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Friday, March 31
 

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

3:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

3:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 210

3:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 211

4:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 300DE

6:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 210

6:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 207

7:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

7:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 210

7:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 211
 
Saturday, April 1
 

10:00am PDT

Building Stop Motion Puppets
Long-time animation educator and stop motion animator Larry Loc presents a low-cost, low-tech approach to the creation of stop motion animation puppets. Learn how to make sophisticated wire armatures with tools at hand and supplies readily available at your local hardware store. Learn how to turn armatures into effective stop motion puppets.

Saturday April 1, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Room 211

10:00am PDT

From Stage to Screen: Rock Stars on Becoming Film and TV Composers
Music lovers rejoice! An incredible lineup of musicians will talk about how they transitioned from famous rock stars to some of the most successful film and TV composers of our generation. They'll share stories from on the road, in the studio, and much more as they discuss the differences between working in the music, film, and TV industries. Panelists include Jeff Russo (Tonic, Legion, Fargo), Charlie Clouser (Nine Inch Nails, the Saw franchise, Wayward Pines), Mac Quayle (Rise Robots Rise, Mr. Robot, American Horror Story), Siddhartha Khosla (Goldspot, This Is Us, The Royals), Jeff Cardoni (Alien Crime Syndicate, Silicon Valley, Training Day), and Alec Puro (Deadsy, The Fosters, Sweet/Vicious) with celebrity moderators Stephanie Corneliussen (Mr. Robot, Legends of Tomorrow) and Amber Midthunder (Legion, Hell or High Water).

Saturday April 1, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Room 207

10:00am PDT

How to Get Press Coverage
Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and one that doesn’t? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, or why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comics journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include Albert Ching (Comic Book Resources), Josh Henaman (Big Foot), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News, Geek-a-pedia), Alan Kistler (Polygon.com, Oodon.com), Francis Sky (First Comics News), Rob Salkowitz (ICv2 and Forbes), and Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla Comics).

Saturday April 1, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Room 209

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

12:00pm PDT

Cosplay Makeup 101
This panel goes into what it takes to perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. Panelists will cover beauty makeup, appliance application, special FX makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling. The panel includes Dawn Banks (plus size model, Batgirl: Spoiled lead makeup designer), Ashley Troub (Nerdist, winning look SDCC Her Universe Fashion Show 2015 and 2016), Keaghlan Ashley (Face Off season 7, Face Off All-Stars, Severus Snape and the Marauders key makeup artist), and Chrissy Lynn (Bat in The Sun's Super Power Beat Down, Truly Outrageous: A Jem and the Holograms Fan Film). They will help you answer your questions about makeup to match your costuming and cosplay. They will also offer tips and tools of the trade to use. Having makeup that matches the effort put into your cosplay is important. Moderated by cosplayer Mac Beauvais (model in Monstrous Make-Up Manual books 1 and 2, actress in The Gloaming).

Saturday April 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

12:00pm PDT

Her Universe Geek Fashion Portfolio Review
Are you looking to submit to the Her Universe Fashion Show? Or just want to get into the business of Geek fashion? Come and share your portfolio with industry professionals from Her Universe and Hot Topic. Get tips and advice on how to best prepare your fashion portfolio!

Saturday April 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room 206B

1:00pm PDT

Landing Your Creative Career!
How do you open the door that leads to a professional creative career? What about changing careers when you've already climbed the corporate ladder? And for students, how do you know where to focus your study? From world builder to professional author, gamer to game developer, audiophile to pro composer, and storyteller to screenwriter-all have common threads that weave a career path. Genese Davis (author, The Holder's Dominion), Chris Avellone (narrative designer), Adam G. Simon (screenwriter), Eric Kieron Davis (senior video game producer, Star Citizen), and Sean Pack (composer) divulge their secret tips and tricks for creative entrepreneurs and share how they became successful, professional creators!

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

1:30pm PDT

The Her Universe Fashion Show Update
For the last three years, The Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con has wowed audiences with its original "geek couture" designs. Every year winners are chosen and given the unique professional opportunity to design a fashion collection with Her Universe to be sold in Hot Topic stores. Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein, Cat Carson (senior brand manager, Her Universe), Ed Labay (VP GMM, Hot Topic), Andrea Lewis (VP brand marketing, Hot Topic), Jennifer Tisdale (EVP Blondie Girl Productions), and 2016 fashion show winners Hannah Lee Kent, Jesse Thaxton, and Camille Falciola take you behind the scenes of the making of the fashion show and their all-new collection for Hot Topic. Learn how these designers went from runway to retail! Plus, hear details about how to submit your designs for the 2017 Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con.

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

3:00pm PDT

CBLDF: State of Censorship 2017
Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF. See how the new political climate is affecting free speech in the U.S., with increased scrutiny at the border and an abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression.

Saturday April 1, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 209

3:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 207

3:00pm PDT

Figure Drawing for Popular Media
Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (John Buscema: A Life in Sketches, Draw the Line) presents a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design. The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. Emilio will lecture and demonstrate on figure drawing. There will be time to draw as well. Professionals and beginners are welcome. Bring your drawing supplies to draw models/cosplayers during this interactive presentation. Come ready to take notes and to draw.

