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What To Expect: SDCC Preparation for June 2016

Sails Pavilion Crowd SDCC 2014It’s now June, and that means that we can officially state that San Diego Comic-Con is next month. Are you prepared? Well, alright, no one is probably ever completely prepared, but your best option for ensuring you make the most of the behemoth that is Comic-Con is keeping up with the important news. But don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.

Here’s what you can expect over the next month:

More Panel Confirmations

Traditionally, this schedule is released exactly two weeks before the convention, which should mean that we won’t get a peek at the full, official schedule until July 7-10 — but with panel confirmation e-mails going out last week, we should start hearing from a lot of companies about just what they’ll be bringing to the con.

With that said though, the panel confirmations have already slowly started to trickle in, and we’re bound to know plenty of movie, TV, and other panels long before July. We’ve already taken a guess at which movies, broadcast TV shows, cable TV shows, and family network TV shows which we’ll be seeing.

Our continually updated list of Announced Panels will be going up in June as well, to track all the panel announcements for you in one easy location.

Exclusive Announcements & Presales

June will be a big month in the world of exclusives for most of the major companies. We already have details on several of the Comic-Con exclusives from Mattel, though there’s still plenty more to be announced ahead of the June presale (set for June 15-16 for subscribers, and June 17-26 for all access).

Of the rest of the toy companies, we only have one announced exclusive from Hasbro, and Entertainment Earth just kicked off their announcements on May 31. That means we expect to hear a lot more from both Hasbro and EE, as well as companies like Funko (who have said they’ll likely start announcing in late June), Bandai, Gentle Giant, Super7, Dark Horse, and so many others.


Hundreds of attendees already have their parking for San Diego Comic-Con secured, but if you weren’t so lucky in this year’s parking lottery, then parking will open back up to the general public on June 13 at 9AM PT. Currently, only the Convention Center and Hilton Bayfront lots are completely full — so there should be plenty of options left over for everyone else, even if they’re a bit further out.

Hotel Waitlist

Yes, theoretically, some attendees should begin moving off the hotel waitlist beginning today, June 1. The exact number of attendees that will get to do this isn’t yet known, and very little has been given on timing except that the process will be ongoing for at least ten days — but it’s exciting that it’s happening at all. Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox all month if you were waitlisted.

Offsite Announcements

Expect this to be a big, big month for San Diego Comic-Con offsite announcements. Funko Fundays tickets go on sale this afternoon, and there’s still plenty of other news to be had. There’s this year’s Conan appearance, how the Syfy live show at the Marriott will work, how much blood will have to be shed to get our hands on Star Trek Beyond tickets, and more offsites that we probably know nothing about.

You can always find a list of offsites on our event calendar.

More SDConCast

Although the new season of the SDConCast is already in full swing, we have an exciting schedule of upcoming guests to talk movies, TV, comics, and much more all month. In addition, each week we’ll continue to keep you up to date on all the latest news, to help ensure you’re as prepared as possible for July.

Weekly Newsletter

If you didn’t already know, we have a weekly Comic-Con news round-up newsletter. Every Tuesday(ish), we’ll be sending you all of the SDCC news you might have missed over the last week, to help keep you up to date on the exclusive, panel, offsite, and other news you care about. If you haven’t signed up already, you can do so by clicking here.

Is there anything in particular you would like us to cover or want to know more about for SDCC? Let us know in the comments, drop us a line or tweet us at @SD_Comic_Con.

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