Programming at WonderCon 2012

WonderCon offers an incredible variety of panel discussions, comics publisher presentations, movie and TV series events, and much more. On Friday and Saturday, the program schedule extends into the evening hours and includes special nighttime programs. On Friday, catch the exclusive world premiere of the new WB Animation and DC Universe movie Superman vs. The Elite, which screens in the giant Ballroom on the third level starting at 6:30. On Saturday evening, the WonderCon Masquerade returns for its eighth big year. As always, your WonderCon membership badge gets you into these events for free, while seating is available.

Important note about programs and events at WonderCon: All event and program rooms have limited capacity as set by the fire marshal. Even though your badge is needed to get into all events, it does not guarantee you access to any event if the venue has reached its capacity. Rooms are not cleared between events. Most autograph signings are limited – your badge does not guarantee autographs at any signing event.

This is the Programming Schedule for WonderCon 2012 as of press time. For last-minute additions and changes, please check the schedule signs posted in front of each room’s entrance. See the Anaheim Convention Center maps for room locations. This year’s programming rooms include the Ballroom (on the third level) for movie and TV programming on all three days. Rooms 203, 204, 207, 208, 210 (home of the Comics Arts Conference and workshop programs), 211 and 213, all on the second level of the Anaheim Convention Center, feature programs all three days, including all of the special guests’ programs. Room 202 is the home of the Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival, programming films for kids of all ages all weekend long. Room 205 showcases the best in Anime. Room 206B features Portfolio Reviews by individuals and companies including Bob Schreck, Aspen Comics, and BOOM! Studios. WonderCon’s Games are on the Exhibit Hall floor (click here for the complete schedule, including nighttime games at the Anaheim Hilton, our headquarters hotel right next door to the Convention Center). The Autograph Area is in the Exhibit Hall.

Once again, please note that all programs have limited seating and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Rooms are not cleared between programs. Names appearing in bold in these descriptions are scheduled to appear on stage. This schedule and people appearing on panels are subject to change.

Celebrity appearances and program schedule are subject to change. All event and program rooms have limited capacity as set by the fire marshal. Even though your badge is needed to get into all events, it does not guarantee you access to any event if the venue has reached its capacity. Rooms are not cleared between events. Most autograph signings are limited — your badge does not guarantee autographs at any signing event. Please…absolutely no recording of the video footage or images presented by the studios on the screens.

— Last updated: Mon, Feb 27, 10:06am —

12:30-1:30 IDW Presents: THE IDW Panel!— Chief creative officer Chris Ryall and sergeant of marketing Dirk Wood, give out prizes, make announcements, and evade questions! Featuring a host of creators, including Steve Niles, Ben McCool, Jason Ciaramella and more! All this, plus the Smoke & Mirrors boys, Mike Costa and Jon Armstrong, perform live magic! Yes, you read that right! Room 203

12:30-1:30 Hobbit Movie Insider’s Preview— Ringers everywhere are eagerly awaiting Peter Jackson’s new Hobbit films during the 75th anniversary year of the book’s publication! Staff writers and scholars from web portal invite you to join this lively panel revealing film production surprises and a zealous shredding of rumors! Led by Clifford Broadway (Ringers: Lord of the Fans), Josh Rubinstein (Star Trek: TNG Blu-ray), Cathy Udovch (Cruise to Middle-earth), and Mike Urban (The People’s Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien). Room 207

12:30-1:30 Insight into Indy Publishing— The Antidote Trust, America’s #1 indy collective, returns with more insights on everything related to independent comics. Professional screenplay writers of Leverage, Ben 10, and other programs, published novelists (Book Strand), an online comics award nominee, and a winner of the inaugural Glyph award for Indy comics are among the half-dozen panelists who share their input and experiences on everything needed to create, produce, market, and distribute comics in multiple media. You’re invited to share your insights, too! Room 208

12:30-1:30 CAC Session 1: Iron Man, Robopocalypse, and the Future of Humanity— In E. Paul Zehr‘s speculative nonfiction book Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine, the real-life implications of linking humans to robotic technologies in the form of brain machine interface are explored. Daniel H. Wilson‘s novel Robopocalypse is set in a future where human biology and technology have become seamlessly integrated. Society has become increasingly reliant on automation and robotics and comes face to face with its own extinction when a sentient artificial intelligence is unleashed on the world. This panel contains a discussion on robotics and technological fusion now and in the future using concepts in Iron Man comics, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, robotics, and the dystopian novel Robopocalypse. Room 210

12:30-1:30 Hollywood and Comics— With its combination of words and visuals in one attractive package, a comic book can be a great sales tool when pitching your project to studios. To sell the movie rights to your comic you need to know how Hollywood deal making really works. Join comic creators who have successfully navigated the movie business in this discussion of best practices. Panelists include Martin Shapiro (Chopper), Scott Mitchell Rosenberg (Cowboys and Aliens), Jesse Berger (untitled Tom Cruise sci-fi project), Andrew Cosby (Eureka), Derek Hoffman (X-Men: First Class), Chris Tongue (Dark Horse), and Benjamin Jackendoff (Zenescope). Room 211

1:00-2:00 DC Comics: All Access— A lot can happen in a year! Come by for unfiltered access to DC editors as they talk all things DC! Find out what they have to share from behind the scenes at your favorite and most talked about comics publisher. Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry’s top talents, so don’t miss out! Room 204

1:00-2:00 Richard Hatch: So Say We All— Actor, author, and director Richard Hatch (Capt. Apollo, Tom Zarek, So Say We All) hosts a discussion and Q&A on the past, present, and future of Battlestar Galactica, including BG trailers, comic reels, and special surprise guests. Room 213

1:30-2:30 Indy Toymaker Roundtable— Independent toymakers spill their secrets on how to successfully create and market awesome plush and vinyl toys. Learn from toy world luminaries Nitin Bhargava (Kidrobot), Dan Goodsell (Mr. Toast), Kerry Horvath and Darth Rimmer (Evil Ice Cream), Patrick Lam (Munky King), Kris Schantz (Happy Worker), and Doug Gauthier (Hey Soupface). Moderated by Wendy Bryan (I Heart Guts). Turn your sketches into something you can hold! Room 203

1:30-2:30 Monsters Anonymous— Comics and prose authors discuss the pros and cons of world-building with monsters and whether or not to make them known to that world’s public. Panelists include WonderCon special guest Mike Mignola (Hellboy), with Amber Benson (How to Be Death) and Christopher Farnsworth (The President’s Vampire), in discussion with Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 207

1:30-2:30 Pitching Diversity— You made it through the iron gates to pitch your project. When do you bring up the diversity of your characters? Forcefully at the outset, scribbled on a well-hidden Post-It note, or in a closing utterance as you flee out the door? How do diverse actors pitch themselves for all roles? delves into this topic as its writer Ken Choy moderates a roundtable discussion with Brandon Easton (Shadowlaw, Thundercats), Randall Park (Supah Ninjas), Teresa Huang (Knight Rider remake), Charles Howard (Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee), Adam Wolman (Widelantern co-founder; creative consultant), and Frank Gonzalez (director, talent development and diversity, Disney/ABC Television Group). Room 208

1:30-2:30 CAC Session 2: All I Really Need to Know, I Learned from Batman and Bart, Man: Embiggening Brains Without Crayon Implants— Sure, they’re entertaining, but can comic book superheroes and cartoon characters teach us anything useful in the real world? A trio of professors discuss how they’re using fictional characters to introduce students to nonfictional subjects. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) and Dr. E. Paul Zehr (Becoming Batman, Inventing Iron Man) explore the psychology and biology of Gotham’s Dark Knight, his allies, and his many foes. Dr. Karma Waltonen (The Simpsons in the Classroom) explains how instructors can use comics as a jumping-off point to introduce concepts in literature, composition, linguistics, cultural studies, gender studies, and media appreciation. Room 210

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Mark Waid— WonderCon special guest Mark Waid is the author of Daredevil, Kingdom Come, Irredeemable, and much, much more. Mark will discuss his 25-year career in comics, peppering the discussion with advice, inside stories, and talk of his vision of the medium’s future — where he will announce his biggest undertaking yet! Room 211

2:00-3:00 Quick Draw!— It’s another battle to the death with Sharpies at twenty paces! Three of the fastest cartoonists alive draw and duel in what is always a standing-room-only event at Comic-Con in San Diego. This time, we have Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons), Disney legend Floyd Norman, and a player to be named later, all sketching like mad on the command of Mark Evanier. If you’ve never seen one of these, you need to experience it! Room 204

2:00-3:00 Cartoon Network: Regular Show Ooooohhhh! Come check out the most awesome Regular Show Q&A ever, featuring show creator and voice of Mordecai, J. G. Quintel. You wanna know who else is regular? (ok, we couldn’t resist). Seriously, come to the panel to hear what’s up with super slackers Mordecai and Rigby and more! Room 213

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Ryan Sook— WonderCon special guest Ryan Sook, current DC The New 52 cover artist, participates in a Q&A session about his art and career. Find out about his process in creating covers for the Justice League Dark and DCU Presents. Learn who his favorite artists are and what comics he loves, and hear what he has to say about whatever other topics you want to bring to the discussion. Room 203

2:30-3:30 MARVEL: House of Ideas— Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you fans what you’ve come to love? Well, this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news on what’s happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, and more in this can’t miss panel. Room 207

2:30-3:30 Shonen Jump Fan Meet-Up— Listen to a thrilling pitch about the benefits of being an SJ Alpha member! Grill the Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha editors in a live Q&A session! Then hang out with them and a room full of Shonen Jump fans! Win prizes at the trivia contest! Join the live fan art jams! Celebrate all things SJ-related! Meet Urian Brown, lead hype-man of #TEAMJUMP, specializing in video games, anime, and wacky antics, and Misaki Kido, female leader of #TEAMJUMP, and challenge her manga knowledge or ask for advice about your own manga…if you dare! Room 208

