San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog The ultimate source of news and info for Comic-Con attendees. Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:41:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 8450289 The Contest Hub Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:17:51 +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!

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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+.

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WonderCon Anaheim 2018 Exhibitor Map and List Released Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:29:59 +0000 With WonderCon Anaheim 2018 less than four weeks away, CCI has released the official list of Exhibitors that will be attending this year’s convention, along with information on fan tables, autograph, artist alley and small press areas — and the map of where you can find everyone.

There are over 450 exhibitors listed for WonderCon Anaheim 2018, covering comics, toys, merchandise, and more.

On the comics front, although Marvel and Dark Horse aren’t returning again this year, DC Entertainment, BOOM! Studios, Skybound, Valiant, and IDW Publishing will all be representing. You can also swing by GoDaddy ‘s Comic Book Hideout, whatever that might be.

The movie side is looking very light – with no major movie studios on the show floor, and virtually no presence unless you count DC Entertainment (which will surely have something to represent the upcoming Aquaman). Also absent? Capcom, who held down last year’s gaming representation.

Toy fans can stop by Fugitive Toys, UCC Distributing, Super7, Toynami, and Toy Wars to get their collectibles fix on. Powered by Funko, though, is off the grid for 2018 as it was in 2017 – and Kotobukiya also appears to be absent this year.

Many of our favorites, including Toddland, Hero Complex Gallery, Elhoffer Design, and The Ninjabot are must-stops when planning your exhibit floor plan.

Fans of Doctor Who and more will find something to like among the fan tables, with various fan clubs and cosplay groups among the list of Fan Tables. In addition, there are over 300 tables listed in Artists’ Alley (including CLAUS Studios aka Justin Harder, Brianna Garcia, and more) and over 100 attending in the Small Press area. There’s much to see at WonderCon Anaheim, and we haven’t even seen the panel schedule yet.

But having said that, while there never seem to be many vacant booths at the convention, a lot of the big players – including Marvel, Image, Kotobukiya, Capcom, and more – seem to keep leaving WonderCon, without other, large companies to replace them. As more conventions spring up, it gets harder and harder for the big companies to hit them all, which is part of what makes San Diego Comic-Con so special – they’re all there. There’s a reason we often refer to WonderCon as “San Diego Comic-Con lite”.

But that can also make WonderCon feel special as well. Rather than spending all of your time hitting “the big booths” to score all the latest exclusives, you can take your time, wander through Artist Alley and explore some amazing gems, and just focus on having fun rather than feeling like you missed out on whatever this year’s hot item is.

Check out the Toucan Blog for links to all the areas above, as well as a map of the Exhibit Floor for you to start charting your course for March 23-25.

What are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comments.

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San Diego Convention Center’s Upgrades Light Up San Diego Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:45:25 +0000 For many of us, the San Diego Convention Center is already one of our favorite sights – but it just got better.

Yesterday, on February 21, the San Diego Convention Center unveiled the latest in a series of upgrades to their iconic Sails Pavilion: LED colored lights (which change color and are visible across the Gaslamp Quarter and to Coronado Bay) that illuminate the newly renovated fabric roof.

From the San Diego Convention Center’s website, here’s a look at the new lights in action:

The Sails Pavilion debuted 28 years ago, but for a long time, had been slowly falling into disarray. The San Diego Convention Center has made repairing it, and some other much-needed areas, one of their top priorities of late though, with upgrades like a new concrete floor (which you may have noticed at SDCC 2017), new Hall H chairs (also in effect for SDCC 2017), new Ballroom 20 chairs (hopefully in time for SDCC 2018), and more.

“The renovation of the Sails Pavilion and the other important capital improvements taking place around the Convention Center have been a major priority for our Board of Directors,” Gil Cabrera, Chair of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors, said in a press release. “The work being done ensures we will remain the region’s premier gathering place. Each project improves upon our role as an important economic driver that will generate an estimated $1.2 billion in regional impact this year alone and provide $27.5 million in hotel and sales tax revenue to the City of San Diego.”

