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Friday, April 18
 

12:30pm PDT

501st and Rebel Legions: Costuming for the Good of the Galaxy!
Have what it takes to create an amazing Star Wars costume? Want to know more about joining the 501st Legion and/or Rebel Legion? "Trust in the Force"...and a little assistance from members from the 501st Legion (The Bad Guys) and the Rebel Legion (The Good Guys) who are here to help. Learn about basic costuming standards, what's involved, how to join, and more!

Friday April 18, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 203

12:30pm PDT

Comics Arts Conference Session #1: Introduction to Graphic Medicine
"Graphic Medicine" is a term coined in 2009 by UK physician and artist Ian Williams to refer to the intersection between the medium of comics and the discourse on health care. Since then, a diverse group of scholars, comic artists, patients, and health-care providers have been engaged in dialogue about how comics might further our understanding of the health-care system and those who interact with it. Dr. Michael Green (Penn State Hershey College and Medicine) and M. K. Czerwiec (Northwestern Feinberg Medical School), two of the pioneers of the field and the organizers of five international conferences on graphic medicine, will describe and share some of the rich body of work that now exists at the intersection of comics and medicine, exploring the rationale for the use of comics in medicine, ways comics have been integrated into medical education, and how that intersection might benefit health-care providers and patients alike.

Friday April 18, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 210BCD

1:00pm PDT

Cosplay Makeup 101
This panel goes into what it takes to perfect your cosplay by having great makeup to go with it. It will cover beauty makeup, appliance application, special FX makeup, sculpting, molding, and casting. Dawnielle Banks (makeupbysiryn.com), Chrissy Lynn (nerdy-girlz.com), and Aubriana Zurilgen (Star Trek: Renegades), who have honed their craft in the makeup, film, and cosplay photography worlds, will help answer your questions about having your makeup match your costuming and cosplay. Turn your great cosplay into an amazing one with awesome makeup!

Friday April 18, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 210A

1:00pm PDT

Disney|ABC The Art of the Pitch: The Writer. The Director. The Story
The Disney/ABC Talent Development programs have launched the careers of many writers and directors, many of whom have worked on some of your favorite shows, such as ABC's Castle, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Once Upon a Time. What makes these individuals perfect for the program and right for the room or the production set? Disney/ABC's Creative Talent Development team and current program participants and alumni offer an engaging conversation about standing out, fitting in, and putting your best pitch forward. Moderated by Ken Choy (Wide Lantern).

Friday April 18, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 207

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

Comics Arts Conference Session #2: Beyond the Page
The influence of comics extends far beyond their paper. Victoria Minnich explores the value of comics as a research and education tool to visualize and personalize the operations of the southern California spiny lobster fishery, providing a case study of the possibilities for new media to generate collective meaning for a diverse and broad suite of audiences. Jeremy Johnson (University of Minnesota) explores the possibilities and limitations of graphic novels for the visually impaired and discusses the journey to create an "accessible" graphic narrative. In the process, he highlights the benefits of collaboration in the creation of narrative visualizations while raising an awareness of the accessibility of graphic novels. Renee Krusemark (Creighton University) builds on theories that reading graphic narratives involves both leadership and critical thinking, and uses The Walking Dead as a case study to explore how readers perceive leadership in comics and to discuss the potential of using comic books in the college classroom to address student critical thinking and leadership perceptions.

Friday April 18, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 210BCD

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

3:00pm PDT

Comics Arts Conference Session #3: Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: A Roundtable Discussion
Whether using graphic novels or comics to explain cultural differences, history, or art, there are many educational factors that sequential art can teach, in classes from the high school to the college level. Christina Angel (Metropolitan State University of Denver), Robert Weiner (Texas Tech University), Hannah Means-Shannon (Georgian Court University), Carrye Kay Syma (Texas Tech University), and James Bucky Carter (Washington State University)-the editors and authors of Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art-offer a lively discussion of the value of sequential art in and for education. This roundtable will focus on both the methodological and pedagogical approaches from the book, discussing the process involved in putting together the volume. The book's contributors will give their unique perspectives on the educational potential of using comics in the classroom.

