Nerdist Writers Panel

The writer of the lauded horror film You're Next as well as the upcoming The Guest talks about writing for himself and his creative partner Adam Wingard as well as for an audience, walks us through his late nights of writing, his attempts to write films differently, and lots more. The Guest is in theaters this week.


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Live from SDCC 2014, it's the Nerdist Podcast Super Panel with Matt Mira (Nerdist, James Bonding), Jonah Ray (Nerdist, Jonah Raydio), Janet Varney (The JV Club), Cole Stratton (Pop My Culture), Gil Letelier (The Mutant Season), Ben Blacker (Nerdist Writers Panel, Nerdist Comics Panel, Thrilling Adventure Hour), Ben Acker (Thrilling Adventure Hour), Sandra Daugherty (Sex Nerd Sandra) and Dave Ross (Terrified)!

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Mark Evanier (Garfield and Friends), Adam Beechen (Transformers: Robots in Disguise) Shannon Denton (Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes), Neo Edmunds (Kaijudo), Jason Spisak (Young Justice) and Heath Corson (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis) discuss the madcap animation industry, what to do when directors slap actors and how to break in (if you actually still want to after hearing this). Recorded at the Phoenix ComicCon on June 6, 2014. (Note: Some audience questions were recorded too low and have been cut.  But you’re smart, you’ll figure out what they asked in context.)


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Creators of the Hulu original series, director Nancy Hower and actor John Lehr, talk about their improvised Western procedural sit-com, how they collaborate, comedy influences, their previous show, TBS's 10 Items or Less, and lots more. Season 2 of Quick Draw continues on Hulu through September!

Some live Nerdist Writers Panels coming up!

Sept 21, 5pm at Meltdown with the writers of Person of

Oct 9, 7pm at the Housing Works Bookstore in Soho with Terence Winter (creator of Boardwalk Empire), Danny Strong (writer of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay adaptations), and comics writer Ales Kot (Secret Avengers):

Plus: live Nerdist Comics Panels in NY with Brian Michael Bendis, Charles Soule, and more to be announced soon!

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In our second New Writer Spotlight, Heath Corson (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis) talks to Jeremy Whitley about his Eisner-nominated comic Princeless,writing engaging aspirational tales for a new generation and why no Disney Princess has every figured out that they could just save themselves. Recorded at the Phoenix ComicCon on June 8, 2014.

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With Liz Tigelaar (Nashville; Bates Motel; creator, Life Unexpected), Kyle Killer (creator, Awake and Lone Star), Mark Johnson (EP, Rectify), Bryan Seabury (VP, Drama Development at CBS), David Madden (President, Fox TV Studios). Moderated by the AV Club's Todd VanDerWerff.

The serialized drama has evolved drastically in the past thirty years. Leading characters have shifted from heroes to anti-heroes, and stories have moved from clear good vs. evil to murky immorality that leaves audiences unsure whom they should root for. Today’s leading drama producers and writers discuss current trends in their genre, including: the expansion to dark and depraved worlds, advantages (or challenges) that come with network or cable (or online), viewing habits of audiences, and if any of these factors have an impact on how they choose to tell their story.

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Voiceover actor Jason Spisak (Young Justice’s Kid Flash, Green Lantern: The Animated Series’ Razer), Adam Beechen (Batman Beyond). and Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham) talk personal experiences, favorite moments working on DC Animated projects and just how much should Batman talk in order to maintain his mystique.  Recorded at the Phoenix ComicCon on June 8, 2014.   

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Kyle Killen (Awake; Lone Star) knows more about ratings than he cares to, and he's going to break it down for you starting with who, what, when, where, or IF watching matters. Dissecting Neilsen, DVRs, live viewing, social media, and streaming, he’ll answer questions like: What's a share? How everyone you know can be talking, tweeting and watching a show, but it still gets canceled? And why do ratings equal cancellation on one network but a hit on another? Following his 15 minute presentation, Killen sits down with top critics Alan Sepinwall (Hitfix), Matthew Zoller Seitz (Vulture), Todd Vanderwerff (A.V. Club), and Tara Ariano ( to discuss TV's growth in the past decade, where its going, and their contributions to a show's fate.


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In the first of our “new writer spotlights,” Heath Corson (Batman: Assault on Arkham) chats with Jason “Gonzo” Gonzales about his self-published comic series La Mano del Destino, duality, identity, working at Todd McFarlane’s think tank and the challenges of self-publishing.  Find the book at  Recorded at the Phoenix ComicCon on June 8, 2014.

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Creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino talk about bringing their adventure/action/comedy/coming-of-age animated series to the screen, finding a new process for producing animated television, their non-cancelation, the big screen adaptation, and lots more. The “Book 3” finale is available this Friday at and on many other platforms!

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