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Friday, March 23
 

1:30pm

Life in the Weird City: Urban Fantasy
Explore familiar and not-so-familiar metropolitan areas with WonderCon special guest Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles), Stephen Blackmoore (necromancer Eric Carter series), Rachel Marks (Otherborn, The Dark Cycle series), Mishell Baker (The Arcadia Project), and Mairghread Scott (The City on the Other Side), assisted by Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 213AB

1:30pm

Spotlight on Laini Taylor
New York Times bestselling authors Laini Taylor and Kiersten White talk writing, monsters, and magic. Laini Taylor is the author of the Printz Honor winner Strange the Dreamer and its upcoming sequel, Muse of Nightmares. She will be interviewed by Kiersten, the bestselling author of the And I Darken series and the upcoming The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 300D

2:30pm

The Science of The Expanse
NEW: Mon, Mar 19, 09:59PM
Join the cast and crew from The Expanse, including Naren Shankar, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Frankie Adams, and Cas Anvar, with moderator Kyle Hill (Nerdist science editor, host of Because Science, and professional nerd) as they share details on the upcoming season of the critically acclaimed series from Alcon Television Group and SYFY.

Friday March 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
North 200A

3:30pm

NBC's Reverie: Exclusive Sneak Peek Screening
From Mickey Fisher, the creator of Extant, this grounded new thriller follows Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. When she's brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly advanced virtual-reality program in which people can literally live their dreams, she finds that in saving others, she may actually have discovered a way to save herself. The series also stars Dennis Haysbert (24), Jessica Lu (Awkward), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes), and Kathryn Morris (Cold Case).

Friday March 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:45pm
North 200A

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

6:00pm

The 100 Special Video Presentation and Q&A
With season 5 premiering on Tuesday, April 24 at 9/8c on The CW, The 100 makes its return to WonderCon with a sneak peek into the new season. More than six years have passed since Praimfaya has ravaged the planet and killed most of the human race. As Clarke waits to hear from the group on the Ark, or in the bunker, a prison ship drops from the sky. Are they friend or foe? And what do they want? A special video presentation will be followed by a session with series stars and producers. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The 100: The Complete Fourth Season is available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD.

Friday March 23, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
North 200A

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
 
Saturday, March 24
 

10:00am

IDW Publishing and Star Trek Comics: Keep on Trekkin'
Focusing on all the great Star Trek comics coming out from IDW, panelists include group editor Sarah Gaydos, writers Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (also a staff writer on the Star Trek: Discovery show), Scott Tipton, and David Tipton, and Trek fan-favorite artist J. K. Woodward.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 211

10:00am

Into the Badlands
Cast and executive producers join moderator Jeff Yang for a discussion about what to expect from the upcoming third season of AMC's martial arts drama Into the Badlands. .

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 300B

11:00am

Freeform's Siren
Dive into Freeform’s highly anticipated mermaid drama Siren before it comes to shore on March 29. In this epic tale, the coastal town of Bristol Cove, known for its legend of having been home to mermaids, is turned upside down when a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc on the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land and whether there more like her out there. Join series stars Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdun, Rena Owen, and Sibongile Mlambo along with creator Eric Wald and showrunner Emily Whitesell for a discussion about bringing mermaid mythology and mystery to television and get a sneak peek of the 2-hour series premiere.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
North 200A

11:30am

Sights & Sounds of Animation, CG & VFX
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 16, 04:19PM
Featuring creatives from Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, The Simpsons, BoJack Horseman, Star Trek, Fast and the Furious, Paranormal Activity, HALO, Uncharted, and more. Explore the latest technology in film and television, learn about some of the industry’s most iconic scores, and get an in-depth look at the script-to-screen process for some of your favorite stories. Panelists include Bryan Grill (visual effects supervisor at Scanline VFX - Black Panther, Captain America: The Winter Solder), Jordan Crockett (art director - Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange), Mike Hollingsworth (supervising director - BoJack Horseman, Tuca & Bertie), Paul Lipson (senior vice president at Formosa Interactive - Uncharted: Lost Legacy, Halo Wars 2), Peter Brown (supervising sound editor at Formosa Features - Star Trek: Beyond, Paranormal Activity), Russell Emanuel (chief creative officer at Bleeding Fingers Music - The Simpsons, Blue Planet II), and Andrew Shulkind (director of photography and co-founder of Headcase VR - The Ritual, Gone: VR 360). Panel moderated by Conner Schwerdtfeger from CinemaBlend.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 300D

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

1:00pm

NBC'S Fan-Favorite Drama Timeless Returns!
NBC's fan-favorite drama Timeless is back for season 2 with nonstop action, adventure, and romance, as the beloved Time Team continue to race throughout history in an attempt to prevent the destruction of our world as we know it. Join cast members Abigail Spencer (Rectify, Oz the Great and Powerful), Matt Lanter (Pitch Perfect 3, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Malcolm Barrett (Preacher, Better Off Ted), Claudia Doumit (Supergirl, Faking It), Paterson Joseph (The Leftovers, Aeon Flux), Goran VišnjiÄ

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
North 200A

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

1:50pm

A First Look at Netflix's Lost In Space
Lost in Space is a Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960s science fiction series. See a screening of the first episode, followed by a discussion with Zack Estrin (showrunner) and cast members including Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Parker Posey, and more.

