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What To Expect: SDCC Preparation for June 2018

It’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 5-8 — 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 moviesbroadcast TV shows, cable and streaming 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 Funko, though there’s still plenty more to be announced before the convention. Both fan favorites Hasbro and Mattel have been unusually quiet so far, but we fully expect their announcements to start rolling in any day now.

Of the rest of the toy companies, Factory Entertainment just kicked off their announcements on May 22 with plenty more still to come. Comic-Con International unveiled a whole new Exclusives Portal and their first ever Souvenir Book cover print in collaboration with Mondo. Cryptozoic has already kicked off their online pre-sales, and NECA’s will start next week. We’ve got our first look at Hallmark’s 2018 exclusives. But there’s plenty more to come from Bandai, Gentle Giant, Super7, Dark Horse, BBC America, BOOM!, IDW, 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 4 at 10AM PT. Currently, only the Convention Center and Hilton Bayfront (except on Preview Night) lots are full — so there should be plenty of options left over for everyone else, even if they’re a bit further out.

Offsite Announcements

Expect this to be a big, big month for San Diego Comic-Con offsite announcements. There’s this year’s Conan appearance, the makeover on what was once Petco’s Interactive Zone (now The Comic-Con Experience), this year’s Symphony offerings, 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.

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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