SDCC 2016

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SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2016
20-24 July
News & Updates
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What You Can Do Now


Enter a contest. These aren't what they used to be but a few are still in play. Here's one from Dark Horse and another from Collider.

Sign up for a Member ID. To participate in Open Registration for 2017, you'll need to sign up for a Member ID. CCI (Comic-Con International) will send you an email in late winter-early spring with the date of the badge sale and directions on how to participate. 

Watch for Nerd HQ, Conan O'Brien and Syfy Presents tickets. These will go in a nanosecond when they're available so don't rely on finding out through the digital grapevine; it'll be too late.



Coming Up


Portfolio Review.

Comic Creator Connection.

Various event and autograph sign-ups. 

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General News

What do we know so far? Not much, but what we know is good.

Conan O'Brien will be hosting from Spreckels Theatre every night of the Con.

And if you can't score tickets to that, Syfy's nightly live telecasts will probably be just as coveted.

The Killing Joke will ignite Friday night, probably in Ballroom 20 where it was announced last year. Hall H would be rad, though. And if you're saying, What is all the fuss about this cartoon? - You still have time to read the graphic novel so you can join in all the contentious debates that will be swirling around while everyone waits.

2016 is Star Trek's 50th anniversary. SDCC is planning a MAC makeup launch (or rather MAC has timed this appropriately) with a special Thursday night launch party; of course, most of you would probably rather attend the red-carpet premiere on Wednesday. No word on the "Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage" concert or the Leonard Nimoy documentary yet. But all in all, you can count on a very Trekkie Comic-Con.



And you can probably count on a very Suicide Squad Con too. While I would never criticize the rampant Harley Quinns that swarm every Con in existence, I will gently suggest that you dress up as someone else if you want to be original this summer. Update: It got a PG-13 rating. Studio says "We were always aiming for that anyhow." Okay.

Here's a look at a subaqueous Comic-Con in 2016. Although based on them calling it the 91st anniversary, I think they meant 2061.

Mattel showed off their exclusives. Everyone's been flipping over Wonder Woman but I like She Ra. And I will confess to being partial to these Diamond items, especially the Lumberjanes / Gotham Academy crossover and scowling Funko Swamp Thing. 

Also on my list: this tiny Jabba who looks more like the runt of the Hut litter. That's from Hallmark, as is this cool USS Enterprise.

Ready Player One is coming to the silver screen in 2018. Will we hear anything about it this summer? Maybe, with casting underway? Here's a clip of Ernest Cline discussing the book at SDCC 2011, which underscores that fans really have been waiting forever.

Your favorite Twin Peaks waitress Madchen Amick is going to be in both the new Twin Peaks AND American Horror Story: Hotel. I'd say this make the odds of a Comic-Con appearance pretty good.

I'm not sure which ancient god-demon Archie Comics executives sold their souls to, but they now have an Archie Broadway musical coming out in addition to the endless crossovers, candy bars, etc. But it's their TV show Riverdale that we've been hearing about ad nauseum. Given how desperate they are for this to be edgy - Archie has an affair with Ms. Grundy, for God's sake - and their general thirst for buzz, let's assume we'll get a peek at SDCC.


On a related note, the much-anticipated Betty and Veronica #1 launches at Con time, with 25 variant covers. Yes, you read that right. 25.

If you didn't read Twilight Children, you may want to as a nod to the late Darwyn Cooke, who created some of the most beautiful comic work in existence. But of course his co-creator Gilbert Hernandez is just as major a talent, and Fantagraphics is coming out with his Garden of Flesh in July - his "sexually explicit retelling" of Bible stories like Adam and Eve and Noah's Ark. The Hernandez Brothers are always around Comic-Con so pick this up and have him sign it.

Is Archer really dead in that pool or is it another cyborg? Maybe we'll find out at the confirmed SDCC panel. And maybe we'll get a Sunset Boulevard-themed, floating-Archer pool toy exclusive, which I would cheerfully shank someone for.

If you like keyring exclusives, these Deadpool and Disney Princess ones are pretty cute. As always, remember that SDCC is a great place to do early holiday shopping; these would make perfect stocking stuffers for the right person.

And Thundercats fans would probably like this plush Snarf.

Normally I try not to judge people's passions but is there still an audience clamoring for Sharknado 4? Apparently. Will it be a big part of Syfy's on-site Comic-Con extravaganza? No doubt. Wynonna Earp's cast will also be on the premises, and I could definitely see them being featured on the live show as well.

I know we were all hoping for news of Guillermo Del Toro's adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark - however, there's been no recent news and on 6 June he announced that Pacific Rim 2 starts shooting soon.

It's safe to assume iZombie, Vikings, The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead, The 100 and Con Man will all be at the show, based on random cast tweets.

But will Passengers be there? It's coming out around Christmas, it stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, it's got a cool space travel/hypersleep premise, and everyone at CinemaCon loved it.  So hopefully.

Entertainment Earth has come out with a few items, including a Penny Dreadful spell book (which I feel is a bit pricey at 60 dollars), various Sheldon figures (yawn) and a Captain American chair cape. I dunno, I feel they could have made more of an effort.

