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Witness the Wonders of WonderCon!

Written By: Abel Pinedo

March 21st, 2015

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It's time to kick off convention season as we do each year with WonderCon. The show returns to the Anaheim Convention Center for the fourth year, bringing the best talents in the industry. WonderCon is focused more on comic books and their creators unlike its big brother San Diego Comic Con which has become the monstrous pop culture juggernaut we all know and love. WonderCon is expanding this year in what is sure to please attending cosplayers. More on that in a bit. But for now, let's dive in and take a look at some of the highlights of this year's show.

FRIDAY

What better way to start the Con than with a trip back to the future? The filmmakers of an all new documentary, Back in Time, will discuss the impact of Back to the Future, thirty years after its release. Just because Batman celebrated 75 years doesn't mean he's about to slow down. Join a panel of Bat-family writers and artists as they discuss the future of the caped crusader. If you love Star Trek, then grab your hankies as a panel of Treksperts reflect on the recent losses of several beloved members of Trek history, most notably Leonard Nimoy.

Warner Brothers television is hosting a three hour look at The Flash and Gotham as well as advance screenings of Teen Titans Go! and the all new iZombie. A personal favorite panel of mine, the staff of Geek Magazine, return for another nostalgic look back. This time, they'll focus on the films of 1985: The Goonies, The Breakfast Club, Commando, Enemy Mine and Fletch to name a few. One of the bigger shakeups in comic books is the merging of IDW and Top Shelf. Want to know how this will affect some of your favorite titles, then you won't want to miss this informative panel. The highlight of the evening is the world premiere of the latest from Warner Brothers Animation, the highly anticipated Batman Vs. Robin. After the screening, stay for a rousing discussion with the voice actors and as well as some of the creative talents who made this a reality.

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SATURDAY

Saturday begins with what is sure to be one of the most talked about panels of the weekend, Superman: The Richard Donner Years Celebrity Super Reunion. Come have a listen as many of the cast of Superman I and II relive their memories of filming these two classics of the superhero genre. If you're a fan of Capcom, then you'll definitely want to have a listen as a panel of Capcom staff discuss what's in store for some of your favorite franchises. The Guild's own Felicia Day will host her own panel to talk about her upcoming book as well as the latest news from Geek & Sundry.

Can you believe Valiant comics is 25 years old? Be sure to check out this panel for exclusive announcements from the creators behind some of your favorite indie heroes. What does the future hold for Ninjak and Bloodshot? You'll find out here first.

I love surprises and right now, all I know is that Warner Brothers is hosting a one hour panel whose content is TBA. Hmmmm. Super sneak peek at Batman V. Superman? Hey, I can dream! As for DC comics, we know this is the year of Convergence but what exactly does that mean for our heroes? A host of the writers will be on hand to hopefully shed some light on this mystery. If you enjoyed your first look at iZombie yesterday, then you won't want to miss a panel discussion with the cast and executive producers. While we still don't have our third Bill and Ted film, BOOM! Studios is launching  Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Return. Join the creative team behind the comic as they discuss this new iteration of these lovable slackers. Whoa! The evening ends with the ever popular Masquerade Ball. Be prepared to be wowed by the creativity on display.

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SUNDAY

Once you're done gobbling down your chocolate bunny, head on down for the final day. Chris Hardwick and his crew return for the ever popular Nerdist panel. There's always a cool surprise to be announced at this panel. If you still can't get enough Batman, then you'll want to check out the world premiere of Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts before it hits your DVD shelves in May. In case you can't make the premiere of Batman vs. Robin on Friday, there will be an encore screening Sunday afternoon.

If you ever picked up a comic book and were just blown away by the cover art, then you'll want to listen to a panel of experts talk about what goes into the design of some of your favorite covers. Want to keep up with the fastest man alive? Then join the cast and crew for an in depth look at the hit TV show The Flash. Finally, the ever popular Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog returns to close out the weekend.

Now, I mentioned earlier something to interest cosplayers. Throughout the weekend, several panels will be taking place at the Elite Ballroom at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel nearby. These will focus primarily on all things to showcase your inner geek. Whether it's expressing yourself in your attire, your costuming or even your cooking, you may want to check these out. You'll get tips on enhancing your costuming ideas whether for yourself or for the whole family. Check the schedule to see which panels may suit your cosplay needs.

There are a plethora of special guests scheduled to attend the show this year including Neal Adams, Sergio Aragones, Steve Epting, Tom King, Jae Lee, Greg Pak and Babs Tarr. Of course, you can always count on one or two surprise guests.

Finally, what's a Con without a little shopping? Make sure to take some time to peruse Artist Alley. I tend to pick up at least one or two unique items each year and you're supporting independent artists by doing so. And hey, Christmas is only eight months away! Keep checking this link for an updated list of exclusives available at the show. http://www.comic-con.org/wca/2015/exclusives

For further information, check out the official site: http://www.comic-con.org/wca