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Friday, March 29
 

2:00pm PDT

Quick Draw!
It's another duel-to-the-drawing-boards competition as three of the fastest, funniest cartoonists working today vie for the nonexistent crown. They are Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons), Jeff Smith (Bone), and Bobby London (Dirty Duck), with some surprise participants as well. Ring-leading it all as always is the Quizzzzmaster of Quick Draw!, Mark Evanier. No wagering.

Friday March 29, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

2:00pm PDT

The Disney/ABC's of TV Writing: Through the Looking Glass of the TV Writers Room
What actually happens in the TV writers room is shrouded in secrecy, but Disney/ABC's Writing Program will demystify what goes on behind the doors of your favorite TV shows. The program's Frank Bennett Gonzalez and Ollie Ashtari-Larki will share exclusive details on how they groom writers to be part of that world. Declassifying what goes on in the writers room are alumni Jane Espenson (ABC's Once Upon a Time, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Samantha Humphrey (ABC's Body of Proof), and Silvia Cardenas Olivas (Disney Channel's Jesse) and current program participants Severiano Canales (Private Practice) and Kristine Huntley (Legend of the Seeker). Essential creative and business presentation tips abound. Sorcerer's hat and pixie dust not necessary. Moderated by Ken Choy (Hyphen magazine).

Friday March 29, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 207

2:30pm PDT

The Creator's Role in the Future of Comics Publishing
Jimmy Palmiotti (writer, All Star Western, Painkiller Jane), Kraig Rasmussen (creator, monkeygong.com), moderator Chris Brandt (director/producer, The Independents), and other panelists discuss the fast-changing landscape of publishing, focusing on the increasing resources, visibility, and power of the individual creator.

Friday March 29, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 213

3:00pm PDT

Iconic Characters: Keeping True to Origins While Creating New Stories
We all have our favorite characters, and while we love their rich history, we also love the new storylines that keep us coming back for more! Learn from those who do it best how they keep iconic characters rooted in the past but always heading towards the future. Panelists Ann Nocenti (Catwoman, Daredevil), Frank Cho (The Hulk, Savage Wolverine), J. M. DeMatteis (Spider-Man, Captain America), Doug Mahnke (Green Lantern, JLA), and Dan Slott (Superior Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers) are moderated by Mark Waid (Thrillbent).

Friday March 29, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

4:30pm PDT

A Story Is a Story: Storytelling Across Diverse Formats
Storytellers Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Once Upon a Time), Frank Beddor (The Looking Glass Wars), Amber Benson (The Golden Age of Death), Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicles), and Ashley Edward Miller (Colin Fischer) discuss storytelling from the oral tradition to novels to screenwriting to comics with moderator LeAnna Herrera of Mysterious Galaxy bookstore.

Friday March 29, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

4:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Brent Anderson
He's been one of the brightest lights in comic art since he burst on the scene with Ka-Zar the Savage, Somerset Holmes, Strikeforce: Morituri, and the X-Men graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills. More recently you know him from Kurt Busiek's Astro City and other popular comics. He's WonderCon Anaheim special guest Brent Anderson, and here's your chance to hear him interviewed about his life and career by Mark Evanier.

Friday March 29, 2013 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 203
 
Saturday, March 30
 

10:30am PDT

Despair with Layman!
A scintillating conversation and Q&A with WonderCon Anaheim special guest John Layman (Chew), where the much-reviled writer, letterer, and ex-editor will discuss his work on Chew, Detective Comics, Mars Attacks, and so very, very much more.

Saturday March 30, 2013 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 213

11:30am PDT

Spotlight on Jim Lee
Join DC Comics co-publisher and WonderCon Anaheim special guest Jim Lee as he discusses his work as an artist on such titles as Justice League and the upcoming new series, Superman Unchained, written by Scott Snyder.

Saturday March 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

11:30am PDT

That '70s Panel
A look at comics in what some call the Bronze Age...a time of massive change within in the industry. What made that era unique from comics that came before and after? Perhaps we'll learn as Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer) chats with Marv Wolfman (Tomb of Dracula), J. M. DeMatteis (Justice League), Len Wein (Swamp Thing), and Brent Anderson (Astro City).

Saturday March 30, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 203

1:00pm PDT

Mainstream Monsters
Join moderator Mark Waid (Thrillbent) as he finds out what enables us as readers to root for "the bad guy." Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts), Jane Espenson (Once Upon A Time), Brent Anderson (The Phantom Stranger), Jimmy Palmiotti (All Star Western), and Dan Slott (Superior Spider-Man) share with us their tips and tricks for making us pledge our allegiance to characters that may not always play the role of the hero.

Saturday March 30, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

1:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Dean Koontz
#1 New York Times bestselling author and WonderCon Anaheim special guest Dean Koontz (Deeply Odd, on-sale 5/28, and Odd Thomas) shares stories from his life and his work, and takes questions from fans.

Saturday March 30, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

1:30pm PDT

Comics Arts Conference Session #6: Focus on Matt Kindt
Harvey Award-winning independent voice and CAC special guest Matt Kindt (Mind Mgmt) discusses his approach to making comics with CAC co-chair Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight). They will discuss Kindt's use of sequential artistry in his works and the creative process in formulating elements like character and plot as well as the way he draws on his background in book production to design the physical books.

