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Under the Tents: Maggie Stiefvater, Symbiote Studios, Alex Ross, Monkey Minion Press

With just 34 (!) days left until San Diego Comic-Con, con preps are firmly underway. If you haven’t started packing yet, don’t worry; you still have (a little) time. In this edition of Under the Tents, you’ll find artists like Alex Ross, Sean Forney, Patrick Ballesteros, and many others as well as retailers like Symbiote Studios and Bluefin Distributors who are hard at work making preparations for their SDCC 2018 presence.

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

  • New York Times Bestselling Author Maggie Stiefvater announced via Twitter that one of her three public events this year will be SDCC, where she is a panelist on the Fantasy Literature panel. Keep an eye on our Panels post for more details as they come out.

  • Manga, comics, and novel publisher Seven Seas assured a Twitter fan that they will be at SDCC this year, and you’ll find them on the Exhibit Hall floor at Booth #2701.

  • Ryan Meinerding, Marvel Studios’ Head of Visual Development, confirmed via Twitter that he is indeed coming to SDCC this year.

  • Espionage Cosmetics CEO Jaimie Cordero wants to show you how to level up your “nerdy business” in her panel Level Up: Be a Nerd Boss. Let her know you’ll be in Grand 1 and 2 at the Marriott Marquis on Saturday from 3PM-4PM PT by replying to her Facebook Event.

  • Artist Mike McKone opened his SDCC commissions recently. You can message him on Twitter if you’re interested. Unfortunately, he will not be doing mail commissions.

  • Artist Alex Ross always has an amazing booth on the SDCC Exhibit Hall floor, and this year appears to be no exception, as you can see from this concept art for this year’s booth.

  • The great minds behind Monkey Minion Press want you to know they’re moving this year. They’ll still be on the Exhibit Hall floor, just in a different spot at Booth #2007 (right across from DC).

  • Another retailer looking for volunteers to help at their booth this year is Bluefin. They’re asking volunteers to work a 6+ hour shift, help set up, tear down, manage lines, etc. They’re offering sweet incentives like store credit, discounts, a one-hour break to explore the Exhibit Hall, and some valuable experience. You can find all the details and how to sign up on their recent Facebook post.

  • If you were waiting to see artist Mark Simpson (better known as Jock) at SDCC this year, we have some disappointing news for you. Sadly, he will not be attending this year.

  • Artist Chris Lee shared some of the prints he’s making for SDCC this year via Twitter. Look for these adorable prints at Booth 1535 on the Exhibit Hall floor.

  • Artist Karen Hallion recently released her June newsletter, and SDCC fans will be happy to see it listed among her upcoming conventions.

  • We’ve seen quite a few retailers begin revealing their SDCC 2018 exclusives over the last week or so. If you’re wondering about Icon Heroes exclusives, you won’t have to wonder much longer, as they’ll begin to release their SDCC 2018 exclusives this Monday, June 18.

  • If you’ve ever wanted to hug a Totoro, Jennifer Nolan may bring you close to that goal with her crocheted Giant Totoro she’ll have with her at SDCC’s Art Show.

  • We love Patrick Ballesteros and his 25¢ Wonders, so we were excited to see him tweet this tease of an Avengers: Infinity War set he’s working on for SDCC 2018.

  • Retailer Super7 has joined the Year of the Teaser crowd recently. They started with a simple tease of their Mummy Boy heading off to San Diego, then followed with a more elaborate tease of some of what they’re bring to SDCC this year. Look for them at Booth #4945 on the Exhibit Hall floor.

  • If you caught Justin Harder on our recent SDConCast, you know he’ll be in Small Press at Table O-08 this year. What he recently mentioned via Twitter is that if you missed your chance to buy his Little Deadpool enamel pin last year, he’s bringing more with him this year.

  • Symbiote Studios goes all-out every year at SDCC. This year, they’re offering free swag for panelists to give out who are looking for some swag to give away. If you’re a panelist or know someone who needs some giveaways for their panel, get in touch with Symbiote. They’re also willing to contribute to any panels about toy production or anything having to do with retail toy industry.

  • Symbiote Studios also shared some SDCC 2018 dates they’d like us to watch out for. First, if you’re applying to be a volunteer at their booth this year, they’ll draw the random winners on Thursday, June 21, so get your entry in before then. Also, they’re offering 50 of their SDCC exclusive Morty plushies for pre-order on Sunday, July 1.

  • Artist Alex Pardee tweeted his design, which will definitely turn a few heads, for the t-shirts he’s bringing with him to SDCC this year.

  • The Loyal Subjects shared a sneak peek of their latest WWE figurines commemorating Wrestlemania 34 to Instagram, which they’ll only have 150 of at Booth #4951.

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

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