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ARCHIE COMICS JUNE 2017 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 23:34

MARVEL DIGEST


MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #1

Excelsior! Marvel Comics’ best-selling heroes are now in the ever-popular digest format! Each digest is a mixture of over 200 pages of the most memorable classic and modern stories, spanning every decade of Marvel history and readership. This first issue spotlights the Amazing Spider-Man, featuring art and stories from comic greats including Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, Len Wein, Ross Andru and more. This is a can’t-miss collector’s item that will not be reprinted!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Mike Wieringo and Karl Kesel
Ship Date: 5/24
On Sale Date: 6/7
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

DARK CIRCLE

THE BLACK HOOD SEASON 2, #5
The Nobody makes his move on his ultimate target, while the Black Hood’s mission of vengeance comes to a shocking conclusion!
Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Greg Scott, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
The Black Hood S2, #5 CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood
The Black Hood S2, #5 CVR B Var: Michael Walsh
Ship Date: 5/10
On Sale Date: 5/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 


THE BLACK HOOD VOLUME 1: THE BULLET’S KISS
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COLLECTING THE BESTSELLING DEBUT ARC FROM THE ACCLAIMED TEAM OF SWIERCZYNSKI AND GAYDOS! A man driven to the brink, blacklisted and left brutally changed must crawl through the wreckage of his life to defeat a gang of deadly criminals hell-bent on setting the streets of Philadelphia aflame. The Black Hood is a visceral, modern crime noir tale told by two masters of the genre. Featuring an introduction from legendary crime writer Lawrence Block (A Walk Among the Tombstones and many more)!
Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
Cover: Michael Gaydos
978-1-61988-962-0
$14.99/$16.99CAN
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144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 6/21

 

NEW RIVERDALE

ARCHIE #21
A phone call leaves everyone in Riverdale in a state of shock and despair!
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Archie #21 CVR A Reg: Pete Woods
Archie #21 CVR B Var: Matthew Dow Smith
Archie #21 CVR C Var: Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 6/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

JUGHEAD #16
“Music, Magic & Mayhem” Part Two: Every woman in Riverdale wants Jughead! No, that doesn’t make any sense! What sort of witchcraft could’ve bewitched the ladies of Riverdale? (Spoiler: our hints ain’t subtle). Jughead goes on the run from the world’s most affectionate mosh pit in this send-off to the All-New Jughead!
Script: Mark Waid and Ian Flynn
Art: Derek Charm, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
Jughead #16 CVR A Reg: Derek Charm
Jughead #16 CVR B Var: Stephen Byrne
Jughead #16 CVR C Var: Elliot Fernandez
Ship Date: 6/14
On Sale Date: 6/28
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

RIVERDALE #3
From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale, this brand new, ongoing comic series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Josie & the Pussycats and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade, as based on the hit new CW TV series Riverdale.
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Various
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Riverdale #3 CVR A Reg: Francesco Francavilla
Riverdale #3 CVR B Var: Marguerite Sauvage
Riverdale #3 CVR C Var: Wilfredo Torres
Ship Date: 5/24
On Sale Date: 6/7
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

 

ARCHIE CLASSIC


ARCHIE SUMMER ANNUAL #280

It’s SUMMER FUN MONTH! with the new lead story “Beachwatch”! They’re filming a new “Beachwatch” movie on the beach, and Archie is thrilled to have gotten a part in it! But will he become a star, or will something cause him to get burned?
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 6/14
On Sale Date: 6/28
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.


ARCHIE’S 75th ANNIVERSARY DIGEST #11

Celebrate Archie’s 75th anniversary in a special way with this commemorative digest that revisits the historic “Archie Marries” storyline!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
Ship Date: 6/14
On Sale Date: 6/28
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #255

SUMMER FUN MONTH continues with “Vacation Vexation”! The Coopers are taking an RV across the country. Betty invites Veronica, but camping isn’t Veronica’s thing. But when Veronica gets so lonely without her BFF, she helicopters her way to their location!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 6/7
On Sale Date: 6/21
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.


B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #254

SUMMER FUN MONTH! In the new lead story “What A Break!” Veronica attempts to water ski, and breaks her leg in the process. When the girls get a look at the hot and hunky physical therapist that’s helping her, they all come up with maladies of their own!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 5/31
On Sale Date: 6/14
256-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


COMPLETE SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH 1962-1971
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It’s back to the beginning with Sabrina in this first of a new series compiling the entire history of everyone’s favorite Teenage Witch! This graphic novel chronologically collects all the stories starring Sabrina the Teenage Witch from 1962 to 1965.
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Various
978-1-93697-594-5
$9.99 U.S./$10.99 CAN
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512 pp, black & white
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 6/7

 


WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #69

SUMMER FUN MONTH rolls on with the new lead story “Beach Party Blossom.” The gang starts their summer vacation with a beach party. When Cheryl finds out she’s not invited, she decides to crash it, but Betty has a trick up her sleeve, which includes Cheryl’s brother Jason.
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 5/24
On Sale Date: 6/7
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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RICH INERVIEWS: Chris Pyles Co-Creator/Writer “Dark Creations”

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 22:59

First Comics News: Where did the idea for “Dark Creations” come from?

Chris Pyles: Gabe Smith came up with the title for the book. We already had an idea of what the book looked like before we named it, but the name Dark Creations just fit. I think we were both just looking for an outlet to show people what we are truly capable of when we put our minds to something. Dark Creations seemed to hit a tone for what we expected from the book. We wanted a horror/sci-fi theme and we wanted to make a bold statement with the title.

1st: How many writers and artists contributed to this anthology?

Chris: First, I wouldn’t particularly call this book an anthology. That term refers more to literary works. This is more of an artist showcase in the best modern format, Digital. We are featuring 10 artists in each book along with a bio and a link to where our readers can get more of their artwork. I also wanted to learn to make a motion comic and I figured the best way to learn that was to just dive right in and start building something I think fans would like. Ultimately, it’s their expectations we have to exceed, right?

1st: Why do an anthology over a regular comic?

Chris: Times have changed and so has the modern day audience. Look at the world of online music distribution and how it’s changed everything. Here’s a link to a video I did a few years ago interviewing a local comic book shop owner just outside Baltimore, Maryland.

Digital Kills The Comic Book Store:

1st: What type of story do you write for “Dark Creations”?

Chris: I believe Dark Creations is meant to tell its own story. These artists are Creators. They make something from nothing and that’s a craft easily looked over in this fast-paced world. It seemed to me, the best way to promote these artists was to build something for them ourselves. Gabe Smith had always been a trusted friend and a truly creative force when it comes to original content. He also knows quite a few talented people and I know computers… so it balances things out.

1st: Can you tell us about the characters in it?

Chris: The contributors may publish anything within Dark Creations as long as it’s original material (meaning not an existing character) and it HAS to fit the book’s theme: Horror/Sci-Fi. This is what makes DARK CREATIONS. Anyone can submit work for consideration.

1st: Do you have any ideas for other comic books?

Chris: I do have a lot of other stories I’ve been working on for years, mainly my book Brain Cells. It’s a ten issue mini-series that I’ve just been waiting to find the right artists willing to dedicate their time to bringing this story to life. Brain Cells is a very personal project to me. Other than that, Gabe and I have a lot of other concepts created.

1st: Why do comic books inspire people?

Chris: I think comics inspire people because we typically see these superhuman beings beating the odds and defeating the villain without a doubt. In my own twisted logic, Dark Creations shows you (the hero) what you have to face to move on in this world. These monsters and their victors are the modern mythology. Comics, TV, and Movies are where these stories of OUR time are told. So many people have inspired me to create art and now I believe I have a responsibility to contribute back to the creative world.

1st: How has your time in the United States Air Force helped you to write better comics?

Chris: My time in the Air Force as a Reporter allowed me to focus on the work that goes into a whole production. TV production is much like creating a comic. You create sequential art. Anyone who worked with me in the past knows I’m a planner. I never walk into a situation without a plan and the drive to execute that plan. As a former Broadcast Producer, I had to “Feed the Beast” on a daily basis. That core value to drive for ‘excellence in all I do’ will never fade.

1st: How do you think digital comics compare to printed ones and will they ever fully replace printed ones?

Chris: I think people will always want to hold a physical book in their hand. I mean, how else are you going to collect your favorite artists autograph? You can’t have 15 people signing your iPad… what’s the point in that? I do love what artists have been doing lately and selling their own art on blank covers. You get to see some really cool commissions.

1st: You have inked and colored, would you like to do more of that and will you on “Dark Creations”?

Chris: Right now I’m acting as the Editor-In-Chief for the book and putting the whole thing together. I love coloring and inking but I’m not as good as some of my friends out there. That’s why Dark Creations is such a great thing. We plan to take all the profit we make from the book, to build more F.N.Cool products for the future. I’m basically channeling my inner Stan Lee.

1st: Are you looking to have a career in cinematography?

Chris: Honestly, I’m a disabled veteran. I have PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) so, working in big crowds and driving long distances to go to an office isn’t the kind of thing I want to subject myself to on a daily basis. I work best in small dedicated groups focused on finishing the task at hand. Film sets and studios fit that mold so I tend to stick to the freelance model for what I do. Right now, I just want to make a living doing what I love, at that’s making art others can appreciate. Comics and music will always have a place in my workflow. Video is different, because it typically takes more people than just me to create a product.

1st: How do you spend your non working hours?

Chris: I retired from the Air Force two years ago and since then I have turned to freelance work. I don’t make enough to eat takeout everyday but I get by with a little help from my friends. Other than that, I record original music with my friends under the band title Brain Cells. Yes, it’s the same title as the comic I wrote (but it makes sense to me).

1st: What inspires you to create comics?

Chris: I wouldn’t have a love for comics if it wasn’t for my grandfather. He used to bring me Spider-Man comics and I fell in love with drawing him in weird poses. Back when Venom made his first appearance, I romanticized the idea of making comics while consuming every Bagley/McFarlane book I could get my little fingers on. I remember when Image was formed and how some of my favorite artists for Marvel and D.C. were moving in to do their own thing. In terms of building a brand people trust to continually provide results, I watched what worked for some brands and have seen what didn’t. I think I’ve learned enough to put myself and my work out their for the whole world to see.

1st: Any words for those who enjoy your comic “Dark Creations”?

Chris: Ask yourself, “what do I fear the most” and then capture it. F.N.Cool wants to see what you can create. Make something only you could imagine, something the world will fear. Paint it on a canvas or scratch it into the tooth of your paper. However you create it, make it dark. Then message it to our Facebook page ( @F.N.COOL ) for consideration in our next publication.

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WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Schedule MARCH 31 • FRIDAY

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 22:39
 12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Disneybounders Unite!

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Discuss modern Disneybounding with active Disneybounders who will provide tips and tricks into creating new and exciting Disneybounds for Dapper Day, Villains Day, May The 4th, and all other Disney type of events! Moderated by Crystal Rose Creations.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Fandom & Fiction

Room 209 Authors Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Red Vengeance), Sam Sykes (Pathfinder Tales: Shy Knives), Ashley Poston (Geekerella), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), and Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl) talk about celebrating fandom in shared worlds and original fiction, with moderator Maryelizabeth Yutrralde (Mysterious Galaxy).  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Rangers ‘n’ More: A History of Tokusatsu

Room 207 You’ve heard about the “teenagers with attitude,” but do you know how they came to be? Welcome to the world of Japanese TV known as Tokusatsu. Panelists Stan Oh, Deborah Lo, and Rammy Rivera of Scarlet Rhapsody explain the history and characteristics of Tokusatsu, including shows like Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and Ultraman, and Kaiju movies, and compare them with the Power Rangers. Moderated by Jared Griego (Scarlet Rhapsody).  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Spiritual Themes in Comics

Room 211 With the impact that religious beliefs have on a culture and how they can shape a culture, the panelists will discuss the influence and future implications of spiritual themes in the arena of comics, animation, and other related material. Panelists include Travis Hanson (Big Imagination), Tyler Smith (More Than One Lesson), B. Dave Walters (Electropunk), Scott Marcano (Diablo Publishing), and Frederick Price (Crenshaw Christian Center), and will be moderated by Eric Jansen (Foursquare Mission Press).  12:15pm –  1:15pm 1 In What Universe? Key Creatives on Comic Book, Superhero, and Fiction Favorites

Room 300AB Explore the worlds of fan-favorite projects through the eyes of the creatives who shape them. Get the perspectives of several behind-the-camera talents whose work is crucial to defining the way that the story is told. Learn from these unsung heroes as they take you from script to screen and show you the process in between. Panelists include: Tony Solomons (editor, The Vampire Diaries, Freakish), Elaine Montalvo (costume designer, The Walking Dead S7), Philip Harrison (editor, Mr. Robot, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Gary Kordan (production designer, Key & Peele, Workaholics), Marc Pattavina (editor, Lucifer), and Jill Ohanneson (costume designer, Preacher S2, Dexter S1), with celebrity moderators Tom Payne (The Walking Dead) and Chris Villain (social media influencer) and introduction by Maureen Toth, principal agent at Eastern Talent Agency.  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 How to Get Published and Write Canon: Delilah S. Dawson with Chuck Wendig

Room 213 Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon) and Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath) have been friends since their writing careers began. In this Q&A, Chuck will interview Delilah about querying, book deals, writing Star Wars, writing comics, and how to level up.  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 The Mark, Sergio, Stan, and Sometimes Tom Show!

Room 208 The folks who bring you Groo the Wanderer tell you how (and maybe why) they bring you Groo the Wanderer and maybe other things, as well. They are Mark Evanier, Sergio Aragonés, Stan Sakai, and maybe the hardest-working man in comics, Tom Luth. Learn what it is that compels these men to, month after month and year after year, tell their tales of the stupidest character ever in comics.  12:30pm –  1:30pm 2 Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Room 205  12:30pm –  2:00pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #1: Politics and Memory

Room 210 Daisy R. Herrera explores how Eduardo del Río (Rius) uses comic book art to encourage readers, especially those of Mexican descent, to ponder Mexico’s history of conquest, corruption, and turmoil. Emily Rauber Rodriguez (University of Southern California) examines why two comics, The Montgomery Story and March, intended to disseminate a Civil Rights message have very different formal and structural elements that adapt to their eras and intended functions. Sarah D. Harris (Bennington College) explains how the blurred lines between real and imaginary, self and other, in Miguelanxo Prado’s Ardalén allude to the Recovery of Historical Memory in Spain’s early 21st century.  12:30pm –  2:00pm 1 Space Goat Portfolio Review

Room 206B Space Goat is the comic industry’s premier talent agency and production studio, whose clients get jobs at Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, BOOM! Studios, and other top quality publishers. Space Goat wants to see professional-quality comic book story pages in pencil, pencil & ink, or color. They are not interested in a portfolio of pinup art. They want to see professionals and talented artists ready to be professionals.  12:30pm –  2:00pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 1

Room 303AB Kids Travel Journeys Various
A travel show for kids, with exciting and educational stops in different locations around the world. (D) (Global)  12:30pm –  2:00pm 4 Space Goat Portfolio Review

Room 206B Space Goat Portfolio Review-Space Goat is the comic industry’s premier talent agency and production studio, whose clients get jobs at Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, BOOM! Studios, and other top quality publishers. Space Goat wants to see professional-quality comic book story pages in pencil, pencil & ink, or color. They are not interested in a portfolio of pinup art. They want to see professionals and talented artists ready to be professionals.  12:55pm –  1:55pm 2 RIN-NE

Room 205   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 DC’s Young Animal

Room 300DE WonderCon Anaheim welcomes comics for dangerous humans! Catch the latest news from DC’s Young Animal, a new pop-up imprint curated by a bestselling comic writer and many talented collaborators.   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Introduction to Whovian Cosplay

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Whether you’re new to Doctor Who or new to cosplay entirely, this is a great place to start! The Order of Gallifrey will share tips for beginners and budget-conscious costumers on how to dress like your favorite Doctor Who characters. Panelists: Jennifer Bagosy, Dennis Patrick Hanon Jr., Danielle Beebe, James Johnson, Claire Berry Gardner, and Christina Silvoso.   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 JAKKS Pacific 2017 Sneak Preview

Room 209 JAKKS Pacific previews all the new figures, collectibles, and RC vehicles that will be released in the coming months. Attendees will get an exclusive first look at exciting new items for Nintendo, DC Originals, Justice League, Marvel, and Star Wars. Following the preview will be a Q&A with members of JAKKS’s development team and a special giveaway of the premium DC Originals Tribute Series figures.   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Star Trek: The Next 50 Years

Room 207 The authors of the critically acclaimed bestselling two-volume series from St. Martin’s Press The Fifty-Year Mission, Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, The Librarians) and Edward Gross (Empire Magazine) along with Access Hollywood‘s Scott Mantz look back at 50 years of Star Trek and speculate on where the franchise will boldly go over the next 50 years including the latest news from the set of Star Trek: Discovery as well as why we need Trek today more than ever.   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 The Growing Popularity of Latin Superheroes: Marvel, DC, and Beyond

Room 211 From Jaime Reyes as DC’s Blue Beetle, to Fanbase Press’s Quince, the story of a girl named Lupe who discovers her abilities on her quinceañera, to Marvel’s groundbreaking new solo series Miss America (America Chavez), Latin American superheroes are making their way to the forefront. Jessica Tseang (founder of The Comic Book Girl and Little Geek Girls) leads a lively discussion with Eric Lopez (voice actor for Young Justice‘s Blue Beetle), Dani Fernandez (host for Geek & Sundry, Nerdist), Juan Manuel-Rocha (host for Comics on Comics),Sebastian Kadlecik (writer of Quince),Alex Quintas (storyboard artist for BoJack Horseman), and other special guests regarding the new age of Latin superheroes in our ever-changing culture.   1:15pm –  2:15pm 1 DreamWorks Trollhunters, A Netflix Original Series

Room 300AB Following the epic first season of the Netflix original series DreamWorks Trollhunters, executive producers Marc Guggenheim, Rodrigo Blaas, and Chad Hammes share their favorite moments from season 1 and take you behind the scenes of this critically acclaimed series from Guillermo del Toro. The panel will be moderated by Josh Macuga of Collider.   1:20pm –  2:20pm 2 Hunter X Hunter

Room 205   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 Spotlight on Mark Waid

Room 213 Award-winning writer and New York Times bestseller Mark Waid talks about his 33 years in the industry, giving insight as to how to craft stories, how to work within the confines of a 20-page comic, and almost certainly vent about something political! Come prepared for questions, preferably ones about Superman!   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here

Room 208 New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant’s greatest and most iconic heroes, from Bloodshot and Divinity to Faith and Harbinger Renegade to Ninjak and X-O Manowar. Look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!   1:45pm –  2:45pm 2 Wish Upon the Pleiades

Room 205   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Aspen Comics Portfolio Review

Room 206B Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief) will critique artwork and offer advice on building a portfolio (artist samples only).   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours

Room 211 Discover your new favorite comic book series in a panel designed for everyone, from new fans to long-time readers to anyone who loves comics. BOOM!’s top editors and creators explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia, with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #2: Comics and Fandom

Room 210 Johnathan Flowers (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) uses the concept of feminist killjoys to explain how the treatment of fans who criticize the representation of diverse bodies in comics is one of the primary ways that comics fail in their attempts to diversify. Law professor and IP specialist Marc H. Greenberg (Golden Gate University School of Law) provides guidance for fans wishing to navigate the confusing thicket of legal issues that surround the creation of fan fiction and art.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Cospositive: Cosplay with Confidence

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton D-Piddy (Youtuber, intl. cosplayer), Bernadette Bentley (actor, cosplayer), and Geri Kramer (photographer) discuss body image and confidence in oneself, self-worth, ways to work on confidence, and how to stay positive in the community when faced with negative people or negative comments on social media. Cosplaying regardless of age, skin color, gender, body type/size, and disability will be covered.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Marvel Animation Storytellers

Room 300DE Marvel Animation panelists give you an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how Marvel assembles acclaimed animated series such as Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Led by Cort Lane (SVP, animation and family entertainment) and Stephen Wacker (VP, current series and development), with several special guests, the Marvel Animation team shares rare insight into the writing process, sneak peeks from upcoming episodes, and tons of scoops on future storylines.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Sisterhood of the Self-Sufficient

Room 207 Strong female protagonists provide inspiration in resistance and persistence to readers of all genders. Authors Mercedes Lackey (Hunter, Elite), Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Red Vengeance), E.K. Johnston (Spindle), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Connie Willis (Crosstalk), and C. B. Lee (Not Your Sidekick) discuss the ordinary and extraordinary accomplishments of fictional women with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 The Astonishing Secret Origins of ComiXology

Room 209 Every hero has an origin story-the defining moment where they thrust themselves to greatness . . . and so too does comiXology! CEO and co-founder David Steinberger recounts comiXology’s humble startup beginnings, its transformation through the years, and its expansion into Amazon’s premier digital comic shopping and reading platform!   2:00pm –  3:00pm 4 Aspen Comics Portfolio Review- Vince Hernandez

Room 206B Aspen Comics Portfolio Review- Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief) will critique artwork and offer advice on building a portfolio (artist samples only).   2:10pm –  3:10pm 2 Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars

Room 205   2:15pm –  3:30pm 1 Prison Break

Room 300AB Breaking out is only the beginning! Join Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Robert Knepper, and executive producers Paul Scheuring, Vaun Wilmott, and Michael Horowitz for a true fan event as they debut the first episode of 2017’s most highly anticipated series. A moderated panel will follow the screening.   2:15pm –  4:15pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 2

Room 303AB Made by Children! • Various
A new collection of short animation from around the world made by children, presented in partnership with the Varazdin Croatia Animation Festival. Films from Croatia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Japan, and beyond! (A) (Global)   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 CBLDF: Comics Change the World – The History of Activism in Comics

Room 208 From the medium’s earliest days, activists have taken to the comics form to communicate their messages to the world. CBLDF deputy director Alex Cox brings you on an image-filled march through more than a century of comics activism, revealing the history of how comics can change the world!   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 The Dichotomy Between Good and Bad

Room 213 Sometimes a hero has to make a bad decision and sometimes a villain falls onto the side of good. What makes a hero or a villain as these lines become blurrier? Find out with WonderCon Anaheim special guests Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Chad Hardin (Harley Quinn), Chris Roberson (iZombie), Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman), and moderator Mark Waid (Archie) as they seek the balance that keeps readers rooting for and against their favorite comic characters.   2:35pm –  3:35pm 2 Phantasy Star Online 2

Room 205   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Becoming Nerdstrong

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Incorporate your love of superheroes, games, and fandom to begin your fitness adventure. Despite the stereotype, fitness belongs to all of us, including those of us in the geek community. Andrew Deutsch (Nerdstrong Gym, Max Hit Points), Christy Black (Nerdstrong Gym, Max Hit Points), David Nett (Nerdstrong Gym, Max Hit Points), and Andrew Seely (Nerdstrong Gym) discuss fitness, body image, and confidence in a geek world, as well as their fitness journeys and the simple ways you can mix your fandom, passions, and gamification into a new, leveled up life. Moderated by Blair Herter (Nerdstrong Gym, Attack of the Show!).   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Behind the Creative Process of Logan

Room 300DE Wishing you had more insider info on what it took to make FOX’s epic film Logan? HALON Entertainment’s previs and postvis supervisor, Clint Reagan, and Art Directors Guild Award-nominated production designer Francois Audouy take you behind the scenes with never-before-seen material. Clint and Francois will dive into one of Logan‘s action-packed sequences to discuss defining the look, action, and story details of the film. You won’t want to miss this journey deep into the world of Logan!   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #3: Parallel Worlds and Pedagogy: Fans, Academics, Creators and Educators in Conversation

Room 210 Susan Kirtley (Portland State University), Antero Garcia (Colorado State University), Peter Carlson (Green Dot Public Schools), David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist), Shannon Wheeler (The New Yorker), Johnny Parker II (Neat-O Comics), and Rosie O. Knight present a roundtable conversation on the ways in which our various relationships to comics inform our thinking on the medium, and how we might work together to develop better comics, better comics criticism, and better comics education. Panelists will examine their own fandom while assessing how representations of agencies, identities, and actions in comics shape how readers define their world. Inversely, participants will explore how much the voices and experiences of readers can reciprocally influence comics.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Comics Drawing Party with Dave Roman and His Mom!

Room 211 Join author and illustrator Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy, Goosebumps, Teen Boat!) as he teams up with his mom, Miriam (who has never been to a comic convention and is scared to even draw a stick figure), and several audience members to make completely improvised comics. Expect lots of embarrassing stories, crazy characters, and hilarious twists and turns!   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Spotlight on James Dashner

Room 207 James Dashner’s The Maze Runner series has become a breakout hit, with the books ranking on bestseller lists and a thriving film franchise. Entertainment Weekly‘s Anthony Breznican presents a one-on-one interview with James, covering his writing career, inspiration, and the book-to-film process, and concluding with a Q&A session.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Spotlight on Marguerite Sauvage

Room 209 Award-winning artist Marguerite Sauvage weaves vivid imagery in DC’s Bombshells, Faith (Valiant), Thor (Marvel), Scarlet Witch (Marvel), Adventure Time (BOOM! Studios), and more titles along with numerous stunning variant covers. Join Nina Taylor Kester (Cartoon Art Museum) in conversation with Sauvage to learn about her path from law and communications graduate to internationally acclaimed illustrator and cartoonist. Plus, learn about her upcoming work in Femme Magnifique, an anthology of stories about women who crack ceilings, take names, and change the game.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Valiant Entertainment Portfolio Review

Room 206B Warren Simons (editor-in-chief) will critique artwork and offer advice on expanding your portfolio.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 2 Dirty Pair

Room 205   3:00pm –  4:00pm 4 Valiant Entertainment Portfolio Review-Warren Simons

Room 206B Valiant Entertainment Portfolio Review-Warren Simons (editor-in-chief) will critique artwork and offer advice on expanding your portfolio.   3:25pm –  4:25pm 2 Log Horizon

Room 205   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 Fantasy: Not Always Fantastic

Room 213 When faced with real-life adversity, people sometimes wish for magical solutions. However, as these authors remind us, life in a magical fantasy world-epic, urban, or otherwise-comes with its own kinds of challenges and conflicts. Mercedes Lackey (Elite, Closer to the Chest), Larry Dixon (Black Gryphon, Chrome Born), Jessica Cluess (A Shadow Bright and Burning), Audrey Coulthurst (Of Fire and Stars), Erika Lewis (Game of Shadows), and Fran Wilde (Cloudbound) discuss the topic with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 Imaginary Mary

Room 300AB From the creative geniuses behind The Goldbergs comes Imaginary Mary, a live-action/CGI hybrid comedy. See an exclusive screening of the second episode, titled “The Mom Seal,” and join Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg, Looney Tunes: Back in Action), Stephen Schneider (Broad City, You’re the Worst), and executive producers Adam F. Goldberg (The Goldbergs, Breaking In), David Guarascio (Happy Endings, Aliens in America), Patrick Osborne (Big Hero 6, Wreck-It Ralph), and Doug Robinson (The Goldbergs, Rules of Engagement) for a moderated Q&A session. Imaginary Mary follows Alice, a single sports public relations executive who has fallen in love with a divorced father of three kids. When the pressure of her relationship and potential insta-family becomes too much for Alice to handle, she starts to see her childhood imaginary friend Mary (voiced by Rachel Dratch of Saturday Night Live). Imaginary Mary is produced by Happy Madison in association with ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television. Imaginary Mary airs on Tuesdays nights at 9:30/8:30c beginning April 4 on ABC.   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 The Psychology of Harry Potter: Houses of Hogwarts

Room 208 When J. K. Rowling’s popular series debuted, Potter fans clamored to find any evidence that they belonged in one of her imaginative Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. Each house had its unique personality and signature, and soon, readers argued among themselves on why their houses were the best. The Sorting Hat not only opened a question that delved into our personalities, but also provided a deeper look into how we view ourselves, and how others view us. Jessica Tseang (founder of Little Geek Girls, owner of Girl on Geek) leads a frank discussion with Harry Potter experts Erik Amaya (Comic Book Resources, host of Tread Perilously), Adrienne Alwag-Aipia (founder of Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army), Jim Thompson (Esquire, Comic Book Historians Group), Dina Kampmeyer (Lady Steam cosplay), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), and Dr. Travis Langley (Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology) on why J. K. Rowling’s houses are secretly genius, and what we can learn about ourselves along the way.   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 Time After Time Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Arena Time After Time makes its WonderCon Anaheim debut to give fans the scoop on the suspenseful new drama and a sneak peek at what lies ahead in the first season. Who will gain control of the Time Machine? Will H.G.’s and John’s goals become aligned? What is Project Utopia? Will Vanessa discover Griffin’s betrayal? This special video presentation will be followed by a Q&A with executive producer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Dawson’s Creek, The Following, the Scream movies) and series stars Josh Bowman (Revenge, Make It or Break It, Holby City, Level Up, So Undercover), Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief, Man on a Ledge, Entourage, Big Hero 6), and Nicole Ari Parker (Soul Food, Rosewood, The Real Husbands of Hollywood, Almost Christmas). Based on the novel by Karl Alexander and produced by Outerbanks Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television, Time After Time airs Sundays at 9/8c on ABC.   3:50pm –  4:50pm 2 Jubei-Chan: The Ninja Girl

Room 205   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Two Decades with Feeling: A 20th Anniversary Celebration

Room 300DE Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman (The Fifty-Year Mission), authors of the upcoming oral history Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Slayers & Vampires, re-open the Hellmouth and look back at the secret history of the slayer who saved the world a lot, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for its 20th anniversary as well as what the future might hold for Slayage in the 21st century. Also, a look back at the underappreciated genius of Angel and the Buffy’s that never were.   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 DC Collectibles

Room 207 Action figures, statues, busts, and prop replicas inspired by DC’s iconic characters and storiesâ   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 From Big Idea to Brand to Business

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Do you have a big idea that could change the pop culture world but don’t know what to do next? Feeling stagnant in your brand and want to turn it into a career? Started your business but struggling to take it to the next level? In this panel, industry pros will share some of their trade secrets to taking a big idea and turning it from culture-shaping brand to a rewarding professional future. Tony Kim (Hero Within, Crazy 4 Comic Con) hosts with panelists Chris Gore (Film Threat, G4), Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), and Stella Chuu (professional cosplayer).   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 Spotlight on Judd Winick

Room 211 Cartoonist Judd Winick leads a multimedia presentation (meaning, he will talk and show pictures at the same time) where he will discuss the creation of his bestselling graphic novel series, Hilo. Stop by for cartoons, stories, tales of writing superhero books, The Real World, and much discussion of cats and giant apes. Q&A to follow.   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 Spotlight on Sanford Greene

Room 209 With his distinctively dynamic style, Sanford Greene has made a name for himself working on such titles as Power Man and Iron Fist, Runaways, and the popular Kulipari novels. Greene and moderator David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers, Nighthawk) discuss his career and argue over hip-hop.   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing

Room 210 Eisner Hall of Fame winner Marv Wolfman brings his annual writing panel back to WonderCon Anaheim. Marv discusses creating characters, plots, themes, and much, much more. This is an invaluable seminar for those who want to become writers or who simply want a reminder what to think about before you do. Come early to guarantee getting a seat.   4:15pm –  5:15pm 2 Comet Lucifer

Room 205   4:30pm –  5:30pm 1 Find Your Hero with IDW Publishing’s WonderCon Anaheim Panel!

