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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

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

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

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

3:30pm

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

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

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

5:30pm

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
 
Saturday, April 1
 

10:30am

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
Room 213

11:00am

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
Room 207

12:00pm

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
Room 209

12:00pm

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
Room 207

1:00pm

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
Room 209

1:30pm

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
Room 300DE

2:00pm

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
Room 209

2:30pm

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
Room 213

2:30pm

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
Room 208

3:00pm

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
Room 211

4:00pm

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
Room 211

4:30pm

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
Room 300DE

4:30pm

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
Room 213

5:00pm

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
Room 209

5:00pm

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
Room 211

7:00pm

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
Room 209
 
Sunday, April 2
 

10:00am

Beyond Marvel's Black Widow with Margaret Stohl
Margaret Stohl (Mighty Captain Marvel comic, Black Widow novels) and Mark Waid (Black Widow, Avengers, Jughead comics) talk all things Widow and writing. Join Margie and Mark for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session!

Sunday April 2, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Room 207

10:30am

Spotlight on Kevin Eastman
Meet Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! The program will include a 20-minute presentation on past and present TMNT, from Mirage to IDW. Plus, get a close look at independent projects Fistful of Blood and Lost Angeles. Cowabunga!

Sunday April 2, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 208

11:00am

Crosstalk, Connie Willis
Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author and Grand Master of Science Fiction Connie Willis answers questions about her new novel Crosstalk, her other works, her writing process, the Black Death, romantic comedies, time travel, near-death experiences, UFOs, World War II, movies, and anything else you might want to ask her.

Sunday April 2, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room 207

11:30am

Spotlight on Lissa Treiman
From storyboarding to comics and back, Lissa Treiman has been a Disney storyboard artist for the last 10 years (Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia) and a comics fan her entire life. In 2015, she made her first foray into published comics (Giant Days), bringing her years of cinematic storytelling experience with her. Join her for a discussion about the similarities and differences between the two storytelling platforms.

Sunday April 2, 2017 11:30am - 12:30am
Room 208

12:00pm

CBLDF: She Changed Comics
Meet the women who changed free expression in comics! From the turn of the 20th century to today, women have overcome censorship and more to make comics, inspiring today’s landscape of increasingly diverse and empowering comics storytelling. Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl; Odd Duck; The Plain Janes), Amy Chu (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja), Hope Larson (Batgirl, Chiggers, Compass South), Wendy Pini (Elfquest), and CBLDF editorial director Betsy Gomez (She Changed Comics) discuss the women who changed the format.

Sunday April 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 211

12:00pm

Chuck Wendig Audience Q&A
New York Times bestselling author Chuck Wendig, who has written everything from novels to comics to games, from Star Wars to YA to horror, will answer whatever questions you want to throw at him. He'll answer fan questions, writing questions, Star Wars questions-anything and everything.

Sunday April 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 207

12:00pm

DC Comics Drawing Daddy's Little Monster with Chad Hardin
Chad Hardin (artist, Harley Quinn, Zatanna, Warlord) demonstrates, step by step, how to draw DC Comics' favorite bad girl. Get some tips and tricks for working in the comics industry as an artist, and get the scoop on some behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the creative team of Harley Quinn.

Sunday April 2, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 209

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

Cover Story
Some say the most important part of any comic book is the cover. If that's so, we need to talk more about cover designs-and talk we will with these acclaimed cover creators: Michael Cho (Civil War II, DC reprint series), Sanford Greene (Power Man and Iron Fist, Runaways), Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman, The Invisibles), Bob Layton (Iron Man, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter), and Lissa Treiman (Slam!, Lumberjanes). Your moderator as usual is Mark Evanier.

Sunday April 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 207

1:00pm

Spotlight on Chris Roberson
Chris Roberson (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse), co-creator of the Eisner-nominated comic that inspired the hit CW television series iZombie, is joined by Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) for a one-on-one interview and Q&A session.

Sunday April 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 211

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

Spotlight on Chip Zdarsky
This was originally going to be moderated by my dear chum Matt Fraction but he sadly had to cancel so instead it’s being moderated by … let’s see … Mark Waid? Is that right? Oh for f—

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