WonderCon 2014: Saturday Schedule

WonderCon-2013-Anaheim Friday Schedule

Saturday’s schedule for WonderCon 2014 is filled to the brim with amazing panels that will tide you over until San Diego Comic-Con this summer. Big studio panels from Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox are bringing some of this year’s most anticipated films, such as X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Maze Runner. If fans want to avoid the big panels, there are advanced screenings of Orphan Black, Once Upon a Time, The Blacklist. But I know what you’re really looking forward to is a sneak peak at The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Check out the full program schedule after the break.

10:30am – Comics Arts Conference Session #4: Spotlight on Gail Simone From her early work on the “Women In Refrigerators” website to her present work for DC, WonderCon Anaheim special guest Gail Simone (Batgirl) has been and continues to be one of the most influential comics writers in the industry. She has also been one of the most influential commentators on gender and sexuality in the medium. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) moderates a discussion of Simone’s past, present, and future career, writing characters from Wonder Woman to Red Sonja to Wolverine. Room 210BCD

10:30am – Creative Roles in Entertainment Creative roles in the entertainment world cross the businesses of animated television, feature animation, visual effects, games and the web industries. Join industry leaders Matt Roberts (artistic recruiter, Walt Disney Animation Studios), Brooke Keesling (manager, animation talent development, Cartoon Network), Scott Campbell (artistic recruiter, Blizzard Games), Andy Cochrane (interactive and new media director, DFX supervisor, Mirada Studios), and Jeff Gill (creative director, JibJab Media, Inc.), as they share an insider’s look at the different roles within each of these business and discuss similarities and differences of the formats. Room 300DE

10:30am – Spotlight on Cliff Chiang From breaking into comics to rebooting iconic heroes, WonderCon Anaheim special guest Cliff Chiang (artist on Wonder Woman, Green Arrow & Black Canary, Doctor 13) discusses his art, career, and creative choices in a candid one-on-one interview with DC Entertainment’s John Cunningham. Room 213

10:30am – That ’70s Panel What was it about comics in the seventies that made them so different from the ones that had gone before and the ones since? Witness a lively discussion on the topic among four folks who brought you comics then: Marty Pasko (Superman), Len Wein (Swamp Thing), Marv Wolfman (Tomb of Dracula), and your moderator, Mark Evanier (Scooby Doo). Room 203

10:30am – The Battle For Multicultural Heroes The pop culture explosion through gaming, comics, TV, and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many obstacles still exist. In this humorous but poignant discussion, diverse geek experts discuss breaking ethnic stereotypes, current casting controversies, and what changes need to happen for us to boldly go into the future. Panelists include Tony Kim (founder of Crazy4ComicCon.com), comedian Andre Meadows, Emily Ong (founder of TheStylishGeek.com), and clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi. Room 208

11:00am – Comics in Action Ever wondered what it takes to create that in-your-face action that’s in your favorite comics? Here is your chance to hear from Tommy Lee Edwards (Wolverine), Paul Gulacy (Master of Kung Fu), Steve Lieber (Whiteout), Mike Mayhew (The Star Wars), Yanick Paquette (Swamp Thing), and moderator Mark Waid (Daredevil) on how they create the comics action we crave! Room 207

11:00am – Falling Skies Season 4 TNT’s epic drama Falling Skies-from Amblin Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg-tells the extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Stars and producers from the series provide details on the upcoming Season 4 premiere. In addition, fans will get to enjoy exclusive, never-before-seen footage from the upcoming season. Since premiering as basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011, Falling Skies has ranked as one of the Top 20 original series on basic cable with total viewers and key adult demos. Room 300AB

11:00am – Lion Forge Comics Senior editors Shannon Eric Denton (Lion Forge) and Adam Staffaroni (Roar Comics) are joined by the next generation of creators to discuss their projects and the new all-ages imprint Roar Comics. Projects include Saved By The Bell, Punky Brewster, Airwolf, Knight Rider, Miami Vice, and original creations Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier, Catalyst Prime, Trimaxx, and Bulletproof Knights. Moderated by Dennis Haskins, aka Mr. Belding from Saved By The Bell! As the immortal Jessie Spano would say, “I’m so excited!” Room 210A

11:00am – Warner Bros. Presentation [UPDATED] This panel will feature these exciting films: Edge of Tomorrow with Bill Paxton, Into the Storm with Steven Quale, Richard Armitage, Arlen Escarpeta, Jeremy Sumpter andMax Deacon, and Godzilla with Gareth Edwards. Arena

11:30am – Layers Upon Layers WonderCon Anaheim special guest Peter Straub (Mrs. God), Django Wexler (The Forbidden Library), Christopher Long (Hero Worship), Marlene Perez (Dark Descent), Cameron Baity and Benny Zelkowicz (The Foundry’s Edge), and moderator LeAnna Herrera of Mysterious Galaxy discuss the art and science of creating. Authors will discuss building a story and a world readers connect to, and the use of unreliable narrators, metafiction, and other tools of the trade. Room 213

11:30am – Popular TV Superheroes Look Better in Blu Warner Archive Collection continues to thrill fans with Blu-ray presentations of some of the popular recent DC-based animated TV series. Revisit Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Beware the Batman with producers, directors, writers, and voice talent, and discuss WAC’s potential future offerings. WAC podcast hosts D. W. Ferranti and Matthew Patterson lead a panel that features GL:TAS producers Giancarlo Volpe and Jim Krieg, actor Josh Keaton, BTBATB producer James Tucker, and other surprise guests. Room 300DE

11:30am The Hand That Draws: Art Directors Guild Illustrators Who Work in Two Worlds Trevor Goring (storyboard artist, Thor: The Dark World), Gabriel Hardman (storyboard artist, Inception), Benton Jew (storyboard artist, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Aaron Sowd (storyboard artist, After Earth) discuss the challenges and joys of working on comic books and graphic novels as well as movies, TV, and commercials in this session moderated by Tim Burgard (storyboard artist, Jurassic World). Room 208

11:30am – Valiant Comics: Inside Valiant First The Valiant First initiative begins right here at WonderCon Anaheim! With Armor Hunters, the Earth-shaking comic book event of 2014 just weeks away, check in with an all-star panel of Valiant creators and staff to find out what the future holds for X-O Manowar and Unity! Plus: Rai! Quantum and Woody! Bloodshot! Harbinger! And much more! Room 203

12:00pm – Comic Creators: Playing Well with Others What is it like to work on a comic with a partner? How does that differ from being the sole person responsible? Join moderator James Robinson (Starman) as he discusses whether or not creating comics is a team sport with creators Katie Cook (My Little Pony), Jim Pascoe (Undertown), Sara Ryan ( Bad Houses), and Cully Hamner (RED). Room 207

12:00pm – Comics Arts Conference Session #5: Comics and Women Do women in spy thrillers have to be Miss Moneypenny? Do superheroines have to be sexualized? And do femme fatales have to have hearts of gold? Michele Brittany (Spyfi & Superspies) discusses how Ed Brubaker’s Velvet breaks the stereotypical spy story by leading with a strong female protagonist. Deanna Rodriguez (Texas State University) examines the letter pages of Captain Marvel to show that changing Carol Danvers’ costume removes the power of the male gaze and empowers female readers. And Christine Ferguson explains why Catwoman’s history as a sex worker doesn’t mean, and shouldn’t mean, she has to lose her edge. Room 210BCD

12:00pm – Kotobukiya Spring Preview 2014 Get an exclusive look into the newest Kotobukiya products coming out soon and in development. Have a question or comment? The Q&A session is the perfect place to be heard! Want to win some free stuff? The now famous Lucky Draw will give you a chance to walk away with some awesome Kotobukiya collectible prizes! Room 210A

12:00pm – The 100 Special Video Presentation and Q&A The cast and producers of 100 present a lively discussion of the series and what you can expect from the rest of the action-packed first season. Set a hundred years after our world was decimated by a nuclear Armageddon, the series follows the surviving population on the Ark space station as they take the first step toward recolonize the Earth-sending 100 juvenile delinquents to the planet’s surface to see if Earth is once again habitable. With the survival of the human race in their hands, these teenagers must learn to live with each other while facing countless other dangers on this wildly changed planet-that isn’t quite as desolate as they were led to believe. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The 100 airs Wednesdays at 9:00/8:00c on The CW. Room 300AB

12:30pm – Cartoon Voices It’s one of the most popular panels at any convention! Five masters of speaking for animated superstars demonstrate their talents. The dais will consist of Greg Berg (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Gregg Berger (The Transformers), Candi Milo (Dexter’s Laboratory), WallyWingert (The Avengers), Debi Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron), and Fred Tatasciore (The Hulk). And it’s all moderated by animation voice director Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show). Room 300DE

12:30pm – CBLDF: Tales From The Code-True Tales of Censorship For more than 50 years, American comic books were subject to the censorship of the Comics Code, a system born from a time when comics were burned in the streets and blamed for all of society’s ills. Though the Code is gone, its influence remains. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund gathers top storytellers who worked under the Code’s strictures to tell the tales of how its censorship touched their creative visions. Join Marv Wolfman and others for this panel moderated by Charles Brownstein. Room 203

