San Diego Comic-Con 2013 is just around the corner, July 17 -21, and announcements about the event are coming fast and furious.
Are you a Disney, Marvel, or Star Wars fan headed to Comic-Con? I’ve got the details on the Programming and Exhibitors that you’ll want to know about.
For those uninitiated into the world of San Diego Comic-Con, here’s a little bit of information from their official website.
Over the years, Comic-Con has become the focal point for the world of comics conventions. The event continues to offer the complete convention experience: a giant Exhibit Hall (topping over 460,000 square feet in its current incarnation); a massive programming schedule (over 600 separate events in 2012), featuring comics and all aspects of the popular arts, including hands-on workshops and educational and academic programming such as the Comics Arts Conference; anime and film screenings (including a separate film festival); games; the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the “Oscars” of the comics industry; a Masquerade costume competition with prizes and trophies; an Autograph Area; an Art Show; and Portfolio Reviews, bringing together aspiring artists with major companies.
With attendance topping 130,000 in recent years—in a convention center facility that has maxed out in space—the event has grown to include satellite locations, including local hotels and outdoor parks. Programming events, games, anime, the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival, and the Eisner Awards all take place outside of the Convention Center, creating a campus-type feel for the convention in downtown San Diego.
The announcement that all Comic-Con attendees wait for with baited breath is the programming announcement. Who’s going to be presenting? In what rooms? When? Once this announcement is made, everyone scrambles to make their schedule for the convention. I read the entire schedule and pulled out the Disney, Marvel and Star Wars information just for the MiceChat readers. It’s a HUGE schedule; so if I missed something, be gentle.
THURSDAY, JULY 18
10:00 – 11:00 AM, Room 7AB | Marvel: Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way
Have a passion for the inner workings of the comics industry? Curious about breaking into the field as a writer or artist? Sit down with a group of Marvel professionals from every corner of the business and get insider tips, advice, and firsthand accounts of what it takes to start a career in comics today! Panelists include editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, talent scout C. B. Cebulski, and a slew of great Marvel talent!
1:00 – 2:00 PM, Room 7AB | Marvel: House of Ideas
Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology while bringing you what you love? Want to learn more about Infinite Comics? Well, this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news from Ryan Penagos (executive editorial director of digital), C. B. Cebulski (SVP, creator and content development), and Arune Singh (director of communications) on what’s happening with the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Dot Com, Marvel’s vast social media presence, and more in this can’t-miss panel!
4:30 – 5:30 PM, Room 6DE | Marvel: Superior Spider Man
Calling all Spider-Fans: This July is Superior Spider-Month! Get the inside scoop on Spider-Man’s new allies, new foes, and new look, and get ready for some exciting announcements! This is one panel no true fan of the web-slinger will want to miss. Featuring senior editor Steve Wacker, Chris Samnee (Daredevil), Nick Spencer (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), Arune Singh (director of communications), and other Marvel guests.
FRIDAY, JULY 19
10:00 – 11:00 AM, Room 7AB | Star Wars Comics: Here and Now
What is the current state of Star Wars comics? Join Dark Horse editor Randy Stradley and Star Wars creators Carlos D’Anda, Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Doug Wheatley, Gabe Eltaeb, Tom Taylor, Zack Giallongo, and others for the lowdown on what’s up, what’s coming up, and why you should be reading!
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room 7AB | Star Wars Comics: Collectibles Update
Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. Moderated by Chris Spitale of Lucas Licensing.
12:00 – 1:00 PM, Room 7AB | Writer’s Studio: Behind the Scenes with Star Wars Authors
Hear a variety of authors talk about the rewards and challenges of writing Star Wars, whether it’s through novels, making-of nonfiction, or cartoons. New York Times bestselling authors Jeffrey Brown, Troy Denning, John Jackson Miller, and J. W. Rinzler, as well as editors Frank Parisi of Random House and Jennifer Heddle of Lucasfilm, will participate in a roundtable discussion on writing in the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Emceed by Lucasfilm Holocron keeper Leland Chee.
