The most important question about any panel is typically, “How early do I need to line up in order to ensure I get in?” But that’s a complicated question, motivated in part by room capacity, and — because CCI does not clear rooms between panels — what’s also around the panel you want to attend.
And, unfortunately, the Eventeny schedule tool is not very user-friendly compared to Sched. We loved Sched’s ability to sort by room, so we’re presenting you with the three main rooms (North 200A, North200B, and Room 207), broken out by day/time. We hope you find it helpful.
Here are the capcities:
North 200A – 1500(ish)
North 200B – 1500 (ish)
Room 207 – 789
Friday, April 1
2:30pm-4:30pm: 22nd Annual Animation Show of Shows
Ron Diamond (curator, producer) presents the WonderCon 2022 world premiere of this annual collection of incredible animated shorts. Diamond will moderate a postscreening Q&A with Jo Meuris (director, animator). The Animation Show of Shows is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that brings hand-picked selections of notable international animated shorts to the public, at colleges and universities, and at leading animation studios, media, game, and tech companies.
4:30pm-5:30pm: Middle-earth! Coming to your TV this Fall
Join the internet’s longest-running Tolkien Community, TheOneRing.net (TORn) as volunteer staff members Cliff Broadway (host of TORn Tuesday), Kristi Fojtik (founder of Tolkien Forever), and Justin Sewell (producer of TORn Tuesday), along with Abie Ekenezar (actor and producer) discuss the latest news about all things Middle-earth in 2022. With the recent launch of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power images and teaser trailer, and images from WB’s upcoming animated War of the Rohirrim, there is a lot to break down and discuss. What news from the Mark? Moderated by Cathy Udovch (special events coordinator for TORn).
5:30pm-6:30pm: Tubi’s New Original Film: “Titanic 666”
Cast and filmmakers hold a conversation about the making of this Sci-fi/Horror film.
6:30pm-7:30pm: DC Showcase Animated Shorts
Warner Bros. Animation, DC, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment continued their fan-favorite DC Showcase animated shorts program in 2021–2022, this time spotlighting such unheralded characters as Blue Beetle, The Losers, Kamandi, and the anchor, Constantine: The House of Mystery. Cast and crew from these animated shorts discuss the shorts’ popularity and purpose. Get an advance look at clips from Constantine: The House of Mystery.
2pm-3pm: Michael Grumley UFO Fact and Fiction
Bestselling author Michael C. Grumley explores the fact and fiction of UFOs and UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) in history, literature, and pop culture and how alien phenomena impact his popular Breakthrough and Last Monument book sagas. He is joined by Clydene Nee (CCI Artists Alley coordinator) and moderator Gina Smith (GLS Entertainment Services).
3pm-4pm: Behind the Scenes with the Borg Queen from “Star Trek: Picard”
Actress Annie Wersching, who brilliantly brings new life to the Borg Queen in season 2 of Star Trek: Picard, discusses what it was like taking on this iconic role. Annie will be joined by the Emmy Award–winning prosthetic makeup team from the show, including James Mackinnon (makeup designer and department head of prosthetics) and Neville Page (senior creative designer), who designed and created the new look of the Borg Queen this season.
4pm-5pm: The Fun behind Funko!
Hear the ins and outs of Funko in this four-part panel. First up Ben Butcher and Sean Wilkinson will discuss all aspects of Funko creative. Second up will be Hilary Gray and Ashley Anderson to discuss all aspects of Funko’s social media. Penultimately, Dave Bere will discuss all aspects of Funko marketing. Lastly, fun maker Mike Becker will present one of his fan-favorite “Fred Talks.”
5pm-6pm: Attack of the Show Documentary Preview
It’s been years since Attack of the Show went off the air, a show that influenced a generation of YouTubers and fans passionate about video games, movies, and pop culture. But the legacy of the G4TV show continues as the network makes its return. Panelists include Chris Gore (Attack of the Show, Film Threat) and the team behind the film: Bobby Schwartz (Dual Animal Studios), Austin Smith (The Mandalorian), Walter Areas, Anthony Ray Bench, and Phillip Eubanks. See an exclusive preview of scenes from Attack of the Doc, which is set for release later this year.
