Independent Spirit Awards 2012: red carpet fashions (photos)

February 28, 2012

The 2012 Independent Spirit Awards were held this weekend in Los Angeles. The setting, on the beach in Santa Monica was a much more laid back setting than the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood the next day. Just like the Oscars though, the silent film "The Artist" was the event's big winner, taking home a number of awards including Best Feature.
Check out some of the afternoon's fashions on the "purple" carpet. 
The Help's Jessica Chastain





Spirit Winner Michelle Williams of "My Week With Marilyn." 

Chris Pine


Anne Heche

William H. Macy

Zoe Saldana

Kate Beckinsale


Terrance Howard and Ben Kingsly


Laura Dern




Penelope Ann Miller










Elizabeth Olsen


WonderCon: Saturday, March 17th schedule revealed


The schedule for this year's events for Wonder-Con 2012 have been announced by comic-con.org.

Check out the list below (subject to change):

SATURDAY, MARCH 17

10:30-11:30 From Fan to Creator: Goal-Setting for Creative Types— Which side of the convention table do you want to be on, professional or fan? And what's keeping you from getting there? If you've been inspired to create something but you're having trouble bringing it into reality, you need to attend this fun and informative goal-setting workshop, designed specifically for the WonderCon crowd and back for its sixth year in a row. Douglas Neff (the "Tony Robbins of Geeks") will give you simple and proven tips for achieving what's most important to you. Whether you want to write your own screenplay, draw your first comic, or shoot your independent film, you'll walk away from this workshop with new ideas and useful tools to help you reach your dream. Room 203
Tags: Comic Books | Movies | Seminars & Workshops | Television

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Scott Snyder— WonderCon special guest, writer Scott Snyder (Batman, Swamp Thing, American Vampire, Severed), answers your questions in this open discussion on the craft and business of writing comics. Room 207
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

10:30-11:30 How to Build Your Own R2— Do you want to know what it takes to build your own Star Wars droid? Southern California R2 builders Chris Romine, Michael McMaster, and William Miyamoto; builder Godfather Mike Senna; and builder/moderator Victor Franco discuss how their robots were built and how they work. Topics include materials, blueprints, building techniques, tools, and the electronics used to bring R2 to life. Room 208
Tags: Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

10:30-11:30 CAC Session 4: Focus on Bob Schreck— WonderCon special guest Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics) joins the Comics Arts Conference to discuss his life in the comics industry. Stanford Carpenter (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) talks with Bob about his time as an art director, writer, and editor at both Dark Horse and DC Comics, the founding of Oni Press, and his new venture at Legendary Comics -- and last but not least, his impressions of the industry as both a creative and an editorial force. Room 210
Tags: Comic Books | Comics Arts Conference | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

10:30-11:30 Spotlight on Richard Starkings— Writer Joshua Fialkov (Tumor, Last of the Greats), talks to WonderCon special guest Richard Starkings about the success of his sleeper hit Image Comics series Elephantmen, progress on the movie, and all other aspects of Richard's career in comics as a writer, publisher, colorist, cartoonist, editor, and digital lettering pioneer. Room 211
Tags: Comic Books | Movies | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

11:00-12:00 Cartoon Network: Adventure Time— What could make WonderCon even more wonderful? How about a Totally Rhombus Adventure Time Q&A? Hear what executive producer and creator Pendleton Ward (voice of Lumpy Space Princess) and special guests have in store for our heroes Finn and Jake coming up in Season 4! Come on, grab your friends and join the fun! Room 204
Tags: Animation | Television

11:00-12:00 Womanthology— Get the story behind the hottest Kickstarter project of the year, a graphic novel produced entirely by the top women in the industry! Over 200 creators combined to create Womanthology, and all profits go to the charities of GlobalGiving.org! Project mastermind Renae De Liz and a host of surprise creators offer sneak peeks, inside tips on how to break into comics, and more! Room 213
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

11:30-12:30 Comic Book Law School— "C" Is for creator (and Copyright!) and "P" is for preparation, the cornerstone of any creative enterprises. After all, rushing a new property out the door without the proper IP protections in place could be more costly down the road. Luckily, the popular Comic Book Law School ® will help by supplying the "ABCs" of legal protections for creators. Noted IP attorney Michael Lovitz, author of The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book, assists attendees in establishing a basic foundation for their copyright and trademark rights. Up first is the basics of protection and ownership of ideas, works of authorship, characters, and names, from conception through publication and beyond. Attendees are invited to participate in an interactive discussion about basic rights provided under U.S. copyright and trademark laws, as well as the registration process for each (and time permitting, how recent court decisions and changes in the law could affect those rights). Along the way, there will be plenty to learn about the protections, and pitfalls, of the U.S. trademark and copyright systems. Please Note: The Comic Book Law School seminars are designed to provide relevant information and practice tips to practicing attorneys, as well as practical tips to creators and other professionals who may wish to attend. However, the seminar is presented for information and entertainment purposes only, and the information presented and opinions expressed at the seminars do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. [This program is approved for one (1) credit of California MCLE.] Room 203
Tags: Comic Books | Seminars & Workshops

11:30-12:30 Rewriting History: Past, Present, and Future— Whether writing alternate, near future, or far future history, how do authors make historical "facts" fit their fiction? Panelists include Naomi Novik (Crucible of Gold), Todd McCaffrey (Dragon's Time), Rob Reid (Year Zero), and WonderCon special guest Ernest Cline (Ready Player One), in discussion with Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 207
Tags: Science Fiction & Fantasy | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

11:30-12:30 Digital Comics Price Fight— Everyone is talking about what the "right" price is for digital comics. Should it be full price for same day as print? Or should every comic be 99 cents à la iTunes? The conversation online has been heated, and today it jumps into the physical realm! Legendary comics writer Mark Waid, comiXology's David Steinberger (the CEO and co-founder of the leading digital comics retailer and platform), and ‪Marvel's senior VP of sales David Gabriel present a lively discussion on the price of digital comics. "Refereeing" this panel will be publisher and writer of Our Love Is Real and Sacrifice, Sam Humphries, who was the driving force behind MySpace Comics. Room 208
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

11:30-12:30 CAC Session 5: Batman vs. Iron Man: Can Biology Best Technology?— Batman and Iron Man belong to a very small group of accessible superheroes -- that is, the group of superheroes who have a veneer of reality related to their powers and abilities. This reality makes them appealing and accessible to many and captivates the imagination in a way other heroes cannot. Both Iron Man and Batman are defined by the combination of their human frailty with extreme training and use of technological enhancements. E. Paul Zehr (Becoming Batman, Inventing Iron Man) compares these two heroes and their two approaches to transcending human limitation. The concept of Batman is one of extreme human performance -- Bruce Wayne creates the Batman persona through extreme training. That of Iron Man is the story of Tony Stark, a genius scientist and engineer who amplifies human performance with technology in the form of the fantastic suit of armor. Considering the scientific realities behind these two icons presents a revealing look at how close we are to technological fusion between brain, biology, and technology. It also brings to mind a question truly grounded in popular culture. With these two superheroes in action, who beats whom? Answering this question involves a fascinating examination at the outer limits of human performance where neuroscience, kinesiology, brain-machine interface, and Kung-fu fighting converge. Room 210
Tags: Comic Books | Comics Arts Conference

11:30-12:30 Ruby & Spears— Since the sixties, Joe Ruby and Ken Spears have been the most successful writing, creating, and producing team in Saturday morning television. Among the shows they brought you were Scooby-Doo, Wacky Racers, Jabberjaw, Dynomutt, Thundarr The Barbarian, Plastic Man, and dozens of others. Here they are in a rare convention appearance, interviewed by animation writer (and former Ruby-Spears writer) Mark Evanier. Room 211
Tags: Animation | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Television

12:00-1:00 The World of CAPCOM!— Francis Mao leads a panel of Capcom product managers who will share trailers and sneak peeks at all the hot, new upcoming Capcom games, such as Dragon's Dogma, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, the just-released Street Fighter X Tekken, Resident Evil 6, and more! A few lucky gamers will be called onstage to demonstrate their fighting skills in Street Fighter X Tekken to win exclusive Capcom prizes! Followed by a Q&A session. Room 204
Tags: Games

12:00-1:00 Marvel Television Presents— Be among the first to go inside the Marvel Universe on Disney XD with the head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, as he presents the world premiere of the highly anticipated Ultimate Spider-Man animated series and a look at the premiere episode of the The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Season 2. He'll also reveal the inside scoop on animated and live-action series in development, and more surprises from Marvel TV. Room 213
Tags: Animation | Comic Books | Television

12:30-2:00 CBLDF Live Art Jam— Witness amazing live art created before your eyes by the industry's greatest superstars! WonderCon special guests Jim Lee, Rebekah Isaacs, and Eric Powell plus special surprise guests will make original art on the big screen, giving you a one-of-a-kind glimpse of their creative process, and then a chance to bid to take their work home. The proceeds of this auction benefit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who protect the industry's First Amendment rights. Stop by the CBLDF booth (417) for your bidder number, then come watch great art happen before your eyes at the CBLDF Live Art Jam! Room 203
Tags: CBLDF | Comic Books

12:30-1:30 Fairy Dust: LGBT Disney Fandom— We're lucky to be right next door to the "Happiest Place on Earth." Disney characters, films, comics, media, and theme parks are popular around the world. But Disney is especially popular among the LGBT community. Young or old, LGBT folk identify with the stories, characters, fantasy, and imagination of Disney. Prism Comics (the nonprofit organization promoting awareness of LGBT comics, creators, and fans) joins Tommy Kovac (The Royal Historian of Oz; Wonderland, Skelebunnies), Worthie Meacham (Disney Gay Days, expert on Disney Parks and Disneyana), Dusty Sage (founder and CEO of MiceChat.com), and other fans and creators as they explore why the queer community loves all things Disney. Moderated by Ted Abenheim (Prism Comics board member). Room 207
Tags: Animation | Comic Books | Fandom | Games | Movies | Television