12:30 – 1:30 PM, Room 6DE | Marvel: Ultimate Universe
Find out what’s happening in the Ultimate Comics Universe when editor-in-chief Axel Alonso and writers Joshua Hale Fialkov (Ultimate Comics Ultimates) and Brian Michael Bendis (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) unveil the future of the Ultimates, the Ultimate X-Men, and everyone’s favorite web-slinger Miles Morales! Plus: A startling announcement about the future of the Ultimate Universe!
1:00 – 2:00 PM, Room 7AB | Hasbro: Star Wars
Members of the Hasbro brand and design team, including Derryl DePriest (VP, global brand marketing), Jeff Labovitz (director, global brand marketing), discuss the popular Hasbro StarWars and Angry Birds Star Wars line. Attendees will also get a sneak peek at upcoming action figures. Derryl, Jeff, and team will also host a Q&A for your burning StarWars action figure questions!
1:00 – 2:00 PM, Room 6A | Phineas and Ferb
“Mom! Phineas and Ferb are doing a Comic-Con panel again!” Join show creators Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, along with voice talent Vincent Martella (Everybody Hates Chris), Alyson Stoner (Camp Rock), Dee Bradley Baker (American Dad), and Olivia Olson (Adventure Time) for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what’s to come for Disney Channel’s hit animated series, including a sneak peek at this summer’s epic crossover event Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel.
1:00 – 2:00 PM, Room 4 | They Spoke Out: The Disney/Neal Adams Motion Comics on America and the Holocaust
Neal Adams (Batman, X-Men, Green Lantern/Green Arrow) and Holocaust historian Dr. Rafael Medoff launch the new DVD of They Spoke Out: American Voices Against the Holocaust, produced by Disney Educational Productions. Session includes screening of one of the episodes. Q&A moderated by veteran comics journalist Susan Karlin.
1:45 – 3:00 PM, Ballroom 20 | Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC
Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s head of television), Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers), and surprise guests reveal top-secret new information about the first live-action television series from the House of Ideas. No Comic-Con attendee can afford to miss this historic panel!
2:00 – 3:00 PM, Room 7AB | Star Wars Origami
Origami Master folder Chris Alexander (author of Star Wars Origami) demonstrates and teaches the master folding techniques to make Star Wars origami figures. Attendees will fold an exclusive Comic-Con model along with other art from the Star Wars universe. Materials included!
3:15 – 4:15 PM, Room 6BCF | Marvel: Cup O’ Joe
Here is your chance to Q&A with Marvel’s chief creative officer Joe Quesada, for this no-holds-barred exposé on everything Marvel. Got a question about a favorite hero? Want to hear groundbreaking news straight from the source? Need a rundown on breaking developments in Marvel comics, film, and TV? This panel is for you! Plus, don’t miss out on the exciting developments in the biggest new series of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy! Featuring panelists editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, talent scout C. B. Cebulski, David Gabriel (SVP, print and digital publishing), writers Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers) and Brian Michael Bendis (Guardians of the Galaxy), and some other Mighty Marvel guests!
4:30 – 5:30 PM, Room 8 | Spotlight on Jeffrey Brown
New York Times bestselling author and indie comics hero Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, Incredible Change-Bots, Cat Getting Out of a Bag, Darth Vader and Son) speaks about his wide-ranging career and his three new books this year: the Star Wars parenting comedy Vader’s Little Princess (Chronicle), the thrilling adventure Jedi Academy (Scholastic), and the heartfelt autobiography A Matter of Life (Top Shelf). Moderated by Leigh Walton of Top Shelf.
5:00 – 6:00 PM, Room 7AB | GEEK Star Wars Round Table Live!
Sense a great disturbance in the Force? Don’t worry, it’s only the cover story of GEEK magazine coming to the stage of the San Diego Comic-Con as panelists convene their own Jedi Council roundtable to discuss their new hopes for the saga and the astounding developments in a galaxy far, far, away. Kyle Newman (director, Fanboys), Steve Melching (writer, The Clone Wars), Christian Gossett (artist, Tales of the Jedi), Jonathan Rinzler (author, The Making of Return of the Jedi), Sam Witwer (actor, Being Human, The Clone Wars) and GEEK founding publisher and Sith Lord Mark A. Altman (writer/producer, Free Enterprise) discuss the return of Han, Luke, and Leia; the prequels; the end of The Clone Wars; and J. J. Abrams’s epic challenge as Star Wars strikes back.