Room 213 On the lookout for your new favorite comic? Want to hear what’s next from the company that publishes everything from The Transformers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, and Back to the Future? Then don’t miss this panel, where Chris Ryall, David Hedgecock, Sarah Gaydos, Aubrey Sitterson, Scott Tipton, and some VERY special guests make you an insider.   4:30pm –  5:30pm 1 Oddball Comics Live!

Room 208 Ever see a comic book cover that makes you wonder, “How the hell did THAT ever get published?” Cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Sonic the Hedgehog, Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, Simpsons Comics, The Flintstones) returns to provide the answer to that question with his popular digital slideshow of “the craziest comic books ever published!” See why Stan Lee says, “Wow, True Believers, I thought I’d seen it all, but Scott Shaw!’s hysterically hilarious Oddball Comics is the wildest, wackiest exposé of some of the craziest comic books I’ve ever seen! Or, to put it mildly, Scott’s outrageous opuses are a blast!” And if Stan says it, it’s gotta be true, right? (You’ll be laughing hard, so wearing Depends is highly recommended.)   4:30pm –  5:30pm 1 The Goldbergs

Room 300AB Join cast members of the 1980s VCR-loving, mixtape-making, spandex-wearing Goldberg family-including Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) and Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), and executive producers Adam F. Goldberg (The Goldbergs, Breaking In) and Doug Robinson (The Goldbergs, Rules of Engagement) for an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming episode of The Goldbergs, “The Dynamic Duo,” followed by a Q&A moderated by Kevin Smith. Directed by Smith, “The Dynamic Duo” follows the geeky and movie obsessed Adam and his grandfather, Pops, who have drastically different reactions to the 1989 Batman movie when it’s released in theaters. The Goldbergs is produced by Happy Madison and Adam F. Goldberg Productions, in association with Sony Pictures Television.The Goldbergs airs on Wednesday nights at 8/7c on ABC.   4:30pm –  7:00pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 3

Room 303AB Best of Fest, Vol. 1 • Various
An (almost) nonstop reel of the best worldwide short films and animation from the last 12 years of the festival to close the day, featuring numerous new shorts! (L/A) (Global)   4:40pm –  5:40pm 2 Heavy Object

Room 205   4:45pm –  5:45pm 1 Riverdale Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Arena Unlock the mystery of Riverdale and leave your innocence behind. Join stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Ashleigh Murray, Luke Perry, Mädchen Amick, and Marisol Nichols, along with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater as they dive into the secrets that continue to loom over what may look like a quiet, sleepy town. While new details of Jason Blossomâ   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Comic Book Law School® ‘Help Me Help You’

Room 210 Creative passion and keen business sense don’t always go hand in handâ   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics

Room 211 Just getting into comics but not sure where to start? ComiXology is here to help! Some of the industry’s biggest pros impart their vast comic knowledge by personally recommending series just right for you! Join comiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger along with a panel of comics superstars including Valiant CEO and chief creative officer Dinesh Shamdasani, Valiant VP of marketing and communications Hunter Gorinson, BOOM! Studios editor Jasmine Amiri (WWE, Brave Chef Brianna) as they become your guides through the awesome world of comics   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Everyone’s a Critic: Being a Journalist in the Online Age

Room 207 Bill Watters (Bleeding Cool), Mary Anne Butler (Aggressive Comix), Jeff Bond (Geek Monthly), Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits), Alexandra August (Comic Book Resources), and Thomas Parham (APU) discuss the expansion of journalism over the past decade, from the rise of citizen journalism to blogging to vloggers, podcasters, and online-only news sources. This panel of nationally known writers and hosts will talk about the roles new media play between their readers and the industries and communities they serve, varying levels of informality versus classic ideas of professionalism, show-specific outlets versus general news sites, moving from hobbyist to being a professional, and more.   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Friday Pitch Review

Room 206B If you’re a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch before the networking event and get some free coaching from a pro. So what’s a pitch? A pitch is simply the way you present yourself or your project to others. It is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you’re doing or what you’ve made. Most creators have no trouble coming up with fantastic ideas for new comics, but they often struggle to talk clearly and concisely about those ideas to other people. Giving a good pitch is a vital skill you must have to bring your project to life. Fortunately, it’s also a skill you can learn and improve with practice-and Pitch Review is a great place to do that. Pitch reviews will be conducted by Douglas Neff, an experienced presentation coach and professional public speaker, who also hosts the Comic Creator Connection. This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Everyone is welcome, but please note that showing up is not a guarantee that you’ll get a review session. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis.   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Spotlight on David F. Walker

Room 209 David F. Walker (Power Man and Iron Fist, Occupy Avengers, Nighthawk) has emerged on the comic scene with a series of critically acclaimed titles. Part of a new generation of African American writers in comics, he is a vocal advocate of diversity and representation in comics. Join Walker and moderator/fellow writer Geoff Thorne for this one-on-one discussion.   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Spotlight on Jim Lee

Room 300DE DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee (Batman, Justice League, Superman Unchained, Suicide Squad) talks about his 30+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process firsthand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment’s characters to life.   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Webcomics Advocates: The Webcomics Gathering

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Webcomics Advocates co-founder Phil Vecchio (Brax the Alien Rocker) and webcomic creators Patrick Scullin (Super Siblings), Eddie deAngelini (Collectors), and Madeleine Holly-Rosing (Boston Metaphysical Society) celebrate and discuss the exciting world of webcomics. They will also give any webcomic creators in the audience 30 seconds to promote their comics to the crowd. All creators and fans are welcome.   5:05pm –  6:05pm 2 Sailor Moon Crystal

Room 205   5:30pm –  6:30pm 1 Discover Why YA is the Future of Comics

Room 208 YA dominates film, TV, books, and comics, with original stories aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Some of the most popular new voices in comics discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment.   5:30pm –  6:30pm 1 Writing for Animation

Room 213 Ever think you might want to write cartoons? Well, Mark Evanier has written more than 500 half-hours of animated programming, including such programs as The Garfield Show, Garfield and Friends, Dungeons & Dragons, Scooby-Doo, Richie Rich, ABC Weekend Special, Superman Adventures, Thundarr the Barbarian, CBS Storybreak, and many more. He doesn’t claim to know everything but thinks he can fill the hour telling you what he does know.   5:30pm –  6:30pm 2 Magic Users Club OVA

Room 205   5:30pm –  7:00pm 1 Comedy Central: Jeff & Some Aliens and Legends of Chamberlain Heights

Room 300AB The cast and creators of Jeff & Some Aliens discuss their hit series and give a sneak peak at what’s coming in season two! Stick around for the Legends of Chamberlain Heights team as they talk about what’s next for their hit show!   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 1987: Geek’s Greatest Year: The Revenge

Room 300DE An expert panel of geeksperts take a trip back in time 30 years to the great geek year of 1987. Expect untouchable analysis and lethal quips as they look back at Predator, The Princess Bride, Lethal Weapon, The Lost Boys, RoboCop, Near Dark, Spaceballs, Hellraiser, The Untouchables, The Running Man, and many more. Mark A. Altman (The Fifty-Year Mission), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Charles de Lauzirika (the Alien Quadrilogy, The Martian: Extended Edition), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jose Molina (The Tick, Agent Carter), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Daren Dochterman (Passengers, Real Steel), and Robert Meyer Burnett (Agent Cody Banks, The Hills Run Red) remind you that “if it bleeds, we can kill it” and that you should “never fight a land war in Asia.” Thank you for your cooperation. Presented by Geek Magazine.   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 2017: The Year of Blockbuster LARPs

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton 2017 will be a banner year for LARP (Live Action Role Playing) in America due to the increased prevalence of “blockbuster” style events. A blockbuster LARP means high production values, high player count, and high cost to attend. These are usually a weekend long and at a remarkable location. After College of Wizardry ran a Harry Potter-inspired event at a medieval Polish castle, New World Magischola opened a western version based on original content at the University of Richmond in 2016 and the College of William and Mary in 2017. This year will also see Event Horizon, an original, richly detailed science fiction LARP near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco; Battleship, a historical LARP taking place aboard the USS New Jersey; Edgeworld, a stylized western town of gunslinging and intrigue; Dragon Thrones, a fantasy epic in the style of A Song of Ice and Fire at Bryn Mawr college; and Starship Selket: Wave One, occurring aboard the SS Lane Victory in San Pedro. See previews and get sneak peeks of these exciting, immersive, and interactive events. Presented by Aaron Vanek (Starship Selket: Wave One).   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Live Painting Demo with Nate Flamm

Room 210 Watch how a professional artist creates hand-painted illustrations from sketch to finished product, live. Come discuss, ask questions, and gain insights to the art making process.   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Psychology of Cult TV Shows: Episode 4

Room 207 Are you a fan of Supernatural, Westworld, Game of Thrones, or Sherlock? Do you love Daredevil, The Walking Dead, Jessica Jones, or Luke Cage? If so, come join a team of psychologists and TV writers as they discuss the psychology behind these shows. Psychologists Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy, Star Wars Psychology), Dr. Travis Langley (Doctor Who Psychology, Star Trek Psychology), Travis Adams (Department of Veterans Affairs), and TV writers Adam Glass (Supernatural, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, Firefly), Christine Boylan (Castle, Once Upon a Time), and host Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Star Wars Psychology) geek out and discuss your favorite TV shows. Dr. Billy San Juan (Doctor Who Psychology, The Walking Dead Psychology) moderates.   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 The Story of Q*bert

Room 211 Warren Davis, the designer and programmer of the original Q*bert arcade game, tells the story of the adorable noser’s creation, evolution, and impact on popular culture. The early 1980s was like the Wild West of video game design. You’ll go behind the scenes of the coin-op industry and learn what it was like to make video games during that golden age.   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Roddenberry Presents

Room 209 UPDATED: Tue, Mar 21, 06:57PM
From the name that brought you Star Trek, Roddenberry Entertainment’s Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth discuss the curation and production of genre content in today’s arena. Panel highlights include rarely seen materials from the Roddenberry Vault in celebration of Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s 30th Anniversary, as well as the company’s “The Roddenberry Vault” Blu-ray project. Also, don’t miss special panel guest and voiceover talent Greg Cipes (TMNT, Teen Titans Go!) joining the discussion to reveal the company’s newest animation project, along with cast mates and social media/podcast legends Aaron Doh, Brittany Furlan, Alexi Wasser and Ben Keough. Giveaways, prizes, and more, with moderator Clare Kramer!   6:00pm –  7:00pm 2 Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Room 205   6:00pm –  8:00pm 1 World Premiere of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

Arena A WonderCon Anaheim tradition continues as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation invite you to attend the World Premiere of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies. Inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract finds the Teen Titans—Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin, and the just-returned Nightwing—working as a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil. But their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows—both waiting to pounce. Be among the first to see this landmark story come to animated life, then enjoy an entertaining panel discussion amongst cast members Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity, Batman: Bad Blood) as Nightwing, Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) as Raven, Jake T. Austin (Wizards of Waverly Place, The Fosters) as Blue Beetle, Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) as Beast Boy, Kari Wahlgren (Phineas and Ferb, Legion of Super Heroes) as Starfire, and Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood) as Robin/Damian, plus director Sam Liu (Batman: The Killing Joke), supervising producer James Tucker (Batman: Bad Blood, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders), and character designer Phil Bourassa (Justice League Dark, Young Justice). As always, moderator Gary Miereanu will offer exclusive prizes for best audience questions and might even introduce some surprise guests. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD (4/4/17) and Blu-ray & DVD (4/18/17).   6:25pm –  7:25pm 2 Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Room 205   6:30pm –  7:30pm 1 Romance in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Room 208 Award-winning bestselling authors and actors discuss romance in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, whether it be crushes, heart throbs, or love at first sight. Topics include attraction, compatibility, offspring, love, society, (extremely) long-distance relationships, close quarters, customs, rituals, religions, marriage, and more! Panelists include Gigi Edgley (Farscape, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge), Rebekah R. Ganiere (the Fairelle series, president of Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal RWA chapter), and Mark O’Bannon (The Dream Crystal, Pirates of the Imperium). Moderated by James Ganiere (chief editor at Fallen Angel Press, CEO at Rio Vista Universal).   6:30pm –  7:30pm 1 The Independent Animated Feature: Rewards and Challenges

Room 213 In recent years, animated features from smaller and/or foreign studios and independent artists have received critical praise, awards, and Oscar nominations for their unique visions. The Red Turtle, Song of the Sea, My Life as a Zucchini, and others have broken new ground in content, storytelling, technique, and visual style in animation. Moderated by internationally respected critic and historian of animation Charles Solomon, this panel featuring some of the most dynamic independent filmmakers currently working in the entertainment industry discusses how these kinds of films are produced.   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 Building New Worlds from Scratch

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton How do you create and build a new universe from scratch? Where do you begin when developing a game for billions of people on a brand new platform? How do you ensure that your creation will be compelling, luring in gamers to your creation and also to the new platform that supports it? This panel brings together three successful gaming pioneers who have done all of this and more: Tom Kalinske (former CEO of Sega of America, Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega Genesis), Ernestine Fu (partner at venture capital firm Alsop Louie Partners, co-founder of Blackstorm, creator of EverWing), and Jia Shen (founder of social gaming company RockYou and toy company PowerCore, lead of Studio Azuki at Blackstorm). These three visionaries will discuss the process by which they created new and unique IP universes that scale to billions of people. Moderated by Michael Piech (strategic consultant at Blackstorm Labs).   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 How To Build Your Own R2 Astromech!

Room 210 Panelists provide basic information on what goes into building a life sized R2 Astromech from the Star Wars universe. They will discuss building materials, electronics, remote control, and customizing. Hosted by some of the best R2 builders on the West Coast, and all around good guys, from the R2 Builders Club.   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 No Tow Trucks Beyond Mars

Room 209 David Rosing (NASA JPL Mars Sample Return system engineer), Shonte J. Tucker (JPL thermal engineer), and Todd J. Barber (JPL senior Cassini propulsion engineer) discuss how we go boldly where there’s no one around to fix it. Panelists will share their stories from the trenches of the heartbreaks, close calls, and adventures of real-life solar system exploration. Q&A session following.   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 Robotech: A Look to the Future

Room 300AB Harmony Gold USA looks at the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from awesome new products to the live-action film in the works at Sony Pictures with the producers of 300 and the director of Furious 7.   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 Secrets of Storytelling in VR and AR

Room 211 It’s the dawn of VR and AR, so how do you create compelling TV series, films, and other stories that work in this new medium? Learn the dos, don’ts, and secrets of success from the trail blazers and get a sneak peek at what’s next with Brett Thomason (COO, Mandt VR), moderator James Ganiere (WB, Rio Vista Universal VR producer DP, Disney), Tony Mugavero (LittlStar founder, VR distributor), Dekker Dreyer (Disney, Clever Fox VR writer director, WB), and David Nelson (MxR Lab, USC VR & AR head of creative technologies).   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 There Are Those Who STILL Believe: Remembering the Original Battlestar Galactica and Richard Hatch

Room 207 Mark A. Altman (The Fifty-Year Mission) and Edward Gross (Empire Magazine), authors of the upcoming oral history of Battlestar Galactica, Launch All Vipers from Tor Books, present a tribute to the legendary 1978 series and star Richard Hatch with this unprecedented look back at the creation and making of the original and groundbreaking lonely quest that changed science fiction television forever. Other panelists include Alan J. Levi (director, “Gun on Ice Planet Zero”), Herb Jefferson, Jr. (actor, Boomer), Terrence McDonnell (story editor, Battlestar Galactica), and Scott Mantz (film critic, Access Hollywood).   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 Your Opinion Sucks! Rotten Tomatoes Critics Versus Fans

Room 300DE Face off against your favorite critics and Rotten Tomatoes editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editor Grae Drake in the ultimate discussion about the best and worst in movies and TV shows. Voice your opinion about a film or TV show you love, hate, or love to hate, then debate your point with the panel. Meanwhile, the rest of the audience will join in by voting “fresh” or “rotten” with their own Tomatometer signs and share their thoughts live on Twitter and Facebook.   7:00pm –  9:00pm 1 Comic Creator Connection #1

Room 206B Are you a writer with who can’t wait to get started on a new comic series, but you can’t draw? Are you an artist who loves to draw but lacks an idea? At WonderCon Anaheim 2017, you just might find each other! At the Comic Creator Connection, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Room 206B, writers and artists can sit down and meet each other in a neutral environment, in 5-minute sessions!   7:05pm –  8:05pm 2 Gonna Be the Twin Tail

Room 205   7:30pm –  8:30pm 1 Fanbase Press: Star Wars at 40

Room 213 This year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of George Lucas’s Star Wars in 1977. The film developed an indelible franchise that over the years has come to encompass not just films but television series, comics, collectibles, games, toys, and books that expanded Lucas’s initial vision into a sci-fi wonder. Craig Miller (Star Wars publicist/director of fan relations), Michael Kogge (writer, The Force Awakens Junior Novel, Star Wars: Poe Dameron: Flight Log), Daniel Cooney (artist, Topps Star Wars Masterwork, Rogue One 2016), and Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. (writer, Empire Triumphant: Race, Religion and Rebellion in the Star Wars Films) discuss all aspects of Star Wars past and present and speculate on what’s ahead with moderator Fanbase Press editorials manager Michele Brittany.   7:30pm –  8:30pm 1 Six Years of StreetPassing

Room 208 A lot can happen in six years. Adam Shere, Kiet Pham, and Ryan Van Lu lead a discussion for Nintendo fans with StreetPass OC about becoming a part of or creating a thriving StreetPass community group. StreetPass OC will also answer your questions about the Nintendo Switch, gaming, and the future of StreetPassing in a Q&A session and may even test your knowledge with some Nintendo trivia! Moderated by Andres Cervantes.   7:30pm –  8:30pm 2 Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Room 205   7:55pm –  8:55pm 2 GARO: Crimson Moon

Room 205   8:20pm –  9:20pm 2 No Game No Life

Room 205   8:45pm –  9:45pm 2 Sky Wizards Academy

Room 205   9:10pm –  10:10pm 2 Trinity Seven

Room 205   9:35pm –  10:35pm 2 World Break Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman

Room 205  10:00pm –  11:00pm 2 Azazel You’re Being Summoned

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian.  10:15pm –  11:15pm 2 Cobra

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian.  10:40pm –  11:40pm 2 Juden-Chan

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian.  11:05pm –  12:05am 2 Triage X

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian.  11:30pm –  11:59pm 2 Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian. WonderCon Anaheim 2017 APRIL 1 • SATURDAY  10:00am –  11:00am 1 Building Stop Motion Puppets

Room 211 Long-time animation educator and stop motion animator Larry Loc presents a low-cost, low-tech approach to the creation of stop motion animation puppets. Learn how to make sophisticated wire armatures with tools at hand and supplies readily available at your local hardware store. Learn how to turn armatures into effective stop motion puppets.  10:00am –  11:00am 1 From Stage to Screen: Rock Stars on Becoming Film and TV Composers

Room 207 Music lovers rejoice! An incredible lineup of musicians will talk about how they transitioned from famous rock stars to some of the most successful film and TV composers of our generation. They’ll share stories from on the road, in the studio, and much more as they discuss the differences between working in the music, film, and TV industries. Panelists include Jeff Russo (Tonic, Legion, Fargo), Charlie Clouser (Nine Inch Nails, the Saw franchise, Wayward Pines), Mac Quayle (Rise Robots Rise, Mr. Robot, American Horror Story), Siddhartha Khosla (Goldspot, This Is Us, The Royals), Jeff Cardoni (Alien Crime Syndicate, Silicon Valley, Training Day), and Alec Puro (Deadsy, The Fosters, Sweet/Vicious) with celebrity moderators Stephanie Corneliussen (Mr. Robot, Legends of Tomorrow) and Amber Midthunder (Legion, Hell or High Water).  10:00am –  11:00am 1 How to Get Press Coverage

Room 209 Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and one that doesn’t? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, or why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comics journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include Ed Catto (Captain Action, Bonfire Agency), Albert Ching (Comic Book Resources), Josh Henaman (Big Foot), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News, Geek-a-pedia), Alan Kistler (Polygon.com, Oodon.com), Francis Sky (First Comics News), and Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla Comics).  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Comics Arts Conference #4: Do Genre Definitions Limit Comics Storytelling?

Room 210 What part has genre played in the rise of comics and comics-related TV and film? We all know that different types of stories exist, from superhero tales to horror, science fiction, mysteries, and more, but at what point do those categories help stories reach fans and at what point do they become limiting? Was Watchmen just a superhero story? What about Captain America: Civil War, or Netflix superhero shows like Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil that embrace wide-ranging social issues, gender issues, and much more? Christina Angel (Metropolitan State University of Denver), Hannah Means-Shannon (Neil Gaiman: The Early Years), and Ilan Mitchell-Smith (California State University, Long Beach) discuss the fan-embracing role that genres have played in the history and development of comics, and the ways in which assumptions about genre limitations may still stand in the way of comics and comics-based storytelling reaching their full potential.  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Discover the Secret to Reinventing Pop Culture

Room 208 There’s never been a better time to discover new visions of your lifelong favorite characters in comic books, but what’s the secret to modernizing and diversifying beloved mythology without losing fans? Find out just what it takes to turn your favorite TV show, movie, and more into a successful comic book that balances entertaining longtime fans with bringing in new readers with an eye to the future of entertainment.  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Quick Draw

Room 300DE It’s another cartooning battle royale, a duel with sketch pads and Sharpies as three super swift scribblers attempt to make the Flash look lethargic. Competing will be (of course) Sergio Aragonés of MAD and Groo the Wanderer; The Simpsons and The Flintstones artist Scott Shaw! and the new kid on the dais, popular Internet cartoonist Lonnie Millsap. Putting them through their paces will be Mark Evanier, aided by suggestions from the audience. As always, no wagering, and may the best cartoonist win!  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Spotlight on Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon

Room 213 Ask them anything! Mercedes and Larry have a unique partnership, from rescuing hawks to pampering parrots together, from flag marshaling at World Endurance Challenge (Le Mans) races to being in a geek-comedy series (The Gamers)-there’s a lot more going on with them than just books and art.  10:30am –  11:30am 2 Tamayura: Hitotose

Room 205  10:30am –  12:00pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 4

Room 303AB Shimajiro and the Mother Tree Isamu Hirabayashi
A return engagement of the popular Japanese children’s film. Meant to be a child’s first movie experience, Shimajiro and the Mother Tree combines sing-alongs, puppet animation, and traditional anime. (A) (Japan)  10:45am –  11:45am 1 APB

Room 300AB Police work isn’t rocket science. It’s harder. Executive producers Len Wiseman (Lucifer, Sleepy Hollow) and Trey Callaway (Revolution, CSI: NY) are joined by stars Justin Kirk (Weeds, Tyrant), Natalie Martinez (Kingdom, Under the Dome), and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Grace and Frankie) for an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming episodes of FOX’s new high-tech police drama and a discussion surrounding the series’ 21st-century crime fighting force.  10:55am –  11:55am 2 Cardcaptor Sakura

Room 205  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 Action Figure Insider: Plastically Incorrect

Room 209 What happens when toy worlds collide? What would top toy makers say to each other if given the opportunity? Be a fly on the wall in this discussion among some of the leaders in the toy industry from companies both large and small. You will hear how and why things are done the way they are, the state of the industry, and their tales of woe and triumph as they make the products everyone loves. Panelists Bill Benecke (Mattel), Kevin Kiniry (DC Collectibles/DC Entertainment), Scott Klauder (Gentle Giant Ltd.), Jerry Macaluso (Pop Culture Shock Collectibles), and David Vonner (Mattel) discuss the toy industry and the toys they love. Moderated by Daniel Pickett (Action Figure Insider, Gentle Giant Ltd.).  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 Queer Comics at the Crossroads

Room 211 In the past several years, LGBTQAIU individuals have made great strides in representation in comics. The next frontier for queer creators is tackling characters whose experiences straddle not only a queer identity but the other identities that make people who they are-racial, religious, gender, and more. What are the unique challenges facing writers and artists who wish to examine intersectionality of identities? How do a character’s additional identities complement or complicate their lives and loves? Join Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Alphabet, Stacked Deck Press, Prism Comics) and panelists Vi Cao (David Doesn’t Get It), P. Kristen Enos (Active Voice,Web of Lives), Viktor T. Kerney (StrangeLore), Sonya Saturday (Load World Comics), William O. Tyler (Ratboy), and Josh Trujillo (Love Machines, Death Saves) for a lively discussion of intersectionality in comics.  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 The Galactic Sandbox

Room 207 Licensed fiction authors discuss writing the interior landscapes of fan-favorite and original characters. Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End), Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl), E. K. Johnston (Star Wars Ahsoka), and R. A. Salvatore (Hero: Homecoming, Book III, Homeland: The Legend of Drizzt, Book I) discuss the protocols and joys of playing in someone else’s sandbox with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 The Relationship Between Artist and Model

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton With all the drawing software out there, why do animation studios, video game developers, and comics illustrators still use live-action models for character design and development? Panelists will discuss how art models contribute to and enhance an artist’s vision, how to find the right one for a project, ways into the business, and how to make nontraditional body types, age, and disability work as assets. Panelists include art models Jennifer Fabos Patton (Gallery Girls founder), Margaret Baker (Spider-Man), Michael Q. Schmidt (Harry Potter), mo-cap model TJ Storm (Deadpool), and Disney master teacher Mark McDonnell. Moderated by Fast Company’s Susan Karlin.  11:20am –  12:20pm 2 Seiyu’s Life!

