A look back at my pics for things to do and see at SDCC 2016:
Here are my picks for some things that may be of interest but on everybody’s radar.
AUTHORS AND WRITERS
Bob Proehl – debut novel has been called “A Kavalier and Clay for the Comic-Con Age,” (Eleanor Henderson) “worlds within worlds…full of surprise and wonder,” (Charles Yu) “A tribute to the pleasures of fandom,” (Refinery29) and “A perfect summer read for the Comic-Con crowd . . . Anybody up on superheroes and X-Files will have a lot to love here,” (USA Today).
- Amanda Conner / Jimmy Palmiotti / Chad Hardin (HARLEY QUINN)
- Brad Walker (AQUAMAN REBIRTH)
- Cecil Castelucci (SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL)
- Christopher Priest (DEATHSTROKE REBIRTH)
- Dan Jurgens / Tyler Kirkham (ACTION COMICS)
- Gail Simone (CLEAN ROOM)
- Gene Yang (NEW SUPER-MAN)
- Hope Larson / Rafael Albuquerque (BATGIRL)
- James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS)
- Jody Houser (MOTHER PANIC)
- John Ficarra (MAD)
- John Semper (CYBORG REBIRTH)
- Joshua Williamson (FROSTBITE/THE FLASH REBIRTH)
- Lee Bermejo (SUICIDERS)
- Lee Garbett (LUCIFER)
- Marguerite Bennett (DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS)
- Mark Russell (The FLINSTONES)
- Nicola Scott / Liam Sharp (WONDER WOMAN REBIRTH)
- Pete Tomasi / Pat Gleason (SUPERMAN REBIRTH)
- Renae de Liz (LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN)
- Rob Venditti (HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS REBIRTH)
- Rob Williams (UNFOLLOW)
- Scott Snyder (AMERICAN VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY)
- Scott Snyder / Jock (ALL STAR BATMAN)
- Shawna Benson / Julie Benson (BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY REBIRTH)
- Shea Fontana (DC SUPER HERO GIRLS)
- Steve Orlando (SUPERGIRL REBIRTH)
- Tom King (BATMAN REBIRTH/ SHERIFF OF BABYLON)
Dark Horse Exclusive Korra Statuette
The strong-willed Avatar Korra is beautifully captured in this majestic pose from The Legend of Korra. This variant sepia version of the original Dark Horse full-color edition is available only at SDCC from Nickelodeon in a limited edition of 300. Each 8” hand-painted polystone statuette is hand numbered and includes a certificate of authenticity.
Dark Horse World Premiere Aang Statuette
As the Avatar of his time, Aang is the only one capable of using all four bending arts: earth, water, fire, and air. This statuette captures Aang in a heroic pose from Avatar, the Nickelodeon animated series and Dark Horse comics. This first-edition Aang statuette is making its world premiere at SDCC. Each 7” hand-painted polystone statuette is hand numbered in an edition of only 150 and includes a certificate of authenticity.
Batman SWAT Camouflage Batarang – 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Convention Exclusive – The Batarang has always been one of the coolest comic-book gadgets, and now Comic-Con attendees and our newsletter subscribers can own Factory Entertainment’s SWAT™ version of the Dark Knight’s signature weapon with our San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive SWAT™ Camouflage Batarang! Featuring sound, the Batarang “swooshes” through the air when activated! Perfect for cosplay and role-play! Limited to 500 pieces
Archer’s “Enormous Package” – 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Convention Exclusive – For only $50 you can take home $250 worth of our most popular collectibles featuring the world’s most animated spy! Archer’s “enormous package” includes a dolphin puppet, a beach towel, a metal drink bottle, a talking bottle opener, a Premium Motion Statue™ and more! This San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive box is limited to only 100 pieces so act fast. The only thing worse than missing this deal would be killing a unicorn! Available HERE for $50 to pre-order or at San Diego Comic-Con, Booth # 2647
STAN LEE EXCLUSIVE AND SPECIAL EVENT
Stan Lee Signature Edition Talking Plush & Poster – San Diego Comic-Con Convention Exclusive Bundle and BOOTH APPEARANCE – We’re absolutely thrilled to announce another very special and very limited convention exclusive and a Factory Entertainment in-booth appearance (#2647) by the legendary STAN LEE on Friday July 22 at 4:00 pm!* 150 lucky fans who purchase our 2016 SDCC Exclusive Stan Lee Bundle will not only receive our 15” tall Stan Lee talking plush, which speaks 6 phrases specially recorded by Stan for this item and includes a signature card hand-signed by Stan, they will also get an exclusive 11” x 17” print from Stan’s latest project, entitled ‘STAN LEE’S GOD WOKE’ – Available HERE for $125 to pre-order or at San Diego Comic-Con, Booth # 2647
Titan Comics – NBA all-star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Mycroft Holmes), Torchwood’s Captain Jack himself, John Barrowman (Torchwood); Doctor Who actor, writer and director Noel Clarke (The Troop); comic writers Paul Cornell (Third Doctor), George Mann (Dark Souls), Cavan Scott (Ninth Doctor, Vikings), Si Spurrier (Eleventh Doctor), and Rob Williams (Eleventh Doctor)
The Chuck Jones Galley will host an event to show paintings and sculpture from renowned voice over artist Nancy Cartwright on Saturday, July 23rd at 7:30pm during San Diego International Comic Con. The event is her first ever art gallery exhibition and reception, and is open to the public.
