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Friday, April 18
 

12:30pm PDT

Spiritual Themes in Comics
2014 looks to be a year for Biblical epics, with big budget movies such as Noah, Exodus, and Mary, Mother of Christ. Yet such Bible-based stories already have a long tradition within the comic book medium. The Christian Comic Arts Society hosts a discussion on the history and influence of the Christian comics movement. Panelists include Fred Price (Pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center), Eric Jansen (Foursquare Mission Press, God and Country Graphics), Kevin Yong (New Creation Now), Clint D. Johnson (Faithwalker, M 25:20 Inc.), and moderator Buzz Dixon (Serenity, G.I. Joe).

Friday April 18, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 208

12:30pm PDT

The Sergio and Mark Show
Sergio Aragonés, Mark Evanier, and maybe others who bring you the award-winning, ship-sinking Groo the Wanderer have actual news of actual, for-real upcoming Groo comics as well as other exciting projects. Come hear Sergio explain what's up and then hear Mark translate it into English!

Friday April 18, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 213

1:00pm PDT

DC Entertainment: All Access
At DC Entertainment, there's never been a better time to be a fan! Come by for unfiltered access to all things DC Entertainment! Find out what some of DC's biggest names have to share from behind the scenes! Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry's top talents, so don't miss out!

Friday April 18, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

1:30pm PDT

ComiXology: Ask Me Anything!
ComiXology spills the beans on everything you've ever wanted to know about digital comics and publishing, from steps on how to publish your own comic book through comiXology Submit to how to begin your own successful start-up just like comiXology. Chip Mosher (comiXology VP marketing and communications) and beaming in from the East Coast, David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder and CEO), answer all your burning curiosities in a no-holds-barred Q&A of epic proportions.

Friday April 18, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 208

1:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Steve Lieber and Sarah Ryan
WonderCon Anaheim special guests Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man) and Sara Ryan (Bad Houses) discuss creating comics, finding the core of a story, comics versus prose, collaborating while married, and more.

Friday April 18, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 203

2:00pm PDT

The Men Who Made Batman
2014 marks the 100th birthday of Batman's uncredited co-creator Bill Finger, the 75th anniversary of Batman's first appearance, the 50th anniversary of the "New Look" Batman, and the 25th anniversary of the Tim Burton motion picture that proved the world would welcome a serious Dark Knight. Celebrate by looking back at how Bob Kane and Bill Finger created the character and how ghost creators Jerry Robinson and Gardner Fox helped them shape the Caped Crusader's first year in print. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), Mark Evanier (Bill Finger Award), Alan Kistler (The Ultimate Batman Trivia Challenge), Robert O'Nale (The Cape Creator documentary), Jens Robinson (son of Jerry Robinson), and the rest of their super team of bat-experts unite to answer the question, "Who built the bat?"

Friday April 18, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 210A

2:30pm PDT

CBLDF: The History of the Comics Code
60 years ago this month, comics were put on trial in a nationally televised Senate subcommittee hearing that had shattering repercussions for this great American art form. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund presents the shocking history of moral panic that led to this historic hearing and the birth of the Comics Code Authority, which regulated the medium's content for more than 50 years. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the tale at this CBLDF presentation.

Friday April 18, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 208

2:30pm PDT

IDW & Hasbro: Transformers, G.I. Joe, and More!
Join editor and writer John Barber and a host of all your favorite creators for a sneak peek behind all of IDW's Hasbro titles. Transformers! G.I. Joe! My Little Pony! Littlest Pet Shop! Prizes! Announcements! Q&A...and more?

Friday April 18, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 213

2:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Paul Gulacy
WonderCon Anaheim special guest Paul Gulacy talks about his life in comics, including his groundbreaking work on titles such as Master of Kung Fu, Batman, Catwoman, Sabre, Six from Sirius, G.I. Joe, and much more.

