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Friday, March 25
 

12:30pm

Using Your Background: Latinos in Comics
One of the great appeals of comics has always been the ability of readers to see themselves reflected in the stories they read. Even if a character has supernatural abilities, or lives an extraordinary life, the reader is drawn to a comic because of its ability to resonate with them. This can be especially important for those who are underrepresented in mainstream media. What does this mean for Latino comics creators? Moderator Vince Hernandez (Aspen) discusses how background can affect one's work with WonderCon special guests Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Jaime Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Joe Quinones (Howard the Duck), and Paolo Rivera (Daredevil).

Friday March 25, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 152

1:00pm

Spotlight on Charles Soule
Hyperprolific comics writer (and WonderCon special guest) Charles Soule (over 200 published issues since 2012, including Daredevil, Poe Dameron, Death of Wolverine, Letter 44,Swamp Thing, and many more) stares into the bright light of justice for a full hour. Moderated by Shawn DePasquale, longtime friend and reader of early drafts who knows where all the bodies are buried. Bring the questions you're too scared to ask anywhere else; nothing is off-limits. Free candy and legal advice for all! (There will be no candy, and legal advice will be billed at Soule's standard hourly rate.)

Friday March 25, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 515A

1:30pm

DC Entertainment: All Access
Go behind the scenes of DC Entertainment for an in-depth look at some of the most exciting stories and exhibits across DC Comics, Vertigo and MAD! New and veteran fans alike are welcome for a tutorial on the essential stories, videos, and products that make up the immersive DC Universe. Panelists include Shelly Bond, Ming Doyle, Jay Fabok, JT Krul, Annie Wu, and Nathan Sawaya.

Friday March 25, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 403AB

5:00pm

From Concepts to Comics: A Conversation on Editing in the Comics Industry
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 21, 02:17PM
Sit in with Sierra Hahn (BOOM! Studios senior editor) as she leads a discussion on the roles editors can play in the comic industry with Jamie Rich (Vertigo senior editor, Lady Killer), Eric Harburn (BOOM! Studios editor), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Leigh Luna (Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems) and Mairghread Scott (Toil and Trouble). Listen as they explore the differences between working with or without an editor, at an indie publisher or the Big Two, and how editors can partner with talent to put creators' visions to paper.

Friday March 25, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 515A

7:00pm

Building Worlds with Words
Whether it's far-flung futures or fantastical stories, the worlds that authors build are complex. How do storytellers create new worlds and unexplored universes? What is it like to become an architect for expansive mythos treasured by the masses? What's the process for developing exciting new protagonists and working with established icons? Cecil Castellucci (Moving Target: Princess Leia), Aditi Khorana (Mirror in the Sky), Caragh M O'Brien (Vault of Dreamers), Lisa Yee (Author, DC Superhero Girls series), Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Forever Red), and Victoria Schwab (A Gathering of Shadows) discuss how they create their worlds, the process involved in creating nuanced characters, and working with licensed properties.

Friday March 25, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 411
 
Saturday, March 26
 

2:00pm

Calling All Aspiring Writers: Get Advice From Her Universe Press and Publishing Experts On How to Prepare a Pitch and How to Get a Book Published
Have you ever wanted your novel published? Her Universe brings together experts to help you prepare a winning pitch. Hear advice from published authors on their professional journey. Hosted by actress (voice of Ahsoka Tano, Star Wars Rebels), entrepreneur, and Her Universe and Her Universe Press founder Ashley Eckstein. Joining her are author Heather Nuhfer (Weirdest), author E. Anne Convery (The Confidence Chronicles), and New York Times USA Today #1 bestselling author Christina Hobbs (writing under the penname Christina Lauren with her writing partner).

