What To Expect: SDCC Preparation for June 2017

It’s now June, and that means that we can officially state that San Diego Comic-Con is next month. Are you prepared? Well, alright, no one is probably ever completely prepared, but your best option for ensuring you make the most of the behemoth that is Comic-Con is keeping up with the important news. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.

Here’s what you can expect over the next month:

More Panel Confirmations

Traditionally, this schedule is released exactly two weeks before the convention, which should mean that we won’t get a peek at the full, official schedule until July 6-9 — but with panel confirmation e-mails going out last week, we should start hearing from a lot of companies about just what they’ll be bringing to the con.

With that said though, the panel confirmations have already slowly started to trickle in, and we’re bound to know plenty of movie, TV, and other panels long before July. We’ve already taken a guess at which movies, broadcast TV shows, cable TV shows, and family network TV shows which we’ll be seeing.

Our continually updated list of Announced Panels will be going up in June as well, to track all the panel announcements for you in one easy location.

Exclusive Announcements & Presales

June will be a big month in the world of exclusives for most of the major companies. We already have details on several of the Comic-Con exclusives from Hasbro, though there’s still plenty more to be announced before the convention. Funko’s exclusives line-up is set to be revealed starting Monday, June 5. Mattel has remained unusually quiet this year, but their exclusives could start being revealed literally any day now.

Of the rest of the toy companies, Entertainment Earth just kicked off their announcements on May 24 with plenty more still to come, and we’re revealing all of Factory Entertainment’s exclusives every Tuesday and Thursday. Then there’s Bandai, Gentle Giant, Super7, Dark Horse, BBC America, BOOM!, IDW, and so many others.

Parking

Hundreds of attendees already have their parking for San Diego Comic-Con secured, but if you weren’t so lucky in this year’s parking lottery, then parking will open back up to the general public on June 12 at 10AM PT. Currently, only the Convention Center and Hilton Bayfront lots are full — so there should be plenty of options left over for everyone else, even if they’re a bit further out.

Offsite Announcements

Expect this to be a big, big month for San Diego Comic-Con offsite announcements. There’s this year’s Conan appearance, how the Syfy live show will work this year, what Conival and Geek & Sundry have up their sleeves, and more offsites that we probably know nothing about.

You can always find a list of offsites on our event calendar.

More SDConCast

Although the new season of the SDConCast is already in full swing, we have an exciting schedule of upcoming guests to talk movies, TV, comics, and much more all month. In addition, each week we’ll continue to keep you up to date on all the latest news, to help ensure you’re as prepared as possible for July.

Is there anything in particular you would like us to cover or want to know more about for SDCC? Let us know in the comments, drop us a line or tweet us at @SD_Comic_Con.

About Kerry Dixon

Kerry Dixon is Editor-in-Chief of The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog and the site's resident panel guru.
  • maxhdrm

    I am so looking forward to hearing more exclusives that hopefully are pre-sale to avoid the cro magnon mess that ensues from “lottery” systems. These vendors should want a more civilized PR approach to their booth instead of the afore mentioned antiquated methodology. Leave the lines out of it, pre-sale everything for pickup so everyone has an “equal” shot not just those who have tickets for that day. I personally think CCI should do away with 4-day tickets allowing only single day purchases increasing the odds for everyone during the waiting room. Now let’s talk about Gentle Giant’s illusive exclusives that were sold at Celebration and have since disappeared from their website with a disclaimer about upgraded their servers to “handle the increased demand”. That was a month ago and still not a peep. 2-3 weeks of advertising on their own website then those links go dead. Add to that the deep fulfillment issues running rampant with frustrated customers, as illustrated on their facebook page, and you have what could be an absent presence as far as exclusives go from them. What I see doesn’t instill confidence.

  • Michael Ebel

    I agree from sales perspective it makes more sense to cap each person at presale to 2 days to give more people a shot at the public sale to get in. I was lucky to get a 4 day pass this year, but it always made more sense to me from a vendor’s perspective to have more new people coming in each day. I imagine their sales would go up some.

    Exclusives: I wish CCI would role out a standard for how these items can be obtain and make it completely transparent. It seems to be a cluster every year and volunteers are typically clueless how to obtain the items.