Friday April 18, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 203

2:30pm PDT

Strong Women and the Creators Who Empower Them
Comics are full of strong and powerful women, not just physically but mentally and emotionally. Moderator James Robinson (Fantastic Four) discusses how to create these female icons with the people who bring them to life. Panelists include WonderCon Anaheim special guests Rick Burchett (Lady Sabre),Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Georges Jeanty ( Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Gail Simone (Batgirl).

Friday April 18, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

3:00pm PDT

Just What Does An Editor Do?
Join Barbara Randall Kesel (DC, Dark Horse, CrossGen), Shannon Eric Denton (Lion Forge, Actionopolis), and surprise guest editors for agreement and debate as they cover some of the many answers to that question!

Friday April 18, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 210A

3:30pm PDT

Roddenberry Entertainment Presents
Trevor Roth (COO, head of development, creator of Days Missing, Worth), Tory Mell (producer, Roddenberry Entertainment), Rod Roddenberry (CEO, Roddenberry Entertainment), Chris Moreno (artist, Worth), Aubrey Sitterson (writer, Worth), Paul Morrissey (Eisner Award-winning editor), Brent Beaudette (eCommerce manager, Roddenberry Entertainment), and Ben Morehead (archivist, Roddenberry Entertainment), discuss their newest property, the comic book Worth, and a few surprises. Join the Roddenberry team for this Q&A session moderated by Tory Mell (producer and writer, Roddenberry Entertainment).

Friday April 18, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 208

3:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Marjorie Liu
Novelist and attorney (and WonderCon Anaheim special guest) Marjorie Liu has established herself as a cross-genre writer-from paranormal romance, urban fantasy, to comic books-including her latest run on Astonishing X-Men for Marvel Comics. Join her for a rare Q&A session, moderated by Mimi Cruz from Night Flight Comics!

Friday April 18, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 203

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

4:00pm PDT

DC Comics: Batman
Batman's crusade against the corrupt and evil has permeated the DC Universe and beyond! Join some of the hottest creators behind the Dark Knight for an exclusive look at what's in store for the World's Greatest Detective! There has never been a better time to walk the streets of Gotham City!

Friday April 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

4:00pm PDT

The New Wave Graphic Novel
Jim Di Bartolo (In the Shadows), Steve Lieber ( Whiteout), Sara Ryan (Bad Houses), and Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero), all eminent graphic novelists, discuss their own works within the graphic novel form, as well as how today's increased acceptance of the graphic novel has led to new books, new authors, and new readers. Moderated by WonderCon Anaheim special guest and author Jim Pascoe.

Friday April 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 210A

4:30pm PDT

Comics and Pop Music: Beatles and Beyond!
Comic books and pop music share many common inspirations, and their histories have intertwined at many points over the last six decades. Patrick Reed (Depth Of Field magazine) brings together top creators to discuss the history of pop comics from the Beatlemania tie-ins of the '60s to today's cutting-edge titles.

Friday April 18, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

4:30pm PDT

Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Delving into the Whedonverse Series Artist Georges Jeanty
WonderCon Anaheim special guest Georges Jeanty takes you on intimate journeys through the lives of the crew of the Serenity as well as the Scoobys as they continued in the Dark Horse titles of these cult hit shows. Anyone interested in the Whedonverse, this panel is for you! Georges will be discussing his 20 years in the comic industry and talking about working with series creator Joss Whedon with stories and a Q&A about how seasons 8 and 9 came together...and maybe a little sing-along!

Friday April 18, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 203

4:30pm PDT

James Robinson Comics Panel
Join James Robinson, writer of Starman, Fantastic Four, All New Invaders, Saviors and Airboy for a relaxed and informal Q&A as he discusses his past career as well as current and up-coming projects. All questions will be welcome, the more imaginative and inappropriate the better.