Saturday March 26, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 515A

2:00pm

It's a Horrible Life (or UnLife)
What is it about grim and gritty, dark and dystopian, that readers crave? And how can humor exist in the midst thereof? Tap into the noir side of existence with R. S. Belcher (The Six-Gun Tarot, The Brotherhood of the Wheel), Robert Brockway (The Unnoticeables), Stephen Blackmoore (Heroes Reborn: Dirty Deeds), Scott Sigler (Generations Trilogy), Amber Benson (The Echo Park Coven novels), and David Mariotte of Mysterious Galaxy.

Saturday March 26, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 151

3:00pm

Writing 101: What to Think About Before You Start Writing
You have a cool idea and you want to write it up, so you sit down and start typing. No! Before you ever start writing there's so much you have to think about first. Not only what your plot is, but what your theme is as well. What is your story about? Who are the characters? How do they relate to each other? And so much more. Eisner Hall of Fame winner Marv Wolfman has put together a talk dealing with just that. If you want to write, don't write. Come here first.

Saturday March 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 411

3:30pm

Spotlight on Raina Telgemeier
WonderCon special guest Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters, The Baby-sitters Club) and Shannon Watters (editor at BOOM! Studios, co-creator/writer of Lumberjanes) sit down for a one-on-one interview, drawing demo, and Q&A session. This panel will cover Raina's rise to middle-grade graphic novel stardom, the power of tween readers, and Raina's upcoming book, Ghosts!

Saturday March 26, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 403AB

3:30pm

With Great Power: Making a Super Hero
To be able to fly, to have super strength, invisibility, and every other super power imaginable are the stuff kids of all ages dream about. But power alone does not make a hero great. What goes into creating some of our favorite characters? What makes a hero super? Moderator Amy Ratcliffe (Nerdist) finds out what goes into creating some of our favorite heroes with WonderCon special guests Kyle Baker (Plastic Man: On the Lam), Brian Michael Bendis (Jessica Jones), Russell Dauterman (Thor), Jason Fabok (Batman: Detective Comics), Charles Soule (She-Hulk), and Annie Wu (Black Canary).

Saturday March 26, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room 152

4:30pm

V. E. Schwab in Conversation with Mark Oshiro
WonderCon special guest V. E. Schwab, author of the Shades of Magic series, and fan writer Mark Oshiro, creator of the wildly popular Mark Does Stuff, discuss everything from books, shows, and movies to Marvel, anime, fandom, what it's like to live on the Internet, and finding one's place in fantasy. Q&A following interview.

Saturday March 26, 2016 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 152

5:00pm

Romance in Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Accomplished authors and actors discuss romance in science fiction and fantasy. Crush, heartthrob, or love at first site. Attraction, compatibility, offspring, love, society, (extremely) long-distance relationships, close quarters, customs, rituals, religions, marriage, and more. Join panelists Rebekah R. Ganiere (Fairelle series, president of Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal RWA chapter), Mira Furlan (actress, Lost, Babylon 5), James Kyson (Heroes, Nobility), Gigi Edgley (actress, Farscape, Star Trek Continues), and Mark O'Bannon (author, The Dream Crystal, Star Raiders). Moderated by James Ganiere (chief editor, Fallen Angel Press, CEO-Rio Vista Universal).

Saturday March 26, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Room 515A

6:00pm

Inside the Writers' Room: Pilots, Production and Post, Oh My
If writer's rooms were like superhero teams, this panel combines the Justice League and The Avengers for an all-star insider look at your favorite TV series. Some of the scribes behind today's hottest genre shows share their candid thoughts on how to sell, write and rewrite the series you love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the deep, dark secrets (and low-calorie snacks) of the writers' room, and learn why network executives actually care about what you write on message boards. Panelists include Gabrielle Stanton (The Flash, Haven, The Vampire Diaries), Amy Berg (Counterpart,Da Vinci's Demons, Eureka), Jose Molina (Agent Carter, Firefly, Sleepy Hollow), Ashley E. Miller (Black Sails, Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Sarah Watson (Parenthood, The Middleman), Steve Melching (Star Wars Rebels, Guardians of the Galaxy TV, The Clone Wars), and moderator Mark A. Altman (The Librarians, Agent X, Castle).

