Friday Program Highlights for WonderCon 2013

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WonderCon 2013 gets underway on Friday March 29. The programming has been announced on their website, and in this unintended Snob Seven are the panels that look most interesting on Friday.

Warner Archive Collection Presents Pulp Heroes of Film and TV: Tarzan, Doc Savage, Bomba, and More

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Room 207

Many timeless, larger-than-life heroes can be traced to the brittle pages of pulp magazines. Some swung from jungle vines, others created lonely fortresses in the polar ice, and still others performed unmatched feats of physical prowess and mental agility. Many of these heroes have leaped from the page to screens both large and small to invade our dreams and inspire our lives. Join Ron Ely (Tarzan, Doc Savage: Man of Bronze) the Warner Archive Collection team along with special guests to learn about the stories behind the stories of rare pulp-inspired television and film releases, including Tarzan, Doc Savage, Bomba,and more.

Unfortunately, the next two panels are scheduled at the same time, so I have to decide on whether I want to see the work of some upcoming animators or a collection of folks getting their nerd on. Can you guess which is which?

The 14th Annual Animation Show of Shows

1:30pm - 3:00pm - Arena

Ron Diamond (Program curator, President of Acme Filmworks and AWN.com) presents the best and newest in international animation. Included is Disney's Oscar winning Paperman along with 10 animated shorts culled from the most notable festivals from around the world. Shows annually at Pixar, Dreamworks, Disney, ILM, Blue Sky, Sony, EA, UCLA, SVA, USC, SCAD, NYU, RISD, Harvard and CalArts.

The Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars

1:30pm - 2:30pm - Room 213

Boldly go where no one has gone before and explore a galaxy far, far away! Psychologists Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UCLA) and Dr. Ali Mattu (NYU) are joined by writers Hugh Sterbakov (Robot Chicken, City Under the Moon) and Larry "Dr. Trek" Nemecek (The Con of Wrath, Trekland: On Speaker) for an epic sci-fi battle as they throw down the science behind the heroes, villains, galactic governments, and even the fandom of Star Trek and Star Wars. Join a side and cast your vote as we crown one the winner of WonderCon Anaheim! Refereed by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory).

I caught the next panel at last year's WonderCon to fill time and was surprised by what a delight this drawing version of an improv show. If you want a few laughs, I recommend checking it out.

Quick Draw!

2:00pm - 3:00pm - Room 300AB

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.

So it looks like people not associated with the upcoming Star Trek movie are going to be talking about. Cool gig if you can get it, but not sure what they have to offer that anyone looking at the information available online doesn't.

GEEK Magazine Star Trek Summit LIVE

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Room 207

Get ready to boldly go as our panel of ultimate Treksperts discuss the past, present, and future of the Star Trek franchise as it goes Into Darkness, live and in person, based on the bestselling cover story in GEEK magazine. Featuring writer/producer Brannon Braga (Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Enterprise, Terra Nova), Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr. (Roddenberry.com, son of legendary Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood chief film critic), Jeff Bond (executive editor, GEEK,The Music of Star Trek), and Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Femme Fatales).

I've caught a little of the next panel's cartoon and it has me curious to learn more about it.

Regular Show

5:00pm - 6:00pm - Room 300AB

Check out the not-so-regular Regular Show panel at WonderCon Anaheim! Join the always-entertaining Regular Show crew and celebrate 100 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network series! Also, get the scoop on the panelists' favorite episodes, and check out a special sneak peek of Regular Show's April Fool's Day episode. So get a move on and find out what's up with everyone's favorite slackers, Mordecai and Rigby!

World Premiere of Superman: Unbound

6:00pm - 8:00pm - Arena

A destructive force is devastating planets across the galaxy-with Earth next in its sights-and even Superman may not be capable of halting the destruction alone in Superman: Unbound. Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 release Superman: Brainiac, the film's stellar voice cast is led by Matt Bomer (White Collar) as Superman, John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Rings films) as Brainiac, Stana Katic (Castle) as Lois Lane, and Molly Quinn (Castle) as Supergirl. Supervising producer James Tucker (Justice League, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) also directs the film from a script by Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) is dialogue director.

Witness the world premiere of the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie, and stay for a lively panel discussion featuring filmmakers and voice talent alike...as well as exclusive prizes and some potential glimpses into future DCU animated films by moderator Gary Miereanu. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Superman: Unbound will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, OnDemand, and For Download on May 7.

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