San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog http://sdccblog.com The ultimate source of news and info for Comic-Con attendees. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:18:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 GeekShot Exclusive Photo Series Vol. 2 (Week 3) http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/geekshot-exclusive-photo-series-vol-2-week-3/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/geekshot-exclusive-photo-series-vol-2-week-3/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:18:20 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=20226 GeekShot Exclusive Series Vol 2 Week 3 - Hugh Jackman Len Wein Wolverine

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

Hugh Jackman and Len Wein at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con.

This particular moment was both special and sweet. In the middle of The Wolverine panel Hugh called Wolverine co-creator Len Wein up to the front. Then he made it perfectly clear just how thankful he was for the character and Len. It was such a cool moment and I’m really glad I was able to capture it.

This kind of shot did provide some challenges. You have to remember that anyone in the audience is usually much darker than those on stage. In this case even Hugh had less light on him than normal because he was so far to the front and side of the stage. If I had taken the time to change the settings I likely would have missed the shot. Since I was using “stage” settings I ended up needing to increase the exposure in Photoshop almost 3 full stops. I also did some spot changes to make Len brighter than the rest of the photo so it looked a bit more even. Of course when you make this much of an adjustment there is a significant amount of noise to deal with, and I didn’t want to overdo it so you can still see a decent amount.

As I’ve said before, the goal is to get the shot. Even if there is something wrong like the underexposure on this one, I would much rather get the shot than not. Always give yourself the best chance to get the shot by practicing, knowing your camera, and keeping your attention on what’s going on around you.

Did you get a special moment that didn’t come out perfect? Let us know in the comments.

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

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Reader Poll: Help Us Make Enchantment Under the SDCC Better Than Ever http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/reader-poll-help-us-make-enchantment-under-the-sdcc-better-than-ever/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/reader-poll-help-us-make-enchantment-under-the-sdcc-better-than-ever/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:42:10 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=20171 sdccblog-enchantment2014-final

2014’s Enchantment Under the SDCC event.

There’s a lot to love about San Diego Comic-Con, but one of our favorite things that we do all year is our annual reader party, Enchantment Under the SDCC. It’s held on Preview Night every year, and we offer lots of kickass giveaways and swag, which in the past has included everything from Hasbro Fast Passes to Loot Crate subscriptions to actual passes to the convention.

For 2015, we want to make our party the best that it possibly can be, and to be able to move to a larger space that can accommodate more of you, and offer you more — but we need the input of you, our readers.

Would you be interested in attending this year's Enchantment Under the SDCC on July 8, 2015 (Preview Night)?

What time on July 8 would you like to attend the party?

What is most important to you at our party? Select all that apply.

For the next few questions, here’s a look at last year’s “Hashtag” t-shirt:

Front - Hashtag Tee 2014

Front – Hashtag Tee 2014

Would you be willing to purchase a ticket if it included guaranteed entry and our “Hashtag” t-shirt?

Would you be interested in buying our hashtag t-shirt, even if you didn't attend the party?

Would you be interested in being offered early entry?

Would you be interested in being able to get more raffle tickets, to have more chances for our prizes?

Do you have ideas to help us make the party better? Do you want to elaborate on any of these poll answers? Let us know in the comments.

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‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Review http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/kingsman-the-secret-service-review/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/kingsman-the-secret-service-review/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:56:26 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=20081 kingsman-05-gallery-imageOn January 15, 2015, I was lucky enough to attend an early screening of the 20th Century Fox movie Kingsman: The Secret Service. The promotion was run by Uber for one night only: 50 cities, 50 screenings. Most impressive is the fact that this is a UK film not scheduled for wide release in the UK until January 29, 2015, with the US release scheduled for February 13, 2015. That’s a long time to wait for anyone who didn’t attend the special screenings, because this movie is a lot of fun and enjoyable to watch.

The Secret Service started out as a six issue comic book, created in 2012 by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and that story serves as  the framework for a loose film adaptation.  The film made itself known to San Diego Comic-Con audiences in 2014 with a panel including cast, crew, and footage, as well as a WonderCon sneak peek with special footage. Fans of the comic, like with so many other comic to movie adaptations, could become the film’s core audience – but with the film’s world famous cast, new faces, serious action, danger, and cheeky comedy, it’s likely to appeal to a much wider audience.