The San Diego Convention Center won’t be the only thing lighting up the San Diego night sky, though.

“I’m especially excited because this illumination of the Sails Pavilion is the first step in what will be a bay-wide illumination,” Rafael Castellanos, Chairman of the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners, said in a press release. “That includes the lighting of the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, lighting up what will be the new home for the San Diego Symphony on the waterfront and the Central Embarcadero.”

From Castellanos, here’s a look at the view inside:

Are you excited about the new San Diego Convention Center upgrades? Let us know in the comments.

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SDCC Masquerade Entry Form and Rules For 2018 Announced Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:06:01 +0000 The Masquerade is one of San Diego Comic-Con’s most anticipated events, and for cosplayers hoping to be able to walk the stage in their finest, Comic-Con International today revealed details on the 44th Annual Masquerade. You can find the official rules and entry form on their site.

The event, to be held on Saturday, July 21 in Ballroom 20 at 8:30PM, draws a crowd of 3,900 attendees (with 2,000 more watching in Sails Pavilion and other rooms, which act as overflow). Just as in previous years, the Masquerade is free to participate in for anyone with a Saturday badge.

Contestants can enter as a single participant or in a group, and medallions will be given to the winners in the following categories:

  • Best In Show
  • Judges’ Choice
  • Best Re-Creation
  • Best Original Design
  • Best Workmanship
  • Most Humorous
  • Most Beautiful
  • Best Young Fan

Winners in the above categories will also receive a free 4-day badge to San Diego Comic-Con 2019 – which is a big prize in and of itself. In the event that a group wins, up to five memberships (up from four in 2017) will be given.

Entrants are also eligible for certain sponsored awards that various organizations choose the winner of, including:

  • Frank And Son Collectible Show, of the City of Industry, Calif., “Your one-stop show for all your collectible needs” will present to the entry they deem the audience favorite $1,000 cash, plus a very impressive trophy.
  • DC Comics representatives will present a special, limited edition DC Collectibles item to the finest costume entry
    portraying a DC Comics character or group of characters from the DC universe of publications and movies.
  • The Costume Designers Guild IATSE Local 892: Celebrity Hollywood costume designer judges from the CDG
    will present to their favorite entry a special prize, plus a CDG Masquerade trophy provided by Legacy Effects and a full
    year’s subscription to Costume Designer magazine.
  • The David C. Copley Award for Most Innovative Costume: UCLA’s David C. Copley Center for The Study of
    Costume Design will bestow on their favorite entry the UCLA Copley Center Design Award of a $1,000 gift card to, plus a copy of Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration, (cover price $75) by Deborah
    Nadoolman Landis, Copley Center Director.
  • Sideshow Collectibles: Do you think your costume entry into this year’s contest will elicit lots of ooo’s and ahhhh’s
    from the crowd? If that’s the case, you’ll be in the running to win a $350 gift card from Sideshow Collectibles for use on
    their web site! So bring your best costume creation to Comic-Con’s Masquerade contest and you might walk (or strut)
    away with Sideshow’s generously donated prize.
  • The Will Eisner Spirit of Storytelling Award commemorates Will Eisner’s contributions to the comics medium
    and his imaginative storytelling skills as exemplified by his iconic comic character, The Spirit, and his many graphic
    novels and textbooks. 2017 marked the centennial of Will Eisner’s birth and this award is bestowed by Will Eisner
    Studios on the entry they deem best showcases that all-important “art of storytelling” in their stage presentation. The
    costuming and story are equally important. At its peak, The Spirit Sunday comic newspaper section reached 5 million
    readers and was known for its imaginative stories, creative artwork, and eye catching splash pages. The winning entrant
    will receive $250 in Amazon gift cards plus limited-edition Will Eisner giclée lithographs.
  • Anime Pavilion, of Falls Church, Virginia, a source for all things anime and anime-related, will present to what they
    choose as best anime-inspired costumes $200 credit at their popular Comic-Con Exhibit Hall booth or their expansive
    website for their top choice, plus $50 cash to the best Young Fan anime-inspired entry.
  • Costumer’s Guild West, Inc. will be presenting a full scholarship and one night’s hotel (valued at $300) to their
    weekend conference, Costume College®, held the last weekend in July at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills,
    CA, awarded to the entry their representatives select as showing the most promise. Costume College provides educational
    lectures and workshops in every aspect of costuming. Please get more details at:

You can find more information about the Masquerade on Comic-Con International’s website.

What do you think about the new rules? Let us know in the comments.

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Fat Rabbit Farm WonderCon 2018 Exclusives Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:46:43 +0000 We’re big fans of Fat Rabbit Farm and their adorable, fluffy creations and wares – and you’ll be able to snag some exclusive WonderCon designs from them at the convention next month.

While you’ll have to wait a little longer to see the rest of what’s on Fat Rabbit Farm’s menu for WonderCon, we do know that they’ll be debuting a new brand at the show, in the form of Pandi the Panda.

Pandi was originally created as one of the first few Facebook Messenger Stickers, but he’s grown to become a lifestyle brand “reminding us all to enjoy life, have fun, be adventure, and to pursue what makes you happy” – which, in Pandi’s case, means eating all of the pizza.

Which is why it’s only fitting that this year at Fat Rabbit Farms, attendees will be able to step into Pandi’s Pizza shop at the Fat Rabbit Farm’s booth, which will be decked out as the actual pizza shop. There, you can build your “pizza” in the form of apparel and accessories, choosing your order. It will then be served up to you in a WonderCon exclusive, limited edition, collectors’ pizza box.

Here’s a look at the box:

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WonderCon 2018 Program Book Design Revealed Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:18:31 +0000 It’s a bird, it’s a plane – no, it’s the WonderCon Anaheim 2018 Program Book design.

Comic-Con International is celebrating two very big anniversaries in 2018: The 80th anniversary of Superman, who debuted in 1938’s Action Comics No. 1, as well as the release of the 1,000th issue of Action Comics. To celebrate, this year’s WonderCon Anaheim 2018 Program Book is illustrated by WonderCon special guest Dan Jurgens, with ink by Norm Rapmund, color by Alex Sinclair, and lettering by Todd Klein. You can even get it signed by Jurgens, Rapmund, and Sinclair in Artist Alley.

You can score the WonderCon Anaheim Program Book for free at the event, which includes maps, schedules, and more.

And while there’s no official word, the Program Book design is typically featured in a WonderCon shirt as well – so stay tuned for more updates on that.

Action No. 1000 will be released on March 18, just days before WonderCon, and will feature “some of the greatest creators who have ever touched the character,” co-publisher Dan Didio said in a press release last fall. “The planning on this has been extensive,” he teased, promising an issue that won’t just touch on the fictional history of the hero, but also serve as commentary on the character’s meaning in the real world, as well.

You can find more information on CCI’s site.

Are you excited by this year’s program book artwork? Let us know in the comments.

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(Probably) Final Special Guest for WonderCon 2018 Revealed Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:34:07 +0000

WonderCon is a mere 37 (37!) days away (not that we’re counting). Last month when Comic-Con International announced its “final” wave of guests, we figured there might be one or two more before all is said and done. It looks like we were right to trust that hunch. Today, Comic-Con International announced one more (probably) final special guest for WonderCon Anaheim 2018, which will be held on March 23-25.

From the Toucan Blog, attendees to WonderCon 2018 can look forward to seeing prolific comic writer Scott Snyder, whose work includes American Vampire, Detective Comics, All Star Batman, Batman: Gates of Gotham, Wytches, and Swamp Thing.

Badges for WonderCon Anaheim 2018 are currently available and may be purchased online.

You can find the complete announcement on the Toucan Blog.