6pm-7pm: Nacelle: Your New Favorite Toy Company!
The Nacelle Company has forged their pop culture brand with shows such as The Toys That Made Us and The Movies That Made Us on Netflix, Behind the Attraction on Disney+, The Center Seat on History Channel, and A Toy Store Near You on Amazon Prime, and that brand now includes toys! Join the Nacelle team for an in-depth look at their slate of upcoming toys, including Robo Force, Power Lords, Marx, and more.
7:30pm-8:30pm: The Panel with Kevin Smith!
The world’s worst Kevin Smith salesman tries to sell you on Kevin Smith as a person, podcaster, pop culture commentator, writer, director, and general nuisance! Come hear and see a little Clerks III!
2pm-3pm: Diversity in Film, TV, Games, Comics: How YOU Can Help!
Speakers share their inspirational career paths into the entertainment industry and discuss issues of diversity and representation for women, ethnicities, LGBTQ+, and more. Panelists include Nhut Le (Judomaster actor from Peacemaker), and Anne Toole (writer, Horizon Zero Dawn game and Women of Marvel comic). Moderated by Kevin Winston (Digital LA).
3pm-4pm: Voice Actors Improv Blast-Off!
Join ASIFA-Hollywood and your host Lex Lang (Star Wars Resistance, The Batman) as he and your favorite voice actors “blast-off” to uncharted territories of comedy, characters, surprise guests, audience participation, and more. This panel is the perfect opportunity to watch and hear the very best in the business stretch their talents in improv and other surprises live.
4pm-5pm: Animation and Diversity in the Age of Black Lives Matter
Aaron Grizzell (The Black and Brown Comix Arts Festival; Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation) hosts Tracy Curry (a.k.a. The D.O.C., NWA), Darius Gainer (Black Representation in the World of Animation, San Diego: Amatl Comics), John Semper (Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Fox Kids Network), Angelique Roché (Marvel Voices; My Super Hero Is Black), Deborah Anderson (Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Scooby-Doo, The LeBrons); and Sean Brown (PECAN Studios). They will discuss their careers in animation, the way the industry has changed, what continues to hamper the industry’s inclusion of more diverse voices, and new projects on the horizon featuring creative talent in storytelling and animation.
5pm-6pm: Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining
Hip-Hop and comics share numerous connections and exist in constant communication with one another: Rappers and graffiti artists utilize superheroic imagery; DJs and producers create universes of sound; comic creators and animators incorporate Hip-Hop’s musical and visual vocabularies. Both forms reconfigure and remix elements, blending styles and genres and inspiring passionate fanbases. Moderator Patrick A. Reed brings together an all-star group of artists and innovators to discuss the bonds between these two artistic cultures.
6pm-7pm: Z2 Comics: The Graphic Album
The intersection of music and comics has had many moments throughout the rich history of the graphic arts. In recent years, one company has taken this idea and amplified it across genres and fanbases, creating a whole new fan experience and bringing new faces through the doors of comic shops around the world. Some of the biggest names in Hip Hop are on hand for a discussion of how these acts and Z2 Comics are changing the game again in 2022.
11am-12pm: Behind the Scenes of The Quest
From Disney+, The Quest is a groundbreaking immersive series that drops eight teens into the fantastic fictional world of Everealm, where they must save a kingdom by fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Throughout the eight-episode series, these heroes are immersed in a fantasy world come-to-life, replete with a castle, royals, ethereal Fates, and a sorceress intent on destruction and power. Go behind the scenes with the award-winning executive producers behind The Lord of the Rings, The Amazing Race, and Queer Eye, who have joined forces to create the series. Learn how they brought a fully realized fantasy world of epic adventure and intertwining scripted and unscripted storylines to life.
