A Parent’s Guide to Managing Kids’ Asthma During the Fall

SATURDAY, Oct. 12, 2019 — Fall can be a challenging time of the year for kids with asthma, an expert says.

“Although asthma can flare up for a number of reasons, a lot of people with allergies also have asthma, and asthma can be triggered by allergies. So the fall is a tough time for asthmatic sufferers,” said Dr. Gaurav Kumar, a pediatrician at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore.

While many kids do well with their asthma during the summer, problems often accompany the return to school.

“You go from taking these outdoor summer vacations to now being in a classroom again,” Kumar explained. “So now you’re in contact with people in closed spaces. And of course, what happens is germs are more likely to spread that way. So you could get colds from friends who have colds, and then that becomes a trigger for asthma.”

Parents need to make sure their child’s asthma is under control. If a child stopped taking preventive asthma medications regularly during the summer, they should resume daily use now, Kumar advised.

Children with asthma should have checkups at least once a year, and in some cases as often as three or four times a year.

“An asthma checkup is an opportunity for us to reassess how the year has gone and to make plans in anticipation of what might happen,” Kumar said in a LifeBridge Health news release.

A flu shot is also important, because kids with asthma are at high risk for serious flu-related complications. Asthma is the most common medical condition among children hospitalized with the flu.

Flu vaccine is “very safe” in children with asthma and “will not cause any negative effects to trigger asthma attacks,” Kumar said.

More information

The American Lung Association offers advice for parents of children with asthma.

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Posted: October 2019

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Planting and Taking Care of Cannabis Seeds – A Short Guide

We all love cannabis, right?

Most of us who live in legal areas smoke marijuana regularly. But how many of us have ever wondered about how these sweet, heart-melting green fluffs of heaven are made?

It is quite easy to take the marijuana bud, crush it, grind it, and smoke it. But if you go behind the scenes and try to find out how much goes into growing a healthy cannabis plant, you will be surprised.

Don’t worry!

We aren’t here to write long paragraphs and bore you!

We are just going to tell you a little about how to grow marijuana yourself at home. It’s not rocket science, but you should have basic knowledge before you jump into it and start the journey yourself.

So where should you start?


You need marijuana seeds. Getting high-quality seeds is easy if you know where to look. Make sure you don’t buy seeds from dodgy people around your neighborhood.

There are so many different marijuana seed banks that ship to the USA. Just order whichever strain you like from them, and they will make sure it gets delivered safely to your doorstep.

Easy, yeah?

So now that you have cannabis seeds, you will need to germinate them. Generally, the germination process can take two days for marijuana seeds.

But how would you know that the seed is germinating?

Basically, you notice that small sprouting happens through your cannabis seeds. Once these sproutings are between ½ and ¾ inch in size, you can consider it as germination phase end.

The newborn sprout should be white in color. Make sure you handle it with care and transfer it into a growing medium.

You find growing mediums online if you want or you can use a mixture of sterile soil and compost. Another great sprouting medium is a rooting cube. These are usually made out Rockwool and are great as they hold both water and air inside it.

Still with us? Don’t worry! It will be worth it. READ ON.

Keep this medium moist at all times as your cannabis seed loves a moist environment.

Now it will time to plant these seeds inside the soil. Make sure that the soil is fluffy and airy. We don’t want a huge rock-solid lump of soil.

Without touching the sprouts with bare hands, take them, and gently put them in the soil. You can use sterilized tweezers to do the transferring.

Make sure you don’t keep the germinated seed in the open air for too long, do this step quickly and carefully.

Pre-digging smalls holes in your soil will help you place the seeds directly into it.

Pretty easy stuff, huh?

Cover these seeds with a layer of soil no more than ¼ inch. Anything more and the sprout may struggle to come out the soil. We need a very bare minimum layer of soil on the seed.

Now you need to wait and keep an eye on the soil. It should not get dry, keep spraying water very lightly and keep it moist.

This is the delicate part!