2:30-4:00 CAC Session 3: Comics and Form— Ever consider how comics work? This panel examines the structures that create the stories. Amber Bowyer (University of Southern California) explores the relationship among comics, semiotics, continuity, and history to better imagine the history of comics’ materiality, interactivity, and affect. Dr. Kathleen Dunley (Rio Salado College) looks at Seth’s The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists as a palimpsest, in which as the new text is written, the original text remains visible, creating a ghosting between past and present. She explores how Seth’s visual representation of the palimpsest relates to how the past is created and reconfigured across the narrative. Dr. Nhora Serrano (California State University, Long Beach) looks at Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, and in particular the veiled and unveiled narrator, arguing that this self-portrait is a representation of the concealment, exposure as well as erasure, that is inherent in comics. Room 210

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Eric Powell— Special guest Eric Powell (The Goon) and his collaborator Tracy Marsh (Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters) discuss things they don’t like over pastries and disillusionment. New projects might also be discussed. If this isn’t the most fun panel at WonderCon, it will without doubt be the worst episode of Intervention ever. Room 211

3:00-4:00 It Was 30 Years Ago Today: Celebrating 1982 — Greatest Geek Year Ever!— It’s time to celebrate, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to fete (not Boba, just fete) the greatest geek year ever; three decades later and we’re all here to tell about it. Geek Monthly editor Jeff Bond is joined by screenwriter Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), director Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, The Hills Run Red), writer Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: The Series), Daren Dochterman (ST: TMP Special Edition), and Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits) along with guests as they discuss the year that gave us Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Blade Runner, E.T., Tron, Poltergeist, Conan: The Barbarian, The Road Warrior, The Thing, Liquid Sky (Liquid Sky? Really?!?), Battletruck, The Sword and the Sorcerer, and many more. Plus a look forward at the summer of 2012, including The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Prometheus, Dark Shadows, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Can it compare? You be the judge. On second thought, they’ll be the judge. Room 204

3:00-4:00 Creating Animated Series— What does it take to create or develop an animated TV series? Do you have to be a writer? An artist or animator? Both? Neither? What do you have to have to pitch an idea, and what are the studios and networks looking for? Members of the Writers Guild of America’s Animation Writers Caucus who have created and developed series and network/studio executives who buy them talk about it and answer your questions. Featuring Craig Miller (Beast Wars, Curious George), Stan Berkowitz (The 99, Justice League), and Duane Capizzi (Transformers Prime, The Batman). Room 213

3:30-4:30 comiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital!— Digital comics are the hottest topic and fastest-growing segment of the comic industry — with comic fans, retailers, and publishers embracing this new distribution and retail model. From self-publishing to same-day-as-print sales, digital retailer storefronts, and more, comiXology is the undisputed leader in this, the digital charge. Join CEO and co-founder of comiXology David Steinberger along with guest panelists for an open discussion on everything digital. All topics are game! Room 203

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski— Normally, special guest JMS does his spotlights all by himself. This year, the event is moderated by DC editor-in-chief Dan DiDio, who will attempt to get pertinent information by asking impertinent questions about the writer, his work, and his life. We expect this to end in a Tunguska-sized crater. Room 207

3:30-4:30 Making Animation History with The Last Unicorn The classic 1982 animated fantasy is literally being pulled apart and remade on a frame-by-frame basis, using groundbreaking techniques and technologies to upgrade the look and feel of the film. This new enhanced/extended version will premiere theatrically in both 2D and 3D in 2014. Learn what’s being done from creators Peter S. Beagle (novelist and screenwriter), Connor Cochran (director), and Terri Kempton and Suren M. Seron (co-producers). Room 208

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Rebekah Isaacs— WonderCon special guest Rebekah Isaacs (artist of Angel & Faith) discusses her artistic process, breaking into the comics industry, and being a cat lover in a dog lovers’ world. Audience Q&A will follow. Room 211

4:00-5:00 How to Get a Job in the Video Gaming Industry— Francis Mao (CAPCOM) leads a panel of industry insiders from a variety of game companies and industry outlets to share how they got to “play video games for a living,” and the wide assortment of career paths that are available. You don’t have to be a programming whiz or a stellar digital artist to have a fun career in the video game industry. Hear about jobs in the areas of public relations, marketing, retail, publishing, editorial, and more! Plus a Q&A session. Room 204

4:00-5:00 Michael Golden Workshop— WonderCon special guest and famed comics artist Michael Golden talks about his art and design process in this workshop. Room 210

4:00-5:00 MARVEL: Amazing Spider-Man It’s Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary and Marvel is celebrating all year long! With Peter Parker about to go to “The Ends of the Earth” in a battle against Doctor Octopus, they’re only getting started! Join superstar artist Humberto Ramos (The Amazing Spider-Man) and others as they give you insight into what’s down the line for everyone’s favorite web-slinger. And with issue #700 just a few months away, there’s no telling what may happen before then! Room 213

4:00-5:30 Exclusive Warner Bros. Television Screenings: Person of Interest and The Secret Circle For the third straight year, Warner Bros. Television kicks off WonderCon with exclusive preview screenings of upcoming original episodes of fan-favorite series. For 2012, WBTV will screen episodes of the first-year hit dramas Person of Interest and The Secret Circle.

Person of Interest: Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line), Comic-Con favorite Michael Emerson (Lost) and Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow) team up in this thought-provoking crime action-drama from The Dark Knight‘s Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Fringe, Lost, Alias). Set in New York City, with all of its multifaceted elements of justice (cops, criminals, corruption), Person of Interest centers on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who partners with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes, and the detectives tracking them. Person of Interest makes its WonderCon debut with a screening of a complete episode to kick off WonderCon 2012. In addition to Caviezel, Emerson, and Henson, Kevin Chapman (Rescue Me) also stars in Person of Interest, which airs Thursdays at 9/8c on CBS. Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Greg Plageman (Cold Case), and Bryan Burk (Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol) are the executive producers of the series, from Bonanza Productions in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

The Secret Circle: The ordinary becomes the extraordinary in The Secret Circle, a drama full of mystery, intrigue, and danger from executive producer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) and based on the book series by L. J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries). The series chronicles the story of a young girl who discovers not only that she is a witch and part of a secret coven but that she is the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. WBTV has conjured up a WonderCon exclusive premiere screening of the “Cursed” episode, a full six days in advance of its on-air debut Thursday, March 22, at 9/8c on The CW. Britt Robertson (Scream 4), Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Gale Harold (Queer as Folk), Phoebe Tonkin (H20: Just Add Water), Shelley Hennig (Days of Our Lives), Jessica Parker Kennedy (50/50), Chris Zylka (upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man), and Natasha Henstridge (Species) star in the series, which is executive produced by Williamson, Andrew Miller (Nothing), Andrea Newman (Human Target), Leslie Morgenstein (The Vampire Diaries), and Gina Girolamo (The Lying Game). From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Secret Circle airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.
Ballroom, Third Level

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Renae De Liz— Meet one of the rising stars of the industry! Acclaimed artist and WonderCon special guest Renae De Liz (The Last Unicorn) was building a rabid following even before she masterminded the Kickstarter runaway smash success project Womanthology! Room 203

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Mike Mignola— Hellboy creator and WonderCon special guest Mike Mignola talks about his signature creation and the upcoming year in the Hellboy universe, when the big red horned guy visits…Hell! Room 207

4:30-5:30 Triumph of the Small Screen— Angry Birds and Pocket God are just two entertainment brands that were born as smartphone apps before jumping to the worlds of comic books, animation, movies, plush toys, and more. Chris Ulm (former editor-in-chief, Malibu Comics), Farzad Varahramyan (designer, Aliens vs. Predator, Jumanji, Escape From Witch Mountain, The Thing), Emmanuel Valdez (game director, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing, Darkwatch, Bourne Conspiracy), and Paul O’Connor (game designer, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, author of the Longbox Graveyard comic book blog) will discuss the promise and special challenges of this exploding new art form. Room 208

4:30-5:30 The Writer’s Journey: Breaking into Comic Book and Hollywood Scriptwriting— Every aspiring writer wants to know one thing: “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 (Warner Bros. Animation’s ThunderCats), Geoffrey Thorne (TNT’s Leverage), Keto Shimizu (Syfy’s Being Human), and Jonathan Callan (Generator Rex) share insider information, publishing secrets, and the 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. Room 211

5:00-6:00 The Visual Technology Behind Action, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy Filmmaking— Action, sci-fi, and fantasy are all genres that depend heavily on visual effects to effectively portray the vast fictional worlds in which they take place. Join the film industry’s leading visual technology and previsualization experts to learn the latest and greatest technology trends and advances behind some of the biggest fan-favorite blockbusters such as Avatar and Cowboys & Aliens and upcoming films such as Battleship and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two. This panel offers audience members a new behind-the-scenes perspective using the latest technology, revealing never-before-seen footage, and more! Daniel Gregoire, founder and CEO of Halon Entertainment has worked side by side with the most highly respected directors in the business, including Steven Spielberg (War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones 4) and Jon Favreau (Cowboys & Aliens); Brad Alexander, CG supervisor on James Cameron’s Avatar and exciting upcoming films; and Patrice Avery, a producer with over 20 years of experience in feature/TV animation, VFX and video game production, will lead a group of top VFX and technology artists in this panel. Room 204

5:00-6:00 Marv Wolfman: Writing Q&A— For years WonderCon special guest Marv Wolfman (writer/editor in comics, animation, video games, and other media) has conducted writing seminars at Comic-Con International as well as many other conventions around the world. This time, rather than give a formal writing lecture, Marv wants to answer your questions (specific to material you’re working on or more general in nature) and discuss how to think about your writing even before you begin. Please come to the workshop with questions. Room 210