Friday April 18, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 208

4:30pm PDT

Oddball Comics Live!
Cartoonist Scott Shaw! (Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, Sonic the Hedgehog, Annoying Orange) reveals the secret history of comic books with such titles as Muggy-Doo, Boy Cat; Manuel Pacifico, Tuna Fisherman; and It's Fun To Stay Alive! that provoke the overwhelming question, "How the hell did this ever get published?" See why this hilarious presentation has been a fan-favorite at San Diego's Comic-Con International for decades!

Friday April 18, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 213

5:00pm PDT

Comic Creator Connection #1
WonderCon Anaheim will once again host the Comic Creator Connection, an event that puts writers and artists together to see whether they can find their creative counterparts. Here's how it works: in two 2-hour sessions - on Friday, April 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and Saturday, April 19, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM - writers and artists can sit down and meet each other in a neutral environment. (Please note: This isn't an ordinary WonderCon Anahiem program. Preliminary sign-ups for the CCC took place online before WonderCon Anaheim. Since we are registering creators in advance they will get priority seating. Any seats that are still open once the event starts will be given on a first come first serve basis. To check and see if space is still available, visit Room 206B on the second level between 4:30 PM and 5:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.) Complete details are available on the Comic Creator Connection page on our website.

Friday April 18, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 206B

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

5:30pm PDT

IDW Publishing: Hidden Treasures
IDW's VP of marketing Dirk Wood and a cavalcade of some of today's most exciting creators discuss some of IDW's more interesting programs and undiscovered gems. Featuring rising stars from David Wohl's Darby Pop imprint, the creative team from the hit digital America's Army comics, and many more. Witness Wood and company pulling back the curtain on IDW's most exciting new projects for 2014 and beyond!

Friday April 18, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 213

5:30pm PDT

The Making of The Star Wars
WonderCon Anaheim special guest artist Mike Mayhew (Avengers) goes behind the scenes of the Diamond GEM Award-winning series, The Star Wars, from Dark Hose Comics. Mike will take you on a tour of the universe that was never meant to be, from its mysterious origins to a sneak peek at the collected volumes coming this summer.

Friday April 18, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 203

6:00pm PDT

How to Make Beer Money with Your Comics
If you publish your own comics, you might wonder, "How can I turn this into something awesome, like beer?" Join the editors of indie comics publication The Devastator, Geoffrey Golden and Amanda Meadows, for practical tips on earning money with your art. They'll discuss which conventions are the best values for indie creators, selling your stuff to local shops, pricing with profit in mind, and more!

Friday April 18, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 210A

6:30pm PDT

Independent Comics Publishing: Artist and Storytelling
Part 2 of the "Breaking In" panel from 5:30. With the comics and entertainment industries' landscapes changing so rapidly, The Antidote Trust, America's #1 indie collective, returns with more insights on you and your creative output. These indie professional will share input and experiences on everything from creating to distributing your productions. You're invited to share your insights too.

Friday April 18, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 208

6:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Yanick Paquette
WonderCon Anaheim special guest artist Yanick Paquette (Batman, Swamp Thing) talks about his approach of comic medium, digital art, his collaboration with legendary writers such as Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, and more. Q&A session will follow.

Friday April 18, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 203

7:30pm PDT

Queer Horror
Horror films, TV shows, books, and comics are more popular than ever. Authors, filmmakers, and comics creators are always looking for new twists to the medium, including presenting LGBT subtext, plot elements, and characters. But does a gay horror genre exist, and if so what makes it different from mainstream horror? Do queer horror creators bring a different sensibility to the medium? Has the current surge of LGBTQ acceptance and civil rights influenced the horror genre? Prism Comics and moderator/horror expert Sean Abley (Fangoria,Out in The Dark) explore these and other aspects of this popular genre from a queer perspective. Panelists include Paul Etheredge Outz (Hellbent), Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination, Day of The Dead), J. T. Seaton (Nightshadows, NOLA Horror Film Fest), Jody Wheeler (The Dark Place, Door Q), and others to be announced.