The premise follows a brilliant, aimless, London hoodlum who is recruited as a candidate for a spot in a British spy agency called the Kingsman. Adding a layer of lore and intrigue to the spies, they are tailors by day and use of code names from King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The organization works in secret to protect England, and the world, from major threats.

The lead character, Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin is played by actor Taron Egerton, a relative unknown to US audiences. The cast also includes Colin Firth as the mentor Harry Hart/Galahad, with Michael Caine serving as the leader of the Kingsman, Mark Strong as the instructor Merlin, Samuel L. Jackson in amazing form as the villain Valentine, and even some special appearances, like Mark Hamill. The cast contains a fantastic mix of American superstars, a veritable who’s who of British icons, and did I mention Mark Hamill?

The events of the movie are set in motion when a Kingsman is killed in the line of duty, creating an opening for a new knight. Eggsy is Harry Hart’s choice of initiate after having served with, and having his life saved, by Eggsy’s father, resulting in his death. Harry keeps tabs on the boy until the time was right – when an investigation into the recent death of the Kingsman alerts the others of a situation requiring their specialized skill set.

Our villain, Valentine, is a strong believer in the negative effects of global warming. He has taken it upon himself to put a plan in motion to selectively and dramatically thin the herd.  Fewer people means less carbon emissions; problem solved, right? Not if the Kingsmen have anything to say about it.

As Egerton plays him with both swag and his own unique brand of charm, Eggsy makes for a fantastic main character. He’s the underdog you want to root for, and his progression from trouble maker to spy is a journey that is something to behold. He acquires discipline, fighting techniques, and a wealth of Bond-worthy spy gadgets throughout the course of the film. Once he ditches his thug clothes for a bespoke wardrobe, he proves that the suit really does make the man. On top of that, he learns to turn off his street accent and play up a posh one when necessary. All of the above adds up to a swoon-inducing leading man that is very easy on the eyes. He shares the screen with his equally captivating teacher and mentor, Firth. Seeing Colin Firth do true action has been my favorite cinematic moment of 2015 thus far.

The movie’s villains are equally enjoyable. Samuel L. Jackson plays the wealthy tech mogul, a matchy-matchy megalomaniac. Armed with his Google Glass and a lisp that won’t quit, he is hell-bent on world domination. He is supported by a truly scary, murderous henchwoman wielding prosthetic leg “blades” equipped with, well, blades.  Think Kill Bill‘s Gogo meets Oscar Pistorius.

Without giving away too much of the movie, a recipe of great source material, an impressive cast, humor, a little parkour, and some seriously bad-ass fight sequences make for an enjoyable action comic book movie. You can expect a cheeky, edgy, violent, action-packed, coming of age, spy movie that is really really fun. Think James Bond meets Spy Kids, but better.

Here’s a look at the trailer for the film, which is released in the US on February 13, 2015.

Did any of you get a chance to see a screening of the movie?  What did you think?  Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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WonderCon Anaheim 2015 Badges & Hotels Now On Sale http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/wondercon-anaheim-2015-badges-hotels-now-on-sale/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/wondercon-anaheim-2015-badges-hotels-now-on-sale/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:07:41 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=20210 wondercon sliderComic-Con International promised several weeks ago that WonderCon Anaheim badges and hotels would go on sale in January – and as of today, they’re making good on that promise.

Badges for WonderCon, set for April 3-5, 2015, are now on sale.

Prices are up slightly from 2014, with a three day badge costing $55 (up from $50 in 2014), a Friday or Saturday badge clocking in at $27 each (up from $25), and a Sunday only badge coming in at $16 (up from $15). It’s a very minor price hike, though, and children’s badges are even more of a steal, at roughly half the cost of adult badges.

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Just like with last year, badges will be available online only. Although in previous years, the convention had sold badges onsite at the door, the practice was done away with in 2014, according to Comic-Con International’s site, to “save people from traveling to the Convention Center only to discover the convention is sold out”. The convention did sell out in 2014, though nowhere near the speed of San Diego Comic-Con (WonderCon took about six weeks to sell out of three day and Saturday badges; whereas San Diego Comic-Con badge sales are typically closed in two hours).

