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Friday, April 18
 

1:30pm PDT

World War Z Previs Thru Postvis: How HALON Helped Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse
Daniel Gregoire (HALON Entertainment CEO and founder) and Michael Jackson (HALON postvis supervisor) highlight the art of pitchvis, previs, and postvis with a special presentation on their work for Paramount Pictures's World War Z. Panelists will walk attendees through the process of building exciting shots and scenes from pitchvis to previs, onset, and postvis and delve into a discussion of 3D animation tools, motion capture, and the technology behind HALON's revolutionary hand-held cameras that allow directors to visualize complex scenes in the project before filming.

Friday April 18, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

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

3:00pm PDT

Remakes, Reboots, and Requels
Welcome to the new world of Hollywood, where almost every movie is a remake, reboot, or sequel. A panel of geeksperts will discuss their favorite (and least favorite) recent remakes and reboots, from Batman Begins to Star Trek, while also offering advice for films that demand to be rebooted, remade, and revisited in the near future, from Galaxy Quest to Space: 1999, along with an audience poll of the property they'd most like to see remade. Featuring the acerbic Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), the sexy Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Big Guy & Rusty, The Boy Robot), the delightful Daren Dochterman (Star Trek: Phase II), the rambunctious Robert Meyer Burnett (The Hills Run Red, Free Enterprise), the jocular Dr. Adam Jahnke (The Digital Bits), and dashing moderator David E. Williams (editor, GEEK magazine).

Friday April 18, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 207

5:00pm PDT

How to Build Your Own R2!
Come pick the brains of some local R2 builders to learn what it takes to build your own R2. Panelists Chris Romines, Mike McMaster, Mike Senna, and William Miyamoto will give you a look into the world of building a fully functional Star Wars R2 astromech. The panel is hosted by fellow builder Victor Franco.

Friday April 18, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 207

6:00pm PDT

Greatest GEEK Movies of 1984: Big Brother Wasn't The Only One Watching While Doves Cried
While Eurasia was still at war with Eastasia and Big Brother was watching you, some amazing movies slipped into cinemas, and our panel of experts are going to wax on, wax off about the great geek year of 1984 as they look back at such films as The Terminator, Gremlins, Repo Man, Ghostbusters, Dune, Splash, This is Spinal Tap, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Star Trek III, Buckaroo Banzai, Body Double, The Karate Kid, Red Dawn, Night of the Comet and, of course, the incomparable Purple Rain. Celebrating the fact we still love the '80s will be Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), David E. Williams (editor, GEEK magazine), Robert Meyer Burnett (Star Trek: The Next Generation Blu-rays), Daren Dochterman (Star Trek: Phase II), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Transformers Prime), Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits), Joe Kraemer (Jack Reacher), and moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, DOA: Dead or Alive). Be sure to attend because this panel is sure to get turned up to 11.

Friday April 18, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 207

6:30pm PDT

The Indoor Kids
The Indoor Kids is a Nerdist Industries podcast about video games, sure, but it's also about all the other things that keep us from frolicking in the sunshine-games, movies, TV, books, apps, and more! Come watch as comedian/actor Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Portlandia, Adventure Time) and writer Emily V Gordon (Flower Deranger) bring their podcast live to you at WonderCon Anaheim! With special guests Kevin Pereira (Attack of the Show), comedian Jordan Morris, and more!

Friday April 18, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 213

7:00pm PDT

PodCRASH with That Chris Gore Live
Chris Gore (Geektime SiriusXM Howard 101) presents an epic night of comedy with his live podcast along with special guests Yoshi Obayashi (Comedy Central), cosplay queen Adrianne Curry (America's Next Top Model), other comedians and a special presentation of the Kings of Cosplay Comedy.

Friday April 18, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Room 207

7:00pm PDT

Story Worlds: Franchise Creation Workshop
What are the elements of successful franchises? Where do transmedia properties come from? How can you create a story world that spans multiple platforms? New York Film Academy professors Nunzio DeFilippis (New X-Men, director of curriculum development- screenwriting department), Adam Finer (chair of industry outreach and professional development, chair of media studies), and Adam Moore (Dirt 3, associate chair-screenwriting department), analyze the core elements of a variety of preexisting properties and will take attendee ideas and examine their transmedia franchise potential.

Friday April 18, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Room 210BCD

7:30pm PDT

How to Break into or Expand Your Career in Hollywood
In this slightly insane mash-up, The Winner Twins, multiple award-winning and national bestselling sci-fi authors, scriptwriters, and producers, moderate a panel filled with celebrities, producers, agents, and directors who have already made it in Hollywood. They will share the stories of their success and describe how to break into Hollywood today. Each will bring their experience and real-world knowledge. Panelists include Rampage Jackson (legendary MMA Fighter, The A Team), John Morrison (world-renowned wrestler, actor, screenwriter, producer), Chavo Guerrero, Jr. (world-renowned wrestler, actor, personality), Richard Hatch (legendary actor, Captain Apollo, Tom Zarek of Battlestar Galactica), Rob Prior (artist, director, creator of the TV show Red Brick Road with Warner Brothers), and Cal Boyington (former head of alternative television at Paradigm Talent Agency, former talent & packaging agent at ICM, known for Workaholics, Whale Wars among many others). An announcement will be made at the end of the panel involving a top secret Hollywood project.

