Discuss modern Disneybounding with active Disneybounders who will provide tips and tricks into creating new and exciting Disneybounds for Dapper Day, Villains Day, May The 4th, and all other Disney type of events! Moderated by Crystal Rose Creations.
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
Daisy R. Herrera explores how Eduardo del Río (Rius) uses comic book art to encourage readers, especially those of Mexican descent, to ponder Mexico's history of conquest, corruption, and turmoil. Emily Rauber Rodriguez (University of Southern California) examines why two comics, The Montgomery Story and March, intended to disseminate a Civil Rights message have very different formal and structural elements that adapt to their eras and intended functions. Sarah D. Harris (Bennington College) explains how the blurred lines between real and imaginary, self and other, in Miguelanxo Prado's Ardalén allude to the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain's early 21st century.
Space Goat is the comic industry's premier talent agency and production studio, whose clients get jobs at Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, BOOM! Studios, and other top quality publishers. Space Goat wants to see professional-quality comic book story pages in pencil, pencil & ink, or color. They are not interested in a portfolio of pinup art. They want to see professionals and talented artists ready to be professionals.
Whether you're new to Doctor Who or new to cosplay entirely, this is a great place to start! The Order of Gallifrey will share tips for beginners and budget-conscious costumers on how to dress like your favorite Doctor Who characters. Panelists: Jennifer Bagosy,Dennis Patrick Hanon Jr.,Danielle Beebe,James Johnson,Claire Berry Gardner, and Christina Silvoso.
JAKKS Pacific previews all the new figures, collectibles, and RC vehicles that will be released in the coming months. Attendees will get an exclusive first look at exciting new items for Nintendo, DC Originals, Justice League, Marvel, and Star Wars. Following the preview will be a Q&A with members of JAKKS's development team and a special giveaway of the premium DC Originals Tribute Series figures.
The authors of the critically acclaimed bestselling two-volume series from St. Martin's Press The Fifty-Year Mission,Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, The Librarians) and Edward Gross (Empire Magazine) along with Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz look back at 50 years of Star Trek and speculate on where the franchise will boldly go over the next 50 years including the latest news from the set of Star Trek: Discovery as well as why we need Trek today more than ever.
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.
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 GerardWay (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.
Following the epic first season of the Netflix original series DreamWorks Trollhunters, executive producers Marc Guggenheim,Rodrigo Blaas, and Chad Hammes share their favorite moments from season 1 and take you behind the scenes of this critically acclaimed series from Guillermo del Toro. The panel will be moderated by Josh Macuga of Collider.
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!
New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant's greatest and most iconic heroes, from Bloodshot and Divinity to Faith and Harbinger Renegade to Ninjak and X-O Manowar. Look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!
Discover your new favorite comic book series in a panel designed for everyone, from new fans to long-time readers to anyone who loves comics. BOOM!'s top editors and creators explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia, with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession.
Johnathan Flowers (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) uses the concept of feminist killjoys to explain how the treatment of fans who criticize the representation of diverse bodies in comics is one of the primary ways that comics fail in their attempts to diversify. Law professor and IP specialist Marc H. Greenberg (Golden Gate University School of Law) provides guidance for fans wishing to navigate the confusing thicket of legal issues that surround the creation of fan fiction and art.
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.
Marvel Animation panelists give you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how Marvel assembles acclaimed animated series such as Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Led by Cort Lane (SVP, animation and family entertainment) and Stephen Wacker (VP, current series and development), with several special guests, the Marvel Animation team shares rare insight into the writing process, sneak peeks from upcoming episodes, and tons of scoops on future storylines.
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).
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!
Breaking out is only the beginning! Join Wentworth Miller (Michael Scofield), Dominic Purcell (Lincoln Burrows), Robert Knepper (T-Bag), Inbar Lavi (new to the series as Sheba), and executive producers Vaun Wilmott and Michael Horowitz for a true fan event as they debut the first episode of 2017's most highly anticipated series in advance of its debut on FOX on April 4th. A moderated panel by BuzzFeed’s Jarett Wieselman will follow the screening.
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!
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.
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!).
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
From the creative geniuses behind The Goldbergs comes Imaginary Mary, a live-action/CGI hybrid comedy. See an exclusive screening of the second episode, titled "The Mom Seal," and join Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg, Looney Tunes: Back in Action), Stephen Schneider (Broad City, You're the Worst), and executive producers Adam F. Goldberg (The Goldbergs, Breaking In), David Guarascio (Happy Endings, Aliens in America), Patrick Osborne (Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph), and Doug Robinson (The Goldbergs, Rules of Engagement) for a moderated Q&A session. Imaginary Mary follows Alice, a single sports public relations executive who has fallen in love with a divorced father of three kids. When the pressure of her relationship and potential insta-family becomes too much for Alice to handle, she starts to see her childhood imaginary friend Mary (voiced by Rachel Dratch of Saturday Night Live). Imaginary Mary is produced by Happy Madison in association with ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television. Imaginary Mary airs on Tuesdays nights at 9:30/8:30c beginning April 4 on ABC.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 24, 11:59PM Action figures, statues, busts, and prop replicas inspired by DC's iconic characters and stories—DC Collectibles has them all and more! Join the DC Collectibles crew, including VP of Creative Services Kevin Kiniry, Director of Creative Services Jim Fletcher and a few surprise guests, to hear how they create and develop so many incredible collectibles, and what's coming up from the award-winning line of collectibles directly from the source—DC Entertainment!
On the lookout for your new favorite comic? Want to hear what's next from the company that publishes everything from The Transformers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,Star Trek, and Back to the Future? Then don't miss this panel, where Chris Ryall,David Hedgecock,Sarah Gaydos,Aubrey Sitterson,Scott Tipton, and some VERY special guests make you an insider.
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.)
