San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog http://sdccblog.com The ultimate source of news and info for Comic-Con attendees. Wed, 28 Oct 2015 19:12:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 First Wave of Special Guests for WonderCon 2016 Revealed http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/first-wave-of-special-guests-for-wondercon-2016-revealed/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/first-wave-of-special-guests-for-wondercon-2016-revealed/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 19:12:44 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=27496 wondercon banner sliderAlthough most of our readers are (im)patiently waiting for news on Preregistration, Comic-Con International has some news about their other convention: WonderCon 2016.

The first wave of special guests for next year’s con, which will be held in Los Angeles March 25-27, have been revealed. From the Toucan Blog, attendees to WonderCon 2016 can look forward to seeing:

  • Brian Michael Bendis / Writer, Invincible Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Powers
  • Jason Fabok / Artist, Justice League, Detective Comics, Batman Eternal
  • Scott Sigler / Author, Infected, Contagious, Pandemic, Generations trilogy
  • Annie Wu / Artist, Black Canary, Hawkeye, Archie

More special guests will be revealed from now through early January.

You can find the complete announcement on the Toucan Blog.

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

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Comic-Con International Considering Physically Mailing Out Badges http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/comic-con-international-considering-physically-mailing-out-badges/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/comic-con-international-considering-physically-mailing-out-badges/#comments Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:32:06 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=27482 BtP93giCUAE8ayy-1

You may not need to park yourself at T&C next year for your badge.

Your first few hours at San Diego Comic-Con (and WonderCon) could look a whole lot different next year.

CCI announced on the Toucan Blog that as they “continue to evaluative [their] registration and badge fulfillment process”, they are “currently searching the option of mailing out Comic-Con and WonderCon badges prior to the event, which should make your arrival at the Con fast, easy, and convenient”.

The announcement from CCI means that they still haven’t made up their minds yet about whether they’ll be mailing badges out for 2016, but they are urging attendees to log into your Member IDs to make sure that your mailing address is up to date and correct.

“As always, we continue to try to enhance the attendee experience at Comic-Con,” David Glanzer, Director of Marketing and Public Relations of Comic-Con International, told us. “That certainly includes the registration process. At this time, mailing out badges is an idea about which we have had some discussion and should we eventually go down that route we want to be sure attendee information is as current as it can be. While we understand there are potential drawbacks to this scenario we are also exploring possible solutions to those drawbacks.”

On the one hand, the idea of not having to schlep over to the Town & Country in Mission Valley or join the massive queue at the convention center to stand in line for four hours just to get your badge is very appealing. On the flip side though, this is a surprising move (assuming it happens at all) considering how anti-badge-scalping Comic-Con International has always been.

Frustrating or not, having to stand in line and present a physical ID during the actual convention is a bit of an automatic deterrent to anyone thinking about breaking the rules and trying to re-sell their Comic-Con badge. By physically mailing out a badge, where scalpers could potentially even write down the unique code required to verify for Preregistration eligibility the following year (a step many believe was added specifically to deter scalpers), there are a lot fewer obstacles in the way of someone looking to profit. While most other conventions are mailing out their badges to attendees, no other convention is as in demand as SDCC (with the possible exception of New York Comic Con) — and that’s a market that every year, people try to capitalize on. This seems like something that’s only going to aggravate that particular problem.

There are also a lot of other potential questions, like — how would attendees get their WB bags or souvenir guides? While we can’t see those going away in 2016, how we receive those items would definitely be up in the air.

Still. Did we mention not having to stand in that line at Town & Country?

No date for Preregistration has been announced yet, but keep your eyes peeled, as we fully expect to hear something in the next few weeks.

Do you think CCI should mail out badges? Let us know in the comments.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Dates Possibly Revealed http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/san-diego-comic-con-2017-dates-possibly-revealed/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/san-diego-comic-con-2017-dates-possibly-revealed/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2015 22:28:39 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=27479 As first reported by An Englishman in San Diego, it’s entirely possible that we have San Diego Comic-Con 2017 dates. And it’s good news for those of you who (like us) prefer your conventions in late July, as all signs right now are pointing to July 19-23, 2017.

For the last few years, the dates for future conventions have been quietly revealed on the San Diego Convention Center’s website, well ahead of an official announcement from Comic-Con International. Back on January 4, we discovered 2016 dates a good six months ahead of CCI’s announcement. And now, the Convention Center has quietly added a new entry that looks very familiar to SDCC attendees:

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130,000 attendees? A Thursday-Sunday convention? Not much else that could be.

Historically, the San Diego Convention Center leaves off Wednesday’s Preview Night date from their calendar, which would set the convention at July 19-23, 2017 for all four and a half days.

