You may have noticed a slight (or not so slight) uptick in Comic-Con news this week. Well, it only gets crazier from here on out. In today’s edition of Under the Tents, we have confirmation of at least one actor on the Thor: Ragnarok panel, news on other panels, word about a cool signing at 3A, some merchandise for Otto & Victoria, and so much more.
Here’s a look at the news you might have missed:
- While it’s basically already confirmed that we’ll be getting promotion for both Thor: Ragnarok and The Black Panther on the Hall H stage as part of this year’s Marvel Studios presentation – the question remains as to which cast members will be in attendance. Tessa Thompson, who is playing Valkyrie in Thor, answered a question on Twitter that she will be at Comic-Con for Thor. Since she’s also in Westworld, if HBO decides to bring that series along as well, perhaps there’s a chance for her to appear on both.
- Maybe there won’t be Nerd HQ this year. Maybe there won’t be Conversations for a Cause this year. But by God, there will be dancing. Zachary Levi confirmed on Twitter that there will be multiple dance parties this year – and from what we hear, Syfy will also be involved. Stay frosty, indeed.
- Artist Scott Blair showed off a new Game of Thrones and Dark Souls mash-up illustration, called “F*ck the King, and Praise the Sun!”, that will be available at Artist Alley FF-18.
- Artist Martin Hsu always brings some cool vinyl toys to San Diego Comic-Con – and this year will be no different. The designer offered a first look at this year’s vinyl figure design, which features Dragon Boy and Dog in a 2-piece set. Grab it at Booth #4530.
- Artist Chris Gugliotti revealed a sneak peek at a Star Wars print he will have at Comic-Con at Artist Alley BB-15, along with a Game of Thrones print.
- Selena Folk-Jones showed off a proof copy of her new book, a. nice place, that will be available at San Diego Comic-Con in Small Press.
- This year’s Kevin Workman Foundation’s featured artist, Kelly McKernan, will have some limited edition enamel pins and other pieces available for purchase at Booth #934.
- It’s bad news bears for fans of the Disney XD series Penn Zero: Part Time Hero. Series co-creator Sam Levine confirmed on Twitter that there won’t be a panel for Penn Zero this year.
- Who doesn’t love teeny, tiny tiki girls? Only crazy people, that’s who. So head on down to Liana Hee’s Booth #4715 to grab a pastel pink piña mini painting during the con.
- Watkin Tudor Jones, also known as the South African rapper Ninja, showed off some images from an upcoming comic book promoting a new TV series called South African Ninja. Ninja, ¥o-landi, and Ashley Wood will be signing first edition ZEF comics at the World of 3A Booth #734 during the con. There will also be “some super limited edition SA NINJA action figures” at the 3A booth.
- Jack and the Pirate Attack – and their publisher, Zombie Playground Publishing – return to San Diego Comic-Con in a new location with a new makeover at their booth. Attendees will be able to stop by Small Press N-2 for grab new button sets, new artwork, and even take a spin on their prize wheel.
- The League of S.T.E.A.M. have created some pins for Brian Kesinger’s Otto and Victoria. You’ll be able to grab the first ever Otto and Victoria pins at Booth #5618.
- Mako Fufu will be featured in both the art show and the silent auction this year, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Fufu showed off some of the pieces that will be available.