5:00-6:00 Famous TV Theme Music— Composers of popular television theme songs discuss their writing process and their influences. Charles Fox (The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, Love Boat, Happy Days), Jeremy Zuckerman & Benjamin Wynn (Avatar the Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra), and additional panelists discuss their contributions to TV theme music. Moderated by Anne Cecere, director of Film & TV relations of BMI, and Chandler Poling, White Bear PR founder. Attendees will get see a select clip from the new series The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra. Room 213

5:30-6:30 BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM! Panel— Join BOOM! Studios as they take over Room 203 at WonderCon for one full hour. Learn what is next from BOOM! as Ross Richie and Matt Gagnon run down the most exciting new projects from BOOM! Studios, KaBOOM!, And BOOM! Town. Room 203

5:30-6:30 Vertigo: New Blood— They come from the cutting edge of comics…and Vertigo has never been edgier, with thought-provoking titles from some of comics’ most acclaimed creators. Senior editor Will Dennis, all-star writer and WonderCon special guest Scott Snyder (American Vampire), and others appear on this must-see panel featuring the latest news on all your favorite Vertigo titles, plus details about the new, upcoming wave of Vertigo titles! Room 207

5:30-6:30 The Future of Tabletop Gaming— Tabletop games such as Dungeons and Dragons have been declining in popularity since the 1990s and are in danger of being replaced by both console games and MMORPGs. Will tabletop gaming survive the 21st century, will it be completely replaced by computer games. or will it survive as a new interactive role-playing experience? A panel of game designers discuss the future of role-playing games. Room 208

5:30-6:30 CBLDF: History of Comic Censorship— Learn the shocking history of comics censorship and how even today comics and the people who make, sell, and read them are still threatened. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the sordid 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 that the CBLDF is working to combat! Room 211

5:30-6:30 Spotlight on Wil Wheaton— Fan-favorite actor/writer and mega-fan himself Wil Wheaton comes to WonderCon as a special guest for the very first time! Wil talks about his mutli-hyphenate career as actor (Star Trek: TNG, The Big Bang Theory, The Guild), author, blogger, and pioneer Twitter tweeter! Ballroom, Third Level

6:00-7:00 Comics on Comics LIVE!—, the innovative web series that matches comedians against comic book creators in geek debates, makes its first appearance at WonderCon. Host Jonathan London ( and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Middleman, Ramiel: Wrath of God) engage with the greatest comic minds and the greatest minds in comics! Room 204

6:00-7:00 Animation Voice-Over— Everyone wants to do voices for animation, right? Hear what some animation veterans and awesome newcomers have to say regarding what this work is like, what it takes, and what the heck producers are looking for! Panelists include Katie Leigh (Gummi Bears, Darkwing Duck, Muppet Babies), Ben Bledsoe (Ronal the Barbarian, scratch artist for Disney feature animation, founder of Unireach Media), Lisa Biggs (Adventures of Toby and founder of, Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain, Jimmy Neutron, Animaniacs), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Simpsons) Mick Wingert (“Po” on Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), and director/writer/performer Phil Lollar (Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi Show, The Mr. Men Show, Olivia!, The Little Angels, Adventures in Odyssey). Room 210

6:00-7:30 The Write Stuff IV: Writing and Selling Genre Television & Beyond— Get an incredible insider look from the scribes behind some of today’s hottest genre shows as they share their candid thoughts on how to make the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the highly classified secrets of getting TV shows made and how to break in and break out in today’s highly competitive broadcast environment, the deep dark secrets (and snacks) of the writer’s room, and why network executives actually care about what you say on message boards. Panelists include Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Transformers: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Jesse Alexander (Lost, Heroes), Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Femme Fatales), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: The Series), Gabrielle Stanton (The Vampire Chronicles, Haven), Dave Simkins (Blade, Human Target), Jose Molina (Firefly, Terra Nova), Amy Berg (Eureka, Leverage), Charles Murray (V, Castle), and Mark A. Altman (Necessary Roughness, Femme Fatales). Room 213

6:30-7:30 TV Horror Hosts— John Stanley (Creature Features, 1971-1984), Mr. Lobo (Cinema Insomnia), Tom Wyrsch (writer/director), and Strephon Taylor (November Fire) will present a history of television horror hosting. Vampira, Zacherley, Ghoulardi, Svengoolie, Bob Wilkins, Elvira, and many more will be covered in a historical journey illuminating a genre of television that should never be forgotten. Introduced by John Stanley and Mr. Lobo. Video history by Tom Wyrsch and Strephon Taylor. Room 203

6:30-8:00 Detecting Deviants in the Dark Knight: Profiling Gotham City’s Serial Killers— From the dark corners of Crime Alley to the bleak cell blocks of Blackgate Penitentiary, Gotham City has been plagued by murderous villains who stalk the night. Mr. Zsasz, Abbattoir, and even Commissioner Gordon’s son, James Jr., have preyed on Gothamites for reasons that seemingly defy logic. How should Batman, the world’s greatest detective, apprehend these and other notorious serial killers? With updated content, the forensic psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought, H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D.,  team up with Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., and FBI (retired) supervisory special agent, Behavioral Analysis Unit (Killer Instinct), to explore the dark world of Gotham City’s serial killers. Are serial killers psychotic, psychopathic, or neither? Do Gotham City’s serial killers have real-world counterparts? Are common traits shared among serial killers, and can “profiling” lead to their successful apprehension? Learn how real FBI agents profile and arrest serial murderers. With that knowledge, don the mantle of the Bat, profile the Dark Knight’s deadliest villains, and plan their capture. Bring your questions and your curiosity, and discover once again that real life is, in fact, stranger than fiction! Room 207

6:30-7:30 The Science of Battlestar Galactica Look past FTL travel and artificial gravity, and the science in Battlestar Galactica was very robust for television. Join Dr. Kevin Grazier (Battlestar Galactica), co-author of The Science of Battlestar Galactica, along with a guest star for this presentation, chapter reading, and Q&A session. Room 208

6:30-7:30 Prism Comics: The Bad and The Bold: Pushing the Boundaries with LGBT Characters— There are more LGBT characters in mainstream comics, independents, Yaoi, and Yuri than ever before. Some comics push for truer portrayals of all people in the LGBT community and others push for shock and awe. How do you balance portrayals of LGBT characters in today’s comics market? Prism Comics (the nonprofit organization promoting awareness of LGBT comics, creators, and fans), Brian Andersen (So Super Duper), Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Torso), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch), Agnes Czaja (Acrobats), Jim McCann (Mind the Gap, Return of the Dapper Men), Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics), and other creators explore what makes a strong, realistic depiction of an LGBT character, what makes or breaks an edgy depiction of an LGBT character, and what is going too far. Moderated by Charles “Zan” Christensen (publisher, Northwest Press, Mark of Aeacus). Room 211

6:30-8:00 WonderCon Exclusive World Premiere: Superman vs. The Elite Be among the first to see the latest release from the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies when Warner Home Video, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation present the World Premiere of Superman vs. The Elite. In the film, Superman’s effectiveness as a superhero comes into question when a new group of super-powerful crusaders, known as “The Elite,” appear on the scene. As superheroes, the Elite know no bounds and are more than willing to kill, even on a massive scale, to stop villainy — putting them on a collision course with the ever-ethical, preferably nonlethal Man of Steel. The voice cast is led by George Newbern (Father of the Bride), reprising his Justice League/Justice League Unlimited role as Superman, NCIS star Pauley Perrette as Lois Lane, and versatile voice actor Robin Atkin Downes (Batman: Year One, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Manchester Black, the leader of The Elite. Award-winning comics writer Joe Kelly has adapted his original story from the heralded Action Comics #775 (“What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way”) into a script directed by Michael Chang (Batman: Brave and the Bold) and executive produced by Bruce Timm (Batman: Year One). See the film, then stay for the panel, where members of the filmmaking team and voice cast will take questions from moderator Gary Miereanu and the audience. Prizes will be awarded, and new details about future DC Universe films will be revealed! Ballroom, Third Level

7:00-8:00 IDW: Artist’s Editions— IDW senior editor Scott Dunbier presents an in-depth discussion of the publisher’s massively successful Artist’s Edition line! Launching in 2009 with Dave Stevens’ Rocketeer and continuing last year with Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor and this year with John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man and a host of others, these brilliant tomes have turned the industry on its ear by having their pages scanned directly from the original art. Come hear exciting announcements about upcoming additions to the line, including one from a surprise guest you won’t believe! Room 204

7:00-8:00 Gaia Online— Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing) moderates 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 2012. Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes. Room 210

10:30-11:30 From Fan to Creator: Goal-Setting for Creative Types— Which side of the convention table do you want to be on, professional or fan? And what’s keeping you from getting there? If you’ve been inspired to create something but you’re having trouble bringing it into reality, you need to attend this fun and informative goal-setting workshop, designed specifically for the WonderCon crowd and back for its sixth year in a row. Douglas Neff (the “Tony Robbins of Geeks”) will give you simple and proven tips for achieving what’s most important to you. Whether you want to write your own screenplay, draw your first comic, or shoot your independent film, you’ll walk away from this workshop with new ideas and useful tools to help you reach your dream. Room 203

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Scott Snyder— WonderCon special guest, writer Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing, American Vampire, Severed), answers your questions in this open discussion on the craft and business of writing comics. Room 207

10:30-11:30 How to Build Your Own R2— Do you want to know what it takes to build your own Star Wars droid? Southern California R2 builders Chris Romine, Michael McMaster, and William Miyamoto; builder Godfather Mike Senna; and builder/moderator Victor Franco discuss how their robots were built and how they work. Topics include materials, blueprints, building techniques, tools, and the electronics used to bring R2 to life. Room 208

