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Friday, March 31
 

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

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

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

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

2:30pm

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

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

3:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6:30pm

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

7:30pm

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
 
Saturday, April 1
 

11:00am

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
Room 211

3:00pm

End Bullying: Be a Superhero IRL
Been bullied? Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Legends of Tomorrow) invites you to turn kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Hero Coalition's powerful panel, back by popular demand! Featuring activists Anne Wheaton, Dr. Janina Scarlet (author, Superhero Therapy), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (Under the Mask Online, The Arkham Sessions), Matt Langdon (Hero Round Table), a rep from Amnesty International, and welcoming back NOH8 Founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley. Moderated by Chase Masterson (Star Trek, Doctor Who: Big Finish). Topics include geek, cyber, sexist, and LGBTQ bullying; racism; misogyny-and heroism IRL.

Saturday April 1, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 207

4:00pm

The Most Dangerous Women at WonderCon Anaheim: More than Just Cookies
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 30, 01:50PM
The doting girlfriend. The damsel in distress. The evil seductress. The tough girl who dies. Why are so many female characters such cookie-cutter archetypes? Why do so many fictional women lack the depth and variety of character of their male counterparts? How can fans and writers work together to create richer stories with more well-rounded characters, female and otherwise? Here to discuss the many archetypes of women in fiction are a group of women dangerous in their own right: moderator Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, 100 Greatest Graphic Novels), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), Brittany Walloch-Key (Black Feather Society), America Young (Geek & Sundry), Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girls, Comic Book Historian), Alex Langley (The Geek Handbook, Kill the Freshman), and Tamara Brooke (Comic Book Resources, Seat 42F).

Saturday April 1, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

5:00pm

Props Through 3D Printing
With 3D printing machines popping up everywhere for cheap, more cosplayers are diving into building their own props and costumes with the use of 3D printed parts. In this panel you will get to see a world of 3D printers and what each of them is good for and ways that even novices can model and 3D print their own parts. Dress in costume! A mini costume contest will be held for a chance to win a full scan in costume to be 3D printed! See 3D printers on display and printing, and learn what it takes to print and finish your 3D prop.

Saturday April 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

6:00pm

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
Room 210

6:15pm

Nerdist Science with Kyle Hill: The Science of Mass Effect
Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search) and nerdy panelists Matthew Patrick (The Game Theorists, MatPat's Game Lab), Dianna Cowern (PBS's The Physics Girl), Raquel Nuno (UCLA's Earth, Planetary, and Space Science, the Mars 2020 project), and Jennifer Ouellette (The Physics of the Buffyverse, Cocktail Party Physics) discuss the surprisingly accurate science in the sci-fi video game franchise Mass Effect, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Kyle Hill.

Saturday April 1, 2017 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Room 300AB
 
Sunday, April 2
 

10:00am

Rainbow Magic: LGBTQ Disney Fandom
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 21, 04:16PM
Disney is popular around the world. And Disney characters, films, comics, media, and theme parks are especially popular in the LGBTQ community. Young or old, LGBTQ folk identify with the stories, characters, the fantasy, and the imagination. Since you are next door to the “Happiest Place on Earth,” join Prism Comics and Disney fans as they explore why the queer community loves all things Disney. Panelists include Dusty Sage (founder and CEO of MiceChat.com), Justin Garrett (former Disney cast member), Renee Jeske (Disney Music Group), Worthie Momma Meacham (expert on Disney Parks and Disneyana), Eddie Shapiro (producer, Gay Days Anaheim), and David Woodman (animator, Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin). Moderated by Chris Riley (Geek Play Media).

Sunday April 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 211

11:00am

Make a Nerdy Living!
"Follow your passion and you will never work a day in your life." You hear many versions of that idea, but what does it really take to make a living following your passions? Is it about persistence, determination, talent, skill, or who you know? Dr. Travis Langley (Popular Culture Psychology series) asks a panel of experts how they brought together their passions and their professional pursuits to make a nerdy living: Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Wonder Woman Psychology), Kieran Dickson (MGM Studios), Bill Doran (Punished Props), Jeffrey Henderson (Planet Henderson), Alex Langley (Kill the Freshman, 100 Greatest Graphic Novels), Victoria Schmidt (Scruffy Rebel), and America Young (Halo 5, The Concessionaires Must Die!). Find out how doing the things you love can pay the bills.