Sneak peek screening of “The Dynamic Duo” and Q&A with executive producers and stars, moderated by Kevin Smith. Join cast members of the 1980s VCR-loving, mixtape-making, spandex-wearing Goldberg family including Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and executive producers Adam F. Goldberg (The Goldbergs, Breaking In), Doug Robinson (The Goldbergs, Rules of Engagement), and writer Andrew Secunda (Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Goldbergs, Star Trek: The Next Conversation) for an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming episode of The Goldbergs, “The Dynamic Duo,” followed by a Q&A. Directed by Kevin Smith, “The Dynamic Duo” follows the geeky and movie obsessed Adam and his grandfather, Pops, who have drastically different reactions to the 1989 Batman movie when it’s released in theaters. The Goldbergs is produced by Happy Madison and Adam F. Goldberg Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television. Check out The Goldbergs on Wednesdays at 8:00pm on ABC.
Unlock the mystery of Riverdale and leave your innocence behind. Join stars KJ Apa,Lili Reinhart,Camila Mendes,Cole Sprouse,Ashleigh Murray,Luke Perry,Mädchen Amick, and Marisol Nichols, along with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa,Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater as they dive into the secrets that continue to loom over what may look like a quiet, sleepy town. While new details of Jason Blossom’s death emerge, tension grows between the Riverdale High students, as Jughead’s connection to the Southside Serpents is revealed. Based on the characters from Archie Comics and produced by Berlanti Productions (The Flash, Supergirl, Blindspot, Everwood) in association with Warner Bros. Television, this one-hour drama is a bold, subversive take on the surreality of small town life. Riverdale airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.
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.)
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!
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.
If you're a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch before the networking event and get some free coaching from a pro. So what's a pitch? A pitch is simply the way you present yourself or your project to others. It is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you're doing or what you've made. Most creators have no trouble coming up with fantastic ideas for new comics, but they often struggle to talk clearly and concisely about those ideas to other people. Giving a good pitch is a vital skill you must have to bring your project to life. Fortunately, it's also a skill you can learn and improve with practice-and Pitch Review is a great place to do that. Pitch reviews will be conducted by Douglas Neff, an experienced presentation coach and professional public speaker, who also hosts the Comic Creator Connection. This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Everyone is welcome, but please note that showing up is not a guarantee that you'll get a review session. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
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.
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.
YA dominates film, TV, books, and comics, with original stories aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Some of the most popular new voices in comics discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment.
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.
Join the Jeff & Some Aliens crew to discuss their hit freshman series and answer fan questions about the show. Join the Legends of Chamberlain Heights crew to discuss Season 2 and answer fan questions about the show.
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.
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 ASong 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).
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.
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.
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 27, 09:47PM From the name that brought you Star Trek, Roddenberry Entertainment's Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth discuss the curation and production of genre content in today's arena. Panel highlights include rarely seen materials from the Roddenberry Vault in celebration of Star Trek: The Next Generation's 30th Anniversary, as well as the company's "The Roddenberry Vault" Blu-ray project. Also, don't miss special panel guests producer Scott Paskoff and voiceover talent Greg Cipes (TMNT, Teen Titans Go!) joining the discussion to reveal the company's newest animation project, along with cast mates and social media/podcast legends Aaron Doh,Brittany Furlan,Alexi Wasser and Benjamin Storm. Giveaways, prizes, and more, with moderator Clare Kramer!
A WonderCon Anaheim tradition continues as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation invite you to attend the World Premiere of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies. Inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract finds the Teen Titans—Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin, and the just-returned Nightwing—working as a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil. But their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows—both waiting to pounce. Be among the first to see this landmark story come to animated life, then enjoy an entertaining panel discussion amongst cast members Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity, Batman: Bad Blood) as Nightwing, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) as Raven, Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place, The Fosters) as Blue Beetle, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) as Beast Boy, Kari Wahlgren (Phineas and Ferb, Legion of Super Heroes) as Starfire, and Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood) as Robin/Damian, plus director Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke), supervising producer James Tucker (Batman: Bad Blood, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders), and character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League Dark, Young Justice). As always, moderator Gary Miereanu will offer exclusive prizes for best audience questions and might even introduce some surprise guests. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD (4/4/17) and Blu-ray & DVD (4/18/17).
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
Harmony Gold USA looks at the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from awesome new products to the live-action film in the works at Sony Pictures with the producers of 300 and the director of Furious 7.
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).
Mark A. Altman (The Fifty-Year Mission) and Edward Gross (Empire Magazine), authors of the upcoming oral history of Battlestar Galactica, Launch All Vipers from Tor Books, present a tribute to the legendary 1978 series and star Richard Hatch with this unprecedented look back at the creation and making of the original and groundbreaking lonely quest that changed science fiction television forever. Other panelists include Alan J. Levi (director, "Gun on Ice Planet Zero"), Herb Jefferson, Jr. (actor, Boomer), Terrence McDonnell (story editor, Battlestar Galactica), and Scott Mantz (film critic, Access Hollywood).
Face off against your favorite critics and Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake in the ultimate discussion about the best and worst in movies and TV shows. Voice your opinion about a film or TV show you love, hate, or love to hate, then debate your point with the panel. Meanwhile, the rest of the audience will join in by voting "fresh" or "rotten" with their own Tomatometer signs and share their thoughts live on Twitter and Facebook.
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 29, 06:19PM Are you a writer with who can't wait to get started on a new comic series, but you can't draw? Are you an artist who loves to draw but lacks an idea? At WonderCon Anaheim 2017, you just might find each other! At the Comic Creator Connection, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Room 206B, writers and artists can sit down and meet each other in a neutral environment, in 5-minute sessions!