12pm-1pm: Meet the Hardy Boys, Inc.
Uncover the mystery with an exclusive sneak peek at season 2 of Hulu’s Emmy-nominated series and join stars Rohan Campbell and Alexander Elliot, along with some special panelists, for a Q&A session about bringing the beloved boy detectives to life for a new generation.
1pm-2pm: Naomi Special Video Presentation and Q&A
The DC drama Naomi follows the journey of a cool, confident, comic book–loving teenager as she pursues her hidden destiny. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown of Port Oswego to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, with a little help. Join series star Kaci Walfall and additional members of the cast and creative team (participants to be announced) for a special video presentation, followed by a Q&A as they discuss what is in store for the rest of the season.
2pm-3pm: Superman & Lois Special Video Presentation and Q&A
See a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with the executive producer and series stars (participants to be determined) of Superman and Lois at their WonderCon debut. The cast includes Tyler Hoechlin, Elizabeth Tulloch, Jordan Elsass, Alex Garfin, Erik Valdez, Inde Navarrette, Wolé Parks, Tayler Buck, Sofia Hamsik, with Dylan Walsh and Emmanuelle Chriqui.
3pm-4pm: Mystery, Murder and Montana: The World of “Big Sky” [PRE-RECORDED]
4pm-5pm: Prime Video: Undone
Series stars Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel), Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces), and Constance Marie (With Love) will be joined by co-creators/executive producers Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) and director/executive producer Hisko Hulsing (Montage of Heck) for a special screening and Q&A ahead of Undone’s long-awaited second season. The conversation will give fans their first insights into how the upcoming season of this critically acclaimed genre-bending series will expand in surprising new directions.
5pm-6pm: Behind the Scenes of The Boys Presents: Diabolical
Get an in-depth look at the animated anthology series set in the universe of the Emmy-nominated hit The Boys. Executive producer Simon Racioppa (Invincible, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) and supervising director Giancarlo Volpe (The Dragon Prince, Avatar the Last Airbender) will take part in a Q&A.
8:30pm-11:30pm: The 2022 WonderCon Masquerade
12:30pm-1:30pm: What is the Best Superpower
Everyone’s had the debate and everyone is unwavering in their answer—or are they? Join WonderCon special guests as they decide once and for all what the best superpower is, and see if your mind can be swayed by these creators. Panelists include Trung Le Nguyen, Babs Tarr, David F. Walker, Tula Lotay, and Michael Conrad. Moderated by Gary Miereanu (publicist).
1:30pm-2:30pm: The VFX of Doctor Who: You Can Do This!
Geoffrey Mark (The Orville, Raised by Wolves) moderates a panel made up of effects luminaries Jim Davidson (Titanic, Terminator 2), Ian Hunter (Interstellar, Inception), Tom Griep (Independence Day, Die Hard), Chris Simmons (iRobot, Independence Day), and Dragon Dronet (Star Trek: First Contact, Total Recall). They will be shown a clip from classic Dr. Who episodes and challenged to re-create those effects with household materials. Learn how to re-create those effects yourself from these professionals of cinematic prestidigitation, utilizing dubious means and materials!
2:30pm-3:30pm: 30th Anniversary celebration of X-Men: The Animated Series
Fans cannot forget the opening theme of the 1992 X-Men: The Animated Series and the excitement of watching their favorite Marvel team. Jessica Tseang (international comics historian/AMC Secret History of Comics) discusses with Eric Lewald and Julia Lewald (showrunners, X-Men: The Animated Series; authors, X-Men: The Art and Making of the Animated Series) why the show is so well-loved. Its legacy led to toys still being made to this day, and fandom forums always buzzing. They will take us into a deep dive into their critically acclaimed book, their time on the show, what made it a classic, and their appreciation of all things X-Men and how fans relate to them.
3:30pm-4:30pm: If Bigfoot is Out There, Meet the Team That Will Find Him!
