steve Roberts.

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
North 200A

8:00pm

Shooting Clerks
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 05:29PM
Fresh off their feature on AMC TV's Comic Book Men, the Kevin Smith biopic comedy which dramatically depicts the making of his cult hit film Clerks is finally coming to indie cinemas around the U.S. later this year. Join Christopher Downie (writer/director), Brett Murray (producer/actor), Ryan James (producer/editor), Chris Bain (actor), Matthew Postlethwaite (actor), Jay Booton (actor), and special guest from the original Clerks, Marilyn Ghigliotti (associate producer/actress) for an exclusive sneak peak, behind the scenes footage, and some very special announcements.

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 300B

8:00pm

The Arkham Sessions: Psychology of Batman the Animated Series
The Arkham Sessions podcast returns to WonderCon to continue the celebration of Batman: The Animated Series through the critical lens of a clinical psychologist. Joined by their special guest Londyn Jackson (History of the Batman), podcast hosts Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward discuss the use of Batman in their work to explore the characters, stories, and psychological themes from this iconic series. Join them to discuss how the art and narrative of the Caped Crusader can engage and inspire wide audiences.

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 209

8:30pm

14th Annual WonderCon Masquerade
This big onstage costume competition features amazing, beautiful, and imaginative re-created and original costumes crafted by talented attendees. Contestants compete for trophies, cash, and merchandise awards as bestowed by a panel of guest judges and representatives from various companies and organizations. The MCs are Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio. Entertainment during judging intermission is provided by the Saber Guild performance group. Doors open for seating at 8:00, but the line for choice seating starts earlier!

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Arena
 
Sunday, March 25
 

10:00am

The Gospel According to Chick Tracts
You may not know his name, but chances are you are familiar with his work. When he departed this mortal coil in 2016, Christian author/illustrator Jack Chick left behind a legacy of comicdom's most controversial titles. Often found in doctors' offices, in transportation hubs, and passed out by street preachers, Chick's miniature black-and-white comics targeted, among others, Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic people, as well as fans of rock and roll and Dungeons & Dragons. Moderator Erik Amaya (Rotten Tomatoes, Tread Perilously) and panelists examine these heavy-handed comics through a lighthearted, satirical lens. Featuring Rob Bradfield (In Your Faith, Nuke the Fridge), Adam Sand (In Your Faith, Jack Chick superfan), Jessica Tseang (Robert Kirkman's History of Comics, comics historian), Pat Jankiewicz (Fangoria, Starlog), and Eisner Award-nominee Nat Gertler (The Factor, Peanuts historian).

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 209

10:30am

Dispatches from Middle-earth: What's New with All Things Tolkien
TheOneRing.net staffers Clifford Broadway (host of TORn Tuesday), Michael Urban (writer for TORn's Green Books), Nancy Steinman (graphic artist), Josh Rubinstein (host of TORn Bookclub), Nicole Roberts (public outreach coordinator), and Kristi Fojtik (founder of Tolkien Forever) discuss new Tolkien projects coming this year and beyond. They will start off with a discussion about the Tolkien Biopic that recently wrapped filming and then head straight into fact, fiction, and rumors surrounding the new Middle-earth stories coming from Amazon Studios. As in previous years, WonderCon coincides with Tolkien Reading Day, so they will be reading snippets of the Professor's words to further their discussions. Also celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the release of Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Moderated by Cathy Udovch (special event coordinator for TORn).

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
North 200B

11:00am

Disneybounders Unite!
From brooches, skirts, vests, and even themed days like Dapper Day, Bats Day, and Villains Day, panelists provide tips and tricks for those new to the hobby. Crystal Rose Schaefer moderates, along with Holland Gedney, Erica Espejo, Marvin Villanueva, Alyssa Albanese, and Nolan Brewer.

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 213CD

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

11:00am

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

11:30am

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

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

Talks Machina with the cast of Critical Role
Brian W. Foster (host of Talks Machina) moderates a special episode featuring the cast of Critical Role: Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Liam O'Brien, and Taliesin Jaffe. The cast will dive deep into the adventures of the Critical Role Campaigns and answer your burning questions.

