San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog The ultimate source of news and info for Comic-Con attendees. Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:12:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 8450289 Guide to Parking at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 [UPDATE] Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:12:03 +0000 Parking is the last major pre-convention hurdle for attendees leading up to San Diego Comic-Con. Whether you’re a local resident or not staying at a downtown hotel, where you park is very important.

Ace Parking (who owns most of the parking in Downtown San Diego) moved to a lottery based system three years ago, and that system is currently under way. Sign ups closed April 22, and Ace should begin sending emails out to groups today, April 24. Group 1 will be able to purchase parking beginning on April 30 (update), and then each subsequent week, a new group will gain access to the system to purchase their permits. At the end of the group sales, the system will be opened to the general public.

If you are selected to be in one of the parking groups, you may notice that the system looks a little different than previous years — but we’re going to walk you through it.

On the day of the sale, you will log into your Ace account (which you will need to set up during the checkout process if you haven’t already done so). Here, you will have a list of all the available lots — ranging from the Convention Center to the Hilton Bayfront, and beyond. After deciding on your lot, you can click on the name to expand the list to see available dates and prices for that particular lot (Note: Listed availability and prices below are merely an example — they are not reflective of 2018 inventory).

Remember, though, that there is no overnight parking in any of the lots. These are the opening hours of some of the lots:

  • Convention Center, Hilton Bayfront garage, Padres Parkade, Diamond View Towers: 5am – 2am
  • Tailgate Park, Triangle, MTS: 5am – 2am
  • 707 Broadway: 4pm on Friday until 6am on Saturday. Saturday 6am – 12am and Sunday 6am – 6pm. No overnight camping.

After deciding on the options you want, you will ticky them, and select “Add to Cart and Checkout” at the bottom of the screen.

This will immediately take you to your cart, which will show a recap of your purchases, along with the price with the added daily service fee.

At this point, you can check out by filling in some personal information and your credit card information.

After that, the only thing left to do is to print your permit, and enjoy.


ABM Parking is also currently selling pre-paid parking for several lots, available Wednesday through Sunday (though not all lots are available each day). Prices range from $10-$30 on Sunday, and the closest parking appears to be at Horton Plaza. However, if you don’t mind a short walk in exchange for getting your parking now, it’s certainly worth investigating. Also, a pro tip: After you click on the day you want, if you click to zoom out on the map, other options appear.

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Eighth Wave of Guests for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Revealed Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:18:38 +0000 Are you still reeling from that bombshell Kevin Feige dropped over the weekend about Marvel skipping Hall H this year? Our minds are racing just speculating about what will fill that massive gap in Hall H’s programming schedule. What we’re not scratching our heads over is the latest wave of special guests CCI just announced.

From the Toucan Blog, here’s another list of Special Guests headed to SDCC 2018:

  • Mark Evanier • Writer, producer, comics historian, Kirby: King of Comics
  • Manuele Fior • Writer, artist, Cinq Mille Kilomètres Par Seconde, Mademoiselle Else
  • Richard Friend • Artist, inker, Immortal Men, WildC.A.T.s, Forever Evil
  • Jim Lee  • Publisher, DC Comics, artist, Batman: Hush, Superman Unchained
  • Lonnie Millsap • Cartoonist, bacon
  • Matt Taylor • Illustrator, Mondo posters, book covers

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.

According to CCI, they’ll announce additional guests next Monday – 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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SDCC 2018 Hotel Waitlist Set to Begin April 23 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:00:07 +0000 Hotelpocalypse is (almost) finally over.

E-mails with instructions about this year’s hotel waitlist – which will open on Monday, April 23 – are going out now.

Rooms from Hotelpocalpyse were allocated (supposedly, anyway) based on timestamp of when you entered the form to fill out your information, and then assigned in two groups, the last of which was this last Monday. Now, any rooms that have been returned will be opened up to a general waitlist.

Last year, only those who didn’t put down a deposit and who also requested to be placed on the waitlist were given e-mailed with waitlist instructions — so if you’ve already paid your deposit on your hotel, odds are you’re not upgrading.

On Monday, April 23, those eligible who requested to be on the waitlist will have the first opportunity to book from any remaining Comic-Con hotel inventory. On Monday, an email will be sent to those individuals, which will include the waitlist link. For those who choose to book, you’ll owe a deposit of two nights room rate plus tax, just like normal.

