Eric and Julia Lewald

signing on Sunday, November 11 only!

Booth 009

Eric Lewald and Julia Lewald are two of the premier writer-producers in youth-oriented and animated television, with over 700 produced credits, a world-wide number-one hit, an Emmy nomination and an Environmental Media Award between them.  They have been showrunners, together or individually, on 14 series, including X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, the show that brought Marvel characters to TV and movies and made Fox TV the number one network in kids’ programming.

The Lewalds, both together and individually, have developed series for every major studio – for Universal, MGM, Fox, Disney; for Ivan Reitman at Northern Lights; and for Spielberg and Katzenberg at Dreamworks.  At Sam Raimi’s Renaissance Films, they supervised the writing on all 50 episodes for the Hercules/Xena spin-off Young Hercules, starring Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling.   For Bonnie Hammer at USA Network they developed and ran Streetfighter, the top animated series on the network.  Their RoboCop: Alpha Commando resurrected the RoboCop franchise, and ExoSquad, whose first year Eric supervised, became Universal’s number one animated TV action series.  Julia’s Skeleton Warriors series was a hit on CBS.

Eric’s book Previously on X-MEN: The Making of an Animated Series is a behind-the-scenes history and celebration of the creation of the landmark television show, told by the showrunner, cast, writers, and artists who produced it, with over 100 illustrations, photographs and images across 450+ pages. The book’s release coincides with the 25th anniversary of the X-MEN:TAS premiere.  Previously on X-Men has been published by pop-culture specialists Jacobs/Brown Media to rave reviews – Geeks WorldWide calls it “11 OUT OF 10 – A MUST READ!”; Den of Geek! says it’s “the BEST RESOURCE about the BELOVED SHOW you could possibly want! 5 out of 5!”; and ANIMATION MAGAZINE names it a ‘fascinating, intensive history of a game-changing superhero toon.’

Their website is here and their Twitter account is here. You can order the book here.

Panels

Saturday at 12:15 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook C-D

NIGHTCRAWLER: An Animated X-Men Consideration of Faith (with Len Uhley)

Meet the writer of the first superhero cartoon to tackle the theme of faith.  Len Uhley, writer of the X-MEN:TAS episode “Nightcrawler”, will show and discuss his work with showrunner Eric Lewald.  Find out how they dealt with a topic that Hollywood often considers taboo.

Saturday at 4:00 pm in Grand Gallery A-C

Writing The X-Men For The Big And Small Screen (with Len Uhley and David Hayter)

Screenwriters David Hayter (X-Men, X-Men 2) and Len Uhley (“X-Men: TAS”) as well as producer Eric Lewald (“X-Men: TAS”) discuss translating the classic mutant group from the pages of comic books to the big and small screen and the challenges that pre-conceived notions, tradition, and expectations create for the writers.

Sunday at 12:15 pm in Grand Gallery A-C

X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES Celebrates 25 Years (with Len Uhley)

In 1993, the Fox network premiered a cartoon that would change Hollywood and Pop Culture.  Within weeks, the network shot from distant last place to number one, Marvel got their first hit, and tens of millions of people were introduced to the world of comic book superheroes.  Hear behind-the-scenes stories from people who made the show happen.

Schedule

Saturday

12:15 to 1:15 pm panel in Grand Gallery Overlook C-D

4:00 to 5:00 pm panel in Grand Gallery A-C

Sunday

11:00 am to noon signing in 009

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm panel in Grand Gallery A-C

1:45 pm to 4:30 pm signing in 009