We’re still reeling from losing a high-stakes pinball tournament at the Nerdist House in Austin, TX for SXSW, but we’ll bounce back fast because Con season is just around the corner. Up next on the Nerdist agenda is WonderCon!
Once again, WonderCon is back in Anaheim, CA for another weekend of panels, parties, and wandering Artists’ Alley for the best finds. Be sure you join us all day on Saturday, March 24 in Room 300B and Sunday, March 25 in the Arena where we’ll be putting on a bunch of panels with our friends from Geek & Sundry. Our annual Nerdist News panel is on for sure, plus we’ll be covering the science of Pacific Rim, and so much more.
Check out our full schedule below, and let us know in the comments or on Twitter if you’ll be joining us!
Saturday, March 24
11:00am – 12:00pm Geek & Sundry Presents The Wednesday Club: The Art of the Third Act – In just a few weeks, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War will hit theatres and start bringing their ten-year saga to a hopefully satisfying conclusion. What cues can the studio take from comics past and present to help them stick this landing? Join Geek & Sundry’s breakout live comic book show The Wednesday Club to find out. Come ask Amy Dallen (Shield of Tomorrow, Sagas of Sundry), Taliesin Jaffe (Critical Role, World of Warcraft) and Matt Key (Key Question, Screen Junkies News) your questions and engage in their discussion about the art of ending an epic saga and what makes a satisfying and memorable third act. Room 300B
12:00pm – 1:00pm Nerdist News Live – It’s Nerdist News, live! Join Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Bizarre States), Dan Casey (The Dan Cave, Nerdist News), Rachel Heine (Nerdist and Geek & Sundry Editor-in-Chief), Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search), Nerdist writer Aliza Pearl (Shield of Tomorrow), and Brian Compton (Nerdist Producer) as they discuss the biggest pop culture stories of the day like only Nerdist can. Go behind the scenes of Nerdist News and our other shows, and bring your questions for the cast and crew. Use only as directed. 9 out of 10 doctors recommend attending the panel right before this one just to get a seat. Side effects may include uncontrollable deep cuts, hilarious Star Wars theories, and hot takes lasting over 30 seconds. Room 300B
1:00pm – 2:00pm Geek & Sundry Presents: Sagas of Sundry Live – Darin De Paul (Overwatch, World of Warcraft) will explore why fans are so captivated by Geek & Sundry’s latest hit horror RPG show Sagas of Sundry. Cast members Matthew Mercer (Critical Role, Sagas of Sundry), Ivan Van Norman (International Tabletop Day Host, Sagas of Sundry), Marisha Ray (Critical Role, Geek & Sundry Creative Director), Satine Phoenix (Sagas of Sundry, GM Tips), Amy Vorpahl (Sagas of Sundry), and Xander Jeanneret (King of the Nerds, Sagas of Sundry) will delve into the heart-wrenching and harrowing experiences their characters endured in the adventure where their actions were determined by making a pull from the “Dread Tower.” An audience Q&A to follow where fans must pull a piece of the Dread Tower and see their fate before they ask a question of the panel! Room 300B
2:00pm – 3:00pm WonderCon Women of Pop Culture, presented by Nerdist and Geek & Sundry – Wonder Woman. Rey. The Dora Milaje. As women are reflected more and more in geek and pop culture, the women who discuss, analyze, and obsess over them have plenty to fangirl about this year. But what’s it like on the other side of the screen? Join Nerdist and Geek & Sundry Editor-in-Chief Rachel Heine and her incredible colleagues – Nerdist host Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Bizarre States), Geek & Sundry creative director Marisha Ray (Critical Role), Nerdist managing editor Alicia Lutes (Fangirling), Geek & Sundry host Erika Ishii (Game Engine, Sagas of Sundry: Madness), Nerdist writer Aliza Pearl (Shield of Tomorrow), and Geek Bomb creator and host Maude Garrett (Alpha Book Club) as they dive deep and break down how they got to where they are, advice for up and coming creators, and their hopes for pop culture in 2018 and beyond. Room 300B
3:00pm – 4:00pm The Science of Pacific Rim – Nerdist’s Kyle Hill (Because Science, MythBusters: The Search) breaks down everything from linking brains to kaiju caloric intakes with Dr. Crystal Dilworth (neuroscientist and science communicator) and Allen Pan (honorary MythBuster and mad scientist). Q&A session to follow. Room 300B
4:00pm – 5:00pm Bizarre States: LA – Host Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News, Bizarre States) and Andrew Bowser (Bizarre States) take their popular podcast Bizarre States on the road! They explore the mysteries of the weird, supernatural and occult, dragging into the light current and historical paranormal activities and personal experiences. Room 300B
Sunday, March 25
11:30am – 12:30pm Talks Machina with the cast of Critical Role– Join Brian W. Foster (host of Talks Machina) as he moderates a special episode featuring the cast of Critical Role: Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Laura Bailey, Travis Willingham, Sam Riegel, Liam O’Brien and Taliesin Jaffe. The cast will dive deep into the adventures of the Critical Role Campaigns and answer your burning questions. Arena