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of George Lucas's Star Wars in 1977. The film developed an indelible franchise that over the years has come to encompass not just films but television series, comics, collectibles, games, toys, and books that expanded Lucas's initial vision into a sci-fi wonder. Craig Miller (Star Wars publicist/director of fan relations), Michael Kogge (writer, The Force Awakens Junior Novel, Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Flight Log), Daniel Cooney (artist, Topps Star Wars Masterwork, Rogue One 2016), and Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. (writer, Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films) discuss all aspects of Star Wars past and present and speculate on what's ahead with moderator Fanbase Press editorials manager Michele Brittany.
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.
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.
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).
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).
What part has genre played in the rise of comics and comics-related TV and film? We all know that different types of stories exist, from superhero tales to horror, science fiction, mysteries, and more, but at what point do those categories help stories reach fans and at what point do they become limiting? Was Watchmen just a superhero story? What about Captain America: Civil War, or Netflix superhero shows like Luke Cage,Jessica Jones, and Daredevil that embrace wide-ranging social issues, gender issues, and much more? Christina Angel (Metropolitan State University of Denver), Hannah Means-Shannon (Neil Gaiman: The Early Years), and Ilan Mitchell-Smith (California State University, Long Beach) discuss the fan-embracing role that genres have played in the history and development of comics, and the ways in which assumptions about genre limitations may still stand in the way of comics and comics-based storytelling reaching their full potential.
There's never been a better time to discover new visions of your lifelong favorite characters in comic books, but what's the secret to modernizing and diversifying beloved mythology without losing fans? Find out just what it takes to turn your favorite TV show, movie, and more into a successful comic book that balances entertaining longtime fans with bringing in new readers with an eye to the future of entertainment.
It's another cartooning battle royale, a duel with sketch pads and Sharpies as three super swift scribblers attempt to make the Flash look lethargic. Competing will be (of course) Sergio Aragonés of MAD and Groo the Wanderer;The Simpsons and The Flintstones artist Scott Shaw! and the new kid on the dais, popular Internet cartoonist Lonnie Millsap. Putting them through their paces will be Mark Evanier, aided by suggestions from the audience. As always, no wagering, and may the best cartoonist win!
Saturday April 1, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
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.
Police work isn't rocket science. It's harder. Executive producers Len Wiseman (Lucifer, Sleepy Hollow) and Trey Callaway (Revolution, CSI: NY) are joined by stars Justin Kirk (Weeds, Tyrant), Natalie Martinez (Kingdom, Under the Dome), and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Grace and Frankie) for an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming episodes of FOX's new high-tech police drama and a discussion surrounding the series' 21st-century crime fighting force.
Saturday April 1, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
What happens when toy worlds collide? What would top toy makers say to each other if given the opportunity? Be a fly on the wall in this discussion among some of the leaders in the toy industry from companies both large and small. You will hear how and why things are done the way they are, the state of the industry, and their tales of woe and triumph as they make the products everyone loves. Panelists Bill Benecke (Mattel), Kevin Kiniry (DC Collectibles/DC Entertainment), Scott Klauder (Gentle Giant Ltd.), Jerry Macaluso (Pop Culture Shock Collectibles), and David Vonner (Mattel) discuss the toy industry and the toys they love. Moderated by Daniel Pickett (Action Figure Insider, Gentle Giant Ltd.).
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.
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).
With all the drawing software out there, why do animation studios, video game developers, and comics illustrators still use live-action models for character design and development? Panelists will discuss how art models contribute to and enhance an artist's vision, how to find the right one for a project, ways into the business, and how to make nontraditional body types, age, and disability work as assets. Panelists include art models Jennifer Fabos Patton (Gallery Girls founder), Margaret Baker (Spider-Man), Michael Q. Schmidt (Harry Potter), mo-cap model TJ Storm (Deadpool), and Disney master teacher Mark McDonnell. Moderated by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.
CAC special guest Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman), author of the novels Mecahnique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti and Persona, writer of Batman and Robin Eternal and Xena, and winner of the Crawford Award, presents a talk: "'The Empire of a Wicked Woman': Catwoman, Comics, and the History of Power." Catwoman has been a lot of things in the last 75 years: thief, hero, crime lord, community advocate. But Selina Kyle isn't just Gotham's first moral gray area; she's part of a long tradition of women in power, both on the page and off-and there are some surprising parallels in how their stories are told. Valentine explores some elements of those narratives amid Catwoman's various incarnations, parallels, triumphs, and absences.
Collin Kelly (Joyride), Jody Houser (Faith), Ray Utarnachitt (DC's Legends of Tomorrow), Eric C. Campbell (Eric's TBD RPG), Jonathan Callan (Justice League Action), and Amy Dallen (The Wednesday Club) discuss how to approach the infinite possibilities of the galaxy as a storyteller and player in an RPG set in space, and engage in a Q&A moderated by Jackson Lanzing (Vast).
It’s hard to believe that it has been 25 years since Jim Lee’s WildStorm first made its mark on the comics landscape with such memorable and innovative titles like WildC.A.T.S.,Gen13, Stormwatch, and Deathblow, to name a few. Join Jim Lee and former WildStorm staffers and talented contributors including Ryan Benjamin,Carlos D’Anda,Richard Friend,Mark Irwin,Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair, Scott Williams and others for a fun trip down memory lane!
Saturday April 1, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Universal Television presents NBC's new supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas. Welcome to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a vampire, a witch, an angel, and a hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safehaven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. That is, until the arrival of a powerful psychic and the murder of one of their own. As the town members fight off outside pressures from ever-suspicious cops, deadly biker gangs, and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form an unlikely but strong family. Join your fellow "Midnighters" for an exclusive premiere of the pilot episode and a Q&A session with cast members François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), and Sarah Ramos (Parenthood) and executive producers Monica Owusu-Breen (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and David Janollari (Six Feet Under).