Are you excited about Scott Snyder’s appearance? Let us know in the comments.

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Fourth Wave of Guests for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Revealed Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:09:16 +0000 As most of you are (im)patiently waiting for news on the General Hotel Sale (we think you’ve got a long wait ahead of you), Comic-Con International has begun announcing just who you can find at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

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

  • Marc Bernardin • Writer, The Authority, The Highwaymen, Castle Rock
  • E. K. Johnston • Author, The Story of Owen, A Thousand Nights
  • Mike Mignola • Writer, artist, Hellboy
  • Terry Moore • Writer, artist, Strangers in Paradise XXV, ECHO, Rachel Rising

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 four 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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WonderPost: Into the Badlands, WB, Justin Harder, Toddland, Ninjabot Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:53:19 +0000 Here we are, living in a post-Super Bowl LII world. Did your team win? Are you licking your wounded pride following your favorite team’s crushing defeat (Yay, sports!)? Whether you’re a sports enthusiast or not, we’ll lay odds that you’re dying for some WonderCon news. Fortunately for you, we have plenty.

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

  • Comic-Con International is very excited to have WB Home Entertainment at WonderCon this year. There’s still time to get your WonderCon badges, if you haven’t already. Considering they typically host the world premiere of an upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie at the convention, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (released on March 27, just days after the convention) seems like the most natural fit.

  • Justin Harder, the artist behind CLAUS Studios, is always coming up with new exclusives for his popular Deadpool work, and this year’s WonderCon is no exception. What would you have DP and Cable saying to each other?

  • Monkey Minion Press posted their 2018 con schedule, and we’re happy to see WonderCon (and SDCC, of course), among the list.

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  • If you’re looking for the most adorable t-shirts on the planet, you’ll find TeeTurtle at WonderCon this year, according to their very packed 2018 con schedule.

  • Desert Wind is blowing their Celestial Comics into Anaheim for WonderCon this year, according to their Event Schedule.

  • Artist The Caleb King and his pop culture water colors will also be at WonderCon this year in Artists’ Alley at Table C-64.

  • Espionage Cosmetics are bringing their nail art subscription boxes to WonderCon as well. Let them know you want the most epic manicure at WCA by responding to their Facebook Event.

  • Bob’s Burgers fan page Tinapocalypse is holding its first Meat Up of 2018 at WonderCon. Reply to their Facebook Event to let them know you’ll be there.

  • Nascent toy distributors Fugitive Toys, whose inventory includes stock from Funko, LEGO, and Kid Robot, also has WonderCon on their 2018 schedule.

  • Ghoulish Bunny Studios are definitely bringing the cutest creepy critters to WonderCon this year. Let’s hope CCI approves them for SDCC this year, too.

  • Beefy & Co. is bringing their adorable plushies back to WonderCon (among other cons as well) this year.

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  • One of our con favorites, Toddland, will be back at their usual spot at WonderCon this year, and they’ll have another of our favorites, Ninjabot, as a neighbor. That’s a lot of talent in that space.

  • One of the stars of AMC’s Into the Badlands, Emily Beecham, had good news and bad news for fans of the show. It doesn’t look like the cast will be at SDCC this year, but she says they will be at WonderCon.

  • Genevieve Santos, who goes by the nom de plume “le petit elefant”, is looking forward to geeking out with all of us when she sees us at WonderCon this year.

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

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Third Wave of Guests for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Revealed Mon, 05 Feb 2018 18:03:48 +0000 As most of you are (im)patiently waiting for news on the General Hotel Sale (we think you’ve got a long wait ahead of you), Comic-Con International has begun announcing just who you can find at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

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

  • Brian Fies • Cartoonist, Mom’s Cancer, A Fire Story
  • Nalo Hopkinson • Author, Brown Girl in the Ring, Sister Mine
  • Paul Levitz • Writer, editor, publisher, comics historian, educator
  • Jason Lutes • Writer, artist, Berlin, Jar of Fools

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 four 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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