The Expedition Bigfoot team of Bryce Johnson (expedition operations), Dr. Mireya Mayor (primatologist), Russell Acord (ex-military/survivalist), and Ronny LeBlanc (Bigfoot researcher) hold a serious and candid conversation on everything you need to know about the most famous and elusive cryptid, Bigfoot. This elite team uses the latest in advanced technologies to narrow their search within the designated target zones, allowing them to analyze data, migration patterns, and the uptick in sightings to hone in on potential locations. Dr. Mayor will update fans on the surprising DNA evidence collected while in the field, and the team will share a video from famed primatologist Jane Goodall discussing her beliefs and personal investigations. Those in attendance will receive an exclusive giveaway and be among the first to get a sneak peek from the new season on Travel Channel and discovery+.
4:30pm-5:30pm: Fear the Walking Dead [PRE-RECORDED]
In the second half of Fear’s seventh season, premiering on Sunday, April 17, months have passed after the nuclear blast and the only one thriving is Victor Strand (Colman Domingo). Having built a fiefdom, he callously selects who will have a chance at life. The other members of the group have suffered immensely, but out of that has come a fierce determination to live, even if it means taking Strand’s Tower by force and continuing the search for Padre, a mythical place no one is sure really exists.The cast and creators of Fear the Walking Dead discuss what’s coming up, as well as share behind-the-scenes anecdotes, information about the upcoming season, and an exclusive clip from episode 709.
5:30pm-6:30pm: X-Men Fandom Panel
Creatives, podcasters, cosplayers, and more, celebrate all things X-Men! Larry Houston (producer/director, X-Men: The Animated Series), Steven E. Gordon (character designer/director, X-Men Evolution), comic artist Peter V. Nguyen, and cosplayers Michelle Waffle and Nerd Alert will come together to celebrate the ongoing legacy of the X-Men from the comics to the movies, to the animated series. Audience members will receive a WonderCon exclusive print by Marvel artist Luciano Vecchio. Co-hosted by House of X and X-Reads Podcast, the panel will be moderated by Dylan Carter and Chris Riley. Mutant and Proud!
6:30pm-7:30pm: Z2 Comics: Back in Smoke – 50 Years of Cheech & Chong
In celebration of the beloved comedy duo’s 50th year of performing together, Z2 Comics has worked with legendary comedians Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong on their first-ever graphic novel. The book teams these larger-than-life personas with the best of comics talent for a fun look back at how marijuana charted the course for the history we know, through the stories we didn’t. Cheech and Chong themselves for a look back through 50 years and beyond in a once-in-a-lifetime program, hosted by SiriusXM Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin!
7:30pm-9:00pm: Lumpia with a Vengeance WonderCon Premiere Screening
A double serving of Lumpia, from movie to comic book. Patricio Ginelsa (writer/director), Lawrence Iriarte (producer), April Absynth (Blindspotting), Katrina Dimaranan (Miss Universe Philippines Tourism 2021), Earl Baylon (Tomb Raider), Edward Baon (Lumpia), Gerald Pilare (illustrator), and A.J. Calomay (producer/editor) discuss the seven-year journey crowdfunding the award-winning indie feature (starring UFC fighter Mark Muñoz and Danny Trejo) and companion indie comic book series. Includes free print giveaway by BayaniArt. Moderated by Winston Emano (mano Y mano Media), followed by screening and cast/crew Q&A.
10am-11am: Bringing Spider-Man and Batman to Life Through VFX
Filmmakers from VFX studio Crafty Apes Andrew Kalicki (visual effects producer, The Batman), Bobby Tucker (visual effects producer, Spider-Man: No Way Home), Josh LaCross (visual effects supervisor, Moon Knight), John Brubaker (visual effects supervisor, The Batman), and Jon Balcome (CG supervisor, Spider-Man: No Way Home) provide fans with the ultimate experience by diving into the creation of iconic superhero films and taking the audience through a behind-the-scenes journey into the action.