The waitlist sale is live inventory, and will be first come/first serve, so make sure to keep a close eye on your e-mail on Monday. No specific time for the waitlist sale has been announced, but we’ll update if that changes. UPDATE: The waitlist sale link is live

Will you be participating in the hotel waitlist sale? Are you as excited as we are that we can all stop talking about Hotelpocalypse soon? Let us know in the comments.

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Kevin Feige says Marvel Studios Won’t Be in Hall H at SDCC 2018 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 01:30:15 +0000

There is some big news for Marvel fans regarding SDCC 2018. Unfortunately, it’s not good.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige dropped a bombshell during the press junket for Avengers: Infinity War. Feige stated that although Marvel will certainly have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there will be no Marvel panels in Hall H this year.

Feige told ScreenRant:

“We’re going to do um, of course, Marvel will have a presence there. Marvel Studios will have a presence there only in that there will be 10th-anniversary materials and a 10th-anniversary panel. Not doing Hall H this year.”

There would be no shortage of content for a marvelous Hall H panel. There is currently massive buzz around Avengers: Infinity War, which releases this week. We also have Ant Man and the Wasp releasing just a few weeks before SDCC, not to mention Captain Marvel hot on both of their heels. With no D23 events this year, either, we’re left to speculate as to what presence, if any, Disney (who owns Marvel and Lucasfilm) will have in Hall H. With no Marvel Studios, no Star Wars for another year and a half, and Disney themselves skipping in general, it looks like the house of the mouse won’t be in Hall H at all.

This news certainly comes as a womp-womp for Marvel fans making their annual trek to San Diego. While the 10-year anniversary of the MCU is nothing to sneeze at, this means anyone who gambled on SDCC-exclusive trailers will go home empty handed.

What do you think of Marvel’s decision to skip Hall H this year? Let us know in the comments.

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Under the Tents: Funko, FANDOM, Geeky Hooker, Symbiote Studios Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:26:24 +0000 Now that both phases of the Hotelpocalypse acceptance emails have gone out, we can focus on other, happier SDCC news. For instance, this issue of Under the Tents has great news from Kymera Press, Symbiote Studios, and more.

Here’s a look at what you might have missed:

  • Kymera Press was having a blast at C2E2, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t thinking about San Diego. According to Twitter, they will be back in the Exhibit Hall at SDCC this year.

  • Broadnax also announced via Twitter that we can expect another We Are All Heroes panel at SDCC this year.

  • We’ve been hearing many whispers, rumors, and innuendo regarding collectibles giant Funko and a glow-in-the-dark set that includes Lockjaw and Black Bolt from Marvel’s Inhumans. Stay tuned for more details and confirmation one way or another on this.

  • Ravensdale Publishing had some news regarding their Villains and Henchmen project. They announced that a Kickstarter campaign will start on July 19, 2018, and they expect to promote and demo the game at San Diego Comic-Con.

  • FANDOM has been searching for someone to fill their new role as Host for many of their events and videos. They found one in Clarke Wolfe, whose résumé includes work with Nerdist, Syfy, and more. She was also editor-in-chief of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Look for her hosting FANDOM’s events at SDCC this year, most likely in the renamed “Experience at Comic-Con”.

  • You know you’ve done it. We’re all guilty of it: finding that hidden spot where we can hug a wall to charge our phones, tablets, etc. We’ve all raged against the machine when told to move along, fire code, blah, blah, blah (don’t get us wrong; we like fire codes and want to keep everyone safe). Now, with the San Diego Convention Center’s recent upgrades, we’ll be huddling around new charging stations located around the lobbies. Yet another way to make new friends at SDCC.

  • Twitter feeds can be a roller coaster of emotions. One thread could have both good and bad news. Such is the case if you’re a fan of My Little Pony artists Andy Price and Tony Fleecs. Unfortunately, Andy Price announced he will not be at SDCC this year.

  • Symbiote Studios announced they will be looking for four volunteers for their booth at SDCC this year. In the past, they’ve given their volunteers some great swag just for playing rock-paper-scissors with people waiting in line for the Funko Booth. This is a great opportunity to help out and maybe become a rock-paper-scissor legend.