10:30-11:30 CAC Session 4: Focus on Bob Schreck— WonderCon special guest Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics) joins the Comics Arts Conference to discuss his life in the comics industry. Stanford Carpenter (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) talks with Bob about his time as an art director, writer, and editor at both Dark Horse and DC Comics, the founding of Oni Press, and his new venture at Legendary Comics — and last but not least, his impressions of the industry as both a creative and an editorial force. Room 210

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Richard Starkings— Writer Joshua Fialkov (Tumor, Last of the Greats), talks to WonderCon special guest Richard Starkings about the success of his sleeper hit Image Comics series Elephantmen, progress on the movie, and all other aspects of Richard’s career in comics as a writer, publisher, colorist, cartoonist, editor, and digital lettering pioneer. Room 211

11:00-12:00 Cartoon Network: Adventure Time What could make WonderCon even more wonderful? How about a Totally Rhombus Adventure Time Q&A? Hear what executive producer and creator Pendleton Ward (voice of Lumpy Space Princess) and special guests have in store for our heroes Finn and Jake coming up in Season 4! Come on, grab your friends and join the fun! Room 204

11:00-12:00 Womanthology Get the story behind the hottest Kickstarter project of the year, a graphic novel produced entirely by the top women in the industry! Over 200 creators combined to create Womanthology,  and all profits go to the charities of! Project mastermind Renae De Liz and a host of surprise creators offer sneak peeks, inside tips on how to break into comics, and more! Room 213

11:30-12:30 Comic Book Law School— “C” Is for creator (and Copyright!) and “P” is for preparation, the cornerstone of any creative enterprises. After all, rushing a new property out the door without the proper IP protections in place could be more costly down the road. Luckily, the popular Comic Book Law School ® will help by supplying the “ABCs” of legal protections for creators. Noted IP attorney  Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, assists attendees in establishing a basic foundation for their copyright and trademark rights. Up first is the basics of protection and ownership of ideas, works of authorship, characters, and names, 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 one (1) credit of California MCLE.] Room 203

11:30-12:30 Rewriting History: Past, Present, and Future— Whether writing alternate, near future, or far future history, how do authors make historical “facts” fit their fiction? Panelists include Naomi Novik (Crucible of Gold), Todd McCaffrey (Dragon’s Time), Rob Reid (Year Zero), and WonderCon special guest Ernest Cline (Ready Player One), in discussion with Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 207

11:30-12:30 Digital Comics Price Fight— Everyone is talking about what the “right” price is for digital comics. Should it be full price for same day as print? Or should every comic be 99 cents à la iTunes? The conversation online has been heated, and today it jumps into the physical realm! Legendary comics writer Mark Waid, comiXology’s David Steinberger (the CEO and co-founder of the leading digital comics retailer and platform), and ‪Marvel’s senior VP of sales David Gabriel present a lively discussion on the price of digital comics. “Refereeing” this panel will be publisher and writer of Our Love Is Real and Sacrifice, Sam Humphries, who was the driving force behind MySpace Comics. Room 208

11:30-12:30 CAC Session 5: Batman vs. Iron Man: Can Biology Best Technology?— Batman and Iron Man belong to a very small group of accessible superheroes — that is, the group of superheroes who have a veneer of reality related to their powers and abilities. This reality makes them appealing and accessible to many and captivates the imagination in a way other heroes cannot. Both Iron Man and Batman are defined by the combination of their human frailty with extreme training and use of technological enhancements. E. Paul Zehr (Becoming Batman, Inventing Iron Man) compares these two heroes and their two approaches to transcending human limitation. The concept of Batman is one of extreme human performance — Bruce Wayne creates the Batman persona through extreme training. That of Iron Man is the story of Tony Stark, a genius scientist and engineer who amplifies human performance with technology in the form of the fantastic suit of armor. Considering the scientific realities behind these two icons presents a revealing look at how close we are to technological fusion between brain, biology, and technology. It also brings to mind a question truly grounded in popular culture. With these two superheroes in action, who beats whom? Answering this question involves a fascinating examination at the outer limits of human performance where neuroscience, kinesiology, brain-machine interface, and Kung-fu fighting converge. Room 210

11:30-12:30 Ruby & Spears— Since the sixties, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears have been the most successful writing, creating, and producing team in Saturday morning television. Among the shows they brought you were Scooby-Doo, Wacky Racers, Jabberjaw, Dynomutt, Thundarr The Barbarian, Plastic Man, and dozens of others. Here they are in a rare convention appearance, interviewed by animation writer (and former Ruby-Spears writer) Mark Evanier. Room 211

12:00-1:00 The World of CAPCOM!— Francis Mao leads a panel of Capcom product managers who will share trailers and sneak peeks at all the hot, new upcoming Capcom games, such as Dragon’s Dogma, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, the just-released Street Fighter X Tekken, Resident Evil 6, and more! A few lucky gamers will be called onstage to demonstrate their fighting skills in Street Fighter X Tekken to win exclusive Capcom prizes! Followed by a Q&A session. Room 204

12:00-1:00 Marvel Television Presents— Be among the first to go inside the Marvel Universe on Disney XD with the head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, as he presents the world premiere of the highly anticipated Ultimate Spider-Man animated series and a look at the premiere episode of the The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Season 2. He’ll also reveal the inside scoop on animated and live-action series in development, and more surprises from Marvel TV. Room 213

12:30-2:00 CBLDF Live Art Jam— Witness amazing live art created before your eyes by the industry’s greatest superstars! WonderCon special guests Jim Lee, Rebekah Isaacs, and Eric Powell plus special surprise guests will make original art on the big screen, giving you a one-of-a-kind glimpse of their creative process, and then a chance to bid to take their work home. The proceeds of this auction benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who protect the industry’s First Amendment rights. Stop by the CBLDF booth (417) for your bidder number, then come watch great art happen before your eyes at the CBLDF Live Art Jam! Room 203

12:30-1:30 Fairy Dust: LGBT Disney Fandom— We’re lucky to be right next door to the “Happiest Place on Earth.” Disney characters, films, comics, media, and theme parks are popular around the world. But Disney is especially popular among the LGBT community. Young or old, LGBT folk identify with the stories, characters, fantasy, and imagination of Disney. Prism Comics (the nonprofit organization promoting awareness of LGBT comics, creators, and fans) joins Tommy Kovac (The Royal Historian of Oz; Wonderland, Skelebunnies), Worthie Meacham (Disney Gay Days, expert on Disney Parks and Disneyana), Dusty Sage (founder and CEO of, and other fans and creators as they explore why the queer community loves all things Disney. Moderated by Ted Abenheim (Prism Comics board member). Room 207

12:30-1:30 Where Do Ideas Come From?— For artists and writers who face the fear of the blank page, veteran writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (New Teen Titans, Meridian, Hawk & Dove) brings proven tips, tricks, and strategies for vanquishing those dead brain and deadline demons! Room 208

12:30-1:30 CAC Session 6: Lessons Learned from Batgirl about Female Superheroes and Trauma: Resilience, Recovery, and Relaunch— Is it healthy to be a female character in today’s comics? Do comic book superheroines still face different traumas from those faced by their male counterparts? Psychologists Andrea Letamendi (UCLA), Robin Rosenberg (The Psychology of Superheroes), and Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), with the help of writer Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl, Smallville), explore how gender differences figure into storytelling issues and reflect on the dangers, support, and expectations encountered by women in real-world high-risk and life-threatening environments. Room 210

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Michael Golden— WonderCon special guest, artist Michael Golden is known for his dynamic and beautifully designed cover work and his exciting storytelling in series such as Dr. Strange, Micronauts, and The ‘Nam. Michael talks about his career — past, present, and future — in this special spotlight panel. Room 211

12:30-1:15 Fox Searchlight: The Sound of My Voice Producer, writer, and actress Brit Marling is a rising talent and new voice in the genre world, creating independent films about everyday people finding themselves in fantastic circumstances. In her new film, The Sound of My Voice, Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius), a couple and documentary filmmaking team, infiltrate a mysterious group led by an enigmatic young woman named Maggie (Brit Marling). Intent on exposing her as a charlatan and freeing the followers from her grip, Peter and Lorna start to question their objective and each other as they unravel the secrets of Maggie’s underworld. Appearing in person: star, producer, and co-writer Brit Marling (Another Earth), and the film’s director/co-writer Zal Batmanglij. Ballroom, Third Level

1:00-2:00 DC Comics: The New 52— The New 52 is comics’ most talked about industry-shattering event of the last year. Although the landscape has changed, DC’s not done making news! Be a part of history as DC editor-in-chief Bob Harras, executive editor Eddie Berganza, and group editor Matt Idelson are joined by Brian Buccellato (Flash), Dustin Nguyen (Batman Beyond Unlimited), Scott Snyder (Batman), Ryan Sook (DC Universe Presents), and more of your favorite top-notch talent to discuss the books that are shaping the dawn of this new era! Room 204

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Joe Hill— WonderCon special guest Joe Hill, Eisner Award-winning creator of Locke & Key, talks about the final chapters of the series, who will be the next person to wear The Cape, IDW’s Road Rage, his next novel (and accompanying comic series), and future projects. His discussion with editor Chris Ryall will be followed by a Q&A and pole-dancing demonstration. Room 213

1:15-2:15 Twentieth Century Fox— Twentieth Century Fox (and some very special guests) presents an exclusive look at some of the most anticipated events of the summer. Ballroom, Third Level

1:30-2:30 I Can’t Write, I Can’t Draw, But I Love Comics!— Comic-Con International’s annual jobs panel comes to WonderCon! Just ’cause 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. Companies still need managers, publishers, producers, directors, mo-cap and voice-over actors, game masters, and programmers. Panelists Scott Agostoni (independent manager of comic creators and comics expert), Derron Ross (Blur Studio), actor Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), writer/director James Gunn (Lollipop Chainsaw),   and Mike Fischer (Square Enix) will alert you to some of these careers and tell you how to find your niche. Moderated by Susan Karlin (Fast Company). Room 207

