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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

Queer Comics at the Crossroads
In the past several years, LGBTQAIU individuals have made great strides in representation in comics. The next frontier for queer creators is tackling characters whose experiences straddle not only a queer identity but the other identities that make people who they are-racial, religious, gender, and more. What are the unique challenges facing writers and artists who wish to examine intersectionality of identities? How do a character's additional identities complement or complicate their lives and loves? Join Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Alphabet, Stacked Deck Press, Prism Comics) and panelists Vi Cao (David Doesn't Get It), P. Kristen Enos (Active Voice,Web of Lives), Viktor T. Kerney (StrangeLore), Sonya Saturday (Load World Comics), William O. Tyler (Ratboy), and Josh Trujillo (Love Machines, Death Saves) for a lively discussion of intersectionality in comics.

Saturday April 1, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 211

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

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

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

4:30pm PDT

Tarzan, Barsoom, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.: What's Next?
Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Cathy Wilbanks (archivist, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), and artist Jorge Pacheco discuss upcoming releases featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs's famous literary heroes, including comics, novels, role-playing games, and more based onTarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars, Carson of Venus, Pellucidar, andThe Land That Time Forgot. Moderated by Scott Tracy Griffin, author of Tarzan on Film (Titan Books, 2016), this panel will include special announcements and a surprise guest!

Saturday April 1, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 208

6:00pm PDT

Inside the Writers' Room: From Script to Screen
If writers' rooms were like superhero teams, this would be the Justice League and The Avengers, here to provide an all-star insider look at your favorite TV series. The scribes behind some of today's hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to write, rewrite, and actually produce the series you love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers' room-and what happens after your script hits the stage and why editing is considered the final rewrite. The heroic line-up this year includes Gabrielle Stanton (Time After Time,The Flash), Michael Narducci (The Originals, Medium), Sarah Watson (The Bold Type, Parenthood), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost), Ashley E. Miller (Black Sails, Fringe), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, The Tick), and Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X).

Saturday April 1, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 207

6:00pm PDT

Words Create Worlds: Lessons from a Storyteller
If you have ever thought "I want to write a book" or wondered if your story could be told in song but don't know where to begin or how to continue, this is perfect for you! Aspiring and current writers will want to take part in this interactive workshop to ask questions and learn about what it takes to be a published author or songwriter. Learn about the writing process from author, singer/songwriter James Morris (Sky Bound, Water Tower, Surface) as he shares the challenges and excitement that comes with creating new worlds. James will discuss the art of storytelling and share valuable tips, tricks, and organizational skills to help get you started and keep going. Bring your questions. Perfect for all ages.

Saturday April 1, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 210

6:30pm PDT

Publishing Unleashed! How to Get Your Written Work into the Hands of Your Readers!
If you have a passion to tell stories through the mediums of novels and comics, there are now limitless opportunities to produce, publish, and distribute your work. Of course, with so many options it can be a brain-scrambler to know which path is the best way to go. Is it better to go indie or seek out a traditional publisher? A panel of professional writers will discuss the many paths they've taken to get their work into the hands of their readers. Moderated by Neo Edmund (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Red Riding, the Alpha Huntress series) and featuring Marv Wolfman (The New Teen Titans, Batman: Arkham Knight), R. A. Salvatore (The Demon Wars Saga, Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms), and Joe LeFavi (Fraggle Rock, Thrilling Adventure Hour).

Saturday April 1, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 208

7:30pm PDT

The Unholy Children's Book Massacre
It's the time of year for spooky stories, and there's nothing scarier than . . . your childhood ruined! Gather around the campfire and hear the hilarious comedians from LA's cult comedy press The Devastator read their twisted parodies of Dr. Seuss, Goosebumps, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and the Toys "R" Us Wishbook! With Jenny Jaffe (Big Hero 6), Lesley Tsina (Funny or Die), Michael Levine (The Onion), Lee Keeler (FilmDrunk), and Micki Grover (BuzzFeed). You'll want your blankets and flashlights for this one. Also: s'mores for stress eating!

Saturday April 1, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 213