Saturday April 1, 2017 11:45am - 1:00pm
From nearly 1,000 films seen at festivals around the world, Ron Diamond (program curator and producer) has hand-picked an entertaining, inspiring, and empowering program of 17 top new internationally acclaimed animated shorts from Belgium, Canada, England, France, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, and the USA. Featuring all new works from Disney's Leo Matsuda, This American Life's host Ira Glass, New Yorker illustrator Chris Ware, and Oscar nominated shorts, Pixar's Piper and Google's Pearl by Academy Award winner Patrick Osborne (Disney's Feast). Following the screening, Diamond will conduct a Q&A.
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.
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).
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!
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.
Valiant's Josh Johns and Dinesh Shamdasani and special surprise guests collide MI-6's deadly assassin against a gauntlet of Valiant's most formidable heroes with new footage from Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe-the bone-shattering live-action series coming in 2017. Plus: major news and announcements about new Valiant digital projects.
Just in time for the heated and hated 2016 presidential election, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro's Bitch Planet released its 9th issue, appropriately emblazoned with "VOTE" and "President Bitch." In this panel, Tara Prescott (University of California, Los Angeles), David Hall (Old Dominion University), Philip Smith (College of the Bahamas), and Maite Urcaregui (University of California, Santa Barbara), contributors to the upcoming collection Gender and the Superhero Narrative, will examine the role of gender in the superhero narrative, starting a discussion for the audience to delve into the larger issues of comics in a post-Trump America and beyond.
ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics shopping and reading platform, spills the beans on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about digital comics, publishing, LIFE, and more—from how to publish your own comic on comiXology Submit to how to begin your own successful startup and even a behind-the-scenes look at the latest comiXology Originals releases. ComiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger, along with comiXology Originals head of content Chip Mosher, will answer all your burning questions in a Q&A of epic proportions! Moderated by Albert Ching, managing editor at Comic Book Resources.
New to comics? Are you at the convention because you're a fan of the great DC TV, movies, video games, or other sources? Binging a season of The Flash leave you wanting to know more about the source material? Well, look no further; this is the panel for you! Our panel of experts is here to help you along your journey through the wonderful world of comics! Come one, come all!
Saturday April 1, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
How do you create music for something that doesn't exist yet? Panelists answer this question and many others about creating soundtracks for movies and TV shows set in a future that may or may not come to pass. Featuring composers Greg Edmonson (Firefly), Andrew Lockington (The Space Between Us), Heather McIntosh (Z for Zachariah), Tree Adams (The 100), and Michael Kramer (LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures). Moderated by senior director of film, TV, and visual media at BMI Anne Cecere and Chandler Poling of White Bear PR. Followed by a Q&A with the audience and a chance to receive exciting giveaways.
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).
Ivan Van Norman (Game the Game), Erika Ishii (Game Together), Hector Navarro (Dick & Johnson), Stef Woodburn (Mines 'n Crafts), and Eric C. Campbell (Eric's TBD RPG) discuss what it takes to make broadcast magic happen, as well as the the future of live programming. The Twitch crew will engage in a Q&A session moderated by Sax Carr (supervising producer, Twitch).
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!
How about a trip to Fillory (and Further)? Jason Ralph (Quentin Coldwater), Stella Maeve (Julia Wicker), and executive producers Sera Gamble and John McNamara present an inside look at The Magicians, Syfy’s hit show based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels. With only three episodes remaining this season, you might want to bring a batch of truth serum to uncover some secrets!
Frank Mastromauro (co-owner/president), Peter Steigerwald (Aspen co-owner), Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP/director of design and production), J. T. Krul (Jirni), Scott Lobdell (No World), and David Wohl (Santeria: The Goddess Kiss) will reveal new Aspen Comics for 2017 and beyond, as well as hold a special Q&A directly with fans.
Get an insider's look at what's in store from Kotobukiya for this year and beyond. Guaranteed first-time updates and reveals. The Q&A session will allow a rare opportunity to gain insight from a team member directly involved in product development. And the always popular Lucky Draw will get you rising to your feet in a roaring good time.
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.
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.
Andrew Barton (Texas State University) discusses how Vision offers a unique insight into the position of The Other through the story of the Avenger android's attempt to fit into a small community in his own ideal America. Karma Waltonen (University of California Davis) explores Kill Shakespeare's representation of the intersections of female villainy with sex, gender, and sexuality. Michael Lee Gonzales (Texas State University) explores how the transition from animation to comics of KaBOOM! Studios' Steven Universe allow for the exploration of queer spatiality/temporality and pleasure not possible in the animated version.
The hottest new bands are all in . . . comic books? Music and comics have always been intertwined, but 2017 is bringing even more of a musical influence to your favorite graphic fiction. Patrick Reed from Comics Alliance and top creators discuss the unique relationship between musicians and comic creators and how to authentically combine two of the most powerful forms of entertainment.
Join Brian W. Foster (host of Talks Machina) as he moderates a special episode featuring the cast of Critical Role:Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Liam O’Brien, and Taliesin Jaffe. The Critical Role cast will discuss the latest adventures of Vox Machina and answer your burning questions.
Honest Trailers creator Andy Signore, writers Spencer Gilbert andJoe Starr, and editor/producer Dan Murrell present a special live Movie Fights and never-before-seen Honest Trailer with special guests.
Michele,Chantal,Lulu, and Jerry are here to present The Fans' Perspective. This time panelists will be taking a look at underrated Disney films, such as Atlantis,Brave, and Treasure Planet. Attendees are welcome to become a part of the panel with discussion and interesting topics.
Executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb, series stars, and producers of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. talk all things season 4. Find out what's coming up with a Q&A and special screening of a never-before-seen episode. The action-packed series from Marvel Television returns this April, airing Tuesdays, 10/9c on ABC.
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).
