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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

Inside The Writers Room: The Shows That Inspired Us
Some of your favorite TV writers and directors discuss the television series that inspired them to do what they do, from The Six Million Dollar Man to Star Trek, The Twilight Zone to Hill Street Blues, Battlestar Galactica (1978) to Battlestar Galactica (2004), and Mannix to Manimal (okay, maybe not that one). They’ll look back at the series that helped make the medium great. Panelists include Ashley E. Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X), Sean Crouch (The Exorcist, Lore), Steve Kriozere (Castle, NCIS), David Rogers (director, The Office, The Mindy Project), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels), Deric A. Hughes (The Flash, Warehouse 13), and Amy Berg (Counterpart, DaVinci's Demons).

Friday March 23, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 300D

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

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

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

4:30pm

Writing 101: What To Think About Before You Start Writing
Award-winning writer/editor Marv Wolfman (writer-creator of Blade, Black Cat, Bullseye, New Teen Titans, Deathstroke, and many more) brings his annual writing seminar to WonderCon. This is for those who want to write but aren’t sure how to begin. Marv talks about structure, creating characters, writing dialogue, and more. If you want to begin writing, be sure to attend Marv’s panel first.

Friday March 23, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 210

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
 
Saturday, March 24
 

10:00am

How To Get Press Coverage
Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what won't? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, or why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include Tim Chizmar (First Comics News, Fangoria), Ed Catto (Captain Action, Bonfire Agency), Josh Henaman (Big Foot), Glenn Hauman (ComicMix), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News, Geek-a-pedia), Mike Kingston (Headlocked Comics, BOOM! Studios), Alex Raymond (Monstar, Hollywood Gone Geek), Francis Sky (First Comics News), and Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla Comics). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comic.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 209

10:00am

The Avatar's Narrative: Writing for Video Games
The video game industry is a growing platform teeming with well-known geektastic careers including design, production, art, and programming. But many opportunities also lie within the world of writing, including short and longform writing, literary-esque writing, and punchy marketing content writing. Genese Davis (Omensight), Chris Avellone (Fallout 2), Cameron Dayton (Call of Duty: WW2), and William Weissbaum (Star Citizen) divulge their experiences writing in the video game industry and discuss the ins and outs of producing quality and unique content.

Saturday March 24, 2018 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 207

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

11:00am

Everyone's a Critic: Being a Journalist in a Online Age
Bill Watters (Bleeding Cool), Mary Anne Butler (Aggressive Comix), Dana Han-Klein (Mohawk Movie Review), Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits), Alexandra August (Geek Magazine, CBR), and Thomas Parham (APU) discuss the expansion of journalism over the past decade, from the rise of citizen journalism to blogging to vloggers, podcasters, and online-only news sources. Panelists will talk about the roles new media play between their readers and the industries and communities they serve, varying levels of informality versus classic ideas of professionalism, show-specific outlets versus general news sites, moving from hobbyist to being a professional, legal challenges, and more.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 209

11:00am

Making and Publishing Queer Comics: A Workshop
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 13, 08:16PM
For queer cartoonists, comics are an amazing way to build community, tell their stories, imagine new worlds, and claim their identity. But how do they get these comics out of their own heads and in front of readers? Prism Comics and moderator Elizabeth Beier (Prism Comics board member, Bisexual Trials and Errors) present a discussion on the avenues and ways to put queer work into the world, from self-published zines to webcomics and online funding options like Patreon and Kickstarter, to traditional publishing. Panelists include Tara Madison Avery (Prism Comics board member, Stacked Deck Press publisher), Cat Esguerra (Eighty Days), Sina Grace (Iceman, Self-Obsessed, Nothing Lasts Forever, Iceman), Viktor Kerney (Prism Comics board member, StrangeLore) and Jeff Krell (Jayson). The winner of the Prism Comics 2018 Queer Press Grant will be announced at the end of the panel. The Prism Comics Queer Press Grant is an annual financial grant given by Prism Comics to an up-and-coming comics creator to help them publish their work of LGBTQ-interest.

