Sunday Program Highlights for WonderCon 2013

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Though the final day of WonderCon is the shortest, there's certainly no shortage of programming. Their entire listing is available on their website, and here are some of the highlights in another unintended Snob Seven.

Much Ado About Nothing

11:00am - 12:00pm - Arena

Shakespeare's classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon's film Much Ado About Nothing. Shot in just 12 days (and using the original text), the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy, and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. Please join us for an exclusive panel with very special guest(s) including Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Sean Maher, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Riki Lindhome, Tom Lenk, Joss Whedon, Romy Rosemont, Brian McElhaney, Ashley Johnson, Jay Hunter, Nick Kocher and Spencer Treat Clark.

Hands down, that is likely to be the biggest event of the weekend because of the unbridled devotion of Whedonites, which means it's possible I could get shut out, so I'll happily check out the following:

Warner Archives Collection Presents the Saturday Morning Extravaganza

11:30am - 12:30pm - Room 213

Most children of the pre-Internet TV-era carry the rituals surrounding Saturday Morning TV close to their hearts. Animation expert Jerry Beck and the Warner Archive Collection offer a presentation of rare and wonderful animated and live-action releases culled from the Hanna-Barbera, Rankin-Bass, and Warner Bros. library of Saturday morning classics. Pre-discussion cold cereal will not be provided, but amazement will be in abundance. Comfortable sleepwear is strongly encouraged.

Along with Prometheus, The Hobbit was one of the most disappointing releases of 2012. Not sure how, but another group of fans offers an unauthorized glimpse into a studio property.

TheOneRing.net's Unauthorized Sneak Peek: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Room 207

Staffers Cliff "Quickbeam" Broadway and Larry "MrCere" Curtis, fresh from set visits in New Zealand, discuss, in a multimedia extravaganza format, the next billion-dollar installment of The Hobbit. They will preview new characters, Tolkien's non-Hobbit lore in the film adaptation, dragons, hints, clues, and potential spoilers, as well as the latest breaking info along with glimpses into what might be on the first Hobbit film's Extended Edition Blu-ray. Plus, unmentionable surprises from the biggest and best Tolkien news source in the world.

And there will naturally be some comic-book panels...

Jeff Smith and Terry Moore

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Room 208

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.

DC Entertainment: All Access

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Room 300AB

If you missed Friday's panel, come by for a brand new All Access with your favorite comics publisher! DC Comics editors and all-star talent share all things DC with a behind-the-scenes look at DC Entertainment!

You have to tip your hat to LEGO. From games to movies, they have created an impressive collection of character-based properties from Star Wars to superheroes. I've not spent any time with them but will change that this weekend.

LEGO Batman: The Movie-DC Superheroes Unite

2:00pm - 3:30pm - Room 300AB

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.

I'll be looking for deals on the show floor at the end of the day and then will stop in for this panel, which will filled with either a lot of funny or cringe-inducing moments.

Starship Smackdown Presents: Alien Armageddon

3:00pm - 5:00pm - Room 207

The must-see panel of Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim returns for another action-packed year after last year's legendary Comic-Con bout, only this time it's not spaceships but aliens that will duke it out for the highly coveted Smackdown spin-off title. Can Spock put the Vulcan Death Grip on Boba Fett? Will an Alien Xenomorph defeat the Imperial Leader? And will the Martian Marauder spell doom for the Daleks? Join the panel of alien-ated experts as they outwit, outplay, and outphaser, starring Daren Dochterman (ST: TMP Special Edition, Real Steel), Chris Gossett (The Red Star), Ashley E. Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars,Transformers: Prime), Robert Meyer Burnett (ST: TNG Blu-ray, The Hills Run Red), Jeff Bond (GEEK magazine executive editor), and the Richard Dawson of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (Femme Fatales, Free Enterprise), along with some special surprise guests which are unlikely to include Dr. Neil DeGrasse-Tyson, but you just never know. End your weekend with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown. Presented by GEEK magazine.

Are you going? What are you most interested in seeing?

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