Saturday April 1, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 210

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

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 PDT
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

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

5:00pm PDT

Coloring with Alex Sinclair
Alex Sinclair and the folks from Copic provide a hands-on opportunity. Copic will have an assortment of their fine products available for attendees to use as they color along an image under Alex's guidance. He will show his marker coloring techniques live. There will be giveaways.

Saturday April 1, 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 210

5:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

5:30pm PDT

Cinematic Storytelling for Comics
Award-nominated animator/director/comic book creator Stephan Franck (The Iron Giant, Silver) discusses how to apply the visual principles of film language to the comics page for clarity, emotional and cinematic impact, and making the storytelling accessible to the broadest possible audience.

Saturday April 1, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 213

6:00pm PDT

Make Up FX for Cosplayers on a Budget
Makeup effects artist Jeff Barkley (Frost: Portrait of a Vampire, Monster Manor) will discuss and demonstrate FX makeup using items easily obtained from home and the grocery store. No need to spend a fortune on specialty materials. Jeff will be answering questions, along with cosplayers Trey Barkley (Sparrows Flight Cosplay, Joker) and DesiRee Preston (Enasi Volz, Harley), about makeup effects in conjunction with cosplay and film.

Saturday April 1, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

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

6:15pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 300AB

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

7:00pm PDT

Molding, Resin Casting, 3D Printing, and Model Making in the Special Effects World
Fon Davis (25-year veteran of miniature VFX who has worked on over 25 feature films including the Star Wars series) will give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the world of practical VFX and how they fit in the digital world. Don Wistos (director of prop fabrications) will discuss molding techniques and the equipment needed to have a functioning shop. Sam Girgis (BiggerBoxModels) will discuss the 3D printing world.

Saturday April 1, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Room 210
 
Sunday, April 2
 

10:30am PDT

Art Masters: Drawing DC
DC is proud to be home to some of the most talented artists working in comics today. Join in for a unique look into their visual approach in shaping some of your favorite books!

Sunday April 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 210

10:30am PDT

The Secret Origin of Good Readers
Revealed with a live comic book creation. Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics co-founder and illustrator, The Simpsons, Futurama) and Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics, Salt Lake City) will demonstrate how you can write and draw your own comic book. Educators will be able to use this model in their own classrooms to jump start reading, writing, and illustration.

Sunday April 2, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 209

11:00am PDT

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 PDT
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

12:00pm PDT

Cosplaying with Your Kids
Kim Henderson McAndrew and Scout McAndrew (9 O'Clock Bedtime Cosplay), Shawn Richter (Gavin's Dad) and Gavin Richter (Kid Coulson), and Deborah and Celia discuss cosplaying with your kid and offer tips on how to get started, sources for assembling a cosplay, and social media tips. Moderated by Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv, Legion of Leia).

Sunday April 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

12:30pm PDT

The Writer's Journey: Breaking in and Managing a Career in Hollywood
This panel addresses what new writers need to do once they have material ready to go out to the masses. The shifting 21st century digital frontier means the age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant. This group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter, IDW'sM.A.S.K.), the panel includes TV producer Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians, Marvel Comics'sMosaic), writer Ubah Mohamed (Gang Related, ABC's The Whispers), actress/writer Erika Alexander (Concrete Park, Queen Sugar), and artist/writer Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser, Concrete Park).

Sunday April 2, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 208

1:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

1:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 210

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 211

2:00pm PDT

Halo Costuming and Props with Anvil Station
Anvil Station is a costuming group that specializes in creating props and costumes from the Halo universe, and they want to share their knowledge with you. A brief overview of the common techniques and methods used to create props and armor will be followed by a Q&A from the audience. Panelists will cover topics including basic construction with foam and fiberglass (James Hall), 3D printing (Alec Richter of Fabled Phoenix Props), casting and molding, painting (Cary Gunnar Lee and John Paul Pollio of Starside Armory), lasercutting (Benedict Choy, Spacemeat The Cosplay), and more. Moderated by Matthew Hendricks (AsthMattic).

Sunday April 2, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton

2:00pm PDT

How to Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors, known for their popular Strand series, will explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins have taught their unique award-winning creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Steven L. Sears (writer and executive producer, Xena: Warrior Princess) and Andrew Mayne (bestselling author, star of A&E's Don't Trust Andrew Mayne), to share their war stories, answer your questions, and teach you how to craft your story idea into a marketable novel, television series, or film franchise. This panel will be in loving memory of Richard Hatch, a friend, teacher, and inspiration to all.

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

2:00pm PDT

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 PDT
Room 210

3:30pm PDT

Comics are for Kids, Too!
Comic books are for everyone and that includes the youngest readers just learning about the world of four color fantasy. Join the creators of the upcoming Not-So Secret Society graphic novel (Matt Daley, Trevor Crafts, Arlene Daley, and Ellen Crafts) for an interactive workshop where you and your school age children will get hands on and make your own comics and leave with some fun surprises, too!

Sunday April 2, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 210

3:30pm PDT

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
Panelists will cover basic-though imperative-approaches and concepts for what you need to know to accomplish any project in any medium with any goal. They include Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear), Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader), Ron Coleman, Ph.D. (molecular geneticist, comic book writer), Stephen Burns (Photoshop digital artist, author, lecturer), Chris Dickens (writer/creator of Vigilante Project and The Ronin), James Frye (manager editor, The Con Guy), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV).

Sunday April 2, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 213