UPDATED: Fri, Mar 22, 04:25PM Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film Much Ado About Nothing. Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy, and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. Please join us for an exclusive panel with very special guest(s) including Nathan Fillion,Clark Gregg,Sean Maher,Fran Kranz,Jillian Morgese,Riki Lindhome, Tom Lenk,Joss Whedon,Romy Rosemont,Brian McElhaney,Ashley Johnson,Jay Hunter,Nick Kocher and Spencer Treat Clark.
Geek & Sundry producer Boyan Radakovich (TableTop) gives you an inside look at your favorite gaming show, TableTop. Share your passion for board games, get the inside scoop on TableTop season 2, and discuss the worldwide celebration of tabletop gaming goodness called #TableTopDay. Come to the panel and watch a sneak peek episode from Season 2!
Sunday March 31, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm
Writer and WonderCon Anaheim special guest J. M. DeMatteis (Phantom Stranger, Adventures of Augusta Wind) is on hand for a journey through his more than 30-year career. JMD will be interviewed by his son, Cody DeMatteis (Adult Swim).
Most children of the pre-Internet TV-era carry the rituals surrounding Saturday Morning TV close to their hearts. Animation expert Jerry Beck and the Warner Archive Collection offer a presentation of rare and wonderful animated and live-action releases culled from the Hanna-Barbera, Rankin-Bass, and Warner Bros. library of Saturday morning classics. Pre-discussion cold cereal will not be provided, but amazement will be in abundance. Comfortable sleepwear is strongly encouraged.
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 25, 03:47PM What's the point in examining fictional characters, especially fantastic superheroes unlike any people we encounter in real life? Psychologist Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) and Andrea Letamendi (Barbara Gordon's therapist in Batgirl #16), comics scholar Kathleen McClancy (Wake Forest University), and comic book writer Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl) explore how the filter of fiction can allow people to face some of the worst events that happen in real life without turning away and how that, in turn, helps us learn more about the way actual crises affect living human beings.
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 25, 09:54AM Using comics as an educational tool is fun and practical. All-star panelists Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars and Hatter M series), Tom Carr (Talking to Yourself in the Dark, host of Residual Hauntings Revived), Dave Elliot (Weirding Willows), and Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics, Salt Lake City) discuss how educators, librarians, retailers, creators, and publishers work together to put comics into the classroom as an innovative tool to promote reading and literacy. This multimedia presentation with personal remarks and a Q&A session highlight ways to use the graphic medium as a learning tool. The 70-page resource book The Secret Origin of Good Readers is available for free download at www.night-flight.com/secretorigin/index.html courtesy of XMission.com.
Join Chris Hardwick (host of BBC America's The Nerdist and AMC's Talking Dead) and some very relevant-to-your-interests talent from across the many-headed beast that is Nerdist Industries. 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!
Staffers Cliff "Quickbeam" Broadway and Larry "MrCere" Curtis, fresh from set visits in New Zealand, discuss, in a multimedia extravaganza format, the next billion-dollar installment of The Hobbit. They will preview new characters, Tolkien's non-Hobbit lore in the film adaptation, dragons, hints, clues, and potential spoilers, as well as the latest breaking info along with glimpses into what might be on the first Hobbit film's Extended Edition Blu-ray. Plus, unmentionable surprises from the biggest and best Tolkien news source in the world.
What a hero looks like tells us so much about who they are and what they can achieve. With every incarnation, a costume shows the reader where a character is going and where he or she has been. Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Doug Mahnke (Green Lantern), and Dan Slott (Superior Spider-Man) discuss with moderator Mark Waid (Thrillbent) what they believe makes a good costume.
Don't miss this opportunity to learn how two of the industry's leading self publishers have been successful for more than 20 years. Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL, Shazam) and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising) will discuss their publishing process and how they have been able to remain independent throughout their careers.
