San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog The ultimate source of news and info for Comic-Con attendees. Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:31:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sideshow Collectibles Bringing ‘Star Wars’ R2-ME2 Project To Comic-Con Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:31:07 +0000 10964017_1375574679427930_1541334186_n

Stanley Lau design

Every year, we look forward to seeing what Sideshow Collectibles brings to San Diego Comic-Con – both in terms of upcoming product lines, and in the latest case — just general awesomeness.

Earlier this week, the company announced that they have invited over 90 artists and fans to participate in what they have dubbed R2-ME2, a “unique re-imagining of everyone’s favorite sassy astromech: R2-D2″.

Each artist, which includes The Shiflett Brothers, Stanley Lau, Melita Curphy, Bruce Mitchell, Michael Possert, and many others, was given a blank prototype of Sideshow’s R2-D2 Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure, to design however they saw fit.

The finished pieces will be on display at Star Wars Celebration — but we’ve confirmed with Sideshow that they’ll also be making their way to the Sideshow San Diego Comic-Con booth, where they’ll be showcased for attendees to see.

You can find more information about the exhibition on Sideshow Collectible’s blog — and check it out for yourself at this year’s convention.

What do you think of the R2ME2 project? Let us know in the comments.

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WonderPost: The Nerdist, Thrilling Adventure Hour, Blood Drive, Greg Weisman, Mondo Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:38:41 +0000 WonderCon is officially less than a month away, and there’s still plenty to learn about the Anaheim convention. This week we’ve got word on a new programming track at WonderCon, news on The Thrilling Adventure Hour and The Nerdist sharing a panel, sad news for Mondo fans, and much more.

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

  • Looks like fan panels at WonderCon are being kicked out — to across the plaza, anyway. Comic-Con International announced a new track of programing devoted to fan culture, which will take place in the Elite Ballroom on the lobby level of the Anaheim Marriott. You can catch everything from Body Confidence and Positivity in Cosplay to Fangirl Foods: Where Pop Culture and Cuisine Collide to Cosplay & Kids. You can find more information, including the schedule on the Toucan Blog.

Marvel cosplay

  • Not content with taking over moderating every panel at Comic-Con, The Nerdist is hosting a panel at WonderCon this year (though whether Chris Hardwick will be in attendance, and whether he will attempt to moderate himself, is unknown). The panel, called An Evening of Nerdist Podcasts: Nerdist Writers Panel, Nerdist Comics Panel & Thrilling Adventure Hour, will split the Friday 7:30PM-10PM timeslot in Room 208 with, you guessed it, our friends at Thrilling Adventure Hour. You can also find the hilarious crew of TAH at SXSW later this month, at C2E2 in April, or all the way in Australia in May. More information is on their site.

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  • If you’re a fan of Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice), you won’t want to miss his WonderCon Spotlight panel. Weisman has confirmed via Twitter that he’ll be announcing one of his two new projects during the panel.

  • To the surprise of no one, Cartoon Voices will also be back this year – with Beware the Batman and Transformers Prime actress Sumalee Montano in tow. Mark Evanier will be moderating.

  • Illustrator Kate Carleton posted on Instagram that she will be selling prints at WonderCon 2015.

Kate Carleton Prints

  • Justin Ishmael from Mondo announced on Twitter that he may be attending WonderCon, but Mondo won’t be having a booth. Mondo is known for their artist collectibles.

  • Neo Edmund, writer of film, tv, comics, and novels, posted on Twitter he will be at WonderCon 2015.

  • Artist and designer Amy Mebberson, most notably for her art featuring Disney princesses, posted on Twitter that her WonderCon pre-commissions are now closed.

  • Gabby Zapata revealed on Tumblr the artwork of her six-piece mermaid button set that will be making its debut at WonderCon.

Gabby Zapata Mermaid Buttons

  • Michael Kogge, creator of Empire of the Wolf, recently told Bleeding Cool that he’ll be at both WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con.


  • Now that we’re a month out from the convention, Comic-Con International has started their annual Toucan Tip of the Day to help guide you through everything you need to know about the convention. Up first? Something we’ve been telling you for weeks – buy your badge now if you want to go.
  • Liam Brazier, illustrator and animator, revealed some Star Wars prints he’ll be selling at WonderCon.

