San Diego Comic-Con is currently both further away than you’d like but closer than you’d think — and that’s why some writers, artists, toy companies, galleries, and publishers are slowly starting to form their plans for this year’s convention. We’ve dug up info from Viz Media, Con Rangers, Mark Evanier, Weta Workshop, Gallery Nucleus, and more.
Let’s take a look at the news you might have missed:
- While nothing is set in stone, comic book artist Tyler Kirkham is planning on attending SDCC. Kirkham’s convention sketch covers are always popular.
I plan on going but not sure yet.
— Tyler Kirkham (@TylerKirkhamArt) January 11, 2019
- He’s been busy working for DC Comics almost non-stop, but colorist Brad Anderson is making time for a few conventions is year, and SDCC is included.
Haven’t done any commissions, I basically work all the time, I am also on Andy Kubert’s Sman Walmart with Tom King and Action comics, with Ryan Sook, will be coming soon. No time to do any conventions as of yet, will be in SDCC 2019, and NYCC 2019.
— Brad Anderson (@bdanderson13) October 18, 2018
- It’s almost impossible to miss the Weta Workshop booth at San Diego Comic-Con — it’s always huge, it’s always eye-catching, and it’s always impressive. Luckily for us, they have the event on their schedule for 2019.
- Another perennial favorite, Gallery Nucleus, will be back in San Diego in 2019. Gallery Nucleus often hosts artists signings at their booth and have some cool prints and exclusives on hand, and we’ll keep you posted when they release more of their plans.
- Novelist and video game writer Genese Davis has posted her 2019 schedule, and we’re happy to see that she’ll be at SDCC again.
- How’s your sash looking? Well, the Con Rangers are here to help! Artist Claire Hummel returns to the convention with her adorable Comic-Con inspired merit badges, but this time you’ll find them listed in the exhibitor list under Con Rangers (same location, though: Small Press Q-15).
good news, Rangers—we’re going to be back at #SDCC this year (Q-15 in Small Press), and ✨we’re actually going to be listed under the name Con Rangers✨ this time around!
— Con Rangers (@theconrangers) February 8, 2019
- Did anyone else pick up Magical Beatdown #1 from independent publisher Silver Sprocket last week? If not, you might try checking their booth at SDCC, one of their announced events for 2019.
- After having to cancel another appearance, artist Shawn Coss is hoping to make the trip to SDCC in July. Let’s rub our lucky rabbits foot for him!
Sadly I have to cancel my appearance at @WizardWorld Portland due to unforeseen circumstances. But I may be at SDCC this year so…roadtrip?
— Shawn Coss (@ShawnCoss) January 31, 2019
- Another popular booth, Giant Robot, will be back at SDCC this year. Be prepared to fork over all your cash for all their great shirts, socks, pins, figures, housewares, stickers … if it’s cool, it’ll be there.
- We all know that 2019 marks the 50th SDCC, but it’s also the 50th SDCC for Mark Evanier! The legendary writer and Eisner winner will be back for this year’s convention (as if there was any doubt) — and we feel pretty confident that he’ll also be bringing back his popular and insanely fun panels for for Quick Draw, Cartoon Voices, and a whole lot more.
- The PaperFilms team will be back in San Diego. Paperfilms is Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Craig Weeden, and Patrick Wedge, a literal dream team of comic book, film, and video game talent. They have several projects in the works right now, including films for Painkiller Jane and The Pro.
- We had to dig deep, but we found that writer Adam Christopher will be at SDCC. His new book, Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town is out June 4, 2019. Might want to pack your copy to get it autographed.
Thanks again. See you at SDCC I hope!
— Adam Christopher (@ghostfinder) February 10, 2019
- Prolific writer Cullen Bunn currently has no plans to attend San Diego Comic-Con. Let’s hope that changes in the next few months.
No plans for those right now.
— Cullen Bunn (@cullenbunn) February 9, 2019
- The creative forces behind the cute and cool Beefy & Co. have their convention schedule posted. It looks like a busy year for these folks, but luckily SDCC is on the list.
- Manga and anime masters Viz always has a presence at San Diego Comic-Con and 2019 will be no different. They have recently added it to their events page. Can they top last year’s first North American appearance by My Hero Academia creator Kohei Horikoshi? We’re not sure, but we’re excited to see what they have up their sleeves.