1:30-2:30 How to Get News Coverage— Small press publishers, what makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and an item that doesn’t? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and 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 comics journalist themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include Alan Kistler (Comic Mix, Newsarama), Heidi McDonald (The Beat), Kiel Phegley (Comic Book Resources), and Josh Waldrop (M1W Entertainment). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comics project. Room 208

1:30-3:00 CAC Session 7: Females and Feminism— Christin Green (The George Washington University) looks at how Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s series Y: The Last Man confronts stereotypes, breaks traditional formulas, steps out of comfort zones, and makes potentially bold statements about gender norms, masculinity, sexuality, and feminism, defining Y: The Last Man as a postfeminist narrative while drawing critical conclusions about its relative success in re-imagining contemporary popular discourses about feminism. Ayanna Dozier (Chapman University) examines the costumes of female superheroes, uncovering the meaning of such overtly sexual representations of female superheroes and their costumes, which themselves create a power struggle between the character and her costume. When are these designs sexist and when are they an expression of female liberation? Diana Martinez (University of Oregon) studies the many shifts in Wonder Woman’s body and costume design, arguing that Wonder Woman in particular has still not reached physical stability because she has no ideological stability. Wonder Woman’s body is important because she is not just a character, she is an encoding of ideology — an ideology reliant on her body and the way she is perceived. Room 210

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Fiona Staples— WonderCon special guest Fiona Staples is known for her art on series such as Mystery Society (created with fellow special guest Steve Niles) and North 40 and her cover work on titles such as T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. Now she embarks on a whole new phase of her career with the new Image Comics series Saga, co-created by Brian K. Vaughan. Fiona talks about her newest work and more in this special Spotlight panel. Room 211

2:00-3:00 Bongo Comics Sneak Peek— Creative director Nathan Kane and managing editor Terry Delegeane showcase Bongo Comics Group’s brand-new look and preview upcoming projects and a few other surprises. Find out what’s in the future for Futurama Comics and what to surmise about Simpsons Comics. This is a “must-attend” panel for all fans of The Simpsons and Futurama and anyone looking for a place to sit down! Room 203

2:00-3:00 Geek & Sundry— Felicia Day (The Guild), Wil Wheaton (Awesome), Veronica Belmont (Tekzilla), and Tom Merrit (Sword & Laser) present a sneak preview of Day’s new Geek & Sundry YouTube channel lineup. Room 204

2:00-3:00 MARVEL: Avengers vs. X-Men Are you ready for the biggest superhero war ever in Avengers vs. X-Men? Get the scoop on the groundbreaking event of 2012 as Earth’s Mightiest take on the Children of the Atom with the Marvel Universe at stake. One side believes the Phoenix Force will save their race, the other believes it will destroy the world! What do you believe? Find out everything you need to know as Marvel’s SVP of publishing/executive editor Tom Brevoort (Avengers vs. X-Men), superstar writer Jeph Loeb (Avengers: X-Sanction) and others give you the inside track, right here! Room 213

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Richard Kadrey— Q&A time with WonderCon special guest Richard Kadrey, author of the Sandman Slim series. Bring your questions. Bring your accusations. Bring your mom. He doesn’t care. He’ll probably be lying most of the time. Room 207

2:30-3:30 Video Game Characters Reborn! Namco Bandai Games’ ShiftyLook— Namco Bandai Games is re-imagining gaming classics like Xevious, Sky Kid, and Bravoman through new multimedia project ShiftyLook. Join producer, editor-in-chief, and head of ShiftyLook Rob Pereyda as he introduces some of the talent behind the project’s webcomics, including appearances by Sky Kid writer Jim Zub (Skullkickers); Alien Confidential: Black & White writer Sharon Scott (More Than Mortal) and artist Andrew Pepoy (Monica Moon); Bravoman writer Matt Moylan (LilFormers) and artist Dax Gordine (Mega Man Tribute); and Xevious writer Mike Costa (Transformers) and artist Mike Norton (Runaways). A live demo of the upcoming Rocket Fox game, an introduction of the talent behind the upcoming Rocket Fox webcomic, ShiftyLook service updates, and even free swag await! Room 208

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Arthur Adams— WonderCon special guest Arthur Adams is known for his intricate and design-oriented covers and interior art, and his penchant for all things ape, including his own creation, Monkeyman and O’Brian. Arthur talks about his work and what’s coming up next for him in his career. Room 211

2:30-3:15 Open Road Films: Lockout Global exclusive! Be among the first in the world to see footage of the highly anticipated new film, Lockout. Starring Guy Pearce (Memento, The King’s Speech, upcoming Prometheus) and Maggie Grace (Taken, Taken 2, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 & 2). Set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President’s daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison. Lockout was directed by James Mather and Stephen Saint Leger from their script, co-written with Luc Besson, who is also a producer. Peter Stormare co-stars. Ballroom, Third Level

3:00-4:00 The Official Aspen Comics Panel— Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged), Peter Steigerwald (Lady Mechanika), Vince Hernandez (Charismagic), Mark Roslan (Broken Pieces), Joe Benitez (Lady Mechanika), Oliver Nome (Fathom: Kiani), Scott Lobdell (Fathom), J. T. Krul (Soulfire), Beth Sotelo (Fathom), David Wohl (Executive Assistant: Iris), David Schwartz (Idolized), and letterer Josh Reed discuss exciting new Aspen projects and reveal never-before-seen art. A special Q&A session with fans will take place, and every person in attendance will receive a gift courtesy of Aspen Comics! Room 203

3:00-4:00 DC Comics: All Access Special Edition— Don’t miss this panel about the sure-to-be most talked about project of 2012! DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio, editor Will Dennis, and writers  J. Michael Straczynski and Len Wein  talk about this next game-changing event. No comics fan will want to miss this! Room 204

3:00-4:00 Kids Can Draw Cartoons with Kristian Sather— Hey kids! Kristian Sather (Bonkers, Jetsons, will demonstrate the techniques used in drawing funny cartoon characters. You will learn how to draw your own funny cartoon characters using basic geometric shapes. Join Kristian for this fun & informative session! Room 210

3:00-4:00 Cartoon Voices— It’s another one of those panels where folks who speak for animated characters demonstrate their craft. On the dais are Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show), Laraine Newman (The Fairly OddParents), Wally Wingert (The Avengers), Bill Farmer (Goofy), Alicyn Packard (The Mr. Men Show), Michael Bell (G.I. Joe), and maybe a few others, all put through their paces by voice director Mark Evanier. Room 213

3:15-4:15 Universal Pictures: Battleship and Snow White and the Huntsman Universal Pictures will present footage and special guests from two of its upcoming epic action-adventures: Battleship (May 18) and Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1). Battleship director/producer Peter Berg will be joined by two of the star’s from the film, Alexander Skarsgård and Brooklyn Decker, to discuss the project. Snow White and the Huntsman‘s director, Rupert Sanders, will answer questions about the new movie starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin. Ballroom, Third Level

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Ernest Cline— WonderCon special guest Ernest Cline is a New York Times bestselling novelist (Ready Player One) and a screenwriter (Fanboys). Join him for an hour-long Q&A session about his various book and film projects. Room 207

3:30-4:30 Fallout: New Vegas DLCs: Games as a Graphic Novel— After Bethesda and Obsidian released Fallout: New Vegas, there came an opportunity to continue the story in the Mojave Wasteland through four narrative downloadable content packs (DLCs). What were the challenges and the rewards? Obsidian’s creative director Chris Avellone discusses the design methodology and narrative constraints for the DLCs that followed the hit video game. Room 208

3:30-4:30 Comic Book Entrepreneurs— Self-publishing success Sam Humphries leads a discussion about building your business around comic books with some of the comic book industry’s leading entrepreneurs. CEO and co-founder David Steinberger of comiXology, Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Comics, Jonah Weiland of, Peter Levin of Nerdist Industries, and Thomas Gaul of Beach Ball Comics describe how each built a business from the ground up around their love of the comic book medium. Don’t miss this rare look into the business side of comics. Room 211

4:00-5:00 Kotobukiya Spring Preview— Representatives offer an exclusive look into what products are in development for 2012 and beyond, a Q&A session, and surprise giveaways! Room 203

4:00-5:00 MARVEL: Talk to the Hat— This is it, Mighty Marvel fans — the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full-of-surprises panel you wait all year for! Tom Brevoort, Marvel’s SVP of publishing/executive editor, takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests. You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! Room 204

4:00-5:00 Coloring with Alex Sinclair— Spend an hour talking with comic book colorist Alex Sinclair. He will show a video demonstration of how he takes a page from start to finish as well as answer any questions you may have about the process, special effects, breaking in, tips and tricks, and, of course…COLOR! Room 210

4:00-5:00 MTV Comics with Tom Akel and J. Michael Straczynski— MTV Comics executive editor Tom Akel and creators J. Michael Straczynski ( The Adventures of Apocalypse Al ), Karl Altstaetter ( Me2 ),  Heather Kenealy ( Stan Lee’s The Seekers ),  and Joshua Hale Fialkov (PUNKS ) reveal and discuss art and information on their new MTV series! Room 213

4:15-5:30 Sony Screen Gems: Resident Evil: Retribution Plus More Sony Films— We learn more about Alice’s mysterious past as she continues to hunt those at The Umbrella Corporation responsible for the T-virus outbreak, a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, DC, and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun. Resident Evil: Retribution stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, and Boris Kodjoe. Appearing in person is Alice herself, Milla Jovovich, who along with writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson will host a preview and discussion of the wildly successful film franchise based on the popular video game series Resident Evil and this highly anticipated fifth installment, Resident Evil: Retribution in state-of-the art 3D. Additional info on other films to come! Ballroom, Third Level