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

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WonderCon Anaheim 2015 3-Day Badges Sold Out Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:49:27 +0000 wondercon anaheim signFor those hoping to experience everything that WonderCon Anaheim 2015 (April 3-5) has to offer – we hope that you already have your badges.

On Friday, when Comic-Con International announced that Saturday single-day badges were running low, and subsequently sold out just a few hours later, it was a sign that the convention is getting close. Today, just one day shy of six weeks from when WonderCon badges went on sale, 3-day badges have also sold out.

Friday and Sunday single day badges are still available (unlike the larger sister-show San Diego Comic-Con, WonderCon still offers both single day and combined badges, which is how Saturday sold out before 3-day badges), those hoping to attend on Saturday who haven’t purchased yet are out of luck.

In 2014, badges sold out in roughly the same time – it took about six weeks to sell out of both 3-day and Saturday badges, with Friday and Sunday badges not selling out until just a few days before the convention. Just like with last year, badges will not be available to be purchased at the door during the convention.

The complete programming schedule is only about two weeks away, but you can catch up with all the latest WonderCon news, including word that a Falling Skies panel will be at the convention.

Are you going to WonderCon Anaheim this year? Let us know in the comments.

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San Diego Comic-Con Hotel Sales Simplified: Early Bird vs. General Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:28:39 +0000 San Diego Hotels City View - Hyatt Embassy Hilton Early BirdNow that you’ve (hopefully) got your badge, with the news of Early Bird Hotel Sales last week, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about the difference between these two sales, and which one is right for you.

For that reason, we’ve attempted to break it down, and make it as simple as we can.

First, the basics:

Early Bird Hotel Sale

  • Mission Valley and Airport hotels ONLY
  • Prepayment for entire stay is required
  • Non-refundable
  • Most rooms require 3-4 nights minimum stay

General Hotel Sale

  • All hotels – Downtown, Mission Valley, Airport, Shelter Island and more
  • Prepayment for two nights stay is required
  • Refundable up to a certain point (2014 dates: April 30 for full refund, June 1 for full refund minus one night’s stay)
  • No minimum stay

But obviously, there’s more to consider than just the simple facts. What about price? Availability? Which hotel is best for you?

Those sort of questions become less about which hotel sale is right for you, and more about which area is right for you. We recommend you read our Count/Counterpoint for both Staying Outside the Gaslamp and Staying Downtown, but here is a quick list of pro’s and con’s about each area.

Courtyard Marriott Mission ValleyOutside the Gaslamp

  • Cheaper (prices range from $152 – $319 in 2014) - This is the #1 selling point for staying outside of downtown, as trying to stay closer to the action can eat a huge chunk in your wallet.
  • Shuttle access – Most of the hotels have shuttle access, meaning a safe, Comic-Con International shuttle bus will pick you up and drop you off relatively near your hotel. You may still be doing some walking though, which is why Option B is always:
  • Parking - You can always pay to park around the convention center – and Ace Parking holds a sale every year, so you know ahead of time where you’ll be parking, and don’t have to worry about circling all of downtown until you find an open spot. But this could also eat into your budget.
  • Away From the Action – You might view this as a pro or a con, depending on your own feelings toward noise and action. If the idea of being far away from the parties and inside your nice, quiet room instead after a long day at the convention center sounds like heaven to you, this might be the way to go. If it sounds awful, well, let us introduce you to the Gaslamp District, where the party doesn’t stop (until Sunday night, when it becomes a ghost town).
  • Much Easier To Get – We’re not going to say that you can always find a further out hotel, but they’re certainly not as in demand as the downtown options. Which can do amazing things for your stress levels.