Similar to Comic-Con, you’ll need a Member ID to buy a badge, but unlike with SDCC, you can set up an ID today and still complete your purchase. Once you’ve secured a badge, you’ll be able to pick them up on-site at the following dates:

Thursday, April 2: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM (3-Day and Friday badge pick-up only)
Friday, April 3: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 4: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 5: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Additionally, hotels are also now on sale, with more options than ever before. Area favorite hotels the Anaheim Marriott, Hilton Anaheim, the Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort, and the Anabella Hotel are all available at a special, discounted convention rate, as well as a new addition to the WonderCon hotel block, the Red Lion Hotel Anaheim. Here’s a look at the prices per night:

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Although WonderCon is smaller than Comic-Con, it still sees some amazing programming. Last year’s headliners included Godzilla, The Maze Runner, Into the Storm, Lucy, Revolution, and more. The full line-up for this year’s convention won’t be released until closer to the convention date in April.

You can find out more information about both badges and hotels on Comic-Con International’s website.

Will you be attending Wonder-Con Anaheim 2015? Let us know in the comments.

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San Diego Officials Believe Comic-Con International Will Extend Contract Through 2018 ‘Soon’ http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/san-diego-officials-believe-comic-con-international-will-extend-contract-through-2018-soon/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/san-diego-officials-believe-comic-con-international-will-extend-contract-through-2018-soon/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:03:26 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=20191 Comic Con Sign Registration Programs Banner Crop Convention CenterSince November, when San Diego’s Tourism Authority President and CEO Joe Terzi told  San Diego 6 that the Tourism Authority was hoping by January to finalize an agreement with Comic-Con International to extend San Diego Comic-Con’s stay in the city by another two years, through 2018, things have been quiet on that front.

Obviously, as we’re well into January, an agreement wasn’t reached as early as the Tourism Authority had hoped – but according to a recent article in the LA Times, Terzi believes that the agreement will be signed “soon, maybe within a month”, to keep Comic-Con in San Diego. The current agreement only runs through 2016.

“It’s one of those things you can’t take for granted,” San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a November interview with San Diego 6. “I won’t. We’re very lucky to have groups like Comic-Con come to the city.”

A recent study by the San Diego Workforce Partnership estimated that the convention has an economic impact in the area of $160,000,000-$180,000,000 – meaning that it’s a huge tourism win for the city. The San Diego Convention Center Corp. also released their own findings on the convention’s regional impact, and although their estimates fall on the low end of the spectrum, estimating that SDCC brings in around $135,900,000, it’s still the most revenue that any convention brings to the city all year, by more than double.

“For us, Comic-Con is our Super Bowl,” Terzi told the LA Times. “We’re very committed to Comic-Con.”

One of the biggest obstacles to keeping the convention in the city, according to Terzi, is the cost of staying at Comic-Con for out-of-town attendees. Those who have tried to book a room through Comic-Con’s convention center rates know that even with a special CCI rate, room prices are one of the biggest expenses of the convention, with prices ranging from $152/night for one person at the Comfort Inn and Suites Hotel Circle South Seaworld in Mission Valley, up to $375/night for one person at the Hard Rock Hotel suites. The closer the hotel, usually the higher the price. And without the special Comic-Con discounted rate, rooms can go for over $800 a night, which would price out a large percentage of attendees.

To combat this, the Tourism Authority has been campaigning an ongoing effort to get the more than 50 hotels in the Comic-Con convention room block to lock in current rates through 2018, to ensure that room rates can’t rise. Additionally, major waterfront convention hotels have committed to some free meeting space for Comic-Con events, and the center itself will offer a much discounted rent.

“Comic-Con has expressed concern over the last several years that it’s getting very expensive for their attendees to come to San Diego and while they recognize that they’re here at a premium time of year, they feel they’re being taken advantage of to a degree,” Terzi said in an interview with U-T San Diego. “I believe that Comic-Con is ours to keep but we can’t get too cocky and create an environment that doesn’t work for their customers.”

In the mean time, Comic-Con International has also been hearing presentations from other cities, about what they can offer Comic-Con International.

“The proposals we’ve received are pretty amazing,” David Glanzer, Marketing and Public Relations Director for CCI, told the LA Times. “It’s not an easy decision.”

However, even with stalled movement on the expansion, San Diego makes the most sense for the convention, if it wants to stay in California. The convention center has deep roots in San Diego, having called it home for more than 40 years since its inception. The next largest convention center in California is in Anaheim, which houses San Diego Comic-Con’s smaller, sister-show, WonderCon Anaheim. That convention center may boast a larger exhibit floor, but the rest of the convention center is a full 1,000,000 square feet smaller (though a planned 220,000 square feet expansion is currently underway).