Room 205  11:30am –  12:30pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #5: Focus on Genevieve Valentine

Room 210 CAC special guest Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman), author of the novels Mecahnique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti and Persona, writer of Batman and Robin Eternal and Xena, and winner of the Crawford Award, presents a talk: “‘The Empire of a Wicked Woman’: Catwoman, Comics, and the History of Power.” Catwoman has been a lot of things in the last 75 years: thief, hero, crime lord, community advocate. But Selina Kyle isn’t just Gotham’s first moral gray area; she’s part of a long tradition of women in power, both on the page and off-and there are some surprising parallels in how their stories are told. Valentine explores some elements of those narratives amid Catwoman’s various incarnations, parallels, triumphs, and absences.  11:30am –  12:30pm 1 IDW Entertainment: Wynonna Earp

Room 208 The breakout hit of 2016 returns to WonderCon Anaheim! Join the cast and crew of the show that Variety named one of 2016’s best new shows as they reveal what’s in store for season 2!  11:30am –  12:30pm 1 Space: Playing Games in the Void

Room 213 Collin Kelly (Joyride), Jody Houser (Faith), Ray Utarnachitt (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Eric C. Campbell (Eric’s TBD RPG), Jonathan Callan (Justice League Action), and Amy Dallen (The Wednesday Club) discuss how to approach the infinite possibilities of the galaxy as a storyteller and player in an RPG set in space, and engage in a Q&A moderated by Jackson Lanzing (Vast).  11:30am –  12:30pm 1 WildStorm 25th Anniversary

Room 300DE It’s hard to believe that it has been 25 years since Jim Lee’s WildStorm first made its mark on the comics landscape with such memorable and innovative titles like WildC.A.T.S., Gen13, Stormwatch, and Deathblow, to name a few. Join Jim Lee and former WildStorm staffers and talented contributors including Ryan Benjamin,Carlos D’Anda, Richard Friend, Mark Irwin, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair, Scott Williams and others for a fun trip down memory lane!  11:45am –  12:45pm 2 Tonari no Seki-Kun: The Master of Killing Time

Room 205  11:45am –  1:00pm 1 Midnight, Texas Series Premiere

Room 300AB Universal Television presents NBC’s new supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas. Welcome to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a vampire, a witch, an angel, and a hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safehaven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. That is, until the arrival of a powerful psychic and the murder of one of their own. As the town members fight off outside pressures from ever-suspicious cops, deadly biker gangs, and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form an unlikely but strong family. Join your fellow “Midnighters” for an exclusive premiere of the pilot episode and a Q&A session with cast members François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), and Sarah Ramos (Parenthood) and executive producers Monica Owusu-Breen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and David Janollari (Six Feet Under).  11:45am –  1:45pm 1 The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows

Arena From nearly 1,000 films seen at festivals around the world, Ron Diamond (program curator and producer) has hand-picked an entertaining, inspiring, and empowering program of 17 top new internationally acclaimed animated shorts from Belgium, Canada, England, France, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, and the USA. Featuring all new works from Disney’s Leo Matsuda, This American Life’s host Ira Glass, New Yorker illustrator Chris Ware, and Oscar nominated shorts, Pixar’s Piper and Google’s Pearl by Academy Award winner Patrick Osborne (Disney’s Feast). Following the screening, Diamond will conduct a Q&A.  11:55am –  12:55pm 2 Dojin Work

Room 205  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Comic Book Team Ups

Room 209 A comic can be hard enough to create when a story focuses on just one main character, but what about ensemble casts? How can one navigate the trials and tribulations of making a successful comic book team? Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) talks with WonderCon Anaheim special guests Sanford Greene (Power Man and Iron Fist), Marguerite Sauvage (DC Bombshells), David F. Walker (Super Justice Force), and Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) about what makes a good comics crew.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Cosplay Makeup 101

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton This panel goes into what it takes to perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. Panelists will cover beauty makeup, appliance application, special FX makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling. The panel includes Dawn Banks (plus size model, Batgirl: Spoiled lead makeup designer), Ashley Troub (Nerdist, winning look SDCC Her Universe Fashion Show 2015 and 2016), Keaghlan Ashley (Face Off season 7, Face Off All-Stars, Severus Snape and the Marauders key makeup artist), and Chrissy Lynn (Bat in The Sun’s Super Power Beat Down, Truly Outrageous: A Jem and the Holograms Fan Film). They will help you answer your questions about makeup to match your costuming and cosplay. They will also offer tips and tools of the trade to use. Having makeup that matches the effort put into your cosplay is important. Moderated by cosplayer Mac Beauvais (model in Monstrous Make-Up Manual books 1 and 2, actress in The Gloaming).  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Her Universe Geek Fashion Portfolio Review

Room 206B Are you looking to submit to the Her Universe Fashion Show? Or just want to get into the business of Geek fashion? Come and share your portfolio with industry professionals from Her Universe and Hot Topic. Get tips and advice on how to best prepare your fashion portfolio!  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Spotlight on Andy Park

Room 207 Concept artist and visual development supervisor for Marvel Studios films (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok) and former comic book artist (Tomb Raider), Andy Park has worked on every single Marvel Studios film since 2010. Join Andy and moderator Pat Loika (Four Color Realities) for this visual presentation interview and Q&A session. There will be surprise giveaways at the end of the panel.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Valiant Digital: Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe and Beyond

Room 211 Valiant’s Josh Johns and Dinesh Shamdasani and special surprise guests collide MI-6’s deadly assassin against a gauntlet of Valiant’s most formidable heroes with new footage from Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe-the bone-shattering live-action series coming in 2017. Plus: major news and announcements about new Valiant digital projects.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 4 Her Universe Geek Fashion Portfolio Review

Room 206B Her Universe Geek Fashion Portfolio Review-Are you looking to submit to the Her Universe Fashion Show? Or just want to get into the business of Geek fashion? Come and share your portfolio with industry professionals from Her Universe and Hot Topic. Get tips and advice on how to best prepare your fashion portfolio!  12:10pm –  1:10pm 2 Ultimate Otaku Teacher

Room 205  12:15pm –  1:45pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 5

Room 303AB Sheep DeprivedStacy Coakley
We need sheep jumping over fences for us to sleep. If at first they don’t succeed, try again. (A) (USA)
Fox Tale Doosun Shin
A fox who enjoys showing off his bushy tale learns the value of modesty. (A) (USA)
Moom Robert Kondo, Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #6: President B****: Gender and the Superhero Narrative

Room 210 Just in time for the heated and hated 2016 presidential election, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro’s Bitch Planet released its 9th issue, appropriately emblazoned with “VOTE” and “President Bitch.” In this panel, Tara Prescott (University of California, Los Angeles), David Hall (Old Dominion University), Philip Smith (College of the Bahamas), and Maite Urcaregui (University of California, Santa Barbara), contributors to the upcoming collection Gender and the Superhero Narrative, will examine the role of gender in the superhero narrative, starting a discussion for the audience to delve into the larger issues of comics in a post-Trump America and beyond.  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 ComiXology Ask Me Anything

Room 208 ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics shopping and reading platform, spills the beans on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about digital comics, publishing, LIFE, and more-from how to publish your own comic on comiXology Submit to how to begin your own successful startup and even a behind-the-scenes look at the latest comiXology Originals releases. ComiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger, along with comiXology Originals head of content Chip Mosher, will answer all your burning questions in a Q&A of epic proportions!  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 DC Essential

Room 300DE New to comics? Are you at the convention because you’re a fan of the great DC TV, movies, video games, or other media? Binging a season of The Flash leave you wanting to know more about the source material? Well, look no further; this is the panel for you! Experts will help you along your journey through the wonderful world of comics!  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 Scoring the Future: Writing Music for Sci-Fi

Room 213 How do you create music for something that doesn’t exist yet? Panelists answer this question and many others about creating soundtracks for movies and TV shows set in a future that may or may not come to pass. Featuring composers Greg Edmonson (Firefly), Andrew Lockington (The Space Between Us), Heather McIntosh (Z for Zachariah), and Tree Adams (The 100). Moderated by senior director of film, TV, and visual media at BMI Anne Cecere and Chandler Poling of White Bear PR. Followed by a Q&A with the audience and a chance to receive exciting giveaways.  12:35pm –  1:35pm 2 Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-Kun

Room 205   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Facing the Future: Tomorrow and Today

Room 209 Speculative fiction authors discuss creating visions of the near and distant future that reflect and guide our present. With modern prognosticators Connie Willis (Crosstalk), Elizabeth Briggs (Future Threat), Leah Thomas (Nowhere Near You), Daniel Sweren-Becker (The Ones), James Morris (The Three Kingdoms Trilogy), and Genevieve Valentine (Icon).   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Geek & Sundry Live!

Room 207 Ivan Van Norman (Game the Game), Erika Ishii (Game Together), Hector Navarro (Dick & Johnson), Stef Woodburn (Mines ‘n Crafts), and Eric C. Campbell (Eric’s TBD RPG) discuss what it takes to make broadcast magic happen, as well as the the future of live programming. The Twitch crew will engage in a Q&A session moderated by Sax Carr (supervising producer, Twitch).   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 IDW Portfolio Review

Room 206B An IDW editor will review your artwork and offer advice on your portfolio.   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Landing Your Creative Career!

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton How do you open the door that leads to a professional creative career? What about changing careers when you’ve already climbed the corporate ladder? And for students, how do you know where to focus your study? From world builder to professional author, gamer to game developer, audiophile to pro composer, and storyteller to screenwriter-all have common threads that weave a career path. Genese Davis (author, The Holder’s Dominion), Chris Avellone (narrative designer), Adam G. Simon (screenwriter), Eric Kieron Davis (senior video game producer, Star Citizen), and Sean Pack (composer) divulge their secret tips and tricks for creative entrepreneurs and share how they became successful, professional creators!   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Syfy’s The Magicians

Room 300AB How about a trip to Fillory (and Further)? Jason Ralph (Quentin Coldwater), Stella Maeve (Julia Wicker), and executive producers Sera Gamble and John McNamara present an inside look at The Magicians, Syfy’s hit show based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels. With only three episodes remaining this season, you might want to bring a batch of truth serum to uncover some secrets!   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 The Aspen Universe Panel 2017

Room 211 Frank Mastromauro (co-owner/president), Peter Steigerwald (Aspen co-owner), Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP/director of design and production), J. T. Krul (Jirni), Scott Lobdell (No World), and David Wohl (Santeria: The Goddess Kiss) will reveal new Aspen Comics for 2017 and beyond, as well as hold a special Q&A directly with fans.   1:00pm –  2:00pm 2 Pani Poni Dash

Room 205   1:00pm –  2:00pm 4 IDW Portfolio Review

Room 206B IDW Portfolio Review-An IDW editor will review your artwork and offer advice on your portfolio.   1:25pm –  2:25pm 2 Toradora!

Room 205   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 Kotobukiya 2017 Spring Preview

Room 213 Get an insider’s look at what’s in store from Kotobukiya for this year and beyond. Guaranteed first-time updates and reveals. The Q&A session will allow a rare opportunity to gain insight from a team member directly involved in product development. And the always popular Lucky Draw will get you rising to your feet in a roaring good time.   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 Spotlight on Gerard Way

Room 300DE Gerard Way is a creator with many hats. As the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, he redefined rock ‘n’ roll for the 21st century. As the creator of The Umbrella Academy, he proved he could make comics as exciting and eclectic as his music. Now, as the mastermind behind DC’s Young Animal, he is extending his vision to a line of books starring some of DC Comics’s most off-the-wall characters. Find out what makes the new imprint-and the man responsible-tick in this special one-on-one with Vertigo Group editor Jamie S. Rich.   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 The Her Universe Fashion Show Update

Room 208 For the last three years, The Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con has wowed audiences with its original “geek couture” designs. Every year winners are chosen and given the unique professional opportunity to design a fashion collection with Her Universe to be sold in Hot Topic stores. Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein, Cat Carson (senior brand manager, Her Universe), Ed Labay (VP GMM, Hot Topic), Andrea Lewis (VP brand marketing, Hot Topic), Jennifer Tisdale (EVP Blondie Girl Productions), and 2016 fashion show winners Hannah Lee Kent, Jesse Thaxton, and Camille Falciola take you behind the scenes of the making of the fashion show and their all-new collection for Hot Topic. Learn how these designers went from runway to retail! Plus, hear details about how to submit your designs for the 2017 Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con.   1:30pm –  3:00pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #7: Queering Comics

Room 210 Andrew Barton (Texas State University) discusses how Vision offers a unique insight into the position of The Other through the story of the Avenger android’s attempt to fit into a small community in his own ideal America. Karma Waltonen (University of California Davis) explores Kill Shakespeare‘s representation of the intersections of female villainy with sex, gender, and sexuality. Michael Lee Gonzales (Texas State University) explores how the transition from animation to comics of KaBOOM! Studios’ Steven Universe allow for the exploration of queer spatiality/temporality and pleasure not possible in the animated version.   1:50pm –  2:50pm 2 Hayate the Combat Butler

Room 205   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Aspen Portfolio Review

Room 206B Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief) will critique artwork and offer advice on building a portfolio (artist samples only).   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Discover the Music of Comics

Room 211 The hottest new bands are all in . . . comic books? Music and comics have always been intertwined, but 2017 is bringing even more of a musical influence to your favorite graphic fiction. Patrick Reed from Comics Alliance and top creators discuss the unique relationship between musicians and comic creators and how to authentically combine two of the most powerful forms of entertainment.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Live Talks Machina with the Cast of Critical Role

Arena Brian W. Foster (host of Talks Machina) moderates a special live episode featuring the cast of Critical Role: Matt Mercer, Marisha Ray, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Liam O’Brien, and Taliesin Jaffe. The cast will discuss the latest adventures of Vox Machina and answer your burning questions.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 ScreenJunkies Live! Honest Trailers/Movie Fights

Room 207 Honest Trailers creator Andy Signore, writers Spencer Gilbert andJoe Starr, and editor/producer Dan Murrell present a special live Movie Fights and never-before-seen Honest Trailer with special guests.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Spotlight on Olivia De Berardinis

Room 209 Olivia is joined by a special guest model and Bob Self of Baby Tattoo Publishing for a one-on-one interview and Q&A session!   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 The Fans’ Perspective: Underrated Disney

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Michele, Chantal, Lulu, and Jerry are here to present The Fans’ Perspective. This time panelists will be taking a look at underrated Disney films, such as Atlantis, Brave, and Treasure Planet. Attendees are welcome to become a part of the panel with discussion and interesting topics.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 4 Aspen Comics Portfolio Review- Vince Hernandez

Room 206B Aspen Comics Portfolio Review- Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief) will critique artwork and offer advice on building a portfolio (artist samples only).   2:00pm –  3:15pm 1 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Room 300AB Executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb, series stars, and producers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. talk all things season 4. Find out what’s coming up with a Q&A and special screening of a never-before-seen episode. The action-packed series from Marvel Television returns this April, airing Tuesdays, 10/9c on ABC.   2:00pm –  3:30pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 6

Room 303AB In the Depth Lilith Jorg
A flowing river offers some fantastic finds on its surface, including some seemingly magical tools. (A) (Germany)
Groomed Samantha Armiger
Some dogs just don’t want haircuts. Like, ever. (A) (USA)
SpaghettiPeter Nizic
Eight-year-old Eddie begins his day the same as every other, with a big bowl of piping-hot spaghetti. When he arrives at school, he notices someone new that will change his young life forever, leading him to question his feelings about the meal he loves the most. (L) (Australia)
Love Song of the Drone Brian J. Larson/Sam Comfort
The journey of the bee in making honey includes sacrifices, but also a sweet reward. (A) (USA)
Ampersand • Erin Shea
Science meets animation in this wondrous visual journey. (A) (USA)   2:15pm –  3:15pm 2 D-Frag

Room 205   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 First Forays into Comics

Room 213 Everyone remembers their first time, and now these WonderCon Anaheim special guests are sharing their first comics experience. Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) discusses what it takes to get into comics with Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Lissa Treiman (Giant Days), Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman), Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy), and Judd Winick (Hilo).   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Panel

Room 300DE Get an exclusive look at the latest news and updates surrounding the year-long celebrations of Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary. Expect sneak peeks at all the products and titles being developed, updates on the Capcom Pro Tour, and a few surprises as well!   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 Weird & Wondrous

Room 208 Authors Chuck Wendig (Thunderbird), Delilah S. Dawson (Strike), Lila Bowen (Conspiracy of Ravens), Sam Sykes (An Affinity for Steel), Stephen Blackmoore (Hungry Ghosts), Kiersten White (And I Darken) explore the dark and dangerous products of their imaginations with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).   2:40pm –  3:40pm 2 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

Room 205   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 BOOM! Studios Portfolio Review

Room 206B Editors from BOOM! Studios are conducting portfolio reviews. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 CBLDF: State of Censorship 2017

Room 209 Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF. See how the new political climate is affecting free speech in the U.S., with increased scrutiny at the border and an abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 End Bullying: Be a Superhero IRL

Room 207 Been bullied? Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Legends of Tomorrow) invites you to turn kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s powerful panel, back by popular demand! Featuring activists Anne Wheaton, Dr. Janina Scarlet (author, Superhero Therapy), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (Under the Mask Online, The Arkham Sessions), Matt Langdon (Hero Round Table), a rep from Amnesty International, and welcoming back NOH8 Founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley. Moderated by Chase Masterson (Star Trek, Doctor Who: Big Finish). Topics include geek, cyber, sexist, and LGBTQ bullying; racism; misogyny-and heroism IRL.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Figure Drawing for Popular Media

Room 210 Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (John Buscema: A Life in Sketches, Draw the Line) presents a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design. The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. Emilio will lecture and demonstrate on figure drawing. There will be time to draw as well. Professionals and beginners are welcome. Bring your drawing supplies to draw models/cosplayers during this interactive presentation. Come ready to take notes and to draw.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Hip-hop and comics are two American artforms that bring together disparate elements to create vast worlds of creativity. They share much common ground-rappers and graffiti artists utilize superheroic imagery and adopt larger-than-life alter egos; MCs and producers assemble universes with words and sound; comic creators draw on hip-hop’s rich visual vocabulary and incorporate music, dance, and fashion into the fabric of their stories. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field, ComicsAlliance) brings together an all-star group of graphic artists and musical innovators to discuss the ties between these two creative cultures.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Writing Great Dialog

Room 211 Short. Meaningful. Memorable. How do you write great dialogue? What works and what doesn’t work? Harrison Ford once said to George Lucas, “You can type this sh*t but you can’t say it.” Writers from animation and comics, including Marv Wolfman (The New Teen Titans, Crisis on Infinite Earths), Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars), Ernie Altbacker (Justice League Dark, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), and Holly Huckins (Rugrats, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West) talk about how to craft a great line.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 4 BOOM! Studios Portfolio Review

Room 206B BOOM! Studios Portfolio Review-Editors from BOOM! Studios are conducting portfolio reviews. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.   3:05pm –  4:05pm 2 Ground Control to Psycho Electric Girl

Room 205   3:15pm –  4:15pm 1 Riverdale Exclusive Screening of Brand New Episode

Arena A WonderCon Anaheim exclusive! Donâ   3:15pm –  4:15pm 1 Rogue One: The Magic Behind the Mission

Room 300AB Hal Hickel (Industrial Light & Magic animation supervisor, Academy Award-nominated for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) describes his role in creating the groundbreaking visual effects in the first Star Wars stand-alone film. Access Hollywood‘s Scott Mantz moderates a Q&A session.   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 DC Universe: Rebirth

Room 300DE DC Universe: Rebirth has taken the industry by storm. The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines, and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC superheroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 Hollywood’s Illustrators Discuss Comics-Inspired Films

Room 208 Before a camera is unpacked, before a set is built, the illustrators of the Art Directors Guild are brought in for pre-visualization-concept art, storyboards, key frames, and more. Panelists include Anson Jew (Wonder Woman, Passengers), Benton Jew (Wonder Woman, Logan), Robin Richesson (Preacher, Jack Reacher), Patrick Rodriguez (A Wrinkle in Time, Justice League), moderated by Tim Burgard (Independence Day: Resurgence, The Revenant).   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: A Shell of a Good Time Panel Bonanza

Room 213 The current TMNT brain trust of Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, and Bobby Curnow discuss the Turtles’ past, present, and the threat from Dimension X looming in their future! Also announcing new creators and TMNT projects for 2017 and beyond!   3:30pm –  4:30pm 2 Looking Up at the Half Moon

Room 205   3:45pm –  5:15pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 7

Room 303AB Living Water Yoo-Ah Jung
A beautiful animated tapestry connects multiple familiar images together, creating a fluid world of living water. (A) (USA)
CradleZanyar Lotfi
A young girl is trying to do her homework. Her grandfather is asleep on the couch, snoring loudly. Is there a solution? (L) (Iran)
FredLeftchannel Artists
A cat loves to dance. Can his smooth moves keep the mice from stealing the cheese? (A) (USA)
FriendsChristopher Defaye/Oliver Defaye
A shy musical note meets other musical notes and discovers that singing with friends extends the melody. (A) (France)
I Am Not a MouseEvgenia Golubeva
A little girl’s mother keeps calling her “my little mouse.” That would be fine, except every time her mom calls her that, the girl turns into, you know, a mouse. (A) (United Kingdom)
“Johnny Boy Got His Drum” • Kevin Davis
Two so-called “rain-makers” bring hope to a village of Apocalypse survivors. Starring Bill Mumy of Lost in Space. (L) (USA)   3:55pm –  4:55pm 2 Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA

Room 205   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 Marvel Original Graphic Novel-Deadpool: Bad Blood Panel

Room 209 Join Marvel’s creative director Brian Crosby and writer/artist Rob Liefeld in this can’t-miss panel discussing Marvel’s all-new original graphic novel, Deadpool: Bad Blood! Learn all about what’s in store for the Merc with a Mouth when new villain Thumper shows up to take his revenge—and just how are Cable and Domino involved? Stick around after the discussion for a Q&A session to get all of your burning Deadpool questions answered!   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 Queers, Comics, and Social Justice

Room 207 Are comics mightier than the sword? Can comics be calls for action, or catalysts for resistance, revolution, and change in a divided society? Now more than ever, comic artists and writers are claiming their diverse identities, writing their own histories, and using the artform to build empathy and understanding. Join Prism Comics, moderator Elizabeth Beier (Bisexual Trials and Errors), and a diverse panel of LGBTQ comics creators as they explore comics as a source of power and change. Panelists include Marc Andreyko (Love Is Love), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Alphabet, publisher Stacked Deck Press), Ajuan Mance (1,001 Black Men), and Sonya Saturday (2016 Republican Presidential Candidates Coloring Book). Prism Comics will announce the recipient of the 2017 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant at the end of this panel.   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 Spotlight on Bob Layton

Room 211 Bob Layton will be discussing his 40 years in the business as writer, artist, editor, and publisher. Join the Q&A session with one of the comics industry’s most prolific creators. Meet the man who revolutionized Marvel’s Iron Man, Ant-Man, and X-Factor and who co-created the Valiant Universe of characters.   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 The Her Universe Fashion Show: Junior Design Session

Room 210 Calling all aspiring fashion designers! Are you too young to compete in The Her Universe Fashion Show? Do you want to design your own pieces or maybe even work for a fashion company like Her Universe someday? If you are between the ages of 6 and 17, come and design with the Her Universe Team and Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein. This session is free with a WonderCon Anaheim badge and no experience is needed. Just come with your imagination and get ready to sketch out your designs!   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 The Most Dangerous Women at WonderCon Anaheim: More than Just Cookies

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton The doting girlfriend. The damsel in distress. The evil seductress. The tough girl who dies. Why are so many female characters such cookie-cutter archetypes? Why do so many fictional women lack the depth and variety of character of their male counterparts? How can fans and writers work together to create richer stories with more well-rounded characters, female and otherwise? Here to discuss the many archetypes of women in fiction are a group of women dangerous in their own right: moderator Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, 100 Greatest Graphic Novels), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), Stephanie Thorpe (CryptTV, The Ladies & The Gents), America Young (Geek & Sundry), Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girls, Comic Book Historian), Alex Langley (The Geek Handbook, Kill the Freshman), and Tamara Brooke (Comic Book Resources, Seat 42F).   4:00pm –  5:30pm 1 Space Goat Portfolio Review

Room 206B Space Goat is the comic industry’s premier talent agency and production studio, whose clients get jobs at Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, BOOM! Studios, and other top quality publishers. Space Goat wants to see professional-quality comic book story pages in pencil, pencil & ink, or color. They are not interested in a portfolio of pinup art. They want to see professionals and talented artists ready to be professionals.   4:00pm –  5:30pm 4 Space Goat Portfolio Review

Room 206B Space Goat Portfolio Review-Space Goat is the comic industry’s premier talent agency and production studio, whose clients get jobs at Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, BOOM! Studios, and other top quality publishers. Space Goat wants to see professional-quality comic book story pages in pencil, pencil & ink, or color. They are not interested in a portfolio of pinup art. They want to see professionals and talented artists ready to be professionals   4:15pm –  5:15pm 1 IndieWire’s Fan Favorites Showrunners

Room 300AB Moderated by IndieWire executive editor Michael Schneider, an all-star panel of showrunners behind some of the coolest TV out there will swap stories and insights about the behind-the-scenes inner workings of your favorite shows. Panelists include Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Jessica Goldberg (The Path), Jonah Ray (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Hidden America with Jonah Ray), Sera Gamble (The Magicians), Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman), and Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend).   4:20pm –  5:20pm 2 When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace

Room 205   4:30pm –  5:30pm 1 Cartoon Voices

Room 300DE Once more, your host Mark Evanier assembles a dais of talented folks who speak for characters in animated cartoons and video games, and they demonstrate their artistry for you! This time, Mark has Dan Gilvezan (Spider-Man, Dennis the Menace), Elle Newlands (Skylanders, Star Trek into Darkness), Bill Farmer (Goofy, The 7D), Katie Leigh (Muppet Babies, Dungeons & Dragons), Daniel Ross (Donald Duck, Transformers) and maybe a few surprises!   4:30pm –  5:30pm 1 Spotlight on Hope Larson

Room 213 In an interview with Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl;The Plain Janes), New York Times bestselling author Hope Larson will discuss her 12-year journey from indie cartoonist to writer of DC’s Batgirl.   4:30pm –  5:30pm 1 Tarzan, Barsoom, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.: What’s Next?

Room 208 Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Cathy Wilbanks (archivist, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), and artist Jorge Pacheco discuss upcoming releases featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs’s famous literary heroes, including comics, novels, role-playing games, and more based onTarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars, Carson of Venus, Pellucidar, andThe Land That Time Forgot. Moderated by Scott Tracy Griffin, author of Tarzan on Film (Titan Books, 2016), this panel will include special announcements and a surprise guest!   4:30pm –  6:00pm 1 Warner Bros. Pictures

Arena Get a sneak peek at upcoming films from Warner Bros., New Line, and DC Entertainment Films, with special guests TBA.   4:45pm –  5:45pm 2 Gonna be the Twin Tail

Room 205   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Coloring with Alex Sinclair

Room 210 Alex Sinclair and the folks from Copic provide a hands-on opportunity. Copic will have an assortment of their fine products available for attendees to use as they color along an image under Alex’s guidance. He will show his marker coloring techniques live. There will be giveaways.   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 North by NorthWestworld

Room 207 Beware the man in black for speculation, predictions, and reflections on sci-fi’s most exciting new series, Westworld. This panel of experts from Geek Magazine will discuss the past, present, and future of HBO’s hit new series and go beyond Westworld, discussing the history of automatons run amok in sci-fi history as well as futureworlds. Geek journalists Nikki Griffin, Alexandra August, and Edward Gross along with cyborg scribe Ashley E. Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and filmmaker Charles de Lauzirika join moderator Scott Mantz (film critic, Access Hollywood) for some reveries. Are they real or are they robots? Brought to you by Delos.   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Props Through 3D Printing

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton With 3D printing machines popping up everywhere for cheap, more cosplayers are diving into building their own props and costumes with the use of 3D printed parts. In this panel you will get to see a world of 3D printers and what each of them is good for and ways that even novices can model and 3D print their own parts. Dress in costume! A mini costume contest will be held for a chance to win a full scan in costume to be 3D printed! See 3D printers on display and printing, and learn what it takes to print and finish your 3D prop.   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Spotlight on Phil Jimenez

Room 209 Over the last 25 years Phil Jimenez has tackled nearly every major character at DC and Marvel in one form or another, melding classic sensibilities with new. In this open-ended discussion with the audience, Phil will talk about his career and answer questions about comics, movies, teaching, and more!   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Spotlight on Simon Spurrier

Room 211 Everyone’s favorite tea-chugging Eisner loser Si Spurrier (X-Men Legacy, The Power of the Dark Crystal, Doctor Who) will be presenting his acclaimed lecture/essay/presentation thingamabob, confusingly titled “The Pluripotent Panel.” Gasp as he reveals the cosmic potential of the comic book form! Self-congratulate as you learn the sophisticated secrets of your chosen medium! Puke with laughter as he gets his slides muddled and has a breakdown on stage! Live-tweet your awkward questions about crumpets, Brexit, and fractal narratives in a bonus Q&A session! (N.B.-Probable sweariness. N.B.#2-Then, pub.)   5:10pm –  6:10pm 2 Sailor Moon Crystal

Room 205   5:15pm –  6:15pm 1 The Nerdist Panel

Room 300AB The Nerdist crew, including Jessica Chobot (host of Nerdist News), Kyle Hill (Because Science), Rachel Heine (Nerdist editor-in-chief), Andrew Bowser (Nerdist supervising creative producer), Mike Shaw (Nerdist head of video), Joan Ford (Nerdist writer), and Aristotle Acevedo (Nerdist podcast producer) talk sci-fi, superheroes and discuss what it’s like to work at Nerdist. Dan Casey (The Dan Cave) moderates.   5:30pm –  6:30pm 1 Cinematic Storytelling for Comics

Room 213 Award-nominated animator/director/comic book creator Stephan Franck (The Iron Giant, Silver) discusses how to apply the visual principles of film language to the comics page for clarity, emotional and cinematic impact, and making the storytelling accessible to the broadest possible audience.   5:30pm –  6:30pm 1 DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender, A Netflix Original Series

Room 300DE Executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery, story editor Tim Hedrick, and voice cast members offer an in-depth discussion of the epic second season of the critically acclaimed Netflix original series DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender. They’ll highlight their favorite moments and come ready for an extended fan Q&A. The conversation will be moderated by Kyle Anderson of Nerdist and panel attendees will receive a WonderCon Anaheim exclusive poster created by Dos Santos.   5:30pm –  6:30pm 1 IDW’s Archival Art Books Panel

Room 208 IDW has been blazing the way in archival collections, from Artist’s Editions to the Marvel Artist’s Select books and beyond.Greg Goldstein, Chris Ryall, Scott Dunbier, and special guests discuss what’s come out so far and, most important, what’s coming next!   5:30pm –  7:00pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 8

Room 303AB Animation Showcase! • Various
The latest reel of short animation from around the world-some of the best and most creative all-ages animation on the planet! (A) (Global)   5:35pm –  6:35pm 2 Magic Users Club OVA

Room 205   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Black Mask Studios: Debuting Tomorrow’s Legends

Room 211 Fresh off a dazzling run with breakout books Space Riders, Black, Kim & Kim, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank, The Dregs, We Can Never Go Home, and Young Terrorists, Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matteo Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller, upcoming Calexit) and creators Matthew Rosenberg (4 Kids Walk into a Bank, We Can Never Go Home), Holly Interlandi (upcoming Last Song), Adam Egypt Mortimer (Ballistic), Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk into a Bank), and more special guests for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics, and how you can be a part of it.   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Inside the Writers’ Room: From Script to Screen

Room 207 If writers’ rooms were like superhero teams, this would be the Justice League and The Avengers, here to provide an all-star insider look at your favorite TV series. The scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to write, rewrite, and actually produce the series you love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers’ room-and what happens after your script hits the stage and why editing is considered the final rewrite. The heroic line-up this year includes Gabrielle Stanton (Time After Time,The Flash), Michael Narducci (The Originals, Medium), Sarah Watson (The Bold Type, Parenthood), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost), Ashley E. Miller (Black Sails, Fringe), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, The Tick), and Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X).   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Make Up FX for Cosplayers on a Budget

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Makeup effects artist Jeff Barkley (Frost: Portrait of a Vampire, Monster Manor) will discuss and demonstrate FX makeup using items easily obtained from home and the grocery store. No need to spend a fortune on specialty materials. Jeff will be answering questions, along with cosplayers Trey Barkley (Sparrows Flight Cosplay, Joker) and DesiRee Preston (Enasi Volz, Harley), about makeup effects in conjunction with cosplay and film.   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Valiant: The Road to Harbinger Wars 2

Room 209 The road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious, and most impactful comic book event of all time starts right here at WonderCon Anaheim with a superstar cast of Valiant creators and staff. Jump on board to find out what the future holds for Harbinger Renegade, X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Faith, Divinity, Ninjak, and the rest of Valiant’s most powerful heroes . . . and how the coming of Harbinger Wars 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe, with never-before-seen artwork and announcements.   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Words Create Worlds: Lessons from a Storyteller

Room 210 If you have ever thought “I want to write a book” or wondered if your story could be told in song but don’t know where to begin or how to continue, this is perfect for you! Aspiring and current writers will want to take part in this interactive workshop to ask questions and learn about what it takes to be a published author or songwriter. Learn about the writing process from author, singer/songwriter James Morris (Sky Bound, Water Tower, Surface) as he shares the challenges and excitement that comes with creating new worlds. James will discuss the art of storytelling and share valuable tips, tricks, and organizational skills to help get you started and keep going. Bring your questions. Perfect for all ages.   6:05pm –  6:30pm 2 Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Room 205   6:15pm –  7:15pm 1 Nerdist Science with Kyle Hill: The Science of Mass Effect

Room 300AB Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search) and nerdy panelists Matthew Patrick (The Game Theorists, MatPat’s Game Lab), Dianna Cowern (PBS’s The Physics Girl), Raquel Nuno (UCLA’s Earth, Planetary, and Space Science, the Mars 2020 project), and Jennifer Ouellette (The Physics of the Buffyverse, Cocktail Party Physics) discuss the surprisingly accurate science in the sci-fi video game franchise Mass Effect, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Kyle Hill.   6:30pm –  7:10pm 2 Ben-To

Room 205   6:30pm –  7:30pm 1 Ball-Jointed Doll Collectors

Room 213 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!   6:30pm –  7:30pm 1 Publishing Unleashed! How to Get Your Written Work into the Hands of Your Readers!

