WonderCon 2015: Saturday Schedule [Insidious: Chapter 3, Mad Max: Fury Road, Gotham, and More]

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WonderCon 2015’s schedule continues with the unveiling of Saturday’s big panels. The second day of the con in Anaheim, CA is packed full of big panels, including a first look at TNT’s The Last Airship; a Q&A with the stars and producers of Fox’s Gotham; Walt Disney Animation Studios explores the world of Big Hero 6; Warner Bros. will be providing an inside look at Mad Max: Fury Road; and Blumhouse Productions will be showcasing footage from Unfriended and Insidious: Chapter 3. Check out the full Saturday schedule for WonderCon 2015 below.

10:00am – 11:00am – How to Get News Coverage — Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn’t? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and 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 comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include, in alphabetical order, Albert Ching (Comic Book Resources), Alan Kistler (Comic Mix, Comic Book Resources), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Francis Sky (First Comics News, Massacre Twins), Josh Waldrop (M1W Entertainment), and Tanya Tate (First Comics News). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comics project. Room 209

10:00am – 11:00am – Storytelling in Comics – Adam Greenfield (Making Comics Worldwide Gutter Talk) leads a panel that discusses the early stages of building a story for your comic. Panelists include Jason Brubaker (Sithrah, reMIND), Rachel Beck (Storyforge Productions), and Ted Washington (Puna Press). Room 211

10:00am – 11:00am – Superman: The Richard Donner Years Celebrity Super Reunion – Margot Kidder, Sarah Douglas,Valerie Perrine, Diane Sherry, Marc McClure,Jack O’Halloran, Aaron Smolinski, David Michael Petrou, and Ilya Salkind discuss their experiences filming Superman-The Movie and Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut under the direction of director Richard Donner. The stars will partake in a Q&A session moderated by Jim Bowers (founder of CapedWonder Superman Imagery) and Jay Towers (morning news anchor for WJBK-Fox 2 News Detroit). Room 300AB

10:30am – 11:30am – From Fan to Creator: Making the Dream a Reality – Which side of the convention table do you want to be on: fan or professional? And what’s keeping you from getting there? If you’re having trouble starting or finishing your creative projects, you need to attend this fun and informative workshop, designed specifically for the WonderCon Anaheim crowd. Douglas Neff ( Epic Win! The Geek’s Guide to the Journey from Fan to Creator) will give you simple and proven techniques for setting, working on, and achieving your goals. Whether you want to write your first novel, draw your own comic, or shoot your independent film, this is the how-to panel you don’t want to miss. You’ll walk away from this workshop with the energy and tools you need in order to bring your dream to life. Room 213

10:30am – 11:30am – Stop-Motion Animation on a Shoestring – Learn the down and dirty low-budget tricks on how to create your own stop-motion animation models and super fast and easy stop-motion sets and props. Find out where to get supplies, how to assemble the equipment you need, and what software to use to edit and composite your project. Featuring Larry Loc, animation educator and author of Stop Mo on a Shoe String, Animation on a Shoestring, and The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath stop-motion comic book series. Room 208

10:30am – 11:30am – The World of Capcom – Moderator Francis Mao (Capcom) and a panel of Capcom product managers share the latest updates on all your favorite Capcom franchises, including Resident Evil, Monster Hunter, Devil May Cry, Street Fighter, and more. Plus, a sneak peek at all the cool Capcom merchandise coming up, and maybe a surprise or two. Room 300DE

10:30am – 12:00pm – Comics Arts Conference Session #4: Comic Anxieties, Comic Traumas – Erika Rothberg (Loyola Marymount University) argues that “Prisoner on the Hell Planet: A Case History” in Maus helps bridge the gap between Artie and Vladek by exposing their shared trauma and survivor’s guilt and requires the reader to witness and actively interpret trauma. Christine Zabala (Texas State University) analyzes the way genre and medium enable artists such as Oscar Wilde, Shaun Tan, and Neil Gaiman to use fairy tales and comic books to present controversial views on homosexuality, immigration, and AIDS without being rejected by the societies to which they react. Deanna Rodriguez (Texas State University) compares the attributes of Captain America in his first appearances and the conflicts he faces in Ed Brubaker’s run to show how a WWII icon resonates with a post-911 culture and how the anxieties facing society today mirror those of post-war America. Room 210

11:00am – 12:00pm – Spotlight on Ken Lashley – For over 20 years Ken Lashley has created images for a multitude of companies, including Mattel (Max Steel, DC comics), Hasbro Toys (Star Wars, G.I JOE, Transformers), and Lucasfilm, as well as comic series for Marvel ( Age of Apocalypse, Xcalibre, Excalibur), and DC (Secret 6, Superman Doomed, Superman), and over 40 covers in 3 years. Ken will show you the secrets he uses to create dynamic content. He will also have the new Milestone comic designs, as well as a surprise guest, Kevin Grevioux (Blue Marvel, I, Frankenstein, Underworld). How does one get started in this biz, and how does one keep busy for 20 years? Ken and Kevin will talk about the challenges of creators, including an exclusive giveaway for all who attend. Room 211

11:00am – 12:00pm – Teen Titans Go! Screening and Q&A – Super-sized laughs and superhero adventures await you as the Titans once again take over WonderCon Anaheim. Greg Cipes (voice of Beast Boy) and Scott Menville (voice of Robin), along with producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and The Bold) and Aaron Horvath (MAD), will be on hand to answer your questions as well as screen an all-new episode. Teen Titans Go! airs Thursdays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network. Room 300AB