4:30-5:30 Geek Slant: How the East Meets West— From comics and film to television and new media, Asian Americans have been making their mark on pop culture. Racebending-Media Consumers for Entertainment Equality hosts this no-holds-barred conversation featuring Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man), Jen Wang and Diana Nguyen (Disgrasian), Freddie Wong (YouTube’s freddiew), and other mavens of their industry to discuss the state of Asian Pacific Americans in niche and mainstream media. Room 207

4:30-5:30 Animation Writing for Television— For over 20 years, television has been filled with an amazing variety of shows based on comics, films, and original properties. Writer/story editor/UCLA faculty member Robert N. Skir (X-Men, Gargoyles) leads a discussion with Steven Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers Prime), Andrew Robinson (Young Justice, Generator Rex), Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, Freakazoid!), David McDermott (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Transformers Prime), and Kurt Weldon (Kim Possible, The Penguins of Madagascar) as they relate tales — exhilarating, hilarious, and often horrifying — of writing for these groundbreaking shows. Room 208

4:30-5:30 SLG Publishing and Going Digital First— Company president Dan Vado previews some of the digital only comics being published by SLG and discusses what the future for comics distribution might look like. Apocalyptic scenarios will be bandied about for sure! Room 211

5:00-6:00 The Myth of Nostalgia: Collecting and Memory— Cesare Asaro (creator, Finding Frank and His Friend), Peter Maresca (editor, Sunday Press Books), Kirstie Shepherd (Gadabout Time Machine User’s Manual), and James T. Walker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) have been collecting, creating, and selling nostalgia for over 40 years. Join them for a panel discussion on how collecting allows us to revisit memories from the past — even a past that we might have been too young to have seen or may never have existed at all. They’ll explore how nostalgia can be invented, whether it goes in and out of fashion, and what happens when the collector becomes the creator. Room 203

5:00-6:00 DC Nation Special Video Presentation and Q&A— From the pages of DC Comics to the television screens of fans across the country comes DC Nation, a new one-hour exclusive kids programming block from Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation, and DC Entertainment. DC Nation stars some of the most beloved and legendary heroes of the DC Universe, brought to life by some of the most talented directors, writers, and producers working in animation today. Anchored by Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, DC Nation airs Saturdays 10:00-11:00  AM  ET/PT. Fans attending the WonderCon 2012 DC Nation panel will be treated to exclusive video content filled with plenty of sneak peeks from the DC Nation block. In addition, an all-star panel featuring Young Justice producers Brandon Vietti (Batman Under the Red Hood) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles), Green Lantern: The Animated Series producers Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm) and Giancarlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and DC animated shorts producers Lauren Faust (The Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) and Ben Jones (Batman: The Brave and The Bold) will take the stage for a moderated Q&A. Learn more about DC Nation at Room 204

5:00-6:00 Workshop with Ryan Sook— Join artist Ryan Sook for an informative discussion on the value of sketching, doodling, and drawing for illustration and comic art. Ryan will be doing a live projected sketching workshop and speak on the importance of keeping a sketchbook and working in it, as well as taking questions on the subject. If you are interested in drawing comics or doing illustration of any kind, this is a must attend workshop! Room 210

5:00-6:00 East Meets West Paul Power Publications talk about the sci-fi western comic East Meets West with Paul Power, Steve Leialoha, Tom Luth, Tim Burgard, Steve Oliff, Terry Wilson, and a mystery guest. Gift prizes of East Meets West will be handed out during a comics quiz. Fun tales of storyboarding films in Hollywood will be told, plus news on the graphic novel. Room 213

5:30-6:30 Geek Girls Create— Kristen Nedopak (Think Hero TV), Stephanie Thorpe (ElfQuest), Crix Lee (Girl Gamer/Dread Central), Jessica Mills (Awkward Embraces), Leah Cevoli (Robot Chicken), and Helenna Santos Levy (Girl and Boy) are women who took their love of the geek life and turned it into a career. As producers, hosts, actresses, and multi-hyphenate personalities, they have spent time and love creating their own award-winning content for film, TV, and the web. Learn how each of these smart and sexy ladies built her unique, individual brand, and gain insight into the struggles and success of creating your own work, from networking to production to marketing…and staying sane along the way. Room 207

5:30-6:30 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 bioengineers will be available to answer your questions in a Q&A session. Room 208

5:30-6:30 BOOM!: Adventure Time Comic— What time is it? It’s Adventure Time! The top-rated Cartoon Network show now has its own comic book! With the show exploding in the ratings, garnering rave online reviews and major cosplay at comic conventions, it’s clear fandom is obsessed and 2012 is the Year of Adventure Time! Don’t miss out this panel, and be sure to hear all the exciting news and the latest details about the hit comic book series. Room 211

6:00-7:00 Archaia Entertainment Presents: How to Build a Better Story— Are you an aspiring storyteller? Archaia has a tradition of publishing great stories, such as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, and The Killer. Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy and founder and chief creative officer Mark Smylie lead an information-packed session on what it takes to create a better original graphic novel. From world building to storytelling to what Archaia looks for in submissions, if you’re an aspiring graphic novelist, this is the panel you don’t want to miss. Plus, get a sneak peek of some of Archaia’s upcoming titles, with never-before-seen art and exclusive information! Please note: Archaia will not be accepting submissions or reviewing portfolios during this panel. Room 203

6:00-7:00 Femme Fatales Revealed: Behind the Scenes of the New Hit TV Series— Meet the cast and crew of the surprise summer hit on Cinemax that Entertainment Weekly hailed as a “badass chick anthology series.” Inspired by pulp novels, comic books, and classic film noir, Femme Fatales is based on the bestselling magazine of the same name. Every episode features the exploits of powerful and dangerous women who use their survival instincts to escape perilous situations and exude their inner guile. UGO TV raves “if you haven’t been watching Femme Fatales, you don’t know what you’re missing.” Creators and executive producers Mark A. Altman (Necessary Roughness, Castle) and Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Necessary Roughness, Elvis Van Helsing) host a panel of the show’s best-known guest stars as well as its most popular and beautiful femme fatales (who will be autographing all weekend at the Femme Fatales booth), along with special surprise guests, giveaways, and an exclusive preview of the highly anticipated second season , premiering Friday,  May 25, only on Cinemax. (Recommended for adult audiences.) Room 204

6:00-7:00 J. Michael Straczynski Writing Workshop— It’s a rare event when JMS conducts one of his writing workshops, but this year we’ve got him. This is a Q&A about writing for comics, TV, movies, and anything else the man’s done. We prefer only attendees who are actively pursuing a career in writing, and we ask those who attend to come armed with really good, salient questions about technique, the business, and so on. The workshop is only as good as the questions. This is your chance to get the inside scoop from one of the most successful writers in the biz. Room 210

6:00-7:00 Horror in Comics— Whether it in movies, TV shows, books, or comics, everyone loves to be scared. This panel focuses on horror in comics with WonderCon special guests Joe Hill (Locke & Key), Rebekah Isaacs (Angel & Faith), Mike Mignola (Hellboy, B.P.R.D.), Eric Powell (The Goon), and Scott Snyder (American Vampire), as they talk to the not-scary-at-all Mark Waid about things that go bump in the night in comic books. Room 213

6:30-8:30 Wizards: 35 Years Later— Director, writer, producer, and animation legend Ralph Bakshi presents a Q&A session after the premiere of his classic animated film Wizards, now remastered by FOX on Blu-ray! (Recommended for adult audiences.) Room 207

6:30-7:30 Devil in the Details: Writing and Producing for TV— Terrence McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica, 1978) and Cherie Buchheim (Win Ben Stein’s Money) have collaborated on numerous television productions. Join them as they discuss the creative process of writing, editing, and researching scripted drama and game shows. Room 208

6:30-8:30 The 99 Unbound From the American heartland to the capitols of Europe and the Middle East and to the jungles of Indonesia and beyond, a young group of international superheroes battle a time-traveling megalomaniac in The 99 Unbound, the surprisingly controversial new animated feature from Endemol UK and Teshkeel Media. See the new animated movie based on the acclaimed comic book series The 99. The film presents the origin story for the upcoming TV series of the same name. Please join (tentatively scheduled) panelists Naif al-Mutawa (executive producer), Subniv Babuta (executive producer), Henry Gilroy (writer), Stan Berkowitz (story editor), and Marie Javins (managing editor, The 99 comics) for a discussion and Q&A after the movie. Room 211

7:00-8:00 Lessons from the Future— Producer Monique Yamaguchi (NYPDM, Tales from the Dead), Lancer director AJ Raitano, and actors Kevin Dorman (Real Steel, Avatar) and Gary Perez (Awake, Monstrous Nature) are joined by The Last Push director Eric Hayden and actors Khary Payton (Young Justice, Powers), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), and Brian Baumgartner (The Office), as they look at the challenges of the near future. In Lancer, characters fight for humanity in the face of inhuman greed while The Last Push examines humanity surviving in solitude. Both films examine the very human reactions that new worlds present while painting a portrait of a future that examines the ever-present burdens society that individuals carry with them, wherever and whenever they go. Room 203

7:00-8:00 Tournament of Nerds!— Who would win in a fight, Batman or Wolverine? Superman or Gandalf? Debates like these have raged for decades. In dorm rooms, cubicles, classrooms, comic shops, and video stores, fans have pondered these questions that seemed unanswerable…until now. Tournament of Nerds pits two fans, or “Nerds,” against each other to battle it out in heated debate. Which comic book, sci-fi, action, or horror character has the stuff to take down a fellow iconic character? The action is fast and furious, as debaters pick characters to debate on behalf of. A compelling argument can slay a more powerful foe. Nerds are screaming, laughing, and crying as titans clash. Their goal: to advance their character through a “March Madness” set of brackets in hopes of being crowned the ultimate Nerd and having their character reign supreme! The regular group of debaters includes Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant (Reno 911, The State), Maddox (The Alphabet of Manliness, The Best Page in the Universe), Alex Fernie (Funny or Die, Reno 911), Roger Barr (I-Mockery, Doc Mock’s Movie Mausoleum), Chris Tallman (Reno 911, Crossballs), and more! Room 204

