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Under the Tents: NerdHQ, Felicia Day, Wayward Cocktails, Patrick Ballesteros

Stop checking your email for hotel confirmations – that doesn’t start until tomorrow. Until then, we have a great Under the Tents issue to tide you over with some SDCC news from Zachary Levi on the future of NerdHQ, Felicia Day, commission openings, and a lot more.

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

  • Many of us have missed Zachary Levi’s NerdHQ over the past two years. Sadly, it looks like Levi’s charity event benefiting Operation Smile will not be returning to SDCC for the foreseeable future. But it may yet find a home somewhere else — Austin, perhaps? #IWantMyNerdHQ

  • Call up your ride-or-die buddy. Supernatural superfan collective Supernatural Wiki is hard at work planning this year’s Wayward Cocktails party for SDCC.

  • In more sad news, SDCC mainstay Felicia Day tweeted that she may not have a reason to go to SDCC this year. Of course, it’s still early, so nothing is definite yet. But do you actually need a reason to go to SDCC?

  • Enough bad news. Our good friend Patrick Ballesteros showed off an RBG commission from WonderCon on his Twitter feed, in which he announced he’ll be opening his SDCC commissions later this month.

  • Speaking of Ballesteros, his mini originals were a hit at WonderCon this year, so he plans to bring at least 100 of them to SDCC this year. While that may seem ambitious, Ballesteros’s table in Artists’ Alley (DD-08 this year) always draws a crowd (and often line management).

  • The moose is once again loose at SDCC when Hanging Chad Entertainment brings two new comic issues to Small Press Table #L-09. Not only that, but you can join the Moose Mafia when you get a free button with any purchase at their table.

  • If you enjoy Sean Forney’s Scarlet Huntress series, he’ll have new Scarlet Huntress Cryptid Club buttons at Table #BB-05 in Artists’ Alley.

  • Or, if you’d rather have something a little more custom from Sean Forney, he’s also opened his SDCC commissions. His prices start at $50 for a black and white 8.5 x 11 or blank sketch cover, $75 for a color 8.5 x 11 or blank sketch cover, and $100 for an 11 x 17 pencil sketch. Message Forney on Facebook if you’d like to order something.
  • New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine announced via Twitter thread that SDCC is among her convention appearances this year.

  • Another New York Times bestseller coming back to SDCC is comics artist Gene Ha. Look for him in Artists’ Alley.

  • Invader Zim artist Warren Wucinich showed his fans the convention exclusive cover for the Invader Zim Hardcover Volume 03 Deluxe Edition. Since it has a June release date, we’re confident SDCC will be one of those conventions. Look for it at Oni Press’s booth.

  • Good fandoms don’t die when their show is in trouble; they just get louder (looking at all the Earpers and ClockBlockers out there). Team #SaveDaredevil wants to get all the fans of the late Netflix show together at SDCC with members of #FandomWithoutFear. They haven’t published too many details yet, so we’ll update with more as they come.

  • Another good friend of ours, Arnel Baluyot, better known as the Ninjabot, has some exciting SDCC news. First, he’ll be opening his SDCC commission pre-orders on Monday, May 6. Spots are limited and go fast, so if you’re interested, email him at as soon as his pre-orders open.

  • When you pick up that commission (or anything else) from Ninjabot, you’ll be taking it home in his fancy new bags with his new logo. That’s a bag worth keeping.

  • Stranger Things/Star Wars writer Adam Christopher mentioned he will be at SDCC this year during a Twitter exchange. In what capacity still remains to be seen.

  • Writer-illustrator Kaz Windness is thrilled that the art for Mother Goth Rhymes is finished and going to press. Teal cover and color illustration will be for her limited edition SDCC copies, so you’ll want to pick one up at the con.

Anything you’re really excited about? Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments, drop us a line, or tweet us at @SD_Comic_Con.

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