Friday April 18, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

7:30pm PDT

James Bonding
Who doesn't love 007? James Bonding is the podcast where everyone's favorite MI6 agent gets analyzed and discussed by Matt Mira (The Nerdist Podcast, Attack of the Show) and Matt Gourley (Superego, Drunk History). Come watch as the pair get into the ultimate debate of who is the best double-O alongside a panel of fellow Bond lovers fighting for their James.

Friday April 18, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 213

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

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

12:00pm PDT

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

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

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

5:30pm PDT

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

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

6:00pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 207

6:30pm PDT

Science in Science Fiction
Kyle Kurpinski and Terry Johnson (How to Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution) discuss the scientific breakthroughs that inspire science fiction and the ways that science is depicted in popular media, books, movies, and more. After a brief presentation, these UC Berkeley bioengineers will be available to answer questions about your favorite science and science fiction.

Saturday April 19, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 213

6:30pm PDT

Your Opinion Sucks: Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans
UPDATED: Mon, Apr 14, 10:49AM
Face off with your favorite Rotten Tomatoes critics -- Alonso Duralde (The Wrap), Christy Lemire (ChristyLemire.com), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood) and Alynda Wheat (People Magazine) -- when they join editor-in-chief Matt Atchity and senior editors Grae Drake and Tim Ryan of Rotten Tomatoes. As Matt and Grae name popular movies of 2012 and 2013, everyone in the room uses their "Personal Tomatometer Paddle" to dis/agree with the score and debate questions such as "Do reviews even matter anymore?" Remember: fortune favors the bold.

Saturday April 19, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 203

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

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

7:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 208

7:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm PDT
Room 213

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

8:30pm PDT

WonderCon Anaheim's 10th Annual Masquerade
See the Masquerade page for full details.

Saturday April 19, 2014 8:30pm - 11:00pm PDT
Arena
 
Sunday, April 20
 

11:30am PDT

Golden Age of Tabletop Gaming
With shows like TableTop and The Big Bang Theory celebrating board games plus an open global market, we've entered a golden age of tabletop gaming. Geek & Sundry producer Boyan Radakovich (TableTop, TableTop Day) leads a discussion into why going analog is the hottest new trend in gaming!

Sunday April 20, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

12:00pm PDT

The Nerdist Panel
Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central's @Midnight, AMC's Talking Dead) is joined by some very-relevant-to-your-interests talent from across the growing Nerdist Empire. Chris and friends will engage in lively conversation about the big things to come for Nerdist in the near future. Surprises, big announcements, and, of course, quemments await!

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

1:00pm PDT

GEEK Guide to Summer Movies
A panel of geeksperts talk about the upcoming summer movie season and their hopes, dreams, and fears, along with sharing insider insights and clips from the most eagerly anticipated cinema of the season, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men, Days of Future Past, Maleficent, 22 Jump Street, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, andGuardians of the Galaxy, as well as preview the summer movies of 2024. Join Access Hollywood's Scott Mantz and GEEK magazine editor David E. Williams, along with Jeff Bond (GEEK magazine, executive editor), Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), Nikki Griffin (GEEK magazine, editor-at-large), Robert Meyer Burnett (TNG Blu-rays, The Hills Run Red), and moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, The Specials).

Sunday April 20, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

2:00pm PDT

Cosplay 101
Explore the ins and outs of cosplay with the fabricators and cosplayers leading the way. Chloe Dykstra (SyFy's Heroes of Cosplay) and Johnny Wickham (JustCos, Cosplay Confidential) find out how some of the best cosplayers around the world create their looks, exploring fabrication, design, and character. Are you a cosplayer? We want to see it! Come show off your work!

Sunday April 20, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 207

2:30pm PDT

The Future of Battlestar Galactica
Golden Globe nominated actor, teacher, author, and director Richard Hatch (Tom Zarek, Capt. Apollo) hosts a discussion and Q&A about the future of Battlestar Galactica that includes Dr. Kevin Grazier (science consultant, Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, Defiance), surprise guests, and the premiere of the new Battlestar Galactica documentary sizzle reel.

Sunday April 20, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

3:00pm PDT

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
WonderCon Anaheim's going out on a high note! FandomCharities.org and Whedonopolis.com, the folks who bring you the Buffy musical Once More with Feeling to close out San Diego Comic-Con, present a screening of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog! This will be an event to remember, so 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. Audience participation: it isn't just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore.

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

3:00pm PDT

The Supreme Geekspert's Court I: Ultimate Sci-Fi Movie Smackdown I
From the creators of the legendary Starship Smackdown, as featured on NPR's All Things Considered, comes the exclusive WonderCon Anaheim Smackdown spin-off, Supreme Geekspert's Court: Sci-Fi Movie Smackdown. Help the judges rule as they definitively deliver a verdict on the greatest sci-fi movie of all-time. Battling it out for the smackdown crown will be such classics as Forbidden Planet, The Wrath of Khan, 2001, Planet of the Apes, The Matrix, Serenity, and Zombies of the Stratosphere (um, maybe not), among others. The votes will be tallied; verdicts will be delivered. Presiding over the Geekspert's Court are the Honorable Ashley E. Miller (Colin Fisher, Thor, X-Men: First Class), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave & the Bold), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, TNG Blu-rays),Daren Dochterman (Star Trek: Phase II, Star Trek: TMP-Director's Cut), Kay Reindl (Twisted, The Twilight Zone), Chris Gossett (The Red Star), Jeff Bond (GEEK, executive editor) and Chief Justice Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Femme Fatales). Justice will be served.

Sunday April 20, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 207
 


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