Shortage of moisture will make the seed die, and too much of moisture will drown it. Make sure it all in balance.

Light watering once or twice a day is generally enough, but this will change depending upon your environmental conditions.

The small marijuana seedlings don’t like sunlight, so make sure you don’t give them direct sunlight. Although, you can place them in a cool light and warm atmosphere.

When the seedlings start to grow and change into a small plant, we would call it vegetation plant phase.

In the vegetation phase, you would need specific lighting conditions, nutrition input, and environment. We would not bore you will all the details right now, but after the vegetation stage, you plant will beout of danger zone.

A little bit of caring will make the plant grow vigorously and go into flowering stages and give you those awesome cannabis buds at the end.

See, didn’t we tell you? It’s not rocket science! XD

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Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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Experts’ Guide to Trampoline Safety

SUNDAY, Sept. 15, 2019 — If you own or use trampolines, you need to take steps to prevent injuries, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says.

While trampolines are fun and can help improve coordination and strengthen the musculoskeletal system, serious injuries can occur without proper safety measures.

In 2018, nearly 314,000 trampoline-related injuries were treated in U.S. emergency departments, doctors’ offices and clinics, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

A recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons noted that a higher percentage of fractures have been linked to trampoline and jump parks than home trampolines.

“Many injuries come from multiple people jumping at once,” AAOS spokesman and pediatric orthopedic surgeon Dr. L. Reid Nichols said in an academy news release. “To limit injuries, ensure only one participant on a trampoline at a time. … Ensure rules are implemented and followed. Check also with your insurance rider before purchasing a home trampoline.”

The AAOS offered the following trampoline safety tips:

  • Don’t let children younger than 6 years old use trampolines and remove trampoline ladders after use to prevent unsupervised jumping.
  • Regularly check equipment and discard worn or damaged equipment if replacement parts aren’t available.
  • Make sure that supporting bars, strings and surrounding landing surfaces have adequate protective padding. See that the padding is in good condition and properly positioned.
  • Don’t depend only on safety net enclosures for injury prevention; most injuries occur on the trampoline surface.
  • Ensure that there are spotters when participants are jumping. Somersaults or high-risk maneuvers should not be done without proper instruction and supervision, and should be attempted only with protective equipment, such as a harness.

More information

The American Academy of Pediatrics has more on trampoline risks.

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Posted: September 2019

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A Simple Guide for Buying Your Bongs Online

Even the most veteran smokers have to do some digging when buying a new bong. There are so many options to choose from, which is a good thing but also confusing for many. That’s why I decided to write a simple guide on buying a bong online. I have shared all its types and several other things to check before you finalize one.

3 Types of Bongs

All bongs can be divided into three major categories by their style. Each bong has its qualities. Which bong should you buy, depends on your preference.

1.      Beaker Bongs

Beaker Bongs are larger in size and have a broad base to hold water. They are more stable than other bongs. Their smoke is also less dense compared to other types.

2.      Straight Tubes

Every beginner usually starts with Straight Tubes. They offer everything that entices a newbie – dense smoke being top in the list. It requires minimal effort and you can inhale the smoke straight up the tube. But their bases aren’t very reliable. If you are not careful, it tips over because of the small base.

3.      Recyclers

These bongs are complex in built but more efficient than any other. They are mostly used by experienced smokers for concentrates. They have two chamber system and an intake tube to recycle the water. They filter the smoke of water, making it smoother and also cool the vapor in the way.

Things to Consider

There are also a few things to consider other than the style of the bong. Your experience won’t be as efficient if you don’t get them right. Besides, some bongs require extra care and effort but, of course, that effort isn’t for nothing. High maintenance bongs are also more effective and fun.

Add Ons

There is a few add on options with the new bong you buy. They are not necessary but add to experience if you know what you are getting. The following four are the most common add ons.

Percolator: it is used to cool the smoke and make it less harsh.

Ice Pinch: it is used to hold ice which is also used to cool down the smoke.