Friday April 18, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 203

8:00pm PDT

Carol Corps Meet-Up
WonderCon Anaheim special guest Kelly Sue DeConnick's reimagining of Carol Danvers, the former Ms. Marvel, into the new Captain Marvel has inspired legions of fans to come together as the Carol Corps. Here's your chance to meet and greet some of your fellow Corps members who are attending WonderCon, along with Kelly Sue herself.

Friday April 18, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
Room 207
 
Saturday, April 19
 

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

10:30am PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 203

10:30am PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 208

10:30am PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 210BCD

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

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 213

11:30am PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 203

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

12:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 210BCD

12:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

12:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 203

12:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 208

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

1:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 207

1:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 210A

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

2:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 208

3:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 210BCD

3:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

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

3:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 210A

3:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 203

3:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 213

3:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 208

4:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

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

4:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 207

4:00pm PDT

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

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

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

5:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 207

5:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 206B

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

6:00pm PDT

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

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

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

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Room 207

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

7:30pm 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

7:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 7:30pm - 9:00pm PDT
Room 203
 
Sunday, April 20
 

11:00am PDT

Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, "I could do that, if I knew how!" Well, here's your chance! Join editor Sana Amanat and panelists Kris Anka (X-Men), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Richard Isanove (Savage Wolverine), Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), James Robinson ( Fantastic Four), and Mark Waid (Daredevil) to find out how to get your foot in the door at Marvel!

Sunday April 20, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 207

11:30am PDT

Redefining All-Ages Comics
KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters moderates a lively discussion about the importance of all-ages comics in today's market and teases what's in store from the BOOM! Studios imprint in 2014. Panelists won't just talking about "kids" comics, they'll be talking about amazing comics that can be enjoyed by young, old, and everyone in between! Adding to the discussion are all-ages creators Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid), Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake, Bee and Puppycat), and Noelle Stevenson (Adventure Time)! Bring the whole family and discover comics to share!

Sunday April 20, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 203

11:30am PDT

Spotlight on Rick Burchett
In a career of over 30 years as both a penciler and inker Rick Burchett has helped chronicle the adventures of some of the most well know pop culture icons of the 20th century. He took part in The Death of Superman, The Batman sagas, Knightfall, Cataclysm, and No Man's Land. He was a part of the experimental Action Comics Weekly and Impact line from DC Comics, and was on the ground floor of the creation of the Eisner Award-winning, critically acclaimed Adventures line of DC Comics animated tie-in titles. Join the Eisner Award-winning artist on a discussion of all this and much more.

Sunday April 20, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 208

11:30am PDT

We're Here, We're Queer, Now What? New Direction in LGBTQ Comics
More lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters are making their mark on all corners of the comics world than ever before. How do LGBTQ comics creators push the boundaries in a world where acceptance is more the norm? Prism Comics and creators Tommy Kovac (Skelebunnies, The Royal Historian of Oz), Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf), Josh Trujillo (Love Machines, Anything That Loves), Shayna Why (Overshare Party) and others explore new directions and neglected subjects in LGBTQ-themed comics, how technology is changing the way people relate to each other, and new methods of publishing comics. Moderated by Roger Klorese (board member, Prism Comics).

Sunday April 20, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 210A

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

No Sleeping Bags Allowed: The Oni Press Feats of Creator Strength Non-overnight Jamboree
Oni Press's director of publicity John Schork and editor-in-chief James Lucas Jones sit down with Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Bunker) and Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Princess Ugg) to jaw about their ongoing Oni Press projects, show off new work, have a spirited Q&A, and of course, give out some free comics to every attendee!

Sunday April 20, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 210A

12:30pm PDT

The Secret Origin of Good Readers
Learn how to incorporate comic books into your classroom. New York Times bestselling author Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars, Hatter M), New York Times bestselling author Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men, Dirk & Steele), Harvey Award nominee Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare), and Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics) will provide insight and discuss how students can create their own comics in a classroom setting. Newly updated, The Secret Origin of Good Readers resource book is a free PDF download at www.night-flight.com/secretorigin/index.html courtesy of XMission.com.