12:30-1:30 Where Do Ideas Come From?— For artists and writers who face the fear of the blank page, veteran writer/editor Barbara Randall Kesel (New Teen Titans, Meridian, Hawk & Dove) brings proven tips, tricks, and strategies for vanquishing those dead brain and deadline demons! Room 208
Tags: Comic Books

12:30-1:30 CAC Session 6: Lessons Learned from Batgirl about Female Superheroes and Trauma: Resilience, Recovery, and Relaunch— Is it healthy to be a female character in today's comics? Do comic book superheroines still face different traumas from those faced by their male counterparts? Psychologists Andrea Letamendi (UCLA), Robin Rosenberg (The Psychology of Superheroes), and Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), with the help of writer Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl, Smallville), explore how gender differences figure into storytelling issues and reflect on the dangers, support, and expectations encountered by women in real-world high-risk and life-threatening environments. Room 210
Tags: Comic Books | Comics Arts Conference

12:30-1:30 Spotlight on Michael Golden— WonderCon special guest, artist Michael Golden is known for his dynamic and beautifully designed cover work and his exciting storytelling in series such as Dr. Strange, Micronauts, and The 'Nam. Michael talks about his career -- past, present, and future -- in this special spotlight panel. Room 211
Tags: Art & Illustration | Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

12:30-1:15 Fox Searchlight: The Sound of My Voice— Producer, writer, and actress Brit Marling is a rising talent and new voice in the genre world, creating independent films about everyday people finding themselves in fantastic circumstances. In her new film, The Sound of My Voice, Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius), a couple and documentary filmmaking team, infiltrate a mysterious group led by an enigmatic young woman named Maggie (Brit Marling). Intent on exposing her as a charlatan and freeing the followers from her grip, Peter and Lorna start to question their objective and each other as they unravel the secrets of Maggie's underworld. Appearing in person: star, producer, and co-writer Brit Marling (Another Earth), and the film's director/co-writer Zal Batmanglij. Ballroom, Third Level
Tags: Horror and Suspense | Movies

1:00-2:00 DC Comics: The New 52— The New 52 is comics' most talked about industry-shattering event of the last year. Although the landscape has changed, DC's not done making news! Be a part of history as DC editor-in-chief Bob Harras, executive editor Eddie Berganza, and group editor Matt Idelson are joined by Brian Buccellato (Flash), Dustin Nguyen (Batman Beyond Unlimited), Scott Snyder (Batman), Ryan Sook (DC Universe Presents), and more of your favorite top-notch talent to discuss the books that are shaping the dawn of this new era! Room 204
Tags: Comic Books

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Joe Hill— WonderCon special guest Joe Hill, Eisner Award-winning creator of Locke & Key, talks about the final chapters of the series, who will be the next person to wear The Cape, IDW's Road Rage, his next novel (and accompanying comic series), and future projects. His discussion with editor Chris Ryall will be followed by a Q&A and pole-dancing demonstration. Room 213
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

1:15-2:15 Twentieth Century Fox— Twentieth Century Fox (and some very special guests) presents an exclusive look at some of the most anticipated events of the summer. Ballroom, Third Level
Tags: Movies

1:30-2:30 I Can't Write, I Can't Draw, But I Love Comics!— Comic-Con International's annual jobs panel comes to WonderCon! Just 'cause you missed out on the writing and drawing genes doesn't mean there isn't a place for you in the comics, animation, and gaming industries. Companies still need managers, publishers, producers, directors, mo-cap and voice-over actors, game masters, and programmers. Panelists Scott Agostoni (independent manager of comic creators and comics expert), Derron Ross (Blur Studio), actor Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), writer/director James Gunn (Lollipop Chainsaw), and Mike Fischer (Square Enix) will alert you to some of these careers and tell you how to find your niche. Moderated by Susan Karlin (Fast Company). Room 207
Tags: Comic Books

1:30-2:30 How to Get News Coverage— Small press publishers, what makes the difference between an item that will get news coverage, previews, and interviews and an item that doesn't? A lot of publishers have no idea what to submit to the press, how to submit it, and why they are being overlooked for coverage. Comics journalist Rik Offenberger (First Comics News, Archie Comics) moderates this panel on just what it takes to get coverage, with the comics journalist themselves telling you what they are looking for in your submission. Panelists include Alan Kistler (Comic Mix, Newsarama), Heidi McDonald (The Beat), Kiel Phegley (Comic Book Resources), and Josh Waldrop (M1W Entertainment). Find out what it takes to self-promote and make a significant impact on your ability to sell your comics project. Room 208
Tags: Comic Books

1:30-3:00 CAC Session 7: Females and Feminism— Christin Green (The George Washington University) looks at how Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's series Y: The Last Man confronts stereotypes, breaks traditional formulas, steps out of comfort zones, and makes potentially bold statements about gender norms, masculinity, sexuality, and feminism, defining Y: The Last Man as a postfeminist narrative while drawing critical conclusions about its relative success in re-imagining contemporary popular discourses about feminism. Ayanna Dozier (Chapman University) examines the costumes of female superheroes, uncovering the meaning of such overtly sexual representations of female superheroes and their costumes, which themselves create a power struggle between the character and her costume. When are these designs sexist and when are they an expression of female liberation? Diana Martinez (University of Oregon) studies the many shifts in Wonder Woman's body and costume design, arguing that Wonder Woman in particular has still not reached physical stability because she has no ideological stability. Wonder Woman's body is important because she is not just a character, she is an encoding of ideology -- an ideology reliant on her body and the way she is perceived. Room 210
Tags: Comic Books | Comics Arts Conference

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Fiona Staples— WonderCon special guest Fiona Staples is known for her art on series such as Mystery Society (created with fellow special guest Steve Niles) and North 40 and her cover work on titles such as T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents. Now she embarks on a whole new phase of her career with the new Image Comics series Saga, co-created by Brian K. Vaughan. Fiona talks about her newest work and more in this special Spotlight panel. Room 211
Tags: Art & Illustration | Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

2:00-3:00 Bongo Comics Sneak Peek— Creative director Nathan Kane and managing editor Terry Delegeane showcase Bongo Comics Group's brand-new look and preview upcoming projects and a few other surprises. Find out what's in the future for Futurama Comics and what to surmise about Simpsons Comics. This is a "must-attend" panel for all fans of The Simpsons and Futurama and anyone looking for a place to sit down! Room 203
Tags: Comic Books

2:00-3:00 Geek & Sundry— Felicia Day (The Guild), Wil Wheaton (Awesome), Veronica Belmont (Tekzilla), and Tom Merrit (Sword & Laser) present a sneak preview of Day's new Geek & Sundry YouTube channel lineup. Room 204
Tags: Comic Books | Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

2:00-3:00 MARVEL: Avengers vs. X-Men— Are you ready for the biggest superhero war ever in Avengers vs. X-Men? Get the scoop on the groundbreaking event of 2012 as Earth's Mightiest take on the Children of the Atom with the Marvel Universe at stake. One side believes the Phoenix Force will save their race, the other believes it will destroy the world! What do you believe? Find out everything you need to know as Marvel's SVP of publishing/executive editor Tom Brevoort (Avengers vs. X-Men), superstar writer Jeph Loeb (Avengers: X-Sanction) and others give you the inside track, right here! Room 213
Tags: Comic Books

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Richard Kadrey— Q&A time with WonderCon special guest Richard Kadrey, author of the Sandman Slim series. Bring your questions. Bring your accusations. Bring your mom. He doesn't care. He'll probably be lying most of the time. Room 207
Tags: Science Fiction & Fantasy | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

2:30-3:30 Video Game Characters Reborn! Namco Bandai Games' ShiftyLook— Namco Bandai Games is re-imagining gaming classics like Xevious, Sky Kid, and Bravoman through new multimedia project ShiftyLook. Join producer, editor-in-chief, and head of ShiftyLook Rob Pereyda as he introduces some of the talent behind the project's webcomics, including appearances by Sky Kid writer Jim Zub (Skullkickers); Alien Confidential: Black & White writer Sharon Scott (More Than Mortal) and artist Andrew Pepoy (Monica Moon); Bravoman writer Matt Moylan (LilFormers) and artist Dax Gordine (Mega Man Tribute); and Xevious writer Mike Costa (Transformers) and artist Mike Norton (Runaways). A live demo of the upcoming Rocket Fox game, an introduction of the talent behind the upcoming Rocket Fox webcomic, ShiftyLook service updates, and even free swag await! Room 208
Tags: Games

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Arthur Adams— WonderCon special guest Arthur Adams is known for his intricate and design-oriented covers and interior art, and his penchant for all things ape, including his own creation, Monkeyman and O'Brian. Arthur talks about his work and what's coming up next for him in his career. Room 211
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

2:30-3:15 Open Road Films: Lockout— Global exclusive! Be among the first in the world to see footage of the highly anticipated new film, Lockout. Starring Guy Pearce (Memento, The King's Speech, upcoming Prometheus) and Maggie Grace (Taken, Taken 2, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 & 2). Set in the near future, Lockout follows a falsely convicted ex-government agent (Pearce), whose one chance at obtaining freedom lies in the dangerous mission of rescuing the President's daughter (Grace) from rioting convicts at an outer space maximum security prison. Lockout was directed by James Mather and Stephen Saint Leger from their script, co-written with Luc Besson, who is also a producer. Peter Stormare co-stars. Ballroom, Third Level
Tags: Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

3:00-4:00 The Official Aspen Comics Panel— Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged), Peter Steigerwald (Lady Mechanika), Vince Hernandez (Charismagic), Mark Roslan (Broken Pieces), Joe Benitez (Lady Mechanika), Oliver Nome (Fathom: Kiani), Scott Lobdell (Fathom), J. T. Krul (Soulfire), Beth Sotelo (Fathom), David Wohl (Executive Assistant: Iris), David Schwartz (Idolized), and letterer Josh Reed discuss exciting new Aspen projects and reveal never-before-seen art. A special Q&A session with fans will take place, and every person in attendance will receive a gift courtesy of Aspen Comics! Room 203
Tags: Comic Books

3:00-4:00 DC Comics: All Access Special Edition— Don't miss this panel about the sure-to-be most talked about project of 2012! DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio, editor Will Dennis, and writers J. Michael Straczynski and Len Wein talk about this next game-changing event. No comics fan will want to miss this! Room 204
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

