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Saturday, April 1
 

10:30am PDT

Spotlight on Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon
Ask them anything! Mercedes and Larry have a unique partnership, from rescuing hawks to pampering parrots together, from flag marshaling at World Endurance Challenge (Le Mans) races to being in a geek-comedy series (The Gamers)-there's a lot more going on with them than just books and art.

Saturday April 1, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 213

11:00am PDT

The Galactic Sandbox
Licensed fiction authors discuss writing the interior landscapes of fan-favorite and original characters. Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire's End), Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl), E. K. Johnston (Star Wars Ahsoka), and R. A. Salvatore (Hero: Homecoming, Book III, Homeland: The Legend of Drizzt, Book I) discuss the protocols and joys of playing in someone else's sandbox with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Saturday April 1, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 207

12:00pm PDT

Comic Book Team Ups
A comic can be hard enough to create when a story focuses on just one main character, but what about ensemble casts? How can one navigate the trials and tribulations of making a successful comic book team? Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) talks with WonderCon Anaheim special guests Sanford Greene (Power Man and Iron Fist), Marguerite Sauvage (DC Bombshells), David F. Walker (Super Justice Force), and Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) about what makes a good comics crew.

Saturday April 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room 209

12:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Andy Park
Concept artist and visual development supervisor for Marvel Studios films (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok) and former comic book artist (Tomb Raider), Andy Park has worked on every single Marvel Studios film since 2010. Join Andy and moderator Pat Loika (Four Color Realities) for this visual presentation interview and Q&A session. There will be surprise giveaways at the end of the panel.

Saturday April 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room 207

1:00pm PDT

Facing the Future: Tomorrow and Today
Speculative fiction authors discuss creating visions of the near and distant future that reflect and guide our present. With modern prognosticators Connie Willis (Crosstalk), Elizabeth Briggs (Future Threat), Leah Thomas (Nowhere Near You), Daniel Sweren-Becker (The Ones), James Morris (The Three Kingdoms Trilogy), and Genevieve Valentine (Icon).

Saturday April 1, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 209

1:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Gerard Way
Gerard Way is a creator with many hats. As the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, he redefined rock 'n' roll for the 21st century. As the creator of The Umbrella Academy, he proved he could make comics as exciting and eclectic as his music. Now, as the mastermind behind DC's Young Animal, he is extending his vision to a line of books starring some of DC Comics's most off-the-wall characters. Find out what makes the new imprint-and the man responsible-tick in this special one-on-one with Vertigo Group editor Jamie S. Rich.

Saturday April 1, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

2:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Olivia De Berardinis
Olivia is joined by a special guest model and Bob Self of Baby Tattoo Publishing for a one-on-one interview and Q&A session!

Saturday April 1, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 209

2:30pm PDT

First Forays into Comics
Everyone remembers their first time, and now these WonderCon Anaheim special guests are sharing their first comics experience. Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) discusses what it takes to get into comics with Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Lissa Treiman (Giant Days), Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman), Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy), and Judd Winick (Hilo).

Saturday April 1, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 213

2:30pm PDT

Weird & Wondrous
Authors Chuck Wendig (Thunderbird), Delilah S. Dawson (Strike), Lila Bowen (Conspiracy of Ravens), Sam Sykes (An Affinity for Steel), Stephen Blackmoore (Hungry Ghosts), Kiersten White (And I Darken) explore the dark and dangerous products of their imaginations with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).

Saturday April 1, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 208

3:00pm PDT

Writing Great Dialog
Short. Meaningful. Memorable. How do you write great dialogue? What works and what doesn't work? Harrison Ford once said to George Lucas, "You can type this sh*t but you can't say it." Writers from animation and comics, including Marv Wolfman (The New Teen Titans, Crisis on Infinite Earths), Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars), Ernie Altbacker (Justice League Dark, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), and Holly Huckins (Rugrats, Sheriff Callie's Wild West) talk about how to craft a great line.

Saturday April 1, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 211

4:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Bob Layton
Bob Layton will be discussing his 40 years in the business as writer, artist, editor, and publisher. Join the Q&A session with one of the comics industry's most prolific creators. Meet the man who revolutionized Marvel's Iron Man, Ant-Man, and X-Factor and who co-created the Valiant Universe of characters.

Saturday April 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 211

4:30pm PDT

Cartoon Voices
Once more, your host Mark Evanier assembles a dais of talented folks who speak for characters in animated cartoons and video games, and they demonstrate their artistry for you! This time, Mark has Dan Gilvezan (Spider-Man, Dennis the Menace), Elle Newlands (Skylanders, Star Trek into Darkness), Bill Farmer (Goofy, The 7D), Katie Leigh (Muppet Babies, Dungeons & Dragons), Daniel Ross (Donald Duck, Transformers) and maybe a few surprises!

Saturday April 1, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

4:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Hope Larson
In an interview with Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl;The Plain Janes), New York Times bestselling author Hope Larson will discuss her 12-year journey from indie cartoonist to writer of DC's Batgirl.

Saturday April 1, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 213

5:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Phil Jimenez
Over the last 25 years Phil Jimenez has tackled nearly every major character at DC and Marvel in one form or another, melding classic sensibilities with new. In this open-ended discussion with the audience, Phil will talk about his career and answer questions about comics, movies, teaching, and more!

Saturday April 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 209

5:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Simon Spurrier
Everyone's favorite tea-chugging Eisner loser Si Spurrier (X-Men Legacy, The Power of the Dark Crystal, Doctor Who) will be presenting his acclaimed lecture/essay/presentation thingamabob, confusingly titled "The Pluripotent Panel." Gasp as he reveals the cosmic potential of the comic book form! Self-congratulate as you learn the sophisticated secrets of your chosen medium! Puke with laughter as he gets his slides muddled and has a breakdown on stage! Live-tweet your awkward questions about crumpets, Brexit, and fractal narratives in a bonus Q&A session! (N.B.-Probable sweariness. N.B.#2-Then, pub.)

Saturday April 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 211

7:00pm PDT

CBLDF Live Art Jam
Celebrate creative freedom by seeing art made right before your eyes! The CBLDF Live Art Jam brings together a group of comics artists includingTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, award-winning Shoplifter creator and cover artist Michael Cho, and other special guests, who will make art on the spot and share their perspectives on censorship and the creative process. Watch live art being created, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made during the jam! All proceeds benefit the free speech work of CBLDF.

Saturday April 1, 2017 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 209