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Friday, April 18
 

2:00pm PDT

Frozen: The Art of Story
Jeff Ranjo (Frozen, Surf's Up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Fawn Veerasunthorn (Frozen, Hop, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera), Nicole Mitchell (Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph, Winnie the Pooh) and Normand Lemay (Frozen, Rio) share a behind-the-scenes look at how the art of story was created for Walt Disney Animation Studios' Academy Award winning animated film, Frozen. The artists will showcase several sequences including Let it Go and talk about how the craft of story impacts the animated filmmaking process.

Friday April 18, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 207

3:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Tommy Lee Edwards
Moderator Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps) presents in-depth look at WonderCon Anaheim special guest Tommy Lee Edwards' vast experience as a film and animation director, illustrator, and writer. Join them for this Q&A session and multimedia presentation on the creation of TLE's work on Vandroid, Turf, The Question, Marvel 1985, The Book of Eli, Star Wars, and more.

Friday April 18, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 213

5:30pm PDT

How-To: Drawing with Jim
DC Entertainment co-publisher Jim Lee (Superman Unchained, Justice League, Batman) talks about his 25+ years in the comics industry and sketches your favorite characters live on the big screen in this engaging panel. This is a great opportunity to watch the creative process firsthand and learn the tips of the trade that bring DC Entertainment's characters to life.

Friday April 18, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 300DE
 
Saturday, April 19
 

10:30am PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 300DE

10:30am PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 213

11:00am PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 207

11:00am PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 210A

11:30am PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 208

12:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room 207

12:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 213

1:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

1:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 213

1:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 208

2:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 210A

2:30pm PDT

How to Get News Coverage
Small press publishers: What makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and what doesn't? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, or why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comic journalists themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include (in alphabetical order) Albert Ching (Comic Book Resources), Alan Kistler (Comic Mix, Comic Book Resources), Glenn Hauman (Comic Mix), Francis Sky (First Comics News), Josh Waldrop (M1W Entertainment), and Tanya Tate (First Comics News). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comic project.

Saturday April 19, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 203

3:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 207

4:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 210A

4:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 208

4:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 203

5:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 210BCD

5:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 213

5:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 203

6:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 210A

6:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 208

7:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Room 210A

7:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Room 210BCD

7:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 300DE
 
Sunday, April 20
 

12:00pm PDT

Cover Story: The Art of the Cover
UPDATED: Sat, Apr 19, 06:16PM
What's a good cover on a comic book? How are the best ones created? Be there for this "shop talk" discussion with artists who've been responsible for some of the best: Paul Gulacy (Star Wars) and Tony Daniel (Superman/Wonder Woman). Presiding will be moderator Mark Evanier and co-moderator Len Wein.

Sunday April 20, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room 207

12:30pm PDT

Disney's Master Teachers: Life Drawing for Animation
Disney has a long tradition (dating back to the 1930s) of running life drawing classes for its animators. The idea is that understanding and mastering actual anatomy improves animated drawings and gestures. Disney's current master teachers-Karl Gnass, Mark McDonnell, and Bob Kato-will talk about their creative philosophies, their approach to life drawing and gesture, how classical drawing translates to animation, and what animation studios look for in artists. Best of all, they'll alert you to the classes they run for civilians. Disney visual development artist Dan Cooper will weigh in on how these classes have improved his animation skills. Moderated by Fast Company's Susan Karlin.

Sunday April 20, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

3:30pm PDT

Art Masters: Drawing DC
DC Entertainment is proud to have some of the most immensely talented artists working in comics today. Join panelists for a unique look into their visual approach in shaping some of your favorite books!

Sunday April 20, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 210BCD
 


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