Ash Catcher: it’s a level of filtration to separate ash from the smoke.

Splashguard: the bong water isn’t clean. Splashguard blocks it from getting into your mouth.

Joint Sizes

Bongs usually come in three different joint sizes. Smallest is 10 mm and you can’t slide down pencil inside it. One is 14.5 mm, and the biggest is 18.8 mm. It will be easier to match with a new one if you get a bong with the same joint sizes; that is, in case you accidentally break a downstem or slide. Big Daddy Smoke has a large variety of bongs to choose from and they have shared complete details of every single one. Make sure you thoroughly read bong’s features; it helps you understand what you are buying.


The bong will occasionally need cleaning once you start using it. It gets filled with tar and smoke stains. It also affects the taste if you don’t clean it. Some bongs are easier to clean while some require effort. The bongs with percolators are difficult and time-consuming, even with only two or three of them. It takes only seconds to clean if there are no percolators in your bong. In the latter case, I recommend you get an ash catcher instead of percolators.

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Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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Guide for using Medical Cannabis

How to use medical cannabis? Cannabis or marijuana has long been considered an effective way to cure different complications. It has a turbulent history in Canada and the United States, and since its legalization in these developed countries, more and more people have increased their dependence on marijuana and other similar products, as they consider it a good way to cure cancer, AIDS, and depression.

Facts about Marijuana

The first fact about marijuana is that it is being used and bought every day by over 60 percent of Americans. You must be one of them; medical marijuana comes from pure indica plant that is grown only in particular parts of the world. If you are in the United States or another developed country, then it will be easy for you to buy marijuana or grow its plant at home. You would be amazed to know that it is easy to be grown in Canada as the environment in this country is quite feasible.

The Case for Medical Cannabis

When some health experts understood the benefits of medical marijuana, they brought this matter to the world’s attention that this product should not be banned from any part of the world. This opened a case for medical cannabis, and with time, more and more people began growing it at home, in farmhouses and other empty places. After its legalization.

How to Obtain Medical Cannabis

With over 100 chemicals, known as cannabinoids in cannabis, there are two major chemicals found in marijuana that are used to treat different illnesses. These are named as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). How to use medical cannabis? You can get best out of the cannabis only if you develop an understanding of how these chemicals are used to cure different diseases  and what are their short term and long term effects. Fortunately, CBD and THC are being used in different Chinese, American and other medicines, as well as in food, as these are said to be giving good results.

Dosing Medical Cannabis

How marijuana helps? This could be of help only when you know how much doses are needed. Ideally, you can go to the doctor to get information on it, but the best way is to use a handful of marijuana to cure cancer, HIV/AIDS and other similar complications.

Choosing a Delivery Method

The delivery method of medical marijuana depends on your physical or mental condition as well as on what the doctor prescribes. For example, they might want you to use it in the form of the vaporizer, or you might be asked to smoke the weed. It is mandatory to select the right kind of method so that you can get good results within days or weeks.

Talking with Your Doctor

As we already said, you should speak to your healthcare expert regarding how much marijuana is needed to cure a specific illness and what is the best time to use it. There is no need to consult a neighbor or an elder, as the prescription or suggestion of a doctor would be the best option.

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Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn’t afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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A Guide to Gift Shopping That’s Good for Your Health

TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 — Shopping for a gift for a friend or loved one? Instead of wracking your brain over which sweater to buy, keep in mind that gifts for good health are always the right size.

You can be extravagant with a gym membership or a state-of-the-art piece of home equipment, but there are also many choices that will fit even a frugal budget.

For the gadget lover, there’s wearable technology, from activity trackers and smartwatches to heart-rate monitors and GPS tracking devices, the American College of Sports Medicine suggests. Or what about a new app that works with a smartphone? Many are free, but there’s often a bells-and-whistles version you can buy for just a few dollars.