3:00-4:00 Kids Can Draw Cartoons with Kristian Sather— Hey kids! Kristian Sather (Bonkers, Jetsons, kristiansather.blogspot.com) will demonstrate the techniques used in drawing funny cartoon characters. You will learn how to draw your own funny cartoon characters using basic geometric shapes. Join Kristian for this fun & informative session! Room 210
Tags: Art & Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Kids | Seminars & Workshops

3:00-4:00 Cartoon Voices— It's another one of those panels where folks who speak for animated characters demonstrate their craft. On the dais are Gregg Berger (The Garfield Show), Laraine Newman (The Fairly OddParents), Wally Wingert (The Avengers), Bill Farmer (Goofy), Alicyn Packard (The Mr. Men Show), Michael Bell (G.I. Joe), and maybe a few others, all put through their paces by voice director Mark Evanier. Room 213
Tags: Animation | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

3:15-4:15 Universal Pictures: Battleship and Snow White and the Huntsman— Universal Pictures will present footage and special guests from two of its upcoming epic action-adventures: Battleship (May 18) and Snow White and the Huntsman (June 1). Battleship director/producer Peter Berg will be joined by two of the star's from the film, Alexander Skarsgård and Brooklyn Decker, to discuss the project. Snow White and the Huntsman's director, Rupert Sanders, will answer questions about the new movie starring Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin. Ballroom, Third Level
Tags: Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Ernest Cline— WonderCon special guest Ernest Cline is a New York Times bestselling novelist (Ready Player One) and a screenwriter (Fanboys). Join him for an hour-long Q&A session about his various book and film projects. Room 207
Tags: Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

3:30-4:30 Fallout: New Vegas DLCs: Games as a Graphic Novel— After Bethesda and Obsidian released Fallout: New Vegas, there came an opportunity to continue the story in the Mojave Wasteland through four narrative downloadable content packs (DLCs). What were the challenges and the rewards? Obsidian's creative director Chris Avellone discusses the design methodology and narrative constraints for the DLCs that followed the hit video game. Room 208
Tags: Comic Books | Games

3:30-4:30 Comic Book Entrepreneurs— Self-publishing success Sam Humphries leads a discussion about building your business around comic books with some of the comic book industry's leading entrepreneurs. CEO and co-founder David Steinberger of comiXology, Mike Richardson of Dark Horse Comics, Jonah Weiland of ComicBookResources.com, Peter Levin of Nerdist Industries, and Thomas Gaul of Beach Ball Comics describe how each built a business from the ground up around their love of the comic book medium. Don't miss this rare look into the business side of comics. Room 211
Tags: Comic Books | Fandom

4:00-5:00 Kotobukiya Spring Preview— Representatives offer an exclusive look into what products are in development for 2012 and beyond, a Q&A session, and surprise giveaways! Room 203
Tags: Anime & Manga | Comic Books

4:00-5:00 MARVEL: Talk to the Hat— This is it, Mighty Marvel fans -- the no-holds-barred, anything goes, full-of-surprises panel you wait all year for! Tom Brevoort, Marvel's SVP of publishing/executive editor, takes on all questions, shocks the audience with jaw-dropping announcements, and keeps you guessing with surprise guests. You never know who will show up, but you better be here, because this is the panel that everyone will be talking about! Room 204
Tags: Comic Books

4:00-5:00 Coloring with Alex Sinclair— Spend an hour talking with comic book colorist Alex Sinclair. He will show a video demonstration of how he takes a page from start to finish as well as answer any questions you may have about the process, special effects, breaking in, tips and tricks, and, of course...COLOR! Room 210
Tags: Art & Illustration | Comic Books | Seminars & Workshops

4:00-5:00 MTV Comics with Tom Akel and J. Michael Straczynski— MTV Comics executive editor Tom Akel and creators J. Michael Straczynski ( The Adventures of Apocalypse Al ), Karl Altstaetter ( Me2 ), Heather Kenealy ( Stan Lee's The Seekers ), and Joshua Hale Fialkov (PUNKS ) reveal and discuss art and information on their new MTV series! Room 213
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

4:15-5:30 Sony Screen Gems: Resident Evil: Retribution Plus More Sony Films— We learn more about Alice's mysterious past as she continues to hunt those at The Umbrella Corporation responsible for the T-virus outbreak, a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, DC, and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun. Resident Evil: Retribution stars Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, and Boris Kodjoe. Appearing in person is Alice herself, Milla Jovovich, who along with writer/director Paul W. S. Anderson will host a preview and discussion of the wildly successful film franchise based on the popular video game series Resident Evil and this highly anticipated fifth installment, Resident Evil: Retribution in state-of-the art 3D. Additional info on other films to come! Ballroom, Third Level
Tags: Games | Horror and Suspense | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

4:30-5:30 Geek Slant: How the East Meets West— From comics and film to television and new media, Asian Americans have been making their mark on pop culture. Racebending-Media Consumers for Entertainment Equality hosts this no-holds-barred conversation featuring Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man), Jen Wang and Diana Nguyen (Disgrasian), Freddie Wong (YouTube's freddiew), and other mavens of their industry to discuss the state of Asian Pacific Americans in niche and mainstream media. Room 207
Tags: Animation | Anime & Manga | Comic Books | Fandom | Movies | Television

4:30-5:30 Animation Writing for Television— For over 20 years, television has been filled with an amazing variety of shows based on comics, films, and original properties. Writer/story editor/UCLA faculty member Robert N. Skir (X-Men, Gargoyles) leads a discussion with Steven Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers Prime), Andrew Robinson (Young Justice, Generator Rex), Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, Freakazoid!), David McDermott (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Transformers Prime), and Kurt Weldon (Kim Possible, The Penguins of Madagascar) as they relate tales -- exhilarating, hilarious, and often horrifying -- of writing for these groundbreaking shows. Room 208
Tags: Animation | Television

4:30-5:30 SLG Publishing and Going Digital First— Company president Dan Vado previews some of the digital only comics being published by SLG and discusses what the future for comics distribution might look like. Apocalyptic scenarios will be bandied about for sure! Room 211
Tags: Comic Books

5:00-6:00 The Myth of Nostalgia: Collecting and Memory— Cesare Asaro (creator, Finding Frank and His Friend), Peter Maresca (editor, Sunday Press Books), Kirstie Shepherd (Gadabout Time Machine User's Manual), and James T. Walker (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) have been collecting, creating, and selling nostalgia for over 40 years. Join them for a panel discussion on how collecting allows us to revisit memories from the past -- even a past that we might have been too young to have seen or may never have existed at all. They'll explore how nostalgia can be invented, whether it goes in and out of fashion, and what happens when the collector becomes the creator. Room 203
Tags: Comic Books | Fandom

5:00-6:00 DC Nation Special Video Presentation and Q&A— From the pages of DC Comics to the television screens of fans across the country comes DC Nation, a new one-hour exclusive kids programming block from Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation, and DC Entertainment. DC Nation stars some of the most beloved and legendary heroes of the DC Universe, brought to life by some of the most talented directors, writers, and producers working in animation today. Anchored by Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice, DC Nation airs Saturdays 10:00-11:00 AM ET/PT. Fans attending the WonderCon 2012 DC Nation panel will be treated to exclusive video content filled with plenty of sneak peeks from the DC Nation block. In addition, an all-star panel featuring Young Justice producers Brandon Vietti (Batman Under the Red Hood) and Greg Weisman (Gargoyles), Green Lantern: The Animated Series producers Jim Krieg (Ben 10: Alien Swarm) and Giancarlo Volpe (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and DC animated shorts producers Lauren Faust (The Powerpuff Girls, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) and Ben Jones (Batman: The Brave and The Bold) will take the stage for a moderated Q&A. Learn more about DC Nation at www.dcnation.com. Room 204
Tags: Animation | Comic Books | Movies

5:00-6:00 Workshop with Ryan Sook— Join artist Ryan Sook for an informative discussion on the value of sketching, doodling, and drawing for illustration and comic art. Ryan will be doing a live projected sketching workshop and speak on the importance of keeping a sketchbook and working in it, as well as taking questions on the subject. If you are interested in drawing comics or doing illustration of any kind, this is a must attend workshop! Room 210
Tags: Art & Illustration | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Seminars & Workshops | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

5:00-6:00 East Meets West— Paul Power Publications talk about the sci-fi western comic East Meets West with Paul Power, Steve Leialoha, Tom Luth, Tim Burgard, Steve Oliff, Terry Wilson, and a mystery guest. Gift prizes of East Meets West will be handed out during a comics quiz. Fun tales of storyboarding films in Hollywood will be told, plus news on the graphic novel. Room 213
Tags: Comic Books | Science Fiction & Fantasy

5:30-6:30 Geek Girls Create— Kristen Nedopak (Think Hero TV), Stephanie Thorpe (ElfQuest), Crix Lee (Girl Gamer/Dread Central), Jessica Mills (Awkward Embraces), Leah Cevoli (Robot Chicken), and Helenna Santos Levy (Girl and Boy) are women who took their love of the geek life and turned it into a career. As producers, hosts, actresses, and multi-hyphenate personalities, they have spent time and love creating their own award-winning content for film, TV, and the web. Learn how each of these smart and sexy ladies built her unique, individual brand, and gain insight into the struggles and success of creating your own work, from networking to production to marketing...and staying sane along the way. Room 207
Tags: Animation | Movies | Television

5:30-6:30 Science in Science Fiction— Kyle Kurpinski and Terry Johnson (How to Defeat Your Own Clone: And Other Tips for Surviving the Biotech Revolution) discuss the scientific breakthroughs that inspire science fiction and the ways that science is depicted in popular media, books, movies, and more. After a brief presentation, these bioengineers will be available to answer your questions in a Q&A session. Room 208
Tags: Science Fiction & Fantasy

5:30-6:30 BOOM!: Adventure Time Comic— What time is it? It's Adventure Time! The top-rated Cartoon Network show now has its own comic book! With the show exploding in the ratings, garnering rave online reviews and major cosplay at comic conventions, it's clear fandom is obsessed and 2012 is the Year of Adventure Time! Don't miss out this panel, and be sure to hear all the exciting news and the latest details about the hit comic book series. Room 211
Tags: Animation | Comic Books | Television