Saturday March 26, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 151

6:00pm

Words Create Worlds: Lessons from a Storyteller
If you have ever thought "I want to write a book" or wondered if your story can be told in song but don't know where to begin, this is the perfect panel for you! Aspiring and current writers will want to take part in this interactive workshop to ask questions and learn about what it takes to write a book and become a published author or songwriter! Learn about the writing process from author, singer/songwriter, and advocate James Morris (Sky Bound, Water Tower, Surface) as he shares the challenges and excitement that comes with creating new worlds. He will discuss the art of storytelling and share valuable tips, tricks, and organizational skills to help get you started and keep going. Be sure to bring your questions.

Saturday March 26, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room 411

7:00pm

Writing for TV: From First Draft to Getting Staffed
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 16, 09:17AM
Join moderator Spiro Skentzos (Grimm), and today’s biggest TV writers and showrunners from your favorite genre shows, including Glen Mazzara (Damien), Natalie Chaidez (Hunters), Richard Hatem (Dead of Summer) and Meredith Averill (Star-Crossed) as they discuss navigating the TV spec terrain - including beginner’s mistakes, what they look for in a writer and what it takes for you to write a killer spec that will stand above the crowd. There will be a huge Q&A component, so bring your questions.

Saturday March 26, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Room 151
 
Sunday, March 27
 

10:30am

[CANCELLED] Secret Origin of Good Readers
CANCELLED: Thu, Mar 24, 01:05PM
We regret to announce that this program has been cancelled.

Sunday March 27, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 515A

11:30am

How to Create Your Own Novel: From the First Idea to Publishing and What You Need to Sell Your Work to TV and Film
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling science fiction authors, script writers, and producers, best known for their popular Strand series, will explain how to create your own novel step by step; from building your universe to overcoming writer's block to the different paths to publishing. The twins have taught their unique award-winning creative writing method to hundreds of thousands of convention attendees, teachers, and students across the country. They will be joined by Steven-Elliot Altman (bestselling author of Deprivers, game writer of 9Dragons, Pearl's Peril and Ancient Aliens) and Richard Hatch (Captain Apollo/Tom Zarek of Battlestar Galactica, author of the bestselling Battlestar Galactica book series), along with special guests, to share their war stories, answer your questions and teach you how to craft your story idea into a marketable novel, television series, or film franchise.

Sunday March 27, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Room 403AB

12:00pm

Spotlight on Carrie Vaughn
Join New York Times bestselling author and WonderCpn special guest Carrie Vaughn for a talk and Q&A session about everything from her books, publishing experiences, lifelong geeky loves, and everything in between. Carrie is the author of the bestselling urban fantasy Kitty series, about a werewolf who hosts a talk radio advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged. She's also written a number of other fantasy novels (After the Golden Age, Discord's Apple, Voices of Dragons, Steel), upwards of 80 short stories for publications ranging from Weird Tales to Tor.com, and she's a contributor to George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards series of shared world novels.

Sunday March 27, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 515A

12:30pm

Behind Every Great TV Show
Take a look inside some of your favorite TV series with the people who make them come to life, as they share their candid thoughts on how to create and write the shows you love. Emily Andras (Wynonna Earp, Lost Girls), Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The Last Dreamkeeper), Deirdre Mangan ( iZombie), and Carolyn Omine (The Simpsons) join moderator Allison Baker (IDW Entertainment) to give you the straight scoop.

Sunday March 27, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 403AB

12:30pm

Teaming Up: Superheroes at Work
Working in teams always has its challenges, but imagine how hard it must be when that challenge is to save the world! When our favorite characters team up, it makes for some amazing stories. WonderCon special guests Brian Michael Bendis (Uncanny X-Men) and Charles Soule (Inhuman) discuss group dynamics in comics with moderator Jessica Tseang.