11am-12pm: Celebrate Extreme Studios 30th Anniversary with Rob Liefeld
Comicbook legend Rob Liefeld (creator, Deadpool, Cable, X-Force) celebrates the 30th anniversary of Extreme Studios (formed locally in Orange County), which launched the new era of comics. Its first title, Youngblood, became the first independent (non-Marvel/DC) title to be a number-one bestseller, with over 1 million copies sold. Other Extreme titles include Badrock, Bloodstrike, Brigade, Team Youngblood, Youngblood Strikefile, Glory, Prophet, Supreme, Troll, and New Men.
12pm-1pm: How Comics Make Video Games Better than Ever
Videogames have been booming for over 30 years, but new technology and platforms are making us re-think the concept of Transmedia. This discussion considers how comic books can supercharge a videogame, from creative development to community engagement. Panelists include Chris Metzen (co-founder and CEO Warchief Gaming), Flint Dille (writer), and other guests.
1pm-2pm: Spotlight on Kevin Eastman
Kevin Eastman talks TMNT, comics, and projects for 2022. Guest Appearance by Ciro Nieli (2012 TMNT animated series).
2pm-3pm: Her Universe Fashion Show Update
Ashley Eckstein (Her Universe founder) moderates a discussion with Ed LaBay (SVP, GMM, Hot Topic), Mandy Weaver (director of design), and the 2021 Her Universe Fashion Show winners: Skyler Barrett,Teighlor Johnson, and Vivien Lee. The group will discuss the winners’ process for designing the Jurassic World collection by Her Universe for Hot Topic. They will also announce more information on the upcoming Her Universe Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con.
3pm-4pm: Hot Topic and Her Universe: First Look at the New Studio Ghibli Collection
Hot Topic, Her Universe, and other panelists take a look at the upcoming Studio Ghibli collection, exclusive announcements, and more.
4pm-5pm: ARRAY Crew: Creating Inclusive Film & TV Sets around the World
Founded by filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Naomi, DMZ, Wings of Fire), ARRAY Crew is committed to creating inclusive production sets all over the world and features thousands of qualified below-the-line production crew across more than 600 unique job categories. ARRAY Crew members discuss their career paths, the importance of representation behind the camera, and the positive impact of working on a production that reflects the world around us.
5pm-6pm: I am No Man: The Women of Middle-earth
The ladies of TheOneRing.net (TORn), the internet’s longest-running Tolkien fansite on the web—Nicole Roberts (public outreach coordinator for TORn), Kristi Fojtik (founder of Tolkien Forever), and Nancy Steinman (writer and graphic artist)—plus Abie Ekenezar (actor and producer) delve into Tolkien’s legendarium to discuss the women of Middle-earth. At first glance, the Lord of the Rings seems to be a Males Only Club, but then we meet Galadriel, one of the most powerful beings in Middle-earth. She is quickly followed by Eowyn, the human heroine at the Battle of Pelennor Fields and one of the first real female role models in all of literature. Once you look beyond the film adaptations, you will find that Tolkien’s Middle-earth is full of strong, capable women who illustrate Tolkien’s abiding respect for females as equals in life. Moderated by Cathy Udovch (special events coordinator for TORn).
6pm-7pm: Law of Peacemaker
Taking an oath to kill any man, woman, or child in the name of peace is in no way legal. The HBO Max Peacemaker series goes way beyond murder to issues of whether one can have a bald eagle as a pet, use computer crimes to frame others for crimes, engage in bribery or vigilantism, and of course, conspire to kill a U.S. senator . . . who happens to be a butterfly. Attorneys Stephen Tollafield, Gabby Martin, Kathy Steinman, and Joshua Gilliland offer their legal analysis of the series. Brought to you by The Legal Geeks.
7pm-8pm: Bat in the Sun
The team at Bat in the Sun discuss their award-winning show Super Power Beat Down along with their upcoming projects.