5:15 – 6:00 PM, Ballroom 20 | TV Guide Magazine: Fan Favorites
TV Guide Magazine returns to San Diego for its annual all-star panel. Moderated by president/editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum, Fan Favorites brings together stars from TV’s hottest shows for a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists (subject to change) include Candice Accola (The Vampire Diaries), Kristin Bauer (True Blood), Katie Cassidy (Arrow), Henry Ian Cusick (The 100), Giancarlo Esposito (Revolution), Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf), Joseph Morgan (The Originals), Blair Underwood (Ironside) and others.
5:45 – 6:45 PM, Room 6BCF | Making Roger Rabbit: 25th Anniversary
The making of Who Framed Roger Rabbit is revealed with a world class panel of animators led by legendary producer Don Hahn and featuring a special appearance by the voice of Roger Rabbit himself, Charles Fleisher. The panel includes animation masters Andreas Deja and James Baxter, animator/writer/historian Tom Sito, and special effx wizard Dave Bossert, along with incredible clips and stories from the making of this classic film.
7:00 – 8:00 PM, Room 4 | Drew Struzan: The Man Behind the Poster
Movie poster artist Drew Struzan (creator of the Star Wars, Back to the Future, and Indiana Jones movie posters) is joined by celebrity guests and the film crew behind the documentary feature film about his career, set to premiere this summer. Enjoy movie clips, poster giveaways, and free movie tickets.
7:30 – 8:30 PM, Room 24ABC | Psychology of Star Trek vs. Star Wars: Episode II
Dr. Andrea Letamendi (UCLA; Batgirl) and Dr. Ali Mattu (NYU) bring their popular intergalactic sci-fi battle to SDCC! These two geeky psychologists will debate the science behind the characters, universes, and fandom of two of the most legendary franchises in pop culture. Special guest panelists include John Champion (Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast) and Bryan Young (StarWars.com). Join a side and cast your vote to choose the winner! Refereed by Brian Ward (Shout! Factory).
SATURDAY, JULY 20
10:15 – 11:00 AM, Ballroom 20 | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Down the Rabbit Hole
Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost and Tron: Legacy) and Adam Horowitz (Lost and Tron: Legacy) introduce the world premiere screening of their newest series, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. This strange new land takes you to the other side of the rabbit hole, where you’ll meet Alice, the Knave of Hearts, the White Rabbit and a host of other characters. Q&A as well as surprise guests will follow the screening. You won’t want to miss who shows up at this panel!
10:30 – 11:30 AM, Room 6BCF | Marvel Television Presents
It’s the biggest, most animated Marvel Television panel ever! Join Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb, for the latest from inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD, including what’s next for Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, a new episode of the hit series Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, and the world premiere of Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
10:30 – 11:30 AM, Room 8 | Spotlight on Val Mayerik
Comic-Con special guest Val Mayerick is best known for his Marvel Comics work in the 1970s, including Man-Thing and the introduction of Howard the Duck. Val talks about his career in comics, past, present, and future in this special guest spotlight event.
11:00 – 11:45 AM, Ballroom 20 |Once Upon a Time: Off to Neverland!
Co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis (Lost and Tron: Legacy) and Adam Horowitz (Lost and Tron: Legacy) take you on a journey to Neverland. If the season finale left you wanting more, you will not want to miss this opportunity for an exclusive sneak peek at what’s to come. Questions will be answered. Secrets will be revealed. And Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love), Jennifer Morrison (House), Robert Carlyle (SGU: Stargate Universe), Josh Dallas (Thor), Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Colin O’Donoghue (The Rite), and Michael Raymond James (True Blood) will all join in the fun. It’s time for you to get hooked on Once Upon a Time.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Room 5AB | Spotlight on John Romita, Jr.
Editor-in-chief for Marvel Comics Axel Alonso pries into Captain America artist John Romita, Jr.’s 30-plus years in comics.