Get an exclusive look at the latest news and updates surrounding the year-long celebrations of Street Fighter's 30th anniversary. Expect sneak peeks at all the products and titles being developed, updates on the Capcom Pro Tour, and a few surprises as well!
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).
Editors from BOOM! Studios are conducting portfolio reviews. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.
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.
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.
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.
Hip-hop and comics are two American artforms that bring together disparate elements to create vast worlds of creativity. They share much common ground-rappers and graffiti artists utilize superheroic imagery and adopt larger-than-life alter egos; MCs and producers assemble universes with words and sound; comic creators draw on hip-hop's rich visual vocabulary and incorporate music, dance, and fashion into the fabric of their stories. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field, ComicsAlliance) brings together an all-star group of graphic artists and musical innovators to discuss the ties between these two creative cultures.
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.
Hal Hickel (Industrial Light & Magic animation supervisor, Academy Award-nominated for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) describes his role in creating the groundbreaking visual effects in the first Star Wars stand-alone film. Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz moderates a Q&A session.
DC Universe: Rebirth has taken the industry by storm. The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines, and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC superheroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!
Before a camera is unpacked, before a set is built, the illustrators of the Art Directors Guild are brought in for pre-visualization-concept art, storyboards, key frames, and more. Panelists include Anson Jew (Wonder Woman, Passengers), Benton Jew (Wonder Woman, Logan), Robin Richesson (Preacher, Jack Reacher), Patrick Rodriguez (A Wrinkle in Time, Justice League), moderated by Tim Burgard (Independence Day: Resurgence, The Revenant).
The current TMNT brain trust of Kevin Eastman,Tom Waltz, and Bobby Curnow discuss the Turtles' past, present, and the threat from Dimension X looming in their future! Also announcing new creators and TMNT projects for 2017 and beyond!
Join Marvel’s creative director Brian Crosby and writer/artist Rob Liefeld in this can’t-miss panel discussing Marvel’s all-new original graphic novel, Deadpool: Bad Blood! Learn all about what’s in store for the Merc with a Mouth when new villain Thumper shows up to take his revenge—and just how are Cable and Domino involved? Stick around after the discussion for a Q&A session to get all of your burning Deadpool questions answered!
Are comics mightier than the sword? Can comics be calls for action, or catalysts for resistance, revolution, and change in a divided society? Now more than ever, comic artists and writers are claiming their diverse identities, writing their own histories, and using the artform to build empathy and understanding. Join Prism Comics, moderator Elizabeth Beier (Bisexual Trials and Errors), and a diverse panel of LGBTQ comics creators as they explore comics as a source of power and change. Panelists include Marc Andreyko (Love Is Love), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Alphabet, publisher Stacked Deck Press), Ajuan Mance (1,001 Black Men), and Sonya Saturday (2016 Republican Presidential Candidates Coloring Book). Prism Comics will announce the recipient of the 2017 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant at the end of this panel.
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.
Calling all aspiring fashion designers! Are you too young to compete in The Her Universe Fashion Show? Do you want to design your own pieces or maybe even work for a fashion company like Her Universe someday? If you are between the ages of 6 and 17, come and design with the Her Universe Team and Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein. This session is free with a WonderCon Anaheim badge and no experience is needed. Just come with your imagination and get ready to sketch out your designs!
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).
Space Goat is the comic industry's premier talent agency and production studio, whose clients get jobs at Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, BOOM! Studios, and other top quality publishers. Space Goat wants to see professional-quality comic book story pages in pencil, pencil & ink, or color. They are not interested in a portfolio of pinup art. They want to see professionals and talented artists ready to be professionals.
Moderated by IndieWire executive editor Michael Schneider, an all-star panel of showrunners behind some of the coolest TV out there will swap stories and insights about the behind-the-scenes inner workings of your favorite shows. Panelists include Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow), Jessica Goldberg (The Path), Jonah Ray (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Hidden America with Jonah Ray), Sera Gamble (The Magicians), Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman), and Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend).
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!
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.
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!
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.
Beware the man in black for speculation, predictions, and reflections on sci-fi's most exciting new series, Westworld. This panel of experts from Geek Magazine will discuss the past, present, and future of HBO’s hit new series and go beyond Westworld, discussing the history of automatons run amok in sci-fi history as well as futureworlds. Geek journalists Nikki Griffin,Alexandra August, and Edward Gross along with cyborg scribe Ashley E. Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and filmmaker Charles de Lauzirika join moderator Scott Mantz (film critic, Access Hollywood) for some reveries. Are they real or are they robots? Brought to you by Delos.
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.
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!
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.)
The Nerdist crew, including Jessica Chobot (host of Nerdist News), Kyle Hill (Because Science), Rachel Heine (Nerdist editor-in-chief), Andrew Bowser (Nerdist supervising creative producer), Mike Shaw (Nerdist head of video), Joan Ford (Nerdist writer), and Aristotle Acevedo (Nerdist podcast producer) talk sci-fi, superheroes and discuss what it's like to work at Nerdist. Dan Casey (The Dan Cave) moderates.
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.
Executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery, story editor Tim Hedrick, and voice cast members offer an in-depth discussion of the epic second season of the critically acclaimed Netflix original series DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender. They'll highlight their favorite moments and come ready for an extended fan Q&A. The conversation will be moderated by Kyle Anderson of Nerdist and panel attendees will receive a WonderCon Anaheim exclusive poster created by Dos Santos.
IDW has been blazing the way in archival collections, from Artist's Editions to the Marvel Artist's Select books and beyond. Greg Goldstein,Chris Ryall,Scott Dunbier, and special guests discuss what's come out so far and, most important, what's coming next!
