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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

1:30pm

The Sergio, Mark, and Tom Show
Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragonés, and Tom Luth bring you the long-running, award-winning comic featuring the ship-sinking, everyone-slaying Groo the Wanderer. This is a panel where those three people talk about what they do, how they do it, why they do it, how one or two of them actually gets paid for doing it . . . it's just a very silly panel featuring silly people who do a silly comic book.

Friday March 23, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 208

2:30pm

A Very Special Episode: Lessons in Kids Comics
Grab your afterschool snacks and settle down to listen to WonderCon Anaheim special guests Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina), Jody Houser (Faith), Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City), Cat Staggs (Supergirl), and Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) as they wax philosophical on why kids’ comics shouldn’t shy away from the tough stuff. Moderated by Jessica Tseang (founder, The Comic Book Girl, Little Geek Girls).

Friday March 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 213AB

2:30pm

Spotlight on Larry Hama
WonderCon special guest Larry Hama will present a slide show of GI Joe ARAH #21 (“Silent Interlude”) with panel-by-panel explanation, followed by a short Q&A.

Friday March 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 208

3:00pm

Gather 'Round the Campfire: Telling Tales
WonderCon special guest Patrick Rothfuss (Kingkiller Chronicles), R. A. Salvatore (Child of a Mad God, The Legend of Drizzt), Tina LeCount Myers (The Legacy of the Heavens series), and Jenna Rhodes (Elven Ways series) gather around the microphones to spin tales of what compels them to be modern-day bards.

Friday March 23, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 300B

3:00pm

Spotlight on Gail Simone
Fan-favorite writer Gail Simone (Batgirl, Deadpool, Wonder Woman) has an intimate and no-holds-barred discussion about her journey in comics, from fan to award-winning author. Surprise guests and a lively Q&A will cover her career from Women in Refrigerators to her new Image title, Crosswind.

Friday March 23, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 209

3:30pm

Writing for Animation
Interested in writing for cartoons or video games? Then you'll want to hear three people who've done it tell you how they've done it: Marv Wolfman (Epic Mickey 2, The Adventures of Superman), Shelly Goldstein (Shelldon, Flying with Byrd), and moderator Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show, Scooby Doo). They'll talk about script formats, breaking a story, getting the assignment, dealing with sinister forces, and everything else.

Friday March 23, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 300D

4:00pm

Spotlight on Mark Waid
Mark Waid (Daredevil, Captain America, Kingdom Come, Superman: Birthright) is here to answer any and all questions about his 33+ year career or about comics history in general.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 209

4:30pm

Spotlight on Jim Lee
DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee (Batman, Justice League, Superman Unchained, The Immortal Men) talks about his 30+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process firsthand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment's characters to life.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
North 200B

5:00pm

Spotlight on Jody Houser
Writer Jody Houser has made her mark in both licensed comics (Orphan Black, Star Wars, X-Files, the upcoming Doctor Who comic) and superhero titles (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Supergirl, Mother Panic, Faith). Join her for a discussion of the facets of a career in writing comics and what it's like to collaborate on a wide range of different characters. Moderated by Taliesin Jaffe (Critical Role, The Wednesday Club).

Friday March 23, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 209

5:30pm

Comics Character Sheets: What is the Best Super Power?
Constitution, dexterity, strength, wisdom . . . there is so much to consider when selecting the best super power. Roll the dice with WonderCon special guests Ryan Benjamin (X-Men), Jason Fabok (Justice League), Mitch Gerads (The Punisher), Gail Simone (Birds of Prey), and Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl) as they hash out what truly is the most sought-after power in the land. Moderated by Vince Hernandez (Aspen).

Friday March 23, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 213AB
 
Saturday, March 24
 

10:00am

DC Publishers
DC's publishers are back in Anaheim and have much to share! Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are the driving forces behind DC Universe, Vertigo, MAD, DC's Young Animal, and much more. This bombastic panel gives you a unique in-depth look this fan-favorite comic book company!