8pm-9pm: Marvel Cinematic Universe TV Battle Brackets
What is your favorite Marvel live-action television show? This is a chance for fans to sound off and have their opinions count. Panelists include Dave Olbrich (Geekview Tavern host), Tom Mason (Geekview Tavern co-host), and special guest Chris Ulm (Jam City Games). Using the Battle Brackets system, attendees will be selecting their favorite MCU TV show through discussion and voting. Results will be featured on an upcoming episode of Geekview Tavern on YouTube. Audience participation! Surprise guests!
10am-11am: The Bob’s Burgers Movie
Bob’s Burgers creators and cast come together for this first look at the Belcher family’s jump to the big screen. During the panel, they will share never-before-seen footage and answer fan questions.
11am-12pm: First Look At Tom Swift [PRE-RECORDED]
Cast members of the new CW show Tom Swift provide an exclusive first look at the series, which follows the sci-fi adventures of the title character and his friends after the shocking disappearance of his father.
See an advance screening of the Hulu original comedy series Woke season 2 premiere episode, followed by a Q&A with cast and executive producers. Inspired by the life and work of artist Keith Knight, Woke continues to upend Black nerd and activist culture, deftly satirizing with a wink and a smile. The screening will be followed by a conversation with series stars Larmone Morris, T. Murph, and Blake Anderson and co-creators/executive producers Keith Knight and Marshall Todd, along with executive producer/showrunner Anthony King.
1pm-2pm: Kung Fu Special Video Presentation and Q&A
A quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese American woman, Nicky Shen, to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to San Francisco, she finds her hometown is overrun with crime and corruption. Join the cast (participants to be determined) for a special video presentation, followed by a Q&A as they discuss the thrilling new season.
2pm-3pm: TV Guide Magazine’s 2022 Fan Favorites: Warner Bros. Television Showrunners Edition
The publication that loves TV and the studio that loves to make TV team up to bring together an epic group of showrunners from some of your favorite series. From Warner Bros. Television Group, panelists will swap behind-the-scenes stories, dish about everything that goes into putting these shows on the air, and tease what’s to come. TV Guide Magazine senior writer Damian Holbrook moderates.
3pm-4pm: Shudder’s Cursed Films [PRE-RECORDED]
Cursed Films is a documentary series that explores the facts and myths surrounding famous films some consider cursed. The new season will feature Rosemary’s Baby, Stalker, The Serpent and The Rainbow, Cannibal Holocaust, and The Wizard of Oz. The creative minds behind the series discuss some of these cursed productions and share some behind-the-scenes anecdotes and an exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming season, premiering Thursday, April 7 on AMC’s premium streaming service Shudder.
11:30am-12:30pm: Robotech: The New Beginning
The Harmony Gold team talks about exciting new Robotech merchandise/licenses and their new partnership for future Robotech with Funimation!
12:30pm-1:30pm: 100 Years of Visual Effects
This title is a lie! Visual effects have actually been around for over 115 years! The very people who invented the visual language of film developed effects to tell the most fantastic stories. Geoffrey Mark (The Orville, Raised by Wolves) takes you through a historical journey from the beginning of film until today.
1:30pm-2:30pm: William S. Clausen USO History and Fiction
USO (Unidentified Submerged Objects) have a long history in America and particularly California. William S. Clausen covers sightings off the coast of California from Catalina to the Mexican waters off of Baja California.
2:30pm-3:30pm: It’s Morphin’ Time: Celebrating 29 Years of Power Rangers
Campy, colorful, and often over the top, the Power Rangers launched in 1993 and quickly exploded into a worldwide phenomenon, a multimedia franchise that endures to this day. Celebrate 29 years of Power Rangers mania with some of your favorite actors from the franchise, including Jazz Baduwalia and Abraham Rodriguez (Beast Morphers), Brennan Mejia (Dino Charge), Cameron Jebo (Super Megaforce), and Ciara Hanna (Super Megaforce).