Fresh off a dazzling run with breakout books Space Riders, Black, Kim & Kim, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank, The Dregs, We Can Never Go Home,andYoung Terrorists, Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matteo Pizzolo (Young Terrorists,Godkiller,upcoming Calexit) and creators Matthew Rosenberg (4 Kids Walk into a Bank, We Can Never Go Home), Holly Interlandi (upcoming Last Song), Adam Egypt Mortimer (Ballistic), Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk into a Bank), and more special guests for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics, and how you can be a part of it.
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).
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.
The road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious, and most impactful comic book event of all time starts right here at WonderCon Anaheim with a superstar cast of Valiant creators and staff. Jump on board to find out what the future holds for Harbinger Renegade, X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Faith, Divinity, Ninjak, and the rest of Valiant’s most powerful heroes . . . and how the coming of Harbinger Wars 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe, with never-before-seen artwork and announcements.
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.
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.
Doll owners and enthusiasts gather to discuss the world of ball-jointed resin dolls from companies such as Volks, FairyLand, Iplehouse, and many others. Whether a seasoned collector or someone just starting out, you'll have the opportunity to learn basics and share tips. Come to share the beauty of your own unique doll or just to see the dolls on display, from tiny to towering. It's a great opportunity to experience the different types of dolls in the world of BJDs. Make new friends, both real and resin!
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).
You sing, we sing, everyone sings at Warner Archive’s annual celebration of cartoon music. This time, composer Kristopher Carter of Dynamic Music Partners will join Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti and moderator Gary Miereanu will focus most of the fun on the tune-laden third season of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, building to the immensely popular “Mayhem of the Music Meister” sing-along. Join the festivities for a melodious salute surrounded by surprise guests, interactive performances, and cool Warner Archive prizes.
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.
Alicia Lutes (Nerdist managing editor and host of Fangirling) and special guests Cory Bird (co-producer, Colony), Naren Shankar (showrunner, The Expanse), and Mackenzie Donaldson (producer, Orphan Black) as they dissect how on-screen technology has changed TV stories . . . and even the world, followed by a Q&A moderated by Alicia Lutes.
Space Goat offers a sneak peek at their summer and fall 2017 lineup of books, board games, and more, including the Evil Dead 2 board game and their ongoing Terminator board game Kickstarter. Company president Shon Bury will be moderating.
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.
Mark Kolpack (visual effects supervisor, Marvel), Sabrina Arnold (visual effects producer, Marvel), Kevin Lingenfelser (visual effects supervisor, FuseFX), and Dan Mellitz (visual effects supervisor, CoSA VFX) discuss what is needed to take characters like Ghost Rider, Hive, Quake, and others out of the comics and onto television. Moderated by Shawn Richter from The Marvel Report.
Tune into Legion of Leia's own Nerd Up or Shut Up podcast. Join in on the conversation as you step into the next episode and chat and debate all things nerdy with hosts Anastasia Washington (Coyote Magnate), Maggie Olbrich (Nerd Up or Shut Up), Emalee Burditt (Nerd Up or Shut Up), Richard Sheehan (Nerd Up or Shut Up), and moderator Aabria Lipscomb (Coyote Magnate).
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!
UPDATED: Fri, Mar 17, 07:47PM End your day with BBCA and Nerdist for the exclusive U.S. premiere screening of Doctor Who spinoff, Class. From award-winning writer and Class creator Patrick Ness (novel and film A Monster Calls, novel Chaos Walking) and executive produced by the team behind Doctor Who, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, Class is set in London's Coal Hill School, where four students who have hidden secrets and desires navigate a life of friends, parents, schoolwork, sex, sorrow-and possibly the end of existence. Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. Time traveling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There's something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow. Class is a BBC America co-production and premieres Saturday, April 15, 10:10/9:10c following the season premiere of Doctor Who at 9/8c.
Comics on Comics: Live! is excited to kick off its newest season! Juan Manuel Rocha and Vito Lapiccola are bringing along the newest member of the hosting staff-long-time collaborator Tim Powers. These three podcast powerhouses welcome some of their friends to the stage to talk about reboots and remakes. They'll end with an announcement about all the cool things they will be trying in the new season.
This big onstage costume competition features amazing, beautiful, and imaginative re-created and original costumes crafted by talented attendees. Contestants compete for trophies, cash, and merchandise awards as bestowed by a panel of guest judges and representatives from various companies and organizations. The MCs are Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio. Entertainment during judging intermission is provided by the Saber Guild performance group. Doors open for seating at 8:00 but the line for choice seating starts earlier!
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!
If you're a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch before the networking event and get some free coaching from a pro. So what's a pitch? A pitch is simply the way you present yourself or your project to others. It is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you're doing or what you've made. Most creators have no trouble coming up with fantastic ideas for new comics, but they often struggle to talk clearly and concisely about those ideas to other people. Giving a good pitch is a vital skill you must have to bring your project to life. Fortunately, it's also a skill you can learn and improve with practice-and Pitch Review is a great place to do that. Pitch reviews will be conducted by Douglas Neff, an experienced presentation coach and professional public speaker, who also hosts the Comic Creator Connection. This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Everyone is welcome, but please note that showing up is not a guarantee that you'll get a review session. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Room 206B
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).
Get in on all the pomp and circumstance of the world premiere of DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games, the second full-length feature film spotlighting this worldwide franchise sensation. The film finds the young superheroes—Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, and Katana—squaring off against Korugar Academy in the Intergalactic Games. However, trouble is in the air as Lena Luthor takes advantage of the gathering of the Supers to enact her villainous plan. It’s up to the DC Super Hero Girls to fight the forces of evil and protect their school. With Wonder Woman’s strength, Supergirl’s speed, Batgirl’s strategic knowledge, Poison Ivy’s ability to make things grow, Harley Quinn’s energy, Bumblebee’s ability to shrink, and Katana’s fearless personality … anything is possible. After the screening, stick around for an action-packed panel featuring the voices of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Bumblebee and Katana, respectively—Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery), Anais Fairweather (DC Super Hero Girls), Teala Dunn (Are We There Yet?, Enchanted), and Stephanie Sheh (Naruto: Shippuden)—alongside director Cecilia Aranovich (DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year), and screenwriter/author Shea Fontana (Doc McStuffins, The 7D). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD (6/13/17) and DVD (6/27/17).
