Under the Tents 2023: Brandon Kenney, Monkey Minion, Art by Nan, Jeff Pina, Chris Uminga

Historically, the few days between the weekend before July 4 through the actual holiday are a very quiet, slow period for San Diego Comic-Con news — but no one appears to have gotten that memo in 2023, as the news has been coming in hot and heavy. Today, we’ve got a jam-packed edition of Under the Tents for you, mostly focused on artists, with updates from Brandon Kenney, Monkey Minion, some bat-sized art from Art by Nan, original pieces from Jeff Pina, and Chris Uminga’s take on one of DC’s most beloved characters… plus more!

Here’s a look at the news you might have missed:

  • Artist Jeff Pina has been creating tons of original art for you, including sketch covers, for everything from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Star Wars and beyond. Come claim your favorite at Small Press #Q-06, and pick up some graphic novels and comics while you’re at it.

  • Fanbase Press President Bryand Dillion revealed that attendees will be able to to stop by Small Press #O-03 to pick up Fearworms, then visit cover artist Bill Sienkiewicz at Booth #2614 to get it signed.

  • Blessed be the ogre. Rockman Art showed off a new print featuring Shrek and his onion as you have never seen them before. You can pay your respects at Artists Alley #EE-08.

  • You know your ABC’s, but do you know your B-Movies? Artist Matt Hebb has a delightful ABC book featuring scenes from 26 B-movies, which will be available at San Diego Comic-Con in hard cover as a SDCC exclusive, as well as regular paperback release later. Stop by Artists Alley #EE-23 to find your own. Alan Bagh, star of Birdemic, will even be on hand to sign copies.
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  • Are you in SoCal a few days before the con? You can get the party started early with Top Cow, who will be hosting creators Stjepan Šejić (Sunstone, Fine Print) and Linda Šejić (Blood StainPunderworld) for their first U.S. appearance in over six years with signings on:
    • Saturday, July 15 1pm-3pm – Collector’s Paradise Pasadena (319 S Arroyo Pkwy #4, Pasadena)
    • Sunday, July 16 1pm-3pm – 4 Color Fantasties (8045 Archibald Ave $120, Rancho Cucamonga)
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  • At this point, it’s really not even in question if there’s a Babylon 5 panel, even though it hasn’t been “officially” announced. But creator J. Michael Straczynski basically confirmed as well on his own Twitter, when answering a question about if a hypothetical panel would be live streamed. Hint: It probably won’t, you’ll have to catch the panel live.

  • Listen up, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Writer Eric Palicki’s new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. book will be dropping, though we’ll have to stay tuned for more details.

  • No Latency, a podcast radio play, revealed that they will have a panel at San Diego Comic-Con this month.

  • You’re dead, you’re dead, you’re dead… You’re dead and heading to San Diego Comic-Con. Nan Hockin showed off some original pieces for the battiest bunch of roommates from What We Do In the Shadows, which will be available at Booth #F-11 in Artists Alley.

  • We don’t think these new San Diego Comic-Con acrylic pins from artist Brandon Kenney should leave. The artist teased three exclusive pins, which will be available at #BB-14 in Artists Alley.

  • Harley’s all dressed up and ready for SDCC (and some mayhem) in a new piece from Chris Uminga, which will be available at #BB-18 in Artists Alley.

  • While he won’t be officially exhibiting, artist Tony Parker will be wandering around San Diego Comic-Con, and you can order a limited number of pre-show commissions from him now.

  • It’s never a real edition of “Under the Tents” without at least some crochet creations, and Morgan Slay has two for you — a Spider-Hat, and a Dionysus. Make sure you’re following along with them on social for your chance to find it during the con.

  • Every year, San Diego Comic-Con is also home to the Independent Film Festival at Comic-Con International — and this year’s iteration will see 56 films across genres, screening at the Marrioss Marquis Grand Ballroom 6. You can find the complete schedule of programming and screenings on CCI’s site.

Anything we missed? Let us know by dropping us a line, or tweet us at @SD_Comic_Con.

If you missed our previous Under the Tents 2023 posts, you can find them HERE.

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