Saturday March 24, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 211

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

1:00pm

The Graphic Novel Revolution
Justin Eisinger (senior editor, IDW), Sarah Gaydos (group editor, IDW), Chris Lutes (Vroman's Bookstore), and a representative from Skylight Books gather for a wide-ranging conversation about how the changing market for comics affects publishers, creators, retailers, and the entire industry. Moderated by Jeremy Melloul (CreatorAtLarge.com).

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 209

1:30pm

Romance in Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 13, 04:31PM
Award-winning bestselling artists, authors, and actors discuss attraction, compatibility, offspring, love, society, (extremely) long-distance relationships, close quarters, customs, rituals, religions, marriage, and more. Featuring Rico Anderson (The Orville, Star Trek: Renegades), Jimmy Diggs (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Star Trek: Voyager), Rebekah R. Ganiere (Fairelle Series, president of Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal RWA Chapter), Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, Pirates of the Imperium), and Claudia McKinney ( New York Times bestselling book cover artist). Moderated by James Ganiere (chief editor at Fallen Angel Press, CEO at Rio Vista Universal).

Saturday March 24, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 208

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

How to Get That Second Writing Assignment
Getting your first writing assignment may be tough, but the second one may be tougher. Writers discuss their methods on booking that next job. Panelists include Joel Anderson Thompson (showrunner, Superstition), Kristine Huntley (Freakish), Teresa Huang (Superstition), and Hannibal Tabu (CBR’s The Buy Pile, Wunderman Comics’s Time Corps). Moderated by Ken Choy.

Saturday March 24, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 207

4:00pm

Writing Great Dialogue
Short. Meaningful. Memorable. How do you write great dialogue? What works and what doesn't work? Animation writers including Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars), Holly Huckins (Rugrats, Sheriff Callie's Wild West), Jim Krieg (Justice League Action, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight), Mairghread Scott (Guardians of the Galaxy, Transformers: Rescue Bots),and Matt Wayne (Niko and the Sword of Light, Cannon Busters) talk about how you craft a great line.

Saturday March 24, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 210

5:00pm

Comic Pitch Review
If you’re a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch before the networking event and get some free coaching from a pro. A pitch is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you’re doing or what you’ve made. Giving a good pitch is a vital skill you must have to bring your project to life. Fortunately, it’s also a skill you can learn and improve with practice. Pitch reviews will be conducted by Douglas Neff, an experienced presentation coach and professional public speaker who also hosts the Comic Creator Connection. This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 204C

5:00pm

Writing and Illustrating Books for Kids
Caldecott winning author/illustrator Dan Santat (After the Fall), NY Times bestselling author/illustrator Antoinette Portis (Now), Newbery honoree author Jenni Holm (Swing It Sunny), Newbery honoree author/illustrator Eugene Yelchin (The Haunting of Falcon House), and popular author Deborah Underwood (Here Comes Teacher Cat) share their insights into the publishing industry, how to get started, and lessons learned on the journey to traditional publication. Moderated by author Henry Herz (Cap'n Rex & His Clever Crew).

Saturday March 24, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 207

6:00pm

Inside the Writers Room: From Script to Screen
Be on hand for this all-star insider look at your favorite TV series from the scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows, as they share their candid thoughts on how to write, rewrite, and actually produce the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers’ room—and what happens after a script hits the stage and why editing is considered the final rewrite. Moderator Chris Parnell (president, Sony Pictures Television) presides over this year’s lineup, including Gabrielle Stanton (The Flash, Titans, The Vampire Diaries), Michael Narducci (The Originals, Medium), Ryan Condal (Colony, Conan The Barbarian), Sean Crouch (Lore, The Exorcist), Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Black Sails), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Steve Holland (The Big Bang Theory), Kay Reindl (Freakish, Millennium), Marc Bernardin (Castle Rock), Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X), and Amy Berg (Counterparts, Eureka).