Kidrobot unveiled their exclusives.

We know now this will be the last SDCC before the end of Orphan Black - so if you're still thinking up cosplay ideas, Rachel with the pencil in her eye would be amazing.

Will Arnett is hosting Syfy Presents. Part of this shindig will feature an outdoor stage.

Wonder Woman's invisible plane will be at the Con and will light up at night, which sounds like a great photo op.


Conan's Pop! figures are here. 

And so is one of the best exclusives of the year: a Jokerized Batman, from Entertainment Earth.  


CCI and Cox Communications are providing free WiFi for downtown during Con. I know you'll miss the bizarre KFC Colonel Sanders statues from last year.


60 comments:

  1. Super!
    Am sharing on my fb!
    Thank you!
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  2. Do you know the dates for SDCC 2017? Plan on coming, need dates :)

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    1. Actual panels and cast members won't be officially announced until next summer - but you can count on there being a TWD panel with a fair amount of the cast present.

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  4. So this year was my first Comic con and I only got Thursday tickets so I felt that I missed out on A LOT! I got 4-day badges for 2015 and I have a few questions:
    When and where do they give out the bracelets for the autograph sessions?
    For the panels, do they give out the exclusives/freebies at the beginning or at the end of the panel? What are the best panels to go to in your opinion?
    I just heard about the fulfillment room, how do you get tickets for that and what exactly is it?
    Last year there was an offsite for Batman Arkham hidden between some buildings. Are there a lot of those kinds of offsite events and how do you find them? Do they give out exclusives all the time and are they different everyday?

    Thanks!!!

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    1. Hi Laurita and congratulations on your 4-day badge. You are going to have a very different SDCC experience in 2015.

      There will be more information on autograph bracelets as we get closer. Sometimes you'll get a bracelet in a panel, and be told to report to a certain room/area for autographs. Other times there are actual autograph sessions and you can sign up for them and hope you're picked. I'll cover more on this in the spring.

      Panels handle freebies however they want. Sometimes you're handed the swag as you walk in, sometimes it's passed out to each row during the panel. These days it's more common to receive it on your way out or get a ticket for the fulfillment room, which is an offsite room in a hotel where everyone goes to pick up their swag. The Con guide will tell you what hotel/room it is.

      As for offsite events, you just have to pay attention to the buzz in June and July. Some are officially sponsored by CCI and they'll list them, but usually whoever's putting them on will just drop a press release and then all the blogs will start covering it. And sometimes it's just word of mouth. My advice is to be outgoing and chat people up at the Con - everyone shares what they've heard and it's the best way to find about offsite attractions and events, hands down.

      As for which panels are the best - that's a highly individual call. I'm not a Hall H person but some people live and die for the big blockbuster trailers and panels. I tend to prefer smaller panels, especially involving comic books, science, art and writing. Panels showing pilots for shows that are positioned to hit it big are usually fun. It's really just about your interests. I will advise, however, that getting a mix of both large and small panels is a great way to go - you get to see the big celebrities but you also get more contact and dialogue with creators and your fellow nerds.
      Good luck. :)

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    2. Hey! How did you get the 4 day? That what were trying to do this year.

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    3. Shelby, there's no trick you can use - just make sure each Member ID is in its own waiting room and hope for the best.

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  5. For my birthday my mom told me she would take me to comic con. i have a member ID, is there anything else I should do? my mom wants to get plane tickets and hotel rooms, but if its a bust i dont want to waste her money. I also see people already have tickets? Do i still have a chance of getting a badge, and if so will i get an email telling me when and what to do? Thank you!

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    1. Yes, you still have a shot. Open Registration will be held sometime this month or next month. Since you have a Member ID, you'll get an email notifying you of the day and explaining how to participate. To maximize your chances of getting a badge, team up with other people.
      Your mom shouldn't book plane tickets until after the sale. In terms of hotel rooms, most of the nearby hotels are currently blocking off their rooms for the Con. There are two ways to book a room: the Early Bird Hotel Sale, which will go live soon and requires you to pay for a room now at a second-tier hotel. The other way is to participate in the bigger hotel sale day (which this year will probably be on Tuesday, March 24) which includes most local hotels. Your mom will get the best deal by going through one of those two sales - I would not recommend booking on her own. I'll post more on Early Bird, Open Registration and Hotel Day over the following weeks.
      Good luck.

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  6. I would like to know when are the tickets on sale and for how much?

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    1. The badge sale hasn't been announced yet but it will probably happen within the next month. If you haven't gotten your Member ID yet, do so now.
      There are too many price categories to list here but you can check them yourself at http://www.comic-con.org/cci/purchase-badges

      Good luck!

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  7. do you have any idea if it matters if a show is not on hiatus when they do a comic con panel? im asking because NBCs hannibal is airing sometime in the summer, and theyve had a panel the past 2 years

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    1. I'm sure Hannibal will be there. I actually saw most of their panel last year because it was right before Penny Dreadful. I don't think it matters whether a show is on hiatus or not during SDCC.

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  8. Hi! I have two questions..
    1. