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Friday, March 31
 

12:00pm

Disneybounders Unite!
Discuss modern Disneybounding with active Disneybounders who will provide tips and tricks into creating new and exciting Disneybounds for Dapper Day, Villains Day, May The 4th, and all other Disney type of events! Moderated by Crystal Rose Creations.

Friday March 31, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

12:00pm

Fandom & Fiction
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 30, 09:42PM
Authors Sam Sykes (Pathfinder Tales: Shy Knives), Ashley Poston (Geekerella), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), and Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl) talk about celebrating fandom in shared worlds and original fiction, with moderator Maryelizabeth Yutrralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Friday March 31, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 209

12:00pm

Rangers 'n' More: A History of Tokusatsu
You've heard about the "teenagers with attitude," but do you know how they came to be? Welcome to the world of Japanese TV known as Tokusatsu. Panelists Stan Oh, Deborah Lo, and Rammy Rivera of Scarlet Rhapsody explain the history and characteristics of Tokusatsu, including shows like Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and Ultraman, and Kaiju movies, and compare them with the Power Rangers. Moderated by Jared Griego (Scarlet Rhapsody).

Friday March 31, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 207

12:00pm

Spiritual Themes in Comics
With the impact that religious beliefs have on a culture and how they can shape a culture, the panelists will discuss the influence and future implications of spiritual themes in the arena of comics, animation, and other related material. Panelists include Travis Hanson (Big Imagination), Tyler Smith (More Than One Lesson), B. Dave Walters (Electropunk), Scott Marcano (Diablo Publishing), and Frederick Price (Crenshaw Christian Center), and will be moderated by Eric Jansen (Foursquare Mission Press).

Friday March 31, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 211

12:15pm

In What Universe? Key Creatives on Comic Book, Superhero, and Fiction Favorites
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 28, 09:07PM
Explore the worlds of fan-favorite projects through the eyes of the creatives who shape them. Get the perspectives of several behind-the-camera talents whose work is crucial to defining the way that the story is told. Learn from these unsung heroes as they take you from script to screen and show you the process in between. Panelists include: Tony Solomons (editor, The Vampire Diaries, Freakish), Elaine Montalvo (costume designer, The Walking Dead S7), Philip Harrison (editor, Mr. Robot, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Gary Kordan (production designer, Key & Peele, Workaholics), Marc Pattavina (editor, Lucifer), and Maggie Fung (makeup department, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull & Matrix Reloaded), with celebrity moderators Tom Payne (The Walking Dead) and Chris Villain (social media influencer) and introduction by Maureen Toth, principal agent at Eastern Talent Agency.

Friday March 31, 2017 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Room 300AB

12:30pm

How to Get Published and Write Canon: Delilah S. Dawson with Chuck Wendig
Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon) and Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath) have been friends since their writing careers began. In this Q&A, Chuck will interview Delilah about querying, book deals, writing Star Wars, writing comics, and how to level up.

Friday March 31, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 213

12:30pm

The Mark, Sergio, Stan, and Sometimes Tom Show!
The folks who bring you Groo the Wanderer tell you how (and maybe why) they bring you Groo the Wanderer and maybe other things, as well. They are Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragonés, Stan Sakai, and maybe the hardest-working man in comics, Tom Luth. Learn what it is that compels these men to, month after month and year after year, tell their tales of the stupidest character ever in comics.

Friday March 31, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 208

12:30pm

Comics Arts Conference #1: Politics and Memory
Daisy R. Herrera explores how Eduardo del Río (Rius) uses comic book art to encourage readers, especially those of Mexican descent, to ponder Mexico's history of conquest, corruption, and turmoil. Emily Rauber Rodriguez (University of Southern California) examines why two comics, The Montgomery Story and March, intended to disseminate a Civil Rights message have very different formal and structural elements that adapt to their eras and intended functions. Sarah D. Harris (Bennington College) explains how the blurred lines between real and imaginary, self and other, in Miguelanxo Prado's Ardalén allude to the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain's early 21st century.

Friday March 31, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 210

12:30pm

Space Goat Portfolio Review
Space Goat is the comic industry's premier talent agency and production studio, whose clients get jobs at Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, BOOM! Studios, and other top quality publishers. Space Goat wants to see professional-quality comic book story pages in pencil, pencil & ink, or color. They are not interested in a portfolio of pinup art. They want to see professionals and talented artists ready to be professionals.

Friday March 31, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 206B

1:00pm

DC's Young Animal
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 24, 11:57PM
WonderCon Anaheim welcomes comics for dangerous humans! Catch the latest news from DC's Young Animal, a new pop-up imprint curated by a bestselling comic writer and My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way (Doom Patrol, Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye). Joing him are many of his talented collaborators including Jon Rivera (Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye), Jody Houser (Mother Panic), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl) and others.

Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 300DE

1:00pm

Introduction to Whovian Cosplay
Whether you're new to Doctor Who or new to cosplay entirely, this is a great place to start! The Order of Gallifrey will share tips for beginners and budget-conscious costumers on how to dress like your favorite Doctor Who characters. Panelists: Jennifer Bagosy, Dennis Patrick Hanon Jr., Danielle Beebe, James Johnson, Claire Berry Gardner, and Christina Silvoso.

Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

1:00pm

JAKKS Pacific 2017 Sneak Preview
JAKKS Pacific previews all the new figures, collectibles, and RC vehicles that will be released in the coming months. Attendees will get an exclusive first look at exciting new items for Nintendo, DC Originals, Justice League, Marvel, and Star Wars. Following the preview will be a Q&A with members of JAKKS's development team and a special giveaway of the premium DC Originals Tribute Series figures.

Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 209

1:00pm

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 (Free Enterprise, The Librarians) and Edward Gross (Empire Magazine) along with Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz look back at 50 years of Star Trek and speculate on where the franchise will boldly go over the next 50 years including the latest news from the set of Star Trek: Discovery as well as why we need Trek today more than ever.

Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 207

1:00pm

The Growing Popularity of Latin Superheroes: Marvel, DC, and Beyond
From Jaime Reyes as DC's Blue Beetle, to Fanbase Press's Quince, the story of a girl named Lupe who discovers her abilities on her quinceañera, to Marvel's groundbreaking new solo series Miss America (America Chavez), Latin American superheroes are making their way to the forefront. Jessica Tseang (founder of The Comic Book Girl and Little Geek Girls) leads a lively discussion with Eric Lopez (voice actor for Young Justice's Blue Beetle), Dani Fernandez (host for Geek & Sundry, Nerdist), Juan Manuel-Rocha (host for Comics on Comics), Sebastian Kadlecik (creator of Quince), Alex Quintas (storyboard artist for BoJack Horseman), Kit Steinkellner (writer of Quince, Z: The Beginning of Everything), and other special guests regarding the new age of Latin superheroes in our ever-changing culture.

Friday March 31, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 211

1:15pm

DreamWorks Trollhunters, A Netflix Original Series
Following the epic first season of the Netflix original series DreamWorks Trollhunters, executive producers Marc Guggenheim, Rodrigo Blaas, and Chad Hammes share their favorite moments from season 1 and take you behind the scenes of this critically acclaimed series from Guillermo del Toro. The panel will be moderated by Josh Macuga of Collider.

Friday March 31, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Room 300AB

1:30pm

Spotlight on Mark Waid
Award-winning writer and New York Times bestseller Mark Waid talks about his 33 years in the industry, giving insight as to how to craft stories, how to work within the confines of a 20-page comic, and almost certainly vent about something political! Come prepared for questions, preferably ones about Superman!

Friday March 31, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 213

1:30pm

Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here
New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant's greatest and most iconic heroes, from Bloodshot and Divinity to Faith and Harbinger Renegade to Ninjak and X-O Manowar. Look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

Friday March 31, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 208

2:00pm

Aspen Comics Portfolio Review
Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief) will critique artwork and offer advice on building a portfolio (artist samples only).

Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 206B

2:00pm

BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours
Discover your new favorite comic book series in a panel designed for everyone, from new fans to long-time readers to anyone who loves comics. BOOM!'s top editors and creators explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia, with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession.

Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 211

2:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #2: Comics and Fandom
Johnathan Flowers (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) uses the concept of feminist killjoys to explain how the treatment of fans who criticize the representation of diverse bodies in comics is one of the primary ways that comics fail in their attempts to diversify. Law professor and IP specialist Marc H. Greenberg (Golden Gate University School of Law) provides guidance for fans wishing to navigate the confusing thicket of legal issues that surround the creation of fan fiction and art.

Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 210

2:00pm

Cospositive: Cosplay with Confidence
D-Piddy (Youtuber, intl. cosplayer), Bernadette Bentley (actor, cosplayer), and Geri Kramer (photographer) discuss body image and confidence in oneself, self-worth, ways to work on confidence, and how to stay positive in the community when faced with negative people or negative comments on social media. Cosplaying regardless of age, skin color, gender, body type/size, and disability will be covered.

Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

2:00pm

Marvel Animation Storytellers
Marvel Animation panelists give you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how Marvel assembles acclaimed animated series such as Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Led by Cort Lane (SVP, animation and family entertainment) and Stephen Wacker (VP, current series and development), with several special guests, the Marvel Animation team shares rare insight into the writing process, sneak peeks from upcoming episodes, and tons of scoops on future storylines.

Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 300DE

2:00pm

Sisterhood of the Self-Sufficient
Strong female protagonists provide inspiration in resistance and persistence to readers of all genders. Authors Mercedes Lackey (Hunter, Elite), E.K. Johnston (Spindle), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Connie Willis (Crosstalk), and C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick) discuss the ordinary and extraordinary accomplishments of fictional women with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 207

2:00pm

The Astonishing Secret Origins of ComiXology
Every hero has an origin story-the defining moment where they thrust themselves to greatness . . . and so too does comiXology! CEO and co-founder David Steinberger recounts comiXology's humble startup beginnings, its transformation through the years, and its expansion into Amazon's premier digital comic shopping and reading platform!

Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 209

2:15pm

Prison Break
Breaking out is only the beginning! Join Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield), Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows), Robert Knepper (T-Bag), Inbar Lavi (new to the series as Sheba), and executive producers Vaun Wilmott and Michael Horowitz for a true fan event as they debut the first episode of 2017's most highly anticipated series in advance of its debut on FOX on April 4th. A moderated panel by BuzzFeed’s Jarett Wieselman will follow the screening.

Friday March 31, 2017 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Room 300AB

2:30pm

CBLDF: Comics Change the World - The History of Activism in Comics
From the medium's earliest days, activists have taken to the comics form to communicate their messages to the world. CBLDF deputy director Alex Cox brings you on an image-filled march through more than a century of comics activism, revealing the history of how comics can change the world!

Friday March 31, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 208

2:30pm

The Dichotomy Between Good and Bad
Sometimes a hero has to make a bad decision and sometimes a villain falls onto the side of good. What makes a hero or a villain as these lines become blurrier? Find out with WonderCon Anaheim special guests Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Chad Hardin (Harley Quinn), Chris Roberson (iZombie), Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman), and moderator Mark Waid (Archie) as they seek the balance that keeps readers rooting for and against their favorite comic characters.

Friday March 31, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 213

3:00pm

Becoming Nerdstrong
Incorporate your love of superheroes, games, and fandom to begin your fitness adventure. Despite the stereotype, fitness belongs to all of us, including those of us in the geek community. Andrew Deutsch (Nerdstrong Gym, Max Hit Points), Christy Black (Nerdstrong Gym, Max Hit Points), David Nett (Nerdstrong Gym, Max Hit Points), and Andrew Seely (Nerdstrong Gym) discuss fitness, body image, and confidence in a geek world, as well as their fitness journeys and the simple ways you can mix your fandom, passions, and gamification into a new, leveled up life. Moderated by Blair Herter (Nerdstrong Gym, Attack of the Show!).

Friday March 31, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

3:00pm

Behind the Creative Process of Logan
Wishing you had more insider info on what it took to make FOX's epic film Logan? HALON Entertainment's previs and postvis supervisor, Clint Reagan, and Art Directors Guild Award-nominated production designer Francois Audouy take you behind the scenes with never-before-seen material. Clint and Francois will dive into one of Logan's action-packed sequences to discuss defining the look, action, and story details of the film. You won't want to miss this journey deep into the world of Logan!

Friday March 31, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 300DE

3:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #3: Parallel Worlds and Pedagogy: Fans, Academics, Creators and Educators in Conversation
Susan Kirtley (Portland State University), Antero Garcia (Colorado State University), Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools), David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist), Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker), Johnny Parker II (Neat-O Comics), and Rosie O. Knight present a roundtable conversation on the ways in which our various relationships to comics inform our thinking on the medium, and how we might work together to develop better comics, better comics criticism, and better comics education. Panelists will examine their own fandom while assessing how representations of agencies, identities, and actions in comics shape how readers define their world. Inversely, participants will explore how much the voices and experiences of readers can reciprocally influence comics.

Friday March 31, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 210

3:00pm

Comics Drawing Party with Dave Roman and His Mom!
Join author and illustrator Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Goosebumps, Teen Boat!) as he teams up with his mom, Miriam (who has never been to a comic convention and is scared to even draw a stick figure), and several audience members to make completely improvised comics. Expect lots of embarrassing stories, crazy characters, and hilarious twists and turns!

Friday March 31, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 211

3:00pm

Spotlight on James Dashner
James Dashner's The Maze Runner series has become a breakout hit, with the books ranking on bestseller lists and a thriving film franchise. Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican presents a one-on-one interview with James, covering his writing career, inspiration, and the book-to-film process, and concluding with a Q&A session.

Friday March 31, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 207

3:00pm

Spotlight on Marguerite Sauvage
Award-winning artist Marguerite Sauvage weaves vivid imagery in DC's Bombshells, Faith (Valiant), Thor (Marvel), Scarlet Witch (Marvel), Adventure Time (BOOM! Studios), and more titles along with numerous stunning variant covers. Join Nina Taylor Kester (Cartoon Art Museum) in conversation with Sauvage to learn about her path from law and communications graduate to internationally acclaimed illustrator and cartoonist. Plus, learn about her upcoming work in Femme Magnifique, an anthology of stories about women who crack ceilings, take names, and change the game.

