WonderCon: The Spotlight Burns Bright in 2019


I don't know what your panel planning process for a comic convention or festival is, but I always start with the special guests then work my way through the rest of the heavy hitters giving Spotlight panels. It's always a safe bet that more than one name will have me trying to split myself in two...or three.

This year, WonderCon wants me to either acquire a (new) superpower or suffer from FOMO to the 9th degree. I just can't seem to decide where to go. There's something for every type of nerd I've ever been...every single day.

WonderCon puts a Spotlight on its Stars


  • Spotlight on Phill LaMarr
  • A Conversation with Joëlle Jones
  • Spotlight on Brian Stelfreeze
  • Spotlight on Jim Lee


  • Spotlight n Tim Sale
  • Spotlight on Peter Tomasi
  • Spotlight on Andy Kupert
  • Spotlight on Gerry Duggan
  • Spotlight on Donny Cates
  • Spotlight on Julie and Shawna Benson
  • Spotlight on Katie Cook
  • Even if You're Paying for the Product, You're Still the Product with Cory Doctorow
  • Spotlight on Ryan Meinerding
  • Welcome to the Thunderdome: One-on-One with Vita and Danny


  • Spotlight on Greg Capullo
  • Spotlight on Jen Bartel
  • Spotlight on Tom King
  • Spotlight on Liam Sharp
  • Spotlight on Kendare Blake
  • Spotlight on Peter Beagle
  • Remembering John Roger

This selection of artists, writers, actors, and innovators runs the gambit of interests and tastes to satisfy the pickiest of con-goers. If getting into the mind of some of the best and brightest fandom and pop culture has to offer, and hearing about their projects and journey directly from them, then you're going to want to hit up a few of the Spotlight panels this year.

My want-to-go-to-there list is riddled with Spotlights panels. So it looks like I'll be making game-time decisions all weekend about where to be...

If you're going to be in Anaheim, be sure to load your top choices into the app (click the banner below for the full program schedule) so you can get all the updates and changes. Trust me, you'll thank yourself later.

Sidenote: The book nerd in my demands I point out that Saturday special guest Cory Doctorow is probably one of the smartest and interesting people I've ever heard speak on dystopian sci-fi, open source tech issues and such. Plus, if you can't get to Wonder Con to hear him in person, the next episode of I Talk Shit and Read will air shortly after Con ends and features an interview with Cory Doctorow from around the time Walkaway, his adult sci-fi, novel released on

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