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Couldn't make it to Anaheim this year for WonderCon 2013? No worries, friends! We've got all your show highlights right here, all in one place. 

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Couldn't make it to Anaheim this year for WonderCon 2013? No worries, friends!

We've got all your show highlights right here, all in one place.

Read on for 2013's top WonderCon tidbits!

WonderCon Anaheim 2013: Friday Highlights

WonderCon Anaheim 2013


Can't make it to Anaheim this year for WonderCon 2013? No worries, friends!

We've got all your show highlights right here, all in one place.

Read on for Friday's top tidbits!


WonderCon Anaheim 2013: Friday Highlights:

DC Comics: Access All Areas Panel


Meet the Batman of Earth 2


Batman’s origin to be re-jjiged a bit due to some New 52 inconsistencies, such as Selina Kyle’s appearance in Year One.

Batman: Zero Year will be nothing like Year One, since trying to do a better version of that story would be impossible. Scott Snyder says he thinks it’s the best thing the current team has done on Batman.

Superman: Unchained is meant to be a classic story, but done in a new way.

The Wake by Snyder and Sean Murphy to be like nothing they have done before.

Ann Niocenti calls Katana a courageous move on the part of DC.

A big event is coming to Earth 2 next year, says writer James Robinson.

Robinson asks if Captain Steel is the only currently published Filipino superhero?

The Justice League of America backup stories will expand on main issue plot.

The crowd loves Mike Allred’s covers for Batman: 1966, and it will be collected in print after digital.

Supergirl and New Krypton arrive in Smallville.

Injustice: Gods Among Us comic tells us the backstory of video game.

Earth 2’s Batman to “be around forever”.

Earth 2’s Fury is not Donna Troy.

A big Riddler story is coming up in Batman

Will Doom Patrol show up in the New 52?

Harper Row was not intended by Snyder to be the next Robin. She’ll be turning up in Detective Comics soon.


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DC Comics: Batman: Zero Year Panel


Batman #22 (Zero Year)


Scott Snyder considers Dick Grayson an openly emotional and vulnerable character. That's how he saw him when writing Detective Comics.

Snyder wanted James Gordon Jr. to be the polar opposite of Grayson.

The Court of Owls was meant to destabilize Bruce Wayne the same way James Jr. destabilized Grayson.

Greg Capullo added many brilliant story elements to the Owls saga.

Capullo and Snyder have plans for Batman that may possibly run through Batman #48 or #49.

"There's nothing in Zero Year that we've seen before," says Snyder. He didn't want to do a poor man's Year One.

"You don't do a small Bane story." - James Tynion, in reference to the cover of Talon #7.

Snyder says Tynion's Bane story will blow fans' minds.

Lois Lane is a big part of Superman Unchained, along with a new villain.

Jim Lee said that he's drawing Lex Luthor with a resemblance to Grant Morrison.


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Mark Waid's Thrillbent Panel


Insufferable from Thrillbent


A new Thrillbent website will be launching Monday, which will automatically scale to whatever device you are on. As of Monday, Thrillbent will be the first digital comics site with a fully embeddable viewer. "That's the way to turn these comics intro true viral phenomenons," says Waid.

Coming up next: The Damnation of Charlie Wormword, what Waid dubs their "hardcore prison comic."

John Rogers on his supernatural thriller Arcanum: "It's long-form, it's basically designed to go as long as five years. We get to do this without worrying about our CG budget."

Also upcoming on Thrillbent: Last Vegas, by Eric Heisserer and Clay Kronke, and The Endling, written by Jonathan Larsen and illustrated by Cecilia Latella.

Talon writer James Tynion IV talks his Thrillbent book, The Eighth Seal: "There's only one opportunity every two pages for a scare in a [traditional] comic," but in digital, the opportunities can be numerous. Tynion says his pitch was "Rosemary's Baby meets The West Wing." Waid feels horror comics work very well digitally.

"It's not necessarily that we think any of these are the next million dollar idea that's going to take Hollywood by storm," Waid says. "We're not in the business of that. The idea is to just put stuff up and see what works."

"If you have a web comic, if you've liked to get involved, we are going to be considering hosting outside creators," Rogers says.

Waid says he dislikes reading a digital comic on his home laptop published in a more traditional vertical format, because scrolling up and down to see the whole page significantly negatively alters the experience.

Waid says he thinks 8 to 10 screens per installment is about "the sweet spot," since he doesn't want to release ones that are too long and risk losing someone's attention — equating it to coming across a YouTube video you want to watch, and finding out that it's 12 minutes long.

"A lot of this stuff we probably will end up publishing in print down the road," Waid tells a fan.


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That's it for Friday's happenings. Make sure you come back tomorrow to see what went down at WonderCon on Saturday! (Saturday's Highlights.)

Who's at the show? Who wants to be at the show? Let us know below!


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