Room 208 If you have a passion to tell stories through the mediums of novels and comics, there are now limitless opportunities to produce, publish, and distribute your work. Of course, with so many options it can be a brain-scrambler to know which path is the best way to go. Is it better to go indie or seek out a traditional publisher? A panel of professional writers will discuss the many paths they’ve taken to get their work into the hands of their readers. Moderated by Neo Edmund (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Red Riding, the Alpha Huntress series) and featuring Marv Wolfman (The New Teen Titans, Batman: Arkham Knight), R. A. Salvatore (The Demon Wars Saga, Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms), and Joe LeFavi (Fraggle Rock, Thrilling Adventure Hour).   6:30pm –  7:30pm 1 The Brave and the Toonstock: Warner Archive’s Music Meister Sing-Along and Much More

Room 300DE You sing, we sing, everyone sings at Warner Archive’s annual celebration of cartoon music. This time, Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti and moderator Gary Miereanu will focus most of the fun on the tune-laden third season of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, building to the immensely popular “Mayhem of the Music Meister” sing-along. Join the festivities for a melodious salute surrounded by surprise guests, interactive performances, and cool Warner Archive prizes.   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 Molding, Resin Casting, 3D Printing, and Model Making in the Special Effects World

Room 210 Fon Davis (25-year veteran of miniature VFX who has worked on over 25 feature films including the Star Wars series) will give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the world of practical VFX and how they fit in the digital world. Don Wistos (director of prop fabrications) will discuss molding techniques and the equipment needed to have a functioning shop. Sam Girgis (BiggerBoxModels) will discuss the 3D printing world.   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 Nerdist TV: Tech the Future, Tech the World

Room 207 Alicia Lutes (Nerdist managing editor and host of Fangirling) and several special guests dissect how on-screen technology has changed TV stories . . . and even the world; followed by a Q&A session.   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 Space Goat: From Evil Dead 2 to Terminator and More

Room 211 Space Goat offers a sneak peek at their summer and fall 2017 lineup of books, board games, and more, including the Evil Dead 2 board game and their ongoing Terminator board game Kickstarter. Company president Shon Bury will be moderating.   7:00pm –  8:30pm 1 CBLDF Live Art Jam

Room 209 Celebrate creative freedom by seeing art made right before your eyes! The CBLDF Live Art Jam brings together a group of comics artists includingTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, award-winning Shoplifter creator and cover artist Michael Cho, and other special guests, who will make art on the spot and share their perspectives on censorship and the creative process. Watch live art being created, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made during the jam! All proceeds benefit the free speech work of CBLDF.   7:10pm –  8:10pm 2 Puchim@s

Room 205   7:15pm –  8:15pm 1 VFX of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Room 300AB Mark Kolpack (visual effects supervisor, Marvel), Sabrina Arnold (visual effects producer, Marvel), Kevin Lingenfelser (visual effects supervisor, FuseFX), and Dan Mellitz (visual effects supervisor, CoSA VFX) discuss what is needed to take characters like Ghost Rider, Hive, Quake, and others out of the comics and onto television. Moderated by Shawn Richter from The Marvel Report.   7:15pm –  8:15pm 2 The Comic Artist and His Assistants

Room 205   7:30pm –  8:30pm 1 Nerd Up or Shut Up Live

Room 208 Tune into Legion of Leia’s own Nerd Up or Shut Up podcast. Join in on the conversation as you step into the next episode and chat and debate all things nerdy with hosts Anastasia Washington (Coyote Magnate), Maggie Olbrich (Nerd Up or Shut Up), Emalee Burditt (Nerd Up or Shut Up), Richard Sheehan (Nerd Up or Shut Up), and moderator Aabria Lipscomb (Coyote Magnate).   7:30pm –  8:30pm 1 The Unholy Children’s Book Massacre

Room 213 It’s the time of year for spooky stories, and there’s nothing scarier than . . . your childhood ruined! Gather around the campfire and hear the hilarious comedians from LA’s cult comedy press The Devastator read their twisted parodies of Dr. Seuss, Goosebumps, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and the Toys “R” Us Wishbook! With Jenny Jaffe (Big Hero 6), Lesley Tsina (Funny or Die), Michael Levine (The Onion), Lee Keeler (FilmDrunk), and Micki Grover (BuzzFeed). You’ll want your blankets and flashlights for this one. Also: s’mores for stress eating!   7:30pm –  8:30pm 1 U.S. Premiere Screening of Doctor Who Spin-Off Class

Room 300DE UPDATED: Fri, Mar 17, 07:47PM
End your day with BBCA and Nerdist for the exclusive U.S. premiere screening of Doctor Who spinoff, Class. From award-winning writer and Class creator Patrick Ness (novel and film A Monster Calls, novel Chaos Walking) and executive produced by the team behind Doctor Who, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, Class is set in London’s Coal Hill School, where four students who have hidden secrets and desires navigate a life of friends, parents, schoolwork, sex, sorrow-and possibly the end of existence. Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. Time traveling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow. Class is a BBC America co-production and premieres Saturday, April 15, 10:10/9:10c following the season premiere of Doctor Who at 9/8c.   7:30pm –  8:30pm 2 A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd

Room 205   7:55pm –  8:55pm 2 Amagi Brilliant Park

Room 205   8:00pm –  9:00pm 1 Comics on Comics: Live!

Room 211 Comics on Comics: Live! is excited to kick off its newest season! Juan Manuel Rocha and Vito Lapiccola are bringing along the newest member of the hosting staff-long-time collaborator Tim Powers. These three podcast powerhouses welcome some of their friends to the stage to talk about reboots and remakes. They’ll end with an announcement about all the cool things they will be trying in the new season.   8:20pm –  9:20pm 2 Magikano

Room 205   8:30pm –  11:00pm 1 The 2017 WonderCon Anaheim Masquerade

Arena This big onstage costume competition features amazing, beautiful, and imaginative re-created and original costumes crafted by talented attendees. Contestants compete for trophies, cash, and merchandise awards as bestowed by a panel of guest judges and representatives from various companies and organizations. The MCs are Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio. Entertainment during judging intermission is provided by the Saber Guild performance group. Doors open for seating at 8:00 but the line for choice seating starts earlier!   8:45pm –  9:45pm 2 Ninja Nonsense

Room 205   9:00pm –  10:00pm 2 Girl’s High

Room 205   9:25pm –  10:25pm 2 The Fruit of Grisaia

Room 205   9:50pm –  10:50pm 2 SHIMONETA

Room 205  10:15pm –  11:15pm 2 Please Twins!

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian.  10:40pm –  11:40pm 2 Hanaukyo Maid Team La Verte

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian.  11:05pm –  12:05am 2 Juden-Chan

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian.  11:30pm –  11:59pm 2 Softenni

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian. WonderCon Anaheim 2017 APRIL 2 • SUNDAY  10:00am –  11:00am 1 Beyond Marvel’s Black Widow with Margaret Stohl

Room 207 Margaret Stohl (Mighty Captain Marvel comic, Black Widow novels) and Mark Waid (Black Widow, Avengers, Jughead comics) talk all things Widow and writing. Join Margie and Mark for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session!  10:00am –  11:00am 1 Comic Pitch Review

Room 206B If you’re a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch before the networking event and get some free coaching from a pro. So what’s a pitch? A pitch is simply the way you present yourself or your project to others. It is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you’re doing or what you’ve made. Most creators have no trouble coming up with fantastic ideas for new comics, but they often struggle to talk clearly and concisely about those ideas to other people. Giving a good pitch is a vital skill you must have to bring your project to life. Fortunately, it’s also a skill you can learn and improve with practice-and Pitch Review is a great place to do that. Pitch reviews will be conducted by Douglas Neff, an experienced presentation coach and professional public speaker, who also hosts the Comic Creator Connection. This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Everyone is welcome, but please note that showing up is not a guarantee that you’ll get a review session. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Room 206B  10:00am –  11:00am 1 Rainbow Magic: LGBTQ Disney Fandom

Room 211 UPDATED: Tue, Mar 21, 04:16PM
Disney is popular around the world. And Disney characters, films, comics, media, and theme parks are especially popular in the LGBTQ community. Young or old, LGBTQ folk identify with the stories, characters, the fantasy, and the imagination. Since you are next door to the “Happiest Place on Earth,” join Prism Comics and Disney fans as they explore why the queer community loves all things Disney. Panelists include Dusty Sage (founder and CEO of MiceChat.com), Justin Garrett (former Disney cast member), Renee Jeske (Disney Music Group), Worthie Momma Meacham (expert on Disney Parks and Disneyana), Eddie Shapiro (producer, Gay Days Anaheim), and David Woodman (animator, Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin). Moderated by Chris Riley (Geek Play Media).  10:00am –  12:00pm 1 World Premiere of DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games

Room 300AB Get in on all the pomp and circumstance of the world premiere of DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games, the second full-length feature film spotlighting this worldwide franchise sensation. The film finds the young superheroes—Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, and Katana—squaring off against Korugar Academy in the Intergalactic Games. However, trouble is in the air as Lena Luthor takes advantage of the gathering of the Supers to enact her villainous plan. It’s up to the DC Super Hero Girls to fight the forces of evil and protect their school. With Wonder Woman’s strength, Supergirl’s speed, Batgirl’s strategic knowledge, Poison Ivy’s ability to make things grow, Harley Quinn’s energy, Bumblebee’s ability to shrink, and Katana’s fearless personality … anything is possible. After the screening, stick around for an action-packed panel featuring the voices of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Katana—respectively Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery), Anais Fairweather (DC Super Hero Girls), Teala Dunn (Are We There Yet?, Enchanted), and Stephanie Sheh (Naruto: Shippuden)—alongside producer Jennifer Coyle (Bob’s Burgers), director Cecilia Aranovich (DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year), and screenwriter/author Shea Fontana (Doc McStuffins, The 7D). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD (6/13/17) and DVD (6/27/17).  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Art Masters: Drawing DC

Room 210 DC is proud to be home to some of the most talented artists working in comics today. Join in for a unique look into their visual approach in shaping some of your favorite books! Room 210  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Exploding the Canon: Comics, Classrooms, and Modern Lit.

Room 213 Everyone loves the classics; that is why they are classics! However, there is nothing wrong with a little something new. This panel explores high-interest texts and mediums to engage readers deeply across standards, disciplines, nations, and worlds. The world is moving into the 21st century. Shouldn’t your reading list go with it? Keep your big two, but expand your horizons. The comics industry is expanding; this panel explains why your pull list should grow with it! Room 213  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Spotlight on Kevin Eastman

Room 208 Meet Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! The program will include a 20-minute presentation on past and present TMNT, from Mirage to IDW. Plus, get a close look at independent projects Fistful of Blood and Lost Angeles. Cowabunga!  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Tolkien Fandom: A Fellowship 80 years in the Making

Room 300DE TORn staffers Clifford Broadway (TORn Tuesday), Josh Rubinstein (TORn Book Club), Nicole Roberts (outreach coordinator), Kristi Fojtik (Tolkien Forever), and Cathy Udovch (TORn special event coordinator) begin to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the publishing of The Hobbit. They’ll share activities planned throughout the year to celebrate at gatherings, conventions, moots, and online discussions. They will also talk about the new books-yes, it says new and is plural-and mention any other fun, new Tolkien-themed items that may get released in 2017. There will also be an update on this year’s Baggins Birthday Bash, including info on how you can party like a Hobbit. There may even be a little singalong (a different one) at the panel to put you in a Middle-earth frame of mine.  10:30am –  11:30am 2 Gourmet Girl Graffiti

Room 205  10:30am –  12:00pm 1 The Secret Origin of Good Readers

Room 209 Revealed with a live comic book creation. Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics co-founder and illustrator, The Simpsons, Futurama) and Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics, Salt Lake City) will demonstrate how you can write and draw your own comic book. Educators will be able to use this model in their own classrooms to jump start reading, writing, and illustration.  10:55am –  11:55am 2 Super Gals

Room 205  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 Crosstalk, Connie Willis

Room 207 Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author and Grand Master of Science Fiction Connie Willis answers questions about her new novel Crosstalk, her other works, her writing process, the Black Death, romantic comedies, time travel, near-death experiences, UFOs, World War II, movies, and anything else you might want to ask her.  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 Gaia Online

Room 211 Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing) is proud to be hosting the Official Gaia Online Panel. This is your chance to meet the Gaia staff, get your burning questions answered, and take a sneak peek at some of the great stuff Gaia has planned for 2017. Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes.  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 Make a Nerdy Living!

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton “Follow your passion and you will never work a day in your life.” You hear many versions of that idea, but what does it really take to make a living following your passions? Is it about persistence, determination, talent, skill, or who you know? Dr. Travis Langley (Popular Culture Psychology series) asks a panel of experts how they brought together their passions and their professional pursuits to make a nerdy living: Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Wonder Woman Psychology), Kieran Dickson (MGM Studios), Bill Doran (Punished Props), Jeffrey Henderson (Planet Henderson), Alex Langley (Kill the Freshman, 100 Greatest Graphic Novels), Victoria Schmidt (Scruffy Rebel), and America Young (Halo 5, The Concessionaires Must Die!). Find out how doing the things you love can pay the bills.  11:20am –  12:20pm 2 RE-KAN!

Room 205  11:30am –  12:30am 1 Spotlight on Lissa Treiman

Room 208 From storyboarding to comics and back, Lissa Treiman has been a Disney storyboard artist for the last 10 years (Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia) and a comics fan her entire life. In 2015, she made her first foray into published comics (Giant Days), bringing her years of cinematic storytelling experience with her. Join her for a discussion about the similarities and differences between the two storytelling platforms, moderated by Brian Kesinger (Otto and Victoria, Groot), fellow Disney board artist who has also made the journey into the world of comics and illustration.  11:30am –  12:30pm 1 IDW’s Hey, Kids! (of All Ages) Comics Panel

Room 213 IDW is the home for the best comics for fans of all ages, from My Little Pony to Skylanders to Disney and the Ninja Turtles. Not only will there be free comics for kids but also fun and insightful details on all of the many kids’ comics, courtesy of editors Sarah Gaydos and Bobby Curnow. And don’t forget, kids: come with questions for the panel on how to make your very own comics! Room 213  11:30am –  12:30pm 1 Princess Leia: A Special Star Wars Fan Tribute

Room 300DE This will be a very special West Coast tribute in honor of the extraordinary actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars universe. With her larger-than-life personality, both on- and off-screen, and incredible sense of humor, Carrie Fisher was destined to have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans of all ages. Costumes are encouraged, and all are welcome as panelists share personal stories of how she touched fans’ lives and will live in their hearts-always! Hosted by Star Wars fan clubs: Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, R2 Builders, and the 501st Legion.  11:30am –  1:00pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #8: Aesthetics

Room 210 This panel considers the visual aspects of comics and the interactions of art and language. Kim Munson discusses the legacy of the groundbreaking 1967 exhibition Bande Dessinée et Figuration Narrative at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the Louvre and its influential catalog, A History of the Comic Strip. Meghan Cartier (California State University, Fresno) compares the books of Pre-Columbian Central Mexico and the figure of Lady 6-Monkey, to modern comics to examine how symbols and iconography work in a cultural artistic consciousness. Wyatt E. Sarafin (Kenyon College) looks at Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, outlining how the text’s diagrams, which reveal information otherwise excluded from the narrative, compensate for the text’s failed masculinity, in the process commenting on the current history of the art of comics. Room 210  11:30am –  1:30pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 9

Room 303AB Rosso PapaveroMartin Smatana
One starry night, a boy’s circus dreams come true. (A) (Slovakia)Isa and the Frog PrinceYinxiang Huang
After Isa says her frog is a prince, she is challenged to prove it. (A) (USA)
The Mantis ParableJosh Staub
An insect trapped in a jar makes a decision in this lyrical story of loyalty. (A) (Australia)
CuerdasPedro Solis Garcia
Maria’s school routine is interrupted by a special child’s arrival. (A) (Spain)
Hot ChocolateKim Nguyen
The gift of hot chocolate. It’s a welcome gift. A little girl does a good deed with the help of a favorite beverage. (A) (USA)

 11:45am –  12:45pm 2 Puchim@s

Room 205  11:50am –  12:50pm 2 Tonari no Seki-Kun: The Master of Killing Time

Room 205  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 CBLDF: She Changed Comics

Room 211 Meet the women who changed free expression in comics! From the turn of the 20th century to today, women have overcome censorship and more to make comics, inspiring today’s landscape of increasingly diverse and empowering comics storytelling. Hope Larson (Batgirl, Chiggers, Compass South), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl; Odd Duck;The Plain Janes), CBLDF editorial director Betsy Gomez (She Changed Comics), and others discuss the women who changed the format.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Chuck Wendig Audience Q&A

Room 207 New York Times bestselling author Chuck Wendig, who has written everything from novels to comics to games, from Star Wars to YA to horror, will answer whatever questions you want to throw at him. He’ll answer fan questions, writing questions, Star Wars questions-anything and everything.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Cosplaying with Your Kids

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Kim Henderson McAndrew and Scout McAndrew (9 O’Clock Bedtime Cosplay), Shawn Richter (Gavin’s Dad) and Gavin Richter (Kid Coulson), and Deborah and Celia discuss cosplaying with your kid and offer tips on how to get started, sources for assembling a cosplay, and social media tips. Moderated by Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv, Legion of Leia).  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 DC Comics Drawing Daddy’s Little Monster with Chad Hardin

Room 209 Chad Hardin (artist, Harley Quinn, Zatanna, Warlord) demonstrates, step by step, how to draw DC Comics’ favorite bad girl. Get some tips and tricks for working in the comics industry as an artist, and get the scoop on some behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the creative team of Harley Quinn.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Teen Titans Go! All-New Episode and Q&A

Room 300AB WonderCon Anaheim attendees, Go! to this panel and be ready for a fun afternoon with your favorite teen DC superheroes. Producers Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath, and Peter Michail will join voice actor Greg Cipes to screen an all-new episode and answer your questions about all things Titans. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Fridays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 2 Inu Yasha: The Final Act

Room 205  12:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Comic Creator Connection #2

Room 206B Are you a writer with who can’t wait to get started on a new comic series, but you can’t draw? Are you an artist who loves to draw but lacks an idea? At WonderCon Anaheim 2017, you just might find each other! At the Comic Creator Connection, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Room 206B, writers and artists can sit down and meet each other in a neutral environment, in 5-minute sessions!  12:25pm –  1:25pm 2 RIN-NE

Room 205  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 ASC ‘Sketch-2-Screen’: Concept Design and Visual Effects

Room 300DE Visionary concept artist Aaron Sims (Stranger Things, the Planet of the Apes trilogy) and the ASC artist team reveal the secrets behind their creature and world-building concept designs, previsualizations, and visual effects for some of the most iconic film and television franchises of a generation. Through a series of 3D models, animatics, and breakdowns, they’ll demonstrate how your favorite superheroes, villains, and monsters are brought to life (Demogorgon, ID:R, TMNT, The Hulk, and many more) from script to screen.  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 Lucifer Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Arena If you thought all hell broke loose when Lucifer arrived in the City of Angels, just imagine how things will heat up in his absence. Indulge your deepest desires and be among the first to see what’s in store for Chloe Decker and the Devil himself after his mysterious departure in the midseason finale. Get a sizzling sneak peek at the second half of season 2, followed by a Q&A with series stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, DB Woodside, and executive producers Joe Henderson (White Collar) and Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami). From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer returns with all-new episodes in May airing Mondays at 9/8c on FOX.  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 The OC Automata and Animatronics Legacy

Room 213 Bill Butler (creative director at Garner Holt Productions, Inc.) moderates a panel featuring Garner Holt (founder and president of Garner Holt Productions, Inc.), Disney Legend Bob Gurr, and Thomas Kuntz (modern automaton builder at Atomic Design Studio) as they discuss the history of mechanized magic in Orange County, from Japanese Deer Park to Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland. Room 213  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 The Writer’s Journey: Breaking in and Managing a Career in Hollywood

Room 208 This panel addresses what new writers need to do once they have material ready to go out to the masses. The shifting 21st century digital frontier means the age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant. This group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel’s Agent Carter, IDW’sM.A.S.K.), the panel includes TV producer Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians, Marvel Comics’sMosaic), writer Ubah Mohamed (Gang Related, ABC’s The Whispers), actress/writer Erika Alexander (Concrete Park, Queen Sugar), and artist/writer Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser,Concrete Park).  12:50pm –  1:50pm 2 Pani Poni Dash

Room 205   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Capable Kids

Room 209 Age is no barrier to the intrepid adventurers in works by participants Judd Winick (Hilo), Tania del Rio (Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods), Jonathan Stokes (Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas), and Dave Roman (Teen Boat! The Race for Boatlantis). Moderated by Judy Neeb (Children’s Librarian, County of Los Angeles Public Library).   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Causeplay: Fans Helping Their Communities

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Mark Chu-Lin (Avengers Initiative club president), Shawn Richter (regional service manager), Maid of Might (cosplayer), Natalie Chicas (Shriners Hospitals for Children Los Angeles volunteer coordinator), and Amanda Sanchez (child life specialist for UC Irvine Health) discuss how costumers give back to their communities through their hobby. Hear what they have done, find out how to become involved with such group efforts, and learn how to get involved in events like fundraisers and pediatric visits. By employing skills they already have and sharing them, volunteers can help brighten others’ day.   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #9: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Psychology of Teamwork Dynamics in Comic Books and Cinema

Room 210 The comics universe is made up of powerful characters who are driven to accomplish a goal: to protect or conquer. When these individuals can’t achieve the goal themselves, they often band together and form teams such as the X-Men, the Justice League, and the Legion of Doom. Joe Serrano (Adler University), Edgar Ramos (Concordia University), John Leffel, and Rebecca Lee (Adler University) explore teamwork dynamics within comic books and cinema. The panel will address the psychology behind what makes or breaks a team, the pivotal roles that specific characters play in the group dynamic, and the depiction of teamwork in comic films. Room 210   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Cover Story

Room 207 Some say the most important part of any comic book is the cover. If that’s so, we need to talk more about cover designs-and talk we will with these acclaimed cover creators: Michael Cho (Civil War II, DC reprint series), Sanford Greene (Power Man and Iron Fist, Runaways), Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman, The Invisibles), Bob Layton (Iron Man, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter), and Lissa Treiman (Slam!, Lumberjanes). Your moderator as usual is Mark Evanier.   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Justice League Action All-New Episode and Q&A

Room 300AB Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics Super Heroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun, and action. No need to wait for the good stuff to startâ   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Spotlight on Chris Roberson

Room 211 Chris Roberson (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse), co-creator of the Eisner-nominated comic that inspired the hit CW television series iZombie, is joined by Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) for a one-on-one interview and Q&A session.   1:15pm –  2:15pm 2 Toradora!

Room 205   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 Brick and Mortar: Successful Tournaments at a Comic Shop

Room 213 Gaming tournaments have become a prime source of income for comic book shops. Whether it’s board games, trading card games, or miniatures, these tournaments are a way to draw in new customers and maintain your regulars. Dr. Billy San Juan (Star Wars Psychology), Tim Shields (Cascade Games), Cary Kazmaier (Artifex), Doreen Kamada-Fujii (Pokemon TCG), and Angela Chandler (Magic: The Gathering judge) discuss the best ways to increase tournament visibility, player attendance, and customer satisfaction. Room 213   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 Collider Movie Trivia Schmoedown

Room 300DE Ever wonder what movie trivia would be like with the theatrics of the WWE and the competitiveness of the UFC? Collider Video’s popular game show “The Movie Trivia Schmoedown” comes to Wondercon Anaheim! Popular characters like The Outlaw John Rocha, Mark “Baby Carrots” Ellis, and “Little Evil” JTE among others will be on hand to discuss what makes the Schmoedown the Schmoedown. Kristian Harloff and John Campea will break down how the league came to be, what has happened in season 4 thus far, and what is to come for the rest of the year. There will be smack talk, there will be trivia, there will be a Schmoedown!   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 Valiant: 25 Years of X-O Manowar

Room 208 This March, Valiant celebrates 25 years of its most enduring comic book icon as bestselling writer Matt Kindt and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists launch a stunning new beginning in the all-new X-O Manowar #1. A blockbuster roundtable of Valiant’s greatest talents present an in-depth discussion of X-O Manowar’s landmark place in comics history, along with a special look forward at the new series of 2017.   1:40pm –  2:40pm 2 Hayate the Combat Butler

Room 205   1:45pm –  2:45pm 1 Gotham Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Arena As Gotham City descends into anarchy, join the hit show as it returns to WonderCon Anaheim to give fans the scoop on all the shocking moments in store for the remainder of Season 3. With Penguin out of the picture, and a power grab taking place, who will become the new leader of the Gotham underworld? How will Nygma’s embrace of his Riddler persona alter the balance of power, and will any of it matter when the Court of Owls reveals its plans for the city? All will be judged! Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and executive producers. From Warner Bros. Television, Gotham returns Monday, April 24, with all-new episodes on Mondays at 8/7c on FOX.   1:45pm –  3:30pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 10

Room 303AB Gallery Girl Andrew Marshal
A girl trapped in museum paintings finds herself enjoying the living wonder of art. (A) (USA)
Our Wonderful Nature-The Common Chameleon • Lumatic Animation
The chameleon is hungry so he does what he does, going after prey. Some prey is too large, though, and causes the chameleon some trouble. Oh, you won’t believe the trouble. (A) (Germany)
Sketchasaurus • Jiedi Chen
A boy’s sketch of a prehistoric creature helps him create an imaginary T-Rex friend. (A) (USA)
Treetop Family: Sparrows Learn to Fly Brett Jubinville, Troy McDonald
Baby sparrows must learn to fly. It’s not easy to fly, you know. Just watch. (A) (USA)
Soup Meghann Artes
You’ve never seen an alphabet quite like this one. A dizzying and fun journey through 26 letters. (A) (USA)   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Drawing Action

Room 211 WonderCon Anaheim special guests Hope Larson (Batgirl), Andy Park (Tomb Raider), and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Bombshells) illustrate how to get in on the action as they explain how they give their characters dynamic movements on the page. Moderator Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) leads this talented group of creators as they share their insider knowledge and draw characters that leap off the page and into our imagination.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Halo Costuming and Props with Anvil Station

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Anvil Station is a costuming group that specializes in creating props and costumes from the Halo universe, and they want to share their knowledge with you. A brief overview of the common techniques and methods used to create props and armor will be followed by a Q&A from the audience. Panelists will cover topics including basic construction with foam and fiberglass (James Hall), 3D printing (Alec Richter of Fabled Phoenix Props), casting and molding, painting (Cary Gunnar Lee and John Paul Pollio of Starside Armory), lasercutting (Benedict Choy, Spacemeat The Cosplay), and more. Moderated by Matthew Hendricks (AsthMattic).   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 How to Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film

Room 209 The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors, known for their popular Strand series, will explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer’s block to the different paths to publishing. The twins have taught their unique award-winning creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Steven L. Sears (writer and executive producer, Xena: Warrior Princess) and Andrew Mayne (bestselling author, star of A&E’s Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne), to share their war stories, answer your questions, and teach you how to craft your story idea into a marketable novel, television series, or film franchise. This panel will be in loving memory of Richard Hatch, a friend, teacher, and inspiration to all.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild Portfolio Review

Room 206B Veteran Art Directors Guild storyboard artist Tim Burgard (The Revenant , Jurassic World, Independence Day: Resurgence) will review portfolios.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Spotlight on Chip Zdarsky

Room 207 This was originally going to be moderated by my dear chum Matt Fraction but he sadly had to cancel so instead it’s being moderated by … let’s see … Mark Waid? Is that right? Oh for f—   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Warner Archive Collection – KidsWB Flashback

Room 300AB Celebrate the phenomenon of Kids’ WB with some of the creators and voice actors from Static Shock, The Zeta Project, Xiaolin Showdown, Histeria!, and many more in a fun look back at the beloved cartoon block. Join The Zeta Project creator/producer Bob Goodman (Elementary, Warehouse 13) and a bevy of special guests alongside Warner Archive podcasters Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti and moderator Gary Miereanu for a fun-filled hour of cartoon clips for all-and cool prizes for lucky audience members.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 4 Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild Portfolio Review

Room 206B Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild Portfolio Review- Veteran Art Directors Guild storyboard artist Tim Burgard (The Revenant , Jurassic World, Independence Day: Resurgence) will review portfolios.   2:00pm –  3:30pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #10: Continuity

Room 210 Perhaps more than texts in any other medium, comics have created worlds structured around coherent, long-term histories, generally referred to as their “continuity.” These three presentations consider different aspects of how continuity works in serial graphic narratives. Tiffany Babb (Columbia University) considers how the rebranding of the trickster Kid Loki in Journey into Mystery: The Manchester Gods indicates that revolution cannot remain permanent in the circular narrative pattern of mainstream comics. Enrique Acosta (Spider Baby the Musical) discusses the balancing act of respecting continuity for both creators and for fans. Derek Heid (Temecula Valley High School) examines the transfer of superhero titles between characters and the idea of the hero avatar-the mantle that is passed from one individual to another, which defines the parameters of what we recognize as the superhero in question without tying that identity to a single flesh-and-blood person. Room 210   2:05pm –  3:05pm 2 D-Frag

Room 205   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 Film Threat’s Mega-Movie War 2017

Room 300DE Wonder Woman, Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Alien: Covenant, Justice League, and more will be debated at this gathering of a veritable “Justice League” of movie geeks. Join Anthony Ray Bench (Film Threat), Charles de Lauzirika (Blade Runner: The Final Cut), Cliff Stephenson (Hannibal), and Matt Keil (X-Play), among others for a raucous discussion moderated by Film Threat editor Chris Gore (Attack of the Show!). They’ll choose the winners and losers of 2017’s biggest movies. Plus, a special edition of DVDuesday on the 5th anniversary of Attack of the Show! going off the air. (Yes, it’s been five years.)   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 Independent Comics and Storytelling for All Media

Room 208 Understanding independent publishing and production (TV, streaming, film, print/digital comics, and other media) is crucial for present-day creators. Spearheaded by members of The Antidote Trust, this panel covers everything: conceiving IP, producing one’s product, branding, marketing, distributing creative commodities, and so on. Panelists are Russell Nohelty (writer, publisher, consultant), Hannibal Tabu (2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt winner, Project Wildfire: Enter Project Torrent, Menthu: The Anger of Angels, Project Wildfire: Street Justice), Andre Owens (director, publisher,Force Galaxia, The Stoned Age), and Melissa Jarvis (author, The Lineage series). Moderated by Robert Roach (storyboard artist, winner of the inaugural Glyph Award for indie comics, creator of Menthu and The Roach).   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books

Room 213 Panelists Joe Cepeda (Pura Belpre honoree, author/illustrator of the I, Freddy series), Stacia Deutch (New York Times bestselling author of the Blast to the Past series), Marla Frazee (New York Times bestselling Caldecott honoree, author/illustrator of The Boss Baby), John Rocco (New York Times bestselling Caldecott honoree, author/illustrator of Blackout), Eliza Wheeler (New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Miss Maple’s Seeds), and moderator Henry Herz (author, Little Red Cuttlefish) will share insights into the publishing industry, how to get started, and lessons learned on the journey to traditional publication, TV, and film.   2:30pm –  3:30pm 2 Amagi Brilliant Park

Room 205   2:55pm –  3:55pm 2 Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Room 205   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Jack Kirby Tribute

Room 211 2017 marks an entire century since the birth of the man many call the most important creative talent ever in comics. This year more than ever, comic fans celebrate the legacy of Jack Kirby. On hand will be former Kirby assistant Steve Sherman, Scott Dunbier from IDW Publishing, Rand Hoppe from the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center, and Paul S. Levine, attorney for the Rosalind Kirby Trust. Your moderator is another former Kirby assistant, Mark Evanier.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of Animated Series

Room 207 Using Batman: The Animated Series to help educate audiences about real-world psychology and mental health, the hit podcast The Arkham Sessions has created a unique niche where science meets art. But Batman isn’t the only popular animated series that can help us learn more about ourselves and those around us. Join co-hosts Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward as they dive into the importance of shows that are often mistakenly seen as “just for kids.” Special guests include writers Eric and Julia Lewald (X-Men: The Animated Series), Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels), and David Wise (Batman: The Animated Series).   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Where Do Ideas Come From?

Room 209 For artists and writers who get “stuck,” veteran writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (Shadowzone, My Little Pony) slings rapid-fire tips, tricks, and strategies for vanquishing those blocked brain cells and deadline demons! Part information, part motivation, all entertaining!   3:00pm –  4:30pm 1 Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: An Interactive Whedon Musical

Room 300AB WonderCon Anaheim is going out on a high note! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis, WhedonCon, and Fandom Charities present an interactive screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog! Come and revel in the musical genius of the Whedons! But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! Cheer for Dr. Horrible! Cheer for Penny! Cheer for Moist! Cheer for the Freeze Ray! Cheer, or whatever, for “Captain Hammer, Corporate Tool!” Just have fun and be sure to make Bad Horse gleeful. There will be audience participation; it isn’t just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore.   3:15pm –  4:45pm 1 Encore screening of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

Arena Miss the Friday screening of the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies? Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation invite you to attend a screening of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. Inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract finds the Teen Titans—Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin, and the just-returned Nightwing—working as a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil. But their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows—both waiting to pounce. Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and overcome the malicious forces around them in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure, and deception. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD (4/4/17) and Blu-ray & DVD (4/18/17).   3:20pm –  4:20pm 2 Log Horizon

Room 205   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 Comics are for Kids, Too!

Room 210 Comic books are for everyone and that includes the youngest readers just learning about the world of four color fantasy. Join the creators of the upcoming Not-So Secret Society graphic novel (Matt Daley, Trevor Crafts,Arlene Daley, and Ellen Crafts) for an interactive workshop where you and your school age children will get hands on and make your own comics and leave with some fun surprises, too!   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule

Room 213 Panelists will cover basic-though imperative-approaches and concepts for what you need to know to accomplish any project in any medium with any goal. They include Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear), Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader), Ron Coleman, Ph.D. (molecular geneticist, comic book writer), Stephen Burns (Photoshop digital artist, author, lecturer), Chris Dickens (writer/creator of Vigilante Project and The Ronin), James Frye (manager editor, The Con Guy), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV).   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 The Science of Star Wars

Room 208 Ever wondered if lightsabers could ever be a reality? Curious about which Star Wars droid NASA would take into space? Expert panelists Emily Manor-Chapman (NASA engineer), Kieran Dickson (editor, COMET), Fon Davis (Star Wars production designer), Travis Langley (editor,Star Wars Psychology), Janina Scarlet (author,Superhero Therapy), and others, with moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia) break down the science behind a galaxy far, far away and field all of your burning, geeky questions.   3:30pm –  5:00pm 1 Starship Smackdown Extreme: Millenials Versus Grups

Room 300DE This time it’s personal, as a generation of millennials are pitted against an aging “grup” of spaceshipologists. Who will duke it out for the highly coveted Anaheim Smackdown title this year? Can the StarshipEnterprise defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? WillRogue One be assimilated by a Borg Cube? Will the Nostromo be taken over by Rathtars? And will the Jefferson Starship ever win anything? Join this panel of sage classic spaceshipologists (Ashley E. Miller, Steven Melching, Kay Reindl, Christian Gossett, Daren Dochterman, and Robert Meyer Burnett) as they slug it out with The Next Generation (Bobak Ferdowsi, Nikki Griffin, and surprise guests). Moderated by the Richard Dawson of the stars, Mark A. Altman (The 50 Year Mission). Finish your weekend with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown. And ‘zis combat will be to the death.   3:30pm –  5:00pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 11

Room 303AB Best of Fest, Vol. 2 • Various
More of the best worldwide short films and animation from the last 11 years of the festivals, to close things out! (L/A) (Global)   3:45pm –  4:45pm 2 Jubei-Chan: The Ninja Girl

Room 205   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 WonderCon Anaheim Talk Back

Room 211 Back in Anaheim for WonderCon 2017! How did we do? Bring your questions and experiences-good or bad! All are welcome!   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 Writer Versus Fandom: TV Writer’s Rooms and Fan Interaction

Room 209 The dialogue between TV writers and their fans is a vital tool for many television shows—but one that can prove fickle. From producers, to staff writers and assistants, Alex Freedman and Nick Watson (Paper Team) invite people who work on some of your favorite TV shows to share their thoughts on this unique relationship. Panelists include Ray Utarnachitt (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Person of Interest), Sarah Hernandez (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Tennessee Martin (Lucifer, Training Day), Diya Mishra (The Tick, Powerless) and Taylor Brogan (The Shannara Chronicles, Into the Badlands).   4:10pm –  5:10pm 2 Comet Lucifer

Room 205   4:35pm –  5:00pm 2 Heavy Object

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Categories: Comic Book Blogs

WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Schedule APRIL 1 • SATURDAY

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 22:39
 10:00am –  11:00am 1 Building Stop Motion Puppets

Room 211 Long-time animation educator and stop motion animator Larry Loc presents a low-cost, low-tech approach to the creation of stop motion animation puppets. Learn how to make sophisticated wire armatures with tools at hand and supplies readily available at your local hardware store. Learn how to turn armatures into effective stop motion puppets.  10:00am –  11:00am 1 From Stage to Screen: Rock Stars on Becoming Film and TV Composers

Room 207 Music lovers rejoice! An incredible lineup of musicians will talk about how they transitioned from famous rock stars to some of the most successful film and TV composers of our generation. They’ll share stories from on the road, in the studio, and much more as they discuss the differences between working in the music, film, and TV industries. Panelists include Jeff Russo (Tonic, Legion, Fargo), Charlie Clouser (Nine Inch Nails, the Saw franchise, Wayward Pines), Mac Quayle (Rise Robots Rise, Mr. Robot, American Horror Story), Siddhartha Khosla (Goldspot, This Is Us, The Royals), Jeff Cardoni (Alien Crime Syndicate, Silicon Valley, Training Day), and Alec Puro (Deadsy, The Fosters, Sweet/Vicious) with celebrity moderators Stephanie Corneliussen (Mr. Robot, Legends of Tomorrow) and Amber Midthunder (Legion, Hell or High Water).  10:00am –  11:00am 1 How to Get Press Coverage

Room 209 Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and one that doesn’t? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, or why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comics journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include Ed Catto (Captain Action, Bonfire Agency), Albert Ching (Comic Book Resources), Josh Henaman (Big Foot), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News, Geek-a-pedia), Alan Kistler (Polygon.com, Oodon.com), Francis Sky (First Comics News), and Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla Comics).  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Comics Arts Conference #4: Do Genre Definitions Limit Comics Storytelling?

Room 210 What part has genre played in the rise of comics and comics-related TV and film? We all know that different types of stories exist, from superhero tales to horror, science fiction, mysteries, and more, but at what point do those categories help stories reach fans and at what point do they become limiting? Was Watchmen just a superhero story? What about Captain America: Civil War, or Netflix superhero shows like Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil that embrace wide-ranging social issues, gender issues, and much more? Christina Angel (Metropolitan State University of Denver), Hannah Means-Shannon (Neil Gaiman: The Early Years), and Ilan Mitchell-Smith (California State University, Long Beach) discuss the fan-embracing role that genres have played in the history and development of comics, and the ways in which assumptions about genre limitations may still stand in the way of comics and comics-based storytelling reaching their full potential.  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Discover the Secret to Reinventing Pop Culture

Room 208 There’s never been a better time to discover new visions of your lifelong favorite characters in comic books, but what’s the secret to modernizing and diversifying beloved mythology without losing fans? Find out just what it takes to turn your favorite TV show, movie, and more into a successful comic book that balances entertaining longtime fans with bringing in new readers with an eye to the future of entertainment.  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Quick Draw

Room 300DE It’s another cartooning battle royale, a duel with sketch pads and Sharpies as three super swift scribblers attempt to make the Flash look lethargic. Competing will be (of course) Sergio Aragonés of MAD and Groo the Wanderer; The Simpsons and The Flintstones artist Scott Shaw! and the new kid on the dais, popular Internet cartoonist Lonnie Millsap. Putting them through their paces will be Mark Evanier, aided by suggestions from the audience. As always, no wagering, and may the best cartoonist win!  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Spotlight on Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon

Room 213 Ask them anything! Mercedes and Larry have a unique partnership, from rescuing hawks to pampering parrots together, from flag marshaling at World Endurance Challenge (Le Mans) races to being in a geek-comedy series (The Gamers)-there’s a lot more going on with them than just books and art.  10:30am –  11:30am 2 Tamayura: Hitotose

Room 205  10:30am –  12:00pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 4

Room 303AB Shimajiro and the Mother Tree Isamu Hirabayashi
A return engagement of the popular Japanese children’s film. Meant to be a child’s first movie experience, Shimajiro and the Mother Tree combines sing-alongs, puppet animation, and traditional anime. (A) (Japan)  10:45am –  11:45am 1 APB

Room 300AB Police work isn’t rocket science. It’s harder. Executive producers Len Wiseman (Lucifer, Sleepy Hollow) and Trey Callaway (Revolution, CSI: NY) are joined by stars Justin Kirk (Weeds, Tyrant), Natalie Martinez (Kingdom, Under the Dome), and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Grace and Frankie) for an exclusive sneak peek at upcoming episodes of FOX’s new high-tech police drama and a discussion surrounding the series’ 21st-century crime fighting force.  10:55am –  11:55am 2 Cardcaptor Sakura

Room 205  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 Action Figure Insider: Plastically Incorrect

Room 209 What happens when toy worlds collide? What would top toy makers say to each other if given the opportunity? Be a fly on the wall in this discussion among some of the leaders in the toy industry from companies both large and small. You will hear how and why things are done the way they are, the state of the industry, and their tales of woe and triumph as they make the products everyone loves. Panelists Bill Benecke (Mattel), Kevin Kiniry (DC Collectibles/DC Entertainment), Scott Klauder (Gentle Giant Ltd.), Jerry Macaluso (Pop Culture Shock Collectibles), and David Vonner (Mattel) discuss the toy industry and the toys they love. Moderated by Daniel Pickett (Action Figure Insider, Gentle Giant Ltd.).  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 Queer Comics at the Crossroads

Room 211 In the past several years, LGBTQAIU individuals have made great strides in representation in comics. The next frontier for queer creators is tackling characters whose experiences straddle not only a queer identity but the other identities that make people who they are-racial, religious, gender, and more. What are the unique challenges facing writers and artists who wish to examine intersectionality of identities? How do a character’s additional identities complement or complicate their lives and loves? Join Prism Comics and moderator Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Alphabet, Stacked Deck Press, Prism Comics) and panelists Vi Cao (David Doesn’t Get It), P. Kristen Enos (Active Voice,Web of Lives), Viktor T. Kerney (StrangeLore), Sonya Saturday (Load World Comics), William O. Tyler (Ratboy), and Josh Trujillo (Love Machines, Death Saves) for a lively discussion of intersectionality in comics.  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 The Galactic Sandbox

Room 207 Licensed fiction authors discuss writing the interior landscapes of fan-favorite and original characters. Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End), Delilah S. Dawson (Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl), E. K. Johnston (Star Wars Ahsoka), and R. A. Salvatore (Hero: Homecoming, Book III, Homeland: The Legend of Drizzt, Book I) discuss the protocols and joys of playing in someone else’s sandbox with moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 The Relationship Between Artist and Model

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton With all the drawing software out there, why do animation studios, video game developers, and comics illustrators still use live-action models for character design and development? Panelists will discuss how art models contribute to and enhance an artist’s vision, how to find the right one for a project, ways into the business, and how to make nontraditional body types, age, and disability work as assets. Panelists include art models Jennifer Fabos Patton (Gallery Girls founder), Margaret Baker (Spider-Man), Michael Q. Schmidt (Harry Potter), mo-cap model TJ Storm (Deadpool), and Disney master teacher Mark McDonnell. Moderated by Fast Company’s Susan Karlin.  11:20am –  12:20pm 2 Seiyu’s Life!

Room 205  11:30am –  12:30pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #5: Focus on Genevieve Valentine

Room 210 CAC special guest Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman), author of the novels Mecahnique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti and Persona, writer of Batman and Robin Eternal and Xena, and winner of the Crawford Award, presents a talk: “‘The Empire of a Wicked Woman’: Catwoman, Comics, and the History of Power.” Catwoman has been a lot of things in the last 75 years: thief, hero, crime lord, community advocate. But Selina Kyle isn’t just Gotham’s first moral gray area; she’s part of a long tradition of women in power, both on the page and off-and there are some surprising parallels in how their stories are told. Valentine explores some elements of those narratives amid Catwoman’s various incarnations, parallels, triumphs, and absences.  11:30am –  12:30pm 1 IDW Entertainment: Wynonna Earp

Room 208 The breakout hit of 2016 returns to WonderCon Anaheim! Join the cast and crew of the show that Variety named one of 2016’s best new shows as they reveal what’s in store for season 2!  11:30am –  12:30pm 1 Space: Playing Games in the Void

Room 213 Collin Kelly (Joyride), Jody Houser (Faith), Ray Utarnachitt (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Eric C. Campbell (Eric’s TBD RPG), Jonathan Callan (Justice League Action), and Amy Dallen (The Wednesday Club) discuss how to approach the infinite possibilities of the galaxy as a storyteller and player in an RPG set in space, and engage in a Q&A moderated by Jackson Lanzing (Vast).  11:30am –  12:30pm 1 WildStorm 25th Anniversary

Room 300DE It’s hard to believe that it has been 25 years since Jim Lee’s WildStorm first made its mark on the comics landscape with such memorable and innovative titles like WildC.A.T.S., Gen13, Stormwatch, and Deathblow, to name a few. Join Jim Lee and former WildStorm staffers and talented contributors including Ryan Benjamin,Carlos D’Anda, Richard Friend, Mark Irwin, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Sinclair, Scott Williams and others for a fun trip down memory lane!  11:45am –  12:45pm 2 Tonari no Seki-Kun: The Master of Killing Time

Room 205  11:45am –  1:00pm 1 Midnight, Texas Series Premiere

Room 300AB Universal Television presents NBC’s new supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas. Welcome to a place where being normal is strange and only outsiders fit in. Based on the bestselling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired True Blood), comes a journey into a remote Texas town where nothing is what it seems. Home to a vampire, a witch, an angel, and a hitwoman, Midnight is a mysterious safehaven for those who are different-a perfect place for anyone looking to hide from the outside world. That is, until the arrival of a powerful psychic and the murder of one of their own. As the town members fight off outside pressures from ever-suspicious cops, deadly biker gangs, and their own dangerous pasts, they band together and form an unlikely but strong family. Join your fellow “Midnighters” for an exclusive premiere of the pilot episode and a Q&A session with cast members François Arnaud (The Borgias), Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Parisa Fitz-Henley (Luke Cage), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), Jason Lewis (Sex and the City), and Sarah Ramos (Parenthood) and executive producers Monica Owusu-Breen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and David Janollari (Six Feet Under).  11:45am –  1:45pm 1 The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows

Arena From nearly 1,000 films seen at festivals around the world, Ron Diamond (program curator and producer) has hand-picked an entertaining, inspiring, and empowering program of 17 top new internationally acclaimed animated shorts from Belgium, Canada, England, France, Israel, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Russia, Scotland, and the USA. Featuring all new works from Disney’s Leo Matsuda, This American Life’s host Ira Glass, New Yorker illustrator Chris Ware, and Oscar nominated shorts, Pixar’s Piper and Google’s Pearl by Academy Award winner Patrick Osborne (Disney’s Feast). Following the screening, Diamond will conduct a Q&A.  11:55am –  12:55pm 2 Dojin Work

Room 205  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Comic Book Team Ups

Room 209 A comic can be hard enough to create when a story focuses on just one main character, but what about ensemble casts? How can one navigate the trials and tribulations of making a successful comic book team? Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) talks with WonderCon Anaheim special guests Sanford Greene (Power Man and Iron Fist), Marguerite Sauvage (DC Bombshells), David F. Walker (Super Justice Force), and Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) about what makes a good comics crew.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Cosplay Makeup 101

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton This panel goes into what it takes to perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. Panelists will cover beauty makeup, appliance application, special FX makeup, sculpting, molding, casting, and wig styling. The panel includes Dawn Banks (plus size model, Batgirl: Spoiled lead makeup designer), Ashley Troub (Nerdist, winning look SDCC Her Universe Fashion Show 2015 and 2016), Keaghlan Ashley (Face Off season 7, Face Off All-Stars, Severus Snape and the Marauders key makeup artist), and Chrissy Lynn (Bat in The Sun’s Super Power Beat Down, Truly Outrageous: A Jem and the Holograms Fan Film). They will help you answer your questions about makeup to match your costuming and cosplay. They will also offer tips and tools of the trade to use. Having makeup that matches the effort put into your cosplay is important. Moderated by cosplayer Mac Beauvais (model in Monstrous Make-Up Manual books 1 and 2, actress in The Gloaming).  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Her Universe Geek Fashion Portfolio Review

Room 206B Are you looking to submit to the Her Universe Fashion Show? Or just want to get into the business of Geek fashion? Come and share your portfolio with industry professionals from Her Universe and Hot Topic. Get tips and advice on how to best prepare your fashion portfolio!  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Spotlight on Andy Park

Room 207 Concept artist and visual development supervisor for Marvel Studios films (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok) and former comic book artist (Tomb Raider), Andy Park has worked on every single Marvel Studios film since 2010. Join Andy and moderator Pat Loika (Four Color Realities) for this visual presentation interview and Q&A session. There will be surprise giveaways at the end of the panel.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Valiant Digital: Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe and Beyond

Room 211 Valiant’s Josh Johns and Dinesh Shamdasani and special surprise guests collide MI-6’s deadly assassin against a gauntlet of Valiant’s most formidable heroes with new footage from Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe-the bone-shattering live-action series coming in 2017. Plus: major news and announcements about new Valiant digital projects.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 4 Her Universe Geek Fashion Portfolio Review

Room 206B Her Universe Geek Fashion Portfolio Review-Are you looking to submit to the Her Universe Fashion Show? Or just want to get into the business of Geek fashion? Come and share your portfolio with industry professionals from Her Universe and Hot Topic. Get tips and advice on how to best prepare your fashion portfolio!  12:10pm –  1:10pm 2 Ultimate Otaku Teacher

Room 205  12:15pm –  1:45pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 5

Room 303AB Sheep DeprivedStacy Coakley
We need sheep jumping over fences for us to sleep. If at first they don’t succeed, try again. (A) (USA)
Fox Tale Doosun Shin
A fox who enjoys showing off his bushy tale learns the value of modesty. (A) (USA)
Moom Robert Kondo, Daisuke “Dice” Tsutsumi  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #6: President B****: Gender and the Superhero Narrative

Room 210 Just in time for the heated and hated 2016 presidential election, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro’s Bitch Planet released its 9th issue, appropriately emblazoned with “VOTE” and “President Bitch.” In this panel, Tara Prescott (University of California, Los Angeles), David Hall (Old Dominion University), Philip Smith (College of the Bahamas), and Maite Urcaregui (University of California, Santa Barbara), contributors to the upcoming collection Gender and the Superhero Narrative, will examine the role of gender in the superhero narrative, starting a discussion for the audience to delve into the larger issues of comics in a post-Trump America and beyond.  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 ComiXology Ask Me Anything

Room 208 ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics shopping and reading platform, spills the beans on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about digital comics, publishing, LIFE, and more-from how to publish your own comic on comiXology Submit to how to begin your own successful startup and even a behind-the-scenes look at the latest comiXology Originals releases. ComiXology CEO and co-founder David Steinberger, along with comiXology Originals head of content Chip Mosher, will answer all your burning questions in a Q&A of epic proportions!  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 DC Essential

Room 300DE New to comics? Are you at the convention because you’re a fan of the great DC TV, movies, video games, or other media? Binging a season of The Flash leave you wanting to know more about the source material? Well, look no further; this is the panel for you! Experts will help you along your journey through the wonderful world of comics!  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 Scoring the Future: Writing Music for Sci-Fi

Room 213 How do you create music for something that doesn’t exist yet? Panelists answer this question and many others about creating soundtracks for movies and TV shows set in a future that may or may not come to pass. Featuring composers Greg Edmonson (Firefly), Andrew Lockington (The Space Between Us), Heather McIntosh (Z for Zachariah), and Tree Adams (The 100). Moderated by senior director of film, TV, and visual media at BMI Anne Cecere and Chandler Poling of White Bear PR. Followed by a Q&A with the audience and a chance to receive exciting giveaways.  12:35pm –  1:35pm 2 Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-Kun

Room 205   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Facing the Future: Tomorrow and Today

Room 209 Speculative fiction authors discuss creating visions of the near and distant future that reflect and guide our present. With modern prognosticators Connie Willis (Crosstalk), Elizabeth Briggs (Future Threat), Leah Thomas (Nowhere Near You), Daniel Sweren-Becker (The Ones), James Morris (The Three Kingdoms Trilogy), and Genevieve Valentine (Icon).   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Geek & Sundry Live!

Room 207 Ivan Van Norman (Game the Game), Erika Ishii (Game Together), Hector Navarro (Dick & Johnson), Stef Woodburn (Mines ‘n Crafts), and Eric C. Campbell (Eric’s TBD RPG) discuss what it takes to make broadcast magic happen, as well as the the future of live programming. The Twitch crew will engage in a Q&A session moderated by Sax Carr (supervising producer, Twitch).   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 IDW Portfolio Review

Room 206B An IDW editor will review your artwork and offer advice on your portfolio.   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Landing Your Creative Career!

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton How do you open the door that leads to a professional creative career? What about changing careers when you’ve already climbed the corporate ladder? And for students, how do you know where to focus your study? From world builder to professional author, gamer to game developer, audiophile to pro composer, and storyteller to screenwriter-all have common threads that weave a career path. Genese Davis (author, The Holder’s Dominion), Chris Avellone (narrative designer), Adam G. Simon (screenwriter), Eric Kieron Davis (senior video game producer, Star Citizen), and Sean Pack (composer) divulge their secret tips and tricks for creative entrepreneurs and share how they became successful, professional creators!   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Syfy’s The Magicians

Room 300AB How about a trip to Fillory (and Further)? Jason Ralph (Quentin Coldwater), Stella Maeve (Julia Wicker), and executive producers Sera Gamble and John McNamara present an inside look at The Magicians, Syfy’s hit show based on Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels. With only three episodes remaining this season, you might want to bring a batch of truth serum to uncover some secrets!   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 The Aspen Universe Panel 2017

Room 211 Frank Mastromauro (co-owner/president), Peter Steigerwald (Aspen co-owner), Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP/director of design and production), J. T. Krul (Jirni), Scott Lobdell (No World), and David Wohl (Santeria: The Goddess Kiss) will reveal new Aspen Comics for 2017 and beyond, as well as hold a special Q&A directly with fans.   1:00pm –  2:00pm 2 Pani Poni Dash

Room 205   1:00pm –  2:00pm 4 IDW Portfolio Review

Room 206B IDW Portfolio Review-An IDW editor will review your artwork and offer advice on your portfolio.   1:25pm –  2:25pm 2 Toradora!