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
North 156

10:30am

A Story is a Story: Multimedia Entertainment
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 08:56PM
Writers discuss the art of storytelling, whether in prose, games, cartoons, comics, or other media. Sam Sykes (Bring Down Heaven series, Brave Chief Brianna), Judd Winick (Hilo series, DC Comics), and Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex series, Barbie comics) converse about the commonalities and differences of storytelling formats with librarian Judy Ann Neeb.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 300D

10:30am

Spotlight on Matthew Rosenberg
Comics writer Matthew Rosenberg quickly made a name for himself with indie hits We Can Never Go Home and 4 Kids Walk into a Bank. Now with titles such as Phoenix Resurrection, The Punisher, New Mutants, Rocket Raccoon, Secret Warriors, and Kingpin to his name, Matthew is emerging as one of the new faces of Marvel Comics. He doesn't really have anything planned, so come listen to him nervously ramble, yell out questions at him, or just eat your lunch at what may be the most awkward program of the weekend. He'll probably bring some free comics to give out, so get there early.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 213AB

11:30am

An Afternoon with Pat Rothfuss
New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss tells stories, answers audience questions, discusses strange things, and maybe does some reading. Be prepared for tangents, digressions, inappropriate humor, and potential impromptu singing.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
North 200B

12:00pm

Spotlight on Dan Jurgens
Over the course of 35-plus years in the industry, Dan Jurgens has worked on many of the best and most well-known characters in comics. Most recently, Dan has been writing DC's Action Comics, guiding it toward the highly anticipated issue #1000. Dan and host Larry Ganem talk about Superman, Action Comics, and Dan’s long, accomplished career as both writer and artist.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 207

12:00pm

Spotlight on Faith Erin Hicks
Cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks (The Nameless City, The Adventures of Superhero Girl) goes for a magical journey through her varied career, from her awkward early attempts at webcomics to Eisner Award–winning creator with over a dozen published graphic novels. This presentation will include a peek into Faith's comic-making process, and encouragement for anyone who's ever wanted to try drawing comics but thought they weren't a good enough artist to do so.

Saturday March 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 209

1:00pm

Spotlight on V.E. Schwab
New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab (Vicious) talks with Entertainment Weekly books writer Maureen Lenker about her groundbreaking career, her love of weird and magical stories, upcoming projects, and why she’s known as the master of villains. A Q&A session will follow.

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 207

1:30pm

Spotlight on Scott Snyder
Scott Snyder explains the pain and joy of writing your favorite superheroes. Learn where the Dark Multiverse first came from in Dark Nights: Metal and about his upcoming plans for the Justice League. Also find out which characters from Dark Nights: Metal we might see lurking in the pages of upcoming DC titles. Room 300D

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 300D

2:00pm

Blacks in Entertainment: Designing for the Culture/Spotlight on Ryan Benjamin
Panelists include Evan Narcisse (writer, Black Panther), Travis Williams (VP, Lightstorm Ent), Charles Babb (CEO, Fairchild Consortium), Ryan Benjamin (DC and game artist), Kevin Grevioux (writer/actor), Eric T. Elder (CEO, Online Worlds Ent), Leon Pryor (Microsoft developer), and Kadeem Hardison (writer/director/actor).

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 209

2:30pm

Do You Read Me? Comic Adaptations
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 23, 08:57PM
Reach out into the ether with moderator Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) as she learns firsthand what it takes to adapt a world for the printed page. WonderCon special guests Kevin Grevioux (I, Frankenstein), Larry Hama (GI Joe), and Jody Houser (Orphan Black) explain how they crafted comics from stories originated in other formats. Hang on to the edge of your seat and don’t be afraid, Dave.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 213AB

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

4:00pm

Spotlight on Mariko Tamaki
Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, She Hulk, Supergirl) talks with Sina Grace (Self-Obsessed, Iceman).