12:30pm – Spotlight on Robert Venditti New York Times bestselling writer of X-O Manowar, Green Lantern, The Flash, and more, WonderCon Anaheim special guest Robert Venditti answers questions about breaking into comics, the craft of writing, and what’s in store this summer for some of your favorite characters. Room 208

12:30pm – Top Cow’s Turning 22! Celebrate 22 years of Top Cow with Matt Hawkins (president and COO). Be the first to hear exclusive information about the future of Cyber Force, Aphrodite IX, Witchblade, and the rest of the Top Cow Universe-both in the printed comics and other media! Get the inside scoop on the books that will make up the next wave of Top Cow’s Minotaur Press imprint to follow in the wake of the smash hit Think Tank. With Larime Taylor (creator, A Voice in the Dark). Room 213

12:45pm 20th Century Fox Presentation [UPDATED] WonderCon Anaheim and 20th Century Fox proudly present sneak peaks at upcoming 2014 features. Arena

X-Men: Days of Future Past – The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, “X-Men: First Class,” in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace – and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

The Maze Runner – When Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner.

1:00pm – Overwatch Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) shares his first novel, Overwatch, which blends the espionage and legal thriller genres while delving into the inner workings of the CIA. Join Marc for this Q&A session moderated by Sandra Gonzalez (Entertainment Weekly), as they discuss what inspired Marc to write his first novel and his work in television, film, and comic books. Room 207

1:00pm – Psychology of Cult TV Shows Join a panel of therapists and scientists (mad or otherwise), Dr. Janina Scarlet (The Superhero Manual), Josué Cardona (Geek Therapy), Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), and Elizabeth Ann (NerdLush), as well as some surprise guests in discussing the psychology behind TV shows such as Doctor Who, Sherlock, Firefly, Arrow, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and others. Find out how TV shows might help us cope with painful experiences and geek out in discussing such fundamental questions as: With all the regenerations, what is the Doctor’s true identity? What makes Sherlock a better detective than London’s finest? What does psychology tell us about the demons that live inside us? With these questions and more, this panel is a must for loyal fans of these shows.  Room 210A 

1:00pm – Once Upon a Time Calling all Once Upon a Time fans! Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost) and Adam Horowitz (Lost) invite you to an exclusive screening of an upcoming all-new episode of Once Upon a Time. Following the exclusive sneak peek, the executive producers will be joined by Josh Dallas (Thor) an Rebecca Mader (Lost) as well as other surprise guests for a must-see panel where secrets will be revealed. All attendees will receive a limited-edition WonderCon Anaheim giveaway. Room 300AB

1:30pm – Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Comics and Transnationality Brittany Tullis (St. Ambrose University) discusses how Jaime Hernandez’s characters model “alternative femininities,” a range of identities that shatters the boundaries of contemporary constructions of Latina femininity and patriarchal power. Grace D. Gipson (University of California, Berkeley) examines the evolution of the X-Men’s Storm from African Goddess to Punk Rock Queen, and how that evolution reflects the dilemma of becoming a modern, global woman. Arturo Meijide Lapido (St. Ambrose University) explores how the Atlantic Ocean functions in Miguelanxo Prado’s work as a geopolitical space to display Galician transnational identity as an intersection between Spain and America. Room 210BCD

1:30pm – Hanna-Barbera History Learn the history of the world’s most prolific cartoon studio and meet some of the men who brought you shows like The Flintstones, Yogi Bear, Scooby Doo, and even the Wacky Races! Your host Mark Evanier (who worked there in the eighties) interrogates men who were there in the sixties and before: Tony Benedict, Jerry Eisenberg, Wally Burr, and maybe a few others. Room 300DE

1:30pm – Holy Bleep, Batman! or Censorship and Animation What can’t you say in a cartoon? What can’t you show? Why? Who says? Writers, producers, and studio executives from daytime and primetime animated television series-including Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars), Patric Verrone (Futurama), Ted Biaselli (VP, programming & development, The Hub), John Derevlany (LEGO Legends of Chima, Gerald McBoing Boing), and Roland Poindexter (vice president, TV development, 20th Century Fox Animation)-tell tales out of school about Broadcast Standards & Practices, sponsor demands, what they didn’t get to do, and what they got away with. Room 203

1:30pm – IDW Publishing: The Greatest Panel in the Known Universe Company president Greg Goldstein, chief creative officer and editor-in-chief Chris Ryall are joined by senior editor Scott Dunbier and VP of marketing Dirk Wood, along with guests, including IDW creators, past, present and future! Announcements, prizes, Q&A, semi-professional wrestling, and more! Room 213

1:30pm – Spotlight on Tony Daniel WonderCon Anaheim special guest and DC Comics’ own Tony Daniel (Batman, Superman/Wonder Woman) is on hand for an hour of discussion and drawing. Be part of the creative process as Tony draws your ideas and gives them away as prizes! There will be an “Ask Anything” segment as well as a visual presentation depicting the creative process of a typical Superman/Wonder Woman page. Room 208

