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Friday, April 1


Nerds! The Secret Origins of Game Designers
UPDATED: Tue, Mar 22, 05:13PM
Comics. Movies. Games. Did you know that a life of fandom might be perfect training for a career as a video game designer? Learn the secret origins of industry veterans Haden Blackman (Star Wars: the Force Unleashed 1 & 2, Batwoman), Tim Longo (Tomb Raider (2011), Star Wars: Republic Commando), Jason Weesner (Tomb Raider: Legend, Vectorman), and Scott Rogers (God of War, Level Up! The Guide to Great Video Game Design) as they share how their love for all things nerdy led to successful careers in video games...and how you can start your own career too!

Friday April 1, 2011 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 104


Behind the Music with CW3PR: Composing for Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy Film
Award-winning composers Jim Dooley (Pushing Daisies), Nathan Barr (True Blood), Scott Starrett (The Event), Marco Beltrami (V, Scream 4), Michael Suby (The Vampire Diaries) and Sean Callery (24) have all composed WonderCon and Comic-Con fans' favorite movies and TV series, and are here to share a behind-the-scenes perspective on creating exhilarating musical moments for television and film. Together with moderator Bryan Fuller (creator, Pushing Daisies; producer, Heroes), the panelists will discuss their respective projects, the pivotal director/composer relationship, and how they got their big break into the music composing industry. With a Q&A following the panel, plus exclusive announcements and giveaways for attendees.

Friday April 1, 2011 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 104


The MMORPG Industry
UPDATED: Wed, Mar 30, 04:21PM
Scott Hartsman (RIFT), Nick Huggett (Runes of Magic) and Dirk Metzger (Zentia), along with moderator Josh Augustine (PCGamer) discuss the current state of Massively-Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games -- both free-2-play and subscription-based -- and what it takes to be competitive in the video game industry. If you love MMORPGs, you don't want to miss this.

Friday April 1, 2011 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 254/256


From Fan to Creator: Goal-Setting for Creative Types
Which side of the convention table do you want to be on, artist or fan? And what's keeping you from getting there? If you have an idea in your head that you've had trouble bringing into reality, you might benefit from this fun and practical goal-setting workshop, designed specifically for the WonderCon crowd. Known as the "Tony Robbins of Geeks," motivational speaker Douglas Neff delivers simple, proven techniques for achieving your most important goals. Whether you want to write your own screenplay, draw your first comic, or shoot your independent film, you're sure to get something useful from this informative and energizing workshop.

Friday April 1, 2011 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Room 236


How to Get a Job in the Video Game Industry
Francis Mao (CAPCOM) leads a panel of industry insiders from a variety of game companies and industry outlets to share with you 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 what the job entails for areas such as public relations, marketing, retail, publishing, editorial and more! There will be a Q&A session plus an opportunity to speak with and network one-on-one with the panelists after the session.

Friday April 1, 2011 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Room 104
Saturday, April 2


Spotlight on F. Paul Wilson
WonderCon special guest F. Paul Wilson (The Keep, Repairman Jack) has written bestselling novels, screenplays, comic books, and videogames in multiple genres since the 1970s. Wilson will talk about the secrets of his longevity in the writing game, with a Q&A to follow.

Saturday April 2, 2011 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room 220


Creator Rights
Let's face it: it's a dog-eat-dog world out there, especially when it comes to your rights as a creator. Here's your chance to share the knowledge of a formidable panel of creators, including Mike Friedrich, who set up the first agency for comics creators, Star*Reach; Marv Wolfman, whose career includes comics, animation, and the literary world; retailer and former WonderCon manager Joe Field, the creator of Free Comic Book Day and a co-founder of ComicsPro; and noted attorney Michael Lovitz, who literally wrote the book (The Trademark and Copyright Book comic book) on comics creator rights. Moderated by Mark Evanier, whose experience includes the business of comics, television, movies, and animation.

Saturday April 2, 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 236


Activision Spider-Man
Marvel, Activision, and acclaimed developer Beenox are headed to WonderCon with all-new Spider-Man videogame content! First, take a tour with Beenox down memory lane of the award-winning Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, and discuss their post-launch reactions and what key learnings from the fans they are applying to future games. Next, be the first to check out exclusive details, screenshots and videos of the next Spider-Man game, with game development talent from Beenox, acclaimed Marvel writer Peter David (co-creator of Spider-Man 2099), voiceover talent Josh Keaton (voice of Spider-Man in The Spectacular Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions) and Marvel's VP of games production, TQ Jefferson.

Saturday April 2, 2011 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room 103