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 211

4:30pm

Quick Draw
It's another battle to the death—or at least until dinnertime!—with three lightning-fast cartoonists armed only with Sharpies and sharp senses of humor. The three cartoon combatants are Sergio Aragonés (Groo the Wanderer, MAD magazine), Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons, The Flintstones), and Tom Richmond (MAD magazine's star caricaturist). They'll be drawing the suggestions of you, the audience, as well as the Quizmaster of Quick Draws, Mark Evanier. As always, no wagering.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
North 200B

5:00pm

Spotlight on Cat Staggs
Join Cat Staggs for a chill, 45 minutes before Saturday dinner, as she talks about her art process, demonstrating with pages from Crosswind with Gail Simone, who will be stopping by to talk about season 2, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Star Wars, and more. With moderator Lea Hernandez, artist on DC Comics’s Teen Titans Go!

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 211
 
Sunday, March 25
 

10:00am

Destination: Happily Ever After
Authors C. B. Lee (Sidekick Squad series), Nilah Magruder (M.F.K. ), WonderCon special guest V. E. Schwab (Shades of Magic, Vicious), Audrey Coulthurst (Inkmistress), and Amy Spalding (The Summer of Jordi Perez, The Best Burger in Los Angeles) join Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy to explore the often thorny path to a happy ending for their characters.

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 300B

10:30am

Craft & Comics: Teresa Huang and Nidhi Chanani
Teresa Huang (Superstition/SYFY) and Nidhi Chanani (Pashmina) share the challenges and fun of creative careers. This will be a one-on-one interview followed by a Q&A session.

Sunday March 25, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 208

11:30am

Spotlight on Mitch Gerads
Mitch Gerads has made a career out of bringing humanity to the superhuman on titles such as Mister Miracle and Batman, as well as real-world authenticity to books like The Sheriff of Babylon and The Activity. Join Mitch and moderator Jason Inman (DC All Access) for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session.

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 208

12:00pm

Ed Piskor, from Hip Hop to X-Men, and everything else
The artist talks about all of the career highlights and strategies that built upon themselves to lead to the creation of smash hit X-Men: Grand Design. If you have questions, special guest Ed Piskor promises a robust Q&A session.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 300B

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

Spotlight on Kevin Hearne
Kevin Hearne (The Iron Druid Chronicles, The Seven Kennings) has written a New York Times bestselling urban fantasy series and now has two new epic fantasy series in progress, plus a comic! Join him to catch up and see previews of his upcoming work, along with a Q&A.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 213AB

1:00pm

Cover Story: The Art of the Cover
What constitutes a good cover on a comic book? How are the best ones created? Be there for this "shop talk" discussion with artists who’ve been responsible for some of the best, WonderCon special guests Ryan Benjamin (WildC.A.T.S, Batman Beyond), Mitch Gerads (Mister Miracle, The Sheriff of Babylon), Dan Jurgens (Superman, Batman Beyond), and Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree, X-Men: Grand Design). Moderated by Mark Evanier.

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 300B

1:00pm

Spotlight on David Petersen
Starting with a self-published issue in 2005, creator David Petersen has built the world of Mouse Guard for the last 13 years. David discusses the history and future of Mouse Guard as well as his process of world-building through architectural reference models. Q&A to follow.

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 211

2:00pm

Comic Tag Teams: Writing and Drawing Action
Leaping from a tall building, landing a punch, dodging a bullet–in comics the action jumps right off the page, but how are these action-packed sequences created? Hear from the dynamic creators themselves as they show you the ropes of writing and drawing action. Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) tags in WonderCon special guests Kelley Jones (Swamp Thing), Dan Jurgens (Action Comics), Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home Again), Gail Simone (Birds of Prey), and Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl).

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 211

3:00pm

The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute
They call him the King of the Comics and maybe it should also be King of the Cinema, since so many of his co-creations (like Black Panther) have made it so big in the movies. As always, WonderCon takes time to talk about arguably the greatest superhero artist of them all. Joining in the discussion this year are cartoonist Scott Shaw!, Kirby museum curator Tom Kraft, former Kirby assistant Steve Sherman, and moderator (another former Kirby assistant) Mark Evanier.

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 211