2:00pm – Behind the Scenes of Star Wars Rebels Members of the cast and crew of Star Wars Rebels present an exclusive look at the highly anticipated television series. Star Wars Rebels is set between Episodes III and IV, and it is a dark time in the galaxy. In the spirit of the original trilogy, the Empire is once again the preeminent villain of the saga, and Star Wars Rebels puts the might of Imperial forces in the spotlight. Produced by Lucasfilm Animation and featuring many of the key talents from the Emmy Award-winning Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere this fall as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel; it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world. Room 300AB

2:00pm – I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw, But I Love Comics! Just because you missed out on the writing and drawing genes doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for you in the comics, animation, and gaming industries. Panelists include Blur Studio’s motion capture supervisor Derron Ross (Batman: Arkham City), sound designer Erik Aadahl (Godzilla), PCB Productions CEO and gaming director Keith Arem (Call of Duty), and Man At Arms star/weapons maker Tony Swatton (Pirates of the Caribbean) who will discuss their gigs and ways into the biz you many not have even considered. Moderated by Fast Company’s Susan Karlin. Room 210A 

2:00pm – The Best Sci-Fi Movies (& TV) Never Made Take a look at some of the greatest genre projects that never made it to the silver and small screens, ranging from Star Trek: Phase II (the original ’70s Star Trek reboot that was never made (to David Lynch’s Ronnie Rocket to Halo to Bryan Singer’s Battlestar Galactica to an incredible look at Alejandro Jdorowsky’s mind-blowing adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. Panelists include filmmakers Steve Scarlata (Jodorowksy’s Dune), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Robert Meyer Burnett (The Hills Run Red, ST: TNG Blu-rays), David E. Williams (editor, GEEK magazine), Daren Dochterman (ST: TMP Director’s Cut),Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave & the Bold), Chris Gossett (The Red Star, Star Trek: Axanar), and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Free Enterprise). Room 207

2:30pm – Game On! Music and Sound in Video Games Composers, sound designers, and music executives break down the business of integrating music and sound into your favorite video game franchises. Composers David Buckley (Call of Duty: Ghosts), Inon Zur (Fantasia: Music Evolved), and Woody Jackson (Grand Theft Auto V), sound designer Charles Deenen (Need for Speed series), and head of business affairs music, Disney Interactive, Gwen Riley will discuss the multilayered approach to adding music and sound to video games with a Q&A afterward. The panel will be moderated by motion-capture and voice-over actor Thomas Mikusz (Red Dead Redemption), and director of film and TV relations at BMI Anne Cecere. Special introduction by video game composer and Creator of Video Games Live Tommy Tallarico. Room 213

2:30pm – 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, 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 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), 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 comic project. Room 203

2:30pm – Legends TNT’s new suspense-filled drama Legends-from Homeland producers Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary and Fringe co-executive producer David Wilcox-stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings) as Martin Odum, an undercover agent working for the FBI’s Deep Cover Operations (DCO) division. Martin has the uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job. But he begins to question his own identity when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t the man he believes himself to be. This panel will provide fans with a sneak peek at this new series and an opportunity to hear from the stars and producers about the exciting first season. Room 300DE

2:30pm – Official Aspen Comics Panel Frank Mastromauro (co-owner, president), Peter Steigerwald (co-owner, colorist),Vince Hernandez (editor-in-chief, writer), Mark Roslan (director of design and production, writer), David Wohl (Legend of the Shadow Clan), JT Krul (Jirni), Lori Hanson (artist), and other panelists will discuss and reveal upcoming projects and products from Aspen Comics and hold a special Q&A with fans. All attendees will receive a giveaway courtesy of Aspen.  Room 208

3:00pm – Cartoon Design for Creative Kids Hey, kids! It’s time to get happy, have fun, and be funny! Kristian Andrew Sather (Cartoon Design Revealed, kristianandrewsather.blogspot.com) returns with his popular cartooning workshop. Kristian will demonstrate the techniques used in drawing fun cartoon characters. You will learn how to draw your own funny cartoon characters using basic geometric shapes and more. Room 210BCD

3:00pm – DC Comics: The New 52 New and veteran fans alike are welcome to be a part of history as the DC team and topnotch talent discuss the books that are shaping this new era of DC Comics. Don’t miss this exclusive look inside the hottest comic line in decades! Room 300AB

3:00pm – Lucy Writer/director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita) will present exclusive scenes from Lucy, his upcoming action-thriller starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman that unveils what humans could actually do with 100 percent of our brain capacity unlocked. In Lucy, after a woman is accidentally caught in a dark deal, she turns the tables on her captors and begins to attain unimaginable knowledge and power. Arena

