Welcome to The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog. Our goal is to provide the most in-depth coverage of all aspects of the massive pop culture convention – from film, TV, comics, toys, offsites, and so much more.
We also offer a unique perspective from a seasoned team, who are here to provide you with tips, suggestions, and of course, all the latest news.
Make sure to go to the Contact Us page if you have any questions or comments. Thanks for reading!
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Kerry Dixon – Editor-in-Chief. A misspent childhood spent in front of the television led her to a lifelong passion for all things entertainment. After trying out a few smaller cons, she first attended Comic Con in 2010 and became hooked! Her technological know-how (she goes through the Twitter hashtags so you don’t have to!), she brings you the most up to date news on the convention scene regarding panels, events, exclusives, and much more. In her spare time, she’s a pug-loving television and travel enthusiast. She lives in Oklahoma with her two pugs, who keep her otherwise busy. If you have any questions, especially related to panels, you can find her on Twitter at @kerrydixon
James Riley – SDConCast Host/Photographer/Writer. Despite living in San Diego most of his life, James didn’t go to his first Comic-Con until 1995. He hasn’t missed one since. Throughout the years he has spent his time at Comic-Con taking on a variety of guises. His first appearance was as a retailer where he honed his knowledge of comics, toys & cards from the other side. Next came time as a normal fan, spending most of the con hours walking the floor targeting all the cool stuff that helps make SDCC world famous. In 2005 he joined a new team, working with fellow Browncoats to run what some consider the best fan group booth at the con and ended up leading the non-profit California Browncoats from 2007-2011. Now he’s a member of the fourth estate, shooting everything in sight with his trusty camera, co-hosting SDConCast and occasionally writing an article. He’s also teamed up with his lovely wife (and fellow photographer) Beth to bring a one-two punch to capturing the con. He hopes his experience at, and love for, SDCC helps others have that special week in July they’ll remember for a lifetime. Keep a close eye on him though, you’ll never know what he’s aiming for next. He can be found on GeekShot Photography.
Kara Dupree — Writer/Contributer. Kara is a college student majoring in media studies. She’s a huge entertainment buff, especially on anything relating to TV, music, and Broadway — and she’s also to go-to person to ask who a celebrity is. Every year since 2013, Kara attends SDCC with her mom and sister, and they love every second of it. You can find her on Twitter at @Kara_SDCC.
Ben Kucharski – Writer/Contributor. Being a hermit and an escapist is a fantastic combination to becoming a pop culture junkie. Ben loves TV, movies, comic books, books, video games, music, and magazines. A penitent for the internet, collecting, electronics, and Asian culture created this fanboy who has been to 13 SDCCs and counting. He lives in Arizona, has an otherworldly love for Funko Pop figures, and when overwhelmed with fan goodness, defaults to swooning. He can be found on Twitter at @HelloBK.
Shawn Marshall – Writer/Contributor. His secret origin is one buried underneath stacks of comics and containers of Star Wars and Star Trek toys. Having not had a traditional upbringing, it is only because of comics that he ever learned to read and as a result their hero-filled pages hold a special place in his heart. Since those early days, he’s read comics and collected toys fairly consistently. The next step in his transformation to a super nerd was learning the con scene. Cons are important, as they’re the perfect marriage of all the things that make me who he am. As such, he loves sharing advice on how to get the most out of these shows. His SDCC specialties are swag, exclusives, comics and health (attending SDCC since 2005 and no con flu yet!). He’s overjoyed to be assisting the Avengers of Comic-Con in bringing fans the best SDCC possible. Outside of the SDCCBlog, you can find him at www.youtube.com/user/theconfluence1 and on Twitter at @ParksAndCons.
Lisa McDowell – Writer/Contributer. Lisa is the best of the best when it comes to tracking down San Diego Comic-Con information, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone who knows more about the ins and outs of social media for the convention. She’s also the resident Comic-Con autograph expert. When Lisa’s not busy scouring the world wide web, she can be found in San Diego hanging out with her family, reading Game of Thrones, watching Vikings, taking photos, and just generally being awesome. You can also find Lisa on her personal/Comic-Con themed Twitter account @sdccgotgirl.
