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Under the Tents 2023: DC Manga, Hugh Howey, Martin Hsu, Jimmy Palmiotti

Patience has never been a San Diego Comic-Con attendee’s strongest suit in waiting for announcements to come in, even though long-time attendees know the pace of news is uneven (at best) leading up to that wonderful late July weekend: a few droplets through April, a drizzle in May, a steady downpour in June, then an absolute torrential storm in July.

The prospect of Hollywood strikes loom, yes, but the past week alone brought us: the ACE Parking lottery results (with the sale beginning June 26), the return of the OFFICIAL badge eBay auctions benefiting the Comic-Con Museum, Funko Fundays tickets going on sale (and selling out), and the announcements of the first-ever SDCC appearances for Japanese artists Makoto Yukimura and Peach Momoko. Like clockwork, the news cycle is ramping up in a big way.

If you haven’t already, you’ll be going from “there haven’t been enough announcements!” to “I can’t keep up with all these announcements!” soon enough.

Let’s take a look at the news you may have missed:

  • Bleeding Cool reports the 40-page DC Manga Sampler will be debuting at SDCC ahead of its full, 160-page September release. The Sampler includes Volumes 1 of: One Operation Joker, Superman vs. Meshi, and Batman: Justice Buster, all which have been translated into English print for the first time.

  • Responding to a Twitter user, New York Times bestselling author Hugh Howey said he has been invited to San Diego, and it looks like he’ll be responding yes to that RSVP. The author of the Wool series (which Apple TV+’s Silo is based on) also penned the Beacon 23 short story series, which has been adapted into an AMC series starring Lena Headey and Stephan James. The show has yet to premiere but has finished filming its first season… could we be getting a panel for either Silo or Beacon 23? Potential strike(s) aside, of course.

  • A triple dose of Martin Hsu updates! First, a sneak peek at his Ted Lasso & Cats series 3 in progress. Then, for a different kind of mashup, a preview from the latest of his Ghibli x Star Wars collection. Finally, if you want to meet Hsu, he’s thinking of running back his “Meet the Artist” hours at his Exhibit Hall home, Booth #4530.

  • The Hellfire Gala Walk, an unofficial event which was at Wondercon but is NOT affiliated with the D23 Hellfire Gala event at Parq, will be holding a “Mini Gala Walk” on SDCC Friday. They’re looking for 5-10 cosplayers to sign up between now and June 18; you can do so via the Google Form they’ve set up.
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  • No room or schedule details yet, but writer and designer Nick Tierce will be on a panel with the hosts of the Heroes of the Halcyon podcast entitled “Star Wars Immersive Fandom — Galactic Starcruiser & Beyond.”

  • In the latest edition of “someone confirms they’re going to San Diego Comic-Con in a Twitter reply,” Jordan Blum, come on down! The co-creator of the M.O.D.O.K. TV series confirmed his attendance; and based on the original post, it’ll be in support of his new comic series Minor Threats, which was co-created with actor and comedian Patton Oswalt.

  • In the latest edition of “someone confirms they’re going to San Diego Comic-Con in a Twitter reply,” Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, come on down! Palmiotti confirmed he and his spouse/frequent collaborator will be doing panels and signings at the show.

  • Busy as always, artist Scott Koblish announced pre-orders are available for the trade paperback of Scotch McTiernan Versus the Forces of Evil. With a release date of July 19, Koblish will unsurprisingly be at SDCC to sign copies.

  • Journalist/artist Deb Aoki let it be known she’ll be moderating three SDCC panels, with a mix of new and old faces. Interesting, indeed!

  • Speaking of Deb Aoki, in addition to moderation duties, she’ll be on a Podcasting 101 panel along with Tara Lynne and Jonathan Eigen. The gathering will be moderated by Amin Javadi, co-founder of A Podcast of Ice and Fire.

  • Over on Instagram, Don Aguillo posted a finished Nightcrawler piece. While we know it will be available for purchase in San Diego, we are still waiting to find out exactly where. 
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  • Steve Bryant is here with the unexpected Scooby-Doo and Stranger Things mashup we didn’t know we needed. You can find the Velma Dinkley and Eddie Munson print for sale in Small Press #L-01.
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  • BB-CRE.8 shared a quick montage of their many works in progress as they steam towards SDCC; you can find the finished products available at Booth #1334.

  • Artist and SDCC Exhibit Hall mainstay Jason Edmiston is teasing some big plans over on Facebook. How big? Jaws big.

Jason Edmiston Jaws tease

Anything we missed? 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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