We are inching closer to May, which is typically the un-official kickoff of San Diego Comic-Con news season. But things are already in motion, as many artists begin preparing for the (other) happiest place on Earth. We’ve got a look at a new book all about San Diego Comic-Con, a Soonay and her burrito, a Disney-ified mash-up, commissions, autograph signings, and more.
Here’s a look at the news you might have missed:
- Comic-Con is a fandom unto itself, and author Mathew Klickstein has chronicled some of the comprehensive history of the convention in a new book from Fantagraphics, See You at San Diego: An Oral History of Comic-Con, Fandom, and the Triumph of Geek Culture. The new book will feature observations and stories about the convention from names such as Neil Gaiman, Frank Miller, Kevin Smith, Bruce Campbell, Felicia Day, Scott Auckerman, Stan Sakai, Sergio Aragonés, Trina Robbins, the Russo Bros., Lloyd Kaufman, Tim Seeley, Kevin Eastman, and many others.
The official release date is set for September 6 (and you can pre-order it now), but it seems likely this one could get a pre-release at SDCC this summer.
- Comic writer, editor, and artist Rob Potchak is heading back to San Diego Comic-Con this summer, where he’ll be signing autographs at the Keenspot booth. Stay tuned for a more exact schedule!
After I book my flight, it'll be official…I'll be back in San Diego for SDCC.— Rob Potsy Potchak 🧾 – Writer/Editor/Artist/Actor (@Potchak) April 15, 2022
I'll be at the Keenspot booth with specific times for signings, and hanging with people like @JJcareksims, @TwoKinds creator Thomas Fischbach and @ComiXedArt
I will also be hosting the panel!
- We love a good mash-up. Martin Hsu has created some beautiful new Turning Red x My Neighbor Totoro paintings, which will soon be found in his online shop. If they aren’t claimed by SDCC though, you’ll find them at his booth.
I just took photos of my #TurningRed Totoro paintings in their new frames. You’ll find them in my online shop now and at my #SDCC 2022 booth if they’re not sold out then. Very happy with how they look 😊 https://t.co/j1SdTGVa27 #sdcc2022 #totoro #fanart pic.twitter.com/kFqwPKjxTt— Martin Hsu 徐 👨🏻🎨 (@MartinHsu) April 16, 2022
- It’s never too early to start getting your orders in for commissions! If you’re after a commission from LEGO and Hasbro artist Dan Veesenmeyer, his sketch commission list will be re-opening sometime next week, with options for pick-up at Comic-Con available.
Heads up: I think my sketch commission list will reopen next week sometime. This will be a long haul list that will include #SDCC requests for delivery at the event in July. Won’t be doing full commissions at the con.— Dan Veesenmeyer (@dveese) April 18, 2022
And yes, as with all things, my prices will be increasing.
- Comics writer Erica Schultz revealed her list of upcoming appearances, which includes one San Diego Comic-Con.
- Artist Priscilla Wilson, also known as Valor & Vellum, showed off the finished piece of her tribute to San Diego Comic-Con. The piece, which will be an open edition version, is titled “Soonay Loves San Diego”. More information including pricing will be revealed soon, but for now, we love all the details, like “Hall S” and “Hall T” after her characters, and the fact that Soonay is munching on a convention burrito.
We are about 3 months away from #SDCC. Who’s ready to watch the sun rise over the San Diego convention center as they line up for their favorite panels, exclusives, and freebies??— Art of Priscilla Wilson 🔜 SLO Comix Fair (@valorandvellum) April 17, 2022
Here is the open edition version of “Soonay Loves San Diego”. More info & pieces TBA!! pic.twitter.com/7BeQwUWwyq
- Artist and creator BeKyoot confirmed they would be returning to San Diego Comic-Con this year, and they’re already busy working on plans.
- Indiana Jones hasn’t forgotten how to show a lady a good time — and Patrick Ballesteros is paying tribute to our favorite archeologist in this latest sneak peek of what he’s been working on for Comic-Con.
- Alex Ross showed off some pieces tagged with #SDCC, so it seems likely we could be getting a sneak peek of some artwork heading to Comic-Con this summer.
- We’re ready for the onslaught of offsite news, and here’s some news to whet your appetites: The San Diego Afrofuturism Lounge is back! If you’d like to be involved, they are currently seeking panels, performers, exhibitors, volunteers, and sponsors, so hit them up on Facebook.
If you missed our previous Under the Tents 2022 posts, you can find them HERE.