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

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

4:00pm PDT

Comic Book Law School(R): In The Beginning
Every project has a starting point, but not considering all of the important business issues from the start can cause you more damage than being caught in a flood with your ark half built. Luckily, the popular Comic Book Law School will help by supplying the ABCs of legal protections for creators, and maybe help you discover how to make protecting yourself an everyday part of the creative process. Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, sets down a solid foundation on intellectual property in this informative seminar. Starting with the basics on the ownership and protection of ideas, an understanding of copyright and trademark rights, including for works of authorship, characters, and names, this seminar will help guide you from conception through publication and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, as well as the registration process for each (and time permitting, how recent court decisions and changes in the law could affect those rights). Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections, and pitfalls, of the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Please note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. However, the seminar is presented for information and entertainment purposes only, and the information presented and opinions expressed at the seminars do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such . [This program is approved for 1 credit of California MCLE.]

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

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

5:00pm PDT

Publicizing Your Project
Got a new comic, a new web series, a new novel, a new TV show, or a movie? That's great, but pretty meaningless if you and your friends are the only ones who know about it. How do you get the word out? Facebook and a webpage, sure. That's what everyone's doing. What can you do to cut through the clutter and get your stuff actually seen, actually talked about, actually out there so people can see it, read it, watch it, buy it? Craig Miller (Star Wars, Curious George) leads a panel of people who have been getting projects seen dating back to Star Wars, including Amy Ratcliffe (Nerdist, StarWars.com), Joe LeFavi (Quixotic Transmedia), and others, to give you their thoughts and advice on how you can do it for your project.

Friday April 18, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 210BCD

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

The Writer's Journey: Breaking into Graphic Novel and Hollywood Script Writing
In part one of the "Breaking In" series, panelists address the question every aspiring writer wants answered: "How do I break into the business?" If you are an unpublished writer with dreams of making it in the Transmedia marketplace and you don't know how or where to begin, this is the panel for you. Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel producers Brandon M. Easton (ThunderCats (2011), Transformers: Rescue Bots), Geoffrey Thorne (TNT's Leverage, Ben 10), Jonathan Callan (Ben 10, Generator Rex), screenwriter Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), and actress/writer Erika Alexander (Maxine Shaw from Living Single, Concrete Park graphic novel from Dark Horse) share insider information, publishing secrets, and professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable comics proposal. Topics include how to hire artists and build a strong contract, how to seek out a publisher, and how to navigate the tough new world of intellectual property management in the digital frontier.

Friday April 18, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 208

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

6:00pm PDT

The Art, Craft and Business of Acting in Today's Entertainment Industry
Golden Globe nominated actor, teacher, and director Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica Classic and Re-imagined, Cowboys and Engines, After the Harvest) shares the latest insights, techniques, and cutting-edge business strategies on becoming a dynamic, successful performer in today's entertainment industry.

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

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

7:00pm PDT

Behind the Scenes: Secrets of Creating Scripted Television
UPDATED: Mon, Apr 14, 09:43AM
Learn what it takes to create an hour of scripted television from the professionals. From writing to directing to editing to providing the finishing musical touches, producer/director Tom Grey (Cocktails with Stan), composer Tim Jones (Chuck), writer Kam Miller (Law & Order: SVU), writer Keto Shimizu (Arrow), and First Assistant Director David Trotti (Burn Notice) pull back the curtain to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into the shows you love.

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

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
 
Saturday, April 19
 

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

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

1:30pm PDT

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 210BCD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ask An Agent!
Literary agents Michael Bourret (Dystel & Goderich Literary Management), Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency), and Kate Schafer Testerman (kt literary) discuss the wild world of manuscript querying, the role of agents in the publication and film rights process, and more! No pitches, please.

