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WonderCon Anaheim 2024 Schedule Highlights


The full programming schedule for WonderCon Anaheim 2024 is now live.

You can join us for a more in-depth deep dive into the programming schedule on Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30pm for our annual Breaking Down the WonderCon Schedule SDConcast, but for now, let’s take a look at some of the highlights for each day of the con.

Friday, March 29

Some of the biggest news this year is that it appears they won’t be using the Arena — the largest venue at the Anaheim Convention Center, which holds roughly 7500 people. Instead, the largest rooms are the two North 200’s (A and B), which each hold around 1500 people respectively. One of those (North 200B) doesn’t even warrant being used except on Saturday.

WonderCon is never the movie/TV mecha that San Diego Comic-Con is, and Friday is lighter than normal this year. The biggest panel of the day is probably for the upcoming Roku Original series, The Spiderwich Chronicles, which will see stars Christian Slater, Joy Bryant, Noah Cottrell, Lyon Daniels, Mychala Lee, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Alyvia Alyn Lind in attendance at 6:30pm in North 200A.

You can get a breakdown behind-the-scenes of the FX behind some of your favorite films at 5pm in Room 300A for “FX Breakdown: The Artists Who Build Universes”, which features artists behind TitanicInceptionGalaxy Quest, and more. You can also find behind-the-scenes crew for Buffy and Firefly at 6:30pm in Room 300C. Learn more about how source material can shape your TV series from creatives behind Clone WarsAmerican Born Chinese, and Shang-Chi at 6pm in Room 207.

Fans of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds can get their sing-along on at the “Subspace Rhapsody” sing-along screening at 8pm in Room 200A.

On the comics side, Dustin Nguyen, who created the loving tribute to the Anaheim Convention Center for this year’s program book, gets his own spotlight panel at 4pm in Room 209. It would be a good idea to check out Bad Idea at 12pm, as the underground comics publisher gives you an update in Room 207.

Get the beat from The Beat at 4:30pm in Room 213AB, as Editor-in-Chief Heidi MacDonald and friends celebrate 20 years of fantastic comics journalism, as well as the state of the comics industry.

For adventure-seekers (and puppet-lovers), the Puppet-Filled D&D One-Shot is back at 9pm in Room 207. Those looking to be entertained can also choose The Idiot’s Lantern Sketch Comedy Show, also at 9pm, in Room 300A, for a pop-culturified sketch show.

 

Saturday, March 30

As always, Saturday is the biggest day at WonderCon, with the biggest names. Over in North 200B, you can start your day off at 12:15pm with Funko founder Mike Becker as he details the origins of Funko before it was the global empire that it is today. At 1:15pm, you’ll get an inside look and footage into some of the most exciting upcoming films, including The Fall GuyAbigail, and Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes as Collider hosts “Directors on Directing”. At 2:30pm, the legendary Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) is joined by director Moritz Mohr (Akumi) and actors Brett Gelman (Stranger Things) and Isaiah Mustafa (IT: Chapter Two) for a look at their upcoming Boy Kills World film. There’s more horror where that came from, as at 3:30pm you’ll get a look into the upcoming The Strangers: Chapter 1 film with stars. Then at 4:30pm, the “cast and creator” of SYFY’s Resident Alien take to the stage for a look at the upcoming third season. Closing out the day in North 200B is Chucky, with cast and creatives on hand for an exclusive sneak peek and a Q&A.

Over in North 200A, be the first to see the first episode of the upcoming sixth season for The Dragon Prince at 11am; find a buddy to take to Adult Swim’s Smiling Friends at 2pm; and be in high “spirits” for the Ghosts season 3 episode screening (just a screening!) at 3pm. That’s followed by another screening at 3:30pm for the premiere episode of Star Trek: Discovery‘s final season, followed by a Q&A with creatives behind the series.

You can also catch a screening of the first two episodes of Sand Land: The Series from Hulu at 4pm in Room 207.

If you’re a parent as obsessed with Bluey as your child (or maybe more?), join child psychologists and children’s authors as they break down “Parenthood According to Bluey” at 7:30pm in Room 300C.

If you’re looking for comics, get a deep-dive into the career of the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz at 2pm in Room 300E. Gail Simone (Wonder WomanDeadpool) also gets her Spotlight panel at 4:30pm in Room 213AB, so stop by to learn about her new projects, including her X-Men debut. Join a roster of great talent (including Patrick Ballesteros, Grace Ellis, Dustin Nguyen, Jimmie Robinson, and Stephen Silver) as they argue which superpower is the best at 1pm in Room 207.

The annual X-Men Fandom panel returns at 7pm in Room 207, as hosted by X-Reads Podcast hosts Chandler Poling and Chris Riley, to discuss X-Men 97 with “cast and creatives”. They always bring a good giveaway, we’re just sayin’.

Rock out with Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, as well as comics legend Sienkiewicz, for a look at The Mandrake Project at 5pm in Room 300E.

Love toys? Then come learn about what McFarlane Toys is up to across licenses including DC, Demon Slayer, Spawn, and more, at their 12pm panel in North 200A. 

Get an update on this year’s Her Universe Fashion Show at 2:30pm in Room 300C from founder Ashley Eckstein. 

To kickstart your day at WonderCon, we also recommend joining Klingon Lifestyles at 10am, as they present a play told entirely in Klingon. It’s always a fun (if confusing) time.

Later that evening, you’ll want to head back to North 200A for the annual WonderCon Masquerade at 8:30pm, where you’ll see the best of the best when it comes to cosplay.

Sunday, March 31

It’s a much lighter day on the TV/movies front, though you can celebrate 30 years of the animated series Gargoyles with “cast, crew, writers, and others” at 11:15am in North 200A.

Catch up with the Emmy-nominated creator and writer David Mack as he discusses his work on Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and more at 1:30pm in Room 208. Hugh Howey, the New York Times bestselling author behind Silo and Beacon 23, sits down with Gary Miereanu to discuss his career at 11:30am in Room 208.

The annual Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog returns at 1:15pm in North 200A.

Ballesteros is back for his Spotlight panel on Sunday at 12:30pm in Room 208, as he offers tips for creating your own characters, stories, and projects.

This convention has gone to the dogs… and by that, we mean “Pup Culture: Dogs in Media”, a panel at 3:30pm in Room 208 with the creator of Stray Dogs, a dog fx makeup artist, and a doc documentarian, among others. It’s sure to be a pup-tacular time.

The con (mostly) closes out again with the annual Comic-Con town hall — “Talk Back”, at 3:30pm in Room 213AB. This is your chance to let the minds behind CCI know what you really think.

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