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Friday, March 23
 

1:00pm

Animated Effects in Live Action Productions
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:23PM
When the word animation is used, we think of cartoons. However, the line between live action and animation has become blurred due to technological advances. Join industry professionals for a lively discussion of the most memorable animated visual effects in film and TV, and how they blend animation with live action seamlessly. Guest include John Van Vilet (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, TRON), Eli Jarra (Space Jam, Ant-Man, True Detective) and Roger Kupelian (The Lord of the Rings, Cloverfield, Oblivion). The panel will be moderated by ASIFA-Hollywood vice president David Derks.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 207

1:00pm

SubZero and the Evolution of Mr. Freeze
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:43PM
In anticipation of Warner Archive Collection’s release of Batman & Mr. Freeze: Sub-Zero on Blu-ray this Spring, join the beloved voice of Robin, Loren Lester (Batman: The Animated Series) alongside SubZero screenwriter (and heralded Animaniacs songwriter) Randy Rogel, noted psychologis, Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions), WAC Podcast hosts D.W. Ferranti & Matthew Patterson and some surprise guests as they show remastered footage and discuss the film and the evolution of Mr. Freeze from a goofy threat into an endearing multi-dimensional villain who just wants to find a cure for his dying wife. Moderator Gary Miereanu might even bring some cool giveaways for select fans.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 300B

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

5:30pm

StudioADI: 30 Years Of Making Monsters
Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. (co-founders of the Oscar Award–winning FX studio) discuss their work creating practical characters and effects for films like Alien 3, The Predator, Starship Troopers, and It, as well as share info about their upcoming projects. Q&A will follow.

Friday March 23, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 300D

6:00pm

ROBOTECH: A Look to the Future
Harmony Gold USA presents the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from awesome new products to the live-action film in the works at Sony Pictures with the producers of 300 and the director of Stephen King's It.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 300B

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

World Premiere Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 22, 05:07AM
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation celebrate a decade of WonderCon World Premieres with the debut of the latest DC Universe Movie, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay. The all-new animated film finds Amanda Waller’s top secret “Task Force X” – Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Copperhead – on a mission to retrieve a mystical object so powerful that they’re willing to risk their own lives to steal it. But the Suicide Squad isn’t the only group of villains seeking to possess the object. The race is on for the golden prize … and, to stay alive, second place isn’t an option. Confirmed to appear on the special pre-screening panel are actors Liam McIntyre (Spartacus: War of the Damned, The Flash) as Captain Boomerang, Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood, Once Upon a Time) as Killer Frost, Gideon Emery (Teen Wolf) as Copperhead, Dania Ramirez (Once Upon a Time, Heroes) as Scandal Savage, Julie Nathanson (The Zeta Project, Beverly Hills 90210) as Silver Banshee, and Greg Grunberg (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Heroes) as Steel Maxum, in addition to executive producer James Tucker (Batman vs. Two-Face, Justice League Dark), co-producer/screenwriter Alan Burnett (Justice League vs. Teen Titans) and character designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice). Tiffany Smith (DC All-Access) will moderate. The all-star cast also includes Christian Slater (Mr. Robot, Archer, True Romance) in his DC Universe Movies debut as the voice of Deadshot, who heads “Task Force X” alongside Billy Brown (How To Get Away With Murder) as Bronze Tiger, Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) as Harley Quinn and their “boss,” Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) as Amanda Waller. Villainous forces in the film include C. Thomas Howell (Outcast, The Outsiders, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox) as Zoom, Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids, Heroes, Once Upon a Time) as Scandal Savage, James Urbaniak (Difficult People, The Venture Bros.) as Professor Pyg, and Jim Pirri (Injustice 2) as Vandal Savage & Vertigo. The feature-length animated film arrives on Digital starting March 27, 2018, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD April 10, 2018.

Friday March 23, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Arena

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
 
Saturday, March 24
 

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

12:25pm

Warner Bros. Pictures
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 12, 07:02PM
It's time to escape the Stacks and head to the Oasis! Get a sneak peak of Ready Player One and meet the high five and Ernest Cline.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:25pm - 1:10pm
Arena

1:20pm

Trailer Park
See the latest and greatest trailers with all of your pop culture–loving friends here on the big screen at WonderCon Anaheim.

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:20pm - 1:40pm
Arena

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

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

2:30pm

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

The Science of Pacific Rim
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 15, 07:48PM
Nerdist's Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search) breaks down everything from linking brains to kaiju caloric intakes with neuroscientist and science communicator Dr. Crystal Dilworth and honorary MythBuster and mad scientist Allen Pan, and cognitive scientist and wildlife reporter Jason G. Goldman. Q&A session to follow.