Everyone loves the classics; that is why they are classics! However, there is nothing wrong with a little something new. This panel explores high-interest texts and mediums to engage readers deeply across standards, disciplines, nations, and worlds. The world is moving into the 21st century. Shouldn't your reading list go with it? Keep your big two, but expand your horizons. The comics industry is expanding; this panel explains why your pull list should grow with it! Room 213
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!
TORn staffers Clifford Broadway (TORn Tuesday), Josh Rubinstein (TORn Book Club), Nicole Roberts (outreach coordinator), Kristi Fojtik (Tolkien Forever), and Cathy Udovch (TORn special event coordinator) begin to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the publishing of The Hobbit. They'll share activities planned throughout the year to celebrate at gatherings, conventions, moots, and online discussions. They will also talk about the new books-yes, it says new and is plural-and mention any other fun, new Tolkien-themed items that may get released in 2017. There will also be an update on this year's Baggins Birthday Bash, including info on how you can party like a Hobbit. There may even be a little singalong (a different one) at the panel to put you in a Middle-earth frame of mine.
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.
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.
Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing) is proud to be hosting the Official Gaia Online Panel. This is your chance to meet the Gaia staff, get your burning questions answered, and take a sneak peek at some of the great stuff Gaia has planned for 2017. Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes.
"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.
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.
IDW is the home for the best comics for fans of all ages, from My Little Pony to Skylanders to Disney and the Ninja Turtles. Not only will there be free comics for kids but also fun and insightful details on all of the many kids' comics, courtesy of editors Sarah Gaydos and Bobby Curnow. And don't forget, kids: come with questions for the panel on how to make your very own comics! Room 213
This will be a very special West Coast tribute in honor of the extraordinary actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars universe. With her larger-than-life personality, both on- and off-screen, and incredible sense of humor, Carrie Fisher was destined to have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans of all ages. Costumes are encouraged, and all are welcome as panelists share personal stories of how she touched fans' lives and will live in their hearts-always! Hosted by Star Wars fan clubs: Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, R2 Builders, and the 501st Legion.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
WonderCon Anaheim attendees, Go! to this panel and be ready for a fun afternoon with your favorite teen DC superheroes. Producers Michael Jelenic,Aaron Horvath, and Peter Michail will join voice actor Greg Cipes to screen an all-new episode and answer your questions about all things Titans. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Fridays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 29, 06:22PM Are you a writer with who can't wait to get started on a new comic series, but you can't draw? Are you an artist who loves to draw but lacks an idea? At WonderCon Anaheim 2017, you just might find each other! At the Comic Creator Connection, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Room 206B, writers and artists can sit down and meet each other in a neutral environment, in 5-minute sessions!
Visionary concept artist Aaron Sims (Stranger Things, the Planet of the Apes trilogy) and the ASC artist team reveal the secrets behind their creature and world-building concept designs, previsualizations, and visual effects for some of the most iconic film and television franchises of a generation. Through a series of 3D models, animatics, and breakdowns, they'll demonstrate how your favorite superheroes, villains, and monsters are brought to life (Demogorgon, ID:R, TMNT, The Hulk, and many more) from script to screen.
If you thought all hell broke loose when Lucifer arrived in the City of Angels, just imagine how things will heat up in his absence. Indulge your deepest desires and be among the first to see what’s in store for Chloe Decker and the Devil himself after his mysterious departure in the midseason finale. Get a sizzling sneak peek at the second half of season 2, followed by a Q&A with series stars Tom Ellis,Lauren German,DB Woodside, and executive producers Joe Henderson (White Collar) and Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami). From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer returns with all-new episodes in May airing Mondays at 9/8c on FOX.
Bill Butler (creative director at Garner Holt Productions, Inc.) moderates a panel featuring Garner Holt (founder and president of Garner Holt Productions, Inc.), Disney Legend Bob Gurr, and Thomas Kuntz (modern automaton builder at Atomic Design Studio) as they discuss the history of mechanized magic in Orange County, from Japanese Deer Park to Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland. Room 213
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).
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).
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.
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
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.
Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics Super Heroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun, and action. No need to wait for the good stuff to startâ
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.
Gaming tournaments have become a prime source of income for comic book shops. Whether it's board games, trading card games, or miniatures, these tournaments are a way to draw in new customers and maintain your regulars. Dr. Billy San Juan (Star Wars Psychology), Tim Shields (Cascade Games), Cary Kazmaier (Artifex), Doreen Kamada-Fujii (Pokemon TCG), and Angela Chandler (Magic: The Gathering judge) discuss the best ways to increase tournament visibility, player attendance, and customer satisfaction. Room 213
Ever wonder what movie trivia would be like with the theatrics of the WWE and the competitiveness of the UFC? Collider Video's popular game show "The Movie Trivia Schmoedown" comes to Wondercon Anaheim! Popular characters like The Outlaw John Rocha,Mark "Baby Carrots" Ellis, and "Little Evil" JTE among others will be on hand to discuss what makes the Schmoedown the Schmoedown. Kristian Harloff and John Campea will break down how the league came to be, what has happened in season 4 thus far, and what is to come for the rest of the year. There will be smack talk, there will be trivia, there will be a Schmoedown!
This March, Valiant celebrates 25 years of its most enduring comic book icon as bestselling writer Matt Kindt and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists launch a stunning new beginning in the all-new X-O Manowar #1. A blockbuster roundtable of Valiant's greatest talents present an in-depth discussion of X-O Manowar's landmark place in comics history, along with a special look forward at the new series of 2017.
