Under the Tents: Mattel, Patrick Ballesteros, Symbiote Studios, Dr. Zhivago

Your “Twofer Tuesday” continues with your double-shot of Under the Tents. SDCC news has evolved from a trickle to a steady stream. Soon, it will be flowing like rapids as Comic-Con approaches. Grab your canoe and paddle and prepare for rough seas as we bring you all the news we could find.

Here’s a look at what you might have missed:




  • Are you still looking for a San Diego Comic-Con badge? Well, Symbiote Studios may just have the answer to your Comic-Con prayers! They are still in need of volunteers to help out, and promise it’s only a half day schedule.

  • Artist Todd Nauck has more details about his appearance at SDCC this year. You’ll find him at Artist Alley at Table #II-01. His convention commission process is fairly involved, so you’ll want to read through his procedure here very carefully (there’s a code word involved). Also, if you’d like him to sign his cover art for you, here is a list of covers he will sign for a nominal fee of $5.

  • Jason Muhr and Markisan Naso, the artists behind Voracious, will bring their SDCC exclusive Voracious #1 cover and Voracious: Appetite for Destruction ashcan to SDCC’s Artists Alley Table #CC-15. Hopefully, Guns-N-Roses doesn’t see their ashcan title. We hear Axl likes to sue.



  • If you thought the Venom art in our earlier post was terrifying, we have more for you. Artist Greg Horn has some Edge of Venomverse images to keep us up tonight.
  • Artist Randy Martinez shared his King Kong art he’ll have with him at the Choice Art Group SDCC Booth #4219. He’ll be at the booth on Thursday from 2PM – 6PM PT, but we’re not sure if he’ll be signing anything or not.


  • In life, we’re often told that it’s good to set goals. Pin-up artist Nicole Brune has set some ambitious goals for her appearance at SDCC. She intends to have ten pieces to release at her booth at SDCC, and she’s well on her way to achieving that. Swing by Booth #5007 to see her, her work, and some of her friends.

  • Stanley ArtgermTM Lau has “something interesting” he’s bringing with him to SDCC this year. Hmm…

  • Artist/children’s book author Marie “Dr.” Zhivago is holding a panel at SDCC about how she overcame her struggles with ADD and dyslexia to write and illustrate her book. She will hold this panel after her all-kids panel, so keep an eye on our List of Announced Panels for more information.



  • Heidi Tandy liked the Harry Potter-themed t-shirt Brad Meltzer designed so much, she couldn’t keep it to herself. She plans to give one away to a lucky fan at her Harry Potter fandom panel at SDCC this year.

  • There’s no place like… SDCC? Click your heels together three times and stop by artist Sho Murase’s Table #GG-24 in Artists Alley to find her latest Wizard of Oz Dorothy piece.


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

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