Evic Oropilla – Writer/Contributor. It all started when at a young age he attended a small comic convention at Golden Hall. Not knowing what he was getting himself into at the time the experience would become addictive. He was exposed to what we know today as “Nerd Mecca”, “Nerdvana”, “Nerdtopia” aka the San Diego Comic Con and has been hooked now for over 25 years! His mission is to provide information to help make the SDCC experience a fulfilling one to fans as SDCC can be overwhelming! By combining tech, experience and knowledge he is able to offer a unique perspective in helping to create the best con experience possible. As SDCC gets closer his excitement level increases and the release of adrenaline triggers the monster within who is consumed by ALL things SDCC!!! If you have any questions you can find him on Twitter at @evico.
Beth Riley – Photographer / Podcast Producer. Beth enjoys taking a thousand photos at a single panel and then only posting five. Some of those photos end up on this site. Others can be found at GeekShot Photography. Her adventures in geekdom are documented @trekkiebeth on Twitter and Instagram.
Kim Twombly – Writer/Contributor. Her first experiences with con life started with Star Trek TNG, X-Files, and other fan-run conventions in the 90’s. Later, Kim branched out to CCI’s WonderCon and then the 24-hour party that is Dragon*Con in Atlanta. She has attended Comic-Con since 2006, gaining more and more insight into how to navigate both the convention and the plethora of events in the surrounding Gaslamp Quarter. In 2012, Kim brought her experiences together to start the website OutsideComicCon.com and its accompanying Twitter feed @OutsideComicCon. Much like Black Widow, she is resourceful and innovative, tracking down information and using her knowledge for good and not evil (we hope!). She aims to help other con-goers discover the opportunities outside the convention center for giveaways, virals, screenings, parties, celebrity-sightings and other amazing events. You can also find Kim on her personal Twitter feed, @Earth2Kim, and you might even catch her driving around San Diego sporting her Doctor Who-themed license plate!
Andy Wagner – Writer/Contributor. At the tender age of 3, Andy’s mother took him to see Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and a Trekkie was born. His love of Star Trek grew into a love of conventions. After starting with small Star Trek conventions in his native Pennsylvania, he finally gathered the nerve to attend Comic-Con International after moving to San Diego. After his first SDCC in 2011, he knew he was home. Andy goes to SDCC for previews, panels, offsites, and all the free swag he can get his hands on. When he’s not dreaming about SDCC, Andy is a technical writer for a government contractor. He lives in San Diego with his wife and daughter, who graciously support Andy’s SDCC habit. The whole family gives back to the community by volunteering at The Salvation Army El Cajon Corps. You can find Andy on Twitter at @andrewjwagner76.
Robert Warners – Writer/Contributor. Residing in Arizona with an unhealthy addiction to collecting retro video games, Robert consumes many forms of pop culture. With his first comic convention being Comic Con in 2008, he enjoyed the experience so much he has been attending ever since. Robert turned that love of Comic Con into a hobby, as he covers Arizona comic conventions at legionofsand.com You can either find him on a never ending quest to find the best burger around or on Twitter @LegionofSand
Sarah Lacey – Contributor/Designer. Sarah grew up bemoaning her dad and brother watching sci-fi constantly, until her own awakening came in the form of Clark Kent in Smallville. It ushered in a fierce love of all things sci-fi, fantasy and comic-related. Her first con experience was a mid-sized sci-fi con in Anaheim in 2010. A few months later, she attended her first Comic-Con and learned second row panel seats are worth a night on the sidewalk. She’s since been to several Stargate, Farscape and Star Trek specific cons, as well as Fan Expo Canada, which is Canada’s version of SDCC. She’s a mom, designer and web developer, TV enthusiast, fan fiction reader, and all around geek. Cons are akin to summer camp, and being apart of the online con community is a wonderful way of extending that camp atmosphere throughout the year for Sarah. You can also follow Sarah on Twitter @slacestation.
For your convenience, we’ve created a Twitter list of the team mentioned above. All you have to do is follow the list, and you’ll follow all of our individual updates leading up to and through this year’s SDCC. And of course, continue to follow the site’s main Twitter @SD_Comic_Con for all the news leading up to and through the con.