7:00-8:00 Star Trek: Between the Cracks: Double Whammy Anniversary Edition!— Author/historian/producer and “mayor of Trekland” Larry Nemecek lets you know just what’s up as we party early for the 30th anniversary of The Wrath of Khan and the 25th anniversary for The Next Generation. Behind the scenes, humor, the what-ifs, the bizarre — and, oh yeah: always some all-new blooper stills to boot. Room 210

7:00-8:00 Chris Gore’s Wild Cartoon Kingdom— Get a first look at upcoming animated shows from Chris Gore (G4TV). The science fiction comedy The Last Guys on Earth is the ongoing tale of the last two survivors of a worldwide cataclysm. Stop-motion animated series FetishVIL is the story of the sexy ladies who work at the world’s most exclusive fetish dungeon. Celebrity guests and special surprises will accompany the first screening of footage from these upcoming shows. (Recommended for adult audiences.) Room 213

8:30-11:00 WonderCon Masquerade— It’s Saturday night’s big event! Join the crowd and be enthralled with the parade of costumes and characters across the big WonderCon main stage. Click here for complete details. Ballroom, Third Level

11:30-1:00 Secret Origin of Good Readers— Talking comic books, why we need them in our classrooms and libraries, and how to use them with Dr. Robyn A. Hill (National University), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons, Bongo Comics), Steve Rotterdam (Bonfire Agency), Nancy Silberkleit (anti-bullying and literacy advocate), David Rojas (education consultant), and Mimi Cruz (Night Flight Comics). An overview of the comic book medium will include helping educators and librarians navigate the wonderful world of comic books, highlighting specific ways comic books and graphic novels can be used to engage a variety of learners while promoting reading and literacy. Educator comic book packages will be provided for attendees on a limited basis (or until supplies last) at the conclusion of this presentation. Free online 70-page The Secret Origin of Good Readers companion resource book [PDF] and other exciting materials at courtesy of Room 203

11:30-12:30 MARVEL: The Next Big Thing— From the Marvel U to the Ultimate Comics U and everything in between, Marvel’s top talent is on hand to talk about all your favorite heroes and villains as well as make a few surprise announcements! Room 207

11:30-12:30 Spotlight on Carol Lay— Weird enough to have stories in Weirdo and straight enough to illustrate for The Wall Street Journal, WonderCon special guest Carol Lay has been contributing stories, strips, and drawings to a variety of media outlets for over three decades. Cartoonist Lay will discuss “Story Minutes,” The Big Skinny, and her current work for Bongo Comics (The Simpsons). Room 208

11:30-12:30 CAC Session 8: What’s the Matter with Batman?— Batman clearly has “issues.” Aside for running around in a form-fitting costume, he’s got an alter ego, he broods a lot, he can be a bit neurotic, and he at times experiences alarming flashbacks — not to mention the problems he has in his relationships with women. Psychologists Robin Rosenberg (Psychology of Superheroes, What’s the Matter with Batman?), Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), and surprise guests explore Batman’s issues and determine whether he has a diagnosable psychiatric disorder, and if so, which one(s). Room 210

11:30-12:30 Tribute to the Legends: Kirby, Simon, Robinson, and Eisner— We salute four greats of the comic book field. They may not be with us any longer, but their creations will live forever. Mark Evanier, Marv Wolfman, Len Wein, Batton Lash, Scott Shaw!, and others discuss the lives, times, and genius of Jack Kirby, Joe Simon, Jerry Robinson, and Will Eisner. Room 211

11:30-12:30 Steampunk 101— H.,G. Wells, leather corsets, goggles, gears and steam-powered blasters: these are all marks of the genre, but what exactly is Steampunk? Explore the answer to this basic question and much more with scintillating steampunk experts Donna Ricci (Clockwork Couture), Joe Benitez (Lady Mechanika); Thomas Willeford (Brute Force Studios); Nick Bauman, Andrew Fogel and Duane Matthews (The League of S.T.E.A.M.); and moderator Dina Kampmeyer (The Manticore Society). Room 213

12:00-1:00 Avatar Press and Max Books— Max Brooks (Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z) joins the folks from Avatar Press to discuss the latest zombie news and horror comics. Enjoy Brooks’ fan-favorite lecture on the zombie genre and tips for surviving the holocaust, while simultaneously learning about the industry’s most risk-taking comics publisher, Avatar Press. Room 204

12:00-1:00 Alcatraz Special Video Presentation and Q&A— Don’t miss this classified session with stars Sarah Jones (Sons of Anarchy), Jorge Garcia (Lost), Jonny Coyne (Lara Craft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life), and Parminder Nagra (ER); executive producers Jennifer Johnson (Lost), Daniel Pyne (Lost), and Jack Bender (Lost); and co-creators/co-executive producers Bryan Wynbrandt and Steven Lilien (both Kyle XY). They’ll dish the ultimate insider information about the mysterious 1963 disappearance of the Alcatraz inmates, guards, and staff. Fans will learn about where they’ve been and why they are returning, and the creative team will reveal exclusive information about the remaining episodes of the first season. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Alcatraz airs Mondays at 8/7c on FOX. Ballroom, Third Level

12:30-2:00 Cover Story: The Art of the Cover— It’s WonderCon’s yearly look at what makes a great cover. This year moderator Mark Evanier talks to special guests Arthur Adams (Monkeyman and O’Brian), Michael Golden (The ‘Nam), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Eric Powell (The Goon), and Fiona Staples (Saga) on their individual approaches to cover design and illustration. Room 207

12:30-1:30 Indie Comics Marketing and PR 101— Need tips on how to market your comic? Have questions about doing PR? This is the panel for you! Some of the best and brightest in comics today present a roundtable discussion, revealing all the secrets of doing marketing and PR for your comics. comiXology marketing and PR maven Chip Mosher is joined by Dark Horse’s director of PR Jeremy Atkins; creators Sam Humphries (writer, Our Love Is Real, CBGB, Fraggle Rock) and Ben McCool (writer, Choker, Superman, Memoir, JLU); and Marvel’s senior VP of sales David Gabriel. Room 208

12:30-2:00 CAC Session 9: History and Continuity— Kane Anderson (UC Santa Barbara) recognizes the emotional toll of having whole decades of “truth” eradicated, and reframes DC’s “New 52” initiative as a kind of story genocide. With the ongoing publishing of stories collected in trade paperbacks and digital comics, DC’s “older” stories become refugees from this event — ghosts of fictional universes that no longer exist but somehow still continue to emerge from the publisher that perhaps disavowed them. Nick Langley (GeekNation) examines the history of the Man of Steel to explore what compels the last son of Krypton to act as Earth’s savior and what has shaped his relationship with humanity. Dr. John M. Ulrich tracks the history of the literary hero Beowulf through comics, arguing that these re-envisionings of Beowulf as a superhero align well with the poem’s complex representation of its hero and monsters. Room 210

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Steve Niles— WonderCon special guest Steve Niles (creator, 30 Days of Night), talks about his career, including his new ventures in film (Remains, based on his zombie comic story and appearing on Chiller Network) and what’s coming up next for him with fellow writer Joshua Fialkov (I, Vampire). Room 211

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Jim Lee— DC’s co-publisher and one of comics’ hottest artists, Jim Lee takes the spotlight to talk about his art, DC’s New 52, his role as the executive creative director for the DC Universe Online (DCUO) massively multiplayer action game, and anything else he wants to talk about. Room 213

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Marv Wolfman— Writer/editor, Eisner Hall of Fame inductee, and WonderCon special guest Marv Wolfman talks about his 45-year career in comics, animation, novels, and videogame writing. He’ll discuss his work, the companies he’s worked for, and the many characters he’s worked on. Marv will also answer all questions (well, maybe not all!) Room 203

1:00-2:00 Behind the Music with CW3PR: Composing for Fan-Favorite Projects— Featuring the musically creative minds behind this year’s top sci-fi/fantasy/action/animated television series and highly anticipated films. A group of talented composers describe how they elevate scoring to new heights, provide sneak peaks to their projects, and participate in WonderCon’s exclusive debut of a LIVE composing demo. Prolific composers include Nathan Barr (True Blood), James Horner (The Amazing Spider-Man), James Levine (American Horror Story), Mark Isham (Once Upon a Time), Robert Duncan (Castle), Jim Dooley (Wilfred), David Ari Leon (The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes), and Danny Jacob (Phineas and Ferb). Composer Joey Newman (The Middle) moderates. A Q&A session and exclusive giveaways will follow the discussion! Room 204

1:00-2:00 Fringe Special Video Presentation and Q&A— Join the producers and cast of the mind-bending, universe-crossing series Fringe for a Q&A session and get a sneak peek of what is to come, as the fates of all your favorite characters hang in the balance between two universes, two timelines, and too many creepy bad guys to go around. Talk doppelgangers, shapeshifters, Observers and whatever Walter is cooking up! Now in its fourth season, Fringe continues to explore new cases with endless impossibilities. From Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Fringe airs Fridays at 9/8c on FOX. Ballroom, Third Level

1:30-2:30 How to Write Action for Kids’ TV— Writing action for kids presents unique and exciting challenges. Dani Michaeli (The Aquabats Super Show!) moderates as the secrets and mysteries are explored by veteran writers Nicole Dubuc (Transformers: Prime), James Krieg (Green Lantern: The Animated Series), Joelle Sellner (Teen Titans), Eugene Son (Iron Man: Armored Adventures), and Matt Wayne (Ben 10). Room 208

