WonderCon Anaheim Panel Sneak Peek (Part One)
The complete WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Programming Schedule is about a week away, but in the meantime we’d like to offer you a sneak peek at some of the great programs we’ll be offering this year. As usual, you can count on panels featuring our special guests (click here for the complete line-up), plus comic publisher presentations, movie and TV panels, workshops, the return of the Comics Arts Conference (click here to see their complete schedule), and much more over all 3 days of WonderCon Anaheim 2013. But here’s just a little taste of what’s to come at the show in the programming rooms!
FRIDAY, MARCH 29
12:30–1:30 The Latino Comics Roundtable—Featuring cartoonists Jose Cabrera (Crying Macho Man), Javier Hernandez (El Muerto), Rafael Navarro (Sonambulo), and Grasiela Rodriguez (Lunatic Fringe). Influenced in part from their Latino heritage as well as other significant sources, this group of independent artists share their perspectives on making comics in a multicultural society. Moderated by Ricardo Padilla (co-founder of the Latino Comics Expo). Room 213
2:00–3:00 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. Room 300AB
7:00–9:00 BBC America’s Doctor Who and Orphan Black Screening—Join BBC America for an exclusive Supernatural Saturday screening of Doctor Who and Orphan Black. BBC America’s new Supernatural Saturday lineup launches Saturday, March 30 with Doctor Who at 8/7c, Orphan Black at 9/8c ,and The Nerdist at 10/9c. Doctor Who will kick off the screening with Steven Moffat’s new episode “The Bells of St. John,” the first of eight epic new episodes starring Matt Smith and his new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman. Then, catch the premiere episode of BBC America’s new original series Orphan Black. Tatiana Maslany portrays Sarah, an orphan and outsider whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. She takes her identity, her boyfriend, and her bank account. But instead of solving her problems, the street-smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a deadly conspiracy. Please note: Doctor Who is TV-PG and Orphan Black is TV-MA. Room 300AB
SATURDAY, MARCH 30
12:00–1:00 Adventure Time—What could make WonderCon Anaheim 2013 even more wonderful? How about a totally mathematical Adventure Time panel with some behind-the-scenes superstars? Find out what’s in store for our heroes Finn and Jake this season with a peek at how the show comes to life, exclusive clips, and a Q&A with the audience. So come on, grab your friends! Room 300AB
1:00–2:00 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. Room 300AB
6:00–7:00 Textures: A Coloring Workshop with Alex Sinclair—DC Comics colorist Alex Sinclair will show you how he uses textures to enhance his work on comic book panels, pages, and covers. He will share tips on how to use the Adobe Photoshop brush tool to its full potential and to help you create different textures. Alex will do various demos and answer questions about his techniques. [Alex colored the cover for the WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Program Book . . . click here to see it!] Room 210BCD
SUNDAY, MARCH 31
12:00–1:00 Nerdist Industries—Join Chris Hardwick (host of BBC America's The Nerdist and AMC's Talking Dead) and some very relevant-to-your-interests talent from across the many-headed beast that is Nerdist Industries. Chris and friends will engage in lively conversation about the big things to come for Nerdist in the near future. Surprises, big announcements and, of course, quemments await! Arena
12:30–1:30 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. Room 208
2:00–3:30 LEGO Batman: The Movie—DC Superheroes Unite—The ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages, LEGO Batman: The Movie—DC Superheroes Unite finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne’s accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President; and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman's technology, forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help. WonderCon Anaheim presents the West Coast premiere of LEGO Batman: The Movie—DC Superheroes Unite, followed by a star-studded panel featuring the preeminent voice of Lex Luthor, Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, SpongeBob SquarePants) and TT Animation’s award-winning director/producer Jon Burton, as well as renowned videogame/animation actors Troy Baker (Bioshock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City) as Batman, Travis Willingham (Avengers Assemble, The Super Hero Squad Show) as Superman, Christopher Smith (Mortal Combat vs. DC Universe) as the Joker, and Charlie Schlatter (Diagnosis Murder) as Robin. Special prizes for special audience questions from moderator Gary Miereanu. From TT Animation, creators of the bestselling video game on which the film is based, LEGO Batman: The Movie—DC Superheroes Unite will be released May 21 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD. Room 300AB
More panel previews on Monday, March 11, and check out the complete WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Programming Schedule later next week!