WonderCon '09 | Panel schedule announced

Comic-Con International has posted the programming for WonderCon, which is coming up Feb. 27-March 1 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As its run by the same folks who do San Diego, it has that same feel and variety, but is a little more laid back and low key than the madness that is the San Diego Comic Con. My brother and I were able to walk right into the X-Files panel last year just as it started ... same with the Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles panel. I don't think you could ever do something like that at San Diego. In any event, it's a great opportunity to see creators and actually chat with them a bit.

Let's see what will be going on ...

• Marvel's been absent from WonderCon for the past couple of years, and while they don't appear to have a booth, they do have a presence this year. Both Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction are guests of honor, and it looks like Jeph Loeb, Mark Paniccia and Axel Alonso, among others, will also be there. Of note is a discussion between Fraction and author Michael Chabon on Saturday that will likely be worth the price of admission alone.

• Speaking of special guests, Brian Azzarello and Dave Johnson are also attending and will host a panel on 100 Bullets on Saturday ... followed by a night at Isotope Comics. And although Dan DiDio won't be at the con this year, DC's got Jim Lee, Will Dennis, Ian Sattler, James Robinson and Aaron Lopresti, among others.

• Oni Press, IDW, Dark Horse, BOOM!, SLG, Aspen and Top Cow will also be on hand, both on the floor and at various panels to talk about their latest projects.

• And rounding out the special guest list are Sergio Aragonés, Mark Evanier, Gary Friedrich, Wendy Pini, Trina Robbins, Alex Robinson, Stan Sakai, Jill Thompson and Roy Thomas, all of whom will have a spotlight panel. San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum will kick off a Stan Sakai art exhibit that weekend as well, so if you're in town, be sure to check it out.

• In the "other media" area, or to answer the question "So what's happening in the big room?" ... it looks there will be panels on Watchmen, Star Trek, Chuck, Terminators Sarah Connor Chronicles and Salvation, Pixar's UP, a showing of the Wonder Woman animated DVD and the Black Panther animated show.

• Our own Matt Maxwell, creator of Strangeways, has a booth this year, so be sure to drop by and say hi if you're going.

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