“I don’t think any of the venues that are trying to compete for Comic-Con are going to offer anything as good as San Diego,” Steven Johnson, a spokesman for the San Diego Convention Center Corp., told the LA Times. “Attendees have grown to love San Diego as a destination.”

Hopefully both sides feel that it’s only a matter of time before Comic-Con International’s fate is sealed in San Diego through 2018.

How do you feel about Comic-Con potentially staying in San Diego? Let us know in the comments.

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PaleyFest LA 2015 Announces More Shows http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/paleyfest-la-2015-announces-more-shows/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/paleyfest-la-2015-announces-more-shows/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:02:28 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=20148 Fp7bTxQSiWhS1sKFYZn7irLNIs-B-ihg0aaeBzvxiyO1dKLH3SyFBJP5F5c5wuH8LvO2q1R-D6NjVAOnaIln_uXW5-dbQGwBl0A7AqCpo0O5kXrbl0VzblmVPKk7-jBH7y4=s0-d-e1-ftIf you can’t wait until July to get your Ballroom 20 fix, here’s your chance to see some TV show panels. As we previously reported, the annual PaleyFest LA will be returning this March and today, they’ve added more shows to their list.

Along with the previously announced Arrow and The Flash, San Diego Comic-Con favorites Teen Wolf, Outlander, and  American Horror Story: Freak Show have been added to the line-up.

Also joining that list are Homeland, The Good Wife, Girls, Glee, Modern Family, Jane the Virgin, and a slew of Comedy Central shows including Broad City, Key & Peele, Kroll Show, and Workaholics.

The full list of shows and dates are as follows:

  • March 6th—Opening: Homeland  7pm PT
  • March 7th—A Salute to Comedy Central  12pm PT—Broad City; Key & Peele; Kroll Show; Workaholics
  • March 7th—The Good Wife  8pm PT
  • March 8th—Girls  1pm PT
  • March 8th—Scandal  7pm PT
  • March 11th—Teen Wolf  7pm PT
  • March 12th—Outlander  7pm PT
  • March 13th—Glee  7pm PT
  • March 14th—Arrow & The Flash  4pm PT
  • March 14th—Modern Family  8pm PT
  • March 15th—Jane The Virgin  4pm PT
  • March 15th—Closing: American Horror Story: Freak Show  8pm PT

Tickets will go on sale on January 22nd for members and January 27th for everyone else. For tickets and more information, visit the PaleyFest LA website.

Are you planning to see a panel? Which show are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments.

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Artists Auction Off Work To Support Artist Alley Coordinator Clydene Nee http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/artists-auction-off-work-to-support-artist-alley-coordinator-clydene-nee/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/artists-auction-off-work-to-support-artist-alley-coordinator-clydene-nee/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:27:31 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=20141 Artist Alley Coorindator Clydene Nee

Artist Alley Coorindator Clydene Nee

As many of you might reminder, last year, the Comic-Con community banded together to help out long-time volunteer, and the coordinator for Artist Alley since 1989, Clydene Nee.

After Nee suffered from kidney failure in 2014, and although last year, the Comic-Con crowd managed to raise $26,855 in order to help cover the cost of her medical bills – but it hasn’t covered the full cost of her health care. So this year, several of the artists that Nee has helped in Artist Alley have joined together again in support of their friend.

As first reported by Bleeding Cool, artists Adam Hughes, Theresa Mather, Patrick Block, Randy Martinez, Gabriel P. Hernandez, Ashleigh Popplewell, David W. Miller, and others, are auctioning off original artwork on eBay, with proceeds going toward Nee to help cover the cost of her medical bills.

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Adam Hughes Wonder Woman print

There are some very exciting pieces in the bunch, but one of the most interesting pieces is a print and the original sketch of a work by Hughes, meant as a promo for the Joss Whedon Wonder Woman movie that never happened. The print was originally available at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2005, but the sketch is the original pencil artwork, signed by Hughes.

Bids are currently ongoing through tonight, so be sure to check out all of the auctions on eBay.

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Under the Tents: Kevin Eastman, Eisner Awards, Realmwalker, Zenescope, Billy Martin http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/under-the-tents-kevin-eastman-eisner-awards-realmwalker-zenescope-billy-martin/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/under-the-tents-kevin-eastman-eisner-awards-realmwalker-zenescope-billy-martin/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:50:47 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=20128 We’re only mid-way through January, but already we’ve got lots of news about San Diego Comic-Con – which means that it’s going to be a very jam-packed year.