11:00am – 12:00pm – The Her Universe Fashion Show Update – Her Universe and Hot Topic launched the first ever “Geek Couture” fashion show at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014. Two winners were chosen and given the unique professional opportunity to design a Marvel fashion collection to be sold in Hot Topic stores beginning in May 2015. Join Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein, Cat Carson (SVP of Her Universe), Ed Labay (Hot Topic divisional merchandise manager), and Andrea Lewis (Hot Topic senior brand marketing manager), along with winners Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine as they take you behind the scenes of the making of this new action-packed line. Learn how these designers went from runway to retail! Plus, get an exclusive sneak peek at this new Marvel collection and hear details about how to submit your design for the 2015 Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con! Elite Ballroom, Lobby, Anaheim Marriott Hotel

11:00am – 12:00pm – Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney Television Animation: Careers at Disney Animation – Camille Eden (manager, recruitment), Matt Roberts (artistic recruiter), and Brooke Keesling (director, talent development) share some of the different creative roles that help make animated films and television shows. Moderated by Disney animator Darrin Butters (Big Hero 6, Frozen), the panel will offer a behind-the-scenes look at this wonderful artform. Room 207

11:00am – 12:00pm – Whovian Costuming for Beginners – Order of Gallifrey Costuming Club members Katie Aiani, Audra Atkins-Reeves, Alex Bagosy, Justin Daube, Cindy Kalionzes, Nathaniel Peinado, and Brian Uiga share information for costuming as characters in the Whovian Universe. The program is particularly geared toward beginners, although all are welcome. This panel will focus on some of the Doctor’s incarnations, but panelists will be happy to answer questions about any Whovian characters or props. Room 209

11:30am – 12:30pm – Authors of Fantasy Fiction – The realm of fantasy fiction encompasses some of the most popular media properties today, from The Hobbit to Game of Thrones. What images come to mind when you think of fantasy? Dragons, magic, and chivalrous knights? And what do authors writing fantasy fiction today think? What are fantasy’s roots, and where is the genre going? Find out by joining bestselling authors Arwen Elys Dayton (Seeker), Todd McCaffrey (Dragonriders of Pern series), Naomi Novik (Temeraire series), and Greg Van Eekhout (California Bones) as they discuss works of fantasy fiction past, present, and future with moderator Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 208

11:30am – 12:30pm – Felicia Day Talks Geek & Sundry, Her New Book, & More! – Felicia Day (The Guild, Dr. Horrible, Eureka, Supernatural) talks about her upcoming projects, reveals the latest happenings at Geek & Sundry, and gives you a sneak peek into her hilarious and inspirational book, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). This book is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now, even for a digital misfit. Room 300DE

11:30am – 12:30pm – Spotlight on Greg Weisman – Gary Miereanu interviews WonderCon Anaheim special guest Greg Weisman (producer of Gargoyles, W.I.T.C.H., The Spectacular Spider-Man, Young Justice, and Star Wars Rebels) about his long history in animation and comic books and his latest endeavors, including his novels Rain of the Ghosts and Spirits of Ash and Foam and the new Star Wars Kanan: The Last Padawan comic book miniseries for Lucasfilm and Marvel. There will also be an exciting, exclusive announcement about one of Greg’s latest projects. Room 213

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Anti-Heroes – Not every hero has a strict moral compass, and many of our favorite characters take a journey through ethical gray areas. It is these journeys that allow readers to find a lasting connection with quasi-heroes. Moderator James Robinson (Heaven) leads panelists Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun), Neal Adams (Batman), Len Wein (Wolverine), and Dan Jurgens (Booster Gold) in a discussion of what it means to create and to love an anti-hero. Room 207

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Big Hero 6: The Art of the Story — Head of story Joe Mateo (Big Hero 6, Tangled), Brian Kesinger (Big Hero 6, Frozen), and Normand Lemay (Big Hero 6, Frozen) share how Disney Animation brings stories to life through the art of storyboarding, collaboration, and art. Room 300AB

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Super Heroines to the Rescue! – Given the acclaim that Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman is receiving, the attention given to the new female Thor, a controversial Spider-Woman cover, and the burgeoning of the “Carol Corps” movement, the “super heroine” is back in the spotlight of academia and popular culture. Susan Kirtley (Portland State University), Nhora Lucía Serrano (Harvard University), and Andréa Gilroy (University of Oregon) present a roundtable exploration of representations and archetypes of the super heroine from early incarnations like Wonder Woman to the newest version of Batwoman (and beyond), in order to debate the kinship between reader expectation, popular culture, feminism, and cultural theory. Room 210

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Cosplay Makeup 101 – This panel goes into what it takes to perfect your cosplay by having great makeup. Topics include beauty makeup, appliance application, special FX makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling. A talented panel of professional makeup artists-Dawnielle Banks (makeupbysiryn.com), Chrissy Lynn (nerdy-girlz.com), Ashley Troub (Ghost Hunters), Keaghlan Ashley (Face Off), and Alana Rose Schiro (Face Off), who have honed their craft in the makeup, film, television, and cosplay photography worlds-will answer your questions about makeup to match your costuming and cosplay. Turn your great cosplay into an amazing one with awesome makeup! Moderated by Mac Beauvais (official model for Victoria and Otto). Elite Ballroom, Lobby, Anaheim Marriott Hotel