Consider a valued accessory for an activity that the recipient already enjoys, like a yoga mat or special yoga socks. You don’t have to be barefooted to feel grounded. Socks specially made for doing yoga provide the grip needed to hold poses and maintain balance during practice.

Everyone can use better balance, making training items like a foam roller, balance board or stability ball great choices. Many come in fun colors.

A powerful blender or juicer is great for making fast, high-energy breakfasts. But if an appliance isn’t in your budget, how about a reusable water bottle to carry their smoothie?

And if food is on the gift list, skip the donuts and put together a healthful basket of extra-virgin olive oil and flavored vinegars, nuts and dark chocolate, or a windowsill herb kit.

More information

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission offers tips on buying exercise equipment to help you make safe and smart gift choices.

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Posted: July 2019

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The Ultimate Guide to Passing Drug Tests in 2019

So, you want to pass a drug test in 2019?  The landscape of marijuana being available in many states at the recreational as well as medicinal level has given people the right to smoke marijuana for leisure, or pain, which is a great step forward in society.  However, that still hasn’t changed the way that employers drug test.  There are many situations where people who are on medicinal marijuana change careers and their employment depends on passing a drug test. In other cases, people who have jobs that prohibit them from being impaired (think machinery operations) have to pass drug tests as well.

If you find yourself in one of these situations, what do you do?

Fortunately, over the years we’ve not only been through these situations, but we’ve also had THOUSANDS of our readers go through them as well.  Instead of keeping all of these hacks to ourselves, we’ve always been the type of people who like to share the wealth of information we consume in this budding space. (Pun entirely intended.)  So with that being said, here is our complete guide to passing tests, as well as products that are tried and tested, so you can rest assured you give yourself the best chance at beating that test.

#1:  Passing a Marijuana Drug Test.

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#2:  Passing a Hair Follicle Test 

This gets trickier, but it’s entirely beatable as well.

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We break this down in a full summary on this page.  Again, you can go through that entire entry and see how much time we spend in coaching you on it, or you can make the order and get that information with your order from the manufacturer as well.  The main thing is that you use that exact product, because there are many imposters on the market.  This is the tried and tested “old style” version that people swear by when they need to beat a test.

Of course, we have a vendor that sells all this, and it’s linked above. It’s also only fair we give you our full review of them, which we did on this page – Test Clear Brand Review.

#3:  Passing a Urine Test 

Perhaps the one that scares people the most is also entirely beatable!

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We break down more about this product on our page that talks about why people use synthetic urine to beat drug tests.

(Lamar Odom beat the Olympic committee with this same tactic.)

All in all, there has never been a more crucial time to pass drug tests.  Using these products can ensure you pass your test and gain – or keep – your employment.  Don’t be cheap and risk losing out on income because you “thought you were good.”  We have had many people go down that road, only to come back to regret it.

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Celebrating With a Bonfire? An Expert’s Guide to Keeping The Fun Safe

SATURDAY, May 11, 2019 — Bonfires are a popular way to celebrate big events among teens, but they’re at risk for serious burn injuries, an expert warns.

“The only guaranteed way to prevent bonfire burn injuries is to not have a fire in the first place,” said burn surgeon Dr. Arthur Sanford, of Loyola Medicine in Maywood, Ill. “But if you do decide to have a fire for a prom, graduation or other occasion, there are simple ways to minimize the risk of burns.”

Check the weather and cancel the bonfire if high winds are forecast, he recommended in a Loyola news release. Clear all brush from the area and make a fire pit. Keep a bucket of water and garden hose close by.

Newspaper and small kindling provide the safest way to start a fire. If you decide to use charcoal lighter fluid, seal the container after use and keep it well away from the fire. Do not put lighter fluid on a fire after it’s started, Sanford said.

And, he added, never use accelerants such as gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene, and never spray aerosols or throw canisters or fireworks into the fire.

Keep the bonfire at a manageable size, no more than about four feet square, Sanford advised.

Everyone should stay a safe distance away and never horse around near a fire, he said. No one should drink alcohol.