Friday March 31, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 209

3:00pm

Valiant Entertainment Portfolio Review
Warren Simons (editor-in-chief) will critique artwork and offer advice on expanding your portfolio.

Friday March 31, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 206B

3:30pm

Fantasy: Not Always Fantastic
When faced with real-life adversity, people sometimes wish for magical solutions. However, as these authors remind us, life in a magical fantasy world-epic, urban, or otherwise-comes with its own kinds of challenges and conflicts. Mercedes Lackey (Elite, Closer to the Chest), Larry Dixon (Black Gryphon, Chrome Born), Jessica Cluess (A Shadow Bright and Burning), Audrey Coulthurst (Of Fire and Stars), Erika Lewis (Game of Shadows), and Fran Wilde (Cloudbound) discuss the topic with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Friday March 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 213

3:30pm

Imaginary Mary
From the creative geniuses behind The Goldbergs comes Imaginary Mary, a live-action/CGI hybrid comedy. See an exclusive screening of the second episode, titled "The Mom Seal," and join Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg, Looney Tunes: Back in Action), Stephen Schneider (Broad City, You're the Worst), and executive producers Adam F. Goldberg (The Goldbergs, Breaking In), David Guarascio (Happy Endings, Aliens in America), Patrick Osborne (Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph), and Doug Robinson (The Goldbergs, Rules of Engagement) for a moderated Q&A session. Imaginary Mary follows Alice, a single sports public relations executive who has fallen in love with a divorced father of three kids. When the pressure of her relationship and potential insta-family becomes too much for Alice to handle, she starts to see her childhood imaginary friend Mary (voiced by Rachel Dratch of Saturday Night Live). Imaginary Mary is produced by Happy Madison in association with ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television. Imaginary Mary airs on Tuesdays nights at 9:30/8:30c beginning April 4 on ABC.

Friday March 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 300AB

3:30pm

iZOMBIE Exclusive Screening of Season 3 Premiere
ADDED: Wed, Mar 29, 11:37PM
A WonderCon Anaheim exclusive! Don't miss a special advance screening of the season three premiere episode of iZOMBIE, airing Tuesday, April 4 (9/8c The CW).

Friday March 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Arena

3:30pm

The Psychology of Harry Potter: Houses of Hogwarts
When J. K. Rowling's popular series debuted, Potter fans clamored to find any evidence that they belonged in one of her imaginative Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Each house had its unique personality and signature, and soon, readers argued among themselves on why their houses were the best. The Sorting Hat not only opened a question that delved into our personalities, but also provided a deeper look into how we view ourselves, and how others view us. Jessica Tseang (founder of Little Geek Girls, owner of Girl on Geek) leads a frank discussion with Harry Potter experts Erik Amaya (Comic Book Resources, host of Tread Perilously), Adrienne Alwag-Aipia (founder of Los Angeles Dumbledore's Army), Jim Thompson (Esquire, Comic Book Historians Group), Dina Kampmeyer (Lady Steam cosplay), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), and Dr. Travis Langley (Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology) on why J. K. Rowling's houses are secretly genius, and what we can learn about ourselves along the way.

Friday March 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 208

3:30pm

[CANCELLED] Time After Time Special Video Presentation and Q&A
CANCELLED: Wed, Mar 29, 10:35PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Friday March 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Arena

4:00pm

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Two Decades with Feeling: A 20th Anniversary Celebration
Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (The Fifty-Year Mission), authors of the upcoming oral history Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Slayers & Vampires, re-open the Hellmouth and look back at the secret history of the slayer who saved the world a lot, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for its 20th anniversary as well as what the future might hold for Slayage in the 21st century. Also, a look back at the underappreciated genius of Angel and the Buffy's that never were.

Friday March 31, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 300DE

4:00pm

DC Collectibles
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 24, 11:59PM
Action figures, statues, busts, and prop replicas inspired by DC's iconic characters and stories—DC Collectibles has them all and more! Join the DC Collectibles crew, including VP of Creative Services Kevin Kiniry, Director of Creative Services Jim Fletcher and a few surprise guests, to hear how they create and develop so many incredible collectibles, and what's coming up from the award-winning line of collectibles directly from the source—DC Entertainment!

Friday March 31, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 207

4:00pm

From Big Idea to Brand to Business
Do you have a big idea that could change the pop culture world but don’t know what to do next? Feeling stagnant in your brand and want to turn it into a career? Started your business but struggling to take it to the next level? In this panel, industry pros will share some of their trade secrets to taking a big idea and turning it from culture-shaping brand to a rewarding professional future. Tony Kim (Hero Within, Crazy 4 Comic Con) hosts with panelists Chris Gore (Film Threat, G4), Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), and Stella Chuu (professional cosplayer).