Alistair 1918 – A World War I soldier accidentally time travels to present-day Los Angeles. Filthy, penniless, with no way to prove his identity, he struggles to find way back to his wife in 1918. world premiere screening on July 21st at 4pm (Pacific 23, Marriott Marquis)
ILLUSTRATORS OF THE ART DIRECTORS GUILD
Friday, July 22 from 3PM 4PM, Room 23ABC
A panel of illustrators who work on movies and TV shows for DC Comics and Marvel moderated by Storyboard Artist Tim Burgard (Independence Day: Resurgence, Jurassic World)
Andrea Depaso (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Jungle Book)
David E. Duncan (Spiderman: Homecoming, Iron Man 2)
Ed Natividad (Justice League, Suicide Squad)
Warren Drummond (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Straight Outta Compton)
REUNION OF THE FIREFLY ART DEPARTMENT
Friday, July 22 from 7PM 8PM, Room 29AB
Those who worked on the Joss Whedon cult classic, which ran for just one season (2002-2003), reminisce on their days working 500 years in the future.
Carey Meyer (Production Designer)
Colin De Ruin (Art Director)
Dylan Hay-Chapman (Graphic Designer)
Loni Peristere (VFX Supervisor and Zoic creator)
Will Batts (Set Designer)
THE PRODUCTION DESIGNER; ARCHITECT OF IMAGINATION
Saturday, July 23 from 12PM 1PM, Room 23ABC
The Production Designer reads 100 pages of nothing but words on paper — and then must literally dream up the most perfect of all possible worlds in which the tale should take place. Though the story may be set in some mythic past, the here and now, or some nearly unimaginable future — its always human emotion rendered in color and composition. And following that — the Designer must gather and organize an army of artists who, over months or years, in plaster or in pixels, will somehow render that design for the big screen. Panel will be moderated by Production Designer John Muto (Home Alone, Species).
Dave Blass (Preacher)
James Chinlund (War for the Planet of the Apes, The Avengers)
Sean Haworth (Deadpool)
Suzuki Ingerslev (Colony, Hand of God, True Blood)
Returning to San Diego Comic-Con for a second year, BBC.com Culture presents its 2016 panel, “Are Heroes Born or Made?” featuring writing duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War), Industrial Light & Magic visual effects art director Aaron McBride (The Avengers, Jurassic World), and comic writer Christopher James Priest (Black Panther, Batman). The panel, moderated by BBC.com’s Deputy Culture Editor Christian Blauvelt, will address the ultimate question: who are the greater heroes – those who were born with powers, or those who have none? – Are Heroes Born or Made? Friday, July 22nd – 4:30pm – Room 24ABC
Destination America will unveil more about KINDRED SPIRITS (wt) exclusively at Comic-Con International on Friday, July 22 from 7-8pm in Room 7AB in a Supernatural Super Panel that will unite ghost hunting’s elite investigators for one night only. Join PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN’s Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman – who are also currently in production on the show’s second season – Adam Berry and Amy Bruni from KINDRED SPIRITS (wt), and the “Godfather of the Paranormal” John Zaffis from HAUNTED COLLECTOR, which airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on Destination America.
ARCHER Live! to San Diego aboard the Inspiration Hornblower yacht at the 5th Avenue Landing (located behind the Convention Center) on Thursday, July 21. The event kicks off with a deep dive into the universe of the beloved, Emmy®-nominated animated spy/P.I. comedy Archer, with an exciting live performance featuring the entire cast. Fans will enjoy live entertainment, food, drinks, giveaways, a photo booth and lounge while docked at the marina.
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