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Arena

12:00pm

Cosplaying with your Kid
Kim Henderson McAndrew and Scout McAndrew (9 O'Clock Bedtime cosplay, Raisingaheronotavillain), Sage la and Michael Pomichter (Cosplay Michael, The Hangin' with Show), Deborah and Celia (Ravenpuff cosplay), and Jake (Little Negan cosplay) discuss cosplaying with your kid, tips on how to get started, sources for assembling a cosplay, and social media tips. Moderated by Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv, Legion of Leia).

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 213CD

12:30pm

Beyond Goggles and Bustles: Teapot Racing and Tea Dueling are the Steampunk Interactive Events You Need To Know About
Fellow Steampunks discuss the ultimate in Steampunk competitions: teapot racing and tea dueling. Teapot racing inspires makers to mash up remote-controlled racers with teapots to race against the clock and are judged on best time to complete the course. In the wonderful world of tea dueling, two contestants dunk their cookies into a hot cup of tea for a count of three then turn them over and fight gravity and soggy chemistry to be the last one standing before their cookie literally crumbles. Shenanigans and laughter are guaranteed! Brought to you by Chris Sturhann (head of the San Diego Splendid Tea Pot Racing Society), Tim Silver (teapot race winner 2016), Wendy Hoke Hartline (tea dueling assistant to Madam Askew), Karina Walsh, and moderator Anastasia Hunter (chair, Gaslight Steampunk Expo).

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 300D

1:00pm

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
Room 213CD

1:00pm

X-Men: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary
Eric Lewald (series showrunner, author of Previously on X-Men: The Making of an Animated Series), Larry Houston (series producer/director), Julia Lewald, Bob Skir, and Len Uhley (writers, including DOFP Pt. 1 & 2, Nightcrawler) celebrate the much-loved series with never-before-told behind-the-scenes stories.

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
North 200A

1:30pm

Back to Back to the Future: The Unanswered Questions
Chris Gore (Film Threat, G4TV), Justin Scarred (host of Randomland on YouTube), Joe Walser (head of Time Machine Restoration Team), and Michael Klastorin (author, BTTF Ultimate Visual History) dissect the unanswered questions in the Back to the Future saga! Join moderator Jeff Tucker (host, 91 Reasons Podcast) for a trip back in time!

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
North 200B

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

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

2:30pm

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

3:00pm

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
Room 213CD

3:00pm

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: An Interactive Whedon Musical
WonderCon is going out on a high note! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis, WhedonCon, and Fandom Charities host an interactive screening of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. Come and revel in the musical genius of The Whedons! But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! Cheer for Dr. Horrible! Cheer for Penny! Cheer for Moist! Cheer for the Freeze Ray! Cheer, or whatever, for "Captain Hammer, Corporate Tool"! Just have fun and be sure to make Bad Horse gleeful.

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:30pm
North 200A

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

3:30pm

Starship Smackdown Ultimate: Star Wars Vs. Star Trek
It’s so on! Who will duke it out for the highly coveted Anaheim Smackdown crown this year? Can the Starship Enterprise defeat an Imperial star destroyer? Will Rogue One be assimilated by a Borg cube? Will the Discovery be taken over by Rathtars? And what does God need with the Jefferson Starship? Spaceshipologists Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men First Class), Steven Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Kay Reindl (Freaked, Twilight Zone), Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Daren Dochterman (Westworld), Renny Muldoon (nepotism), Deric A. Hughes (The Flash, Scream), and Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, ST: TNG Blu-ray) slug it out to determine whether “Trek” is the best or “Wars” is the winner. Moderated by the man with the most midichlorians, Mark A. Altman (St. Martin’s Press’s The 50 Year Mission, Tor’s So Say We All).

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
North 200B

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

4:00pm

Event and Cosplay Photography: Beyond The Camera
Cosplay, studio, event, and editorial photographers Al Ortega (Getty Images), Dave Lucchesi (Disney), Kevin Green, Bill Watters, and others discuss the ins and outs of being a photographer, including how to approach questions when legal requirements and ethical directives differ, moving from hobbyist to professional, and working with models.

Sunday March 25, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 209