Under the Tents: Wynonna Earp, Blood Drive, Alex Pardee, Bud Plant’s Art Books, Stabbity Bunny

Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all you Comic-Con moms and mother figures! We have a “mother” of a UTT for you that includes great SDCC news on some Wynonna Earp merch, how you can participate in the blood drive (and get a cool shirt!), the loss of an exhibit floor mainstay, and word from Alex Pardee and Stabbity Bunny – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Here’s a look at the news you might have missed:

  • We previously reported that Castle Rock will have a large presence at SDCC 2018. But on top of promoting that, it sounds like show writer Marc Bernardin already has a packed con schedule, as he announced via Twitter.

  • Comic-Con wants your blood. Actually, the San Diego Blood Bank (who partners with CCI every year) wants volunteers to help with this year’s Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive. If you’re interested in volunteering for this great cause, you can let them know by following this link. And, just like always, volunteers also receive a free t-shirt.

2013 Blood Drive, Photo by Rudy Manahan

  • Artist Chrissie Zullo tweeted she will most likely take SDCC commissions sometime mid-June. We’ll keep an eye on her Twitter feed for the formal announcement.

  • Artist Mary Bellamy announced via Twitter that she will have some special goodies for her fans at SDCC, including some bunny pins. We’ll keep an eye on this to see just what surprises she has in store this year.

  • Author Isabel Quintero was very excited when she announced to her Twitter followers that she and Zeke Peña will be at the Abrams Kids booth signing copies of Photographic.

  • San Diego Comic-Con is going to look a bit different this year. Mainstay Bud Plant’s Art Books, who has exhibited at the convention for every one of its 48 years, won’t be returning to the show floor this year. That’s big news in itself – but their reasoning (which is definitely worth reading) for pulling out is that 1. Many former customers can no longer get tickets to the convention and thus don’t attend and 2. The attendees these days are not looking for books. It’s big news, and just another sign that the convention has slowly evolved over the years.

  • Comic writer Donny Cates posted his convention schedule to Twitter. Lucky for us, SDCC 2018 is there.

  • Wondering where Skipbro Toys has been lately? Getting ready for SDCC with their new exclusives. We see the hashtag #Ewokalypsenow catching on.
  • Bling Squared posted a sample of their Mega Turtle with Otto Octopus to Instagram, announcing that they will be bringing more like this to SDCC this year.
  • Fairy Tale graphic novel publisher Hidden Door Comics posted their convention schedule to Instagram, which included SDCC. Illustrator Carla Wyzgala will be there with as many copies of their latest, Blue Eyes and the Beastling, as she can grab.
  • Remember all the Wynonna Earp excitement last week? Amidst the chaos, IDW Publishing released a set of Wynonna Earp poker cards, which sold out fast. According to IDW co-founder and executive vice president Robbie Robbins, the plan was to keep some in reserve for SDCC.

  • Good news: Comics writer Grace Ellis is excited to include SDCC 2018 in her convention schedule.

  • Author Kevin Hearne also has SDCC 2018 on his Events and Appearances page. He may be holding a get-together at the Upstart Crow on July 21, but nothing definite has been posted yet.

  • Richard Rivera, writer/creator of Stabbity Bunny, has San Diego Comic-Con 2018 on his list of con appearances as well.

  • Novelist/screenwriter/comics writer Paul Cornell also has SDCC 2018 on his Appearances page.

Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments, drop us a line, or tweet us at @SD_Comic_Con.

About Andy Wagner

Andy Wagner
San Diego local born and raised in PA. His loves include SDCC, Penn State, and writing.