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Kid Heroes & ‘Lumpia’ Returns to San Diego Comic-Con 2023 with Screenings, Exclusives, Offsite, More [UPDATE July 17]

Kid Heroes Productions premiered their film, Lumpia with a Vengeance, to a packed room (it was the most attended screening at the convention last year). And now the creators know you’re hungry for more.

For 2023, the creators behind the crowdfunded award-winning movie are coming back to San Diego Comic-Con with an even bigger menu, including a double-header screening, exclusives, offsite, signings, and more.

Inside the convention center, they’ll be hosting screenings of both films, Lumpia (20th Anniversary Edition) and the sequel, Lumpia with a Vengeance. They will also be a part of two panels this year, where they will make a special announcement about the future of their “DFU” — or “Deep Friend Universe”, followed by a cast/crew autograph signing at Sails Pavilion (set for Saturday, July 22 from 6pm-7pm in the Sails Pavilion).

For those who haven’t caught part of the “DFU” yet, the films follow an unlikely hero and a high school student who join forces to prevent a mysterious crime syndicate from destroying their town — armed only with a lumpia.

You’ll find them taking over the Gaslamp Lumpia Factory (423 F St, San Diego, CA 92101) for a new pop-up and mixer nightly from Thursday, July 20 – Saturday, July 22 starting at 8pm. See below for more details.

On the show floor, they’ll be taking over Small Press #M-6, where they’ll be serving up SDCC exclusives, booth signings, and new chapters of their new comic book storyline, PAN DE CRISIS.

[UPDATE July 17]

Come fill your plate (or at least your convention bags) with plenty of exclusives from Lumpia.They’ll have three official San Diego Comic-Con exclusive comics this year, including:

SDCC 2023 Exclusive Homage Variant by Gerald Pilare
Limited Edition of 100 – $20
Pop-up Metal Limited Edition of 10 – $60

SDCC 2023 Exclusive Holofoil Variant by Arielle Jovellanos
Limited Edition of 100 – $20
Pop-up Metal Limited Edition of 10 – $60

SDCC 2023 Exclusive Acetate Variant by Cesar Cueva
Limited Edition of 100 $30



[UPDATE July 13]

Kid Heroes Productions will be debuting their new collaboration with Equilibrium USG (Urban Survival Gear) – a LUMPIA WITH A VENGEANCE Skyn Tote featuring key art by Whilce Portacio. It will be available in limited quantities at #M-06 for $50.

Equilibrium bags are modular, and the base ($130) and the rcon ($140) are sold separately and will be available at the Equilibrium USG booth #4837.

They’ll also be offering FREE autograph signings with any purchase all week long, with signings for artists, creators, producers, and more — including director Patricio Ginelsa, artist Cesar Cueva, and more.


  • 9am to 12pm LAWRENCE & DIEGO IRIARTE (producer/artist)
  • 12pm to 1pm JEFFREY FULGENCIO (artist)
  • 1pm to 2pm  CESAR CUEVA (artist)
  • 2pm to 3pm  BOBBY RUBIO (artist/director, Pixar’s “Float”)
  • 3pm to 4pm  EBONY SOY (artist)
  • 4pm to 6pm  MARK “BAYANI” TEODOSIO (creator “The Realest Bayani)
  • 6pm to 7pm LAWRENCE & DIEGO IRIARTE (producer/artist)


  • 9am to 1pm LAWRENCE & DIEGO IRIARTE (producer/artist)
  • 1pm to 2pm  CESAR CUEVA (artist)
  • 2pm to 3pm  BRIAN ”beee” BELLO (artist)
  • 3pm to 5pm  MARK “BAYANI” TEODOSIO (creator “The Realest Bayani)
  • 5pm to 6pm LAWRENCE & DIEGO IRIARTE (producer/artist)
  • 6pm to 7pm  PATRICIO GINELSA (director)


  • 9am to 1pm LAWRENCE & DIEGO IRIARTE (producer/artist)
  • 2pm to 3pm  CESAR CUEVA (artist)
  • 4pm to 7pm  MARK “BAYANI” TEODOSIO (creator “The Realest Bayani)