Friday March 31, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

4:00pm

Spotlight on Judd Winick
Cartoonist Judd Winick leads a multimedia presentation (meaning, he will talk and show pictures at the same time) where he will discuss the creation of his bestselling graphic novel series, Hilo. Stop by for cartoons, stories, tales of writing superhero books, The Real World, and much discussion of cats and giant apes. Q&A to follow.

Friday March 31, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 211

4:00pm

Spotlight on Sanford Greene
With his distinctively dynamic style, Sanford Greene has made a name for himself working on such titles as Power Man and Iron Fist, Runaways, and the popular Kulipari novels. Greene and moderator David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers, Nighthawk) discuss his career and argue over hip-hop.

Friday March 31, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 209

4:00pm

Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing
Eisner Hall of Fame winner Marv Wolfman brings his annual writing panel back to WonderCon Anaheim. Marv discusses creating characters, plots, themes, and much, much more. This is an invaluable seminar for those who want to become writers or who simply want a reminder what to think about before you do. Come early to guarantee getting a seat.

Friday March 31, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 210

4:30pm

Find Your Hero with IDW Publishing's WonderCon Anaheim Panel!
On the lookout for your new favorite comic? Want to hear what's next from the company that publishes everything from The Transformers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, and Back to the Future? Then don't miss this panel, where Chris Ryall, David Hedgecock, Sarah Gaydos, Aubrey Sitterson, Scott Tipton, and some VERY special guests make you an insider.

Friday March 31, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 213

4:30pm

Oddball Comics Live!
Ever see a comic book cover that makes you wonder, "How the hell did THAT ever get published?" Cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Sonic the Hedgehog, Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, Simpsons Comics, The Flintstones) returns to provide the answer to that question with his popular digital slideshow of "the craziest comic books ever published!" See why Stan Lee says, "Wow, True Believers, I thought I'd seen it all, but Scott Shaw!'s hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I've ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott's outrageous opuses are a blast!" And if Stan says it, it's gotta be true, right? (You'll be laughing hard, so wearing Depends is highly recommended.)

Friday March 31, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 208

4:30pm

The Goldbergs
Sneak peek screening of “The Dynamic Duo” and Q&A with executive producers and stars, moderated by Kevin Smith. Join cast members of the 1980s VCR-loving, mixtape-making, spandex-wearing Goldberg family including Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and executive producers Adam F. Goldberg (The Goldbergs, Breaking In), Doug Robinson (The Goldbergs, Rules of Engagement), and writer Andrew Secunda (Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Goldbergs, Star Trek: The Next Conversation) for an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming episode of The Goldbergs, “The Dynamic Duo,” followed by a Q&A. Directed by Kevin Smith, “The Dynamic Duo” follows the geeky and movie obsessed Adam and his grandfather, Pops, who have drastically different reactions to the 1989 Batman movie when it’s released in theaters. The Goldbergs is produced by Happy Madison and Adam F. Goldberg Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television. Check out The Goldbergs on Wednesdays at 8:00pm on ABC.

Friday March 31, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 300AB

4:45pm

Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A
Unlock the mystery of Riverdale and leave your innocence behind. Join stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Ashleigh Murray, Luke Perry,Mädchen Amick, and Marisol Nichols, along with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater as they dive into the secrets that continue to loom over what may look like a quiet, sleepy town. While new details of Jason Blossom’s death emerge, tension grows between the Riverdale High students, as Jughead’s connection to the Southside Serpents is revealed. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Everwood) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small town life. Riverdale airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.

Friday March 31, 2017 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Arena

5:00pm

Comic Book Law School® 'Help Me Help You'
Creative passion and keen business sense don't always go hand in hand, and that's one of the reasons why so many creators will often put off taking steps to protect their rights. But with an ever-growing appetite for new content and rapid-fire advancements in technology for delivering that content to customers, it has never been more important for creators to "get their ducks in a row" as soon as they can to protect themselves and their creations. But luckily, creators have their own Defenders they can turn to—and not just Jennifer Walters and Matt Murdock—as noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, returns to WonderCon Anaheim with the information you need to protect yourself and your creative capital. Comic Book Law School® tackles the basics of protection and ownership of ideas, works of authorship, characters, names, and branding, giving creators information to help them protect their creative works from conception through publication and beyond. Attendees will participate in an interactive discussion about rights available to authors and creators under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, as well as some of the problems and pitfalls they may face, some important contract dos and don'ts, and (time permitting) digital and social media cautions and concerns. Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. However, the seminar is presented for information and entertainment purposes only, and the information presented and opinions expressed at the seminars do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. (This program is approved for one credit of California MCLE.)