Inside the Gaslamp

  • More Expensive (prices range from $182 – $380 in 2014) – There’s really no such thing as a cheap hotel during San Diego Comic-Con, but there’s no doubt about it: a downtown hotel is going to cost you more.
  • Within Walking Distance – One of the biggest selling points of staying downtown, though, is that you can walk just about anywhere. That means what you’re spending on the hotel room, you’re probably saving on parking (and in time waiting around on shuttle buses – never underestimate the value of your time). Walking around the Gaslamp and downtown is also a great way to run into offsites you maybe didn’t even know were there, and experience a fuller, more complete Comic-Con. Plus, if you’re lining up for Hall H or Ballroom 20 at night, having the option to walk to your hotel for a shower and a change of clothes is much easier if your hotel is a five-ten minute walk, rather than a 20 minute drive.
  • In the Heart of the Action – Especially at night, you can barely walk out the door of your hotel without tripping over two parties. Staying downtown makes the convention seem like it goes all hours of the night, which can either be a good thing, or a bad one.
  • Harder to Get – When Hotelpocalypse hits, only the fastest will survive. What do we mean by that? Hotels in the General Hotel Sale are awarded based on preference availability in the order of time stamp. Last year, only those who submitted in the first 90 seconds to two minutes received downtown hotels. CCI was later able to offer some of these returned rooms to those who didn’t score a downtown hotel and wanted one, but don’t count on absolutely getting a downtown hotel just because you want one. Like with all things at Comic-Con, demand simply outweighs supply.

Do you have a preference for staying inside or outside the Gaslamp? Let us know in the comments.


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WonderPost: Badges, Falling Skies, Loot Crate, Sherlock, Program Book Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:30:30 +0000 If we’re being honest with ourselves, the WonderCon news we’re really interested in is what food trucks will be there this year. But, since Comic-Con International has yet to reveal that pivotal piece of the puzzle, we’ve got plenty of other WonderCon Anaheim 2015 news to tide you over.

The biggest news, of course, is that Saturday badges are now sold out. For those hoping to attend on Saturday though, all hope is not lost yet – you can still purchase a 3-day combined badge, or even a Friday or Sunday single day badge. Hurry, though, as these will go fast.

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

  • Chandler Ford announced on Twitter that she will have some new promo postcards available to be picked up at WonderCon table A-42.

  • Artist Ann Shen unveiled on Instagram some new designs she’s illustrating, that will be available at WonderCon.


Shen also showed off another piece that she’s working on for the convention.


  • Jung-Ha Kim, illustrator and character/creature designer, announced via Twitter that she will be in Artist Alley at WonderCon.

  • Good news, for fans of Falling Skies. Actor Doug Jones told a fan on Twitter that “teasers are brewing” for season 5 of Falling Skies, and that a “few of us are doing press/panel at WonderCon in April”. Last year, TNT came out in full force to the convention, bringing three shows (Falling Skies, The Last Ship, and Legends). If Falling Skies are returning this year, we wouldn’t be surprised to see TNT back with multiple panels again this year.

  • Anna Measures Design, a design product and services company, announced they’ll have a booth at WonderCon, with “more info to come closer to the event”.

  • As every returning attendee knows, one of the highlights of WonderCon is the Program Book, given to those attending for free. Comic-Con International unveiled this year’s cover art, featuring DC Comics’ Batgirl, designed by Babs Tarr. You can find more information on Comic-Con International’s website.

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  • Here in the WonderPost, we talk a lot about artist Gabby Zapata – but we’re not done yet, as she has showed off a teaser of her super heroes and villains zine that will be debuting at WonderCon.

Additionally, she’s also revealed another print for the convention.

  • Darkwing Duck artist James Silvani took to tumblr to unveil a Maleficent (the Disney animation original) headshot that will be sold at ECCC, WonderCon, and C2E2.


  • The artist behind the creation of Deadpool, Robert Liefeld, announced on Twitter that he will be at both WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con.

  • Loot Crate, the company behind the most exciting package you’ll find in your mailbox every month, told a fan on Twitter that they will be at WonderCon this year.

  • Calling all Sherlock fans – a fan gathering will take place at WonderCon on Saturday, April 4, from 8PM-10PM. The night will officially kick off with a photo shoot around 7PM, and then the hosts welcome you to a Sherlock version of Cluedo, prizes, and more. You can find more information on the event’s Facebook page.


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

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Fifth Wave of San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Guests Announced Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:59:24 +0000 Sails Pavilion Crowd SDCC 2014We’re 128 days out from San Diego Comic-Con – and the closer we get, the more news that’s going to roll in. As it’s Monday, Comic-Con International has revealed another five artists and writers who will be attending the convention as Special Guests.

