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Under the Tents 2023: The Loyal Subjects, Voodoo Ranger, Neopets, Bill Griffith

What with Hotelpocalypse stirring most people from their SDCC planning hibernation and the fact that we’re officially less than three months away from San Diego Comic-Con 2023, it sure feels like con season is officially upon us, huh?

Congratulations to those who know where you’re sleeping, and best of luck to those still looking for a spot when sales open up again on April 25.

Here’s a look at the news you may have missed this week while distracted by the Hotelpocalypse:

  • Illustrator and designer Kevin Gemser shared a preview of his purikura-inspired Batman family sticker sheet and revealed a limited run will be available in Artists’ Alley at table #CC-13.

  • The Loyal Subjects (TLS) has announced a new division, TLS Toy, will launch this fall with a Rainbow Brite product line thanks to a licensing deal with Hallmark. SDCC attendees can catch a sneak preview of the line at TLS’ booth, where the 5.5-inch Rainbow Brite Articulated Fashion Doll will be unveiled for the first time.

Graphic announcing The Loyal Subjects' new division, TLS Toy, that will relaunch Hallmark's Rainbow Brite character.

  • Now or Never Comics is a beloved downtown San Diego shop less than a mile from the Convention Center. With SDCC now only double-digit days away instead of triple-digit days away (gasp), they teased out some preliminary preparations to get their store ready for con season.

  • Martin Hsu will be posted up at booth #4530 this year, where you’ll find this goldfish lady figure as part of a “very special” Artist Series.

  • Writer Simon Birks has a new comic, Antarctica, coming from Image Comics/Top Cow. The first issue will release on July 12, which… would you look at that?… lines up nicely for Simon to be at SDCC to sign them.

  • Planning to cosplay as Sora, Riku, Kairi, Donald, Goofy, Mickey, or anyone else from the Kingdom Hearts universe? There is a photoshoot taking place on Saturday, July 22 at the mezzanine staircase in the back of the Convention Center.

Donald, Goofy, Sora, Riku, Mickey Mouse from Kingdom Hearts

Priscilla Bree Angel Series Illustration

  • In addition to a Spotlight panel, Special Guest Bill Griffith will be at the promoting and signing for Three Rocks, his new graphic bio of Nancy creator Ernie Bushmiller, at the Abrams Books booth. He will do the same for The Buildings Are Barking, a tribute to his late wife, Diane Noomin, at the Fantagraphics booth.

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

Catch up on any of our previous Under the Tents posts here.

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