3:00pm – Spotlight on Kelly Sue DeConnick WonderCon Anaheim special guest Kelly Sue DeConnick has quickly become one of the most popular writers in comics. Her work on Marvel’s Avengers Assemble and Captain Marvel, plus her creator-owned Pretty Deadly (with artist Emma Rios) from Image Comics, has taken the comics world by storm. Kelly Sue talks to Ben Acker (Thrilling Adventure Hour) about her work, including the upcoming Bitch Planet, in this special spotlight panel. Room 207

3:00pm – Where Do Ideas Come From? For artists and writers who get stuck-veteran writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (MLPFIM: Fluttershy, Meridian, Hawk & Dove) brings proven tips, tricks, and strategies for vanquishing those blocked brain cells and deadline demons! Part information, part motivation, all entertaining! Room 210A

3:30pm – ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing Since its launch at SXSW in 2013, comiXology Submit has released over 800 independent comic book series from celebrated indie and up-and-coming creators alike. Chip Mosher (comiXology VP marketing & communications) is joined by Joshua Hale Fialkov writer/co-creator of the comiXology Submit smash-hit series The Bunker-now an ongoing from Oni Press) as they discuss how to be a part of the new self-publishing revolution in digital comics! Room 203

3:30pm – Nerdist News Live Jessica Chobot (Mass Effect 3) and the Nerdist News team will catch you up on the latest in movie, TV, comic book, gaming, and tech news. The Nerdist team will break down the day’s news, interview guests, and then turn some of the questions (and jokes!) over to you. Room 213

3:30pm – The Last Ship Screening and Q&A This summer, TNT is going to take viewers on an action-packed ride with the exciting new drama series The Last Ship, starring Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy) and executive-produced by blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay (Transformers). The Last Ship opens with a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoids falling victim to the devastating tragedy. Join stars and producers for a screening of the pilot, followed by a Q&A. Room 300DE

3:30pm – We Are BOOM! Last year was a banner year for BOOM! highlighted by the release of the company’s first feature film, 2 Guns (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg), and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined BOOM! as a new imprint, the all-ages KaBOOM! line-up expanded, and the newest imprint BOOM! Box launched. BOOM! Studios founder and CEO Ross Richie, VP of publishing and marketing Filip Sablik, and editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon share their mission to create the future of comics…now. Room 208

3:45pm – Sony Pictures: Deliver Us from Evil This supernatural thriller, inspired by the bone-chilling real-life cases of New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), follows a detective who begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes and joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramírez) schooled in the rituals of exorcism to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Join director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramírez, Olivia Munn, and Joel McHale for questions and an exclusive first look at the film. Arena

4:00pm – Batman 75th Anniversary Throughout his 75-year history, the Dark Knight has become one of the most popular and widely recognized superheroes in the world. From comics to TV to movies to video games, the World’s Greatest Detective has permeated all entertainment mediums and beyond. Get a look at Batman’s rich history and what the future holds for this pop culture icon! Room 300AB

4:00pm – Making Comics with the World MakingComics.com CEO Patrick Yurick (High Tech High MOOCs and Head Comics) leads a discussion about the status of the worldwide comic-making revolution happening on- and off-line. Panelists include Making Comics founder Jason Brubaker (reMIND, Sithrah, and Unnatural Talent) and MakingComics.com staff Adam Greenfield (head of audio and podcasting), Kevin Cullen (head of content scheduling), and Devin Larson (editor-in-chief), along with comic industry educators Rachel Beck and Shelley Couvillion (storyforgerproductions.com). Room 210A

4:00pm – Spotlight on Peter Straub Raymond Chandler to True Detective? Bestselling and prize-winning author Peter Straub (Ghost Story, Koko) and Michael Easton, his collaborator on the graphic novel The Green Woman, author of graphic novels Soul Stealer and Credence, and actor, discuss the evolution of Straub’s long career, what inspires him, his history with Stephen King, the nature of genre fiction, and what it was like to work together. Room 207

4:00pm – Writing 101 with Marv Wolfman This open discussion with comics writer Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans, Tomb of Dracula) covers what to think about before starting to write. He’ll talk about plotting, characters, themes, and more. What is your story about and how do you best tell it. Room 210BCD

4:30pm – Making a Comic: Step-By-Step Tom Pinchuk (Max Steel), illustrator Yehudi Mercado (Pantalones, TX) and letterer Shawn DePasquale (Letter 44) present an ultra-focused breakdown of the collaborative process. See exactly how a single page evolves from script to pencils, inks, colors and letters. Hear precise insights on the decisions made at every step. Learn how to work as a team! Discover how to turn your ideas into sequential art! Room 208