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Valiant 25th Anniversary Celebration – Valiant’s 25th year is going to be the biggest one yet! The silver anniversary celebration begins right here as Bloodshot, X-O Manowar, Ninjak, and the rest of Valiant’s fearless heroes take center stage for a star-studded panel celebrating 25 years of Valiant comics! Featuring an exclusive round of news and announcements about the largest and most acclaimed independent universe in comics, an all-star cast of Valiant staff and creators fill you in on what’s coming next for the iconic heroes and villains of the Valiant Universe. Room 211

12:00pm – 1:00pm – Where do Ideas Come From? Banishing the Blank Page — Writer’s block? Artistic anemia? Get unstuck! Former DC, Dark Horse, and CrossGen writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (MLP:FIM FF) outlines strategies and tips for artists and writers facing a blank page with no ideas for what to write, draw, or how to get started. Room 209

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Comics Marketing & PR 101 — Need tips on how to market your comic? Have questions about building relationships in the comics industry? Then this is the panel for you! Sit in on this mind-blowing roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of doing marketing and PR for comics, whether you’re self-publishing or creating for a publisher. Join comiXology marketing and PR duo Chip Mosher and Ivan Salazar, along with some of the comic industry’s brightest marketing minds including Dirk Wood (IDW VP of marketing), Mel Caylo (BOOM! Studios marketing manager), and Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), for a wide-ranging discussion you won’t want to miss! Room 208

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Spotlight on Sam Humphries – Expect a highly combustible conversation as two old friends (and former podcast co-hosts), WonderCon Anaheim special guest Sam Humphries (Marvel writer of Legendary Star-Lord and Black Vortex) and Chris Rosa (BOOM! Studios’ assistant editor of Clive Barker’s Next Testament and Dead Letters) reunite on stage. After the inevitable fireworks of two obdurate professionals butting heads over the comic book issues of the day, questions will be politely requested from the audience. Room 213

12:30pm – 1:30pm – TNT’s The Last Ship: A First Look at Season 2 – The Last Ship returns to WonderCon Anaheim for a first look at the upcoming season and a revealing panel discussion with producers and cast, including Adam Baldwin, Rhona Mitra, John Pyper Ferguson, Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, and Jocko Sims. The highly anticipated second season picks up after a global catastrophe has decimated the world’s population, and Captain Tom Chandler (Dane) and his crew are confronting the reality of what’s been left behind. Panel attendees will be treated to never-before-seen footage and a revealing discussion led by TV Guide’s Rob Moynihan. All-new episodes of The Last Ship air on TNT this summer. Room 300DE

1:00pm – 1:30pm – Warner Bros. Presentation – With San Andreas and footage for Mad Max: Fury Road. Arena

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Aaron Kuder Story Time – WonderCon Anaheim special guest Aaron Kuder will tell the story of how he got his unconventional start in comics and relay what it’s like being a fan behind the curtain. He’ll discuss art techniques and visual storytelling tools. Candid Q&A. Room 209

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Adding Special FX to Cosplay Photos and Video – VFX wizards behind the new film Cosplay Dreams 3D, renowned cosplay photographers and Photoshop artists, and special guest cosplayers show you how, using Adobe Photoshop and After Effects, you can add realistic laser beams, fireballs, glowing magical elements and sci-fi backgrounds that will bring your cosplay photography and videos to the next level. Elite Ballroom, Lobby, Anaheim Marriott Hotel

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Adventure Time Comics with Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb – Shelli and Braden lead an interactive workshop on making comics and share some highlights from their three-year tenure on the award-winning Adventure Time comic book series. The artists will answer questions about their careers and guide you through some fun drawing exercises. Bring a pencil, a pen, or just your curiosity! Room 207

1:00pm – 2:00pm – American Dad – Join us for an exclusive look at a new episode of American Dad, as well as a Q&A with fans featuring Wendy Schaal (Six Feet Under, The ‘Burbs), Rachael MacFarlane (Family Guy, Robot Chicken), Scott Grimes (Justified, ER), executive producer Matt Weitzman, and producer Jordan Blum. Moderated by Marissa Roffman from the website Give Me My Remote. Room 300AB

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Aspen Comics 2015 – Frank Mastromauro (Aspen publisher, co-owner), Peter Steigerwald (publisher, co-owner), Vince Hernandez (VP, editor-in-chief), and Mark Roslan (VP, director of design and production) reveal upcoming Aspen Comics titles. In addition, there will be a Q&A session. All fans in attendance will receive a free gift courtesy of Aspen Comics. Room 211

1:00pm – 2:00pm – Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Spotlight on Devin Grayson – WonderCon Anaheim special guest Devin Grayson (Nightwing) discusses education, career, and the craft of writing comic books, novels, and video games. In addition to writing many DC Comics stories and creating Batman: Gotham Knights, she has scribed Marvel’s Black Widow, Dynamite’s Red Sonja, and more. Her Vertigo title USER was nominated for the GLAAD Outstanding Comic Book award. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology) moderates. Room 210

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Ask-an-Agent! – Literary agent Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency) teams up with film agent Brandy Rivers (ICM Partners) to take your questions and discuss the wild world of manuscript querying, the role of agents in the publication and film rights process, and more! No pitches, please. Room 208

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Kotobukiya Spring Preview 2015 – Kotobukiya presents an insider’s look at their newest products arriving to retailers and in development. Have a question or comment? The Q&A session is the perfect opportunity to be heard! As always there will be a ton of goodies to give away! Room 213