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

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Entertainment Weekly Wants You and a Guest to Party with Them at SDCC 2018 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:39:26 +0000

San Diego Comic-Con is one of the hottest tickets around in part because of the level of talent they’re able to draw to San Diego during the convention. And during the convention, one of the most coveted invitation-only events is Entertainment Weekly’s annual San Diego Comic-Con party – which you could attend.

The party draws actors, industry-insiders, and more. Last year, the guest list included the cast of Stranger Things, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Andy Serkis, and many more.

For the last several years, EW has auctioned off a pair of tickets to their party for charity, which again this year is for GLSEN. However, they’re changing it up a little by running a contest. Omaze is offering thousands of chances to win two tickets to the epic Entertainment Weekly 2018 SDCC party being held Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Here is the description from the contest page:

If there’s one place to go during Comic-Con weekend, the Entertainment Weekly party is it. Last year’s guest list ran over two pages long, but a special name is being added this year… yours. So pack your bags, because you and your fellow pop-culture-loving friend are headed to sunny San Diego for the crown jewel of Comic-Con parties at the Hard Rock Hotel. Will you hear upcoming plot lines for your latest binge? Maybe you’ll see on-set enemies be real-life friends? There will be so many big names in attendance you might even witness the actors from one universe geek out over the stars of another. (They’re just like us!) But that’s not all. You’ll also attend an EW panel and have lunch at the EW Studio! Flights and hotel are on us.

The contest began on April 16, 2018 and runs until 11:59PM PT June 19, 2018 with the winner announced on or about June 26, 2018. You and your guest must be at least 21 years old. The contest is open to international attendees with a valid passport/visa except for the following countries:

  • Belgium
  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Italy
  • North Korea
  • Singapore
  • Sudan
  • Thailand

Will you be entering?  Let us know in the comments.

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The Contest Hub Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:08:51 +0000 Everybody loves contests, right? So to make it easier on our readers to find these opportunities we have decided to run an ongoing post to be your contest hub. Make sure to take note of the Entry/Deadline dates and any restrictions. Good luck to all who enter!

SDCC Badge Contests
Company Prize Link Entry/Deadline Restrictions
Diamond Comic Distributors 4-Day Comic-Con badges, round trip airfare and 5-night hotel stay for winner and a guest. Contest Entry April 30, 2018 at 11:59AM ET. Must be a resident of the US. 18+.
Traveling Stories and IDW 3-Day Comic-Con badges, round trip airfare, four night hotel stay at the Wyndham Bayside, and exclusive tour of the San Diego Comic Art Gallery with IDW’s CEO, for winner and a guest. Contest Entry June 13, 2018 at 3PM PT. 18+.
Mike’s Harder 4-Day Comic-Con badges, round trip airfare, four night hotel stay, and $200 Contest Details May 28, 2018 – June 3, 2018. Other prizes available during other times. Must be a resident of the US. 21+.
Warner TV Asia Four (4) trips for a maximum of eight (8) people to travel from their respective Territory to the San Diego Comic-Con 2018.

Prize includes:
1) 2 x Round Trip Flight Economy Tickets
2) 4 Nights Accommodation (Twin Share Room)
3) Ground Transfers (Airport – Hotel – Comic-Con – Hotel – Airport)

Contest Entry April 16, 2018 at 9PM (GMT +8) – May 13, 2018 at 11:59PM (GMT +8) 18+. Must be a resident of Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam.

Non-SDCC Badge Contests
Company Prize Link Entry/Deadline Restrictions
 Omaze Trip for two to attend EW’s annual San Diego Comic-Con bash, attend an Entertainment Weekly panel, and have lunch at EW’s studios. Flight and hotel included. Contest Entry April 16, 2018 – June 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM PT. Winner announced on/about June 26, 2018. 21+. Open to international contestants w/ valid passport except for residents of Belgium, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Italy, North Korea, Singapore, Sudan, Syria or Thailand.
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I Have a Badge & Hotel for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 — Now What? Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:28:25 +0000

Yesterday, we posted our annual I Don’t Have Have A Hotel — Now What? post, to help the thousands who were shut out of the first two rounds of Hotelpocalypse placements.

But what if you’re on the other side of that predicament? If you already have a badge and do have a hotel or other sleeping arrangement already squared away — first of all, congratulations! You are one of the lucky ones, and you should feel good about that.