12:30 – 1:30 PM, Room 6A | Marvel Video Games
You’re in for an hour of fun and surprises in the most ambitious Marvel video games panel to date! Hear the latest on all upcoming Marvel video games, including the highly anticipated LEGO Marvel Super Heroes! Find out what’s next for Marvel Avengers Alliance, Marvel Heroes, Marvel Pinball, and Marvel War of Heroes. This panel wouldn’t be the same without a few special guests, so stop by and see who takes the stage!
1:00 – 2:00 PM, Room 4 | Spotlight on Roy Thomas
The multitudinously talented Roy Thomas shines in the spotlight as moderator Jon B. Cooke (Comic Book Creator magazine) quizzes the “All-Star” comics fan, award-winning comics scribe, and editor supreme about his early fanzine work, life with Stan Lee in the Marvel Bullpen, critically acclaimed writing on Conan and The Avengers (among others), and the Rascally One’s Eisner Award-winning achievements for his Alter Ego magazine.
1:30 – 2:30 PM, Room 8 | Marvel Minimates: Ten Years of Awesomeness
Chuck Terceira (director) and Zach Oat (marketing supervisor) preview upcoming Minimates from Marvel, Walking Dead, Aliens, Ghostbusters, and a new license, with a Q&A to follow.
1:30 – 2:30 PM, Room 24ABC | Star Wars vs. Serenity
Without question, Serenity fans and Star Wars devotees are two of most passionate groups in fandom. From the ongoing charity work of the Browncoats and the 501st/Rebel Legion alike, fans have taken these two massive science fiction franchises far beyond the screen. Now, Dark Horse is set to bring these two groups together for exclusive announcements, games, prizes, and more. Join Dark Horse PR director Jeremy Atkins, editor-in- chief Scott Allie, and Dark Horse resident Jedi Randy Stradley, a cast of writers and artists, and even a few surprise guests, for what is sure to be one of these year’s most memorable programs!
1:45 – 2:45 PM, Room 6A | Marvel’s INFINITY
It’s the Avengers versus their greatest galactic foe, Thanos! Get the lowdown on Jonathan Hickman’s six-issue event that pulls in your favorite heroes from all corners of the Marvel Universe. Plus, get the 4-1-1 on all your other favorite Avengers titles! Featuring editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, and writers Sam Humphries (Avengers A.I.), Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers), Charles Soule (Thunderbolts), and Nick Spencer (Secret Avengers)!
3:00 – 4:00 PM, Room 9 | Spotlight on Gerry Conway: Secrets Behind the Death of Gwen Stacy
Comic-Con special guest Gerry Conway, co-creator of The Punisher, Firestorm, Power Girl, and Man-Thing, along with too many supervillains to count, is one of the longest-running writers of the Justice League and is widely known as “the man who killed Gwen Stacy.” Gerry will reveal the truth behind comicdom’s most traumatic death, as well as the origins of the Spider-Man Clone Saga. In addition, he will entertain with his impression of Tony Orlando and Dawn having knitting needles thrust into their eyes. Parents are cautioned. Questions are welcomed.
3:00 – 5:00 PM, Room 2 | Comic Con How To: Disney Comic Creation Workshop
Participants will assist in the scripting and layout of a six-page Donald Duck story using the same methods used by Patrick and Shelly Block for their freelance Duck Tales. Patrick will rough draw the story from scratch in front of the panel to show the procedures used in the creation of a short comic narrative.
4:00 – 5:00 PM, Room 25ABC | Hasbro: Marvel
Adam Biehl (vice president, Global Marvel line at Hasbro), Jesse Falcon (Director of Hardlines, Marvel), Dwight Stall (senior Marvel product design manager, Hasbro) and Maalvika Mantraprigada (senior manager, Global Marvel line) discuss Hasbro’s popular Marvel action figure lines. Attendees will also get a sneak peek of upcoming action figures. Adam, Jesse, Dwight, and Maalvika will also host a Q&A for your burning Marvel action figure questions!
5:00 – 6:00 PM, Room 30CDE | Storytellers: Disney/ABC Knows Talent!