1:30pm – 2:30pm – The Messengers: Exclusive Screening and Q&A – In the New Mexico desert, scientist Vera Buckley watches in fascination as a mysterious object plummets to Earth and explodes, sending out a shock wave that briefly stops her heart. But Vera isn’t the only one affected: she’s instantly connected to four other strangers, who also collapse, only to miraculously come back to life hours later. These strangers will soon discover they have one thing in common: destiny has been thrust upon their shoulders. And as the Angels of the Apocalypse, with an impressive array of supernatural gifts, they must now work together to rewrite prophecy and prevent the Beginning of the End. The exclusive screening will be followed by a panel discussion with series stars Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill), Jon Fletcher (City of Dreams), J. D. Pardo (Revolution), Joel Courtney (Super 8), Diogo Morgado (Son of God), Anna Diop (Everybody Hates Chris), and Craig Frank (Mixology), along with executive producer Trey Callaway (Revolution) and co-executive producer/creator Eoghan O’Donnell (Teen Wolf). Room 300DE

1:45pm – 2:15pm – Trailer Park – See the latest and greatest trailers with all of your pop culture-loving friends here on the big screen at WonderCon Anaheim. Arena

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics – Just getting into reading comics but not sure where to start? Some of the industry’s top professionals impart their vast comics knowledge and personally recommend series just right for you! Join comiXology’s marketing maven Chip Mosher, along with a panel of comics’ best and brightest, including Sam Humphries (Black Vortex, Sacrifice) and Chris Rosa (BOOM! Studios assistant editor), as they become your guides through the awesome world of comics! Room 207

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Comics Arts Conference Session #7: Geek Culture in Therapy: Using Comic Books, Video Games, and Other Works of Geek to Empower Others – With the rise in popularity of geek-oriented media, tomorrow’s psychotherapists need new tools to bring into therapy. Patrick O’Connor (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Josué Cardona (Geek Therapy), Elizabeth Smith (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Desiree Misanko-Louvat (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), Edward Perin (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology), and Cary Shepard (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology) discuss classroom experiences and real-world applications of a university course, “Geek Culture in Therapy,” that aims to discover culturally sensitive methods to increase rapport, examine research on fantasy, and develop techniques using comic books, video and board games, television shows, and movies to best connect with impassioned clients. They demonstrate how the course has been helpful through the presentation of case examples using geek-friendly therapy techniques. Room 210

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Convergence – The comics community is on the edge of their seats as they wait to find out what Convergence will mean for the DC Universe. Jeff King (Convergence) offers fans a taste with a special lineup featuring Dan Jurgens (Booster Gold), Marc Andreyko (Batman and the Outsiders), Len Wein (Swamp Thing), and Scott Lobdell (Convergence). This is one panel you won’t want to miss! Room 300AB

2:00pm – 3:00pm – From Cosplayer to Hollywood Creative – A panel of costume designers, producers of the new film Cosplay Dreams 3D, professional cosplayers, and Hollywood creatives reveal to cosplayers what skills are in demand in today’s film and TV industry. Learn how professional cosplayers are using their skills to forge a variety of career opportunities in the entertainment industry and how they are leveraging cosplay skills to meet industry contacts. Gain the knowledge that could elevate your hobby into a career! Elite Ballroom, Lobby, Anaheim Marriott Hotel

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Push Comics Forward: BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 Years and Looks Ahead to the Next 10 – 10 years ago, Ross Richie started BOOM! Studios from a spare bedroom in his house. Today, BOOM! is a multiple award-winning top-ten publisher. But rather than look back at what they’ve achieved over the past 10 years, panelists will look ahead to the next 10 years and talk about Push Comics Forward, a movement to inspire publishers, creators, press, and fans to join the conversation on what is helping to improve the industry, and what more can be done. Join Ross Richie, president of publishing and marketing Filip Sablik, and editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon as they host creators Bryce Carlson (Hit), Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), Trevor Crafts and Matt Daley (Lantern City), Lissa Treiman (Giant Days), and others to talk about how BOOM! is helping to Push Comics Forward. Room 211

2:00pm – 3:00pm – Spotlight on Greg Pak – A spotlight on writer and WonderCon Anaheim special guest Greg Pak (Action Comics, Batman/Superman, Storm, Planet Hulk) that includes the latest on Superman, the scoop on his new Princess Who Saved Herself children’s book (based on the Jonathan Coulton song), special guests, a Q&A session, and sneak peeks at all kinds of cool stuff! Room 209

2:30pm – 3:30pm – iZOMBIE Special Video Presentation and Q&A – Olivia “Liv” Moore was a rosy-cheeked, disciplined, overachieving medical resident who had her life path completely mapped out-until the night she attended a party that unexpectedly turned into a zombie feeding frenzy. Now stuck somewhere between half-alive and undead, Liv loses all traces of her former drive and ambition. She transfers her medical residency to the city morgue in order to reluctantly access the only real form of sustenance left available to her, and the only thing that allows her to maintain her humanity: human brains. But there are side effects to Liv’s new diet: With each brain she consumes, Liv experiences “visions,” flashes of the corpse’s memories, including, in some cases, clues as to how they were killed. iZOMBIE makes its WonderCon Anaheim debut with a special video presentation, followed by a Q&A with series stars Rose McIver (Masters of Sex), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), Rahul Kohli (newcomer from the UK), Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), and David Anders (Once Upon a Time), as well as executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Spondoolie Productions and Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, published by DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, iZOMBIE airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW. Arena