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:50pm - 3:20pm
Arena

2:30pm

Fantastical & Magical Creations
Magic manifests in myriad forms in fantastic fiction and its many subgenres, from epic fantasy to magical realism. WonderCon special guests Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer) and Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Jessica Cluess (Kingdom on Fire series), Livia Blackburne (Rosemarked), and Kiersten White (And I Darken series) share their alchemical process of determining how much magic to include in their tales with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 208

3:00pm

Making of Star Trek: Discovery
Meet the creative minds from behind the scenes who brought the world of Star Trek back to TV. From the writers’ room to VFX, music, SFX makeup, prosthetics, and more, hear from the talented creators and artists who took the world from idea to streaming on CBS ALL ACCESS.

Saturday March 24, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
North 200A

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

More Than Just High Tech: Science Fiction
Sure, science fiction offers amazing possibilities (and sometimes terrifying consequences) with speculative advances in technology—but without engaging characters, readers don’t care about the impact of that tech. SF authors Marie Andreas (Asarlai Wars series), E. K. Johnston (Star Wars: Ahsoka, That Inevitable Victorian Thing), James Morris (The Three Kingdoms series), and Tony Valdez (Dax Harrison) talk about the importance of creating more than just cool stuff for their universes.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 209

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

6:00pm

Final Space: Q&A with Cast & Creators of the TBS Animated Series
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 09:42PM
Olan Rogers (creator, executive producer, actor),Tika Sumpter (actor), and Coty Galloway (actor) discuss the new TBS animated series about a spaceman named Gary who is working off a prison sentence. Gary makes a mysterious new alien friend named Mooncake with whom he immediately bonds. But what Gary doesn’t know is that his adorable new sidekick is actually wanted by the sinister Lord Commander, who will stop at nothing to use Mooncake's untapped powers for evil.

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 300B

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

The Science of Cool
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 04:59PM
An all-star panel of scientists and creators discuss how the rise of immersive technology, rocketry, robotics, and AI has made science cool again and continues to bring us closer to solving some of the greatest challenges and mysteries in our universe. Panel will include Arvel Chappell III (Emerging Tech, Warner Brothers Entertainment), TJ Wright (CEO of Horizon Hover), Nova Spivack (CEO, Magical), Sinclair Fleming, (Global Director VR, John Wick, Payday), Kevin Cruz (KodakPixpro), and Stephen Powers of Elevation of Fulldome Pro. Moderated by Anastasia Staten (CEO & executive director of the Society of Women Engineers).

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
North 200B

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
 

10:00am

The Ultimate Guide to Constructing Your Favorite Sci-Fi Universe
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 11:52PM
Aliens, super-powered private eyes, blade runners and paranormal beings take shape into your most beloved characters on the big and small screen. From styling undercover superheroes to composing the latest shoot-outs, award-winning panelists will provide you with an exciting inside look to how they were able to create your favorite sci-fi projects. Featuring composer Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story), production designer Barry Robison (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), composer Mac Quayle (Mr. Robot, American Horror Story), costume designer Elisabeth Vastola (Jessica Jones, Daredevil), composer Matthew Carl Earl (Arena of Valor), writer Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising, Jurassic World 3), and audio director Richard Ludlow (Arena of Valor, Blade Runner Revelations). Panel moderated by content producers Chris Villain and Dre Ronayne.

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 207

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

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

12:00pm

Women Writers of YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 21, 05:35PM
Alexandra Monir (The Final Six, Timeless), Livia Blackburne (Midnight Thief, Rosemarked), Robyn Schneider (The Beginning of Everything) and Kiersten White (NYT bestseller) discuss how female authors are playing a major role in this genre and share their experiences breaking through in publishing. Moderated by Sara Santana (What a Nerd Girl Says).

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 207

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

2:00pm

Knowledge: Handle with Care
The ethical challenges faced by characters in science fiction stem back to classics like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Authors Sarah Tarkoff (Sinless, Arrow), Peter Clines (Paradox Bound, The Fold), Jennifer Brody (The Continuum Trilogy), and Elizabeth Briggs (Future Shock trilogy) don their scientific prognosticator hats to discuss the use of knowledge for good or evil purposes, the impact of class on access to technology, and more with Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 209

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

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