Along with Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm, Disney/ABC Television is home to some of the most creative storytellers in entertainment. Shalisha Francis (Co-Producer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D); Chuck Kim (executive story editor, Heroes); and Rob Greenlea (director, Grey’s Anatomy) joins talent development executives Frank Bennett Gonzalez and Janine Jones-Clark to share experiences and insight about the creative process and the necessary steps needed to break into television and land the job of your dreams. Discussion points include pitching and writing a compelling script, directing a solid episode of television, and the essentials of networking. Moderated by Ken Choy (Hyphen Magazine).
6:00 – 7:00 PM, Hall H | Marvel Studios: Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and many surprise guests provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe.
8:00 – 9:00 PM, Room 23ABC | Star Wars Trivia Game Show
Members of the San Diego Star Wars Society — Brendan Prout, Jessica Woods, Linda Crispien, and Dean Amstutz — veteran hosts of trivia game shows at Comic-Con International since 2002, have prepared an even bigger challenge this year for all fans who think they know their stuff about the galaxy far, far away. Returning this year will be one-game rounds for kids 12 and under, in addition to rounds for ages 13 to adult. Test your knowledge and win one of the many valuable prizes!
SUNDAY, JULY 21
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Room 29A | 501st Costuming 101: Dressing to Serve the Empire
Join presenters Sam Hornedo, David Biffath, Kevin Weir, Felix Weliver, and Eddie Dennis to learn the essentials about what it takes to create a costume that meets the standards of quality for entry into the 501st Legion. They will provide an overview of what is involved in creating a costume, the various costume categories, and how much time is needed to create a costume that is screen accurate. Panelists will demonstrate tips and techniques for their costume specialty.
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM, Room 5AB | Women of Marvel
From Captain Marvel to the X-Men, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in comics. Join the conversation as women from every discipline in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry! Panelists include writer Louise Simonson (New Mutants), editor Jeanine Schaefer, Marvel AR producer and photographer Judy Stephens, and some other special guests!
12:00 – 1:00 PM, Room 7AB | Mattel: Max Steel: Rise of the Elementor World Premiere Screeing!
Be the FIRST to see Max and Steel team up to take on their biggest threat yet in Rise of Elementor. You will get to watch this exciting two-part broadcast event before it airs on Disney XD this fall! Will our heroes be able to defend Copper Canyon and rescue Ferrus from the evil Dredd? Come by to find out, and receive a free toy giveaway!
1:45 – 2:45 PM, Room 5AB | Avengers, X-Men, Dr. Strange and Sgt. Fury 50th
Marvel Comics’s first wave of superhero creations in the 1960s have proven to have remarkable staying power and worldwide appeal. The Avengers, X-Men, Dr. Strange, and Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (which introduced Nick Fury) all celebrate their 50th anniversaries this year. When Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko created the characters half a century ago, little did they know what they brought into the comics world. Since then numerous writers and artists have told the tales of these heroes, including Comic-Con special guests Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers and X-Men), Frank Brunner (Dr. Strange), John Romita, Jr. (just about every Marvel hero), and Roy Thomas, who was there almost at the beginning with Stan, Jack and Steve and contributed his own memorable takes on the Avengers and X-Men.
2:00 – 3:00 PM, Room 7AB | 25 Years of the Disney Afternoon: The Continuing Legacy
Life is like a hurricane! Spin it! When there’s trouble, you call D.W.! It’s been more than 25 years since Disney Afternoon debuted on television screens, and the impact of “the golden age of Disney TV Animation” is still felt today. Let’s get dangerous with Tad Stones (creator, Darkwing Duck, Chip n’ Dale Rescue Rangers), Jymn Magon (DuckTales, creator of Talespin), Bob Schooley (co-creator, Kim Possible, co-ex producer Penguins of Madagascar), Rob Paulsen (voice actor, Darkwing Duck, Animaniacs), and Aaron Sparrow (Darkwing Duck: The Duck Knight Returns) for raucous recollections and never-before-heard stories!
3:00 – 4:00 PM, Room 7AB | Diamond Select Toys: The Best of All Worlds
Chuck Terceira (director, Diamond Select Toys) and Zach Oat (marketing supervisor) preview upcoming DST products, including Marvel Select, Star Trek Starships, Universal Monsters, Batman, and a brand-new license, with a Q&A to follow.