2:30pm – 3:30pm – Spotlight on Phil Noto – WonderCon Anaheim special guest Phil Noto will be talking about his career in comics and his animation background and will show examples of his digital art process. Room 208

2:30pm – 3:45pm – American Odyssey Pilot Screening and Q&A – See the first episode of NBC’s new drama American Odyssey, a complex and exciting journey through global politics, corporate espionage, and military secrets involving three strangers who have only one thing in common; the truth. Following the screening, executive producers/writers Peter Horton (Grey’s Anatomy) and Adam Armus and Kay Foster (The Following) will be on hand for a Q&A session. Room 300DE

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Cartoon Hangover: Behind the Screens – Creators, cast, and crew of the hit animated series Bee and PuppyCat and Bravest Warriors offer sneak peeks of upcoming shows. Moderated by Eric Homan, VP of creative development at Frederator Studios. Room 207

3:00pm – 4:00pm – E-Textiles & Cosplay: Learn to Sew a Working Light Circuit – Miranda Downey (event producer and partnership coordinator at SparkFun Electronics) will guide you through a beginner’s way to integrate electronics into your cosplay and projects without soldering or wires. In this free workshop you’ll hand-sew a working LED light circuit to take with you. Room 210

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Geeks Keepin’ It Hot! – Professional nerds square off in an epic trivia battle of the ages while discussing the hottest pop culture topics, including racial stereotyping, objectification, gender-bending, casting news, and more! Spanning comics, TV, film, and web, this discussion will be hilarious and outrageous, and will challenge your perspective on culture. Moderated by Tony B Kim (Crazy4ComicCon.com), this superpowered team will include Amy Ratcliffe (writer), Chris Gore (comedian), Ivy Doom Kitty (cosplayer), Andre Meadows (comedian), Rachel Lara (actress), Sean Long (toy professional), Tracy Doering (writer), and Emily Ong (cosplayer, Fashionista). Elite Ballroom, Lobby, Anaheim Marriott Hotel

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Image Comics: Where Creators Own Everything – What does it mean to be creator-owned? Ed Brubaker (The Fade Out), Eric Stephenson (They’re Not Like Us), Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead), Becky Cloonan (Southern Cross), David Lapham (Stray Bullets), and Rick Remender (Black Science) discuss their decision to launch creator-owned series with Image Comics and what it means to have complete creative freedom for their work. Room 300AB

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Make Comics Like the Pros – Greg Pak (Batman/Superman) and Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong) bring their bestselling how-to book, Make Comics Like the Pros, to life with an all-star panel of advisors. Writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun), writer Corinna Beckho (Invisible Republic), writer/artist Gabriel Hardman (Kinski), writer/artist Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), and a few special surprise guests will unlock the secrets of comics creation from idea to execution to publication. Come armed with questions-they have answers! Room 211

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Not Safe For You: The State of Censorship in 2015 – Although the First Amendment upholds freedom of speech as a basic right, censorship is rampant in the United States. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein and editorial director Betsy Gomez present an overview of the censorship crises that the CBLDF is facing, including attacks on summer reading, and the outbreak of bans on young adult books in libraries and schools across the country. Learn how comics and books are being challenged, and what you can do to fight back! Room 209

3:30pm – 4:30pm – Spotlight on Greg Horn – Marvel Comics’ own Greg Horn (cover artist) discusses his illustrious career in comics and advertising; with instructive stories from 20 years in the business. Join Greg for a one-on-one interview and Q&A session. Room 208

3:30pm – 4:30pm – IDW Publishing: The Best Panel You’ll Ever Attend – Join VP of marketing Dirk Wood, senior book editor Justin Eisinger, special projects editor Scott Dunbier, and a bevy of special guests for a wild presentation filled with announcements, sneak peeks and Q&A! Think you know what IDW is up to this year? You won’t REALLY know unless you’re in the room for this one! Room 213

3:45pm – 4:45pm – Gotham Special Video Presentation and Q&A – Before there was Batman, there was Gotham. The origin story of the great DC Super-Villains and vigilantes has only just begun. Series stars and producers offer a Q&A discussion and special video presentation. Be among the first to find out what’s in store for the exciting conclusion to the first season. Gotham follows Jim Gordon’s rise through the Gotham City police department and the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains. From Warner Bros. Television, Gotham airs Mondays at 8/7c on FOX, with all-new episodes returning Monday, April 13. Arena

3:45pm – 4:45pm – TV Guide Magazine’s Fan Favorites Showrunners – TV Guide magazine returns to WonderCon Anaheim with an all-star panel of TV’s hottest showrunners. Moderated by TV Guide magazine executive editor Michael Schneider, the session brings together top producers for a look behind the scenes of your favorite shows. Panelists (subject to change) include: Natalie Chaidez (12 Monkeys), Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel), Adam Goldberg (The Goldbergs), Dan Harmon (Community), Alex Hirsch (Gravity Falls), Peter Horton (American Odyssey) and Graeme Manson (Orphan Black). Room 300DE