Friday March 31, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 210

5:00pm

Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics
Just getting into comics but not sure where to start? ComiXology is here to help! Some of the industry's biggest pros impart their vast comic knowledge by personally recommending series just right for you! Join comiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger along with a panel of comics superstars including Valiant editor-in-chief Warren Simons, Valiant VP of marketing and communications Hunter Gorinson, BOOM! Studios editor Jasmine Amiri (WWE, Brave Chef Brianna), and BOOM! Studios associate editor Chris Rosa (Ladycastle, Steven Universe) as they become your guides through the awesome world of comics!

Friday March 31, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 211

5:00pm

Everyone's a Critic: Being a Journalist in the Online Age
Bill Watters (Bleeding Cool), Mary Anne Butler (Aggressive Comix), Jeff Bond (Geek Monthly), Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits), Alexandra August (Comic Book Resources), 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. This panel of nationally known writers and hosts 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, and more.

Friday March 31, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 207

5:00pm

Friday 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. So what's a pitch? A pitch is simply the way you present yourself or your project to others. It is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you're doing or what you've made. Most creators have no trouble coming up with fantastic ideas for new comics, but they often struggle to talk clearly and concisely about those ideas to other people. 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-and Pitch Review is a great place to do that. 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. Everyone is welcome, but please note that showing up is not a guarantee that you'll get a review session. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday March 31, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 206B

5:00pm

Spotlight on David F. Walker
David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers, Nighthawk) has emerged on the comic scene with a series of critically acclaimed titles. Part of a new generation of African American writers in comics, he is a vocal advocate of diversity and representation in comics. Join Walker and moderator/fellow writer Geoff Thorne for this one-on-one discussion.

Friday March 31, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 209

5:00pm

Spotlight on Jim Lee
DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee (Batman, Justice League, Superman Unchained, Suicide Squad) talks about his 30+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. 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 31, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 300DE

5:00pm

Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics Gathering
Webcomics Advocates co-founder Phil Vecchio (Brax the Alien Rocker) and webcomic creators Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings), Eddie deAngelini (Collectors), and Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics. They will also give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comics to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome.

Friday March 31, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

5:30pm

Discover Why YA is the Future of Comics
YA dominates film, TV, books, and comics, with original stories aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Some of the most popular new voices in comics discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment.

Friday March 31, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 208

5:30pm

Writing for Animation
Ever think you might want to write cartoons? Well, Mark Evanier has written more than 500 half-hours of animated programming, including such programs as The Garfield Show, Garfield and Friends, Dungeons & Dragons, Scooby-Doo, Richie Rich, ABC Weekend Special, Superman Adventures, Thundarr the Barbarian, CBS Storybreak, and many more. He doesn't claim to know everything but thinks he can fill the hour telling you what he does know.

Friday March 31, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 213

5:30pm

Comedy Central: Jeff & Some Aliens and Legends of Chamberlain Heights
Join the Jeff & Some Aliens crew to discuss their hit freshman series and answer fan questions about the show. Join the Legends of Chamberlain Heights crew to discuss Season 2 and answer fan questions about the show.

Friday March 31, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Room 300AB

6:00pm

1987: Geek's Greatest Year: The Revenge
An expert panel of geeksperts take a trip back in time 30 years to the great geek year of 1987. Expect untouchable analysis and lethal quips as they look back at Predator, The Princess Bride, Lethal Weapon, The Lost Boys, RoboCop, Near Dark, Spaceballs, Hellraiser, The Untouchables, The Running Man, and many more. Mark A. Altman (The Fifty-Year Mission), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Charles de Lauzirika (the Alien Quadrilogy, The Martian: Extended Edition), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Daren Dochterman (Passengers, Real Steel), and Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks, The Hills Run Red) remind you that “if it bleeds, we can kill it” and that you should “never fight a land war in Asia.” Thank you for your cooperation. Presented by Geek Magazine.

Friday March 31, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 300DE

6:00pm

2017: The Year of Blockbuster LARPs
2017 will be a banner year for LARP (Live Action Role Playing) in America due to the increased prevalence of "blockbuster" style events. A blockbuster LARP means high production values, high player count, and high cost to attend. These are usually a weekend long and at a remarkable location. After College of Wizardry ran a Harry Potter-inspired event at a medieval Polish castle, New World Magischola opened a western version based on original content at the University of Richmond in 2016 and the College of William and Mary in 2017. This year will also see Event Horizon, an original, richly detailed science fiction LARP near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco; Battleship, a historical LARP taking place aboard the USS New Jersey; Edgeworld, a stylized western town of gunslinging and intrigue; Dragon Thrones, a fantasy epic in the style of A Song of Ice and Fire at Bryn Mawr college; and Starship Selket: Wave One, occurring aboard the SS Lane Victory in San Pedro. See previews and get sneak peeks of these exciting, immersive, and interactive events. Presented by Aaron Vanek (Starship Selket: Wave One).