We’ve still got a long ways to go, though, and that means that there’s still a lot to get done between now and Preview Night. So let’s take a look at what’s coming up:

  • Parking: Your immediate concern right now should likely be parking. You have between now and April 22 to fill out the online form (up to two entries per e-mail) to sign up for the parking lottery. New this year, you’ll also need to fill out your credit card information – though your card will not be charged. You can use the same credit card up to twice when signing up. After that, a random drawing will be done to select the winners, who will then be divided into groups, with a new group gaining access to book their space each week (beginning with Group 1 on May 1). Normally, Ace Parking has put attendees into six groups – but this year, it simply states that this will continue “until all groups have had a chance to purchase their permits”, at which time the remaining inventory will open to the general public.
  • Exclusives: As we get closer to the convention, we will begin hearing big news about exclusives from the major companies. We already have a look at several exclusives from Hallmark and Cryptozoic, but you can also expect to hear news from companies like Hasbro, Mattel, Entertainment Earth, Factory Entertainment, Diamond Previews, the rest of Hallmark’s SDCC exclusives, and many others. Many companies will also hold pre-sales for their exclusives — so make sure you pay attention.
  • Panels: Panel confirmations should be going out in just a few weeks. That’s always when we officially declare Comic-Con news season is “on”. Already, though, we’ve learned of several very likely panels, including Shadowhunters and Legends of Tomorrow. While the official Comic-Con schedule will come out July 5-8, many panels will be confirmed long before then.
  • Offsite Announcements: We already have 15 different offsite events on our 2018 Comic-Con Offsite Calendar — and there’s going to be so many more still to be announced.
  • SDConCast: A whole new season of SDConCast, our weekly podcast series, returns on May 8 at 6:30PM PT. We’ll have special guests, Q&A sessions with our readers, and of course, all the SDCC news we can cram into an hour-or-so-show, and opinions. We hope you’ll join us!
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Warner TV Asia Wants to Fly You to San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:27:03 +0000

It’s not often enough we get to pass on good news for international SDCC attendees, so when we do, it’s a rare treat. Attending SDCC is hard enough for those of us who live within the continental U.S.; it’s even harder for those who live overseas. With factors like time zone differences and extra long flights, international attendees are true die-hard SDCC fans who sacrifice (and spend) a lot just to get to America’s Finest City.

Warner TV Asia wants to make it a lot easier. They’re offering a chance for four pairs to fly from Southeast Asia to San Diego to attend San Diego Comic-Con 2018. The prize package includes airfare to and from San Diego (sorry, it’s only economy), a four-night hotel stay (no Hotelpocalypse!), and ground transportation from the airport to the hotel, hotel to the convention center, and hotel to airport for the trip home. The prize is valued at over US$40,000.

In order to be eligible, you must be at least 18 years of age and reside in one of the following countries:

  • Hong King
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Philippines

You can enter now on the contest website. Contest entries will be accepted from April 16, 2018 at 9PM (GMT +8)  to May 13, 2018 at 11:59PM (GMT+8).

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Likely Returning to San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:34:53 +0000 While panel confirmations for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con have yet to go out (and won’t for a few weeks), information is slowly starting to trickle down about which network TV series might be in attendance. Last week, we got a sign that Freeform’s Shadowhunters will be returning to SDCC this summer — and now, it looks like Legends of Tomorrow will likely be joining it.

On a recent episode of Entertainment Weekly’s Superhero Insider radio show, EW chatted with Legends of Tomorrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim about Maisie Richardson-Sellers, who plays Amaya on the series.

While in this year’s season finale, Amaya left the Waverider to return to her village, Richardson-Sellers will be returning to the series. In discussing that, Guggenheim mentioned that, “I’m looking forward to a different storyline for Amaya next year. I think we’re going to announce – announce sounds really momentous. But we’ll reveal our plans for Maisie’s character at Comic-Con this year.”

While that isn’t set in stone — it was already very likely that Legends of Tomorrow would be back at Comic-Con this year. It’s already been renewed for a fourth season, and considering that Warner Bros. tends to bring all of their DCTV series to the convention, it’s a no-brainer.

Would you be excited about Legends of Tomorrow heading back to San Diego Comic-Con this year? Let us know in the comments.

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