4:30pm – Reinventing the Superhero Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Steven T. Seagle (Genius), and Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero) discuss today’s superheroes. From a market dominated by Batman, Superman, and the X-Men, the worlds of superheroes have grown broader-and much more diverse-in the past several years. How have things changed? And what is the future of the superhero comic? Moderated by Dan Kusonoki (Skylight Bookstore). Room 203

4:30pm – SFF for Kids: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility Frank Beddor (New York Times bestselling author of The Looking Glass Wars), Drew Daywalt (The Day the Crayons Quit), Nancy Holder (New York Times bestselling author of On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel), Shannon Messenger ( Keeper of the Lost Cities), and Dan Yaccarino (Emmy-winning author/illustrator of Doug Unplugged) make up this panel of science fiction and fantasy authors who will discuss writing speculative fiction for kids, from picture book through young adult. Moderated by Henry Herz (Nimpentoad). Room 213

4:30pm – TV Guide Magazine’s Fan Favorites Showrunners Moderated by TV Guide Los Angeles bureau chief Michael Schneider, the session brings together TV’s top producers for a look behind the scenes of your favorite shows. The panel will also include a preview of the documentary Showrunners (directed by Des Doyle), which spotlights the creative forces responsible for overseeing every element of production on television’s most popular dramas and comedies. Panelists (subject to change) include Chris Carter (The X-Files), David Eick (Falling Skies), Marc Guggenheim (Arrow), Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow), and Steven Molaro (The Big Bang Theory), as well as producers featured in the documentary Jane Espenson (Once Upon a Time) and Hart Hanson (Bones). Room 300DE

5:00pm – Cartoon Network: Adventure Time What time is it? It’s panel time! Cartoon Network is bringing back the coolest show on TV and the team behind it. Grab your friends and check out this righteously entertaining panel. Get the goods, be in the know, and laugh your chops off during this interactive and engaging hour of awesome adventure-it would not be cool to miss this. Not cool at all. Room 300AB

5:00pm – Coloring Q&A with Alex Sinclair and Friends This is your chance to get any and all of your coloring questions answered by a panel of some of the best colorists in the industry. Joining Alex Sinclair (Superman Unchained) will be Jeromy Cox (Vampyrates), Nei Ruffino (The Secret Life of Crows), David Baron ( Archer & Armstrong), Randy Mayor (Justice League Beyond), and Edgar Delgado. They will demo some of their techniques as well. Learn everything you ever wanted to about this panel of artists whose work goes beyond coloring. Room 210BCD

5:00pm – Comic Creator Connection #2 WonderCon Anaheim will once again host the Comic Creator Connection, an event that puts writers and artists together to see whether they can find their creative counterparts. Here’s how it works: in two 2-hour sessions – on Friday, April 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and Saturday, April 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM – writers and artists can sit down and meet each other in a neutral environment. (Please note: This isn’t an ordinary WonderCon Anahiem program. Preliminary sign-ups for the CCC took place online before WonderCon Anaheim. Since we are registering creators in advance they will get priority seating. Any seats that are still open once the event starts will be given on a first come first serve basis. To check and see if space is still available, visit Room 206B on the second level between 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.) Complete details are available on the Comic Creator Connection page on our website. Room 206B

5:00pm – DC Comics-Green Lantern: A Universe at War! The cosmic uprising has begun and it is the Green Lantern Corps vs. the entire universe! The creators behind the Corps shed light on the events that have sent shock waves across the different Lantern Corps and beyond! Room 207

5:00pm – Godzilla at 60: The Making of a Movie Masterpiece Part World War II allegory, part social drama, part cautionary message and part monster movie, Godzilla continues to captivate audiences with its moody magnificence. Author Peter H. Brothers (Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda) discusses the unusual origins, troubled production, and everlasting impact of this classic of international cinema. Room 210A

5:30pm – Ask An Agent! Literary agents Michael Bourret (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management), Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency), and Kate Schafer Testerman (kt literary) 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

5:30pm – Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender Dark Horse’s growing line of books following up on the original Nickelodeon hit animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender have been grown to bestseller status! Working directly with the show’s creators, Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints) penned the first three-book series, The Promise, to universal acclaim, only to follow with The Search. Now, Yang tackles the events directly following Avatar: The Last Airbender book 3 in The Rift. Join Gene for an exclusive look at what’s to come in what is sure to be one of the year’s most talked-about series! Room 213

5:30pm – Mark Waid’s Thrillbent Comics Digital comics pioneer and Eisner Award-winning writer Mark Waid (Daredevil) and his partner John Rogers (Leverage) unleash several major announcements about their comics site, Thrillbent, including the involvement of some major fan-favorite artists and writers. Join Mark, John, and their surprise guests for a bombastic presentation! Room 203

