With SXSW under our belts, GDC and C2E2 just finished, and San Diego Comic-Con already on the horizon, it’s time to admit it: we’re in the full throes of Con Season, folks! And this weekend we’re taking the mercifully short trip to downtown Los Angeles for WonderCon 2016 for its move from Anaheim (and we thank the cosplay gods for that). Along with our sister site, Geek & Sundry, and the Nerdist Overlord himself, Chris Hardwick, we’ll be moderating and appearing on panels, hosting meet and greets, and hanging out at our booth (#1631 – right by Nintendo, Comic-Con, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel).
We’ve got a plethora of programming riches to share with you throughout the weekend, from a Star Wars science discussion to our annual Nerdist News Live and Nerdist Gaming panels to a brand new panel, Nerdist TV! And of course, we’ll be closing things out with our mega Nerdist Panel hosted by Chris Hardwick. Make sure you check out the full lineup of events below and let us know what you’ll be checking out in the comments or on Twitter!
Friday, March 25
1:00pm – 2:00 pm Geek & Sundry’s Drama Club Heroes — The hosts of Geek & Sundry Live are bringing the hilarious show Drama Club Heroes to WonderCon! Join this panel for a fun live reading of a planned but never executed script and a chance to win some G&S swag! Room 151
2:30pm – 4:00pm Geek & Sundry Twitch meet & greet — Booth #1631
6:00pm – 7:00pm Voltron: Legendary Defender — From days of long ago and uncharted regions of the universe comes DreamWorks Animation’s Voltron: Legendary Defender! Hosted by Nerdist’s Jessica Chobot, join Executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos (The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender), co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery (The Legend of Korra), writer Tim Hedrick (The Legend of Korra, Avatar: The Last Airbender) and special guests as they unite to form this year’s can’t-miss panel of WonderCon 2016! Room 151
7:00pm – 8:00pm Geek & Sundry’s Critical Role Cast Q&A — Open to your questions! Join this panel for a Q&A with DM extraordinaire Matthew Mercer and the incredible cast that plays through an epic Dungeons & Dragons live streamed campaign every Thursday on Twitch. Joining Matt are Marisha Ray, Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe and Travis Willingham. Room 515A
8:00pm – 9:00pm Pop My Culture — Join hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland and their guests for a live version of the popular Nerdist network podcast Pop My Culture! Named the #2 Best Comedy Podcast of the Moment by Rolling Stone, and on top lists by Paste Magazine, IFC and Mashable, Pop My Culture is a fun conversation on movies, music, television, celebrity gossip, etc. With special guests Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche! Room: 515A
9:00pm – 10:00pm Half Hour Happy Hour — Each week Alison Haislip and Alex Albrecht sit down for a Half Hour Happy Hour. Drinks and conversation covering stories around the world, as well as close to home. Sit and knock back a glass of your favorite adult beverage and welcome to the garage. Room: 515A
Saturday, March 27
10:30am – 11:30am Nerdist News Live — Join Jessica Chobot and the rest of the Nerdist News gang as they bring you the latest in movie, TV, comic book, gaming, and tech news in their now world famous panel experience! See how the magic happens behind-the-scenes, catch some surprise special guests, and join the conversation with a Q&A. Room: 515B
12:00pm – 1:00pm Jessica Chobot meet & greet — Booth #1631
2:00pm – 3:00pm Misses Mae meet & greet — Booth #1631
8:00pm – 9:00pm Nerdist Gaming — Is this the year eSports will find its place in the mainstream spotlight? How does The Division stack up to other MMO shooters? Will we finally be playing The Last Guardian before 2016 comes to a close? Nerdist Gaming Editor Malik Forte, along with a panel of video gaming’s bright voices, will discuss these topics and kick of the year in video games at the 2016 WonderCon Nerdist Gaming Panel. Room: 515A
9:00pm – 10:00pm Nerdist TV: Why Genre Has No Chill— Let’s be real: TV is killing it right now when it comes to storytelling. But in the era of Peak TV, genre series are arguably having the biggest moment of all. From Game of Thrones to Orphan Black, Rick and Morty, The 100 and more, the lens with which we dissect societal issues has always been most effective when removed enough from reality to see it for what it is. Join Nerdist Managing Editor Alicia Lutes and showrunners Melissa Rosenberg (Jessica Jones), Graeme Manson and John Fawcett (Orphan Black), Glen Mazzara (Damien), and Sera Gamble (The Magicians) as they discuss why the most progressive stories are taking place in our favorite shows, and why we can’t help but fan out about it. Room: 515A
Sunday, March 27
10:00am – 11:00am SoCal Cosplayers meet & greet — Booth #1631
11:00am – 12:00pm The Nerdist Panel with Chris Hardwick—Chris Hardwick (Comedy Central’s @Midnight, AMC’s Talking Dead) is joined by Jessica Chobot (Nerdist News), Nerdist Industries President Adam Rymer, and the Nerdist editorial team — Editor-in-Chief Rachel Heine, Dan Casey (The Dan Cave), Malik Forté (Nerdist Play), Kyle Hill (Because Science), Matt Grosinger (Celebrity Playlist), and Managing Editor Alicia Lutes — to talk sci-fi, superheroes, and what it’s like to work at Nerdist. Microsoft Theater
12:30pm – 1:30pm Chris Hardwick meet & greet — Booth #1631
1:30pm – 2:30pm Nerdist Science: Star Wars Edition — Kyle Hill (Because Science, Nerdist Science Editor) and a group of scientists, engineers, and mega nerds discuss the secret science behind everything from Starkiller Base to lightsabers to BB-8. A large portion of the panel will be devoted to audience Q&A, so get ready to geek out. Room 403AB
3:00pm – 4:00pm Dan Casey, Malik Forte, and Kyle Hill meet & greet — Booth #1631
What are you most excited to see at Wondercon? Let us know in the comments below! While you’re there be sure to join the conversation with us and share your photos all weekend long with the hashtag #GeekAndNerdy!
Featured image by Mike Saffels.