Always put the fire out completely before you leave. Stir the ashes and douse them thoroughly with water. Sanford said Loyola’s burn center has treated numerous patients who suffered burns after accidentally walking on hot ashes.

More information

FireSafeKid has more on outdoor fire safety.

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Posted: May 2019

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Toking About Town Responsibly With a Cannabis Tour Guide

Most national magazine stories about the cannabis industry like to focus on new-age pot investors and entrepreneurs, but the real folks in the know are still on the grassroots level.

Mia Jane, a former budtender and current cannabis hospitality tour guide, interacts with beginning and experienced consumers from all over the world, and has seen a lot in her nine years around the plant. Taking Loopr riders on tours of cultivations, dispensaries and other pot-friendly activities, she’s a seasoned veteran in the brave new world of social pot consumption. In advance of the 4/20 celebrations, we caught up with Jane to learn more about the best ways to enjoy cannabis actively and responsibly.

Westword: How’d you find yourself involved in the legal cannabis world?

Mia Jane: I moved to Colorado from northwest Florida in 2010 for medical cannabis. I had been struggling with severe IBS and had had no relief from the more traditional treatment methods available there at the time. After trying medical cannabis, I found that it alleviated a lot of my pain and helped me to function better overall. Inspired by this drastic change in my health, I got into budtending before the industry went recreational, and learned a lot from my years working behind the counter at both medical and recreational dispensaries. Ever since then, I’ve been exploring the many ways to help educate people around responsible cannabis use.

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What are your favorite activities that coincide with cannabis consumption?

Personally, I think cannabis makes most things better, so it’s a tough choice, but I do find that I particularly enjoy hanging out with friends enjoying some cannabis “mocktails,” or basically alcohol-free cocktails that are usually infused with a microdose of cannabis. We all have fewer hangovers and have a lot more fun.

What are some of the most common questions you get from tourists?

I get a lot of questions about concentrates and edibles, and how they compare to, say, smoking a joint. This can be difficult to answer when it comes to edibles, as the absorption methods are different. When your liver turns THC molecules into 11-hydroxy-THC, instead of Delta-9 THC, it is absorbed through the blood-brain barrier even better, and often will result in a more intense high, so I always advise plenty of time (at least two hours) between doses. As far as dabbing versus smoking flower, I’ll sometimes compare it to having a shot of liquor or a beer. Concentrates are a more potent version of cannabis, so you need much less to create the same effect. Some people will try to tell me that eating mangoes with their weed use will get them more high, but I’m pretty sure this is more of just an old stoner’s tale.

Jane and other tour guides show riders around on the Loopr, a mobile cannabis lounge.

Jane and other tour guides show riders around on the Loopr, a mobile cannabis lounge.

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How do you feel about Colorado’s current regulation of social cannabis consumption? How could it be improved?

Currently, we are waiting to see if the cannabis hospitality bill is going to pass. This could bring a lot of amazing opportunity to the realm of social consumption, and would help some dispensaries expand their offerings with tasting rooms, similar to breweries. Right now, there are limited options for social cannabis consumption, and only some are focused on educating their guests about responsible use as much as making a buck. The hospitality bill would help regulate these environments more soundly and clear up any gray areas around our current consumption lounges.

What are your preferred strains/products and methods of consumption before doing something active?

Exercise and outdoor activities, like hiking, also go great with a little weed. I usually will use a high CBD/low THC vape or edible prior to strenuous activities. I’ve found that this regimen allows me to work out longer, and I have less soreness and tiredness afterward.

4/20 is coming up. Any advice on how to safely celebrate?

4/20 is so much fun every year here in Denver, and it’s my favorite time to celebrate! I always remind visitors to stay hydrated, as being a mile above sea level can make pretty much anything more intense. I also recommend not to be tempted to break the law by consuming in public or in your car. Law enforcement is out in full force this time of year, and there’s no quicker way to ruin your high than to have an uncomfortable conversation with a police officer. Check out one of the safe and legal consumption lounges available to fully enjoy your 4/20 fun.