6:00-7:00 Archaia Entertainment Presents: How to Build a Better Story— Are you an aspiring storyteller? Archaia has a tradition of publishing great stories, such as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, and The Killer. Archaia editor-in-chief Stephen Christy and founder and chief creative officer Mark Smylie lead an information-packed session on what it takes to create a better original graphic novel. From world building to storytelling to what Archaia looks for in submissions, if you're an aspiring graphic novelist, this is the panel you don't want to miss. Plus, get a sneak peek of some of Archaia's upcoming titles, with never-before-seen art and exclusive information! Please note: Archaia will not be accepting submissions or reviewing portfolios during this panel. Room 203
Tags: Comic Books

6:00-7:00 Femme Fatales Revealed: Behind the Scenes of the New Hit TV Series— Meet the cast and crew of the surprise summer hit on Cinemax that Entertainment Weekly hailed as a "badass chick anthology series." Inspired by pulp novels, comic books, and classic film noir, Femme Fatales is based on the bestselling magazine of the same name. Every episode features the exploits of powerful and dangerous women who use their survival instincts to escape perilous situations and exude their inner guile. UGO TV raves "if you haven't been watching Femme Fatales, you don't know what you're missing." Creators and executive producers Mark A. Altman (Necessary Roughness, Castle) and Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Necessary Roughness, Elvis Van Helsing) host a panel of the show's best-known guest stars as well as its most popular and beautiful femme fatales (who will be autographing all weekend at the Femme Fatales booth), along with special surprise guests, giveaways, and an exclusive preview of the highly anticipated second season , premiering Friday, May 25, only on Cinemax. (Recommended for adult audiences.) Room 204
Tags: Television

6:00-7:00 J. Michael Straczynski Writing Workshop— It's a rare event when JMS conducts one of his writing workshops, but this year we've got him. This is a Q&A about writing for comics, TV, movies, and anything else the man's done. We prefer only attendees who are actively pursuing a career in writing, and we ask those who attend to come armed with really good, salient questions about technique, the business, and so on. The workshop is only as good as the questions. This is your chance to get the inside scoop from one of the most successful writers in the biz. Room 210
Tags: Comic Books | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Television

6:00-7:00 Horror in Comics— Whether it in movies, TV shows, books, or comics, everyone loves to be scared. This panel focuses on horror in comics with WonderCon special guests Joe Hill (Locke & Key), Rebekah Isaacs (Angel & Faith), Mike Mignola (Hellboy, B.P.R.D.), Eric Powell (The Goon), and Scott Snyder (American Vampire), as they talk to the not-scary-at-all Mark Waid about things that go bump in the night in comic books. Room 213
Tags: Comic Books | Horror and Suspense | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

6:30-8:30 Wizards: 35 Years Later— Director, writer, producer, and animation legend Ralph Bakshi presents a Q&A session after the premiere of his classic animated film Wizards, now remastered by FOX on Blu-ray! (Recommended for adult audiences.) Room 207
Tags: Animation | Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

6:30-7:30 Devil in the Details: Writing and Producing for TV— Terrence McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica, 1978) and Cherie Buchheim (Win Ben Stein's Money) have collaborated on numerous television productions. Join them as they discuss the creative process of writing, editing, and researching scripted drama and game shows. Room 208
Tags: Television

6:30-8:30 The 99 Unbound— From the American heartland to the capitols of Europe and the Middle East and to the jungles of Indonesia and beyond, a young group of international superheroes battle a time-traveling megalomaniac in The 99 Unbound, the surprisingly controversial new animated feature from Endemol UK and Teshkeel Media. See the new animated movie based on the acclaimed comic book series The 99. The film presents the origin story for the upcoming TV series of the same name. Please join (tentatively scheduled) panelists Naif al-Mutawa (executive producer), Subniv Babuta (executive producer), Henry Gilroy (writer), Stan Berkowitz (story editor), and Marie Javins (managing editor, The 99 comics) for a discussion and Q&A after the movie. Room 211
Tags: Animation | Comic Books | Movies

7:00-8:00 Lessons from the Future— Producer Monique Yamaguchi (NYPDM, Tales from the Dead), Lancer director AJ Raitano, and actors Kevin Dorman (Real Steel, Avatar) and Gary Perez (Awake, Monstrous Nature) are joined by The Last Push director Eric Hayden and actors Khary Payton (Young Justice, Powers), Lance Henriksen (Aliens), and Brian Baumgartner (The Office), as they look at the challenges of the near future. In Lancer, characters fight for humanity in the face of inhuman greed while The Last Push examines humanity surviving in solitude. Both films examine the very human reactions that new worlds present while painting a portrait of a future that examines the ever-present burdens society that individuals carry with them, wherever and whenever they go. Room 203
Tags: Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

7:00-8:00 Tournament of Nerds!— Who would win in a fight, Batman or Wolverine? Superman or Gandalf? Debates like these have raged for decades. In dorm rooms, cubicles, classrooms, comic shops, and video stores, fans have pondered these questions that seemed unanswerable...until now. Tournament of Nerds pits two fans, or "Nerds," against each other to battle it out in heated debate. Which comic book, sci-fi, action, or horror character has the stuff to take down a fellow iconic character? The action is fast and furious, as debaters pick characters to debate on behalf of. A compelling argument can slay a more powerful foe. Nerds are screaming, laughing, and crying as titans clash. Their goal: to advance their character through a "March Madness" set of brackets in hopes of being crowned the ultimate Nerd and having their character reign supreme! The regular group of debaters includes Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant (Reno 911, The State), Maddox (The Alphabet of Manliness, The Best Page in the Universe), Alex Fernie (Funny or Die, Reno 911), Roger Barr (I-Mockery, Doc Mock's Movie Mausoleum), Chris Tallman (Reno 911, Crossballs), and more! Room 204
Tags: Animation | Comic Books | Fandom | Horror and Suspense | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

7:00-8:00 Star Trek: Between the Cracks: Double Whammy Anniversary Edition!— Author/historian/producer and "mayor of Trekland" Larry Nemecek lets you know just what's up as we party early for the 30th anniversary of The Wrath of Khan and the 25th anniversary for The Next Generation. Behind the scenes, humor, the what-ifs, the bizarre -- and, oh yeah: always some all-new blooper stills to boot. Room 210
Tags: Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

7:00-8:00 Chris Gore's Wild Cartoon Kingdom— Get a first look at upcoming animated shows from Chris Gore (G4TV). The science fiction comedy The Last Guys on Earth is the ongoing tale of the last two survivors of a worldwide cataclysm. Stop-motion animated series FetishVIL is the story of the sexy ladies who work at the world's most exclusive fetish dungeon. Celebrity guests and special surprises will accompany the first screening of footage from these upcoming shows. (Recommended for adult audiences.) Room 213
Tags: Animation | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

8:30-11:00 WonderCon Masquerade— It's Saturday night's big event! Join the crowd and be enthralled with the parade of costumes and characters across the big WonderCon main stage. Click here for complete details. Ballroom, Third Level
Tags: Costuming | Fandom

2012 DATES
Friday, March 16:
12-7 PM*

Saturday, March 17:
10 AM-7 PM*

Sunday, March 18:
11 AM-5 PM

*Nighttime programs and events Fri. and Sat.

LOCATION
ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802

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WonderCon: Friday, March 16th schedule revealed


The schedule for this year's events for Wonder-Con 2012 have been announced by comic-con.org.

Check out the list below (subject to change):

FRIDAY, MARCH 16

12:30-1:30 IDW Presents: THE IDW Panel!— Chief creative officer Chris Ryall and sergeant of marketing Dirk Wood, give out prizes, make announcements, and evade questions! Featuring a host of creators, including Steve Niles, Ben McCool, Jason Ciaramella and more! All this, plus the Smoke & Mirrors boys, Mike Costa and Jon Armstrong, perform live magic! Yes, you read that right! Room 203
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

12:30-1:30 TheOneRing.net Hobbit Movie Insider's Preview— Ringers everywhere are eagerly awaiting Peter Jackson's new Hobbit films during the 75th anniversary year of the book's publication! Staff writers and scholars from TheOneRing.net web portal invite you to join this lively panel revealing film production surprises and a zealous shredding of rumors! Led by Clifford Broadway (Ringers: Lord of the Fans), Josh Rubinstein (Star Trek: TNG Blu-ray), Cathy Udovch (Cruise to Middle-earth), and Mike Urban (The People's Guide to J. R. R. Tolkien). Room 207
Tags: Fandom | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

12:30-1:30 Insight into Indy Publishing— The Antidote Trust, America's #1 indy collective, returns with more insights on everything related to independent comics. Professional screenplay writers of Leverage, Ben 10, and other programs, published novelists (Book Strand), an online comics award nominee, and a winner of the inaugural Glyph award for Indy comics are among the half-dozen panelists who share their input and experiences on everything needed to create, produce, market, and distribute comics in multiple media. You're invited to share your insights, too! Room 208
Tags: Comic Books

12:30-1:30 CAC Session 1: Iron Man, Robopocalypse, and the Future of Humanity— In E. Paul Zehr's speculative nonfiction book Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine, the real-life implications of linking humans to robotic technologies in the form of brain machine interface are explored. Daniel H. Wilson's novel Robopocalypse is set in a future where human biology and technology have become seamlessly integrated. Society has become increasingly reliant on automation and robotics and comes face to face with its own extinction when a sentient artificial intelligence is unleashed on the world. This panel contains a discussion on robotics and technological fusion now and in the future using concepts in Iron Man comics, neuroscience, biomedical engineering, robotics, and the dystopian novel Robopocalypse. Room 210
Tags: Comic Books | Comics Arts Conference

