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– by Emmanuel Gomez

To say this is a big week for DC Comics and pop culture icon Batman is a complete understatement. First off, this Wednesday will be the release of Detective Comics #1000, which was where back in 1939 in issue number 27 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, our caped crusader first debuted. Later this week on Saturday will mark his exact 80th birthday and it happens to fall on the second day of one of my favorite conventions in southern California WonderCon and to say DC has birthday plans is an understatement.

The weekend will be highlighted by a special panel on Saturday titled HAPPY BIRTHDAY BATMAN! DC is calling this the “can’t miss” panel of WonderCon in room North 200B at 3:30-4:30p.m. to celebrate the Dark Knight and his many incarnations across film, television, animation, games and comics. This will be an all-star panel of talent that will include the fan favorite voice of Batman in Batman: The Animated Series, Kevin Conroy, the star of the hit television series Gotham who plays the young Bruce Wayne, David Mazouz, Lee Meriwether, who starred in the 1960’s Batman film as Catwoman, Jim Lee, DC Publisher, Chief Creative Officer and Batman: Hush artist, Roger Craig Smith, the voice of Batman in the recent Batman Arkham Origins video game and animated film Batman: Ninja and Grace Randolph the host of Behind the Trailer and Batman pop culture expert.

Although the big celebration will be on Saturday, there will be a Batman specific panel everyday of the convention. On Friday they will have a DC CELEBRATES 80 YEARS OF BATMAN PANEL that will include some of the “who’s who” in Batman writers and artists throughout the years including Joëlle Jones, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Peter J. Tomasi. The panel will be moderated by Sam Humphries at 3:30-4:30p.m. in room North 200B. Sunday’s Batman panel will be titled DC BATMAN ART ACADEMY where attendees will have a special unique look at artists visual approaches to Batman. Some amazing artist will be in attendance including Bernard Chang, Ryan Benjamin and Mikel Janin.

Along with the panels be sure to visit the DC’s spectacular booth (#1101) where it will feature a variety of DC iconic characters, special fan giveaways and a display of Batman cowls from Warner Bros. Archives as well as a packed signing schedule with some of the biggest names in comics. Attendees will also have the chance to put themselves on Jim Lee’s cover of the milestone issue of Detective Comics #1000 with a special green screen photo booth experience.

Speaking of the milestone Detective Comics #1000, the Graphitti Designs booth (#1001) will have an exclusive variant cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair available while supplies last and there will also be a foil variant of Lee Week’s Batman #67 available. Along with the comic books attendees can pick up the official WonderCon t-shirt which features the caped crusader with artwork by Weeks, which was commissioned for the WonderCon program.

Be sure to keep up with us here at LRMOnline as we will be at WonderCon to bring you all the news from the show including the Batman festivities!

WonderCon takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center March 29th-31st.

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Source: DC Entertainment