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An Animated Guide to WonderCon

This weekend, the annual WonderCon comics, gaming and fandom event takes over the Anaheim Convention Center, offering attendees a jam-packed schedule of screenings, signings, sneak peeks, panels and portfolio reviews. Here are some of our recommended picks to make the most of the event.


Fri. 5 p.m. Transformers: Cyberverse, Going Cyber A behind-the-scenes look at writing Transformers: Cyberverse Season 1 from Cartoon Network and Hasbro Studios. The conversation will include the Cyberverse writing team: Gavin Hignight, Zac Atkinson, Mae Catt, Dan Salgarolo, story editor Randolph Heard, and Hasbro Studios’ Mikiel Houser and will be moderated by Jack Conway (Comic-Con Film School 101). The team will discuss the creation of Season 1 and give you a peak at what’s to come in Season 2!

Fri. 6 p.m. Writing for Animation Have you ever wanted to write cartoons for a living? If so, you’ll want to listen to a panel of folks who have actually done it and done a lot of it. Come and hear from moderator Mark Evanier (The Garfield Show, Thundarr The Barbarian), John Semper (Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Static Shock), Julien Magnat (The Garfield Show, Ben 10), and others.

Fri. 7 p.m. WORLD PREMIERE Justice League vs. The Fatal Five Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, DC, and Warner Bros. Animation continue the treasured tradition of Friday night world premieres at WonderCon with the unveiling of the latest DC Universe Movie! Be in the first live audience to see the film, then stay for an enthralling panel led by Elyes Gabel (Scorpion, Game of Thrones) as Thomas Kallor/Star Boy, and Diane Guerrero (Orange Is the New Black, DC Universe’s Doom Patrol) as Jessica Cruz/Green Lantern, alongside a trio of actors reprising their beloved Justice League/Justice League Unlimited roles as Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman, respectively: Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: The Killing Joke), Susan Eisenberg (Injustice 2, LEGO DC Super Heroes Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis), and George Newbern (Superman vs. the Elite, Scandal). The panel will also include other cast members and the filmmaking team of producer/director Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen, Gotham by Gaslight), screenwriters Eric Carrasco (Supergirl, Justice League Action) and Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight), and executive producer Bruce Timm (Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, Batman: The Animated Series).

Fri. 8 p.m. The Robotech Panel Harmony Gold USA presents the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from awesome new products to the live-action film in the works at Sony Pictures with the producers of 300 and the director of Stephen King’s It.

Sat. 10 a.m. Into the Spider-Verse: A New Take on Animation Taking fans by storm, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was unlike anything seen before. From its perfectly balanced soundtrack, to the unique animation style that brought a comic book feel straight to the silver screen, it delighted audiences around the world. Jessica Tseang (comic book historian, AMC’s Secret History of Comics) discusses what made this film stand out from countless other animated movies with Sony Animation Visual Development artists for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Yuhki Demers and Zac Retz, and other special panelists.

Sat. 10 a.m. DreamWorks She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Executive producer Noelle Stevenson, Aimee Carrero (Adora/She-Ra), AJ Michalka (Catra), Karen Fukuhara (Glimmer), Marcus Scribner (Bow), Lauren Ash (Scorpia), and Merit Leighton (Frosta) give attendees a sneak peek of Season 2 of the critically acclaimed Netflix original series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Everyone’s invited . . . even Kyle!

Sat. 11 a.m. A Look inside The Dragon Prince The team behind Netflix Original animated series The Dragon Prince is bringing you an inside look into the magic of the show. Panelists include creators Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond, along with the voice actors of your favorite family of villains: Jason Simpson (Lord Viren), Racquel Belmonte (Claudia), and Jesse Inocalla (Soren). With Seasons 1 and 2 behind them, you’ll get to hear about how they got to where they are now and what’s on the horizon for the future of The Dragon Prince.