As Gotham City descends into anarchy, join the hit show as it returns to WonderCon Anaheim to give fans the scoop on all the shocking moments in store for the remainder of Season 3. With Penguin out of the picture, and a power grab taking place, who will become the new leader of the Gotham underworld? How will Nygma’s embrace of his Riddler persona alter the balance of power, and will any of it matter when the Court of Owls reveals its plans for the city? All will be judged! Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and executive producers. From Warner Bros. Television, Gotham returns Monday, April 24, with all-new episodes on Mondays at 8/7c on FOX.
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.
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).
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.
Celebrate the phenomenon of Kids’ WB with some of the creators and voice actors from Static Shock, The Zeta Project, Xiaolin Showdown, Histeria!, and many more in a fun look back at the beloved cartoon block. Join The Zeta Project creator/producer Bob Goodman (Elementary, Warehouse 13) and acting stars Diedrich Bader (American Housewife, Office Space) and Julie Nathanson (Skylanders video game franchise), and Static Shock’s lead actor Phil LaMarr (MadTV, Futurama, Pulp Fiction), alongside Warner Archive podcasters Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti and moderator Gary Miereanu for a fun-filled hour of cartoon clips for all—and cool prizes for lucky audience members.
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
Wonder Woman, Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Alien: Covenant,Justice League, and more will be debated at this gathering of a veritable "Justice League" of movie geeks. Join Anthony Ray Bench (Film Threat), Charles de Lauzirika (Blade Runner: The Final Cut), Cliff Stephenson (Hannibal), and Matt Keil (X-Play), among others for a raucous discussion moderated by Film Threat editor Chris Gore (Attack of the Show!). They'll choose the winners and losers of 2017's biggest movies. Plus, a special edition of DVDuesday on the 5th anniversary of Attack of the Show! going off the air. (Yes, it's been five years.)
Understanding independent publishing and production (TV, streaming, film, print/digital comics, and other media) is crucial for present-day creators. Spearheaded by members of The Antidote Trust, this panel covers everything: conceiving IP, producing one's product, branding, marketing, distributing creative commodities, and so on. Panelists are Russell Nohelty (writer, publisher, consultant), Hannibal Tabu (2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt winner, Project Wildfire: Enter Project Torrent, Menthu: The Anger of Angels, Project Wildfire: Street Justice), Andre Owens (director, publisher,Force Galaxia, The Stoned Age), and Melissa Jarvis (author, The Lineage series). Moderated by Robert Roach (storyboard artist, winner of the inaugural Glyph Award for indie comics, creator of Menthu and The Roach).
Panelists Joe Cepeda (Pura Belpre honoree, author/illustrator of the I, Freddy series), Stacia Deutch (New York Times bestselling author of the Blast to the Past series), Marla Frazee (New York Times bestselling Caldecott honoree, author/illustrator of The Boss Baby), John Rocco (New York Times bestselling Caldecott honoree, author/illustrator of Blackout), Eliza Wheeler (New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Miss Maple's Seeds), and moderator Henry Herz (author, Little Red Cuttlefish) will share insights into the publishing industry, how to get started, and lessons learned on the journey to traditional publication, TV, and film.
2017 marks an entire century since the birth of the man many call the most important creative talent ever in comics. This year more than ever, comic fans celebrate the legacy of Jack Kirby. On hand will be former Kirby assistant Steve Sherman,Scott Dunbier from IDW Publishing, Rand Hoppe from the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center, and Paul S. Levine, attorney for the Rosalind Kirby Trust. Your moderator is another former Kirby assistant, Mark Evanier.
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).
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!
WonderCon Anaheim is going out on a high note! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis, WhedonCon, and Fandom Charities present an interactive screening of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog! Come and revel in the musical genius of the Whedons! But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! Cheer for Dr. Horrible! Cheer for Penny! Cheer for Moist! Cheer for the Freeze Ray! Cheer, or whatever, for "Captain Hammer, Corporate Tool!" Just have fun and be sure to make Bad Horse gleeful. There will be audience participation; it isn't just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore.
Miss the Friday screening of the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies? Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation invite you to attend a screening of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. Inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract finds the Teen Titans—Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin, and the just-returned Nightwing—working as a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil. But their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows—both waiting to pounce. Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and overcome the malicious forces around them in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure, and deception. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD (4/4/17) and Blu-ray & DVD (4/18/17).
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!
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).
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.
This time it's personal, as a generation of millennials are pitted against an aging "grup" of spaceshipologists. Who will duke it out for the highly coveted Anaheim Smackdown title this year? Can the StarshipEnterprise defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? WillRogue One be assimilated by a Borg Cube? Will the Nostromo be taken over by Rathtars? And will the Jefferson Starship ever win anything? Join this panel of sage classic spaceshipologists (Ashley E. Miller,Steven Melching,Kay Reindl,Christian Gossett,Daren Dochterman, and Robert Meyer Burnett) as they slug it out with The Next Generation (Bobak Ferdowsi,Nikki Griffin, and surprise guests). Moderated by the Richard Dawson of the stars, Mark A. Altman (The 50 Year Mission). Finish your weekend with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown. And 'zis combat will be to the death.
The dialogue between TV writers and their fans is a vital tool for many television shows—but one that can prove fickle. From producers, to staff writers and assistants, Alex Freedman and Nick Watson (Paper Team) invite people who work on some of your favorite TV shows to share their thoughts on this unique relationship. Panelists include Ray Utarnachitt (DC's Legends of Tomorrow,Person of Interest), Tennessee Martin (Lucifer, Training Day), Diya Mishra (The Tick, Powerless), and Taylor Brogan (The Shannara Chronicles, Into the Badlands).