Will you be checking hotel sites now? Let us know in the comments.

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GeekShot Exclusive Photo Series Vol. 2 (Week 37) http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/geekshot-exclusive-photo-series-vol-2-week-37/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/geekshot-exclusive-photo-series-vol-2-week-37/#comments Fri, 23 Oct 2015 19:45:34 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=27477 GeekShot Exclusive Series Vol 2 Week 37 - Yvonne Strahovski chuck 24 Dexter Nerd HQ

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 and WonderCon. 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

Yvonne Strahovski at Nerd HQ 2015.

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

This photo is copyright (All Rights Reserved) by Beth and/or James Riley of GeekShot Photography. It may not be copied, reposted, published, or used in any manner without their written permission.

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Grab Your Hoverboard and Celebrate Marty’s Arrival to 2015 with ‘Back to the Future’ Events http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/grab-your-hoverboard-and-celebrate-martys-arrival-to-2015-with-back-to-the-future-events/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/grab-your-hoverboard-and-celebrate-martys-arrival-to-2015-with-back-to-the-future-events/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 19:38:48 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=27467 Back-to-the-Future-Part-II-Poster

The future is almost here.

Even amongst all the Star Wars excitement, it’s hard not to know that tomorrow, October 21, is the day Marty McFly arrives in 2015 in Back to the Future Part II.

While it remains to be seen if the Cubs win the World Series this year, as predicted in the movie, one thing is certain: That fans around the globe want to celebrate the day.

Theaters worldwide are showing Back to the Future Part II, or screening all three films, this Wednesday. Search for your city name and the movie title and you are bound to find a local screening. Below is also a short list of special celebrations that are taking place around the nation:

Atlanta
A BTTF party in Atlanta with DJs, a hula hoop contest, an auction supporting Team Fox for Parkinson’s Research, and many other events. More details at bttfatlanta.blogspot.com

Indianapolis
The Indianapolis Symphony will be screening the first Back to the Future movie with a live score. If you have attended the live symphony events during Comic-Con, you know these are amazing to be at. More details at the Symphony web site.

Los Angeles
In Hollywood, the Arclight Dome theater is showing a marathon of all three movies starting at 4:30PM on Wednesday.

Also in Los Angeles, the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary celebration takes place starting Wednesday and running through Sunday the 25. Proceeds go to Team Fox for Parkinson’s research. Several ticket levels are sold out but there are still some events available. Find the celebration on Twitter or visit their web site at www.weregoingback.com

New York
Lyft will be giving free rides in DeLoreans around New York City from 11AM-5PM. Use the app to request “McFly Mode” to take a free ride up to 15 minutes… Did we mention that is in a DeLorean!? Read more on the Lyft Blog.

San Diego
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park will be hosting a Back to the Future-themed “Night of Science.” Tickets are $20 for non-members and available online. Comic publisher IDW will also be present to celebrate the launch of their new Back to the Future comic, hitting stores the same day.

San Francisco
Comedian Doug Benson, known for his SDCC offsite “Doug Loves Movies”, will be hosting a screening of Back to the Future Part II with surprise guests at the historic Castro theater. Tickets are $20 and available online.

Seattle
A party in Seattle brings art, music, performance, and costumes with a BTTF flair. More details on their Facebook event page.

 

Have you heard of any other Back to the Future celebrations taking place? Let us know in the comments.

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San Diego Comic-Con – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [UPDATED October 11] http://sdccblog.com/san-diego-comic-con-frequently-asked-questions/ http://sdccblog.com/san-diego-comic-con-frequently-asked-questions/#comments Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:20:42 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=9878 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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GeekShot Exclusive Photo Series Vol. 2 (Week 36) http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/geekshot-exclusive-photo-series-vol-2-week-36/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/geekshot-exclusive-photo-series-vol-2-week-36/#comments Thu, 08 Oct 2015 23:43:13 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=27453 GeekShot Exclusive Series Vol 2 Week 36 - Supergirl Melissa Benoist WB DC CBS

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 and WonderCon. 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

Melissa Benoist at the Supergirl WB TV panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.

You can catch Supergirl premiering on CBS at 8:30PM on Monday, October 26th.

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

This photo is copyright (All Rights Reserved) by Beth and/or James Riley of GeekShot Photography. It may not be copied, reposted, published, or used in any manner without their written permission.

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GeekShot Exclusive Photo Series Vol. 2 (Week 35) http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/geekshot-exclusive-photo-series-vol-2-week-35/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/geekshot-exclusive-photo-series-vol-2-week-35/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:43:21 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=27445 GeekShot Exclusive Series Vol 2 Week 35 - Star Wars Rebel Blockade Runner Profiles in History prop A New Hope auction

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 and WonderCon. 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

Rebel Blockade Runner filming miniature from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope at the Profiles in History booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2015.