12:30-1:30 Hollywood and Comics— With its combination of words and visuals in one attractive package, a comic book can be a great sales tool when pitching your project to studios. To sell the movie rights to your comic you need to know how Hollywood deal making really works. Join comic creators who have successfully navigated the movie business in this discussion of best practices. Panelists include Martin Shapiro (Chopper), Scott Mitchell Rosenberg (Cowboys and Aliens), Jesse Berger (untitled Tom Cruise sci-fi project), Andrew Cosby (Eureka), Derek Hoffman (X-Men: First Class), Chris Tongue (Dark Horse), and Benjamin Jackendoff (Zenescope). Room 211
Tags: Animation | Comic Books | Movies | Television

1:00-2:00 DC Comics: All Access— A lot can happen in a year! Come by for unfiltered access to DC editors as they talk all things DC! Find out what they have to share from behind the scenes at your favorite and most talked about comics publisher. Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry's top talents, so don't miss out! Room 204
Tags: Comic Books

1:00-2:00 Richard Hatch: So Say We All— Actor, author, and director Richard Hatch (Capt. Apollo, Tom Zarek, So Say We All) hosts a discussion and Q&A on the past, present, and future of Battlestar Galactica, including BG trailers, comic reels, and special surprise guests. Room 213
Tags: Fandom | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

1:30-2:30 Indy Toymaker Roundtable— Independent toymakers spill their secrets on how to successfully create and market awesome plush and vinyl toys. Learn from toy world luminaries Nitin Bhargava (Kidrobot), Dan Goodsell (Mr. Toast), Kerry Horvath and Darth Rimmer (Evil Ice Cream), Patrick Lam (Munky King), Kris Schantz (Happy Worker), and Doug Gauthier (Hey Soupface). Moderated by Wendy Bryan (I Heart Guts). Turn your sketches into something you can hold! Room 203
Tags: Art & Illustration

1:30-2:30 Monsters Anonymous— Comics and prose authors discuss the pros and cons of world-building with monsters and whether or not to make them known to that world's public. Panelists include WonderCon special guest Mike Mignola (Hellboy), with Amber Benson (How to Be Death) and Christopher Farnsworth (The President's Vampire), in discussion with Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy. Room 207
Tags: Comic Books | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

1:30-2:30 Pitching Diversity— You made it through the iron gates to pitch your project. When do you bring up the diversity of your characters? Forcefully at the outset, scribbled on a well-hidden Post-It note, or in a closing utterance as you flee out the door? How do diverse actors pitch themselves for all roles? Widelantern.com delves into this topic as its writer Ken Choy moderates a roundtable discussion with Brandon Easton (Shadowlaw, Thundercats), Randall Park (Supah Ninjas), Teresa Huang (Knight Rider remake), Charles Howard (Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee), Adam Wolman (Widelantern co-founder; creative consultant), and Frank Gonzalez (director, talent development and diversity, Disney/ABC Television Group). Room 208
Tags: Movies | Television

1:30-2:30 CAC Session 2: All I Really Need to Know, I Learned from Batman and Bart, Man: Embiggening Brains Without Crayon Implants— Sure, they're entertaining, but can comic book superheroes and cartoon characters teach us anything useful in the real world? A trio of professors discuss how they're using fictional characters to introduce students to nonfictional subjects. Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight) and Dr. E. Paul Zehr (Becoming Batman, Inventing Iron Man) explore the psychology and biology of Gotham's Dark Knight, his allies, and his many foes. Dr. Karma Waltonen (The Simpsons in the Classroom) explains how instructors can use comics as a jumping-off point to introduce concepts in literature, composition, linguistics, cultural studies, gender studies, and media appreciation. Room 210
Tags: Comic Books | Comics Arts Conference

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Mark Waid— WonderCon special guest Mark Waid is the author of Daredevil, Kingdom Come, Irredeemable, and much, much more. Mark will discuss his 25-year career in comics, peppering the discussion with advice, inside stories, and talk of his vision of the medium's future -- where he will announce his biggest undertaking yet! Room 211
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

2:00-3:00 Quick Draw!— It's another battle to the death with Sharpies at twenty paces! Three of the fastest cartoonists alive draw and duel in what is always a standing-room-only event at Comic-Con in San Diego. This time, we have Scott Shaw! (The Simpsons), Disney legend Floyd Norman, and a player to be named later, all sketching like mad on the command of Mark Evanier. If you've never seen one of these, you need to experience it! Room 204
Tags: Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

2:00-3:00 Cartoon Network: Regular Show— Ooooohhhh! Come check out the most awesome Regular Show Q&A ever, featuring show creator and voice of Mordecai, J. G. Quintel. You wanna know who else is regular? (ok, we couldn't resist). Seriously, come to the panel to hear what's up with super slackers Mordecai and Rigby and more! Room 213
Tags: Animation | Television

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Ryan Sook— WonderCon special guest Ryan Sook, current DC The New 52 cover artist, participates in a Q&A session about his art and career. Find out about his process in creating covers for the Justice League Dark and DCU Presents. Learn who his favorite artists are and what comics he loves, and hear what he has to say about whatever other topics you want to bring to the discussion. Room 203
Tags: Art & Illustration | Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

2:30-3:30 MARVEL: House of Ideas— Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you fans what you've come to love? Well, this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news on what's happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, and more in this can't miss panel. Room 207
Tags: Comic Books

2:30-3:30 Shonen Jump Fan Meet-Up— Listen to a thrilling pitch about the benefits of being an SJ Alpha member! Grill the Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha editors in a live Q&A session! Then hang out with them and a room full of Shonen Jump fans! Win prizes at the trivia contest! Join the live fan art jams! Celebrate all things SJ-related! Meet Urian Brown, lead hype-man of #TEAMJUMP, specializing in video games, anime, and wacky antics, and Misaki Kido, female leader of #TEAMJUMP, and challenge her manga knowledge or ask for advice about your own manga...if you dare! Room 208
Tags: Anime & Manga | Comic Books | Fandom

2:30-4:00 CAC Session 3: Comics and Form— Ever consider how comics work? This panel examines the structures that create the stories. Amber Bowyer (University of Southern California) explores the relationship among comics, semiotics, continuity, and history to better imagine the history of comics' materiality, interactivity, and affect. Dr. Kathleen Dunley (Rio Salado College) looks at Seth's The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists as a palimpsest, in which as the new text is written, the original text remains visible, creating a ghosting between past and present. She explores how Seth's visual representation of the palimpsest relates to how the past is created and reconfigured across the narrative. Dr. Nhora Serrano (California State University, Long Beach) looks at Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, and in particular the veiled and unveiled narrator, arguing that this self-portrait is a representation of the concealment, exposure as well as erasure, that is inherent in comics. Room 210
Tags: Comic Books | Comics Arts Conference

2:30-3:30 Spotlight on Eric Powell— Special guest Eric Powell (The Goon) and his collaborator Tracy Marsh (Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters) discuss things they don't like over pastries and disillusionment. New projects might also be discussed. If this isn't the most fun panel at WonderCon, it will without doubt be the worst episode of Intervention ever. Room 211
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

3:00-4:00 It Was 30 Years Ago Today: Celebrating 1982 -- Greatest Geek Year Ever!— It's time to celebrate, it's time to light the lights, it's time to fete (not Boba, just fete) the greatest geek year ever; three decades later and we're all here to tell about it. Geek Monthly editor Jeff Bond is joined by screenwriter Ashley E. Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), director Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, The Hills Run Red), writer Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: The Series), Daren Dochterman (ST: TMP Special Edition), and Bill Hunt (The Digital Bits) along with guests as they discuss the year that gave us Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Blade Runner, E.T., Tron, Poltergeist, Conan: The Barbarian, The Road Warrior, The Thing, Liquid Sky (Liquid Sky? Really?!?), Battletruck, The Sword and the Sorcerer, and many more. Plus a look forward at the summer of 2012, including The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Prometheus, Dark Shadows, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Can it compare? You be the judge. On second thought, they'll be the judge. Room 204
Tags: Comic Books | Fandom | Movies

3:00-4:00 Creating Animated Series— What does it take to create or develop an animated TV series? Do you have to be a writer? An artist or animator? Both? Neither? What do you have to have to pitch an idea, and what are the studios and networks looking for? Members of the Writers Guild of America's Animation Writers Caucus who have created and developed series and network/studio executives who buy them talk about it and answer your questions. Featuring Craig Miller (Beast Wars, Curious George), Stan Berkowitz (The 99, Justice League), and Duane Capizzi (Transformers Prime, The Batman). Room 213
Tags: Animation | Television

3:30-4:30 comiXology Open Discussion: Everything Digital!— Digital comics are the hottest topic and fastest-growing segment of the comic industry -- with comic fans, retailers, and publishers embracing this new distribution and retail model. From self-publishing to same-day-as-print sales, digital retailer storefronts, and more, comiXology is the undisputed leader in this, the digital charge. Join CEO and co-founder of comiXology David Steinberger along with guest panelists for an open discussion on everything digital. All topics are game! Room 203
Tags: Comic Books

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on J. Michael Straczynski— Normally, special guest JMS does his spotlights all by himself. This year, the event is moderated by DC editor-in-chief Dan DiDio, who will attempt to get pertinent information by asking impertinent questions about the writer, his work, and his life. We expect this to end in a Tunguska-sized crater. Room 207
Tags: Comic Books | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Television

3:30-4:30 Making Animation History with The Last Unicorn— The classic 1982 animated fantasy is literally being pulled apart and remade on a frame-by-frame basis, using groundbreaking techniques and technologies to upgrade the look and feel of the film. This new enhanced/extended version will premiere theatrically in both 2D and 3D in 2014. Learn what's being done from creators Peter S. Beagle (novelist and screenwriter), Connor Cochran (director), and Terri Kempton and Suren M. Seron (co-producers). Room 208
Tags: Animation | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy

3:30-4:30 Spotlight on Rebekah Isaacs— WonderCon special guest Rebekah Isaacs (artist of Angel & Faith) discusses her artistic process, breaking into the comics industry, and being a cat lover in a dog lovers' world. Audience Q&A will follow. Room 211
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

4:00-5:00 How to Get a Job in the Video Gaming Industry— Francis Mao (CAPCOM) leads a panel of industry insiders from a variety of game companies and industry outlets to share how they got to "play video games for a living," and the wide assortment of career paths that are available. You don't have to be a programming whiz or a stellar digital artist to have a fun career in the video game industry. Hear about jobs in the areas of public relations, marketing, retail, publishing, editorial, and more! Plus a Q&A session. Room 204
Tags: Games

4:00-5:00 Michael Golden Workshop— WonderCon special guest and famed comics artist Michael Golden talks about his art and design process in this workshop. Room 210
Tags: Art & Illustration | Seminars & Workshops | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

4:00-5:00 MARVEL: Amazing Spider-Man— It's Spider-Man's 50th anniversary and Marvel is celebrating all year long! With Peter Parker about to go to "The Ends of the Earth" in a battle against Doctor Octopus, they're only getting started! Join superstar artist Humberto Ramos (The Amazing Spider-Man) and others as they give you insight into what's down the line for everyone's favorite web-slinger. And with issue #700 just a few months away, there's no telling what may happen before then! Room 213
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

4:00-5:30 Exclusive Warner Bros. Television Screenings: Person of Interest and The Secret Circle— For the third straight year, Warner Bros. Television kicks off WonderCon with exclusive preview screenings of upcoming original episodes of fan-favorite series. For 2012, WBTV will screen episodes of the first-year hit dramas Person of Interest and The Secret Circle.