Sunday March 27, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 152

1:00pm

Spotlight on Scott Sigler
What is it about a great monster that draws you in? New York Times bestselling novelist and WonderCon special guest Scott Sigler writes stories full of monsters and mayhem, including some that look just like you. This spotlight will take a look at some of the best of his own creations and at the pop culture monsters that influence his work. From the creatures that crawl beneath San Francisco in his novel Nocturnal to the terror-inducing invaders in Infected, Scott finds unique ways to delight and frighten at once.

Sunday March 27, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room 151

1:30pm

Live Art Demo with Ming Doyle and Joe Quinones
Join Ming Doyle (Constantine: The Hellblazer) and Joe Quinones (Howard the Duck) for a casual, audience heavy Q&A and live-art presentation. Joe and Ming will draw while they field any and all questions, suggestions, and Twitter mentions. Their original sketches will be given away to lucky attendees at the end of the panel!

Sunday March 27, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 152

1:30pm

The Writer's Journey: Breaking into Comics and Hollywood Scriptwriting
This panel addresses the question every aspiring writer wants answered: "How do I break into the business?" Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel producers share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable property. Moderated by 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program winner and 2014 Eisner Award nominee Brandon Easton (Marvel's Agent Carter, ThunderCats), the panel includes Geoffrey Thorne (Leverage, The Librarians), Erika Alexander (Concrete Park, Living Single), and Tony Puryear ( Concrete Park, the Schwarzenegger film Eraser). Topics will 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.

Sunday March 27, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 515B

2:00pm

Unexpected Enemies, Unlikely Friends
Personal and political alliances make for strange bedfellows, companions, and frenemies in the tales of Josephine Angelini (Worldwalker Trilogy), Leah Thomas (Because You'll Never Meet Me), Chris Howard (Night Speed), and V. E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic). Maryelizabeth Yturralde of Mysterious Galaxy moderates.

Sunday March 27, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 151

2:30pm

Ask-an-Agent
UPDATED: Mon, Mar 21, 09:05AM
Literary agents Holly Root (Waxman Leavell Literary Agency), and Kate Testerman (kt literary) take your questions and discuss the wild world of manuscript querying, the role of agents in the publication and film rights process, and more! No pitches, please.

Sunday March 27, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 502A

2:30pm

Independent Comics Publishing; Artist & Storytelling
The Antidote Trust, America's number one indie cooperative, has been hard at work, collectively and as individuals. Members such as Sebastian Jones (co-creator of Stranger Comics, The Untamed, I Am book series, Dusu) are shaking up the comics and entertainment industries' landscapes. Hannibal Tabu (writer, Artifacts, Soulfire: Sourcebook #1, Waso, Project: Wildfire), a web producer and journalist will be sharing how he's able to get so much work done. Andre Owens (writer/publisher, Force Galaxia, writer/director, The Psychedelic Detective web series) will share his professional background. DeWayne Copeland (author, Ja Rel Sunstormer & the Port Controller of Cruzar, CV Nation) will be on hand to provide insights on how to execute excellence on a shoestring budget. Robert Roach (storyboard artist,Insomnia, winner of the inaugural Glyph Award, Menthu, The Roach) returns with updates on his recent activity. Others may also drop by.

Sunday March 27, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Room 515B

3:00pm

Spark Your Creativity: A Call to Action
Ladies unite to create more female-driven content. Accomplished female creators will discuss how to cultivate your ideas and bring them to life. Leave with inspiration, confidence, a solid plan of action, and tons of new ideas. All genders and ages welcome! Panelists include Patty Robinson (Pike & Trident), Jenny Lorenzo (Buzzfeed, Geekgasm), Heidi Cox (Stalking LeVar), Stephanie Thorpe (Elf Quest, Ladies & The Gents), and Kristen Nedopak (The Geekie Awards, The Skyrim Parodies).

Sunday March 27, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 502B