As the leader in all-ages publishing, KaBOOM! Studios has been at the forefront of redefining how to do comics that appeal to the young, the old, and everyone in between! Now, exclusively for WonderCon Anaheim audiences, KaBOOM! unveils the Regular Show comic, based on the hit Cartoon Network animated show created by JG Quintel! Join KaBOOM! editor Shannon Watters along with Quintel and Regular Show comic writer KC Green for a lively discussion about this new series and the future of all-ages comic publishing.
Interested in writing cartoons? Or just curious how it's done? Mark Evanier has written hundreds of scripts for such programs as The Garfield Show, Garfield and Friends, Dungeons 'n' Dragons, Scooby Doo, Richie Rich, ABC Weekend Special, CBS Storybreak,Thundarr the Barbarian, and more. He'll tell you how it all happens and answer any questions you may have.
Join series stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice), Colin Donnell (Pan Am), Willa Holland (The O.C.), and Paul Blackthorne (The River) and executive producers Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern) and Andrew Kreisberg (Fringe) of the hit DC Comics adaptation Arrow for some exclusive video footage and a Q&A panel that goes beneath the hood! From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW.
If you missed Friday's panel, come by for a brand new All Access with your favorite comics publisher! DC Comics editors and all-star talent share all things DC with a behind-the-scenes look at DC Entertainment!
Executive producer Brad Bell (Husbands) talks with veteran TV writer/producer Jane Espenson about their shared work on the hit online sitcom Husbands, the Husbands comic book, and Jane's history of work on such shows as Torchwood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Dollhouse, Dinosaurs, Ellen, Once Upon a Time and others. Join Jane and Brad for this one-on-one interview, Q&A session and screening!
WonderCon Anaheim special guest Jeff Parker and guest artist Gabriel Hardman discuss how they approach the visual storytelling of comics and walk the audience through a Batman short story they completed recently. There will also be a chance to ask questions. Moderated by cartoonist/podcaster Pat Loika.
James Medina (University of Dundee) compares the politics, style, and purpose of postapocalyptic narratives from different countries. Lindsay Kerstetter (California State University, Fullerton) applies trauma theory to explore the motivations of The Walking Dead characters, who are forced to exist in a world where trauma has become a part of everyday life. Rachelanne Smith (California State University, Sacramento) explains how satirizing the dark, gritty attitudes of contemporary comic book film adaptations actually makes the case that the traditional, altruistic hero is the one society needs.
With moral panic on the rise, the history of how comics have been censored is more important than ever! Comic Book Legal Defense Fund executive director Charles Brownstein tells the shocking tale, from the public book burnings and Senate hearings that led to the Comics Code Authority in the 1950s through the attacks on retailers in the 1980s, artists in the 1990s, and readers today. This panel also marks the convention premiere of a new documentary about the Ryan Matheson case, in which Canada Customs prosecuted a comics reader for the comics on his computer. Don't miss this important panel about your rights and how to defend them!
Francis Mao (Capcom senior director, creative services) leads a panel of Capcom's graphic designers, artists, and creative partners in a panel pulling back the curtain on how the company's incredible video game artwork is created, from concept to finish. Panelists will explain the creative process and thinking involved in each creative step, as well as go in depth on the tools and applications used to create the awesome works of art that grace Capcom video games and collateral. Followed by a Q&A session.
Legendary comic book creator Chris Gossett is live on stage in conversation with GEEK magazine editor David E. Williams, discussing his pioneering award-winning comic book series The Red Star, soon to be a major motion picture from Chronicle director Josh Trank for Warner Bros. Gossett will also talk about his work on such films as The Lord of the Rings and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland as well as inventing the famous two-sided light saber for Tales of the Jedi. He'll also share some exciting news about the future of The Red Star as it makes its eagerly awaited return to comics later this year, exclusively in the pages of the new GEEK magazine.