  • 9am to 12pm LAWRENCE & DIEGO IRIARTE (producer/artist)
  • 12pm to 2pm  MARK “BAYANI” TEODOSIO (creator “The Realest Bayani)
  • 2pm to 3pm  CESAR CUEVA (artist)
  • 3pm to 4pm DIEGO IRIARTE (artist)
  • 4pm to 5pm  PATRICIO GINELSA (director)

[UPDATE July 10]

Bring your appetite. Kid Heroes Productions will once again be taking over the Gaslamp Lumpia Factory (423 F. St) for their Lumpia with a Vengeance Comic-Con Headquarters pop-up, presented by Cinema Independent. You can join them for three straight delicious nights of exclusives and mixers, and best of all, admission is free.

All week long, you’ll get a free digital Lumpia comic book of the Patrick Ballesteros variant with any purchase.

Each night will feature a different signing or mixer, including:

Thursday, July 20
8pm-10pm – Pop-Up Signing with The Realest Bayani
You can meet New York-based creator Mark “Bayani” Teodosio and artist Don Aguillo (Spawn) as they sign the new The Realest Bayani graphik novella.

Friday, July 21
8pm-10pm – Pop-Up Signing with Patrick Ballesteros
Meet local artist Patrick Ballesteros as he signs an exclusive Gaslamp Lumpia Factory holofoil variant edition of Lumpia Origins #1

Saturday, July 22
8pm-2am – Halo Halo Mixer
Celebrate the Filipino American indie comic book publishers at Comic-Con, the Lumpia cast/crew, and other creatives! Hosted by soundtrack artist Ruby Ibarra.

[UPDATE July 8]

Kid Heroes Productions will be on two Saturday panels, starting with “HALO HALO: A Scoop of Filipino American Voices in Comics”, where Filipino creators including Whilce Portacio (X-Men, Stone), Patricio Ginelsa (Lumpia with a Vengeance), Cecilia Lim (Kwento Comics), Joe Arciaga (Diwata Komiks), and Mark “Bayani” Teodosio (The Realest Bayani) discuss adding their unique flavors to the industry. Those in attendance will receive a FREE print with art by Don Aguillo after the panel. Head to Marriott Marquis Grand 12 from 1pm-2pm, followed by a signing at Sails Pavilion from 3pm-4pm.

Then the “Deep Fried Universe” is getting a major room upgrade — all the way to Ballroom 20 for “The Sights & Sounds of Lumpia, The Deep Fried Universe, & Beyond!” from 3:45pm-4:30pm. Join April Absynth (Blindspotting), Ruby Ibarra (soundtrack artist), Earl Baylon (Tomb Raider), Patricio Ginelsa (writer/director), Carlo Ricafort (Lumpia), Lawrence Iriarte (producer), A.J. Calomay (producer), Lisa Chong (producer), Jeffrey Fulgencio (artist), and Mike Trias (soundtrack artist) to discuss the Deep Fried Universe of Lumpa across comics, film, and more. There will be an autograph signing that follows in Sails from 6pm-7pm.

Those in attendance will also receive a free print by artist Kristoffer Tolentino.

[UPDATE July 7]

Now that half of the programming schedule is out, you know that you can catch Lumpia and Lumpia with a Vengeance screening back-to-back in the Marriott Marquis Grand Ballroom 5 on Thursday, July 20. The first film will begin screening a 20th anniversary edition at 5:10, with the sequel starting at 6:30pm. And those who attend will receive a FREE exclusive chrome movie trading card at each screening (#16 Kuya, and #17 *SPOILER*).

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[UPDATE July 5]

Their first San Diego Comic-Con exclusive for the year is a one-time printing of the Lumpia with a Vengeance LP – YELLOW vinyl movie soundtrack, which was created in collaboration with Beatrock Music. It features songs by Ruby Ibarra, (Black Eyed Peas), Jocelyn Enriquez, One Vo1ce, Bambu, Prometheus Brown, Klassy, J-Ricz, and more.

The exclusive features cover art by Jeffrey Fulgencio, and includes bonus holofoil print. It’s limited to 200 pieces, and will be available at Small Press #M-6 for $40.

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