Room 205   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 Kotobukiya 2017 Spring Preview

Room 213 Get an insider’s look at what’s in store from Kotobukiya for this year and beyond. Guaranteed first-time updates and reveals. The Q&A session will allow a rare opportunity to gain insight from a team member directly involved in product development. And the always popular Lucky Draw will get you rising to your feet in a roaring good time.   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 Spotlight on Gerard Way

Room 300DE Gerard Way is a creator with many hats. As the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, he redefined rock ‘n’ roll for the 21st century. As the creator of The Umbrella Academy, he proved he could make comics as exciting and eclectic as his music. Now, as the mastermind behind DC’s Young Animal, he is extending his vision to a line of books starring some of DC Comics’s most off-the-wall characters. Find out what makes the new imprint-and the man responsible-tick in this special one-on-one with Vertigo Group editor Jamie S. Rich.   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 The Her Universe Fashion Show Update

Room 208 For the last three years, The Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con has wowed audiences with its original “geek couture” designs. Every year winners are chosen and given the unique professional opportunity to design a fashion collection with Her Universe to be sold in Hot Topic stores. Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein, Cat Carson (senior brand manager, Her Universe), Ed Labay (VP GMM, Hot Topic), Andrea Lewis (VP brand marketing, Hot Topic), Jennifer Tisdale (EVP Blondie Girl Productions), and 2016 fashion show winners Hannah Lee Kent, Jesse Thaxton, and Camille Falciola take you behind the scenes of the making of the fashion show and their all-new collection for Hot Topic. Learn how these designers went from runway to retail! Plus, hear details about how to submit your designs for the 2017 Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con.   1:30pm –  3:00pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #7: Queering Comics

Room 210 Andrew Barton (Texas State University) discusses how Vision offers a unique insight into the position of The Other through the story of the Avenger android’s attempt to fit into a small community in his own ideal America. Karma Waltonen (University of California Davis) explores Kill Shakespeare‘s representation of the intersections of female villainy with sex, gender, and sexuality. Michael Lee Gonzales (Texas State University) explores how the transition from animation to comics of KaBOOM! Studios’ Steven Universe allow for the exploration of queer spatiality/temporality and pleasure not possible in the animated version.   1:50pm –  2:50pm 2 Hayate the Combat Butler

Room 205   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Aspen Portfolio Review

Room 206B Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief) will critique artwork and offer advice on building a portfolio (artist samples only).   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Discover the Music of Comics

Room 211 The hottest new bands are all in . . . comic books? Music and comics have always been intertwined, but 2017 is bringing even more of a musical influence to your favorite graphic fiction. Patrick Reed from Comics Alliance and top creators discuss the unique relationship between musicians and comic creators and how to authentically combine two of the most powerful forms of entertainment.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Live Talks Machina with the Cast of Critical Role

Arena Brian W. Foster (host of Talks Machina) moderates a special live episode featuring the cast of Critical Role: Matt Mercer, Marisha Ray, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Liam O’Brien, and Taliesin Jaffe. The cast will discuss the latest adventures of Vox Machina and answer your burning questions.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 ScreenJunkies Live! Honest Trailers/Movie Fights

Room 207 Honest Trailers creator Andy Signore, writers Spencer Gilbert andJoe Starr, and editor/producer Dan Murrell present a special live Movie Fights and never-before-seen Honest Trailer with special guests.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Spotlight on Olivia De Berardinis

Room 209 Olivia is joined by a special guest model and Bob Self of Baby Tattoo Publishing for a one-on-one interview and Q&A session!   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 The Fans’ Perspective: Underrated Disney

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Michele, Chantal, Lulu, and Jerry are here to present The Fans’ Perspective. This time panelists will be taking a look at underrated Disney films, such as Atlantis, Brave, and Treasure Planet. Attendees are welcome to become a part of the panel with discussion and interesting topics.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 4 Aspen Comics Portfolio Review- Vince Hernandez

Room 206B Aspen Comics Portfolio Review- Vince Hernandez (VP/editor-in-chief) will critique artwork and offer advice on building a portfolio (artist samples only).   2:00pm –  3:15pm 1 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Room 300AB Executive producer and head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb, series stars, and producers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. talk all things season 4. Find out what’s coming up with a Q&A and special screening of a never-before-seen episode. The action-packed series from Marvel Television returns this April, airing Tuesdays, 10/9c on ABC.   2:00pm –  3:30pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 6

Room 303AB In the Depth Lilith Jorg
A flowing river offers some fantastic finds on its surface, including some seemingly magical tools. (A) (Germany)
Groomed Samantha Armiger
Some dogs just don’t want haircuts. Like, ever. (A) (USA)
SpaghettiPeter Nizic
Eight-year-old Eddie begins his day the same as every other, with a big bowl of piping-hot spaghetti. When he arrives at school, he notices someone new that will change his young life forever, leading him to question his feelings about the meal he loves the most. (L) (Australia)
Love Song of the Drone Brian J. Larson/Sam Comfort
The journey of the bee in making honey includes sacrifices, but also a sweet reward. (A) (USA)
Ampersand • Erin Shea
Science meets animation in this wondrous visual journey. (A) (USA)   2:15pm –  3:15pm 2 D-Frag

Room 205   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 First Forays into Comics

Room 213 Everyone remembers their first time, and now these WonderCon Anaheim special guests are sharing their first comics experience. Moderator Mark Waid (Archie) discusses what it takes to get into comics with Michael Cho (Shoplifter), Lissa Treiman (Giant Days), Genevieve Valentine (Catwoman), Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy), and Judd Winick (Hilo).   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Panel

Room 300DE Get an exclusive look at the latest news and updates surrounding the year-long celebrations of Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary. Expect sneak peeks at all the products and titles being developed, updates on the Capcom Pro Tour, and a few surprises as well!   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 Weird & Wondrous

Room 208 Authors Chuck Wendig (Thunderbird), Delilah S. Dawson (Strike), Lila Bowen (Conspiracy of Ravens), Sam Sykes (An Affinity for Steel), Stephen Blackmoore (Hungry Ghosts), Kiersten White (And I Darken) explore the dark and dangerous products of their imaginations with Maryelizabeth Yturralde (Mysterious Galaxy).   2:40pm –  3:40pm 2 My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

Room 205   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 BOOM! Studios Portfolio Review

Room 206B Editors from BOOM! Studios are conducting portfolio reviews. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 CBLDF: State of Censorship 2017

Room 209 Get a global look at comics censorship from CBLDF. See how the new political climate is affecting free speech in the U.S., with increased scrutiny at the border and an abundance of local challenges to comics addressing diversity and equality. Explore how cartoonists are being prosecuted, threatened, and intimidated by authorities around the globe for making art. Learn how you can participate with CBLDF in making a difference and standing up for free expression.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 End Bullying: Be a Superhero IRL

Room 207 Been bullied? Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Legends of Tomorrow) invites you to turn kryptonite into your own personal strength with Pop Culture Hero Coalition’s powerful panel, back by popular demand! Featuring activists Anne Wheaton, Dr. Janina Scarlet (author, Superhero Therapy), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (Under the Mask Online, The Arkham Sessions), Matt Langdon (Hero Round Table), a rep from Amnesty International, and welcoming back NOH8 Founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley. Moderated by Chase Masterson (Star Trek, Doctor Who: Big Finish). Topics include geek, cyber, sexist, and LGBTQ bullying; racism; misogyny-and heroism IRL.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Figure Drawing for Popular Media

Room 210 Emilio Soltero, Ph.D. (John Buscema: A Life in Sketches, Draw the Line) presents a primer on drawing the figure for popular media, including drawing for comics and character design. The focus will be on anatomy and figure drawing. Emilio will lecture and demonstrate on figure drawing. There will be time to draw as well. Professionals and beginners are welcome. Bring your drawing supplies to draw models/cosplayers during this interactive presentation. Come ready to take notes and to draw.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Hip-hop and comics are two American artforms that bring together disparate elements to create vast worlds of creativity. They share much common ground-rappers and graffiti artists utilize superheroic imagery and adopt larger-than-life alter egos; MCs and producers assemble universes with words and sound; comic creators draw on hip-hop’s rich visual vocabulary and incorporate music, dance, and fashion into the fabric of their stories. Here, Patrick A. Reed (Depth of Field, ComicsAlliance) brings together an all-star group of graphic artists and musical innovators to discuss the ties between these two creative cultures.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Writing Great Dialog

Room 211 Short. Meaningful. Memorable. How do you write great dialogue? What works and what doesn’t work? Harrison Ford once said to George Lucas, “You can type this sh*t but you can’t say it.” Writers from animation and comics, including Marv Wolfman (The New Teen Titans, Crisis on Infinite Earths), Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars), Ernie Altbacker (Justice League Dark, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), and Holly Huckins (Rugrats, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West) talk about how to craft a great line.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 4 BOOM! Studios Portfolio Review

Room 206B BOOM! Studios Portfolio Review-Editors from BOOM! Studios are conducting portfolio reviews. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.   3:05pm –  4:05pm 2 Ground Control to Psycho Electric Girl

Room 205   3:15pm –  4:15pm 1 Riverdale Exclusive Screening of Brand New Episode

Arena A WonderCon Anaheim exclusive! Donâ   3:15pm –  4:15pm 1 Rogue One: The Magic Behind the Mission

Room 300AB Hal Hickel (Industrial Light & Magic animation supervisor, Academy Award-nominated for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) describes his role in creating the groundbreaking visual effects in the first Star Wars stand-alone film. Access Hollywood‘s Scott Mantz moderates a Q&A session.   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 DC Universe: Rebirth

Room 300DE DC Universe: Rebirth has taken the industry by storm. The universe has been restored with hope and optimism, engaging storylines, and dynamic characters. Come discover more about your favorite DC superheroes, plus hear from the talented teams bringing these stories to life!   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 Hollywood’s Illustrators Discuss Comics-Inspired Films

Room 208 Before a camera is unpacked, before a set is built, the illustrators of the Art Directors Guild are brought in for pre-visualization-concept art, storyboards, key frames, and more. Panelists include Anson Jew (Wonder Woman, Passengers), Benton Jew (Wonder Woman, Logan), Robin Richesson (Preacher, Jack Reacher), Patrick Rodriguez (A Wrinkle in Time, Justice League), moderated by Tim Burgard (Independence Day: Resurgence, The Revenant).   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: A Shell of a Good Time Panel Bonanza

Room 213 The current TMNT brain trust of Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, and Bobby Curnow discuss the Turtles’ past, present, and the threat from Dimension X looming in their future! Also announcing new creators and TMNT projects for 2017 and beyond!   3:30pm –  4:30pm 2 Looking Up at the Half Moon

Room 205   3:45pm –  5:15pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 7

Room 303AB Living Water Yoo-Ah Jung
A beautiful animated tapestry connects multiple familiar images together, creating a fluid world of living water. (A) (USA)
CradleZanyar Lotfi
A young girl is trying to do her homework. Her grandfather is asleep on the couch, snoring loudly. Is there a solution? (L) (Iran)
FredLeftchannel Artists
A cat loves to dance. Can his smooth moves keep the mice from stealing the cheese? (A) (USA)
FriendsChristopher Defaye/Oliver Defaye
A shy musical note meets other musical notes and discovers that singing with friends extends the melody. (A) (France)
I Am Not a MouseEvgenia Golubeva
A little girl’s mother keeps calling her “my little mouse.” That would be fine, except every time her mom calls her that, the girl turns into, you know, a mouse. (A) (United Kingdom)
“Johnny Boy Got His Drum” • Kevin Davis
Two so-called “rain-makers” bring hope to a village of Apocalypse survivors. Starring Bill Mumy of Lost in Space. (L) (USA)   3:55pm –  4:55pm 2 Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA

Room 205   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 Marvel Original Graphic Novel-Deadpool: Bad Blood Panel

Room 209 Join Marvel’s creative director Brian Crosby and writer/artist Rob Liefeld in this can’t-miss panel discussing Marvel’s all-new original graphic novel, Deadpool: Bad Blood! Learn all about what’s in store for the Merc with a Mouth when new villain Thumper shows up to take his revenge—and just how are Cable and Domino involved? Stick around after the discussion for a Q&A session to get all of your burning Deadpool questions answered!   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 Queers, Comics, and Social Justice

Room 207 Are comics mightier than the sword? Can comics be calls for action, or catalysts for resistance, revolution, and change in a divided society? Now more than ever, comic artists and writers are claiming their diverse identities, writing their own histories, and using the artform to build empathy and understanding. Join Prism Comics, moderator Elizabeth Beier (Bisexual Trials and Errors), and a diverse panel of LGBTQ comics creators as they explore comics as a source of power and change. Panelists include Marc Andreyko (Love Is Love), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Alphabet, publisher Stacked Deck Press), Ajuan Mance (1,001 Black Men), and Sonya Saturday (2016 Republican Presidential Candidates Coloring Book). Prism Comics will announce the recipient of the 2017 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant at the end of this panel.   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 Spotlight on Bob Layton

Room 211 Bob Layton will be discussing his 40 years in the business as writer, artist, editor, and publisher. Join the Q&A session with one of the comics industry’s most prolific creators. Meet the man who revolutionized Marvel’s Iron Man, Ant-Man, and X-Factor and who co-created the Valiant Universe of characters.   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 The Her Universe Fashion Show: Junior Design Session

Room 210 Calling all aspiring fashion designers! Are you too young to compete in The Her Universe Fashion Show? Do you want to design your own pieces or maybe even work for a fashion company like Her Universe someday? If you are between the ages of 6 and 17, come and design with the Her Universe Team and Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein. This session is free with a WonderCon Anaheim badge and no experience is needed. Just come with your imagination and get ready to sketch out your designs!   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 The Most Dangerous Women at WonderCon Anaheim: More than Just Cookies

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton The doting girlfriend. The damsel in distress. The evil seductress. The tough girl who dies. Why are so many female characters such cookie-cutter archetypes? Why do so many fictional women lack the depth and variety of character of their male counterparts? How can fans and writers work together to create richer stories with more well-rounded characters, female and otherwise? Here to discuss the many archetypes of women in fiction are a group of women dangerous in their own right: moderator Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak, 100 Greatest Graphic Novels), Dr. Janina Scarlet (Superhero Therapy), Stephanie Thorpe (CryptTV, The Ladies & The Gents), America Young (Geek & Sundry), Jessica Tseang (Little Geek Girls, Comic Book Historian), Alex Langley (The Geek Handbook, Kill the Freshman), and Tamara Brooke (Comic Book Resources, Seat 42F).   4:00pm –  5:30pm 1 Space Goat Portfolio Review

Room 206B Space Goat is the comic industry’s premier talent agency and production studio, whose clients get jobs at Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, BOOM! Studios, and other top quality publishers. Space Goat wants to see professional-quality comic book story pages in pencil, pencil & ink, or color. They are not interested in a portfolio of pinup art. They want to see professionals and talented artists ready to be professionals.   4:00pm –  5:30pm 4 Space Goat Portfolio Review

Room 206B Space Goat Portfolio Review-Space Goat is the comic industry’s premier talent agency and production studio, whose clients get jobs at Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, BOOM! Studios, and other top quality publishers. Space Goat wants to see professional-quality comic book story pages in pencil, pencil & ink, or color. They are not interested in a portfolio of pinup art. They want to see professionals and talented artists ready to be professionals   4:15pm –  5:15pm 1 IndieWire’s Fan Favorites Showrunners

Room 300AB Moderated by IndieWire executive editor Michael Schneider, an all-star panel of showrunners behind some of the coolest TV out there will swap stories and insights about the behind-the-scenes inner workings of your favorite shows. Panelists include Marc Guggenheim (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Jessica Goldberg (The Path), Jonah Ray (Mystery Science Theater 3000, Hidden America with Jonah Ray), Sera Gamble (The Magicians), Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman), and Aline Brosh McKenna (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend).   4:20pm –  5:20pm 2 When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace

Room 205   4:30pm –  5:30pm 1 Cartoon Voices

Room 300DE Once more, your host Mark Evanier assembles a dais of talented folks who speak for characters in animated cartoons and video games, and they demonstrate their artistry for you! This time, Mark has Dan Gilvezan (Spider-Man, Dennis the Menace), Elle Newlands (Skylanders, Star Trek into Darkness), Bill Farmer (Goofy, The 7D), Katie Leigh (Muppet Babies, Dungeons & Dragons), Daniel Ross (Donald Duck, Transformers) and maybe a few surprises!   4:30pm –  5:30pm 1 Spotlight on Hope Larson

Room 213 In an interview with Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl;The Plain Janes), New York Times bestselling author Hope Larson will discuss her 12-year journey from indie cartoonist to writer of DC’s Batgirl.   4:30pm –  5:30pm 1 Tarzan, Barsoom, and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.: What’s Next?

Room 208 Jim Sullos (president, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), Cathy Wilbanks (archivist, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.), and artist Jorge Pacheco discuss upcoming releases featuring Edgar Rice Burroughs’s famous literary heroes, including comics, novels, role-playing games, and more based onTarzan of the Apes, John Carter of Mars, Carson of Venus, Pellucidar, andThe Land That Time Forgot. Moderated by Scott Tracy Griffin, author of Tarzan on Film (Titan Books, 2016), this panel will include special announcements and a surprise guest!   4:30pm –  6:00pm 1 Warner Bros. Pictures

Arena Get a sneak peek at upcoming films from Warner Bros., New Line, and DC Entertainment Films, with special guests TBA.   4:45pm –  5:45pm 2 Gonna be the Twin Tail

Room 205   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Coloring with Alex Sinclair

Room 210 Alex Sinclair and the folks from Copic provide a hands-on opportunity. Copic will have an assortment of their fine products available for attendees to use as they color along an image under Alex’s guidance. He will show his marker coloring techniques live. There will be giveaways.   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 North by NorthWestworld

Room 207 Beware the man in black for speculation, predictions, and reflections on sci-fi’s most exciting new series, Westworld. This panel of experts from Geek Magazine will discuss the past, present, and future of HBO’s hit new series and go beyond Westworld, discussing the history of automatons run amok in sci-fi history as well as futureworlds. Geek journalists Nikki Griffin, Alexandra August, and Edward Gross along with cyborg scribe Ashley E. Miller (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and filmmaker Charles de Lauzirika join moderator Scott Mantz (film critic, Access Hollywood) for some reveries. Are they real or are they robots? Brought to you by Delos.   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Props Through 3D Printing

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton With 3D printing machines popping up everywhere for cheap, more cosplayers are diving into building their own props and costumes with the use of 3D printed parts. In this panel you will get to see a world of 3D printers and what each of them is good for and ways that even novices can model and 3D print their own parts. Dress in costume! A mini costume contest will be held for a chance to win a full scan in costume to be 3D printed! See 3D printers on display and printing, and learn what it takes to print and finish your 3D prop.   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Spotlight on Phil Jimenez

Room 209 Over the last 25 years Phil Jimenez has tackled nearly every major character at DC and Marvel in one form or another, melding classic sensibilities with new. In this open-ended discussion with the audience, Phil will talk about his career and answer questions about comics, movies, teaching, and more!   5:00pm –  6:00pm 1 Spotlight on Simon Spurrier

Room 211 Everyone’s favorite tea-chugging Eisner loser Si Spurrier (X-Men Legacy, The Power of the Dark Crystal, Doctor Who) will be presenting his acclaimed lecture/essay/presentation thingamabob, confusingly titled “The Pluripotent Panel.” Gasp as he reveals the cosmic potential of the comic book form! Self-congratulate as you learn the sophisticated secrets of your chosen medium! Puke with laughter as he gets his slides muddled and has a breakdown on stage! Live-tweet your awkward questions about crumpets, Brexit, and fractal narratives in a bonus Q&A session! (N.B.-Probable sweariness. N.B.#2-Then, pub.)   5:10pm –  6:10pm 2 Sailor Moon Crystal

Room 205   5:15pm –  6:15pm 1 The Nerdist Panel

Room 300AB The Nerdist crew, including Jessica Chobot (host of Nerdist News), Kyle Hill (Because Science), Rachel Heine (Nerdist editor-in-chief), Andrew Bowser (Nerdist supervising creative producer), Mike Shaw (Nerdist head of video), Joan Ford (Nerdist writer), and Aristotle Acevedo (Nerdist podcast producer) talk sci-fi, superheroes and discuss what it’s like to work at Nerdist. Dan Casey (The Dan Cave) moderates.   5:30pm –  6:30pm 1 Cinematic Storytelling for Comics

Room 213 Award-nominated animator/director/comic book creator Stephan Franck (The Iron Giant, Silver) discusses how to apply the visual principles of film language to the comics page for clarity, emotional and cinematic impact, and making the storytelling accessible to the broadest possible audience.   5:30pm –  6:30pm 1 DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender, A Netflix Original Series

Room 300DE Executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos, co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery, story editor Tim Hedrick, and voice cast members offer an in-depth discussion of the epic second season of the critically acclaimed Netflix original series DreamWorks Voltron: Legendary Defender. They’ll highlight their favorite moments and come ready for an extended fan Q&A. The conversation will be moderated by Kyle Anderson of Nerdist and panel attendees will receive a WonderCon Anaheim exclusive poster created by Dos Santos.   5:30pm –  6:30pm 1 IDW’s Archival Art Books Panel

Room 208 IDW has been blazing the way in archival collections, from Artist’s Editions to the Marvel Artist’s Select books and beyond.Greg Goldstein, Chris Ryall, Scott Dunbier, and special guests discuss what’s come out so far and, most important, what’s coming next!   5:30pm –  7:00pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 8

Room 303AB Animation Showcase! • Various
The latest reel of short animation from around the world-some of the best and most creative all-ages animation on the planet! (A) (Global)   5:35pm –  6:35pm 2 Magic Users Club OVA

Room 205   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Black Mask Studios: Debuting Tomorrow’s Legends

Room 211 Fresh off a dazzling run with breakout books Space Riders, Black, Kim & Kim, 4 Kids Walk into a Bank, The Dregs, We Can Never Go Home, and Young Terrorists, Black Mask has made a name for itself as the hottest launchpad to debut new talent and as the home for some of the coolest, most provocative comics around. Join Black Mask co-founder Matteo Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller, upcoming Calexit) and creators Matthew Rosenberg (4 Kids Walk into a Bank, We Can Never Go Home), Holly Interlandi (upcoming Last Song), Adam Egypt Mortimer (Ballistic), Tyler Boss (4 Kids Walk into a Bank), and more special guests for a wide-ranging discussion of how new creators and new ideas are changing comics, and how you can be a part of it.   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Inside the Writers’ Room: From Script to Screen

Room 207 If writers’ rooms were like superhero teams, this would be the Justice League and The Avengers, here to provide an all-star insider look at your favorite TV series. The scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to write, rewrite, and actually produce the series you love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers’ room-and what happens after your script hits the stage and why editing is considered the final rewrite. The heroic line-up this year includes Gabrielle Stanton (Time After Time,The Flash), Michael Narducci (The Originals, Medium), Sarah Watson (The Bold Type, Parenthood), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Lost), Ashley E. Miller (Black Sails, Fringe), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, The Tick), and Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X).   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Make Up FX for Cosplayers on a Budget

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Makeup effects artist Jeff Barkley (Frost: Portrait of a Vampire, Monster Manor) will discuss and demonstrate FX makeup using items easily obtained from home and the grocery store. No need to spend a fortune on specialty materials. Jeff will be answering questions, along with cosplayers Trey Barkley (Sparrows Flight Cosplay, Joker) and DesiRee Preston (Enasi Volz, Harley), about makeup effects in conjunction with cosplay and film.   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Valiant: The Road to Harbinger Wars 2

Room 209 The road to Valiant’s biggest, most ambitious, and most impactful comic book event of all time starts right here at WonderCon Anaheim with a superstar cast of Valiant creators and staff. Jump on board to find out what the future holds for Harbinger Renegade, X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Faith, Divinity, Ninjak, and the rest of Valiant’s most powerful heroes . . . and how the coming of Harbinger Wars 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe, with never-before-seen artwork and announcements.   6:00pm –  7:00pm 1 Words Create Worlds: Lessons from a Storyteller

Room 210 If you have ever thought “I want to write a book” or wondered if your story could be told in song but don’t know where to begin or how to continue, this is perfect for you! Aspiring and current writers will want to take part in this interactive workshop to ask questions and learn about what it takes to be a published author or songwriter. Learn about the writing process from author, singer/songwriter James Morris (Sky Bound, Water Tower, Surface) as he shares the challenges and excitement that comes with creating new worlds. James will discuss the art of storytelling and share valuable tips, tricks, and organizational skills to help get you started and keep going. Bring your questions. Perfect for all ages.   6:05pm –  6:30pm 2 Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Room 205   6:15pm –  7:15pm 1 Nerdist Science with Kyle Hill: The Science of Mass Effect

Room 300AB Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search) and nerdy panelists Matthew Patrick (The Game Theorists, MatPat’s Game Lab), Dianna Cowern (PBS’s The Physics Girl), Raquel Nuno (UCLA’s Earth, Planetary, and Space Science, the Mars 2020 project), and Jennifer Ouellette (The Physics of the Buffyverse, Cocktail Party Physics) discuss the surprisingly accurate science in the sci-fi video game franchise Mass Effect, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Kyle Hill.   6:30pm –  7:10pm 2 Ben-To

Room 205   6:30pm –  7:30pm 1 Ball-Jointed Doll Collectors

Room 213 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!   6:30pm –  7:30pm 1 Publishing Unleashed! How to Get Your Written Work into the Hands of Your Readers!

Room 208 If you have a passion to tell stories through the mediums of novels and comics, there are now limitless opportunities to produce, publish, and distribute your work. Of course, with so many options it can be a brain-scrambler to know which path is the best way to go. Is it better to go indie or seek out a traditional publisher? A panel of professional writers will discuss the many paths they’ve taken to get their work into the hands of their readers. Moderated by Neo Edmund (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Red Riding, the Alpha Huntress series) and featuring Marv Wolfman (The New Teen Titans, Batman: Arkham Knight), R. A. Salvatore (The Demon Wars Saga, Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms), and Joe LeFavi (Fraggle Rock, Thrilling Adventure Hour).   6:30pm –  7:30pm 1 The Brave and the Toonstock: Warner Archive’s Music Meister Sing-Along and Much More

Room 300DE You sing, we sing, everyone sings at Warner Archive’s annual celebration of cartoon music. This time, Warner Archive Collection podcast hosts Matt Patterson and DW Ferranti and moderator Gary Miereanu will focus most of the fun on the tune-laden third season of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, building to the immensely popular “Mayhem of the Music Meister” sing-along. Join the festivities for a melodious salute surrounded by surprise guests, interactive performances, and cool Warner Archive prizes.   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 Molding, Resin Casting, 3D Printing, and Model Making in the Special Effects World

Room 210 Fon Davis (25-year veteran of miniature VFX who has worked on over 25 feature films including the Star Wars series) will give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the world of practical VFX and how they fit in the digital world. Don Wistos (director of prop fabrications) will discuss molding techniques and the equipment needed to have a functioning shop. Sam Girgis (BiggerBoxModels) will discuss the 3D printing world.   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 Nerdist TV: Tech the Future, Tech the World

Room 207 Alicia Lutes (Nerdist managing editor and host of Fangirling) and several special guests dissect how on-screen technology has changed TV stories . . . and even the world; followed by a Q&A session.   7:00pm –  8:00pm 1 Space Goat: From Evil Dead 2 to Terminator and More

Room 211 Space Goat offers a sneak peek at their summer and fall 2017 lineup of books, board games, and more, including the Evil Dead 2 board game and their ongoing Terminator board game Kickstarter. Company president Shon Bury will be moderating.   7:00pm –  8:30pm 1 CBLDF Live Art Jam

Room 209 Celebrate creative freedom by seeing art made right before your eyes! The CBLDF Live Art Jam brings together a group of comics artists includingTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, award-winning Shoplifter creator and cover artist Michael Cho, and other special guests, who will make art on the spot and share their perspectives on censorship and the creative process. Watch live art being created, learn about censorship, and bid to win the pieces made during the jam! All proceeds benefit the free speech work of CBLDF.   7:10pm –  8:10pm 2 Puchim@s

Room 205   7:15pm –  8:15pm 1 VFX of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Room 300AB Mark Kolpack (visual effects supervisor, Marvel), Sabrina Arnold (visual effects producer, Marvel), Kevin Lingenfelser (visual effects supervisor, FuseFX), and Dan Mellitz (visual effects supervisor, CoSA VFX) discuss what is needed to take characters like Ghost Rider, Hive, Quake, and others out of the comics and onto television. Moderated by Shawn Richter from The Marvel Report.   7:15pm –  8:15pm 2 The Comic Artist and His Assistants

Room 205   7:30pm –  8:30pm 1 Nerd Up or Shut Up Live

Room 208 Tune into Legion of Leia’s own Nerd Up or Shut Up podcast. Join in on the conversation as you step into the next episode and chat and debate all things nerdy with hosts Anastasia Washington (Coyote Magnate), Maggie Olbrich (Nerd Up or Shut Up), Emalee Burditt (Nerd Up or Shut Up), Richard Sheehan (Nerd Up or Shut Up), and moderator Aabria Lipscomb (Coyote Magnate).   7:30pm –  8:30pm 1 The Unholy Children’s Book Massacre

Room 213 It’s the time of year for spooky stories, and there’s nothing scarier than . . . your childhood ruined! Gather around the campfire and hear the hilarious comedians from LA’s cult comedy press The Devastator read their twisted parodies of Dr. Seuss, Goosebumps, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and the Toys “R” Us Wishbook! With Jenny Jaffe (Big Hero 6), Lesley Tsina (Funny or Die), Michael Levine (The Onion), Lee Keeler (FilmDrunk), and Micki Grover (BuzzFeed). You’ll want your blankets and flashlights for this one. Also: s’mores for stress eating!   7:30pm –  8:30pm 1 U.S. Premiere Screening of Doctor Who Spin-Off Class

Room 300DE UPDATED: Fri, Mar 17, 07:47PM
End your day with BBCA and Nerdist for the exclusive U.S. premiere screening of Doctor Who spinoff, Class. From award-winning writer and Class creator Patrick Ness (novel and film A Monster Calls, novel Chaos Walking) and executive produced by the team behind Doctor Who, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin, Class is set in London’s Coal Hill School, where four students who have hidden secrets and desires navigate a life of friends, parents, schoolwork, sex, sorrow-and possibly the end of existence. Coal Hill School has been a part of the Doctor Who universe since the very beginning, but that has come at a price. Time traveling over the years has caused the very walls of space and time to become thin. There’s something pressing in on the other side, something waiting for its chance to kill everyone and everything, to bring us all into Shadow. Class is a BBC America co-production and premieres Saturday, April 15, 10:10/9:10c following the season premiere of Doctor Who at 9/8c.   7:30pm –  8:30pm 2 A Good Librarian Like a Good Shepherd

Room 205   7:55pm –  8:55pm 2 Amagi Brilliant Park

Room 205   8:00pm –  9:00pm 1 Comics on Comics: Live!

Room 211 Comics on Comics: Live! is excited to kick off its newest season! Juan Manuel Rocha and Vito Lapiccola are bringing along the newest member of the hosting staff-long-time collaborator Tim Powers. These three podcast powerhouses welcome some of their friends to the stage to talk about reboots and remakes. They’ll end with an announcement about all the cool things they will be trying in the new season.   8:20pm –  9:20pm 2 Magikano

Room 205   8:30pm –  11:00pm 1 The 2017 WonderCon Anaheim Masquerade

Arena This big onstage costume competition features amazing, beautiful, and imaginative re-created and original costumes crafted by talented attendees. Contestants compete for trophies, cash, and merchandise awards as bestowed by a panel of guest judges and representatives from various companies and organizations. The MCs are Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio. Entertainment during judging intermission is provided by the Saber Guild performance group. Doors open for seating at 8:00 but the line for choice seating starts earlier!   8:45pm –  9:45pm 2 Ninja Nonsense

Room 205   9:00pm –  10:00pm 2 Girl’s High

Room 205   9:25pm –  10:25pm 2 The Fruit of Grisaia

Room 205   9:50pm –  10:50pm 2 SHIMONETA

Room 205  10:15pm –  11:15pm 2 Please Twins!

