Under the Tents: Henry Liao, Hill House Comics, Adam Savage, Dan Veesenmeyer, D23 Mixer

Every story must have a beginning, a middle, and an end — and today’s Under the Tents story ends with this third edition, which includes updates on a nifty SDCC exclusive backpack, artist commissions, LEGO Batman art, giveaways, and more.

Here’s a look at the news you might have missed:

  • Artist Erik Arreaga showed off his San Diego Comic-Con exclusive — a Mr. Amazing Zombie Hero backpack. It’s limited to just 50 pieces and retails for $60, and if you pre-order for on-site pick-up by July 5, you’ll also receive a free 11×17 sketchbook.


  • In addition to regular commissions, artist Henry Liao will also be doing limited quantity of sketch card commissions for San Diego Comic-Con. You can e-mail him to get on his list – which you definitely want to do.

  • Godzilla will be stomping into San Diego Comic-Con for the first time to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the first film. You can catch parent company TOHO at Booth #3535, where they’ll have a fun green screen photo booth, a live mural painting by famed Godzilla artist Shinji Nishikawa, the actual suit used in Godzilla 2000, props from films throughout the franchise’s history, SDCC exclusives, giveaways, and more gargantuan fun.
  • Jin Yung Kim revealed a brand new Gundam sticker for RX78 which will be available, with all of his other adorable mecha stickers, exclusives, prints, and more, at Artists’ Alley CC-08.

  • If you were hoping to find the New York Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry at SDCC next month – well, you won’t like what he had to say.

  • Source Point Press will be home to an exclusive variant for The Rejected: Dead Girl. It’s limited to just 100 copies, so make sure you head to Booth #2306 to get your hands on it. It will also be available at the Comic-Con International Art Show.

  • The amazingly talented 14-year-old artist Ethan Castillo has another blank cover heading to San Diego Comic-Con, this time for Spider-Man Symbiote. You can pick it up and meet the young artist at Artists’ Alley AA-1.

  • DC is gearing up to launch a new horror comics imprint, Hill House Comics – and you can catch more information about the imprint on a panel at Friday, July 19 at 4:15PM in Room 6DE, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Be sure to check out PSA at Booth #5617 all week long for cool giveaways (Iike a 16×20 photo signed by the original cast members of Star Wars), free trading cards, and on-site autograph authentification. You can find more information, and even enter to win the 16×20 now, on their dedicated Comic-Con page.

  • We’re off to Never Neverland – or at least Small Press N-12, to pick up this adorable Tinkerbell drawing from artist Val Hochberg. You can find Tink and so many other originals at Hochberg’s booth.

  • Hopefully you were able to get on artist Michael Walsh’s pre-commissions list – because it’s now closed. If you couldn’t, don’t forget that you can find dozens of other amazing artists on our Commissions List.

  • Young toymaker Joshua Grossberg showed off his MiniWoks custom toys again, which are inching closer to their final destination of San Diego Comic-Con – but first, they’re enjoying scenic Naboo. You can follow along on Instagram during the convention for drop locations to pick up your own MiniWoks.


  • Breaking Games will be at both Booth #1234 and B-2, where you can catch the latest indie games and tabletops, including Can’t Catch Harry, Joking Hazard, and Sparkle*Kitty Nights.
  • Eisener-winning writer Chuck Spear is hoping that attendees will get to see his upcoming Sharp Notes first at San Diego Comic-Con. We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

  • Critical Entertainment is debuting two new graphic novels to San Diego Comic-Con: Zombie Zero Complete Series and Planetary Expansion Volume One. You can pic up both at Small Press M-11.
  • Josh L. Warner of Hanging Chad Entertainment will have all sorts of sketch cards available at Small Press L-09.

  • Na-na-na-na-na SDCC EXCLUSIVE BATMAN! Dan Veesenmeyer has created a new LEGO Batman print for the convention, which is an homage to artist David Mazzucchelli.

  • Unfortunately, fan favorite Adam Savage won’t be heading to San Diego next month, as he’s busy working on a new project with the National Air and Space Museum. We’re happy for him — but also pretty bummed we won’t be able to stare extra hard at every cosplayer to see if it’s really Savage underneath.

  • If you were lucky enough to score tickets to the D23 Mixer before they sold out, then here’s a look at the Marvel Comics Patch you’ll be getting, via Vinylmation World.


  • While artist Mike Mitchell won’t be at San Diego Comic-Con next month, he will still have some exclusives available at Booth #1334, including this Hooded Oriole from his Fat Bird series. Which sounds like the best series of all time, really.


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