Sat. 11:30 a.m. Hasbro and IDW Present: The Transformers Panel Transformers comics are reborn in the all-new Transformers series-and Transformers hall-of-famer John Barber and editor David Mariotte are here to introduce you to this bold new era and to celebrate 35 years of our favorite Cybertronians with surprise panelists from the past, present, and future of Transformers!

Sat. 11:30 a.m. LAIKA Writer/director Chris Butler will share how LAIKA’s 360 stop-motion animation has evolved throughout their history, culminating in their upcoming global adventure film Missing Link, featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis. Joining Chris Butler are producer and head of production Arianne Sutner, production designer Nelson Lowry, and puppet fabrication supervisor John Craney for an exciting conversation with moderator Alicia Malone.

Sat. 12 p.m. DC Super Hero Girls Video Presentation and Q&A Fresh off their brand-new series on Cartoon Network, the DC Super Hero Girls are coming to WonderCon. Executive producer Lauren Faust (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) and the vocal cast of Kimberly Brooks, Kari Wahlgren, Nicole Sullivan, Grey Griffin, and Myrna Velasco share new footage and answer your questions!

Sat. 1 p.m. Crafting Cartoons and Comics: The Sights and Sounds of Your Favorite TV and Film Characters Learn how animated and comic book films and television shows are adapted, designed, and composed in this behind-the-scenes look at the production and development process for your favorite projects. Part 3 of 3 from Impact24’s “Behind-the-Camera Superblock” panel series. Panelists include animator David Han (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), animation director Anna Hollingsworth (Unikitty!), supervising director Mike Hollingsworth (BoJack Horseman), supervising director Mike Mayfield (Big Mouth), and composers Brian H. Kim (Star vs. the Forces of Evil), Ryan Shore (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny). Moderated by voice actors Vanessa Marshall (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Young Justice) and Chris Villain (content creator).

Sat. 3:30 p.m. Happy Birthday, Batman! Calling all Batfans! You are cordially invited to Batman’s official birthday bash! Join an all-star panel celebrating the Caped Crusader and his many incarnations across film, television, animation, games, and comics. Be there to wish the greatest superhero of all time a happy birthday.

Sat. 4 p.m. Reimagining The Twilight Zone for the Modern Audience When The Twilight Zone debuted in 1959, it became a worldwide phenomenon through its used socially conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times. The godfather of sci-fi television, the show explored humanity’s hopes, despairs, prides, and prejudices in metaphoric ways conventional dramas could not. The upcoming reimagining of The Twilight Zone from executive producers Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg is coming to CBS All Access April 1. Hear from series producers and creative minds behind the series for an exclusive sneak peek and discussion on reintroducing The Twilight Zone to a modern audience.

Sat. 5:30 p.m. Cartoon Voices Once again, moderator Mark Evanier brings together a team of experts in the art of speaking for animated characters, interviews them, and has them demonstrate what they do. The panel this time includes Jon Bailey (Transformers: Combiner Wars, Bumblebee), Phil LaMarr (Futurama, Samurai Jack), Alicyn Packard (Tom & Jerry, Poppy Cat), Rachel Butera (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Jim Meskimen (Avengers Assemble, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and maybe a surprise or two.

Sat. 6:30 p.m. Animation Superstars ASIFA-Hollywood is bringing together some of the brightest talents in animation to discuss the animation industry, tips on how to break into the industry, and challenges and triumphs along the way. Panelists will include Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Rise of the Guardians), Jorge Gutiérrez (Book of Life, El Tigre, upcoming Maya and the Three), Daron Nefcy (Star vs. the Forces of Evil), Jeanette Moreno King (Alien News Desk, Enchantment, Futurama), and Alonso Ramirez Ramos (Disney’s Mickey Mouse Shorts, Steven Universe Movie). The panel will be moderated by ASIFA-Hollywood vice-president Brooke Keesling.