Saturday March 30, 2013 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 210BCD

2:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Steranko
Wonder-Con Anaheim special guest, Steranko, the Hall of Fame writer/illustrator/filmmaker/escape artist, presents a provocative forum featuring his work on Captain America, X-Men, S.H.I.E.L.D., The Shadow, Indiana Jones and more, including a new series of Batman covers and his groundbreaking graphic novel Red Tide, Acclaimed author and agent of Steranko, J. David Spurlock moderates and promises to reveal a new storm of secrets from the Steranko bag of tricks.

Saturday March 30, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 203

3:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Frank Cho
Emmy Award-winning artist-writer and WonderCon Anaheim special guest Frank Cho will showcase some of the art and comics that made him a favorite with critics and fans alike, including a quick drawing demonstration. He will also give an advance preview of his upcoming comic projects, How To Draw Women art book and his first horror movie - Zombie King!

Saturday March 30, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 207

4:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Ann Nocenti
Celebrating her return to comics with Catwoman and Katana, Ann Nocenti has written comics for both DC and Marvel over the years and has also traveled the world as a teacher. Come and listen to her thoughts on all things comics, moderated by Jim Lee.

Saturday March 30, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 203

5:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Jeff Smith
Get a first look at this fall's RASL Hardcover release, WonderCon special guest Jeff Smith's sci-fi/noir masterpiece in full color when the artist does a reading of the first two chapters. Followed by a moderated Q&A session, and a sneak peek at Jeff's next project.

Saturday March 30, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 203

5:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Jason Palmer
Join WonderCon special guest Jason Palmer, the illustrator behind Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Warfare, for a slide show of his work, followed by a Q&A session.

Saturday March 30, 2013 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 213

6:00pm PDT

25 Years of Graphite and Paper with Doug Mahnke
Doug Mahnke (Green Lantern, Final Crisis) is celebrating a quarter century of drawing comics. With a career beginning with Dark Horse's The Mask, then running a gauntlet of DCU characters culminating in a four-year run on DC's Green Lantern with writer Geoff Johns, Doug has nearly drawn it all. Join Doug Mahnke for Q&A, a walk through his comics career, and whatever else we can think of.

Saturday March 30, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 203
 
Sunday, March 31
 

11:30am PDT

Spotlight on J. M. DeMatteis
Writer and WonderCon Anaheim special guest J. M. DeMatteis (Phantom Stranger, Adventures of Augusta Wind) is on hand for a journey through his more than 30-year career. JMD will be interviewed by his son, Cody DeMatteis (Adult Swim).

Sunday March 31, 2013 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 208

12:00pm PDT

What Makes a Good Costume
What a hero looks like tells us so much about who they are and what they can achieve. With every incarnation, a costume shows the reader where a character is going and where he or she has been. Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Doug Mahnke (Green Lantern), and Dan Slott (Superior Spider-Man) discuss with moderator Mark Waid (Thrillbent) what they believe makes a good costume.

Sunday March 31, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room 300AB

12:30pm PDT

Jeff Smith and Terry Moore
Don't miss this opportunity to learn how two of the industry's leading self publishers have been successful for more than 20 years. Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL, Shazam) and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising) will discuss their publishing process and how they have been able to remain independent throughout their careers.

Sunday March 31, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 208

12:30pm PDT

Writing For Animation
Interested in writing cartoons? Or just curious how it's done? Mark Evanier has written hundreds of scripts for such programs as The Garfield Show, Garfield and Friends, Dungeons 'n' Dragons, Scooby Doo, Richie Rich, ABC Weekend Special, CBS Storybreak, Thundarr the Barbarian, and more. He'll tell you how it all happens and answer any questions you may have.

Sunday March 31, 2013 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 300DE

1:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Jane Espenson with Brad Bell
Executive producer Brad Bell (Husbands) talks with veteran TV writer/producer Jane Espenson about their shared work on the hit online sitcom Husbands, the Husbands comic book, and Jane's history of work on such shows as Torchwood, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Dollhouse, Dinosaurs, Ellen, Once Upon a Time and others. Join Jane and Brad for this one-on-one interview, Q&A session and screening!

Sunday March 31, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 207

1:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Jeff Parker
WonderCon Anaheim special guest Jeff Parker and guest artist Gabriel Hardman discuss how they approach the visual storytelling of comics and walk the audience through a Batman short story they completed recently. There will also be a chance to ask questions. Moderated by cartoonist/podcaster Pat Loika.

Sunday March 31, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 203

2:00pm PDT

Spotlight on Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Spend some time with award-winning artist Amanda Conner and writer Jimmy Palmiotti as they discuss their past, present, and especially future projects together, including their upcoming creator-owned properties. They will give the lowdown on what it's like not only working for comic companies but having a hand in creating video games, working on television shows and in film, and being part of a bigger picture in creating new characters for multimedia platforms. Expect to learn something, be entertained, and enjoy some real one-on-one time with these creators.

Sunday March 31, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 203

2:30pm PDT

Spotlight on Dan Slott
He's currently the writer of Marvel's Spider-Man...but did you know WonderCon Anaheim special guest Dan Slott also wrote for Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Ren & Stimpy? He's put in 20-plus years of weird assignments, from She-Hulk to Scooby Doo. Everything's on the table in this Q&A session.

Sunday March 31, 2013 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 300DE