From 80 years of Superman to headline-making publishing initiatives, DC Entertainment will reveal further details regarding its innovative new imprints alongside the industry’s biggest artists and writers, as well as unfold a celebration for the record breaking “Action Comics #1000” at WonderCon, taking place in Anaheim on March 23-25.
Pop culture history will be made when the series that launched the superhero genre and introduced Superman to the world, “Action Comics,” reaches its landmark 1000th issue. From the return of the red trunks to eight decades of hope, optimism and adventure, the DC’S “Action Comics 1000”: Celebrating 80 Years of Superman panel will not just celebrate the history of the legendary Super Hero, but discuss why Superman is needed now, more than ever before.
Plus, WonderCon will debut the first ever “DC All Access” live broadcast of the DC Publishers panel. Live from Anaheim on Saturday, March 24, the special 90-minute panel headlined by Jim Lee and Dan DiDio will feature a trove of surprise guests. Be there as the DC Publishers share their bold editorial vision that promises to expand readership like never before. Fans not attending WonderCon can watch the Livestream on the DC YouTube channel or on the DC Comics Facebook page.
DC’s expansive booth (#1101) will be a must visit for fans, hosting various exhibits showcasing DC’s world class characters, fan giveaways, and more. The booth will also host a packed signing schedule including appearances from Jim Lee alongside Alex Sinclair, bestselling writer Scott Snyder (“Dark Nights: Metal”), the producers and writers behind the hit new CW series “Black Lightning,” the voice cast behind Cartoon Network’s “Teen Titans Go!,” the “Constantine” animated series from CW Seed and the forthcoming Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases “Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay” and “Batman Ninja.” VIP signings are only available through WonderCon’s online Exclusive Portal at https://www.comic-con.org/wca/exclusive-signings. The final day of eligibility for VIP signings is Wednesday, March 14.
Across the aisle, the Graphitti Designs booth (#1001) will also feature a collection of rare, limited edition silver foil variant issues of DC’s hottest comics featuring covers by Mikel Janin (“Batman #43”), Stanley “Artgerm” Lau (“Supergirl #19”) and Mitch Gerads (“Mister Miracle #7”). All comics are priced at $15 each, bagged and boarded and available while supplies last.
From bestselling series to iconic characters, DC’s WonderCon programming features a collection of must attend panels (panelists and panel times are subject to change).
Friday, March 23:
5:30-6:30 p.m. DC “Action Comics”: Celebrating 80 Years of Superman – As the longest-running superhero comic series in history reaches its millennial milestone, contributors to the star studded issue of “Action Comics #1000” include “Action Comics” creative team Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund, DC Publisher Jim Lee, Jason Fabok (“Man of Steel” miniseries), Alex Sinclair and Marv Wolfman will join fans in a celebration of eight decades of enduring hope, optimism and adventure from the most iconic Super Hero of all time – Superman. Room: North 200B
Saturday, March 24:
10:00-11:30 a.m. DC Publishers – Streaming live from WonderCon to fans around the country, DC Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio will highlight key initiatives that have made DC the talk of the industry. The first few months of 2018 alone has produced two new imprints for young adult readers, The Sandman Universe line of comics overseen by Neil Gaiman, DC Black Label imprint, featuring a collection of edgy, provocative graphic novels and comic books, a new editorial team for iconic MAD Magazine and more. Some of the biggest names in publishing will take the stage with Jim and Dan to discuss how DC will elevate its iconic Super Heroes to a level never before reached. Room North 156
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. DC Universe – Featuring action-packed series that have enraptured fans and garnered critical acclaim, join some of the creative minds bringing DC Universe’s world class roster of iconic Super Heroes to life, including Mitch Gerads (“Mister Miracle”), Julie Benson and Shawna Benson (“Batgirl and The Birds of Prey”), Liam Sharp (“The Brave and The Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman”), Josh Williamson (“Justice League: No Justice,” “The Flash”), and more for a compelling dive into the most talked about series in comics. Room: North 200B
5:00-6:00 p.m. DC Super Hero Girls – Making headlines for chart topping sales, the wildly popular franchise aimed at young girls is taking the world by storm and introducing DC’s iconic characters to a new generation of fans. Anais Fairweather, who stars as Supergirl in the “DC Super Hero Girls” animated series, will join writer Shea Fontana, artists Monica Kubina and Yancey Labat and editor Marie Javins to discuss how the franchise, with its books, animated series and action figures, continues to enthrall parents and kids alike while giving its young fans superhero confidence. Room: 210
Sunday, March 25:
10:30 – 11:30 p.m. DC – Art Academy – Home to some of the most talented artists working in comics today, panelists including Dan Jurgens (“Action Comics”), Yancey Labat (DC Super Hero Girls), Chris Uminga (DC Artists Alley line) and more will offer a special look into their visual approach in shaping some of DC’s most celebrated Super Heroes. Room: 210
1:30-2:30 p.m. MAD – Featuring new faces and all-star contributors, the panel will give a sidesplitting preview of what’s to come in the world of MAD. Executive Editor Bill Morrison will be joined by legendary cartoonists and illustrators Tom Richmond and Sergio Aragones, new contributors Bob Fingerman, Luke McGarry and more for a laugh out loud look at the future of MAD. Room: 213
For a complete list of signings and panels, behind the scenes coverage and in-depth interviews directly from DC’s web series, “DC All Access,” download the “DC All Access” mobile app. The app is available for free at the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.