3:00 – 4:00 PM, Room 29A | History of Disney Pins: The Tradition of Disney Pin Trading and Collecting
A fun discussion with a panel of Disney pin experts featuring actor Holland Hayes and pin author Austin Badgett. Learn about the history, variety, and culture of the miniature works of art at the heart of the most interactive of Disneyana collectibles. Moderated by Jennifer Colyn (PinPics event director).
3:30 – 5:00 PM, Room 6A | Starship Smackdown Redux 3D: Ultimate Platinum Collectors Edition
The greatest spaceships in the history of the universe converge in the ultimate conflagration for the highly-coveted Smackdown title in Comic-Con’s most scholarly and serious panel ever convened. Will the Starship Enterprise once again defeat an Imperial Star Destroyer? Can the Serenity make mincemeat out of the Battlestar Galactica? Can you get cell reception in the TARDIS? And will Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson once again suddenly show up to save the Spaceship of the Imagination from certain doom? The panel of expert spaceshipologists outwit, outplay and outphaser, starring Daren Dochterman (ST: TMP Special Edition), Chris Gossett (The Red Star: Rapidfire, Tales of the Jedi), Ashley E. Miller (X-Men: First Class, Thor), Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Transformers: Prime), Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise, ST:TNG Blu-ray), Kathryn Reindl (Twisted, Twilight Zone), and the Gene Rayburn of the stars, moderator Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Femme Fatales, DOA: Dead Or Alive), along with some very special surprise guests. End your weekend the San Diego way with the geekiest and most beloved panel of all time in this or any other dimension, known or unknown. All new ships, all new quips.
For a full list of programming, go to San Diego Comic-Con’s website HERE.
EXHIBITORS AND EXCLUSIVES
As you may know, there are hundreds of exhibitors and vendors who want to show and sell you their latest and greatest merchandise and media. I couldn’t possibly go through the whole list and accurately predict who is going to present Disney, Marvel and Star Wars merchandise. However, based on my years of Comic convention attending and my knowledge of upcoming products, I can give you some recognizable exhibitors that I am fairly confidant will have some items in these categories.
If they have announced any related items for purchase exclusively at Comic Con on the Comic Con website by the time I wrote this, those items are mentioned.
ACME Archives Ltd, Booth 5629
ACME is known for high quality, pop culture art.
EXCLUSIVE: Boushh Character Key
The latest in ACME’s popular series of Character Keys–consisting of a cel layer floated above a lithographic background–offers color reference, sketches, stats, and an animation-style rendering of Star Wars fan favorite bounty hunter Boushh.
Dark Horse Comics, Booth 2615
Dark Horse holds the Star Wars comic book licenses in addition to the Indiana Jones licenses, for those interested in ALL things Lucasfilm.
EXCLUSIVE: Star Wars #7 — San Diego Comic-Con® Exclusive Cover by Rodolfo Migliari
This is Star Wars as you remember it . . . and as you have never seen it before! We’re taking you back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star—when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run, and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen.
Diamond Select Toys & Collectibles, LLC., Booth 2607
Diamond creates shelf ornaments for all sorts of pop culture properties.
EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Minimates Wolverine Saga Box Set
This year’s Comic-Con exclusive Marvel Minimates four-pack is titled Wolverine Saga, and it includes four different Minimates spotlighting different moments in Wolverine’s life. Symbiote Wolverine, Spacesuit Wolverine, Ultimate Wolverine and Logan-san in Japanese Robes each stand 2 inches tall, with a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, all in a window box. Spacesuit is removable, to reveal a uniformed Wolverine, and robes are removable to reveal shirtless torso.
EXCLUSIVE: Star Wars R2-B1 Astromech Droid Vinyl Bank
This year’s Comic-Con exclusive Star Wars bank is R2-B1, one of the astromech droids assigned to the Royal Shuttle of Naboo, and tragically lost while making repairs during a battle. The 10-inch vinyl bank has a coin slot on the back for inserting change and an access door on the bottom. It is also in scale to DST’s Yoda and Jawa banks, as well as past Ultimate Quarter Scale action figures.
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Booths 1016 and 1018
The publishing arm of the Disney empire.
