Under the Tents: William Shatner, Nerd HQ, Oculus Rift, NECA, CHEW, IDW, Kotobukiya, Patrick Ballesteros

Monday will officially mark one month until San Diego Comic-Con, but there’s a lot still to be revealed about the convention. Could William Shatner be making an appearance at Nerd HQ? Will there be a return of Oculus Rift virtual reality experiences at this year’s con? Who is bringing exclusive variant comics covers this year? We look at those questions and more in today’s edition of Under the Tents.

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

  • Melbourne Comics tweeted that they will be at SDCC this summer. They are creators, collaborators and celebrators of all things comics from Melbourne Australia.

  • The Ninjabot has posted on Twitter another one of their fantastic prints available for sale at SDCC 2015. This is a mashup of Batman and the Joker in Lucha Libre masks.

Batman and The Joker Lucha Libre
Batman and The Joker Lucha Libre
  • NECA has responded to a tweet that they should have “Bale Batman” to show at SDCC, and expect it to go on sale for the holidays.

  • Eric Powell posted on Instagram a preview of his display for his The Goon Comic-Con booth. We reported earlier on their massive Goon exclusive book for the convention.
The Goon Booth Display
The Goon Booth Display
Frankie Comics at SDCC
  •  The official Star Wars website posted a very emotional story about Kevin Doyle, of the 501st Legion, who will be dressing as a Stormtrooper and walking the 630 miles to and from his home to San Diego Comic-Con in honor of his recently deceased wife, Eileen Shige. Shige was an artist and they were very much at home at Comic-Con. The walk is for charity as well as to raise awareness about pancreatic cancer.
Imperial March For Charity
Imperial March For Charity
  • Could be we getting William Shatner at Nerd HQ this year? The actor recently asked the Twittersphere what’s going on with the convention, and Zachary Levi — actor and Nerd HQ main man — responded that his people have reached out to Shatner’s to come do a panel. Fingers crossed.

  • AAA Anime Inc, anime, hobby, and pop culture distributors, posted on their website they will be at Comic-Con.
  • Looks like the Year of Oculus Rift is extending into 2015 as well! Jess Marfisi, who works in animation and illustration, posted on Twitter that she got to play an Oculus Rift game that will be coming to Comic-Con and it was a “cool experience.” Any guesses as to what property it could be for?

  • Writer and producer Bill Taub lists on his website that he’ll be a guest speaker for Automatic Pilot, which is his book on writing TV pilots. It’s unclear whether this is a panel or something else.
  • The Pathfinder Society, which connects fans of the game Pathfinder, reports on their website that they will also be at Comic-Con in some capacity.
  • Author and artist Anders Nilsen will be bringing his Poetry is Useless Book Tour to Comic-Con on July 10-11.
  • Jack and the Pirate Attack, the children’s book that will be heading to Comic-Con, will also have a button set available as well. Here’s a look at the Captain, via Instagram:


  • Illustrator Bryan K Turner will be at Comic-Con, presumably on the show floor.
  • We post a lot about Disney artists Amy Mebberson and James Silvani, and now, they’re taking commission pre-orders for San Diego Comic-Con for a custom piece. Prices start at $60, and you can find more information on her or his tumblr pages.


  • Artist Steve Gordon’s commission list for Comic-Con is already filling up — so if you’re interested, find more information on his Instagram page.


  • Artists Bobby Chiu and Flynn Ringrose recently gave some advice to artists working conventions on the Creative Bloq, and also revealed that they’ll both be at the Schoolism Booth during Comic-Con.
Bobby Chiu print
  • Shout Factory’s Brian Ward revealed on Twitter that he’ll be doing two panels during Comic-Con, though no word yet on the details of those panels.

  • Artist Cesare unveiled another of his Curio and Company tarot cards — an extra card, with the Curio name on the back, that he’ll be signing during Comic-Con.

  • Adi Granov Illustration will be at SDCC this year in Booth #5557, along with Mark Brooks. For commission information, you can visit his Facebook page.


  • CHEW is going to be out in full force at Comic-Con this year, with another exclusive: CHEW #50, by Jon Layman and Rob Guillory. According to Bleeding Cool, the gold foil variant cover will be $10, and is limited to 750 copies.


  • Artist Alexis Ziritt showed off a teaser on Instagram for an upcoming exclusive from Shop Called Quest at Booth #4531.


  • Can’t get enough Tanya Tate? She’ll also be on a panel with the First Comics News team during the convention.


  • Illustrator Leen Isabel mentioned on Twitter that she’ll be promoting Nguyen Dong’s Hiraku Volume 2 at the convention.

  • Artist Sara K. Diesel has been chosen as this year’s Kevin Workman Foundation sponsored artist, and she’ll be heading to Comic-Con.
  • Freelance artist Sara Pitre-Durocher’s Comic-Con exclusive IDW covers for The Combiner Hunters have been unveiled — and will be given out at the IDW booth to anyone who purchases Hasbro’s recently announced Transformers Combiner Hunters exclusive set.
  • Tor Books, a sci-fi and fantasy publishing company, posted a photo on Instagram of their team boxing up books for SDCC. Looks like it’s going to be a big year for them.


  • Are you dying to see Kotobukiya’s 2015 Comic-Con offerings? You don’t have much longer to wait, as the company promised on a recent blog entry that not only will they be back at their usual booth during SDCC, but they’ll be revealing their limited edition and convention only exclusives next week.


  • And this week, we’ve got so much news on Patrick Ballesteros, we’re just going to call this final section the Patrick Ballesteros News Hour.

After teasing a Supernatural 25 Cent Wonders piece, Ballesteros has come through, with a piece called “Lil Idgits“.


And another, titled “Need a Lift“, features Superman and a bevvy of monstrous foes.


He also posted a sneak peek of an upcoming print, featuring some kind of mash-up with Disney’s Stitch. If you’ve got a guess as to the theme, you can put your prediction on his Instagram page.


Ballesteros will also have a vinyl toy at this year’s Comic-Con, based on one of his original designs. No word yet on specifics, but we’re excited.

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

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