Saturday March 24, 2018 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 207

7:00pm

Intro to TV Writing: From First Draft to Getting Staffed
Moderator Spiro Skentzos (Arrow) joins Drew Greenberg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Keto Shimizu (Legends of Tomorrow) and Melinda Hsu Taylor (The Gifted) to discuss navigating the TV spec terrain, including beginner’s mistakes, what they look for in a writer and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 207

7:00pm

Saturday Comic Creator Connection
Are you a writer with a great idea for a comic book series, but you can’t draw? Or maybe you’re an artist looking to illustrate an incredible story, but you can’t write. WonderCon is proud to once again host the Comic Creator Connection, a fast-paced networking event that puts writers and artists together to help them meet new creative partners. Here’s how it works: In a 2-hour period writers and artists will sit down across from each other at a table. (And by artists, we mean pencillers, inkers, colorists, etc—all are welcome!) Then, in 5-minute sessions, you will talk one-on-one with each other about your ideas and skills. At the end of each 5-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you’re interested in furthering the conversation, you’ll exchange contact information. Think of it as speed-dating, but for writers and artists! Sign-ups are taken in advance for this event, but space may still be available onsite.

Saturday March 24, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 204C

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

Words Create Worlds: Lessons from a Storyteller
Aspiring and current writers will want to take part in this interactive workshop to ask questions and learn about what it takes to write a book and become a published author. Learn about the writing process from author, singer/songwriter, and advocate James Morris (Sky Bound, Water Tower, Surface, Vans Warped Tour) as he shares the challenges and excitement that come with creating new worlds. He will discuss the art of storytelling and share valuable tips, tricks, and organizational skills to help get you started and keep going. Be sure to bring your questions.

Saturday March 24, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 210
 
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

10:00am

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

11:00am

The Writers Coffeehouse at WonderCon
The Writers Coffeehouse is a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing. No agendas, no requirements'just chat about markets, about pitching and selling, about conquering frustration and defeating writer's block, and about all of the good things that come from the community of writers. Led by author Peter Clines (Paradox Bound, The Fold, the Ex-Heroes series, numerous short stories, and countless articles on the film and television industry), this program focuses on the business of prose publishing. It's open to everyone–from absolute beginners to award winners and bestsellers. Just show up, hang out, and talk. Or don't talk–lurk in the back and take notes.

Sunday March 25, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
Room 204C

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

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

12:00pm

The Iron Giant - the making of an animation masterpiece
Supervising animator Stephan Franck takes you behind the scenes, sharing his personal learning experience working on The Iron Giant and answering all questions about the making of the beloved animated classic.

Sunday March 25, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
North 200A

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

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

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

Reimagined for TV: Writing Shows Based on Popular IP
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 22, 10:44PM
From books to comics and movies, it seems all your favorite TV shows are based on existing properties—but these adaptations pose their own set of challenges. Alex Freedman & Nick Watson (Paper Team) bring an all-star panel of writers, producers, and executives to discuss adapting IPs to the small screen. Panelists include: Michael R. Perry (Altered Carbon, The Dead Zone), Ray Utarnachitt (DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Person of Interest), Kai Yu Wu (The Flash, Hannibal), Britta Lundin (Riverdale), and Colleen McAllister (My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop).

Sunday March 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 209

2:00pm

How To Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need To Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors known for their popular Strand series, explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins, who are on staff at UCLA, have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Todd McCaffrey (New York Times bestselling author, Dragon Riders of Pern) and Steven Sears (writer and producer, Xena: Warrior Princess, The A Team, Father Dowling Mysteries, Swamp Thing), plus other panelists to be announced. This panel will be in loving memory of Richard Hatch, a friend, teacher, and inspiration to all.

Sunday March 25, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 300B

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

2:00pm

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

3:00pm

Where Do Ideas Come From?
For artists and writers who get “stuck”! Veteran writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (Shadowzone, My Little Pony) slings rapid-fire tips, tricks, and strategies for vanquishing those blocked brain cells and deadline demons. Part information, part motivation, all entertaining!

Sunday March 25, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 209