Person of Interest: Jim Caviezel (The Thin Red Line), Comic-Con favorite Michael Emerson (Lost) and Taraji P. Henson (Hustle & Flow) team up in this thought-provoking crime action-drama from The Dark Knight's Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions (Fringe, Lost, Alias). Set in New York City, with all of its multifaceted elements of justice (cops, criminals, corruption), Person of Interest centers on an ex-CIA agent, presumed dead, who partners with a mysterious billionaire to prevent violent crimes, and the detectives tracking them. Person of Interest makes its WonderCon debut with a screening of a complete episode to kick off WonderCon 2012. In addition to Caviezel, Emerson, and Henson, Kevin Chapman (Rescue Me) also stars in Person of Interest, which airs Thursdays at 9/8c on CBS. Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Greg Plageman (Cold Case), and Bryan Burk (Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol) are the executive producers of the series, from Bonanza Productions in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

The Secret Circle: The ordinary becomes the extraordinary in The Secret Circle, a drama full of mystery, intrigue, and danger from executive producer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries) and based on the book series by L. J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries). The series chronicles the story of a young girl who discovers not only that she is a witch and part of a secret coven but that she is the key that will unlock a centuries-old battle of good versus evil. WBTV has conjured up a WonderCon exclusive premiere screening of the "Cursed" episode, a full six days in advance of its on-air debut Thursday, March 22, at 9/8c on The CW. Britt Robertson (Scream 4), Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Gale Harold (Queer as Folk), Phoebe Tonkin (H20: Just Add Water), Shelley Hennig (Days of Our Lives), Jessica Parker Kennedy (50/50), Chris Zylka (upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man), and Natasha Henstridge (Species) star in the series, which is executive produced by Williamson, Andrew Miller (Nothing), Andrea Newman (Human Target), Leslie Morgenstein (The Vampire Diaries), and Gina Girolamo (The Lying Game). From Bonanza Productions Inc., Outerbanks Entertainment and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, The Secret Circle airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.

Ballroom, Third Level
Tags: Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Renae De Liz— Meet one of the rising stars of the industry! Acclaimed artist and WonderCon special guest Renae De Liz (The Last Unicorn) was building a rabid following even before she masterminded the Kickstarter runaway smash success project Womanthology! Room 203
Tags: Art & Illustration | Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

4:30-5:30 Spotlight on Mike Mignola— Hellboy creator and WonderCon special guest Mike Mignola talks about his signature creation and the upcoming year in the Hellboy universe, when the big red horned guy visits...Hell! Room 207
Tags: Animation | Comic Books | Movies | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

4:30-5:30 Triumph of the Small Screen— Angry Birds and Pocket God are just two entertainment brands that were born as smartphone apps before jumping to the worlds of comic books, animation, movies, plush toys, and more. Chris Ulm (former editor-in-chief, Malibu Comics), Farzad Varahramyan (designer, Aliens vs. Predator, Jumanji, Escape From Witch Mountain, The Thing), Emmanuel Valdez (game director, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing, Darkwatch, Bourne Conspiracy), and Paul O'Connor (game designer, Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, author of the Longbox Graveyard comic book blog) will discuss the promise and special challenges of this exploding new art form. Room 208
Tags: Animation | Comic Books | Games

4:30-5:30 The Writer's Journey: Breaking into Comic Book and Hollywood Scriptwriting— Every aspiring writer wants to know one thing: "How do I break into the business?" If you are an unpublished writer with dreams of making it in the transmedia marketplace and you don't know how or where to begin, this is the panel for you. Hollywood screenwriters and graphic novel producers Brandon M. Easton (Warner Bros. Animation's ThunderCats), Geoffrey Thorne (TNT's Leverage), Keto Shimizu (Syfy's Being Human), and Jonathan Callan (Generator Rex) share insider information, publishing secrets, and the professional realities on how to develop your ideas into a viable comics proposal. Topics include how to hire artists and build a strong contract, how to seek out a publisher, and how to navigate the tough new world of intellectual property management in the digital frontier. Room 211
Tags: Comic Books | Movies | Television

5:00-6:00 The Visual Technology Behind Action, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy Filmmaking— Action, sci-fi, and fantasy are all genres that depend heavily on visual effects to effectively portray the vast fictional worlds in which they take place. Join the film industry's leading visual technology and previsualization experts to learn the latest and greatest technology trends and advances behind some of the biggest fan-favorite blockbusters such as Avatar and Cowboys & Aliens and upcoming films such as Battleship and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two. This panel offers audience members a new behind-the-scenes perspective using the latest technology, revealing never-before-seen footage, and more! Daniel Gregoire, founder and CEO of Halon Entertainment has worked side by side with the most highly respected directors in the business, including Steven Spielberg (War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones 4) and Jon Favreau (Cowboys & Aliens); Brad Alexander, CG supervisor on James Cameron's Avatar and exciting upcoming films; and Patrice Avery, a producer with over 20 years of experience in feature/TV animation, VFX and video game production, will lead a group of top VFX and technology artists in this panel. Room 204
Tags: Animation | Games | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

5:00-6:00 Marv Wolfman: Writing Q&A— For years WonderCon special guest Marv Wolfman (writer/editor in comics, animation, video games, and other media) has conducted writing seminars at Comic-Con International as well as many other conventions around the world. This time, rather than give a formal writing lecture, Marv wants to answer your questions (specific to material you're working on or more general in nature) and discuss how to think about your writing even before you begin. Please come to the workshop with questions. Room 210
Tags: Animation | Comic Books | Games | Seminars & Workshops | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

5:00-6:00 Famous TV Theme Music— Composers of popular television theme songs discuss their writing process and their influences. Charles Fox (The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, Love Boat, Happy Days), Jeremy Zuckerman & Benjamin Wynn (Avatar the Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra), and additional panelists discuss their contributions to TV theme music. Moderated by Anne Cecere, director of Film & TV relations of BMI, and Chandler Poling, White Bear PR founder. Attendees will get see a select clip from the new series The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra. Room 213
Tags: Animation | Television

5:30-6:30 BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM! Panel— Join BOOM! Studios as they take over Room 203 at WonderCon for one full hour. Learn what is next from BOOM! as Ross Richie and Matt Gagnon run down the most exciting new projects from BOOM! Studios, KaBOOM!, And BOOM! Town. Room 203
Tags: Comic Books

5:30-6:30 Vertigo: New Blood— They come from the cutting edge of comics...and Vertigo has never been edgier, with thought-provoking titles from some of comics' most acclaimed creators. Senior editor Will Dennis, all-star writer and WonderCon special guest Scott Snyder (American Vampire), and others appear on this must-see panel featuring the latest news on all your favorite Vertigo titles, plus details about the new, upcoming wave of Vertigo titles! Room 207
Tags: Comic Books | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances

5:30-6:30 The Future of Tabletop Gaming— Tabletop games such as Dungeons and Dragons have been declining in popularity since the 1990s and are in danger of being replaced by both console games and MMORPGs. Will tabletop gaming survive the 21st century, will it be completely replaced by computer games. or will it survive as a new interactive role-playing experience? A panel of game designers discuss the future of role-playing games. Room 208
Tags: Games | Science Fiction & Fantasy

5:30-6:30 CBLDF: History of Comic Censorship— Learn the shocking history of comics censorship and how even today comics and the people who make, sell, and read them are still threatened. CBLDF executive director Charles Brownstein tells the sordid tale, from the public book burnings and Senate hearings that led to the Comics Code Authority in the 1950s through the attacks on retailers in the 1980s, artists in the 1990s, and readers today that the CBLDF is working to combat! Room 211
Tags: CBLDF | Comic Books

5:30-6:30 Spotlight on Wil Wheaton— Fan-favorite actor/writer and mega-fan himself Wil Wheaton comes to WonderCon as a special guest for the very first time! Wil talks about his mutli-hyphenate career as actor (Star Trek: TNG, The Big Bang Theory, The Guild), author, blogger, and pioneer Twitter tweeter! Ballroom, Third Level
Tags: Fandom | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Special Guest Spotlights & Appearances | Television

6:00-7:00 Comics on Comics LIVE!— ComicsOnComics.com, the innovative web series that matches comedians against comic book creators in geek debates, makes its first appearance at WonderCon. Host Jonathan London (Geekscape.net) and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Middleman, Ramiel: Wrath of God) engage with the greatest comic minds and the greatest minds in comics! Room 204
Tags: Comic Books | Fandom

6:00-7:00 Animation Voice-Over— Everyone wants to do voices for animation, right? Hear what some animation veterans and awesome newcomers have to say regarding what this work is like, what it takes, and what the heck producers are looking for! Panelists include Katie Leigh (Gummi Bears, Darkwing Duck, Muppet Babies), Ben Bledsoe (Ronal the Barbarian, scratch artist for Disney feature animation, founder of Unireach Media), Lisa Biggs (Adventures of Toby and founder of www.voxyladies.com), Rob Paulsen (Pinky and the Brain, Jimmy Neutron, Animaniacs), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Simpsons) Mick Wingert ("Po" on Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness), and director/writer/performer Phil Lollar (Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi Show, The Mr. Men Show, Olivia!, The Little Angels, Adventures in Odyssey). Room 210
Tags: Animation | Movies | Television

