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Friday, March 16

12:30pm PDT

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!

Friday March 16, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
Room 203

1:30pm PDT

Indy Toymaker Roundtable
UPDATED: Thu, Mar 08, 09:53AM
Independent toymakers spill their secrets on how to successfully create and market awesome plush and vinyl toys. Learn from toy world luminaries Dov Kelemer (DKE Toys), 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!

Friday March 16, 2012 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Room 203

2:30pm PDT

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.


Friday March 16, 2012 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
Room 203

3:30pm PDT

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!

Friday March 16, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Room 203

4:30pm PDT

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!


Friday March 16, 2012 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Room 203

5:30pm PDT

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.

Friday March 16, 2012 5:30pm - 6:30pm PDT
Room 203

6:30pm PDT

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.

Friday March 16, 2012 6:30pm - 7:30pm PDT
Room 203
Saturday, March 17

10:30am PDT

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.


Saturday March 17, 2012 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 203

11:30am PDT

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.]


Saturday March 17, 2012 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Room 203

12:30pm PDT

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!

Saturday March 17, 2012 12:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 203

2:00pm PDT

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!

Saturday March 17, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 203

3:00pm PDT

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!


David Wohl

Winthrop U
David Wohl currently serves as Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University. He previously served as Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at WV State University and holds the Ph.D. degree from Kent State U. He's published articles and reviews in such... Read More →

Saturday March 17, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 203

4:00pm PDT

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!

Saturday March 17, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 203

5:00pm PDT

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.

Saturday March 17, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
Room 203

6:00pm PDT

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.

Saturday March 17, 2012 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT
Room 203

7:00pm PDT

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.

Saturday March 17, 2012 7:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Room 203
Sunday, March 18

11:30am PDT

Secret Origin of Good Readers
Talking comic books, why we need them in our classrooms and libraries, and how to use them with 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 www.night-flight.com/secretorigin courtesy of XMission.com.

Sunday March 18, 2012 11:30am - 1:00pm PDT
Room 203

1:00pm PDT

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!)


Sunday March 18, 2012 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Room 203

2:00pm PDT

Stump Mark Waid
Superstar comics writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, Irredeemable, Kingdom Come, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and more) is joined by Jonah Weiland of ComicBookResources.com 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, minutia and more! Will the comics Internet prevail or will Mark Waid stand triumphant? Show up and find out!

Sunday March 18, 2012 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 203

3:00pm PDT

Comics for Kids
UPDATED: Wed, Feb 29, 02:57PM
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, Beanworld creator Larry Marder 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!

Sunday March 18, 2012 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 203

4:00pm PDT

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.

Sunday March 18, 2012 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 203
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