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian.  10:40pm –  11:40pm 2 Hanaukyo Maid Team La Verte

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian.  11:05pm –  12:05am 2 Juden-Chan

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian.  11:30pm –  11:59pm 2 Softenni

Room 205 Due to some mature themes/content, no one under 18 will be allowed into the Anime Rooms after 10:00 pm unless accompanied by a parent or adult legal guardian.

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WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Schedule APRIL 2 • SUNDAY

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 22:39
 10:00am –  11:00am 1 Beyond Marvel’s Black Widow with Margaret Stohl

Room 207 Margaret Stohl (Mighty Captain Marvel comic, Black Widow novels) and Mark Waid (Black Widow, Avengers, Jughead comics) talk all things Widow and writing. Join Margie and Mark for this one-on-one interview and Q&A session!  10:00am –  11:00am 1 Comic Pitch Review

Room 206B If you’re a writer or artist attending the Comic Creator Connection, this is your chance to practice giving your pitch before the networking event and get some free coaching from a pro. So what’s a pitch? A pitch is simply the way you present yourself or your project to others. It is usually a brief speech designed to persuade and interest your listener in what you’re doing or what you’ve made. Most creators have no trouble coming up with fantastic ideas for new comics, but they often struggle to talk clearly and concisely about those ideas to other people. Giving a good pitch is a vital skill you must have to bring your project to life. Fortunately, it’s also a skill you can learn and improve with practice-and Pitch Review is a great place to do that. Pitch reviews will be conducted by Douglas Neff, an experienced presentation coach and professional public speaker, who also hosts the Comic Creator Connection. This is not a panel. Instead, these are 3- to 5-minute individual coaching sessions for as many people as can be accommodated in the scheduled time. Everyone is welcome, but please note that showing up is not a guarantee that you’ll get a review session. Spaces are allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. Room 206B  10:00am –  11:00am 1 Rainbow Magic: LGBTQ Disney Fandom

Room 211 UPDATED: Tue, Mar 21, 04:16PM
Disney is popular around the world. And Disney characters, films, comics, media, and theme parks are especially popular in the LGBTQ community. Young or old, LGBTQ folk identify with the stories, characters, the fantasy, and the imagination. Since you are next door to the “Happiest Place on Earth,” join Prism Comics and Disney fans as they explore why the queer community loves all things Disney. Panelists include Dusty Sage (founder and CEO of MiceChat.com), Justin Garrett (former Disney cast member), Renee Jeske (Disney Music Group), Worthie Momma Meacham (expert on Disney Parks and Disneyana), Eddie Shapiro (producer, Gay Days Anaheim), and David Woodman (animator, Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin). Moderated by Chris Riley (Geek Play Media).  10:00am –  12:00pm 1 World Premiere of DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games

Room 300AB Get in on all the pomp and circumstance of the world premiere of DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games, the second full-length feature film spotlighting this worldwide franchise sensation. The film finds the young superheroes—Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Bumblebee, and Katana—squaring off against Korugar Academy in the Intergalactic Games. However, trouble is in the air as Lena Luthor takes advantage of the gathering of the Supers to enact her villainous plan. It’s up to the DC Super Hero Girls to fight the forces of evil and protect their school. With Wonder Woman’s strength, Supergirl’s speed, Batgirl’s strategic knowledge, Poison Ivy’s ability to make things grow, Harley Quinn’s energy, Bumblebee’s ability to shrink, and Katana’s fearless personality … anything is possible. After the screening, stick around for an action-packed panel featuring the voices of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Katana—respectively Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery), Anais Fairweather (DC Super Hero Girls), Teala Dunn (Are We There Yet?, Enchanted), and Stephanie Sheh (Naruto: Shippuden)—alongside producer Jennifer Coyle (Bob’s Burgers), director Cecilia Aranovich (DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year), and screenwriter/author Shea Fontana (Doc McStuffins, The 7D). Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD (6/13/17) and DVD (6/27/17).  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Art Masters: Drawing DC

Room 210 DC is proud to be home to some of the most talented artists working in comics today. Join in for a unique look into their visual approach in shaping some of your favorite books! Room 210  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Exploding the Canon: Comics, Classrooms, and Modern Lit.

Room 213 Everyone loves the classics; that is why they are classics! However, there is nothing wrong with a little something new. This panel explores high-interest texts and mediums to engage readers deeply across standards, disciplines, nations, and worlds. The world is moving into the 21st century. Shouldn’t your reading list go with it? Keep your big two, but expand your horizons. The comics industry is expanding; this panel explains why your pull list should grow with it! Room 213  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Spotlight on Kevin Eastman

Room 208 Meet Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! The program will include a 20-minute presentation on past and present TMNT, from Mirage to IDW. Plus, get a close look at independent projects Fistful of Blood and Lost Angeles. Cowabunga!  10:30am –  11:30am 1 Tolkien Fandom: A Fellowship 80 years in the Making

Room 300DE TORn staffers Clifford Broadway (TORn Tuesday), Josh Rubinstein (TORn Book Club), Nicole Roberts (outreach coordinator), Kristi Fojtik (Tolkien Forever), and Cathy Udovch (TORn special event coordinator) begin to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the publishing of The Hobbit. They’ll share activities planned throughout the year to celebrate at gatherings, conventions, moots, and online discussions. They will also talk about the new books-yes, it says new and is plural-and mention any other fun, new Tolkien-themed items that may get released in 2017. There will also be an update on this year’s Baggins Birthday Bash, including info on how you can party like a Hobbit. There may even be a little singalong (a different one) at the panel to put you in a Middle-earth frame of mine.  10:30am –  11:30am 2 Gourmet Girl Graffiti

Room 205  10:30am –  12:00pm 1 The Secret Origin of Good Readers

Room 209 Revealed with a live comic book creation. Bill Morrison (Bongo Comics co-founder and illustrator, The Simpsons, Futurama) and Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics, Salt Lake City) will demonstrate how you can write and draw your own comic book. Educators will be able to use this model in their own classrooms to jump start reading, writing, and illustration.  10:55am –  11:55am 2 Super Gals

Room 205  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 Crosstalk, Connie Willis

Room 207 Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author and Grand Master of Science Fiction Connie Willis answers questions about her new novel Crosstalk, her other works, her writing process, the Black Death, romantic comedies, time travel, near-death experiences, UFOs, World War II, movies, and anything else you might want to ask her.  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 Gaia Online

Room 211 Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing) is proud to be hosting the Official Gaia Online Panel. This is your chance to meet the Gaia staff, get your burning questions answered, and take a sneak peek at some of the great stuff Gaia has planned for 2017. Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes.  11:00am –  12:00pm 1 Make a Nerdy Living!

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton “Follow your passion and you will never work a day in your life.” You hear many versions of that idea, but what does it really take to make a living following your passions? Is it about persistence, determination, talent, skill, or who you know? Dr. Travis Langley (Popular Culture Psychology series) asks a panel of experts how they brought together their passions and their professional pursuits to make a nerdy living: Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia, Wonder Woman Psychology), Kieran Dickson (MGM Studios), Bill Doran (Punished Props), Jeffrey Henderson (Planet Henderson), Alex Langley (Kill the Freshman, 100 Greatest Graphic Novels), Victoria Schmidt (Scruffy Rebel), and America Young (Halo 5, The Concessionaires Must Die!). Find out how doing the things you love can pay the bills.  11:20am –  12:20pm 2 RE-KAN!

Room 205  11:30am –  12:30am 1 Spotlight on Lissa Treiman

Room 208 From storyboarding to comics and back, Lissa Treiman has been a Disney storyboard artist for the last 10 years (Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia) and a comics fan her entire life. In 2015, she made her first foray into published comics (Giant Days), bringing her years of cinematic storytelling experience with her. Join her for a discussion about the similarities and differences between the two storytelling platforms, moderated by Brian Kesinger (Otto and Victoria, Groot), fellow Disney board artist who has also made the journey into the world of comics and illustration.  11:30am –  12:30pm 1 IDW’s Hey, Kids! (of All Ages) Comics Panel

Room 213 IDW is the home for the best comics for fans of all ages, from My Little Pony to Skylanders to Disney and the Ninja Turtles. Not only will there be free comics for kids but also fun and insightful details on all of the many kids’ comics, courtesy of editors Sarah Gaydos and Bobby Curnow. And don’t forget, kids: come with questions for the panel on how to make your very own comics! Room 213  11:30am –  12:30pm 1 Princess Leia: A Special Star Wars Fan Tribute

Room 300DE This will be a very special West Coast tribute in honor of the extraordinary actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars universe. With her larger-than-life personality, both on- and off-screen, and incredible sense of humor, Carrie Fisher was destined to have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans of all ages. Costumes are encouraged, and all are welcome as panelists share personal stories of how she touched fans’ lives and will live in their hearts-always! Hosted by Star Wars fan clubs: Rebel Legion, Mandalorian Mercs, R2 Builders, and the 501st Legion.  11:30am –  1:00pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #8: Aesthetics

Room 210 This panel considers the visual aspects of comics and the interactions of art and language. Kim Munson discusses the legacy of the groundbreaking 1967 exhibition Bande Dessinée et Figuration Narrative at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the Louvre and its influential catalog, A History of the Comic Strip. Meghan Cartier (California State University, Fresno) compares the books of Pre-Columbian Central Mexico and the figure of Lady 6-Monkey, to modern comics to examine how symbols and iconography work in a cultural artistic consciousness. Wyatt E. Sarafin (Kenyon College) looks at Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, outlining how the text’s diagrams, which reveal information otherwise excluded from the narrative, compensate for the text’s failed masculinity, in the process commenting on the current history of the art of comics. Room 210  11:30am –  1:30pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 9

Room 303AB Rosso PapaveroMartin Smatana
One starry night, a boy’s circus dreams come true. (A) (Slovakia)

Isa and the Frog PrinceYinxiang Huang
After Isa says her frog is a prince, she is challenged to prove it. (A) (USA)
The Mantis ParableJosh Staub
An insect trapped in a jar makes a decision in this lyrical story of loyalty. (A) (Australia)
CuerdasPedro Solis Garcia
Maria’s school routine is interrupted by a special child’s arrival. (A) (Spain)
Hot ChocolateKim Nguyen
The gift of hot chocolate. It’s a welcome gift. A little girl does a good deed with the help of a favorite beverage. (A) (USA)  11:45am –  12:45pm 2 Puchim@s

Room 205  11:50am –  12:50pm 2 Tonari no Seki-Kun: The Master of Killing Time

Room 205  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 CBLDF: She Changed Comics

Room 211 Meet the women who changed free expression in comics! From the turn of the 20th century to today, women have overcome censorship and more to make comics, inspiring today’s landscape of increasingly diverse and empowering comics storytelling. Hope Larson (Batgirl, Chiggers, Compass South), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl; Odd Duck;The Plain Janes), CBLDF editorial director Betsy Gomez (She Changed Comics), and others discuss the women who changed the format.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Chuck Wendig Audience Q&A

Room 207 New York Times bestselling author Chuck Wendig, who has written everything from novels to comics to games, from Star Wars to YA to horror, will answer whatever questions you want to throw at him. He’ll answer fan questions, writing questions, Star Wars questions-anything and everything.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Cosplaying with Your Kids

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Kim Henderson McAndrew and Scout McAndrew (9 O’Clock Bedtime Cosplay), Shawn Richter (Gavin’s Dad) and Gavin Richter (Kid Coulson), and Deborah and Celia discuss cosplaying with your kid and offer tips on how to get started, sources for assembling a cosplay, and social media tips. Moderated by Anastasia Washington (Anastationtv, Legion of Leia).  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 DC Comics Drawing Daddy’s Little Monster with Chad Hardin

Room 209 Chad Hardin (artist, Harley Quinn, Zatanna, Warlord) demonstrates, step by step, how to draw DC Comics’ favorite bad girl. Get some tips and tricks for working in the comics industry as an artist, and get the scoop on some behind-the-scenes shenanigans of the creative team of Harley Quinn.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 1 Teen Titans Go! All-New Episode and Q&A

Room 300AB WonderCon Anaheim attendees, Go! to this panel and be ready for a fun afternoon with your favorite teen DC superheroes. Producers Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath, and Peter Michail will join voice actor Greg Cipes to screen an all-new episode and answer your questions about all things Titans. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Fridays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.  12:00pm –  1:00pm 2 Inu Yasha: The Final Act

Room 205  12:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Comic Creator Connection #2

Room 206B Are you a writer with who can’t wait to get started on a new comic series, but you can’t draw? Are you an artist who loves to draw but lacks an idea? At WonderCon Anaheim 2017, you just might find each other! At the Comic Creator Connection, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM in Room 206B, writers and artists can sit down and meet each other in a neutral environment, in 5-minute sessions!  12:25pm –  1:25pm 2 RIN-NE

Room 205  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 ASC ‘Sketch-2-Screen’: Concept Design and Visual Effects

Room 300DE Visionary concept artist Aaron Sims (Stranger Things, the Planet of the Apes trilogy) and the ASC artist team reveal the secrets behind their creature and world-building concept designs, previsualizations, and visual effects for some of the most iconic film and television franchises of a generation. Through a series of 3D models, animatics, and breakdowns, they’ll demonstrate how your favorite superheroes, villains, and monsters are brought to life (Demogorgon, ID:R, TMNT, The Hulk, and many more) from script to screen.  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 Lucifer Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Arena If you thought all hell broke loose when Lucifer arrived in the City of Angels, just imagine how things will heat up in his absence. Indulge your deepest desires and be among the first to see what’s in store for Chloe Decker and the Devil himself after his mysterious departure in the midseason finale. Get a sizzling sneak peek at the second half of season 2, followed by a Q&A with series stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, DB Woodside, and executive producers Joe Henderson (White Collar) and Ildy Modrovich (CSI: Miami). From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television and based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer returns with all-new episodes in May airing Mondays at 9/8c on FOX.  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 The OC Automata and Animatronics Legacy

Room 213 Bill Butler (creative director at Garner Holt Productions, Inc.) moderates a panel featuring Garner Holt (founder and president of Garner Holt Productions, Inc.), Disney Legend Bob Gurr, and Thomas Kuntz (modern automaton builder at Atomic Design Studio) as they discuss the history of mechanized magic in Orange County, from Japanese Deer Park to Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland. Room 213  12:30pm –  1:30pm 1 The Writer’s Journey: Breaking in and Managing a Career in Hollywood

Room 208 This panel addresses what new writers need to do once they have material ready to go out to the masses. The shifting 21st century digital frontier means the age-old methods of building a career have been rendered irrelevant. This group of Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel creators share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property and market yourself accordingly. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel’s Agent Carter, IDW’sM.A.S.K.), the panel includes TV producer Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians, Marvel Comics’sMosaic), writer Ubah Mohamed (Gang Related, ABC’s The Whispers), actress/writer Erika Alexander (Concrete Park, Queen Sugar), and artist/writer Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser,Concrete Park).  12:50pm –  1:50pm 2 Pani Poni Dash

Room 205   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Capable Kids

Room 209 Age is no barrier to the intrepid adventurers in works by participants Judd Winick (Hilo), Tania del Rio (Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods), Jonathan Stokes (Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas), and Dave Roman (Teen Boat! The Race for Boatlantis). Moderated by Judy Neeb (Children’s Librarian, County of Los Angeles Public Library).   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Causeplay: Fans Helping Their Communities

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Mark Chu-Lin (Avengers Initiative club president), Shawn Richter (regional service manager), Maid of Might (cosplayer), Natalie Chicas (Shriners Hospitals for Children Los Angeles volunteer coordinator), and Amanda Sanchez (child life specialist for UC Irvine Health) discuss how costumers give back to their communities through their hobby. Hear what they have done, find out how to become involved with such group efforts, and learn how to get involved in events like fundraisers and pediatric visits. By employing skills they already have and sharing them, volunteers can help brighten others’ day.   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #9: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Psychology of Teamwork Dynamics in Comic Books and Cinema

Room 210 The comics universe is made up of powerful characters who are driven to accomplish a goal: to protect or conquer. When these individuals can’t achieve the goal themselves, they often band together and form teams such as the X-Men, the Justice League, and the Legion of Doom. Joe Serrano (Adler University), Edgar Ramos (Concordia University), John Leffel, and Rebecca Lee (Adler University) explore teamwork dynamics within comic books and cinema. The panel will address the psychology behind what makes or breaks a team, the pivotal roles that specific characters play in the group dynamic, and the depiction of teamwork in comic films. Room 210   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Cover Story

Room 207 Some say the most important part of any comic book is the cover. If that’s so, we need to talk more about cover designs-and talk we will with these acclaimed cover creators: Michael Cho (Civil War II, DC reprint series), Sanford Greene (Power Man and Iron Fist, Runaways), Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman, The Invisibles), Bob Layton (Iron Man, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter), and Lissa Treiman (Slam!, Lumberjanes). Your moderator as usual is Mark Evanier.   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Justice League Action All-New Episode and Q&A

Room 300AB Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman lead the DC Comics Super Heroes against their most infamous foes in adventures packed with relentless thrills, fun, and action. No need to wait for the good stuff to startâ   1:00pm –  2:00pm 1 Spotlight on Chris Roberson

Room 211 Chris Roberson (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse), co-creator of the Eisner-nominated comic that inspired the hit CW television series iZombie, is joined by Rob Salkowitz (Forbes) for a one-on-one interview and Q&A session.   1:15pm –  2:15pm 2 Toradora!

Room 205   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 Brick and Mortar: Successful Tournaments at a Comic Shop

Room 213 Gaming tournaments have become a prime source of income for comic book shops. Whether it’s board games, trading card games, or miniatures, these tournaments are a way to draw in new customers and maintain your regulars. Dr. Billy San Juan (Star Wars Psychology), Tim Shields (Cascade Games), Cary Kazmaier (Artifex), Doreen Kamada-Fujii (Pokemon TCG), and Angela Chandler (Magic: The Gathering judge) discuss the best ways to increase tournament visibility, player attendance, and customer satisfaction. Room 213   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 Collider Movie Trivia Schmoedown

Room 300DE Ever wonder what movie trivia would be like with the theatrics of the WWE and the competitiveness of the UFC? Collider Video’s popular game show “The Movie Trivia Schmoedown” comes to Wondercon Anaheim! Popular characters like The Outlaw John Rocha, Mark “Baby Carrots” Ellis, and “Little Evil” JTE among others will be on hand to discuss what makes the Schmoedown the Schmoedown. Kristian Harloff and John Campea will break down how the league came to be, what has happened in season 4 thus far, and what is to come for the rest of the year. There will be smack talk, there will be trivia, there will be a Schmoedown!   1:30pm –  2:30pm 1 Valiant: 25 Years of X-O Manowar

Room 208 This March, Valiant celebrates 25 years of its most enduring comic book icon as bestselling writer Matt Kindt and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists launch a stunning new beginning in the all-new X-O Manowar #1. A blockbuster roundtable of Valiant’s greatest talents present an in-depth discussion of X-O Manowar’s landmark place in comics history, along with a special look forward at the new series of 2017.   1:40pm –  2:40pm 2 Hayate the Combat Butler

Room 205   1:45pm –  2:45pm 1 Gotham Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Arena As Gotham City descends into anarchy, join the hit show as it returns to WonderCon Anaheim to give fans the scoop on all the shocking moments in store for the remainder of Season 3. With Penguin out of the picture, and a power grab taking place, who will become the new leader of the Gotham underworld? How will Nygma’s embrace of his Riddler persona alter the balance of power, and will any of it matter when the Court of Owls reveals its plans for the city? All will be judged! Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars and executive producers. From Warner Bros. Television, Gotham returns Monday, April 24, with all-new episodes on Mondays at 8/7c on FOX.   1:45pm –  3:30pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 10

Room 303AB Gallery Girl Andrew Marshal
A girl trapped in museum paintings finds herself enjoying the living wonder of art. (A) (USA)
Our Wonderful Nature-The Common Chameleon • Lumatic Animation
The chameleon is hungry so he does what he does, going after prey. Some prey is too large, though, and causes the chameleon some trouble. Oh, you won’t believe the trouble. (A) (Germany)
Sketchasaurus • Jiedi Chen
A boy’s sketch of a prehistoric creature helps him create an imaginary T-Rex friend. (A) (USA)
Treetop Family: Sparrows Learn to Fly Brett Jubinville, Troy McDonald
Baby sparrows must learn to fly. It’s not easy to fly, you know. Just watch. (A) (USA)
Soup Meghann Artes
You’ve never seen an alphabet quite like this one. A dizzying and fun journey through 26 letters. (A) (USA)   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Drawing Action

Room 211 WonderCon Anaheim special guests Hope Larson (Batgirl), Andy Park (Tomb Raider), and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Bombshells) illustrate how to get in on the action as they explain how they give their characters dynamic movements on the page. Moderator Jessica Tseang (comic book historian) leads this talented group of creators as they share their insider knowledge and draw characters that leap off the page and into our imagination.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Halo Costuming and Props with Anvil Station

Avalon Room, Anaheim Hilton Anvil Station is a costuming group that specializes in creating props and costumes from the Halo universe, and they want to share their knowledge with you. A brief overview of the common techniques and methods used to create props and armor will be followed by a Q&A from the audience. Panelists will cover topics including basic construction with foam and fiberglass (James Hall), 3D printing (Alec Richter of Fabled Phoenix Props), casting and molding, painting (Cary Gunnar Lee and John Paul Pollio of Starside Armory), lasercutting (Benedict Choy, Spacemeat The Cosplay), and more. Moderated by Matthew Hendricks (AsthMattic).   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 How to Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film

Room 209 The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors, known for their popular Strand series, will explain how to create your own novel step by step, from building your universe to overcoming writer’s block to the different paths to publishing. The twins have taught their unique award-winning creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Steven L. Sears (writer and executive producer, Xena: Warrior Princess) and Andrew Mayne (bestselling author, star of A&E’s Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne), to share their war stories, answer your questions, and teach you how to craft your story idea into a marketable novel, television series, or film franchise. This panel will be in loving memory of Richard Hatch, a friend, teacher, and inspiration to all.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild Portfolio Review

Room 206B Veteran Art Directors Guild storyboard artist Tim Burgard (The Revenant , Jurassic World, Independence Day: Resurgence) will review portfolios.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Spotlight on Chip Zdarsky

Room 207 This was originally going to be moderated by my dear chum Matt Fraction but he sadly had to cancel so instead it’s being moderated by … let’s see … Mark Waid? Is that right? Oh for f—   2:00pm –  3:00pm 1 Warner Archive Collection – KidsWB Flashback

Room 300AB Celebrate the phenomenon of Kids’ WB with some of the creators and voice actors from Static Shock, The Zeta Project, Xiaolin Showdown, Histeria!, and many more in a fun look back at the beloved cartoon block. Join The Zeta Project creator/producer Bob Goodman (Elementary, Warehouse 13) and a bevy of special guests alongside Warner Archive podcasters Matthew Patterson and DW Ferranti and moderator Gary Miereanu for a fun-filled hour of cartoon clips for all-and cool prizes for lucky audience members.   2:00pm –  3:00pm 4 Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild Portfolio Review

Room 206B Illustrators of the Art Directors Guild Portfolio Review- Veteran Art Directors Guild storyboard artist Tim Burgard (The Revenant , Jurassic World, Independence Day: Resurgence) will review portfolios.   2:00pm –  3:30pm 1 Comics Arts Conference #10: Continuity

Room 210 Perhaps more than texts in any other medium, comics have created worlds structured around coherent, long-term histories, generally referred to as their “continuity.” These three presentations consider different aspects of how continuity works in serial graphic narratives. Tiffany Babb (Columbia University) considers how the rebranding of the trickster Kid Loki in Journey into Mystery: The Manchester Gods indicates that revolution cannot remain permanent in the circular narrative pattern of mainstream comics. Enrique Acosta (Spider Baby the Musical) discusses the balancing act of respecting continuity for both creators and for fans. Derek Heid (Temecula Valley High School) examines the transfer of superhero titles between characters and the idea of the hero avatar-the mantle that is passed from one individual to another, which defines the parameters of what we recognize as the superhero in question without tying that identity to a single flesh-and-blood person. Room 210   2:05pm –  3:05pm 2 D-Frag

Room 205   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 Film Threat’s Mega-Movie War 2017

Room 300DE Wonder Woman, Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Alien: Covenant, Justice League, and more will be debated at this gathering of a veritable “Justice League” of movie geeks. Join Anthony Ray Bench (Film Threat), Charles de Lauzirika (Blade Runner: The Final Cut), Cliff Stephenson (Hannibal), and Matt Keil (X-Play), among others for a raucous discussion moderated by Film Threat editor Chris Gore (Attack of the Show!). They’ll choose the winners and losers of 2017’s biggest movies. Plus, a special edition of DVDuesday on the 5th anniversary of Attack of the Show! going off the air. (Yes, it’s been five years.)   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 Independent Comics and Storytelling for All Media

Room 208 Understanding independent publishing and production (TV, streaming, film, print/digital comics, and other media) is crucial for present-day creators. Spearheaded by members of The Antidote Trust, this panel covers everything: conceiving IP, producing one’s product, branding, marketing, distributing creative commodities, and so on. Panelists are Russell Nohelty (writer, publisher, consultant), Hannibal Tabu (2012 Top Cow Talent Hunt winner, Project Wildfire: Enter Project Torrent, Menthu: The Anger of Angels, Project Wildfire: Street Justice), Andre Owens (director, publisher,Force Galaxia, The Stoned Age), and Melissa Jarvis (author, The Lineage series). Moderated by Robert Roach (storyboard artist, winner of the inaugural Glyph Award for indie comics, creator of Menthu and The Roach).   2:30pm –  3:30pm 1 Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books

Room 213 Panelists Joe Cepeda (Pura Belpre honoree, author/illustrator of the I, Freddy series), Stacia Deutch (New York Times bestselling author of the Blast to the Past series), Marla Frazee (New York Times bestselling Caldecott honoree, author/illustrator of The Boss Baby), John Rocco (New York Times bestselling Caldecott honoree, author/illustrator of Blackout), Eliza Wheeler (New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Miss Maple’s Seeds), and moderator Henry Herz (author, Little Red Cuttlefish) will share insights into the publishing industry, how to get started, and lessons learned on the journey to traditional publication, TV, and film.   2:30pm –  3:30pm 2 Amagi Brilliant Park

Room 205   2:55pm –  3:55pm 2 Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Room 205   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Jack Kirby Tribute

Room 211 2017 marks an entire century since the birth of the man many call the most important creative talent ever in comics. This year more than ever, comic fans celebrate the legacy of Jack Kirby. On hand will be former Kirby assistant Steve Sherman, Scott Dunbier from IDW Publishing, Rand Hoppe from the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center, and Paul S. Levine, attorney for the Rosalind Kirby Trust. Your moderator is another former Kirby assistant, Mark Evanier.   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of Animated Series

Room 207 Using Batman: The Animated Series to help educate audiences about real-world psychology and mental health, the hit podcast The Arkham Sessions has created a unique niche where science meets art. But Batman isn’t the only popular animated series that can help us learn more about ourselves and those around us. Join co-hosts Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward as they dive into the importance of shows that are often mistakenly seen as “just for kids.” Special guests include writers Eric and Julia Lewald (X-Men: The Animated Series), Henry Gilroy (Star Wars Rebels), and David Wise (Batman: The Animated Series).   3:00pm –  4:00pm 1 Where Do Ideas Come From?

Room 209 For artists and writers who get “stuck,” veteran writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (Shadowzone, My Little Pony) slings rapid-fire tips, tricks, and strategies for vanquishing those blocked brain cells and deadline demons! Part information, part motivation, all entertaining!   3:00pm –  4:30pm 1 Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: An Interactive Whedon Musical

Room 300AB WonderCon Anaheim is going out on a high note! The powers that be behind Whedonopolis, WhedonCon, and Fandom Charities present an interactive screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog! Come and revel in the musical genius of the Whedons! But remember, the best part of the show is up to you! Cheer for Dr. Horrible! Cheer for Penny! Cheer for Moist! Cheer for the Freeze Ray! Cheer, or whatever, for “Captain Hammer, Corporate Tool!” Just have fun and be sure to make Bad Horse gleeful. There will be audience participation; it isn’t just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore.   3:15pm –  4:45pm 1 Encore screening of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

Arena Miss the Friday screening of the latest entry in the ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies? Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation invite you to attend a screening of Teen Titans: The Judas Contract. Inspired by the 1984 DC story arc from Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract finds the Teen Titans—Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven, Blue Beetle, Robin, and the just-returned Nightwing—working as a cohesive team in their never-ending battle against evil. But their newest teammate, the mysterious and powerful Terra, may be altering that dynamic. Meanwhile, an ancient evil, Brother Blood, has awakened, and familiar foe Deathstroke is lurking in the shadows—both waiting to pounce. Ultimately, the Teen Titans will need to battle their enemies and their own doubts to unite and overcome the malicious forces around them in this twisting tale of intrigue, adventure, and deception. Teen Titans: The Judas Contract will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital HD (4/4/17) and Blu-ray & DVD (4/18/17).   3:20pm –  4:20pm 2 Log Horizon

Room 205   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 Comics are for Kids, Too!