Saturday April 19, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 208

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

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

Saturday April 19, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

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
 
Sunday, April 20
 

11:30am PDT

Comics Arts Conference Session #7: The Cognition of Comics
What happens in people's minds and brains when they read and create comics? Neil Cohn (University of California, San Diego) will present an overview of his new book, The Visual Language of Comics: An Introduction to the Structure and Cognition of Comics, which provides an extensive introduction to the cognitive science of comics comprehension. This discussion will cover the systematic components that make up unique and different panels, the grammar of sequential images and page layouts, cross-cultural differences in structure, and the newest neuroscience research on what the brain is doing while comprehending comics.

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

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

1:30pm PDT

Comics Arts Conference Session #9: Batgirl Begins Again
Barbara Gordon ranks among the world's most famous superheroines, first as Batgirl (1967-1988) until rendered paraplegic in The Killing Joke, and then as Oracle, supreme computer hacker and Birds of Prey leader (1989-2011) until DC Comics's New 52 relaunch made her ambulatory and Batgirl once again. Renowned Birds of Prey/Batgirl writer and WonderCon Anaheim special guest Gail Simone discusses this character's real-world popularity and fictional trauma recovery with psychologists Dr. Andrea Letamendi (Under the Mask Online), the model for Barbara Gordon's therapist, and Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight).

Sunday April 20, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 210BCD

1:30pm PDT

How to Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins, multiple award-winning and national bestselling sci-fi authors, scriptwriters, and producers, teach you 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 teenage twins have written four science fiction novels and have taught their unique award-winning creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. The Winner Twins and Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo/Tom Zarek of Battlestar Galactica, author of the bestselling Battlestar Galactica Book Series) will teach you how to create a film or TV treatment from your novel and how to pitch it.

Sunday April 20, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 210A

2:30pm PDT

Comics Arts Conference Session #10: Comics and War
Captain America isn't just a symbol of the United States; he's a symbol of the United States's relationship with war and the military. Nicole Rehnberg analyzes issues of Captain America comics that reference the Vietnam War to discuss how the actions and words of Captain America show America's changing relationship toward the Vietnam War from wartime to present-day. Kathleen McClancy (Texas State University) argues that the conflict between Iron Man and Captain America in Marvel Civil War replicates the battle over nostalgic framing narratives for the War on Terror.

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

3:30pm PDT

Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule
Having a goal, a good idea, discipline, and skills is only the start of what you need for your project to succeed. Knowing the basics of group dynamics, forming then working with a group without mortally wounding each other is the difference between success or failure of your projects, and possibly friendships too. No matter which industry (comics, illustration, movies, Webcomics, design or animation, costuming or cosplay), "breaking in" has never been a more apt term than in today's media. It is a full-time job, and you only have part-time hours to accomplish it. Topics covered pertain to any group with a goal, from hobbyist to professional purposes as well as any interest of geek or creative culture. Topics cover a myriad of organizational subjects: different kinds of leadership that match your groups needs, the importance of starting everyone on the same page and how to keep everyone there, how to build your team, a variety of angles on deadlines and work environments. The panelists represent a broad cross section of levels of authority, departments, work pipelines, and sizes of organizations and come from a variety of media, including illustration, writing, design, animation, podcasting, and live-action film production. Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear), Sean Glumace (digital arts instructor at Golden West College), Aleister Gilgrim (creative director, ICS Mobile), Brendan Creecy (Radio BrendoMan podcast), Victoria Irwin (managing editor, TheGeekGirlProject.com), Cat Smith (voice actress, CatSmith.net), Ron Coleman (molecular geneticist and writer), Keith Wolzinger (Klezmer Podcast) and Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV), provide unique content that is a mix of speaking, questions, and some short interactive applications where the audience can directly apply the information covered.

Sunday April 20, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 213