We know you stayed at WonderCon Anaheim late last night to enjoy all the convention has to offer, so here’s your chance to see the first of eight epic new episodes of Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith and his new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman. What better way to watch Steven Moffat's new episode "The Bells of St. John" than with all your fellow Doctor Who fans in one big room? BBC America's new Supernatural Saturday lineup includes Doctor Who at 8/7c, Orphan Black at 9/8c, and The Nerdist at 10/9c.
Spend some time with award-winning artist Amanda Conner and writer Jimmy Palmiotti as they discuss their past, present, and especially future projects together, including their upcoming creator-owned properties. They will give the lowdown on what it's like not only working for comic companies but having a hand in creating video games, working on television shows and in film, and being part of a bigger picture in creating new characters for multimedia platforms. Expect to learn something, be entertained, and enjoy some real one-on-one time with these creators.
January saw the publication of Brian Wood's Star Wars, one of the biggest launches in Dark Horse's 21 years of publishing Star Wars comics. The excitement continues in March with the return of Star Wars: Legacy! When it originally launched in 2006, Legacy shook up the Star Wars galaxy by pushing the "expanded universe" timeline-and Skywalker history-farther than it had ever gone before: over 100 years after the events of the original Star Wars trilogy of films. Now Legacy is back in a new iteration featuring an heir to the Solo line, written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman. Join Bechko and Hardman as they talk about the new Legacy and take a peek at more surprises coming in 2013 for Star Wars comics at Dark Horse.
The ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages, LEGO Batman: The Movie-DC Superheroes Unite finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne's accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President; and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman's technology, forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help. WonderCon Anaheim presents the West Coast premiere of LEGO Batman: The Movie-DC Superheroes Unite, followed by a star-studded panel featuring the preeminent voice of Lex Luthor, Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, SpongeBob SquarePants) and TT Animation's award-winning director/producer Jon Burton, as well as renowned videogame/animation actors Troy Baker (Bioshock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City) as Batman, Travis Willingham (Avengers Assemble, The Super Hero Squad Show) as Superman, Christopher Smith (Mortal Combat vs. DC Universe) as the Joker, and Charlie Schlatter (Diagnosis Murder) as Robin. Special prizes for special audience questions from moderator Gary Miereanu. From TT Animation, creators of the bestselling video game on which the film is based, LEGO Batman: The Movie-DC Superheroes Unite will be released May 21 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD.
Given their flexibility and ability to embrace the fantastic and wondrous, what can't one write about for middle graders and up? LeAnna Herrera of Mysterious Galaxy bookstore queries the limits with authors Jenn Reese (Above World, Mirage), Jessica Brody (Unremembered), James Morris (Skybound), Nancy Holder (Wolf Spring Chronicles), Cecil Castellucci (The Year of the Beasts), and Greg Van Eekhout (The Boy at the End of the World).
Kamila Tuszyńska (University of Warsaw) examines how Enki Bilal's Julia & Roem plays with conventions drawn from the classical cultural heritage to focus attention on contemporary issues. Hannah Diaz (California State University, Fullerton) explains how the female cosplay world has responded to the limited variety of body types and outfits from which to choose by modifying designs to reflect a female character with a wider variety of qualities than those found in mainstream comic books.
Join editor John Barber along with a veritable who's who of creators on all your favorite Hasbro books! Mike Costa of G.I. JOE fame! Mairghread Scott, Livio Ramondelli, Chris Metzen, and Flint Dille from Transformers! Amy Mebberson and Heather Nuhfer from My Little Pony! Announcements and inside info you won't believe!
He's currently the writer of Marvel's Spider-Man...but did you know WonderCon Anaheim special guest Dan Slott also wrote for Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Ren & Stimpy? He's put in 20-plus years of weird assignments, from She-Hulk to Scooby Doo. Everything's on the table in this Q&A session.
WonderCon Anaheim is 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 to the show 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.
Self-publishing isn't about stapling parties anymore. With ComiXology opening up their platform to creators worldwide with “ComiXology Submit” and creators like Mark Waid taking the self-publishing route with his new company Thrillbent, there's never been a better time to publish your own work. Join legendary creator Mark Waid and ComiXology's Chip Mosher in a wide-ranging discussion on the ins and outs of self-publishing digital.