6:00-7:30 The Write Stuff IV: Writing and Selling Genre Television & Beyond— Get an incredible insider look from the scribes behind some of today's hottest genre shows as they share their candid thoughts on how to make the series we love (and sometimes loathe). Find out the highly classified secrets of getting TV shows made and how to break in and break out in today's highly competitive broadcast environment, the deep dark secrets (and snacks) of the writer's room, and why network executives actually care about what you say on message boards. Panelists include Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Transformers: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Jesse Alexander (Lost, Heroes), Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Femme Fatales), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: The Series), Gabrielle Stanton (The Vampire Chronicles, Haven), Dave Simkins (Blade, Human Target), Jose Molina (Firefly, Terra Nova), Amy Berg (Eureka, Leverage), Charles Murray (V, Castle), and Mark A. Altman (Necessary Roughness, Femme Fatales). Room 213
Tags: Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

6:30-7:30 TV Horror Hosts— John Stanley (Creature Features, 1971-1984), Mr. Lobo (Cinema Insomnia), Tom Wyrsch (writer/director), and Strephon Taylor (November Fire) will present a history of television horror hosting. Vampira, Zacherley, Ghoulardi, Svengoolie, Bob Wilkins, Elvira, and many more will be covered in a historical journey illuminating a genre of television that should never be forgotten. Introduced by John Stanley and Mr. Lobo. Video history by Tom Wyrsch and Strephon Taylor. Room 203
Tags: Fandom | Horror and Suspense | Movies | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

6:30-8:00 Detecting Deviants in the Dark Knight: Profiling Gotham City's Serial Killers— From the dark corners of Crime Alley to the bleak cell blocks of Blackgate Penitentiary, Gotham City has been plagued by murderous villains who stalk the night. Mr. Zsasz, Abbattoir, and even Commissioner Gordon's son, James Jr., have preyed on Gothamites for reasons that seemingly defy logic. How should Batman, the world's greatest detective, apprehend these and other notorious serial killers? With updated content, the forensic psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought, H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., team up with Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., and FBI (retired) supervisory special agent, Behavioral Analysis Unit (Killer Instinct), to explore the dark world of Gotham City's serial killers. Are serial killers psychotic, psychopathic, or neither? Do Gotham City's serial killers have real-world counterparts? Are common traits shared among serial killers, and can "profiling" lead to their successful apprehension? Learn how real FBI agents profile and arrest serial murderers. With that knowledge, don the mantle of the Bat, profile the Dark Knight's deadliest villains, and plan their capture. Bring your questions and your curiosity, and discover once again that real life is, in fact, stranger than fiction! Room 207
Tags: Comic Books

6:30-7:30 The Science of Battlestar Galactica— Look past FTL travel and artificial gravity, and the science in Battlestar Galactica was very robust for television. Join Dr. Kevin Grazier (Battlestar Galactica), co-author of The Science of Battlestar Galactica, along with a guest star for this presentation, chapter reading, and Q&A session. Room 208
Tags: Fandom | Science Fiction & Fantasy | Television

6:30-7:30 Prism Comics: The Bad and The Bold: Pushing the Boundaries with LGBT Characters— There are more LGBT characters in mainstream comics, independents, Yaoi, and Yuri than ever before. Some comics push for truer portrayals of all people in the LGBT community and others push for shock and awe. How do you balance portrayals of LGBT characters in today's comics market? Prism Comics (the nonprofit organization promoting awareness of LGBT comics, creators, and fans), Brian Andersen (So Super Duper), Marc Andreyko (Manhunter, Torso), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch), Agnes Czaja (Acrobats), Jim McCann (Mind the Gap, Return of the Dapper Men), Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics), and other creators explore what makes a strong, realistic depiction of an LGBT character, what makes or breaks an edgy depiction of an LGBT character, and what is going too far. Moderated by Charles "Zan" Christensen (publisher, Northwest Press, Mark of Aeacus). Room 211
Tags: Anime & Manga | Cartooning and Comic Strips | Comic Books

6:30-8:00 WonderCon Exclusive World Premiere: Superman vs. The Elite— Be among the first to see the latest release from the popular series of DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movies when Warner Home Video, Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Animation present the World Premiere of Superman vs. The Elite. In the film, Superman's effectiveness as a superhero comes into question when a new group of super-powerful crusaders, known as "The Elite," appear on the scene. As superheroes, the Elite know no bounds and are more than willing to kill, even on a massive scale, to stop villainy -- putting them on a collision course with the ever-ethical, preferably nonlethal Man of Steel. The voice cast is led by George Newbern (Father of the Bride), reprising his Justice League/Justice League Unlimited role as Superman, NCIS star Pauley Perrette as Lois Lane, and versatile voice actor Robin Atkin Downes (Batman: Year One, Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Manchester Black, the leader of The Elite. Award-winning comics writer Joe Kelly has adapted his original story from the heralded Action Comics #775 ("What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way") into a script directed by Michael Chang (Batman: Brave and the Bold) and executive produced by Bruce Timm (Batman: Year One). See the film, then stay for the panel, where members of the filmmaking team and voice cast will take questions from moderator Gary Miereanu and the audience. Prizes will be awarded, and new details about future DC Universe films will be revealed! Ballroom, Third Level
Tags: Animation | Comic Books | Movies

7:00-8:00 IDW: Artist's Editions— IDW senior editor Scott Dunbier presents an in-depth discussion of the publisher's massively successful Artist's Edition line! Launching in 2009 with Dave Stevens' Rocketeer and continuing last year with Walter Simonson's The Mighty Thor and this year with John Romita's Amazing Spider-Man and a host of others, these brilliant tomes have turned the industry on its ear by having their pages scanned directly from the original art. Come hear exciting announcements about upcoming additions to the line, including one from a surprise guest you won't believe! Room 204
Tags: Comic Books

7:00-8:00 Gaia Online— Chris Castagnetto (DJ Helsing) moderates the official Gaia Online panel. This is your chance to meet the Gaia staff, get your burning questions answered, and take a sneak peek at some of the great stuff Gaia has planned for 2012. Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes. Room 210
Tags: Fandom

Celebrity appearances and program schedule are subject to change. All event and program rooms have limited capacity as set by the fire marshal. Even though your badge is needed to get into all events, it does not guarantee you access to any event if the venue has reached its capacity. Rooms are not cleared between events. Most autograph signings are limited -- your badge does not guarantee autographs at any signing event. Please...absolutely no recording of the video footage or images presented by the studios on the screens.

2012 DATES
Friday, March 16:
12-7 PM*

Saturday, March 17:
10 AM-7 PM*

Sunday, March 18:
11 AM-5 PM

*Nighttime programs and events Fri. and Sat.

LOCATION
ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92802




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Dancing With The Stars: Sherri Shepherd, Gladys Knight, Jaleel White, Martina Navratilova dancing this season


The new cast for "Dancing with the Stars" was announced this morning in Hollywood, during the live broadcast of "Good Morning America."

Season 14 for the show returns on Monday, March 19th at 8pm, ET with a sensational two-hour season premiere, then on Tuesday, March 27th, with the premiere of "Dancing with the Stars the Results Show" (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET).

Dancing this season are Jack Wagner, Melissa Gilbert, Donald Driver, William Levy, Sherri Shepherd, Katherine Jenkins, Gavin DeGraw, Martina Navratilova, Roshon Fegan, Maria Menounos, Gladys Knight and Jaleel White.

About Jack Wagner, an actor of daytime and primetime television and the stage, Wagner is one of the most popular stars in the history of soaps. Wagner studied theater in college, graduating from The University of Arizona with a BFA in Drama. Wagner has starred in multiple television series, over a dozen of television movies, and has appeared in over forty theatrical productions around the world. In 1983, Wagner landed the starring role of rocker Frisco Jones on ABC's daytime series, "General Hospital" in 1983. He recorded several songs for the show, eventually signing with Quincy Jones's record label, Qwest, where Wagner recorded his first hit single, "All I Need." The single was #2 on Pop charts and #1 on Adult Contemporary charts. In 1987 Wagner returned to his theatrical roots touring nationally as Tony in "West Side Story," and as Danny Zucko in "Grease."

In the early 90's, Wagner joined the hit series "Melrose Place," where he spent the next 5 seasons both acting and directing. In 2000 he took the role of a lifetime in the Broadway musical "Jekyll and Hyde." Most recently, Wagner joined the company of "The Bold and the Beautiful." In his spare time, Wagner enjoys playing golf and participating in celebrity golf tournaments. He is the National Celebrity Ambassador of the "Leukemia and Lymphoma Society," which benefits from "The Jack Wagner Celebrity Golf Classic," his annual golf tournament.

About Sherri Shepherd, she is an actress, comedienne and co-host of ABC's hugely popular daytime talk show "The View." Whether she's on stage or screen, this Daytime Emmy® Award winner's magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor never fails to delight audiences. She has appeared in such popular television shows as "30 Rock," "Less than Perfect" and "Everybody Loves Raymond," and in films including "Precious," "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and most recently "One for the Money". She is the author of a humorous autobiography Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Yourself a Break (Grand Central Publishing).

Melissa Gilbert
Emmy Nominated Actress
Star of "Little House on the Prairie"
Former President of the Screen Actors Guild

Bio: A native of Los Angeles, Gilbert comes from a long line of entertainers including her grandfather, Harry Crane, creator and writer of "The Honeymooners" and her father, comedian, actor, musician and dancer, Paul Gilbert. At age two, Gilbert made her on-air debut modeling baby clothes and appeared in more than thirty television commercials over the next seven years. At age nine, she joined the cast of "Little House on the Prairie," continuing with the popular series for ten years. She has since starred in hundreds of television movies, specials and series including the Emmy award-winning MOW "The Miracle Worker." In 2009, Melissa shared her personal story in her bestselling memoir, "Prairie Tale." Gilbert served two terms as the 23rd President of Screen Actors Guild, two terms as Vice President on the AFL-CIO executive council, as Vice President for the California Labor Federation, as a commissioner on the California Film Commission and as chair of the 2005 SAG Theatrical/Television Negotiating Committee. An avid philanthropist, Melissa is the President of the Board of Directors for the Children's Hospice and palliative Care Coalition, and recently became the first-ever national spokesperson for The Partnership at Drugfree.org. Melissa is a devoted mother to four sons.