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 300B

4:00pm

Bad Samaritan Sneak Peek
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 20, 06:41PM
Electric Entertainment and Legion M lead a discussion of Dean Devlin’s new thriller Bad Samaritan, starring David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones, Broadchurch) and Robert Sheehan (Geostorm, Mortal Engines, The Umbrella Academy). Writer Brandon Boyce (Apt Pupil, Wicker Park), director/producer Dean Devlin (Stargate, Independence Day, The Librarians), and star Carlito Olivero (Step Up: High Water, East Los High), Jacqueline Byers (Roadies, Salvation), and Kerry Condon (Better Call Saul, Avengers: Infinity War) will debut exclusive footage from the film and answer questions moderated by LA Online Film Critics Society president Scott Mantz. Every attendee will receive a collectible Bad Samaritan black card, an interactive replica of the one used by David Tennant in the film.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
North 200A

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

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

6:00pm

ScreenJunkies: The Truth Behind Honest Trailers PLUS Movie Fights!
The ScreenJunkies team answer your questions about the Emmy-nominated series Honest Trailers and premiere a trailer exclusively for WonderCon. Plus, cheer on your favorite fighter in a Movie Fights lightning round where your votes decide the winner. Join ScreenJunkies personalities including Hal Rudnick, Joe Starr, Spencer Gilbert, Dan Murrell, Roth Cornet, and special guests as they keep Hollywood honest! North 200A

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
North 200A

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

7:00pm

Warner Archive Meets Trailers from Hell
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:55PM
The forces of film & fun reunite for another insightful examination of current and upcoming sci-fi, horror and cult movie trailers from the Warner Archive Collection's recent and up-coming Blu-ray releases. Join Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson, Warner Archive Podcast hosts Matthew Patterson & D.W. Ferranti and some potential surprise guests as they delve deep into the stories behind a bevy of classics including Black Scorpion, The Flight of Dragons, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, and quite a few unexpected surprises! Moderator Gary Miereanu will undoubtedly be carrying some fun giveaways for a few lucky fans.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 300B

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

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

Future Indies You Must See
Chris Gore (Film Threat) brings an exclusive sneak preview of amazing new independent genre films and documentaries coming your way in 2018 and beyond. Through trailer debuts and exclusive clips, you'll get a glimpse into the projects that are not coming to the multiplex but can only be seen in limited release and VOD. In addition, filmmakers and members of the cast will talk about their work and how they need you to help them spread the word. Be part of the first audience to see any footage from these films, From lo-fi sci-fi to horror to docs to indies that defy genres.

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 207

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
 
Sunday, March 25
 

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

10:45am

World Premiere: LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Super Villain High
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:56PM
Be amongst the first audience to see the all-new animated film, LEGO DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High. After a mysterious school opens across the street, the students of Super Hero High find themselves up against a new threat. Now, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl and the rest of the DC Super Hero Girls not only have to worry about the well-being of their grades, but the safety and security of friends, family and the rest of civilization. The girls must figure out how to put a stop to this evil, new cross-town rival and save the world once again! Anais Fairweather, the voice of Supergirl, will provide a special introduction to the film. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment and The LEGO Group, the film – a continuation in the worldwide DC Super Hero Girls franchise phenomenon – will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on May 1, 2018 on Digital, and May 15, 2018 on DVD

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:45am - 12:00pm
North 200A

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

11:30am

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

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

12:30pm

Breathing Life into the Undead
Are you voracious for vampires? Zealous for zombies? Unquenchable for the undead? Award-winning bestselling author/screenwriter Rebekah R. Ganiere (Queen of the Undead), and P.G.A. producer James Ganiere (CEO/creative executive Rio Vista Universal) discuss how to write undead characters that practically leap to life off the page. Learn how to craft well-structured, developed romances with a supernatural twist.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 208

12:30pm

Kyle Higgins' The Shadow Hours
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:59PM
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kyle Higgins, filmmakers and IGN host a special screening and panel discussion of Higgins’ award-winning neo-noir short. The Shadow Hours follows twins born with a mysterious condition: only one of them can be awake at a time. Posing as one person, each awake for only half of a day, they make a living as private investigators … until a budding romance threatens to tear apart the fabric of their lives. The short film stars Tom Riley (DaVinci’s Demons) and Britt Lower (Man Seeking Woman), and is written and directed by Higgins (Nightwing, Batman Eternal, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Batman Beyond 2.0 ), filmed by ICG award-winning cinematographer Michael Nie (Shutter Island, Ray, The Kingdom), with an original score from Emmy Award-winning composer Bear McCreary (The Walking Dead, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Outlander, Battlestar Galactica, 10 Cloverfield Lane). Panelists will include Higgins, Nie, executive producer Omar Spahi and producers JJ Vazquez & Nick Erickson. The short film, which has already earned honors at film festivals across the nation, is currently being developed for a full-length version by Higgins.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
North 200B

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

Encore Presentation of Batman Ninja
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 06:00PM
Witness the Dark Knight as you’ve never seen him before in a special second presentation 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. 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.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Arena

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

3:30pm

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

You Do What?! Women in Film Production
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 20, 11:07PM
A woman's place is anywhere she wants on a Hollywood set! Lauren Haroutunian (cinematographer, Fangirling), Meg Wilbur (SFX makeup artist, Face Off), Katrina Sainz (art department, Doctor Strange), Sylwia Dudzinska (1st AD, Brooklyn 99), and Jasmine Chiong (Writer's Assistant for The Tick) discuss working in traditionally male-dominated fields of production. Followed by a Q&A session moderated by Brittany Sandler.

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 300D