Sunday April 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

11:30am

Comics Arts Conference #8: Aesthetics
This panel considers the visual aspects of comics and the interactions of art and language. Kim Munson discusses the legacy of the groundbreaking 1967 exhibition Bande Dessinée et Figuration Narrative at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the Louvre and its influential catalog, A History of the Comic Strip. Meghan Cartier (California State University, Fresno) compares the books of Pre-Columbian Central Mexico and the figure of Lady 6-Monkey, to modern comics to examine how symbols and iconography work in a cultural artistic consciousness. Wyatt E. Sarafin (Kenyon College) looks at Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, outlining how the text's diagrams, which reveal information otherwise excluded from the narrative, compensate for the text's failed masculinity, in the process commenting on the current history of the art of comics. Room 210

Sunday April 2, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room 210

1:00pm

Capable Kids
Age is no barrier to the intrepid adventurers in works by participants Judd Winick (Hilo), Tania del Rio (Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods), Jonathan Stokes (Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas), and Dave Roman (Teen Boat! The Race for Boatlantis). Moderated by Judy Neeb (Children's Librarian, County of Los Angeles Public Library).

Sunday April 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 209

1:00pm

Causeplay: Fans Helping Their Communities
Mark Chu-Lin (Avengers Initiative club president), Shawn Richter (regional service manager), Maid of Might (cosplayer), Natalie Chicas (Shriners Hospitals for Children Los Angeles volunteer coordinator), and Amanda Sanchez (child life specialist for UC Irvine Health) discuss how costumers give back to their communities through their hobby. Hear what they have done, find out how to become involved with such group efforts, and learn how to get involved in events like fundraisers and pediatric visits. By employing skills they already have and sharing them, volunteers can help brighten others' day.

Sunday April 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

1:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #9: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Psychology of Teamwork Dynamics in Comic Books and Cinema
The comics universe is made up of powerful characters who are driven to accomplish a goal: to protect or conquer. When these individuals can't achieve the goal themselves, they often band together and form teams such as the X-Men, the Justice League, and the Legion of Doom. Joe Serrano (Adler University), Edgar Ramos (Concordia University), John Leffel, and Rebecca Lee (Adler University) explore teamwork dynamics within comic books and cinema. The panel will address the psychology behind what makes or breaks a team, the pivotal roles that specific characters play in the group dynamic, and the depiction of teamwork in comic films. Room 210

Sunday April 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 210

2:00pm

Drawing Action
WonderCon Anaheim special guests Hope Larson (Batgirl), Andy Park (Tomb Raider), and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Bombshells) illustrate how to get in on the action as they explain how they give their characters dynamic movements on the page. Moderator Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) leads this talented group of creators as they share their insider knowledge and draw characters that leap off the page and into our imagination.

Sunday April 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 211

2:00pm

Comics Arts Conference #10: Continuity
Perhaps more than texts in any other medium, comics have created worlds structured around coherent, long-term histories, generally referred to as their "continuity." These three presentations consider different aspects of how continuity works in serial graphic narratives. Tiffany Babb (Columbia University) considers how the rebranding of the trickster Kid Loki in Journey into Mystery: The Manchester Gods indicates that revolution cannot remain permanent in the circular narrative pattern of mainstream comics. Enrique Acosta (Spider Baby the Musical) discusses the balancing act of respecting continuity for both creators and for fans. Derek Heid (Temecula Valley High School) examines the transfer of superhero titles between characters and the idea of the hero avatar-the mantle that is passed from one individual to another, which defines the parameters of what we recognize as the superhero in question without tying that identity to a single flesh-and-blood person. Room 210

Sunday April 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 210

3:00pm

The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of Animated Series
Using Batman: The Animated Series to help educate audiences about real-world psychology and mental health, the hit podcast The Arkham Sessions has created a unique niche where science meets art. But Batman isn't the only popular animated series that can help us learn more about ourselves and those around us. Join co-hosts Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward as they dive into the importance of shows that are often mistakenly seen as "just for kids." Special guests include writers Eric and Julia Lewald (X-Men: The Animated Series), Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels), and David Wise (Batman: The Animated Series).

Sunday April 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 207

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 April 2, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 209

3:30pm

The Science of Star Wars
Ever wondered if lightsabers could ever be a reality? Curious about which Star Wars droid NASA would take into space? Expert panelists Emily Manor-Chapman (NASA engineer), Kieran Dickson (editor, COMET), Fon Davis (Star Wars production designer), Travis Langley (editor,Star Wars Psychology), Janina Scarlet (author,Superhero Therapy), and others, with moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia) break down the science behind a galaxy far, far away and field all of your burning, geeky questions.

Sunday April 2, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 208