5:30pm – TheOneRing.net’s Unofficial Sneak Peek at The Hobbit: There and Back Again Staffers from TheOneRing.net, experts in Tolkien and fandom for almost 15 years, gather clues, speculation, and inside information about what the final cinematic experience in Middle-earth will be like. They will answer questions and engage fellow fans about anything under the Tolkien sun and, maybe, some special guests. Room 300DE

6:00pm – Bob’s Burgers The always entertaining Belchers head to WonderCon Anaheim for a hilarious and unforgettable panel. Creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard and the hysterical cast, including Kristen Schaal, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, and Larry Murphy, will be on hand to show never-before-seen footage followed by a fan Q&A session. Room 300AB

6:00pm – IDW Publishing: The One & Only Original Artist’s Edition Panel Artist’s Edition editor Scott Dunbier gives attendees a guided tour of what will be happening in the coming year-including some really incredible announcements, and at least one that will have people saying, “Didn’t see that one coming!” Plus special giveaways, trivia contests, and more! Original art fans, this is the one panel you must attend! Room 210A

6:00pm – Kelly Sue DeConnick on Writing Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick talks about her process in writing a comics script in this hour-long informative seminar. She’ll go over the basics of a comic script and discuss resources for study, demonstrate writing a comic page, teach exercises for developing comic writing skills and critical thought, and take questions, if there’s time. Get tips from a top comics writer on how to hone your skills! Room 210BCD

6:00pm – XYZ-Punk As Steampunk becomes more and more popular, many of its devotees have begun to explore new genres to focus their creative energies and explore new time periods and mash-ups. Panelists will talk a bit about the origins of Steampunk, delve into the popular Dieselpunk and Cyberpunk movements, and then start exploring some new niche areas like Nerfpunk, Rococopunk, and any other fun styles they’ve recently dreamed up or discovered. Join moderator Glenn Freund (The League of S.T.E.A.M.) and XYZ-Punks Johnny Bias (Black Hand Mercantile), Greg DeStefano (photographer), Andrew Fogel (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), and Dina Kampmeyer (Lady Steam Designs) for this discussion and Q&A. Room 207

6:30pm – Inside The Writer’s Room: Earth’s Mightiest Writers Re-Assemble Take an unprecedented insider look at your favorite TV series from the scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows as they share their candid thoughts on how to write and rewrite the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writer’s room-and why network executives actually care about what you say on message boards. Get the straight scoop from some of television’s most talented and outspoken writers and producers, moderated by Sony Pictures Television senior VP of drama, development and production, Chris Parnell. The panel includes Michael Narducci (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals), Steve Holland (The Big Bang Theory), Jesse Alexander (Hannibal, Lost, Heroes), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Helix, The Middleman, Lost), Ashley E. Miller (the new Terminator TV series, Fringe, Thor), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: Prime), Sarah Watson (About a Boy, Parenthood), Jose Molina (Sleepy Hollow, Firefly, Terra Nova), and Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Castle, Necessary Roughness). Room 300DE

6:30pm – 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 scientific breakthroughs that inspire science fiction and the ways that science is depicted in popular media, books, movies, and more. After a brief presentation, these UC Berkeley bioengineers will be available to answer questions about your favorite science and science fiction. Room 213

6:30pm – Spotlight on Francis Manapul Writer/artist and WonderCon Anaheim special guest Francis Manapul talks about wrapping up his DC New 52 run on the Flash and his jump into Gotham City with Batman in Detective Comics, which debuted in this month’s issue #30. Room 208

6:30pm – Your Opinion Sucks: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics — Alonso Duralde (The Wrap), Christy Lemire (ChristyLemire.com), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) and Alynda Wheat (People Magazine) — when they join editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editors Grae Drake and Tim Ryan of Rotten Tomatoes. As Matt and Grae name popular movies of 2012 and 2013, everyone in the room uses their “Personal Tomatometer Paddle” to dis/agree with the score and debate questions such as “Do reviews even matter anymore?” Remember: fortune favors the bold. Room 203

7:00pm – Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining Hip-Hop and comics reflect each other in many ways-rappers and graffiti artists use superheroic imagery and adopt alter-egos; comic creators use Hip-Hop’s rich visual vocabulary. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field magazine) brings together luminaries from across the artistic spectrum to discuss the ties between these two innovative cultures. Room 207

7:00pm – Toonstock with Warner Archive Collection There’s no better way to start WonderCon Anaheim’s Saturday night than with a spotlight on toe-tapping, music-themed animated TV series from the past 50 years, including Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan, Jabberjaw, and more. Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti-and a few surprises-offer a fun look/listen to great themes songs from 1960-1990s. Room 300AB

