"Prometheus" is a mystery in space, but Ridley Scott's most recent trailer revealed visual evidence of strong links "Alien." His Saturday panel at 1:15 p.m. is a must-see moment of the convention. (20th Century Fox / AFP)Link
"The Amazing Spider-Man" director Marc Webb and new costar Emma Stone are hoping to warm fans up to their fresh-start franchise with their Saturday panel, which will be moderated by our own Geoff Boucher and closes out the 4:15-5:30 p.m. Sony bloc. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times; Jaimie Trueblood/Sony Pictures)Link
Some people can draw Superman, others are better with Batman, but nobody on the scene today can put both those icons on the same page better than Jim Lee. The DC co-publisher's spotlight panel is 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. (Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times; DC Comics)Link
Will "Battleship" hold water? Is "Snow White and the Huntsman" a 2012 sleeper or a bad apple? The Universal Pictures panel (Saturday, 2:30 p.m.) spotlights both and includes "True Blood" vamp Alexander Skarsgård. (ILM/Universal Pictures; Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)Link
Joe Hill's bio tells us he's a "cruel snake god" so add that to "Locke & Key," "Joe Hill's The Cape" and "Heart-Shaped Box" as reasons to drop by his panel at 1 p.m. on Saturday. (IDW Publishing; HarperCollins)Link
Over three decades, Carol Lay's art has found its way into our cranium from all angles (yes, she's been in both "Weirdo" and the Wall Street Journal). Her Sunday spotlight panel starts at 11:30 a.m. (The Simpsons, Villard/Random House; Bongo Comics)Link
We love that Spider-Man's 50th anniversary coincides with stellar work in the hero's monthly comic, which gets a spotlight panel on Friday at 4 p.m.; then artist Humberto Ramos gets a solo spotlight on Sunday at 2 p.m.(Marvel Comics)Link
"Star Trek: TNG," "The Big Bang Theory," "The Guild," "Eureka"... Wil Wheaton is sort of a walking WonderCon all on his own. He's part of the "Geek & Sundry" preview at 2 p.m. Saturday. (Monty Brinton/CBS)Link
With four panels, Mark Waid is a busy man at WonderCon. We're most interested in that Friday 1:30 p.m spotlight panel that digs into his "Daredevil" plans. (DC Comics; Marvel Comics)Link
Mike Mignola also has four scheduled appearances, but with all the huge plot developments in "Hellboy" lately there will be intense interest in his Saturday 4:30 p.m. spotlight panel. (Jennifer S. Altman/For The Times; Dark Horse Comics)Link
Steve Niles has racked up quite the body count in horror comics but at his Sunday 12:30 p.m. spotlight panel he'll also talk about his Hollywood projects.(IDW Publishing)Link
DC Editor-in-chief Dan Didio says he can get J. Michael Straczynski to reveal "pertinent information by asking impertinent questions." Find out Friday, 3:30 p.m. (Zade Rosenthal/Marvel Studios; Ken Hively/Los Angeles Times)Link
Ernest Cline, the novelist ("Ready Player One") and screenwriter ("Fanboys"), has shown a flair for the language of geeks. Now they can speak back at his panel on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. (Crown Publishing; The Weinstein Co.)Link
Scott Snyder has never been to WonderCon as anything more than a fan. He'll go into his 10:30 a.m. Saturday panel as much more than that now after his success on "Batman," "Swamp Thing," etc. (DC Comics)Link
WonderCon is coming to the Happiest Place on Earth (or at least, really close to it). The Bay Area tradition makes a one-year detour to Anaheim, where fans of comics, film and anime will converge at the Anaheim Convention Center this weekend, March 16-18.
We’ve got the lowdown on WonderCon‘s famous faces and can’t-miss panels, including appearances by “The Amazing Spider-Man” actress Emma Stone, “Snow White and the Huntsman” director Rupert Sanders and “True Blood” actor Alexander Skarsgård, who stars in the upcoming “Battleship” movie.
Of course, the convention puts the spotlight on comics creators, among them DC’s co-publisher and “Justice League” artist Jim Lee, “Angel & Faith” artist Rebekah Isaacs, “30 Days of Night” writer Steve Niles, “Tomb of Dracula” writer Marv Wolfman, “Daredevil” writer Mark Waid and more.
WonderCon — the younger sibling of Comic-Con International — also features a children’s film festival, gaming, an autograph area, a vast merchant floor and a masquerade event. Now in its 26th year, WonderCon began in Oakland and spent the past six years in San Francisco, making this detour to Anaheim because of major renovations at the Moscone Center in the Golden Gate city.
Hero Complex is hosting its own WonderCon party ahead of the convention on Thursday, March 15, at the Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, which is currently home to the “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination” exhibition.
For our complete WonderCon preview, flip through the photos above and be sure to click SHOW CAPTIONS.
– Geoff Boucher
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