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Under the Tents 2023: DC Comics, J. Michael Straczynski, Patrick Ballesteros

You read right! It may still be over eight months until San Diego Comic-Con 2023, but the time has come for the first edition of Under the Tents 2023. With Returning Registration and Open Registration in the books — and weren’t those sales a breeze compared to the Taylor Swift fiasco this week? — you now know for sure whether you have badges for next July.

With that chapter closed, here’s a look at the news you may have missed while waiting for your badge fate to be determined:

  • DC Comics snuck this into the end of their SDCC 2022 recap, but they confirmed they will be back for SDCC 2023, asking us to “make your plans now to join us at Comic-Con in 2023.” Does this mean the return of their booth after sitting out the Exhibit Hall in 2022? As we say around these parts… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  • We’ve also got our first 2023 offsite announcements! Viktorya Roze Tassi’s Cosplay Co. is hosting three cosplay invasions with scavenger hunts. These will all take place by the fountains outside the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina: the Inflatable Dinosaurs will roam on Friday, July 21; the Army of Assassins (Assassin’s Creed series) will gather on Saturday, July 22; and the Army of Captain Americas will assemble on Sunday, July 23. Be sure to follow the individual events for more details as we get closer.

  • Nooligan, which has recently been holding down Booth #5568 by Artists’ Alley, confirmed their return next year on their event schedule.

  • Long-time SDCC Special Guest J. Michael Straczynski recently teased on Twitter two audio drama projects being worked on for an unnamed “major publisher,” with a full announcement at, wait for it, SDCC 2023.

  • To the shock of absolutely no one, Artists’ Alley mainstay Patrick Ballesteros confirmed he’ll be back for SDCC 2023. How many mini-originals this time, Patrick?

  • Val Hochberg, aka Kickgirl, confirmed she will be back in Small Press next summer. Per a follow-up Tweet, she received the same table placement, so you’ll likely find her and her adorable pieces once again at N-12.

  • Epic fantasy novelist Erin Rado will be bringing her awesome Tales of the Ravensdaughter book series to SDCC 2023.

  • Per an Instagram post, it sure looks like The Few and Cursed co-creators — Brazilians Felipe Cagno (writer) and Fabiano Neves (artist) — and their company Timberwolf Entertainment will be moving from their Small Press table spot in 2022 to a floor booth in 2023.
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  • Finally, you can officially find Ethan Castillo in his usual AA-01 spot next July.

Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments, drop us a line, or tweet us @SD_Comic_Con.

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