The Profiles in History booth at Comic-Con this year had some pretty cool screen used items on display. Everything featured at the booth was a tribute to special effects master Grant McCune’s work. In addition to this piece, they had a X-Jet miniature from X-Men 2, Lone Starr’s Winnebago from Spaceballs. and more. Considering the rarity of items like these I made a point to stop here and get as many photos as I could.

The Blockade Runner is only 18″ long and is the original screen used miniature. It was awesome to see it in person and capture a photo. I took a few different angles, but this side view came out the best and showed off the details of the design.

If you didn’t know, Profiles in History is an auction house. This and many more Hollywood items were sold this week in a 3 day auction.

What rare items did you come across on the show floor? Let us know in the comments.

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

This photo is copyright (All Rights Reserved) by Beth and/or James Riley of GeekShot Photography. It may not be copied, reposted, published, or used in any manner without their written permission.

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Friday Fun Poll: When Will San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Preregistration Occur? http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/friday-fun-poll-when-will-san-diego-comic-con-2016-preregistration-occur/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/10/friday-fun-poll-when-will-san-diego-comic-con-2016-preregistration-occur/#comments Fri, 02 Oct 2015 19:05:20 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=27448 november-calendarWe’ve been relatively quiet post-Comic-Con (we needed our sleep, okay?), but things are slowly going to start picking back up. With news of the Volunteer Interest List opening this week, and the Badge Validation period now closed, the next big thing on the horizon is Preregistration.

Comic-Con International has offered this hint as to the timeline for Preregistration: “Comic-Con 2016 Attendee Preregistration will open sometime after October 31, 2015″.

The most likely month for Preregistration, in our opinions, is November – last year’s Preregistration date was November 8, and although the year before, Preregistration occurred on February 8, that was an anomaly as they revamped the system to the current randomized waiting room (with everyone’s favorite spinning blue circle).

San Diego Comic-Con is set for July 20-24 in 2016, setting it roughly two weeks later than this year. Could that mean a later Preregistration date, or should we be keeping our eyes peeled for a November 7 announcement? Either way, we’ve probably still got at least a month to wait – last year, the Preregistration date wasn’t revealed until November 4, only four days before the actual registration event.

Vote in our poll, and let us know your reasoning in the comments.

This poll has ended.

When do you think Preregistration for 2016 will occur?

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Volunteer Interest List for San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Now Open http://sdccblog.com/2015/09/volunteer-interest-list-for-san-diego-comic-con-2016-now-open/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/09/volunteer-interest-list-for-san-diego-comic-con-2016-now-open/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 19:28:15 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=27440 720x540.jpeg.e2110cd72a9e4379aeaf17a5a566d03dIf you’ve been dreaming of being one of the most integral parts of San Diego Comic-Con – or if you simply want to yell “Walk, don’t run!” to Comic-Con attendees and have them actually pay attention – then pay attention, because the volunteer interest list for San Diego Comic-Con 2016 is now officially open.

You can sign up now, by going into your Member ID and clicking on the “Volunteering” tab and following the instructions there.

This interest list does not guarantee that signing up will grant you a volunteer badge at Comic-Con. Instead, it’s simply your way of telling Comic-Con International that once volunteer registration opens up at some point in 2016, that you’d like to be notified to try for a remaining badge.

Returning volunteers will get first dibs at volunteer badges during Volunteer Registration, and do not need to sign up for the interest list. From CCI’s site, here’s the official explanation:

Only those that are on the Comic-Con 2016 Volunteer Interest List will be able to participate in online volunteer registration in early 2016. Those on the Volunteer Interest List will be notified in advance – via email – of the date they may access online volunteer registration. Online volunteer registration fills up very quickly, so please be sure to check your email frequently for the registration date announcement!

If you completed at least one volunteer assignment at Comic-Con 2015, you do not need to sign up for the 2016 Volunteer Interest List. You will be contacted – via email – for Priority Volunteer Registration (PVR) in early 2016.

Sometime after Priority Volunteer Registration is complete, any remaining volunteer spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis through online volunteer registration for those on the Interest List.

If you’re unsure of what a volunteering at the convention is like, you can check out our Insider’s Guide to Volunteering at the Con.

Just like with general attendee badges, volunteer badges are highly in demand, and it’s possible that CCI could close the interest list at any time, so plan on signing up early, and keeping an eye on any e-mail updates. Sign up today.

Will you be signing up to volunteer? Let us know in the comments.

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