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild – With the ever-increasing number of films based on comic book characters, these illustrators, including storyboard, scenic, and graphic artists, adapt the worlds of the printed pages to the screen. They will discuss what they do and how they do it. Panelists are Darrin Denlinger (Captain America 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Winter Soldier), Michael Jackson (Fantastic Four, Pixels, Terminator: Genisys), Mark Moretti ( Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Salt, I Robot), and Mark Vena (Oz the Great and Powerful, Cowboys and Indians, Twilight), with Tim Burgard (Jurassic World, Fantastic 4, Independence Day 2) moderating. Room 209

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Inside The Writers’ Room: Earth’s Mightiest Writers Re-Assemble Redux – If writers’ rooms were like superhero teams, this panel is the Justice League and The Avengers of the writing world. The scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to write and rewrite the series that you love. Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers’ room, and why network executives actually care about what you write on message boards. Get the straight scoop on how shows go from inside their heads to a dry erase board, to your television sets and tablets. Moderated by Sony Pictures Television’s jocular senior VP of drama development & production Chris Parnell, this year’s heroic lineup includes Jesse Alexander (Agent X, Heroes, Lost, Hannibal), Michael Narducci (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Medium), not so savage Steve Holland (The Big Bang Theory), Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About a Boy), Ashley E. Miller (Terminator, Fringe, Andromeda), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Rebels, Guardians of the Galaxy Animated), Gabrielle Stanton (The Flash, Haven, Castle), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, Sleepy Hollow, Firefly), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Helix, Lost, The Middleman), and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Castle, Necessary Roughness). Join the fun to see if they can all fit on one stage. Time to lay off those chocolate-covered pretzels! Room 207

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Marvel: Next Big Thing — From Star Wars to the Avengers, this panel has you covered! Editor Will Moss, Sam Humphries (Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: The Black Vortex), Greg Weisman (Star Wars: Kanan-The Last Padawan), Rick Remender (Avengers: Rage of Ultron), and other Mighty Marvel guests take on questions about Marvel’s biggest series and events! Room 300AB

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Spotlight on Lisa Morton – New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry (The Joe Ledger series) interviews WonderCon Anaheim special guest Lisa Morton (multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author and Halloween expert) about horror writing, including how to get started as a horror writer, how to craft the horror-themed graphic novel, the usefulness of organizations like the Horror Writers Association, and why modern horror is so much more than blood and guts. Room 211

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Walt Disney Animation Studios Kids Workshop – Benson Shum (Big Hero 6, Frozen),Trent Correy (Big Hero 6, Frozen) Hyun Min Lee (Big Hero 6, Feast), and Eric Goldberg (Aladdin, Winnie the Pooh) walk kids and adults through some of the key principles of animation. Bring your love of art and drawing. Supplies will be provided. Room 210

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Webcomics Advocates and the Webcomics Gathering – Webcomics Advocates co-founders Phil Vecchio and Brendan Creecy (Brax the Alien Rocker) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics! Joined by Patrick Scullen (Super Siblings) and moderator Josh Anderson (Extra Damage podcast), they will give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comic to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome! Elite Ballroom, Lobby, Anaheim Marriott Hotel

4:30pm – 5:30pm – Spotlight on Jae Lee – WonderCon Anaheim special guest, artist Jae Lee (Batman/Superman, Inhumans, Dark Tower) discusses his career and his art techniques on this spotlight panel. Any and all questions will be welcomed. Room 213

4:30pm – 5:30pm – Tarzan, John Carter, Doc Savage, The Shadow, and Alley Oop: The Martian Legion Arrives! – Jim Sullos (president) and Cathy Wilbanks (archivist) of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. share news on upcoming projects featuring Burroughs’s famed literary heroes. Special guest author Jake “Buddy” Saunders (The Martian Legion) will discusses his 2014 novel, which boasts an array of pulp hero team-ups. Scott Tracy Griffin (Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration) moderates. Room 208

4:45pm – 5:45pm – Cartoon Voices –Your host, Mark Evanier, gathers together some of the best actors in the animation field to tell you how they do what they do, and demonstrate their amazing skills right before your ears. This time, the dais features Sumalee Montano (Transformers Prime, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis), Bob Joles (Spongebob Squarepants, Planet Sheen), John Mariano (Animaniacs; Hey Arnold!), Julie Nathanson (Final Fantasy XIII, Skylanders), Gregg Berger (Garfield, Spider-Man), and one more talented person to be named later. Room 300DE

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Blumhouse Productions: Unfriended and Insidious: Chapter 3 – Blockbuster producer Jason Blum hosts an inside look at two of his upcoming horror thrillers from Blumhouse Productions. The stars and filmmakers of Universal Pictures’s Unfriended will be present to reveal footage and discuss their film that ushers in a new era of horror. Cast members from the smash Insidious franchise will also be on hand to show never-before-seen footage and reveal details of this June’s Focus Features release Insidious: Chapter 3. Arena

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Color Theory with Alex Sinclair, Jeromy Cox, and David Baron – Alex, Jeromy, and Dave discuss color theory and how it affects their approach to every page and cover that these professional colorists work on. Room 210

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining – Hip-Hop and comics reflect each other in many ways: Rappers and graffiti artists utilize superheroic imagery and adopt larger-than-life alter-egos, while comic creators incorporate references to music, dance, and fashion and draw on Hip-Hop’s rich visual vocabulary. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth Of Field magazine) brings together graphic artists and musical innovators to discuss the ties between these two creative cultures. Elite Ballroom, Lobby, Anaheim Marriott Hotel