From the official Toucan Blog, here’s the list of the five more Special Guests headed to SDCC:

  • David Aja, Artist, Hawkeye, Immortal Iron Fist
  • Allie Brosh, Author, Hyperbole and a Half
  • Michael DeForge, Writer/artist, Ant Colony, First Year Healthy
  • Bob Layton, Artist/writer, Iron Man, X-Factor
  • Paul Levitz, Writer/editor/publisher, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel, Legion of Super-Heroes

Special guests typically receive a special “Spotlight” panel during the convention, so attendees have a chance to hear their favorite authors and artists speak live.

This week’s guests join the previously announced Special Guests Michael Cho, Tom Grummett, Chip Kidd, Jen Sorenson, Bernie Wrightson, Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Carlos Ezquerra, Lev Grossman, Hugh Howey, Reginald Hudlin, Steve Lieber, Scott McCloud, Jimmie Robinson, Luis Royo, Sara Ryan, William Stout, Jillian Tamaki, and Mariko Tamaki.

According to CCI, they’ll continue announcing five additional guests each Monday throughout March, and April, with the exception of the week of WonderCon – so keep your eyes peeled for more exciting announcements. You can also catch up on tons of other things and people who will be at San Diego Comic-Con in our Under the Tents updates.

Are you excited about these guests? Let us know in the comments.

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How Many Times Does Gerard Way Get Asked If He’s Attending SDCC: February Tweet Tally Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:43:47 +0000 Gerard Way Umbrella Academy Eisner AwardHere at The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog, we come across a lot of San Diego Comic-Con news.  We sift through it to bring our readers a comprehensive look at what attendees can expect to get excited about for the upcoming year’s Comic-Con.

A lot of the information we find is fans asking their favorite artists, writers, and celebrities via Twitter if they will be attending SDCC or not for the upcoming year.  It seems that no matter what information we come across, every year one name stands above the rest.

We find that one of San Diego Comic-Con’s most tweeted after celebrities is former My Chemical Romance band member and Eisner-award-winning Umbrella Academy writer, Gerard Way.

In fact, each year we find so many Gerard Way tweets that we began to ask ourselves, just how many times does Gerard Way get asked via Twitter if he will be attending Comic-Con?

In January we began a monthly count and posted our own January Gerard Way tweet tally.  This year we decided we will be keeping a monthly tally count right up until San Diego Comic-Con 2015, so we can finally answer that burning question of just how many times does Gerard Way get asked if he will be attending SDCC?

So how many times did Gerard Way get asked this month?

Here are February’s tweets:

Though this next tweet is not really asking if Gerard Way will be at San Diego Comic-Con and won’t be counted in the tally, it certainly wins the SDCC Gerard Way Twitter prize:

While we still don’t have word if Gerard Way will be attending SDCC 2015 or not (when we find out we will be sure to let you know), here is the total Gerard Way tweet count thus far:

This brings us to a total of: 21

This is by no means a complete list, but these are what we happen to come across in our SDCC news search efforts.  How many times will Gerard get asked in March?  Take a guess and let us know in the comments.

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GeekShot Exclusive Photo Series Vol. 2 (Week 8) Fri, 27 Feb 2015 01:03:53 +0000 GeekShot Exclusive Series Vol 2 Week 7 - Kristin Kreuk Women Kick Ass panel Ballroom 20

Welcome to the GeekShot Photo Exclusive Series. This will be a weekly post featuring cool, interesting, or just plain awesome moments we have captured during San Diego Comic-Con. Each week we’ll post a photo by Beth or James of GeekShot Photography. We may include a short story about the photo, but sometimes we’ll just let the photo speak for itself.

About This Photo

Kristin Kreuk at the Women Kick Ass panel at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.

Apparently Kristin was very concerned about my camera at this point in the panel. Or was she?