Donald Driver

Super Bowl Champion
Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver
Bio: Driver overcame a childhood of homelessness to become a Super Bowl champion and the all-time leading receiver in Green Bay Packers history. After being selected in the last round of the NFL draft, he went on to hold the Packers' all-time receiving records for yards and receptions as well as a host of others.

Having grown up homeless and living out of a U-Haul truck for a period of time, Donald faced obstacles growing up that most could not imagine. From it, he was inspired to be a community-minded athlete. Along with his wife Betina, Driver created the Donald Driver Foundation in 2001, which focuses on homelessness, education and health and wellness initiatives. He has donated his time for hundreds of community appearances. Donald is most proud of his family, wife Betina and kids Cristian, Christina and Charity. Donald's kids, and his commitment to education, drove him to write three children's books revolving around the lovable character "Quickie." The books' illustrations and stories are based on Donald's family.

Gavin DeGraw
Famed singer/songwriter
Current No. 1 platinum single, "Not Over You"
Bio: Gavin DeGraw broke out as a chart-topping artist with his 2003 debut album, "Chariot," which sold over a million copies, and yielded three hit singles: "I Don't Want To Be," "Follow Through," and the title-track, "Chariot." DeGraw's self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning DeGraw his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles "In Love With A Girl," which Billboard dubbed "a rocking homerun," and the gold-certified "We Belong Together." In 2009, DeGraw released "Free, "an album featuring recorded versions of DeGraw's live favorites. He released his third studio album, Sweeter in September of 2011 and the album's first single, "Not Over You," co-written with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, was just certified platinum.

Martina Navratilova
Tennis legend with 359 victories
Won 59 Grand Slam championships
Bio: A champion both on and off the court, Martina Navratilova is an influential athlete and cultural figure. Born in Prague in 1956, Navratilova is the only player in history of tennis to win Grand Slam titles in four different decades, including a curtain-closing US Open victory in mixed doubles at age 49. Navratilova's resume includes 59 Grand Slam titles, a record nine Wimbledon singles championships, and an unrivaled 344 tournament victories.
Off the court, Navratilova has been a lifelong champion for individual freedom and a pioneer for human rights. At 18, Navratilova left communist Czechoslovakia and sought political asylum and freedom in the U.S. After receiving her U.S. citizenship in 1981, she publicly acknowledged that she is gay at a time when such announcements came at great personal cost to public figures. In 2010, Navratilova was diagnosed with breast cancer. She approached the illness like her tennis training, and has become cancer -free and a champion for breast cancer awareness. She is currently the Fitness Ambassador for AARP, inspiring its 39 million members to follow her example by redefining what it means to be over fifty. She is an author, speaker and an on-air commentator for the Tennis Channel.

Roshon Fegan
Actor in hit Disney Channel show "Shake It Up"
Rapper and hip-hop music producer
Bio: Most widely recognized for his roles on Disney Channel, this musical artist, songwriter, producer and actor currently stars on the Disney Channel original series "Shake It Up!" as Ty Blue. Prior to this role, he appeared as Sander Loyer in the Disney Channel original movies "Camp Rock" and "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam." Fegan also performed songs on the "Camp Rock" soundtrack as well as the DVD bonus track "Camp Rock." 20 year-old Fegan recently released his first self-produced EP "I Am RoShon."



Maria Menounos
TV host

-New York Times Best-selling Author

Speaks fluent Greek

Bio: Actress, author and the host of "EXTRA," Maria Menounos' story began cleaning Boston nightclubs alongside her Greek immigrant parents from age of three and not learning to speak English until she was 10 years old. At 22, she became the youngest person to host "Entertainment Tonight" and would later report for "Today", "Dateline" and "Nightly News." She has traveled to such places as El Salvador, South Africa and Afghanistan while reporting on earthquakes, the AIDS epidemic and the war. Inspired by her world travels and the devastating effects of the AIDS crisis, she created the charity, "Take Action Hollywood!." In 2008, she conducted the only interview with the Obama family during the Presidential Campaign. Maria is the New York Times bestselling author of the self help book, The EveryGirl's Guide to Life. She recently launched AfterBuzzTV.com, an online digital network dedicated to producing wrap up shows for America's favorite television series. She loves people, life and trying new things!



Jaleel White
Steve Urkel in "Family Matters"
He has been acting since the age of three
White plays the banjo
Bio: Jaleel White has brought laughter to millions of people around the world as a multi-talented actor who has also become an emerging screenwriter. White is best known for his portrayal of Steve Urkel/Stefan Urquelle on ABC's long-running series, "Family Matters." The series is one of 22 shows in television history to reach 200 episodes. While attending UCLA's School of Film and Television, White occupied a dual role as star and producer of the UPN series, "Grown-Ups." Upon graduating from UCLA, he worked as a WGA writer for such notable companies as Imagine Entertainment and Disney Channel Television. He has also resumed acting, playing guest starring roles in "Boston Legal," "House," "NCIS"and Dreamworks'"Dreamgirls."Last year, he played a role in the feature film, "Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer,"voiced the role of Sonic the Hedgehog and wrote, produced and starred in his own webseries "Fake It 'Til You Make It." White currently plays recurring roles on USA Network's cable smash, "Psych" and the Nickelodeon series, "Problem Solverz."Coming up, he will host the new SyFy game show "Total Blackout" and will begin production on a film which he co-wrote, "Parkin'Lot Pimpin."


Gladys Knight
Music Legend and empress of soul
Eight-time Grammy winner
Knight is in the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame with the Pip. She recorded her first album with the Pips at age 16.
Bio: Eight-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Georgia-born, Knight began performing recitals at age four in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church. Three years later, in 1952, she won the grand prize on television's "Ted Mack's Amateur Hour," and the following year, she, along with her brother Bubba, and her cousins formed The Pips and had their first hit in 1961. In 1962, the group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips. With Knight singing lead and The Pips providing lush harmonies and graceful choreography, the group went on to achieve icon status, having recorded some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Top 20 hits, like "Every Beat of My Heart," "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and "If I Were Your Woman," set the stage for an amazing run in the mid-1970s, with Top 10 gold-certified singles like "Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye)," "I've Got to Use My Imagination," "Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me" and the #1 smash "Midnight Train to Georgia" established Gladys Knight and The Pips as the premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world. All told, Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including four solo albums during the past decade. This Spring Knight will release her newest album featuring the hit "I Who Have Nothing." Most recently, she appeared in the Tyler Perry film "I Can Do Bad All By Myself." Knight – a longtime Las Vegas resident – returned to the Strip this past year at the famed Tropicana Hotel for a Special Engagement that ran in the newly named Gladys Knight Theater, making her the first African-American performer to have a venue named after her in Las Vegas.


William Levy
Telenovela superstar
Stars in Jennifer Lopez video "I'm Into You"
Known as "'the Brad Pitt of Mexico"
Bio: Levy was born in Cuba and very early on knew he would go after his dreams, even if it meant leaving his beloved country and risking his life. By age 15, Levy was living in Miami, Florida, where he attended high school and learned to speak English. Levy's incursion in acting was a supporting role on Telemundo's "Los Teens," a series about Hispanic teenagers growing up in the United States. Prior to "Los Teens," Levy had appeared in two reality shows, also for Telemundo, and a music video. His modeling career also took off at this point and he was signed to one of the most prestigious national modeling agencies. His big break came in 2007 when Levy was personally chosen by famed Televisa producer Carla Estrada to play the role of Vasco Darien in "Pasion," an epic novella production set in Mexico's colonial period. Levy gained instant recognition and his acting career skyrocketed as a consequence of the novella's popularity. After "Pasion," he traveled to Ecuador and participated in the film, "Retazos de Vida." Shortly after, Levy returned to Mexico for his first leading role in "Cuidado con el Angel," a soap opera production that consolidated him as one of Mexico's most sought after leading actors. He starred as Alejandro Lombardo on Univision's "Sortilegio," Mexico's highest rated primetime Production, and now stars in "Triunfo del Amor," (Univision) the number one rated telenovela on TV. Levy enjoys playing all kinds of sports, but he considers himself an avid baseball fan. He currently resides between Los Angeles, Mexico City and Miami, FL.

Katherine Jenkins
Acclaimed opera star
Sold over 4 million records
Sang on Season 12 of "Dancing With the Stars"
Bio: Katherine Jenkins is the world's most prolific classical crossover artist. The Welsh Mezzo Soprano has sold in excess of seven million albums since launching her career in 2004. An internationally recognized figure, Katherine at the age of only 31, has become an ambassador and inspiration for millions of people around the world. When she was still only 23, Katherine signed what was said to be the biggest ever UK classical recording deal; she has broken records becoming the fastest selling mezzo soprano ever, has released eight studio albums, has won two Classical BRIT awards and broken countless records with her albums going platinum around the world. She has performed with Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli, had lunch and performed for the Queen and other members of The Royal Family as well as Prime Ministers and dignitaries around the world. Having recently worked with internationally renowned producers including David Foster and John Shanks, Katherine's unique and timeless vocals have defined the genre. Known for her interpretations of popular songs, operatic arias and hymns, Katherine is also known for her long-standing work with the British Forces Foundation for which she is a trustee and has consequently made various trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain the troops. This support for the troops has led her to being referred to as the Forces Sweetheart. Cherished as one of Britain's favorite singers, Katherine has now become one of our greatest musical exports.

"Dancing With The Stars" airs on ABC.



Hosted by Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos") and Brooke Burke Charvet ("Dancing with the Stars" Season Seven Champion), "Dancing with the Stars" is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

"Dancing with the Stars" is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, "Strictly Come Dancing." This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs.


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