In today’s Under The Tents, we’ve got news on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle co-creator Kevin Eastman’s appearance, how you can be part of the Eisner Awards process, and lots of news about the artists and companies we’ll be seeing on the exhibit floor. And don’t forget that you’ve still got some time to enter to win four tickets to the Marvel Experience in San Diego next month.

  • The Realmwalker, the epic fantasy serial written by Lee Aarons, will be headed to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

  • Comic artist and the writer of Kick-Girl Val Hochberg revealed on Facebook that she will also be headed to both WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con this year. Her full convention schedule can be found on her website.

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  • Reilly Brown, a comic artist best known for his work on the series Cable & Deadpool for Marvel, will have a table at this year’s Comic-Con.

  • Do you have a favorite comic book retailer? Now is your chance to honor with, with Comic-Con International’s annual Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. According to CCI’s site, the award “is given out yearly to retailers who have done an outstanding job of supporting the comic art medium both in the industry at large and in their local community”. If you know someone who fits that bill, you can nominate them now on CCI’s site, with the award to be given out during the Eisner Comic Industry Awards on Friday, July 10, 2015.

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  • Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is headed back to SDCC this year. His website lists his appearance dates as “TBA”, so he may not be appearing all four days — but keep an eye out for updates
Kevin Eastman at San Diego Comic-Con in 1986.

Kevin Eastman at San Diego Comic-Con in 1986.

  • We have confirmed with artist Dan Cooney that he will be back at the convention this year, in booth #5530 again. Cooney is the creator of the crime fiction comic Valentine, The Atomic Yeti, and The Tommy Gun Dolls.
  • Comics retailer High Grade Comics is headed to SDCC, the company announced on its site. They also offered that “if there is anything you want” them to bring to the show, simply let them know.

 

  • For the twelfth year, the Century Guild Museum & Art Gallery is headed to San Diego Comic-Con. You can find them in booth #2845, along with horror director Clive Barker, comic artist David Mack, award-winning artist Gail Potocki, and more.
  • Independent comic publisher Zenescope revealed on their 2015 convention schedule that they’ll be headed to Comic-Con. As part of their Year 10 tour, Zenescope is releasing three “celebratory rare and exclusive variant covers by some of the industry’s top artists”, with only 20 copies made available at each show.

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  • Tony Washington Art also received word that he will once again be exhibiting in Artist Alley during this year’s event.
  • If you haven’t checked out artist Patrick Ballesteros work, you should — and then you should check him out at San Diego Comic-Con, where he announced that he will be selling his work again.

  • Illustrator and character designer Steven Gordon will also be in Artist Alley this year, he announced via Twitter.

  • Karen Hallion, artist and illustrator, can be found in Artist Alley this year.

  • Billy Martin, a freelance illustrator who also plays the guitar and keyboards in the band Good Charlotte, will have a table at Comic-Con.

  • Awkward Animals, maker of adorably awkward plush toys, t-shirts, and accessories, will have a booth at this year’s Comic-Con, co-founder Ted Fu revealed on Twitter.

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Awkward Animal plushes.

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

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San Diego Comic-Con – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [UPDATED January 19] http://sdccblog.com/san-diego-comic-con-frequently-asked-questions/ http://sdccblog.com/san-diego-comic-con-frequently-asked-questions/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:00:42 +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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WonderPost: Superman Reunion, Artist Alley, Amy Mebberson, Patrick Ballesteros, Book Signing http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/wonderpost-superman-reunion-artist-alley-amy-mebberson-patrick-ballesteros-book-signing/ http://sdccblog.com/2015/01/wonderpost-superman-reunion-artist-alley-amy-mebberson-patrick-ballesteros-book-signing/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:06:37 +0000 http://sdccblog.com/?p=20110 We know, okay? You want to know when WonderCon badges will go on sale, but beyond “January” — whose days are quickly dwindling — we just don’t have an answer for you yet. But what we do have is lots of news about the convention itself, for when you do get a badge (whenever that might be).

We’ve got updates on a Superman reunion, a ton of artist alley confirmations, including fan favorites like Amy Mebberson and Patrick Ballesteros, book signings, a panel, and much more.

Here’s some things you might have missed:

  • Children’s book author Henry Herz took to Twitter to announce that he will be moderating a “Kid Lit” panel at WonderCon this year, with fellow authors Drew Daywalt, Molly Idle, Jenni Holm, Salina Yoon, and Brian Won.

