WonderCon Anaheim is nearly here. The annual annual comic book, science fiction, and motion picture convention is coming to the Anaheim Convention Center on April 18 through April 20. WonderCon started in San Francisco in 1987 and came to Anaheim in 2012.
The program schedule has been announced, and here it is:
Friday April, 18 2014
12:30pm – 1:30pm 501st and Rebel Legions: Costuming for the Good of the Galaxy! Room 203
Have what it takes to create an amazing Star Wars costume? Want to know more about joining the 501st Legion and/or Rebel Legion? “Trust in the Force”…and a little assistance from members from the 501st Legion (The Bad Guys) and the Rebel Legion (The Good Guys) who are here to help. Learn about basic costuming standards, what’s involved, how to join, and more
1:00pm – 2:00pm The Art of the Pitch: The Writer. The Director. The Story Room 207
The Disney/ABC Talent Development programs have launched the careers of many writers and directors, many of whom have worked on some of your favorite shows, such as ABC’s Castle, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Once Upon a Time. What makes these individuals perfect for the program and right for the room or the production set? Disney/ABC’s Creative Talent Development team and current program participants and alumni offer an engaging conversation about standing out, fitting in, and putting your best pitch forward. Moderated by Ken Choy (Hyphen magazine).
2:00pm – 3:00pm Frozen: The Art of Story Room 207
Jeff Ranjo (Frozen, Surf’s Up, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Fawn Veerasunthorn (Frozen, Hop, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera), Nicole Mitchell (Frozen, Wreck-it Ralph, Winnie the Pooh) and Normand Lemay (Frozen, Rio) share a behind-the-scenes look at how the art of story was created for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award winning animated film, Frozen. The artists will showcase several sequences including Let it Go and talk about how the craft of story impacts the animated filmmaking process.
5:00pm – 6:00pm How To Build Your Own R2! Room 207
Come pick the brains of some local R2 builders to learn what it takes to build your own R2. Panelists Chris Romines, Mike McMaster, Mike Senna, and William Miyamoto will give you a look into the world of building a fully functional Star Wars R2 astromech. The panel is hosted by fellow builder Victor Franco.
Saturday April 19, 2014
1:00pm – 2:00pm Once Upon a Time Room 300AB
Calling all Once Upon a Time fans! Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost) and Adam Horowitz(Lost) invite you to an exclusive screening of an upcoming all-new episode of Once Upon a Time. Following the exclusive sneak peek, the executive producers will be joined by Josh Dallas (Thor) as well as other surprise guests for a must-see panel where secrets will be revealed. All attendees will receive a limited-edition WonderCon Anaheim giveaway.
2:00pm – 3:00pm Behind the Scenes of Star Wars Rebels Room 300AB
Members of the cast and crew of Star Wars Rebels present an exclusive look at the highly anticipated television series. Star Wars Rebels is set between Episodes III and IV, and it is a dark time in the galaxy. In the spirit of the original trilogy, the Empire is once again the preeminent villain of the saga, and Star Wars Rebels puts the might of Imperial forces in the spotlight. Produced by Lucasfilm Animation and featuring many of the key talents from the Emmy Award-winning Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels is scheduled to premiere this fall as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel; it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.
7:30pm – 8:30pm All-New Marvel Now Room 300DE
Want to start reading Marvel Comics? There’s no better time than Marvel NOW! And there’s no better place to learn about all the thrilling and creatively diverse All-New Marvel NOW series than this panel! Panelists include editor Sana Amanat and writers Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), James Robinson (Fantastic Four), and Mark Waid (Daredevil)!
Sunday April 20, 2014
11:00am – 12:00pm Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way Room 207
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that, if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join editor Sana Amanat and panelists Kris Anka (X-Men), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel), Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Richard Isanove (Savage Wolverine), Marjorie Liu (Astonishing X-Men), James Robinson ( Fantastic Four), and Mark Waid (Daredevil) to find out how to get your foot in the door at Marvel!
12:30pm – 1:30pm Disney Master Teachers: Life Drawing for Animation Room 300DE
Disney has a long tradition (dating back to the 1930s) of running life drawing classes for its animators. The idea is that understanding and mastering actual anatomy improves animated drawings and gestures. Disney’s current master teachers-Karl Gnass, Mark MacDonnell, and Bob Kato-will talk about their creative philosophies, their approach to life drawing and gesture, how classical drawing translates to animation, and what animation studios look for in artists. Best of all, they’ll alert you to the classes they run for civilians. Disney visual development artistDan Cooper will weigh in on how these classes have improved his animation skills. Moderated by Fast Company‘sSusan Karlin
Could these people have waited until Easter and spring break were over to plan this event??? It has caused traffic nightmares and with the traffic from Disney (and even more from the spring breakers), where is the consideration of these promoters?
Note to Wondercon: Do not plan any more conventions around the holidays. It is bad enough Disneyland is crowded around that time…..