March 29-31, the Anaheim Convention Center hosts WonderCon 2013. The three day convention celebrates comic books and pop-culture. With dealers, publishers and comic creators coming out to make sure you get your fill of comic books. This year with a full slate of panels, a great lineup of their top creators and exclusive comic merchandise DC Comics is making a big splash at the convention and they kick it off with the original super hero, Superman.
DC Comics’ Superman is featured on the exclusive convention t-shirt. Drawn by superstar artist and DC’s co-publisher Jim Lee the t-shirt is a must have for comics fans. The design also leads into the new series from DC Comics, "Superman Unchained," with art by Lee who will be joined by "Batman" writer Scott Snyder for a new series featuring the Man of Steel.
The t-shirt is not the only exclusive. DC Comics is also bringing two exclusive WonderCon comics with new covers on two of their top comics. The first is a new edition of "Batman" #17 the epic conclusion to the “Death of the Family” storyline. This special edition brings back the die-cut covers that were made popular on the first issues of the “Death of the Family” tie-ins with a new twist. This time when you unfold the Joker’s face you will find Bruce Wayne. Bat-fans won’t want to miss out.
The next cover adds to the impressive 52 covers already printed for the first issue of "Justice League of America". The series launched in February and had 52 covers printed, one for each state and Washington DC and Puerto Rico. The cover drawn by series artist David Finch will have a new color scheme with the characters in the background appearing in black and white. Both of the exclusive WonderCon covers will be available for $10 at the DC Collectibles Boutique booth #1001.
Fans won’t want to miss two exciting collectibles of coming to WonderCon. First up is the new Green Lantern action figure two-pack. Featuring highly articulated PVC figures of Green Lantern Guy Gardner and Orange Lantern Larfleeze. Available for $30.
DC Nation on Cartoon Network has produced some hit short animated segments. From one of those segments comes a Batman and Robin set unlike any other. This two-pack features the designs made popular in the Aardman shorts and is available for $40.
But the real reason to hit the cons is to get the latest news, updates and gossip on your favorite DC Comics directly from the writers and artist who make them and there is no better place than at anyone of the DC Comics panels.
Here is a list of the DC Comics focused panels for the three days of WonderCon:
DC Entertainment: All Access – 1:00 p.m.
A lot can happen in a year! Come by for unfiltered access to DC creators as they talk all things DCE! Find out what they have to share from behind the scenes at your favorite and most talked about comic publisher! Joining the All-Access party will be some of the industry's top talents. Room 300AB
James Robinson – 3:30 p.m.
Join James Robinson, writer of Starman and current DC hit comic Earth 2, for an informal Q&A on his life and career in comics and films. Ask him whatever you want, and he'll answer it if he can. He promises to not take himself too seriously, so come and have some fun with the guy; he genuinely looks forward to seeing you there. Room 208
Art Masters: Drawing DC – 4:00 p.m.
What does it take to remake a universe? Immensely talented artists! Join DC Comics artists for a unique peek into their visual approach in shaping DC Comics! Room 210BCD
Batman: Zero Years with Scott Snyder – 5:00 p.m.
Join us for an in-depth look at the upcoming Batman: Zero Year from fan favorite Scott Snyder! Room 207
World Premiere: “Superman Unbound” – 6:00 p.m.
A destructive force is devastating planets across the galaxy-with Earth next in its sights-and even Superman may not be capable of halting the destruction alone inSuperman: Unbound. Based on the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank 2008 release Superman: Brainiac, the film's stellar voice cast is led by Matt Bomer (White Collar) as Superman, John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Ringsfilms) as Brainiac, Stana Katic (Castle) as Lois Lane, andMolly Quinn (Castle) as Supergirl. Supervising producerJames Tucker (Justice League, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) also directs the film from a script by Bob Goodman (Warehouse 13, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns). Andrea Romano (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) is dialogue director. Witness the world premiere of the latest DC Universe Animated Original Movie, and stay for a lively panel discussion featuring filmmakers and voice talent alike...as well as exclusive prizes and some potential glimpses into future DCU animated films by moderator Gary Miereanu. Arena
Spotlight: Jim Lee – 11:30 a.m.
Join DC Comics co-publisher and WonderCon Anaheim special guest Jim Lee as he discusses his work as an artist on such titles as Justice League and the upcoming new series, Superman Unchained, written by Scott Snyder. Room 300DE
DC Comics: The New 52 – 3:00 p.m.
DC Comics-The New 52 is one of the most exciting events in the industry's history! And we're not done making news by a long shot! Come by and be a part of history as we discuss what's coming next in this exciting time for DC Entertainment! Room 300AB
Spotlight on Ann Nocenti – 4:00 p.m.
Celebrating her return to comics with Catwoman andKatana, Ann Nocenti has written comics for both DC and Marvel over the years and has also traveled the world as a teacher. Come and listen to her thoughts on all things comics, moderated by Jim Lee. Room 203
Teen Titans Go! Special Video Presentation and Q&A – 4:00 p.m.
Join producers Michael Jelenic and Aaron Horvath as well as voice actors Greg Cipes (Beast Boy) and Khary Payton (Cyborg) from the new half-hour action-comedy series for a Q&A moderated by Warner Bros. Animation'sSam Register as well as an exclusive sneak peek of the show's premiere episode-coming to Cartoon Network in April (and as part of the DC Nation programming block). Inspired by Warner Bros. Animation's original fan-favorite series, Teen Titans Go! highlights the humorous side of being a burgeoning superhero. Featuring the return of Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and Cyborg, this hilarious new series focuses on the funny business that happens to teenage super heroes between saving the world and doing the laundry. DC Nation airs Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network. Room 300AB
DC Comics 101 – 5:00 p.m.
New to DC Comics? Don't worry; we've got you covered! Come by for an all-ages tutorial on the essentials of what make DC Comics one of the leading comic book publishers! Room 300AB
Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A – 1:00 p.m.
Join series stars Stephen Amell (Private Practice), Colin Donnell (Pan Am), Willa Holland (The O.C.), and Paul Blackthorne (The River) and executive producers Marc Guggenheim (Green Lantern) and Andrew Kreisberg(Fringe) of the hit DC Comics adaptation Arrow for some exclusive video footage and a Q&A panel that goes beneath the hood! From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on The CW. Arena
DC Entertainment: All Access – 1:00 p.m.
If you missed Friday's panel, come by for a brand new All Access with your favorite comics publisher! DC Comics editors and all-star talent share all things DC with a behind-the-scenes look at DC Entertainment! Room 300AB
Lego Batman: The Movie-DC Superheroes Unite – 2:00 p.m.
The ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages, LEGO Batman: The Movie-DC Superheroes Unite finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne's accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President; and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black LEGO Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman's technology, forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help. WonderCon Anaheim presents the West Coast premiere of LEGO Batman: The Movie-DC Superheroes Unite, followed by a star-studded panel featuring the preeminent voice of Lex Luthor, Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, SpongeBob SquarePants) and TT Animation's award-winning director/producer Jon Burton, as well as renowned videogame/animation actors Troy Baker(Bioshock Infinite, Batman: Arkham City) as Batman,Travis Willingham (Avengers Assemble, The Super Hero Squad Show) as Superman, Christopher Smith (Mortal Combat vs. DC Universe) as the Joker, and Charlie Schlatter (Diagnosis Murder) as Robin. Special prizes for special audience questions from moderator Gary Miereanu. From TT Animation, creators of the bestselling video game on which the film is based, LEGO Batman: The Movie-DC Superheroes Unite will be released May 21 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD. Room 300AB
Panel times subject to change make sure to check in with the WonderCon website to verify your panel time and location.
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