Friday March 31, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

6:00pm

Live Painting Demo with Nate Flamm
Watch how a professional artist creates hand-painted illustrations from sketch to finished product, live. Come discuss, ask questions, and gain insights to the art making process.

Friday March 31, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 210

6:00pm

Psychology of Cult TV Shows: Episode 4
Are you a fan of Supernatural, Westworld, Game of Thrones, or Sherlock? Do you love Daredevil, The Walking Dead, Jessica Jones, or Luke Cage? If so, come join a team of psychologists and TV writers as they discuss the psychology behind these shows. Psychologists Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology), Dr. Travis Langley (Doctor Who Psychology, Star Trek Psychology), Travis Adams (Department of Veterans Affairs), and TV writers Adam Glass (Supernatural, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, Firefly), Christine Boylan (Castle, Once Upon a Time), and host Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Star Wars Psychology) geek out and discuss your favorite TV shows. Dr. Billy San Juan (Doctor Who Psychology, The Walking Dead Psychology) moderates.

Friday March 31, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 207

6:00pm

Roddenberry Presents
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 27, 09:47PM
From the name that brought you Star Trek, Roddenberry Entertainment's Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth discuss the curation and production of genre content in today's arena. Panel highlights include rarely seen materials from the Roddenberry Vault in celebration of Star Trek: The Next Generation's 30th Anniversary, as well as the company's "The Roddenberry Vault" Blu-ray project. Also, don't miss special panel guests producer Scott Paskoff and voiceover talent Greg Cipes (TMNT, Teen Titans Go!) joining the discussion to reveal the company's newest animation project, along with cast mates and social media/podcast legends Aaron Doh, Brittany Furlan, Alexi Wasser and Benjamin Storm. Giveaways, prizes, and more, with moderator Clare Kramer!

Friday March 31, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 209

6:00pm

The Story of Q*bert
Warren Davis, the designer and programmer of the original Q*bert arcade game, tells the story of the adorable noser's creation, evolution, and impact on popular culture. The early 1980s was like the Wild West of video game design. You'll go behind the scenes of the coin-op industry and learn what it was like to make video games during that golden age.

Friday March 31, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 211

6:00pm

World Premiere of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract
A WonderCon Anaheim tradition continues as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation invite you to attend the World Premiere of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies. Inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract finds the Teen Titans—Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin, and the just-returned Nightwing—working as a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil. But their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows—both waiting to pounce. Be among the first to see this landmark story come to animated life, then enjoy an entertaining panel discussion amongst cast members Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity, Batman: Bad Blood) as Nightwing, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) as Raven, Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place, The Fosters) as Blue Beetle, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) as Beast Boy, Kari Wahlgren (Phineas and Ferb, Legion of Super Heroes) as Starfire, and Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood) as Robin/Damian, plus director Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke), supervising producer James Tucker (Batman: Bad Blood, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders), and character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League Dark, Young Justice). As always, moderator Gary Miereanu will offer exclusive prizes for best audience questions and might even introduce some surprise guests. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD (4/4/17) and Blu-ray & DVD (4/18/17).

Friday March 31, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Arena

6:30pm

Romance in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
Award-winning bestselling authors and actors discuss romance in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, whether it be crushes, heart throbs, or love at first sight. Topics include attraction, compatibility, offspring, love, society, (extremely) long-distance relationships, close quarters, customs, rituals, religions, marriage, and more! Panelists include Gigi Edgley (Farscape, Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge), Rebekah R. Ganiere (the Fairelle series, president of Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal RWA chapter), and Mark O'Bannon (The Dream Crystal, Pirates of the Imperium). Moderated by James Ganiere (chief editor at Fallen Angel Press, CEO at Rio Vista Universal).

Friday March 31, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 208

6:30pm

The Independent Animated Feature: Rewards and Challenges
In recent years, animated features from smaller and/or foreign studios and independent artists have received critical praise, awards, and Oscar nominations for their unique visions. The Red Turtle, Song of the Sea, My Life as a Zucchini, and others have broken new ground in content, storytelling, technique, and visual style in animation. Moderated by internationally respected critic and historian of animation Charles Solomon, this panel featuring some of the most dynamic independent filmmakers currently working in the entertainment industry discusses how these kinds of films are produced.