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Spotlight on Ed Brubaker – From alternative comics roots to big-screen adaptations of his work, WonderCon Anaheim special guest Ed Brubaker has become one of the biggest names in the industry. Join the award-winning writer of Criminal, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and The Fade Out for a career-spanning Q&A. Room 207

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Spotlight on Rebecca Moesta – Bestselling author and WonderCon Anaheim special guest Rebecca Moesta talks about her work on the Star Wars Young Jedi Knights and Junior Jedi Knights series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, original projects Crystal Doors and Star Challengers, as well as working with her husband, Kevin J. Anderson. Room 211

5:00pm – 6:00pm – The Forgotten Trio: Letterers, Inkers, and Colorists – Comic book industry veterans discuss what it entails to be an inker, letterer, or colorist, along with advice for those aspiring to be part of the comic book industry. Matt “Batt” Banning ( Superman/Wonder Woman), Joshua Reed (letterer/editorial assistant of Aspen), Mark Roslan (VP/director of design and production of Aspen), Dave Lanphear (veteran letterer for DC Comics/Marvel), Peter Steigerwald (co-owner of Aspen), Troy Peteri (Amazing Spider-Man), and Beth Sotelo (Marvel’s Spider-Gwen/Grump) will present an open Q&A session moderated by Jessica Tseang (comic book historian). Room 209

5:00pm – 6:00pm – TNT’s Falling Skies: The Final Battle Members of the cast of Falling Skies present an exclusive look at the highly anticipated final season. The alien power source may have been destroyed, but with a hybrid breed of beast and mutant running rampant on Earth, human survival is still at stake. In these last episodes,Tom Mason and the 2nd Mass will face the final battle and the skies will fall. Stars Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Doug Jones, and Sarah Carter and director Tunde Osunsanmi dissect the epic series finale in a panel discussion moderated byTV Guide’s Rich Sands. Don’t miss the final season of Falling Skies premiering this summer on TNT. Room 300AB

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Push ‘Excellence’ Forward: New ‘Bill & Ted’ Comics Come to BOOM! Studios – As part of its ongoing desire to push #comicsforward, BOOM! Studios carefully selects key licensed properties to help bring new readers to comics. In March, the publisher launches Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return, a new comic series based on the classic films about two excellent high school buddies who go on to bring about world peace through their music. Join the comic’s writer, Brian Lynch, editors Ian Brill and Alex Galer, and producer of the films Scott Kroopf as they talk about the new series and the everlasting popularity of Bill & Ted. Moderated by BuzzFeed’s Kirk Damato. Room 208

5:30pm – 6:30pm – The Art Department of Babylon 5 Reunites – Fans will have a chance to hear from the people responsible for the look of this iconic show. John Iacovelli (production designer) will lead this panel in a discussion of how they were able to keep things fresh through 110 episodes and 6 TV movies. Panelists include Mark-Louis Walters (art director), Roland Rosenkrantz (art director), Dark Hoffman (prop designer and prop master), Timothy Earls (set designer), and Luc Mayrand (illustrator). Room 213

5:45pm – 6:45pm – Toonstock II: Warner Archive Collection’s Music Meister Sing-Along – Once more, with feeling! You’re invited to the second annual toe-tapping, floor-stomping celebration of great cartoon music, this year featuring the first-ever WonderCon Anaheim exclusive sing-along with the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode “Mayhem of the Music Meister.” Join composers Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion, and Lolita Ritmanis, BTBATB producer James Tucker, Michael Jelenic, Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti, and a few surprise guests for an entertaining, interactive look/listen at some of the great cartoon music of the past 50+ years. Room 300DE

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Ball-Jointed Doll Collectors – 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! Room 211

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Be Impactful: Your Influence in Video Game Communities and Game Development – Guess what? Your voice and your opinion matter in the gaming industry more than you might know! Video game development blossoms from many points of inspiration that affect not only entertainment choices but also how people approach their daily lives. Join Genese Davis (The Holder’s Dominion, MMORPG.com) and esteemed creators from developers such as Naughty Dog, Obsidian Entertainment, Blue Marble Game Company, and Oculus for this exciting topic about how you and the video game community affect each other and game development at large. Room 209

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Figure Drawing for Popular Media — Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (John Buscema: A Life in Sketches; Draw the Line) presents a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design. The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. 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. Room 210

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Image Comics: Where Creators Own Crime – Breathing cities, femmes fatale, daring crimes, and a good person trapped in a bad scene. Join the masters of noir, Ed Brubaker (Criminal), David Lapham (Stray Bullets), James Robinson (The Saviors, Heaven), and Darwyn Cooke (Revengeance), as they discuss their approach to the best stories about the worst of us. Room 207

6:00pm – 7:00pm – Orphan Black: BBC America – The cast and co-creator reveal exclusive season three footage of BBC America’s award-winning original series Orphan Black. Ahead of the April 18 season premiere on BBC AMERICA, co-creator and writer Graeme Manson joins stars Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Dylan Bruce (Paul), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mr. S), Evelyne Brochu (Delphine), and Kristian Bruun (Donnie) for a sneak peek and Q&A session moderated by Entertainment Tonight’s Leanne Aguilera. You can catch up on the first two seasons of Orphan Black via On Demand, all digital platforms, and streaming on Amazon Prime. Room 300AB