The must-see panel of Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim returns for another action-packed year after last year's legendary Comic-Con bout, only this time it's not spaceships but aliens that will duke it out for the highly coveted Smackdown spin-off title. Can Spock put the Vulcan Death Grip on Boba Fett? Will an Alien Xenomorph defeat the Imperial Leader? And will the Martian Marauder spell doom for the Daleks? Join the panel of alien-ated experts as they outwit, outplay, and outphaser, starring Daren Dochterman (ST: TMP Special Edition, Real Steel), Chris Gossett (The Red Star), Ashley E. Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: Prime), Robert Meyer Burnett (ST: TNG Blu-Ray, The Hills Run Red), Jeff Bond (GEEK magazine executive editor), and the Richard Dawson of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Free Enterprise), along with some special surprise guests which are unlikely to include Dr. Neil DeGrasse-Tyson, but you just never know. End your weekend with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown. Presented by GEEK magazine.
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 26, 04:09PM Learn the secrets to using part-time collaboration to achieve full-time results! No matter which industry (comics, illustration, movies, design, animation, costuming/cosplay), “breaking in” has never been more apt a term than in today's media, and it is a full-time job, especially if you have only part-time hours to accomplish it. Hear Topher Davila (art director, GeekdomWear.com and co-creator/co-producer, We're Always Like This), Sean Glumace (digital arts instructor at Golden West College and Wordpress expert), Kevin Flessing (co-writer, We're Always Like This), Mario Martinez (co-creator, TomatoTV.net), Renah Wolzinger (department chair, Digital Media, Digital Arts and Design, Golden West College), Aleister Gilgrim (Creative Director, ICS Mobile), Heather Joseph-Witham Ph.D. (Mythbusters and various TV shows) and Ron Coleman (molecular geneticist and writer) talk about how they successfully juggle time between the creative and business sides while being involved in goal-oriented groups. They'll discuss the process, pitfalls, and potential of part-time collaboration from their experiences in illustration, writing, design, animation, and live-action filming, from a variety of levels of experience in administration and sizes of organizations. Content will be a mix of speaking, questions, and short interactive applications in which the audience can directly apply the topics covered. Whether you're a hobbyist or looking to go pro, if you struggle with deadlines, need help finding collaborators, want to know how to work with a team without mortally wounding each other, or simply want to know how to get your foot in the door, this panel is for you.
Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing)is proud to be hosting the Official Gaia Online panel. This is your chance to meet the Gaia staff, get your burning questions answered, and take a sneak peek at some of the great stuff Gaia has planned for 2013. Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes
The hero (protagonist) and the villain (antagonist) are the two most important characters in stories. They have opposing goals and are bound through conflict. Young adult author Cecil Castellucci (Year of the Beasts) will teach you how to develop compelling heroes and villains for your own fantastic stories in this workshop for teens.
From personal collections, working with museums and art galleries and even a little bit of hoarding, George Clayton Johnson, Barry Short, John Ellis, Eric Hoffman, Michael Hamersky, Alan Williams, and Dave Arshawsky are all fans and collectors of most things related to science fiction and comics. Collecting is a major industry these days; just watch the cable shows dedicated to it! Join moderator Greg Koudoulian to discuss how we can make sure that our histories and legacies are preserved for future generations, in both museums and art galleries and your own home!
America's youngest multiple award-winning authors, the Winner Twins, will teach you how to create your own novel step by step. The twins, now in high school, are national bestselling authors who have written four science fiction novels. Drawing from their own experience, they will discuss the process, from creating your idea to getting it published. They have taught their unique creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of teachers and students across the country.
How was the show's second year at the Anaheim Convention Center? The WonderCon Anaheim management team wants to hear from you! Here's your chance to tell us what you thought didn't work-and hopefully, what exceeded your expectations about WonderCon Anaheim 2013!