Friday March 31, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 213

7:00pm

Building New Worlds from Scratch
How do you create and build a new universe from scratch? Where do you begin when developing a game for billions of people on a brand new platform? How do you ensure that your creation will be compelling, luring in gamers to your creation and also to the new platform that supports it? This panel brings together three successful gaming pioneers who have done all of this and more: Tom Kalinske (former CEO of Sega of America, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega Genesis), Ernestine Fu (partner at venture capital firm Alsop Louie Partners, co-founder of Blackstorm, creator of EverWing), and Jia Shen (founder of social gaming company RockYou and toy company PowerCore, lead of Studio Azuki at Blackstorm). These three visionaries will discuss the process by which they created new and unique IP universes that scale to billions of people. Moderated by Michael Piech (strategic consultant at Blackstorm Labs).

Friday March 31, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

7:00pm

How To Build Your Own R2 Astromech!
Panelists provide basic information on what goes into building a life sized R2 Astromech from the Star Wars universe. They will discuss building materials, electronics, remote control, and customizing. Hosted by some of the best R2 builders on the West Coast, and all around good guys, from the R2 Builders Club.

Friday March 31, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 210

7:00pm

No Tow Trucks Beyond Mars
David Rosing (NASA JPL Mars Sample Return system engineer), Shonte J. Tucker (JPL thermal engineer), and Todd J. Barber (JPL senior Cassini propulsion engineer) discuss how we go boldly where there's no one around to fix it. Panelists will share their stories from the trenches of the heartbreaks, close calls, and adventures of real-life solar system exploration. Q&A session following.

Friday March 31, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 209

7:00pm

Robotech: A Look to the Future
Harmony Gold USA looks at 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 Furious 7.

Friday March 31, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 300AB

7:00pm

Secrets of Storytelling in VR and AR
It's the dawn of VR and AR, so how do you create compelling TV series, films, and other stories that work in this new medium? Learn the dos, don'ts, and secrets of success from the trail blazers and get a sneak peek at what's next with Brett Thomason (COO, Mandt VR), moderator James Ganiere (WB, Rio Vista Universal VR producer DP, Disney), Tony Mugavero (LittlStar founder, VR distributor), Dekker Dreyer (Disney, Clever Fox VR writer director, WB), and David Nelson (MxR Lab, USC VR & AR head of creative technologies).

Friday March 31, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 211

7:00pm

There Are Those Who STILL Believe: Remembering the Original Battlestar Galactica and Richard Hatch
Mark A. Altman (The Fifty-Year Mission) and Edward Gross (Empire Magazine), authors of the upcoming oral history of Battlestar Galactica, Launch All Vipers from Tor Books, present a tribute to the legendary 1978 series and star Richard Hatch with this unprecedented look back at the creation and making of the original and groundbreaking lonely quest that changed science fiction television forever. Other panelists include Alan J. Levi (director, "Gun on Ice Planet Zero"), Herb Jefferson, Jr. (actor, Boomer), Terrence McDonnell (story editor, Battlestar Galactica), and Scott Mantz (film critic, Access Hollywood).

Friday March 31, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 207

7:00pm

Your Opinion Sucks! Rotten Tomatoes Critics Versus Fans
Face off against your favorite critics and Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake in the ultimate discussion about the best and worst in movies and TV shows. Voice your opinion about a film or TV show you love, hate, or love to hate, then debate your point with the panel. Meanwhile, the rest of the audience will join in by voting "fresh" or "rotten" with their own Tomatometer signs and share their thoughts live on Twitter and Facebook.

Friday March 31, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 300DE

7:00pm

Friday Comic Creator Connection
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 29, 06:19PM
Are you a writer with who can't wait to get started on a new comic series, but you can't draw? Are you an artist who loves to draw but lacks an idea? At WonderCon Anaheim 2017, you just might find each other! At the Comic Creator Connection, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Room 206B, writers and artists can sit down and meet each other in a neutral environment, in 5-minute sessions!

Friday March 31, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Room 206B

7:30pm

Fanbase Press: Star Wars at 40
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of George Lucas's Star Wars in 1977. The film developed an indelible franchise that over the years has come to encompass not just films but television series, comics, collectibles, games, toys, and books that expanded Lucas's initial vision into a sci-fi wonder. Craig Miller (Star Wars publicist/director of fan relations), Michael Kogge (writer, The Force Awakens Junior Novel, Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Flight Log), Daniel Cooney (artist, Topps Star Wars Masterwork, Rogue One 2016), and Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. (writer, Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films) discuss all aspects of Star Wars past and present and speculate on what's ahead with moderator Fanbase Press editorials manager Michele Brittany.

Friday March 31, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 213

7:30pm

Six Years of StreetPassing
A lot can happen in six years. Adam Shere, Kiet Pham, and Ryan Van Lu lead a discussion for Nintendo fans with StreetPass OC about becoming a part of or creating a thriving StreetPass community group. StreetPass OC will also answer your questions about the Nintendo Switch, gaming, and the future of StreetPassing in a Q&A session and may even test your knowledge with some Nintendo trivia! Moderated by Andres Cervantes.

Friday March 31, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Room 208