6:30pm – 7:30pm – A Mad World: Exploring Insanity in Fiction – From “psychopathic” villains to asylums for the “criminally insane,” mental health issues permeate television, film, and comics. But just how realistic are these depictions? What impact do these presentations have on audiences? Psychologist Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions) and writers Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost; The Middleman), Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl, Black Canary), Jody Houser (IDW’s Orphan Black; Avengers: No More Bullying), Mairghread Scott (Windblade, Swords of Sorrow), and Zack Stentz (ACME, X-Men: First Class) discuss the importance of accuracy, inclusion, and the promotion of more psychologically dynamic characters in fiction. Moderated by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory). Room 208

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Science in Science Fiction – Kyle Kurpinski and Terry Johnson (How to Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution) discuss the discoveries and innovations that inspire science fiction and the ways that science and engineering are depicted in popular television shows, comics, movies, and more. After a brief presentation, these UC Berkeley bioengineers will be available to answer questions about your favorite science fiction or real-world breakthroughs. Room 213

7:00pm – 8:00pm – Fairy Dust: LGBTQ Disney Fandom – Disney is popular around the world, and Disney characters, films, comics, media, and theme parks are especially popular among the LGBTQ community. Young or old, LGBTQ folk identify with the stories, characters, fantasy and 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), Tommy Kovac (Skelebunnies, Wonderland), Momma (Anaheim Gay Days, expert on Disney Parks and Disneyana), Jimmy Sherfy (Disney cosplayer and animation enthusiast), Sarah Sterling (Disney fandom YouTuber, feminism and queer studies specialist), Joseph Titizian (Disney historian and featured blog writer), and Barry V (Disney cosplayer and animation enthusiast). Moderated by Ted Abenheim (Prism Comics board member). Room 211

7:00pm – 8:00pm – StreetPassing 101 – A discussion for Nintendo fans with StreetPass OC about becoming a part of or creating a thriving StreetPass community group. StreetPass OC will answer your questions about StreetPassing, Nintendo, and gaming in a Q&A session and may even test your knowledge with some Nintendo trivia! Room 210

7:00pm – 8:00pm – Your Opinion Sucks!: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans – Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics, including Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) and others, when they join editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes along with their editorial team. As Matt and Grae invite audience members to share movies they love, hate, or love to hate, everyone in the room uses their “Personal Tomatometer Paddle” to dis/agree with the score. Remember: fortune favors the bold. Room 207

7:00pm – 8:00pm – Crackle’s Dead Rising: Watchtower – Game on! The widely popular Capcom videogame franchise Dead Rising rises to life. Actors Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives, Dallas), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Dennis Haysbert (Men Woman & Children), Rob Riggle (Let’s Be Cops, 21 Jump Street), filmmakers Zach Lipovsky (On the Lot) and Tomas Harlan (Mortal Kombat), and Tim Carter (writer/producer) discuss the recent release of Dead Rising: Watchtower. Dead Rising: Watchtower is always streaming on Crackle. Room 300AB

7:00pm – 8:30pm – Celebrate Liberty! The CBLDF Live Art Jam – It’s good to be free! Join top creators in celebrating free expression with live art created before your eyes! The CBLDF and these great creators talk censorship and make once-in-a-lifetime art! Get a chance to watch live art made before your eyes, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made here to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Room 209

7:30pm – 8:20pm – The Nerdist Comics Panel – Your favorite comic creators talk shop with Ben Blacker and Heath Corson in a special edition of their Nerdist Comics Panel podcast. There are no taboos as the guys discuss art, film, writing and more with the talent behind today’s biggest titles. Room 208

7:30pm – 8:30pm – No Tow Trucks Beyond Mars – David Rosing (JPL system and opto-mechanical engineer), Shonte J. Tucker (JPL thermal engineer), and Tracy D. Drain (Juno system engineer at JPL) discuss how they boldly go where there’s no one around to fix it. Hear stories from the trenches of the heartbreaks, close calls, and adventures of real-life solar system exploration. A question & answer session will follow. Room 213

8:00pm – 9:30pm – Comics on Comics Live – The Sideshow Network presents Comics on Comics, the talk show that pits comedians against comic book creators in nerd debates! Join hosts Juan-Manuel Rocha and Vito Lapiccola as they welcome creator Satine Phoenix (co-creator of the New Praetorians graphic novel and CEO of Burning Quill), BlackNerd (Black Nerd Comedy) and other special guests. They’ll debate the latest developments in comics, movies, video games, and pop culture, making you laugh along the way! Room 207

8:20pm – 9:10pm – The Nerdist Writers Panel – Hosts Ben Blacker and Heath Corson take you inside the processes of your favorite TV creators in a special live version of The Nerdist Writers Panel. Networks, writing blocks, critics and fandom, a TV writer fears not these things. Room 208

8:30pm – 11:00pm – WonderCon Anaheim Masquerade – Join the 11th annual WonderCon Anaheim Masquerade, celebrating the art of costuming. Arena

9:10pm – 10:00pm – Thrilling Adventure Hour Panel – Join Ben Blacker, Ben Acker and members of the Workjuice Players as they take you inside the world of The Thrilling Adventure Hour, the home of the likes of “Sparks Nevada: Marshall on Mars” and “Frank & Sadie Doyle”. Room 208


Source: WonderCon


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Tyler Schirado is the founder and editor-in-chief of Turn The Right Corner. Legend has it, he’s said to have rode on the back of a T-Rex and has the natural survival instincts to live through the zombie apocalypse. His spirit animal is a corgi.


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