DK Publishing, Booth 2913
DK publishes educational, non-fiction and reference books including the popular Star Wars Cross Sections series.
Fat Rabbit Farm, Booth 4535
Fat Rabbit Farm, a design company, takes their characters and puts them in pop culture costumes including Marvel and Star Wars. (Full Disclosure: My husband writes children’s books for them.)
EXCLUSIVE: Wookie Babee Plush
Wookie Babee plush comes with removable utility belt. Its fur is made of eco-friendly plush felt. Size: 14.5(L) x 13.5(W) x 4.5(D) inches.
Gentle Giant Studios, Inc, Booth 3513
Gentle Giant produces high quality collectibles based on pop culture licenses including Star Wars and Marvel.
EXCLUSIVE: “Magnitude” An Admiral Ackbar Mini Bust
“Magnitude” an Admiral Ackbar mini bust, is based on the artwork by Steven Daily. This mini bust stands at 8” tall and comes in a screen printed wooden box with a 4 x 6 limited edition lithograph print by Acme Archives. Each comes with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity and bottom stamp.
EXCLUSIVE: Boba Fett Deluxe Mini Bust
Boba Fett, the Bounty Hunter has developed an unbelievable cult following over the years since the release of The Empire Strikes Back. It’s only proper that we honor this iconic character with a bust befitting his status. Crafted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd., this bust redefines the term “Deluxe.” Packaged in a gorgeous tin emblazoned with the insignia of the feared Mandalorian Mercenaries, our Deluxe Boba Fett Mini Bust features multiple interchangeable arms, allowing collectors a wide range of dynamic poses. This limited edition bust will be available only at San Diego Comic Con 2013. Each bust is hand-painted and individually numbered, and comes with a matching certificate of authenticity.
EXCLUSIVE: Galactus Mini Bust
Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds. The very name sends tremors of terror throughout the Universe. Sole survivor of an alien race that dates back to the dawn of time, he travels the galaxy, searching for suitable planets so he can consume their life force. A herald always signals his coming. They are usually sent ahead to ensure the prospective meal will indeed sate their master’s appetite. His past heralds have included the legendary Silver Surfer, Firelord and Nova. On several occasions, the heroes of the Marvel Universe have been called upon to intercede, stopping Galactus from making Earth his next meal. Each time, they’ve managed to turn him away. But how long before he returns? He hungers. Gentle Giant is proud to bring you the 2013 SDCC Exclusive Galactus Mini Bust! Digitally sculpted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd., this intimidating bust features the fearsome Ravager of Worlds in fine detail using only the highest quality polystone. As an added bonus, his most famous Herald, the Silver Surfer is rendered in high-quality pewter, orbiting his master! This limited edition mini bust is hand painted and comes individually numbered, and includes a matching certificate of authenticity. Make Mine Marvel!
EXCLUSIVE: McQuarrie C-3PO Mini Bust
Ralph McQuarrie’s early designs of C-3PO are uniquely different from that of the final screen version. Based on original pre-production illustrations for Star Wars: A New Hope, this mini bust displays a fascinating look at McQuarrie’s conceptual development of the beloved protocol droid. Digitally sculpted by the master artisans at Gentle Giant Ltd. using Mr. McQuarrie’s original artwork as reference, this deluxe mini bust features two interchangeable heads, representing two separate concepts for the iconic droid. Cold cast in high quality polystone and hand painted, each limited edition bust comes individually numbered and includes a matching certificate of authenticity.
EXCLUSIVE: Yak Face POTF Jumbo Kenner Figure
Just like they were when you were a kid, only BIGGER! Gentle Giant continues on with their new line of vintage Star Wars action figure reproductions with the release of Yak Face! Digitally scanned from mint 3 3/4” Kenner originals and reproduced in scale to the rest of the jumbo Kenner line. Nothing has been overlooked. Roto and injection molded and made of durable plastics, this fully-articulated jumbo figure includes a faithfully reproduced Skiff Guard Battle Staff. That’s not all, this classic Kenner creation comes packaged on a 1984 Power of the Force-inspired blister card, featuring original artwork and a replica 3″ scale collector coin, in a re-sealable plastic outer clam shell to help protect and display!