3:30pm-5:00pm: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: An Interactive Whedon Musical
WonderCon is going out on a high note! The powers that be behind Fandom Charities, The Hellmouth Con, Whedonopolis.com, and Fandomopolis.com are hosting an interactive screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Come and revel in the musical genius of The Whedons! But remember, the best part of the show is up to you: Cheer for Dr. Horrible! Cheer for Penny! Cheer for Moist! Cheer for the Freeze Ray! Cheer, or whatever, for “Captain Hammer, Corporate Tool”! Just have fun and be sure to make Bad Horse gleeful. There will be audience participation; it isn’t just for Rocky Horror and mob riots anymore.
10:00am-11:00am: Rhapsody PR’s 14th Annual Behind-the-Music panel
Composers give you a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating the scores to some of today’s most popular series and films. Featuring panelists Sean Callery (Halo), Jeff Russo (Star Trek: Picard), Sherri Chung (Kung Fu), Kurt Farquhar (The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder), Dominic Lewis (BulletTrain), and Joseph Shirley (The Book of Boba Fett).
11:00am-12:00pm: Ted Lasso: The Hero to Believe In
In the midst of our current society and world news, Apple+ debuted Ted Lasso, only for the series to cut through other franchises and make its way to the top as one of the best shows to watch. Ted Lasso is the hero we didn’t know we needed until we met him. Jason Sudeikis, along with his stellar cast, brings to life characters we can not only relate to but also find therapy in. The show brings viewers joy, hope, faith, and above all: to believe.Jessica Tseang (pop culture speaker) talks with therapists, hosts, writers, artists, and TV critics as they explore what makes this series stand out above others.
12:00pm-1:00pm: How to Create Your Own Novel: From First Idea to Publishing
The Winner Twins, Brittany and Brianna, multiple award-winning and national bestselling sf/ fantasy authors, explain how to create your own novel step by step. They will be joined by Todd McCaffrey (New York Times bestselling author, Dragonriders of Pern). From developing a writing routine to an in-depth look at different publishing paths, they explore what it means and what it takes to be an author professionally and to achieve success. They will share their war stories, secrets, and paths to help you tell your stories to the world.
1:00pm-2:00pm: Taking a Behind-the-Scenes Look into TV’s Top Sci-Fi/Fantasy Shows
Filmmakers from VFX studio Crafty Apes—including Brandon Nelson (visual effects supervisor of Upload), Molly Pabian (visual effects producer, Foundation,What We Do in the Shadows), Alex Knudsen (visual effects supervisor, What We Do in the Shadows), and Tim LeDoux (visual effects supervisor, Foundation)—share first-hand insights into bringing TV’s top sci-fi/fantasy shows to life through visual effects.
2:00pm-3:00pm: Law of Star Trek
Lawyers and Judges love Star Trek because every series wrestles with complex moral issues. What are the rights of refugees? What happens if a computer goes on a killing spree? If you find a starship, can you keep it? Circuit Judge John Owens, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitch Dembin, and Washington, DC attorney Mark Zaid offer their legal analysis of issues from Star Trek Picard, Discovery, Lower Decks, Prodigy, and every other Generation of Trek. Moderated by Joshua Gilliland (The Legal Geeks).
3:00pm-4:00pm: Alien Franchise and How Ripley Set The Standard for Strong Female Characters
Gareth Von Kallenbachnof (Skewed and Reviewed) along with Victor and Juliette Calderon look at the enduring appeal of the Alien franchise and how Ripley set the standard for strong female characters. They will explore Ripley and her impact on those who followed, from Amanda to those in the pending television series.
4:00pm-5:00pm: The Future of Doctor Who
An interactive and entertaining panel about what’s ahead for fan-favorite sci-fi show Doctor Who. Keeping the show fresh even with the return of previous showrunners will be discussed by moderator Sandro Monetti (CNN) and time travelers unltd cosplayers River Alexandra Song, Karen Glover, Julie O’Malley, Kristi Schoeman, and Cody Shoberg.