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Todd Nauck— WonderCon special guest Todd Nauck (Young Justice, Amazing Spider-Man) is a popular comic artist working for Marvel, DC, and Image Comics with 18 years of credits. Meet Todd and discuss his comic book art, breaking into the business, his past and current projects, and what’s he has to come for 2012 during this Q&A! Room 211

1:30-2:30 Cityscapes AKA Picking on Los Angeles— How does setting inform story? Travel through Victorian London to contemporary Southern California to a postapocalyptic landscape with special guest Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim) and fellow authors Greg Van Eekhout (The Boy at the End of the World), Daniel Wilson (Robopocalypse), and Tim Powers (Hide Me Among the Graves) in discussion with Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 213

2:00-3:00 Stump Mark Waid— Superstar comics writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Irredeemable, Kingdom Come, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and more) is joined by Jonah Weiland of in a contest of wits! Drawing on questions submitted by CBR readers, and throwing in some of his own, Weiland will desperately try to “Stump Mark Waid” on a variety of comics trivia. Will the comics Internet prevail or will Mark Waid stand triumphant? Show up and find out! Room 203

2:00-3:00 DCE: Meet the Publishers— As co-publishers of DC Entertainment, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio are the driving forces behind DC Comics — The New 52, DC’s digital initiative, and much more, as well as being the artist of Justice League and the writer of O.M.A.C.! This up-close-and-personal panel gives you a chance to step up and ask questions! Room 204

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Humberto Ramos— WonderCon special guest Humberto Ramos talks about his 20-year career as one of comics’ most sought-after artists, including his work on Spider-Man and his own creator-owned properties, such as Crimson, Out There, and Fairy Quest! Room 207

2:00-3:00 CAC Session 10: Adaptation and Media— Karma Waltonen (University of California, Davis) examines the newest trend in graphic novel adaptation, in which the graphic novel becomes a sequel to familiar stories from other genres. Using the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly series comics, she investigates this new trend in adaptation, questioning and commenting on the genre’s ability to serve as a sequel to television. Rachelanne Smith compares The Wizard of Oz and Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie’s Lost Girls, focusing on how the adaptation of Dorothy’s story portrays her adventures as the hallucinations or imaginations of a sexually abused girl. Kathryn M. Frank (University of Michigan) discusses the controversy surrounding the casting of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender to uncover industry logics regarding casting and the potential success of comics/animation-to-live-action adaptations. Liam Burke (National University of Ireland, Galway) asks why the first decade of the 21st century became the “comic-book movie decade.” He examines multiple factors to understand what fostered and shaped this trend in modern Hollywood filmmaking.  Room 210

2:00-3:00 Once Upon a Time A must-see event for LOST and Once Upon a Time fans! Master storytellers Eddy Kitsis (LOST and Tron: Legacy) and Adam Horowitz (LOST and Tron: Legacy) bring you an exclusive advance screening of “Heart of Darkness,” an all-new episode of ABC’s Once Upon a Time. After the screening, join moderator Maggie Furlong (Huffington Post) with Eddy and Adam for Q&A and lots of great surprises. You won’t want to miss it! Ballroom, Third Level

2:30-3:30 Roddenberry Presents— Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry (CEO, Roddenberry Productions), Trevor Roth (head of development, Days Missing) and Tory Mell (producer/writer, White Room: 02B3) are taking the name that created Star Trek and bringing it to levels not seen since the original days of the genre-changing TV series. Join them for new exciting Roddenberry news and a sneak peek of the sci-fi short White Room: 02B3, followed by a Q&A with director Greg Aronowitz (Room: 02B2, Labou). Room 208

2:30-3:30 Editing Comics the BOOM! Way— Top creators Michael Alan Neslon (Valen The Outcast) and Sam Humphries (Fanboys vs. Zombies) join BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon to talk about the ins and outs of creating comics at BOOM! Studios. Don’t miss this in-depth look into the editing secrets of one of the comic book industry’s leading independent publishers as they discuss editing dos and don’ts at one of today’s hottest comic book companies. Room 211

2:30-3:30 Meet the Creatives Behind Dan Vs. Chris Pearson (creator/executive producer) and Dan Mandel (creator/co-executive producer), along with Brian Sheesley (supervising producer/director) and Chris Battle (lead character design) talk about the genesis of this hidden gem, now in its third season on The Hub. Join them for a special sneak peak screening of an upcoming episode, followed by a Q&A. Room 213

3:00-4:00 Comics for Kids— Despite the fact that most of us fell in love with the comics medium when we were children, good comics for kids seem few and far between…or are they? Join moderator and APE Entertainment editor Aaron Sparrow, artist James Silvani (Darkwing Duck, Richie Rich), artist Amy Mebberson (The Muppet Show, Strawberry Shortcake, Toy Story), Shane Houghton (Reed Gunther, Casper Scare School), Archaia editor Paul Morrissey, and more for a lively discussion on kids comics, their place in the industry, and how to break into the business! As a bonus, children attending the panel will be eligible to win comic books and sketches the artists will draw during the panel! Room 203

3:00-5:00 Starship Smackdown Anaheim: The Happiest Place in the Cosmos Edition (Now in 3D)— The must-see panel of Comic-Con and WonderCon returns for another action-packed year as the greatest spaceships in the history of the universe converge in the ultimate cosmic conflagration for the highly coveted Smackdown title in WonderCon’s most scholarly and serious panel. Will the Enterprise once again defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? Can the Serenity make mincemeat out of the Battlestar Galactica? Can you get cell reception in the TARDIS? And what exactly is the “Captain’s Courageous” lightning round anyway? Join our panel of expert spaceshipologists 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), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, The Hills Run Red), and the Richard Dawson of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Castle), along with some special surprise guests, and the lovely spaceship chaperone, Madison Dylan (Femme Fatales). End your weekend with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all-time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown. All new ships, all new quips as the Smackdown lands in Anaheim for the first time! Room 204

3:00-4:00 Shivers, Shakes, and Swoon: the Young Adult Books We Can’t Put Down— Come along for a Q&A session and chat about the hottest new titles in YA fiction. Moderated by Andrea Cremer (The Nightshade Series) and featuring Ann Aguirre (Enclave), Kami Garcia (co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels), Gretchen McNeil (Possess), Lissa Price (Starters), Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), and Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky). Room 207

3:00-4:00 Community Info to come! Ballroom, Third Level

3:30-4:30 Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule— Learn the secrets to using part-time collaboration to achieve full-time results! No matter which industry (comics, illustration, movies, design, animation, costuming/cosplay or podcasting), breaking into today’s media is a full-time job, even if you have only part-time hours to accomplish it. To meet that goal you have to find or form then work with a team of people while avoiding mortal casualties. Topher Davila (art director,, Aleister Gilgrim (head of product for Readz/Star Labs Ltd), Sean Glumace (digital arts instructor at Golden West College), Kevin Flessing (, Mario Martinez (co-creator,, Ron Coleman (molecular geneticist and writer), Jonelle Cobb (creative director,, Jody Patterson (main contributor,, and moderator Cat Smith (voice actress) talk about how they successfully juggle time between their creative and business sides and discuss the process, pitfalls, and potential of part-time collaboration from their experiences in illustration, writing, design, animation, and other fields from a variety of levels of administration and sizes of organizations. Whether you’re a hobbyist or looking to go pro, if you struggle with deadlines, need help finding collaborators, want to know how to effectively work with a team, or simply want to know how to get your foot in the door, this panel is not to be missed! Room 208

3:30-4:30 Art Masters: Drawing DC— What does it take to remake a universe? Immensely talented artists! DC Comics artists Mike Choi, Jim Lee, and Dustin Nguyen offer a unique peek into their visual approach in shaping DC Comics! Room 210

3:30-4:30 Costuming with the Rebel Legion— Meet the Rebel Legion and its local chapter Sunrider base. Join Rachel Williams (Rebel Legion member and Sunrider Base CO), and fellow Rebel Legion members Donna Keeley, Lisa Curtis, Jenna Lindeke, Victoria Schmidt, and Jon Paulson (Rebel Legion member and Starfighter Command CO) as they discuss the process of creating a movie-quality hero costume that would be accepted into the Rebel Legion to troop in the many and various events they participate in Southern California, and around the world. Room 211

3:30-4:30 The Godzilla Films of Ishiro Honda— Honda historian Peter H. Brothers, author of Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men, will discuss the director’s eight Godzilla films and the circumstances leading to the monster’s metamorphosis from powerful social commentary to pop-culture icon. Room 213

4:00-5:00 Jane Espenson: Sci Fi and Beyond— A TV writing fixture for the past 20 years, Jane Espenson has written episodes for Sci-Fi and fantasy shows including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Torchwood: Miracle Day, Game of Thrones, and ABC’s current hit Once Upon a Time. Her work in TV comedy includes work on Dinosaurs, Ellen, Jake in Progress, Andy Richter’s Andy Barker PI and Gilmore Girls. Espenson has also made online inroads with Battlestar Galactica webisodes and her current web series, Husbands. The panel is a moderated discussion and lively Q&A about her work in different genres and across different platforms. She will be joined by Husbands co-writer, co-creator and star, Brad Bell. Room 203

4:00-5:00 Bandai— TBA Room 207

4:00-5:00 Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog WonderCon’s going out on a high note! and, the folks who bring you the Comic-Con Buffy sing-along of “Once More With Feeling,” 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. Ballroom, Third Level

4:30-5:00 WonderCon Talkback— So how’d we do on our maiden voyage of WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center? Here’s your chance to talk to the WonderCon and Comic-Con management teams about what you didn’t like — and hopefully what you really liked — about WonderCon 2012! Room 208

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