7:00pm – Wild Queer Women of the Web Often neglected in mainstream comics publishing, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women comics creators have found the freedom and opportunity to express themselves in the “anything goes” world of web comics. Online venues give artists a chance to experiment with different styles and personal stories with fewer commercial restraints. And women creators have used this new space to make their mark, bringing daring and revelatory LGBTQ stories to the public. Join Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Dirtheads, Prism Comics board member) and panelists Emy Bittner (Trying Human), Dusty Jack and JadePrince (Mahou Shounen Fight, Skuttlebutt Ink), Nina Kester (Tapastic), Mari Naomi (Kiss and Tell, Anything That Loves), Shayna Why (Overshare Party), and others to be announced as they explore women’s comics on the web. Room 210A

7:00pm – Words Create Worlds: Lessons from a Storyteller Have you ever said, “I want to write a book,” or what about a song? Is it possible to do both? Aspiring writers will want to take part in this hands-on opportunity to ask questions and learn about what it takes to write a book and be a published author! Join author, songwriter, touring music artist and community activist James Morris (Sky Bound) as he talks about his journey, experiences, and motivation and shares valuable tips and organizational skills to help get you writing and see you through the process. James will also be discussing his music and how novel writing and music writing influence and inspire each other. This workshop is perfect for all ages of writers and aspiring writers. Room 210BCD

7:30pm – All-New Marvel NOW! Want to start reading Marvel Comics? There’s no better time than Marvel NOW! And there’s no better place to learn about all the thrilling and creatively diverse All-New Marvel NOW series than this panel! Panelists include editor Sana Amanat and writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), James Robinson (Fantastic Four), and Mark Waid (Daredevil)! Room 300DE

7:30pm – Comics on Comics LIVE! The Sideshow Network presents Comics on Comics, the talk show that pits comedians against comic book creators in nerd debates. Hosts Juan-Manuel Rocha and Vito Lapiccola welcome superstar wrestler Rob Van Dam (WWE) writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Helix, The Middleman), and Geekdom’s funniest comedians as they rip through the latest developments in comics, movies, video games, and pop culture. Room 203

7:30pm – Flashback to the Slash Pack! Inside the Minds of Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, and Jason Voorhees This terrible trio has terrified audiences worldwide…but what makes each one tick? Is Michael simply a sociopathic stalker, Freddy merely a manipulative monster, and Jason just a killing machine? Or is there more to these slashers if we slice below the surface? The forensic psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought, H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D. and special guest Mark Swift (writer of Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th [2009]) analyze these villains’ murderous motivations. Can we make sense of a vengeful boogeyman’s sister obsession? Could fire turn a violent predator into a sadistic serial killer? Did “mommy issues” and bullying birth a brutish butcher? Who is the most dangerous killer, and which, if any, would be considered insane? Discover the answers to these and other questions, and take a stab at these iconic slashers! Room 208

7:30pm – The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Episode III Psychologists Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UnderTheMaskOnline.com) and Dr. Ali Mattu (BrainKnowsBetter.com) bring their popular, intergalactic sci-fi battle back to WonderCon Anaheim for round 3! These geeky psychologists step into the pop culture ring, this time with a focus on the character relationships from these two legendary franchises. Special panelists include actors Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Catherine Taber (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Join a side and cast your vote as they crown one as the winner! Impartially moderated by Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions). Room 213

8:00pm – NBC’s The Blacklist Advance Screening The Blacklist starring James Spader is fall’s #1 new series that has everyone talking. Why wait until Monday? See the next episode of NBC’s hit drama The Blacklist before it airs. Room 210BCD

8:00pm – Orphan Black Screening Join BBC AMERICA for an exclusive screening of the season two premiere of conspiracy thriller Orphan Black. The BBC AMERICA original drama series hits the ground running with Sarah (Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany, Parks and Recreation) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira (Skyler Wexler, Carrie) – a wild pursuit that brings her head-to-head with ruthless pro-clone, Rachel (Maslany). This season also rejoins Sarah’s clone sisters Alison (Maslany) and Cosima (Maslany) as they struggle to keep their clone world a secret and pick up the pieces of their broken lives – all while dealing with the harsh reality that no one around them can be trusted. Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi), Dylan Bruce (Arrow) and Maria Doyle Kennedy (Downton Abbey) also star in the series created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett. Orphan Black returns Saturday, April 19, 9:00pm on BBC AMERICA. Please note: Orphan Black is TV-MA. Room 300AB

8:30pm – WonderCon Anaheim’s 10th Annual Masquerade Arena

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Source: Comic-Con International

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