Sunday April 20, 2014 12:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 203

1:00pm PDT

The Long Game: Comics and the Big Picture
Comics have given us some of the most iconic characters in history, which have been exciting people for generations. When working on these characters, not only must the current story arcs be thrilling, the creators must look to the future while simultaneously honoring the past. What challenges does that present for the creators involved? Moderator Mark Waid (Daredevil) discusses this dichotomy with creators Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Francis Manapul (The Flash), James Robinson (The Fantastic Four), Tony Daniel (Detective Comics), and Robert Venditti (Green Lantern).

Sunday April 20, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 207

1:30pm PDT

Dark Horse: Whedonversity
Dark Horse's continuation of Joss Whedon's cult favorites ( Serenity, Buffy, Angel & Faith) remain some of the most talked-about comics in today's market. Dark Horse and WonderCon Anaheim are giving you an exclusive chance to hear all there is to tell about the upcoming arcs of both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Serenity from the creative teams themselves! Join Dark Horse, along with Buffy Season 10 writer Christos Gage, Serenity writer Zack Whedon, artist Georges Jeanty, and maybe a few surprise guests for what is guaranteed to be one panel you don't wanna miss!

Sunday April 20, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 213

1:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Katie Cook
WonderCon Anaheim special guest Katie Cook is here! Katie is currently the main writer of IDW's hit comic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is the creator of the webcomic Gronk, AND has done art for Marvel, Fraggle Rock, Star Wars, and so much more! She will be talking about writing comics, drawing comics, creating all-ages comics with edge, and cat jokes. Katie will have her pens in hand and a projector so she can take quick-fire drawing suggestions while she talks, so join Katie and moderator/fellow comic maker Thom Zahler for an hour of Q&A, drawing, and learning way too much about Katie!

Sunday April 20, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 208

2:00pm PDT

DC Entertainment 101: Essentials
DC Comics' backlist is full of the most exciting stories ever told! New fans and veteran fans alike are welcome for an in-depth tutorial on the essential stories and products that make up DC Entertainment's rich history.

Sunday April 20, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

2:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Cully Hamner
Writer/producer Elliot Blake gets artist and WonderCon Anaheim special guest Cully Hamner (RED) to spill the beans on his early days at Gaijin Studios, his views on comics and storytelling, seeing his work adapted as two feature films, and himself as a work-in-progress.

Sunday April 20, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 203

2:30pm PDT

Beyond Clichés: Creating Awesome Female Characters for Comics, Film, and Video Games
Explore the past, present, and future of female character creation for comics and video games. Panelists examine the traps of common tropes, clichés, and stereotypes while discussing how content creators can create wonderful, relatable, and realistic female characters. Moderator Adira Edmund (JustStart's Windy Hollows, MA English Literature) is joined by Neo Edmund (Red Riding, The Alpha Huntress, Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters), Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10 Omniverse, My Little Pony), Clare Kramer (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Geek Nation), and Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, creator of dozens of comic characters).

Sunday April 20, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 210A

2:30pm PDT

IDW Publishing: Kids Comics! Ponies, Turtles, & More!
Editor Sarah Gaydos and a host of amazing creators discuss the growing slate of all-ages titles at IDW-including My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Ghostbusters, Popeye, KISS Kids, and more! Plus, free comics!

Sunday April 20, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 213

3:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Jim Pascoe
From his early work on Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer to his globally syndicated fantasy serial Undertown, from his noir crime fiction to his award-winning design work, WonderCon Anaheim special guest Jim Pascoe has had a wildly diverse career. Hear about lessons he learned from Joss Whedon and Mike Mignola, learn about his long-running collaborations with Paul Pope, and be the first to hear the announcement of his new multibook series.

Sunday April 20, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 203

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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