  • Mantamaji – a graphic novel by television director Dean Seaton, is heading out on a book tour this year, with a stop at both San Diego Comic-Con and WonderCon. More information about his tour can be found on his website.
  • Comic artist and the writer of Kick-Girl Val Hochberg revealed on Facebook that she will also be headed to both WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con this year. Her full convention schedule can be found on her website.

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  • Comics retailer High Grade Comics is headed to WonderCon, the company announced on its site. They also offered that “if there is anything you want” them to bring to the show, simply let them know.
  • It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… a Superman reunion? The Superman Super Site is reporting that several cast members of the Richard Donner directed Superman films will be headed to WonderCon for a special “Superman: The Richard Donner Years Celebrity Super Reunion”. Slated to appear are Margot Kidder (Lois Lane), Sarah Douglas (Ursa), Marc McClure (Jimmy Olsen), Valerie Perrine (Miss Eve Teschmarcher), Diane Sherry Case (Lana Lang), and Aaron Smolinski (baby Clark Kent), as well as the author of the 1978 book, The Making of Superman: The Movie. The Caped Wonder, who is sponsoring the reunion, has posted on Facebook that fans will be able to get both autographs and photographs with the cast in the floor, and that it’s possible a panel Q&A could happen as well.

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  • Jessie Greenberg, a comic artist and illustrator, announced that she will be headed to WonderCon along with fellow artist Matt Doering.

  • Character designer and artist Zoe Moss will also be exhibiting at WonderCon, with “more details to come”.

  • The freelance artist and “animal nut” Jillian Altmeyer will be at WonderCon, selling her charms, books, prints, stickers, and bookmarks. You can view some of her cheerful work on her store page.

  • Webcomic artist Nilah Magruder also announced via Twitter that she’s got at least two conventions on her schedule already for the year: Denver Comic-Con, and WonderCon Anaheim.

  • Where will you be able to find artist Crystal Kan during WonderCon Anaheim 2015? In Artist Alley, as she announced her confirmation on Twitter.

  • LA-based story artist Clio Chang announced on Twitter that she will also have a table at WonderCon this year.
  • Rizzo Michelle, an artist, illustrator, and custom toy designer, revealed on her tumblr page that she will be headed to WonderCon, presumably with some of her custom My Little Pony dolls and other creations.

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  • Disney Interactive Visual Development Artist Gabby Zapata announced on Twitter that she will be exhibiting at WonderCon.

  • James Silvani, the author of Draw-A-Saurus: Everything You Need to Know to Draw Your Favorite Dinosaurs, revealed via Twitter that this year he will be exhibiting at Emerald City Comicon, C2E2, and WonderCon.

  • The webcomic artist Diana Huh will also have a table at WonderCon, which she will share with artist Kez Mit.

  • Author Grady P. Brown, who has written a series of young adult fantasy books called The Young Guardians, announced on his website that he will have a booth at WonderCon. During the convention, Brown will be signing copies of his books.

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  • World of Decoden, a handcrafted Kawaii jewelry and accessories company, announced that they will be selling their wares to WonderCon attendees this year. Their designs include girly, geek inspired jewelry and accessories, like these Big Hero 6 hair ties.

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  • Comic artist Aaron Alexovich, best known for the recent comic Serenity Rose, will have a table at WonderCon.

  • Eisner-award-winning colorist Gabriel “Gabo” Bautista Jr. revealed on Twitter that he and animator Gene Goldstein will be sharing a table at WonderCon.

  • Bunny rabbit fanatics, take note: Sean Seamus, author of the graphic novel Bunny Man, will be selling copies of his self-published work at this year’s convention.

  • The Venice Beach comic publisher Human Comics took to Twitter to announce that they will also be at WonderCon, selling comics to attendees.

  • High Voltage, the music magazine, can be found in the Small Press area at this year’s WonderCon.

  • ATS Comics — whose motto is to “help the little guys in the comic book world bring their dreams to life” — will be leaving Seattle to come to WonderCon in April.

  • Author of the Darkwing Duck comic book, Aaron Sparrow, told a fan on Twitter that he will be at WonderCon, along with Disney artist Amy Mebberson.

  • We’re big fans of Patrick Ballesteros — who has illustrated his own take on everything from Firefly to The Avengers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — and we’re very excited that he lists WonderCon among his appearances for this year.

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Are you excited about WonderCon Anaheim 2015 yet? Let us know in the comments.

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