WonderCon 2018 gets underway on Friday March 23. The programming slate has been announced on their website, and these are the panels you will likely find me, though my schedule is not set in stone and there are no guarantees at a convention unless you are part of the panel.
Make Ours Marvel: Eight Decades of Iconic Creators and Characters
11:00am - 12:00pm
Over the last eight decades, Marvel has created an expansive universe filled with timeless stories and spectacular visuals. Today, Marvel's films, TV series, and comics continue to bring complex and diverse worlds to life, From an ethnically diverse group of L.A. teens to a blind lawyer in NYC, from spacefaring misfits to wisecracking webslingers, from an African king to an introspective android-everyone can find a Marvel character to call their own. Patrick A. Reed (Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes at MoPOP) assembles creators and commentators to dig deep into Marvel's history and enduring impact.
Not sure how it happened but during my serious comic book-buying days, I made mine Marvel even though I watched a lot of DC cartoons and shows. This will be a fun trip down memory lane.
The Iron Giant - The Making of an Animation Masterpiece
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Supervising animator Stephan Franck takes you behind the scenes, sharing his personal learning experience working on The Iron Giant and answering all questions about the making of the beloved animated classic.
As a fan of the movie, this look behind the scenes should be fun.
Black Lightning All-New Episode and Q&A
12:45pm - 1:45pm
Where there is darkness, there is . . . Black Lightning. Jefferson Pierce made his choice: He hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang The One Hundred, he must return as Black Lightning-to save not only his family, but also the soul of his community. Join show producers, writers, and members of the cast to watch the electrifying never-before-seen 'Sins of the Father' episode. Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning is produced by Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Black Lightning airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.
Am looking forward to hearing from those who work on the show about my favorite of the current superhero shows.
X-Men: The Animated Series 25th Anniversary
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Eric Lewald (series showrunner, author of Previously on X-Men: The Making of an Animated Series), Larry Houston (series producer/director), Julia Lewald, Bob Skir, and Len Uhley (writers, including DOFP Pt. 1 & 2, Nightcrawler) celebrate the much-loved series with never-before-told behind-the-scenes stories.
Even before comic books took over pop culture this century, there was a large number of us who already knew what great entertainment they provided. This show made it worth getting up early on Saturday mornings.
Hollywood Science Fiction and Horror Museums
2:30pm - 3:30pm
The founders of the Hollywood Science Fiction and Horror Museums present a preview of the props, costumes and sets that will be seen at the Grand Opening in late 2018 in Los Angeles. These are the world's first museums created by filmmakers, including John Carpenter, Clive Barker, Greg Nicotero, Joe Dante, Ronald D. Moore, Ve Neill, and many more. What began as the Star Trek Enterprise Bridge restoration in 2012 has grown into a nonprofit STEM-based educational museum mixing space, science, and the arts, unlike any museum in the world.
Can't wait for the groundbreaking.
Starship Smackdown Ultimate: Star Wars Vs. Star Trek
3:30pm - 5:00pm
It’s so on! Who will duke it out for the highly coveted Anaheim Smackdown crown this year? Can the Starship Enterprise defeat an Imperial star destroyer? Will Rogue One be assimilated by a Borg cube? Will the Discovery be taken over by Rathtars? And what does God need with the Jefferson Starship? Spaceshipologists Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men First Class), Steven Melching (Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars), Kay Reindl (Freaked, Twilight Zone), Christian Gossett (The Red Star), Daren Dochterman (Westworld), Renny Muldoon (nepotism), Deric A. Hughes (The Flash, Scream), and Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, ST: TNG Blu-ray) slug it out to determine whether “Trek” is the best or “Wars” is the winner. Moderated by the man with the most midichlorians, Mark A. Altman (St. Martin’s Press’ The 50 Year Mission, Tor’s So Say We All).
A fun way to wrap up the con, but surely Trek will win.