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Under the Tents: Vikings, AMC Movie News, Patrick Ballesteros, Badali Jewelry, Otis Frampton, Panels

We are 50 days (!) away from San Diego Comic-Con, and if that doesn’t excite you, this edition of Under the Tents probably will. We’ve got updated on Vikings, artists like Patrick Ballesteros and Otis Frampton, word on a signing at Badali Jewelry, panel news, and much more.

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

  • Artist Dennis Calero announced earlier this year that he would once again be drawing the Vikings SDCC giveaway comic – marking the second time Calero will have drawn the comic for the popular series. He recently offered up a glimpse at what he’s been working on via Instagram, and mentioned on Twitter that he thinks they’ll be given away at the Vikings panel. While no panel has been confirmed, the series is a fan favorite at Comic-Con.


  • As we told you the other day, artist Sean Dietrich will be holding a party at Comic-Con, with some limited edition art to be auctioned off during the party. Through Instagram, he showed off a photo of actor Rob Schneider signing one of the pieces to be auctioned off.


  • Badali Jewelry will be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con in Booth #532, and you can stop by for a signing with author Patrick Rothfuss (times TBA). A free ticket will be required, with more information to come.


  • Artist Whitney Pollett showed off some more of her “Whit Witches” sketches on Instagram that will be headed for Comic-Con.


  • Patrick Ballesteros, who does adorable takes on some of your favorite pop culture, revealed a sneak peek of the cover to his 2015 SDCC sketchbook via Instagram.


  • Comic creator currently, Brian Hess, who is currently working with Actionlab Comics, showed off a preview of an Awake #1 SDCC variant.


  • Ryan Benjamin, a comic artist who has worked on Batman Beyond, Star Wars, and many other titles, revealed that he will be exhibiting at this year’s SDCC.

  • Treasure Trapped, a UK documentary about the world of LARPing, announced on Twitter that he’ll be heading stateside for screenings and a Comic-Con panel, with more details to come. It’s not clear yet if those “screenings” also include a screening at SDCC.

  • Our friend Otis Frampton is returning to SDCC this year. You’ll be able to find him in Artist Alley, where you should also pick up a copy of his book Oddly Normal, about an outcast half-witch. Additionally, Frampton revealed that you can find his booth beside illustrator Sarah Wilkinson and artist Ashleigh Popplewell.

  • Want to experience what it’s like to work a booth during Comic-Con? Our friends over at The Ninjabot need help – and they’re looking to recruit. You can find more information, as well as apply, on their site.

  • New York Times bestselling author Veronica Rossi, the writer of the Under the Never Sky trilogy, announced to a fan on Twitter that she will be at SDCC. There’s no word yet on what that appearance might look like – panel, exhibiting, autograph signings – but we’ll keep you updated.

  • The team behind AMC Movie News took to Twitter to announce that “AMC will be at Comic Con this year” with a panel and meet and greets. There are no further details on what AMC will be doing at the convention yet, or whether the appearance is purely their news team – but we’re intrigued.

  • Leah Hoyer, the Head of Narrative at ArenaNet, the company behind Guild Wars 2, announced via Twitter that she will be speaking at SDCC about online gaming with Blizzard Entertainment Directory of Story Development James Waugh, as well as George Krstic, a writer for Riot Games and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Sounds like a panel to us!

  • Dying for some NECA Batman news? NECA recently told a fan on Twitter that they’ll get a glimpse at a 1/4 Bale Batman figure at SDCC.

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

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