Room 210 Comic books are for everyone and that includes the youngest readers just learning about the world of four color fantasy. Join the creators of the upcoming Not-So Secret Society graphic novel (Matt Daley, Trevor Crafts,Arlene Daley, and Ellen Crafts) for an interactive workshop where you and your school age children will get hands on and make your own comics and leave with some fun surprises, too!   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule

Room 213 Panelists will cover basic-though imperative-approaches and concepts for what you need to know to accomplish any project in any medium with any goal. They include Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear), Sean Glumace (Adobe education leader), Ron Coleman, Ph.D. (molecular geneticist, comic book writer), Stephen Burns (Photoshop digital artist, author, lecturer), Chris Dickens (writer/creator of Vigilante Project and The Ronin), James Frye (manager editor, The Con Guy), and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV).   3:30pm –  4:30pm 1 The Science of Star Wars

Room 208 Ever wondered if lightsabers could ever be a reality? Curious about which Star Wars droid NASA would take into space? Expert panelists Emily Manor-Chapman (NASA engineer), Kieran Dickson (editor, COMET), Fon Davis (Star Wars production designer), Travis Langley (editor,Star Wars Psychology), Janina Scarlet (author,Superhero Therapy), and others, with moderator Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia) break down the science behind a galaxy far, far away and field all of your burning, geeky questions.   3:30pm –  5:00pm 1 Starship Smackdown Extreme: Millenials Versus Grups

Room 300DE This time it’s personal, as a generation of millennials are pitted against an aging “grup” of spaceshipologists. Who will duke it out for the highly coveted Anaheim Smackdown title this year? Can the StarshipEnterprise defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? WillRogue One be assimilated by a Borg Cube? Will the Nostromo be taken over by Rathtars? And will the Jefferson Starship ever win anything? Join this panel of sage classic spaceshipologists (Ashley E. Miller, Steven Melching, Kay Reindl, Christian Gossett, Daren Dochterman, and Robert Meyer Burnett) as they slug it out with The Next Generation (Bobak Ferdowsi, Nikki Griffin, and surprise guests). Moderated by the Richard Dawson of the stars, Mark A. Altman (The 50 Year Mission). Finish your weekend with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown. And ‘zis combat will be to the death.   3:30pm –  5:00pm 3 Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival – Program 11

Room 303AB Best of Fest, Vol. 2 • Various
More of the best worldwide short films and animation from the last 11 years of the festivals, to close things out! (L/A) (Global)   3:45pm –  4:45pm 2 Jubei-Chan: The Ninja Girl

Room 205   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 WonderCon Anaheim Talk Back

Room 211 Back in Anaheim for WonderCon 2017! How did we do? Bring your questions and experiences-good or bad! All are welcome!   4:00pm –  5:00pm 1 Writer Versus Fandom: TV Writer’s Rooms and Fan Interaction

Room 209 The dialogue between TV writers and their fans is a vital tool for many television shows—but one that can prove fickle. From producers, to staff writers and assistants, Alex Freedman and Nick Watson (Paper Team) invite people who work on some of your favorite TV shows to share their thoughts on this unique relationship. Panelists include Ray Utarnachitt (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Person of Interest), Sarah Hernandez (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Tennessee Martin (Lucifer, Training Day), Diya Mishra (The Tick, Powerless) and Taylor Brogan (The Shannara Chronicles, Into the Badlands).   4:10pm –  5:10pm 2 Comet Lucifer

Room 205   4:35pm –  5:00pm 2 Heavy Object

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WONDERCON: How to Get News Coverage

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 22:03
How To Get Press 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) Ed Catto (Captain Action, Bonfire Agency), Albert Ching (Comic Book Resources), Josh Henaman (Big Foot), Jez Ibelle (First Comics News, Geek-a-pedia), Alan Kistler (Polygon.comOodon.com), Francis Sky (First Comics News), Josh Waldrop (Red Gorilla Comics). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comic.

WonderCon
Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802
Saturday, April 1
10:00-11:00 AM
Room 209

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BLUEFIN STEPS INTO THE RING WITH NEW TAMASHII NATIONS S.H. FIGUARTS ACTION FIGURES BASED ON WWE WRESTLING SUPERSTARS

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:20

The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H are the Latest S.H. Figuarts Releases with Undertaker and Kane Set for July

 

Anaheim, CA, March 21, 2017 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan, steps into the ring with new S.H. Figuarts WWE action figures from Tamashii Nations featuring iconic professional wrestlers The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Triple H.

 

Tamashii Nations’ new 6-inch wresting figures are their first products developed for the WWE Universe. The figures are fully poseable with over 30 points of articulation and each figure makes use of Tamashii’s proprietary Digital Color Technology on the head sculpts, resulting in portraits with an uncanny lifelike resemblance to the WWE superstars.

All S.H. Figuarts WWE figures are packed with signature accessories, optional expression parts, and interchangeable hands.

 

The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin figures are available now at Toys R Us stores and hobby and specialty shops nationwide, including RingsideCollectibles.com. Triple H debuts this week, first at RingsideCollectibles.com, followed by retail and specialty shops. Then in July “The Brothers of Destruction” Undertaker and Kane—available for pre-order now—join the line.

S.H. Figuarts WWE The Rock

Height: Approx. 6.25 inches · MSRP: $49.99 · Available Now!

Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? S.H. Figuarts is proud to present the action figure for America’s top WWE wrestler: The Rock. This 6.25″ (16cm) figure brings all of S.H. Figuarts technology has to bear to replicate the wrestler in all his glory. The Rock includes three heads with different expressions, one pair of posable hands, three pairs of fixed-pose hands, and a microphone.

S.H. Figuarts WWE Stone Cold Steve Austin

Height: Approx. 6.25 inches · MSRP: $49.99 · Available Now!

Here’s the bottom line, ’cause Stone Cold says so! S.H. Figuarts is proud to present the action figure of one of America’s top WWE wrestlers: Stone Cold Steve Austin. This 6.25″ (16cm) figure brings all of S.H. Figuarts technology has to bear to replicate the wrestler in all his glory. Stone Cold’s figure includes three heads with different expressions, two pairs of posable hands, a vest, two cans, and two “splash effect” parts.

S.H. Figuarts WWE Triple H

Height: Approx. 6.25 inches · MSRP: $51.99 · Available Now!

The king of kings, Triple H, joins the S.H.Figurarts series as he appeared in the late 1990s. Full action gimmicks and posing let you replicate all his trademark moves! The 160mm figure includes two optional expression parts, optional left and right hands, left and right hands with posable fingers, sledgehammer, and water bottle.

S.H. Figuarts WWE Undertaker

Height: Approx. 6.5 inches · MSRP: $54.99 · Available July

From out of the shadows comes the latest addition to the S.H.Figuarts WWE line, the ominous  Undertaker! Undertaker is meticulously realized in 6-inch scale with strategically placed joints for ultimate articulation. Set includes his iconic hat, interchangeable right hand, jointed interchangeable hands (left and right), and interchangeable heads (x3).

S.H. Figuarts WWE Kane

Height: Approx. 6.5 inches · MSRP: $54.99 · Available July

The incredibly articulated and realistic S.H. Figuarts WWE line continues with “The Big Red Machine,” Kane! This spectacular 6-inch rendition of Kane comes with a variety of accessories including and interchangeable head piece designed with his iconic mask. Set includes interchangeable hands (left and right), jointed interchangeable hands (left and right), towel, and 2 interchangeable heads.

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Top Shelf Productions to release  Shannon Wheeler’s ‘Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump’

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:12
San Diego, CA (March 21, 2017) – IDW’s imprint Top Shelf Productions is pleased — big league — to announce Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump, in which Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Shannon Wheeler tackles the 140-character president. For the first time, these revealing snapshots of the world’s most powerful man will be collected, curated, and brought to memorable new life as cartoons. This compulsively readable hardcover will reach stores in August.

Some people are saying, I don’t know, you tell me, but a lot of people are saying this is the greatest book of the year. This guy, Shannon Wheeler, he draws these cartoons for the New Yorker, MAD, the Onion — he’s very, very, good, okay? Now he’s illustrated the most incredible tweets. Wow! You won’t believe what he does with these tweets. I mean, these tweets changed the world, folks. It’s true! It’s very true. EVERYONE is going to want this book — even the haters and losers (Sad!).

In Sh*t My President Says, Donald Trump’s most revealing tweets are transformed into razor-sharp cartoons, offering a subversive and illuminating insight into the mind of the most divisive political figure of our time. Whether you love him or hate him, this take on Trump will help you come to grips with the man and his ideas thanks to Wheeler’s signature mix of slapstick and sophistication.

“Shannon Wheeler drew a book I wish I had thought of; that’s the ultimate compliment I can offer in 140 characters! #buyit #wheelerisagenius”

—Jack Ohman, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning

Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump by Shannon Wheeler
A 120-page hardcover, 5″ x 6.5″
ISBN 978-1-60309-410-8
For mature readers (16+)
Available August 2017

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JIMMY’S BASTARDS COMES TO AFTERSHOCK

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:51

 

Jimmy Regent, Britain’s number one super-spy, has got it all: intrigue, adventure, a license to shoot whoever he likes and beautiful women falling at his feet. He also has a new partner who isn’t quite as impressed by Jimmy as all other women appear to be. Now, there’s a price to pay for Jimmy’s multiple romantic conquests — the results of which are about to come calling in the worst possible way…

From the creator and writer of Preacher and The Boys comes the brand-new series that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

JIMMY’S BASTARDS #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color
writer: Garth Ennis
artist: Russ Braun
color: John Kalisz
letterer: Rob Steen
cover “A”: Dave Johnson
cover “B”: Russ Braun

Item Code: APR171220
In Shops: JUNE 14, 2017

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AFTERSHOCK COMICS NOW EXCLUSIVE WITH DIAMOND

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:42

Diamond Comic Distributors has been named the exclusive worldwide distributor for comic book publisher AfterShock Comics in English-speaking countries. The agreement includes distribution rights to comic book specialty stores and in book publishing through its sister company, Diamond Book Distributors.

“Diamond is excited to extend our partnership with AfterShock Comics,” said Diamond Vice President of Purchasing, Tim Lenaghan. “We look forward to working with the entire AfterShock team on delivering their engaging stories from top creators to stores around the world.”

“We are all very excited about advancing our relationship with Diamond to this next level,” said AfterShock’s Publisher and CCO Joe Pruett. “Not only will we now be able to reach more outlets, but it will become much easier for retailers to more accurately order our titles.”

Helmed by industry veterans, Eisner Award-winning publisher and editor Joe Pruett and Mike Marts, AfterShock Comics launched in April 2015 and quickly became a rising star of comic book publishers. With major talent from Marguerite Bennett (InSeXts and Animosity), Garth Ennis (Dreaming Eagles and Jimmy’s Bastards), Warren Ellis (Shipwreck), Brian Azzarello (American Monster), Paul Jenkins (Replica and Alters) and powerhouse creative team Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (SuperZero), AfterShock continues to generate industry buzz with news making titles from the most celebrated creators in the business.

AfterShock’s Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts added, “This new relationship with Diamond guarantees that a larger universe of both retailers and readers will have access to our rapidly growing arsenal of innovative titles by the best creators in the business.”

In the March PREVIEWS catalog, retailers and fans can pre-order AfterShock Comics’ newest titles: Pestilence #1 by Frank Tieri and Disney illustrator Oleg Okunev, which sees ex-Crusaders fighting against the first non-recorded Zombie Infestation during the Dark Ages; and The Normals #1 by Adam Glass and Dennis Calero, a new rush-of-blood-to-the-head series that’ll make fans question reality itself.

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Archie and Friends Face Mortal Danger in New, Game-Changing Event Kicking Off in May

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:41

“OVER THE EDGE” rocks Riverdale to its core in the pages of the ongoing ARCHIE series from acclaimed team of writer Mark Waid and artist Pete Woods

The lives of Archie Comics’ most popular characters will be changed forever as legendary comic book writer Mark Waid and superstar artist Pete Woods take readers OVER THE EDGE in ARCHIE #20 beginning this May!

Following in the footsteps of the best-selling DEATH OF ARCHIE storyline and the critically acclaimed ARCHIE relaunch, OVER THE EDGE serves as a culmination of years of risk-taking stories and promises to change the lives of Riverdale’s core characters dramatically.

“Up until now, Archie and his pals have led fairly untroubled, normal lives,” said series writer Mark Waid. “Suddenly, in one horrifying instant, that all changes when one of the kids looks death in the eye–and death doesn’t blink.”

The 3-part OVER THE EDGE event begins in May’s ARCHIE #20, as Archie Andrews’ and Reggie Mantle’s ongoing feud pits the two against each other in a thrill ride on the dangerous Dead Man’s Curve. In June, a life-changing phone call will leave Riverdale’s citizens in shock and readers on their toes in ARCHIE #21.

The heart-wrenching storyline concludes in July’s ARCHIE #22 as the end comes for one of Riverdale’s most beloved residents – while setting the stage for years of new and undiscovered destinies for the entire cast.

ARCHIE #20
It’s the BIGGEST comic event in ARCHIE HISTORY! Archie and Reggie’s ongoing feud reaches a fever pitch that pits the two against each other in a thrill ride on the deadly Dead Man’s Curve!
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Elliot Fernandez with Joey Vazquez, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 5/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

ARCHIE #21
A phone call leaves everyone in Riverdale in a state of shock and despair!
Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pete Woods
Variant Covers: Matthew Dow Smith, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 6/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER COMES TO DYNAMITE

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:34

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Magnus, the comic book series returns with an all-new interpretation of the character courtesy of writer Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and artist Jorge Fornés (Amazing X-Men). With a debut issue set for release in June, Magnus #1 includes a Turok back-up story by Chuck Wendig (Hyperion) and Álvaro Sarraseca (Witchblade), a continuation of the serial in The Sovereigns.

Artificial intelligences, rather than becoming our overlords, have settled into an uneasy symbiosis with humanity – they work for us as our colleagues and servants, earning vacation-time they spend in a boundless digital universe running on human-maintained server farms. But not all A.I.s are cool with the deal. Enter Magnus, a human psychologist tasked with navigating both worlds in order to bring recalcitrant AIs back into productive society…

Writer Kyle Higgins says, “Our take on Magnus is quite different from what’s come before. In a Black Mirror sort of way, we’ll be looking at our world plus thirty years, the way artificial intelligence technology could progress, and the host of problems that might develop… including a ‘Cloud World’ that A.I. systems create for themselves, to live and exist together, free from humans and the physical (robotic) forms that were built for them. As we’ll learn early on, it’s rare for humans to be able to upload themselves to the Cloud World and not lose their minds, and that’s where Dr. Kerri Magnus comes in. Not only can she walk between both worlds, but Dr. Magnus has an affinity for artificial intelligence: she makes a living as a psychologist, specializing in artificial intelligence patients.”

The debut issue of Magnus features a wide selection of cover variants, featuring Giuseppe Camuncoli (The Amazing Spider-Man), interior artist Jorge Fornés, Aaron Conley (Rocket Raccoon & Groot), and Daniel Warren Johnson (Man-Thing). Magnus #1 will be solicited in the April 2017 Previews catalog and slated for release in June.

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DYNAMITE BRINGS TNT’S THE LIBRATIANS COMIC SHOPS

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:24

Dynamite Entertainment, the leading publisher of licensed comic books, announces today an exclusive partnership with Electric Entertainment to develop the hit television series The Librarians into an all-new series of comics and graphic novels!

Based on TNT’s hit movie franchise of the same name, The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library, dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Christian Kane (TNT’s Leverage, Angel), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Philanthropist) and John Harlan Kim (Neighbors, The Pacific) star in the series as the newest protectors of the world’s mystical treasures, with Emmy® winner John Larroquette (Night Court, Deception) as their reluctant caretaker. Noah Wyle, who originated the role of Flynn Carsen, one of the longest-surviving librarians in the mythology created in TNT’s hit movie trilogy, has recurred throughout the series and continues to serve as an executive producer.

The Librarians first aired on TNT and burst onto the scene with a chart-topping launch in 2014. It went on to finish the year as the #2 new series on basic cable. The show’s success has prompted TNT to order an additional 12 new episodes for the fourth season, which is slated to launch later this year.

“I was hooked on this exciting series from the first TNT movie,” says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. “Noah Wyle’s character recalls everything I loved about Indiana Jones, and the cast of the series is phenomenal. The cast dynamics and premise are perfect for comic books, and I am thrilled that Dynamite Entertainment will have the opportunity to expand on this rich world in a series certain to reward longtime fans and newcomers alike!”

“We couldn’t be happier to partner with the artists and storytellers at Dynamite Entertainment on this series of comic books for The Librarians. This is a perfect way for our fans to follow their favorite characters as they explore new and exciting stories,” says Electric Entertainment CEO Dean Devlin.

Look for further news on the release date and creative team in the coming months, with the fourth season of the hit series to premiere later this year!

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DYNAMITE IS THE PROUD COMIC BOOK PUBLISHER FOR GWAR, THE UNIVERSE’S GREATEST HEAVY METAL / HARDCORE PUNK BAND

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:17

 DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT AND GWAR UNLEASH ORGASMAGEDDON!

The First New Comic Book Series from the
Bloodied Barbarians in Twenty Years!

March 20, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Following up on an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign late last year, GWAR will bring the blasphemous, blood-soaked series that fans demanded to print in June, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment!

From the depths of outer space to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, punk rock and heavy metal’s most shocking band of intergalactic blood-spewing alien monsters has returned to kill everything and respect nothing in the pages of GWAR: Orgasmageddon! Banished to the past by the cold and calculating Mr. Perfect, the heroes of GWAR trample through time like a deranged Bill & Ted on bath salts. Antics ensue as they stomp and smash and shape human history to what we accept as our current reality. Co-written by GWAR themselves and Matt Miner (Toe Tag Riot, Critical Hit), and featuring art by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Welcome Back, Critical Hit), GWAR: Orgasmageddon is a love letter to comics, grindhouse movies, and heavy metal, sure to appeal both to the most die-hard fan and the comics fanboy/fangirl intrigued by the prospect of social awareness drowned in geysers of blood and alien goo.

“It’s awesome to have a comic coming out! We had some in the 90’s, but it’s about time we got back into the comic book world,” says Matt Maguire, better known in the band lineup as Sawborg Destructo. “When Matt Miner and I first talked, everything clicked and I knew we were going to do a cool project. It was really cool to see all the support from the fans who pledged money to Kickstarter. We knew people wanted to see more GWAR comics, so it was great to reach our goal. We can’t wait to show all of the amazing work that is being generated for this comic! With Dynamite in our corner, it’s gonna be a big book!”

Regarding what GWAR fans will love most about the series, Maguire adds, “The blood… maybe the story… but mostly the blood. Oh, did we mention that Slymenstra Hymen is gonna be in it? And oh yeah — blood!”

“I always wanted to be the guy to help bring GWAR to modern-day comics,” says writer Matt Miner. “Most people when they get into comics want to do Batman or Spider-Man or write the next great Punisher story, but I really, really wanted to write my favorite scumdogs of the universe… the all-mighty GWAR! (Although working on that other stuff would be cool, too). At 16 years old, I fell in love with this band of alien monster rockstars and their tongue-in-cheek style of blood-soaked and irreverent social commentary, so when I started making comics a few years ago, I just felt the calling: I MUST MAKE GWAR COMICS! Taking the book to Kickstarter was a great first step for us because we got a ton of amazing press and lots of love and support from fans. It’s sure to be the greatest — or, at least, the bloodiest and funniest — comic book series of 2017!”

Regarding the concept and audience for the new series, Miner says, “People who love fun comics are gonna dig this crazy story that dives into the past and shows how GWAR not only created humans, but shaped our history to what we now know as our actual modern day reality. GWAR fans are going to love that all the creators on the book are fans — every single one, from me and artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, all the way to every single variant cover artist — and GWAR themselves are contributing art and co-writing the book, to boot. This isn’t a case of us getting the license and then running with it; we collaborate very closely with the band and are in almost constant contact during the creation. Fans of comics with a deeper meaning may have to dig through the blood, the guts, and the sometimes off-color jokes, but they’re gonna find what they’re looking for; GWAR has always been a mirror held up to the worst aspects of humanity, so that social satire and consciousness is there, although it may be splattered with politician brains and alien bile. You do not need to be a GWAR fan to have a ton of fun with this comic!”

“Anyone who is familiar with GWAR’s theatrical performances, and over their thirty-year history will agree that this band is perfectly suited to the comic book page,” says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. “It seems only fitting that these masters of gore find their published home alongside the comic book adventures of the original shock rockers, KISS!”

GWAR: Orgasmageddon #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ April 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of GWAR with their local comic book retailers. GWAR: Orgasmageddon will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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ASH VS. THE ARMY OF DARKNESS COMIC BOOK CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH 99-CENT #0 LAUNCH ISSUE

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:08

NEW ASH VS. THE ARMY OF DARKNESS COMIC BOOK SERIES
CELEBRATES THE CULT HORROR FILM’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
WITH A SPECTACULAR 99-CENT INTRODUCTORY #0 ISSUE

Co-Writers Chad Bowers and Chris Sims (of Marvel’s X-Men ’92) Join Artist Mauro Vargas for the Next Spine-Chilling Chapter of the Chosen One, Ash Williams!

March 20, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to launch Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness, an all-new series in the popular comic book franchise based on the 1992 cult favorite film, with a #0 issue at the introductory retail price of only $0.99. This great value, billed as “S-Mart Special Pricing” as a in-joke to hardcore AOD enthusiasts, will welcome new fans as the perfect comic book “impulse buy”. The opening chapter in the latest Army of Darkness epic comes courtesy of the red-hot writing team of Chad Bowers and Chris Sims (X-Men ’92, Swordquest), along with artist Mauro Vargas (Crossed: Badlands).

For 25 years, Ash Williams has been waging a war in film and comics against the Army of Darkness. Now, Dynamite Entertainment is proud to present the next thrilling chapter, kicking off in this special prelude! Ash may be the Chosen One, but that doesn’t mean he can hold down a steady job at S-Mart. When he’s scrambling for employment, will he find himself once again thrown into battle against the Deadites? Here’s a hint: The book ain’t called Ash: The Guy With A Regular Job Who Doesn’t Battle Against The Forces of Evil.

Army of Darkness, and really Sam Raimi’s entire filmography, is such a major influence on how we approach storytelling,” says co-writer Chad Bowers. “Being turned loose inside that sandbox and having a chance to add to the AOD mythology feels like something we’ve been working toward for years, and hopefully it reads that way, too. And I dare anybody to tell me Ash Williams isn’t the toughest ass-kicker in horror! What he lacks in brains, he more than makes up for by having a chainsaw for a hand. That’ll get you a long way in this world!”

“I saw Army of Darkness when I was nine, and I’ve literally described it as a life-changing experience. It might’ve been the most influential movie I’ve ever watched — in terms of the stories that I like and how much I love smartass everyman heroes that stumble into having to do the right thing — and almost everything I’ve written has had a variation on that idea kicking around in it,” says co-writer Chris Sims. “One of our big goals whenever we sit down to write a new story is to keep things moving fast enough that nobody has a chance to get bored, and with Ash, escalating those situations was so much fun.”

“Chad and Chris bring such vibrant life to their scripts; they translate their own enthusiasm so incredibly to the work, and they are Army of Darkness fans through and through. Teaming them with Mauro Vargas, an exceptional rising star (especially in the realm of hardcore horror), will ensure that longtime fans and curious newcomers are more than satisfied!” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Celebrating AOD’s anniversary with a 99-cent introductory-priced #0 issue is a great way for our retail partners to welcome as many customers as possible to the world of Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness with minimal risk. Put copies on your store shelves and watch as impulse buys ensue — Ash is back, and we couldn’t be happier!”

The 99-cent debut issue of Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness features a cover by superstar artist Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine & The X-Men). Five variant editions are available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue with stocking thresholds. These variant editions include three “Sneak Peek” editions by Reilly Brown (Deadpool & Cable), series artist Mauro Vargas (Crossed: Badlands), and Pasquale Qualano (Doctor Who); a “Blood Red” Line Art cover edition by the aforementioned Nick Bradshaw; and a J. Scott Campbell “13th Anniversary Flashback” cover edition, re-presenting the very first Army of Darkness comic book cover when Dynamite launched its flagship title in 2004.

Army of Darkness is a 1992 fantasy/comedy film with strong horror elements starring Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice), the third installment in a trilogy featuring reluctant hero Ash Williams. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), the film saw its tough-as-nails, wise-cracking protagonist transported from the modern era to the Dark Ages in his continuing war against demonic evil. Army of Darkness generated a dedicated fan following for its premise and lead actor. Since 2004, Dynamite Entertainment has been the proud home to Army of Darkness comic books.

Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ April 2017 Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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BLOOD BROTHERS, THE SUPERNATURAL NOIR SENSATION OF KICKSTARTER, COMES TO DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

First Comics News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 16:02

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT WILL PUBLISH FABIAN RANGEL JR.
AND JAVIER CABA’S KICKSTARTER SENSATION: BLOOD BROTHERS!

The Highly Anticipated, Supernatural Pulp Miniseries Launches in June

March 20, 2017, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment continues to bring some of the best and freshest comic book projects originating at Kickstarter to print with the news that Blood Brothers, the supernatural pulp sensation by Fabian Rangel Jr. and Javier Caba, will be serialized beginning this coming June!

Diego and Gabriel Soliz are two unusual brothers just trying to do their job in an even more unusual hometown. What’s their job? They’re detectives in a city populated by creatures from mythology and fantasy. When an Aztec skull is stolen from the museum, the Blood Brothers are assigned to the case! Blood Brothers is a pulp-influenced supernatural tale with elements of fantasy, taking place in a world where the border between reality and mythology has been broken.

Writer Fabian Rangel, Jr. says, “Blood Brothers is the story of two Hermanos de Sangre: Diego, a hard boiled detective who can communicate with ghosts, and Gabriel, a luchador whose skin glows in the dark when monsters are about to attack. Artist Javi Caba is doing tremendous character design work in the comic, creating a feast for the eyes. I had been wanting to return to the supernatural pulp genre, and Javi loves drawing fantasy stuff, so I figured why not put them together? This series is for fans of Ray Harryhausen movies, comics like Powers, Hellboy, and Top Ten. I couldn’t be more excited to be bringing Blood Brothers to Dynamite, the home of so many awesome pulp characters. They’re the perfect home for this series. After a successful Kickstarter last year, I’m very glad we’re getting an opportunity to reach even more readers through the Direct Market.”

Blood Brothers is the comic that I’d like to read. Since the beginning I was absorbed by the story and it was so easy to imagine this astonishing universe, full of monsters and cool characters,” says artist Javier Caba. “I love drawing all of them, because I can dip into all my pop background — old-fashioned movies, novels, and EC Comics — as well as let myself flow and create them from nothing.”

“Fabian and Javier’s supernatural detective series is another perfect addition to Dynamite’s growing line of crime comics, with an incredibly original take on the genre,” says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. “The story is fun, and the art perfectly illustrates a colorful world of the supernatural and fantasy unlike anything else on shelves right now.”

Blood Brothers will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ April 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in June. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Blood Brothers with their local comic book retailers. Blood Brothers will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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ARCHIE: BEST OF 2016 DIGEST ANNUAL preview

First Comics News - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 22:21

ARCHIE: BEST OF 2016 DIGEST ANNUAL
75 Years of Archie… and that’s just the beginning! Archie celebrated his milestone 75th anniversary in 2016, with tons of nee stories, new series and new faces – all gearing up toward the historic launch of the CW’s Riverdale TV series in early 2017. While things were ever-evolving in the Archie Universe, one thing held true: the Archie Comics Double Digests were still a constant source of hilarious tales – from hiccups in Archie’s dating life to fun takes on new trends – that everyone could enjoy. This 348-page digital exclusive is your chance to take a look at some of the most memorable Archie stories from the year 2016!
Script: Dan Parent, Craig Boldman, Tom DeFalco, Tim & Pat Kennedy, and more
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, and more
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, RosarioTitoPeña
On Sale Date: 3/22
348-page, digital exclusive comic
$6.99 U.S.

 

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WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #67 preview

First Comics News - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 22:21

WORLD OF ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #67
Another STORYBOOK MONTH fun tale! In “The Emperor’s Used Clothes,” Sir Reginald, the vein emperor of Riverdalia, is constantly obsessed with new clothes, mainly to feed his huge ego. When a couple of swindlers come with some worn out clothes, he thinks it’ a joke. Until he discovers the used clothes have mystical powers….
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 3/22
256-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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THE LOST FLEET: CORSAIR #1 preview

First Comics News - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 19:38
THE LOST FLEET: CORSAIR #1 Writer: Jack Campbell   Artists: Andre Siregar, Sebastian Cheng FC • 32pp • $3.99  On Sale: June 7, 2017 Set after the end of a century-old war between two space empires, the Alliance and the Syndics, Corsair centers on the story of Captain Michael Geary, missing in action after the Syndic ambush that almost destroyed the spacefleet John “Black Jack” Geary had to get home, against all odds!   Forming an uneasy pact with rebel Syndics led by Destina Aragon, Michael Geary sets out to save not only fellow prisoners but their jailors, too – on the run from a government chafing at defeat and determined to crush any uprising! Can he live up to the legend surrounding his family name “Black Jack” Geary has carved – or will he die trying?   Cover A: Alex Ronald Cover B: David Demaret Wrap-Around Cover Cover C: Marc Laming Cover D: Neil Roberts Cover E: Max Bertolini

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Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemaker #2 preview

First Comics News - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 18:56
Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemaker #2 writer | artist | cover: Francesco Francavilla incentive cover: Francesco Francavilla (“virgin” art) FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+  It started like a very ordinary investigative case for the Spirit, but just when he seemed to have it all figured out, the tale took an unexpected turn to reveal a larger criminal plan at work. Will Danny Colt find a way out or will this end up with a BANG? Eisner winner Francesco Francavilla continues building a web of intrigue around our hero in this chilling second chapter.

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