Today we’re going to talk about how to get photos where it looks like a panel guest is interacting with you or paying attention to just you for your photo. It’s not hard to do, but it does require planning and patience. Your first and best chance is to know the room. Are you in Ballroom 20, Hall H or one of the smaller rooms? Once you know that you can plan your seat selection. You’ll want to be as close to the audience Q&A microphone as possible. Obviously you don’t want to be directly behind it though.  If you’re in a room where the audience questions don’t have a dedicated spot then you’ll have to make a guess. Generally the panelists look directly at the person speaking unless they can’t see them, then they just look in the direction where they think they may be. Since most panels feature audience questions at the end you can wait to try and catch one of these type of photos until then and enjoy the rest of the panel.

The next option is the one that requires patience, a fast shutter finger, and a bit of luck. During panels there are usually moments where something happens and it’s inadvertently in your direction. Usually it’s someone pointing at something or making a gesture to the audience in general. But you need to be ready for it and if you capture it, you’ll have what looks like an interactive moment between you and the panelist.

Of course you can always just make a loud noise/comment and take lots of photos when everyone looks your way.  But do you really want to be that person?

In the case of this photo, I captured a moment when Kristin was concentrating on a question from an audience member.

Have you captured a great “interactive” moment? Let us know in the comments.

You can see all of the previous posts in this series here.

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Marvel Comics Panels for WonderCon 2015 Announced Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:19:25 +0000 411px-MarvelLogo.svgAlthough last month, Ryan Penagos, Executive Editorial Director of Marvel Digital Media, told a fan on Twitter that assuming Marvel Studios had even a “12%” chance of attending WonderCon Anaheim 2015 was a “generous number” – that certainly didn’t mean that the comics powerhouse would have no presence at this year’s convention.

And now, thanks to an announcement by Comic-Con International, we have a good idea of what that presence will look like.

Marvel Comics will be hosting two panels throughout the WonderCon weekend, including “Marvel: Next Big Thing” on Saturday, April 4, from 4PM-5PM. Here’s the official description, from the Toucan Blog:

From Star Wars to the Avengers, this panel has you covered! Join Editor Wil Moss, Sam Humphries (Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex), Greg Weisman (Star Wars: Kanan—The Last Padawan), Rick Remender (Avengers: Rage of Ultron), and other Mighty Marvel guests, as they take on questions about Marvel’s biggest series and events!

The second Marvel Comics panel will be on Sunday, April 5, from 11AM-12PM. Here’s the official description from the Toucan Blog:

Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that, if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join Editor Wil Moss, Sam Humphries (Black Vortex), Cullen Bunn (Magneto), and other Marvel writers and artists to find out how to get your foot in the door at MARVEL!

In addition, all of the Marvel writers and artists that Comic-Con International had previously announced will have a Spotlight panel. Here’s that schedule:

  • Kris Anka (artist, Uncanny X-Men, Ms. Marvel, All-New X-Factor, Wolverines): Friday, 6:00 PM, Room 211
  • Cullen Bunn (writer, Magneto): Friday, 1:30 PM, Room 208
  • Sam Humphries (writer, Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex, The Legendary Star-Lord): Saturday, 12:30 PM, Room 213
  • Phil Noto (artist, Black Widow): Saturday, 2:30 PM, Room 208
  • Rick Remender (writer, Avengers: Rage of Ultron, All-New Captain America, Uncanny Avengers): Friday, 4:00 PM, Room 209
  • James Robinson (writer, Fantastic Four, Invaders): Friday, 3:00 PM, Room 211
  • Greg Weisman (writer, Star Wars: Kanan—The Last Padawan): Saturday, 11:30 AM, Room 213

You can read the full update on Comic-Con International’s Toucan Blog.

Are you excited about Marvel Comics being at WonderCon Anaheim 2015? Let us know in the comments.

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San Diego Comic-Con – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [UPDATED January 19] Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:20:42 +0000 convention center gaslampThere is no doubt, San Diego Comic-Con is only getting more popular. Almost daily, we get asked by a number of hopefuls new to the scene how they can get tickets to the annual geek pilgrimage, or what it is about SDCC which makes us love it so much. As always, the official Comic-Con International website should be your first stop for the latest information on announcements, policies and important dates regarding the convention. But as a service to our new and regular readers, we decided to create a FAQ with answers to some of our most-asked questions. If there are other questions you would like us to add to the FAQ, please let us know!

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