Hasbro Toy Shop 3329 Hasbro, Inc., Booth 3213
Hasbro makes toys for children, fans, and collectors alike holding many pop culture licenses.
EXCLUSIVE: Angry Birds™ Star Wars® Special Action Figure Set
The original 12 STAR WARS action figures are re-imagined for San Diego Comic-Con with a twist based on the mega-hit mobile game ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS from Rovio Entertainment! LUKE SKYWALKER, PRINCESS LEIA, HAN SOLO, OBI-WAN KENOBI, CHEWBACCA, R2-D2, C-3PO, DARTH VADER, STORMTROOPER, SAND PEOPLE, IMPERIAL NAVY COMMANDER and a JAWA are all re-imagined as heroic birds or evil pigs in this set, with each figure in a unique vintage-style blister card featuring ANGRY BIRDS homage to the classic Kenner artwork! The individual blister cards are all packaged together in a collectible package!(Ages 4 & up)
EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Legends Special Edition Marvel’s Thunderbolts Collector Pack
Justice…like lightning! For the first time, collectors will be able to capture the reformed super-criminals known as MARVEL’S THUNDERBOLTS in the fan-favorite 6-inch MARVEL LEGENDS scale! Featuring team leader LUKE CAGE, GHOST, CROSSBONES, MARVEL’S MOONSTONE and JUDITH CHAMBERS, this set comes in a collectible display box with exclusive art by well-known comic artist Kev Walker!
EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Universe 3.75-Inch Deadpool Corps Special Edition Figure Set
“Any evil that threatens the universe can eat lead. For the rest of us…tacos!” The Merc with a Mouth teams up with his favorite allies — alternate universe versions of himself — in this highly collectible and unique action figure set. The 3.75-inch MARVEL UNIVERSE figures of DEADPOOL, LADY DEADPOOL and CHAMPION OF THE UNIVERSE, along with figurines of KIDPOOL, DOGPOOL and SQUIRRELPOOL come packaged in individual “taco shells,” all inside a collectible taco truck package!
EXCLUSIVE: Star Wars® The Black Series 6-Inch Boba Fett™ Action Figure with Han Solo™ in Carbonite Accesory
In 2013, Hasbro takes collectible STAR WARS action figures to the next level with the introduction of THE BLACK SERIES action figure line! For the first time ever, Hasbro is introducing a 6-inch scale of the greatest characters from the STAR WARS universe, and fans will have their first opportunity to start their BLACK SERIES 6-inch figure collection at San Diego Comic-Con with the BOBA FETT action figure which comes with HAN SOLO IN CARBONITE accessory.
Her Universe, Booth 2913
Her Universe creates and sells Star Wars and other sci-fi fashion and products specifically targeted to females.
IDW Publishing, Booth 2643
IDW is currently publishing Rocketeer comics.
EXCLUSIVE: The Rocketeer/The Spirit: Pulp Friction #1 Variant
Variant cover by Darwyn Cooke, limit of 5 to a customer, while supplies last. Get it signed at the show by Mark Waid!
EXCLUSIVE: The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror Variant Edition HC
Variant cover by Walter Simonson, limit of 3 to a customer, while supplies last. Get it signed at the show by Walter Simonson and Mark Waid!
Marvel, Booth 2329
Publishers and film producers of Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, and other iconic superheros.
Mattel, Inc., Booths 2945 and 3029
Mattel makes toys for children, fans, and collectors alike holding many pop culture licenses including Disney properties.
StylinOnline, Booth 415, 5029, and 5545
A convention staple, Stylin’ sells pop culture t-shirts, hoodies and accessories.
tokidoki , Booth 5145, 5147 and 5149
Tokidoki has licenses with Marvel to produce product including small keychains called Frenzies.
Are you ready now? I’m exhausted just reading everything. I’ll be at Comic-Con next week taking pictures and notes for future MiceChat articles. Let’s all hope I survive.
Are YOU going to Comic-Con? What are you most excited to see or do? You have your Starbucks card loaded up and ready? Is your bank account prepared to be depleted? Until next time, EXCELSIOR!
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