Sun. 10:45 a.m. Remembering Stan Lee Fellow fans remember the life and legacy of the legendary Stan Lee. Starting with the Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics in 1961, Stan (together with fellow co-creators, artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, et al.) brought to life the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, and our favorite neighborhood Spider-Man! This panel will celebrate Stan the Man with a collection of fan art and the best of his cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plus stories of those who knew Stan and his genuine appreciation for his fans.

Sun. 12:30 p.m. Demon Creation to City Extensions: Storytelling Through VFX Cutting-edge VFX have reached a level where anything that can be imagined can be taken from script to screen. From demonic possessions to city extensions, VFX industry leader Crafty Apes works on everything from sci-fi shows to period features. The team behind fan-favorites including Stranger Things, The Orville, Legion, Doctor Strange, Deadpool 2, and Ant-Man and the Wasp will dive into the ways in which visual effects shots were crucial to the storytelling process.

Sun. 1:30 p.m. The Bumpy Road: From Animation Student to Animation Professional Do you have what it takes to break into the field of animation? Every year students graduate with degrees in animation, but only a fraction of them end up landing a job in the business. Competition is fierce, and if you want to get your career started, you have to be prepared and ready to hit the ground running. In this panel discussion, producer Stephen Worth is joined by designer/storyboard artist JoJo Baptista and educator Taber Dunipace to offer tips that lead to success and advice on how to avoid common pitfalls. If you hope to pursue a career in animation, you won’t want to miss it. This panel is brought to you by Animation Resources, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization serving animators, cartoonists, and illustrators.

Sun. 1:45 p.m. WORLD PREMIERE: Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Be the first live audience to witness this tantalizing team-up at the World Premiere and its star-studded post-screening panel. The Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all-star cast is led by Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us) as the voice of both Batman and the Joker, making Baker the first actor to ever play both roles in the same film. Opposite Baker are the Ninja Turtles themselves: Emmy Award/Golden Globe Award/SAG Award-winner Darren Criss (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Glee) as Raphael, Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie) as Donatello, and Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, The Woody Woodpecker Show) as Leonardo. Other key members of the voice cast include Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Batgirl, John DiMaggio (Adventure Time, Futurama) as Mr. Freeze, Tara Strong (Batman: The Animated Series, Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!) as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Penguin, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911!) as Bane, Cas Anvar (The Expanse) as Ra’s al Ghul, Keith Ferguson (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) as Baxter Stockman and Two-Face, Brian George (Seinfeld) as Alfred, Ben Giroux (Hart of Dixie) as Robin, Andrew Kishino (The Lion Guard) as Shredder, and Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation) as Commissioner Gordon and Scarecrow. Jake Castorena (The Death of Superman) directs Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from a script by Marly Halpern-Graser (Mad, Batman Unlimited, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo).

Sun. 2 p.m. Archer: 1999 Advanced Screening and Q&A Archer is FXX’s Emmy Award-winning, animated comedy that, in its upcoming 10th season, centers around the spaceship M/V Seamus as Archer, Lana, and the rest of the crew explore deep space and try to outsmart space princes, intergalactic pirates, and vicious bounty hunters. Come see a not-to-be-missed exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming season and the voice cast of H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates, plus executive producers Matt Thompson and Casey Willis as they discuss bringing this animated series from script to screen.

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Submit Your School Listings for Animag’s 2019 Education & Career Guide!

If part of your New Year Resolution is to pursue your dream job in animation, visual effects or video games, you’ll want to keep an eye out for Animation Magazine’s annual Education & Career Guide, which will be available in print with the March ‘19 issue throughout the year at key trade shows and events.

We are now calling for submissions from educational institutions around the world offering animation and related courses of study for the school listings section of this in-demand Guide. There is no fee for inclusion, an the print deadline is January 14. Listings are also made available online year-round.

To make a bigger impact with advertising in the Education & Career Guide or the March issue of Animation Magazine, contact Sheri Shelton at [email protected]

Submit your FREE school listing now.

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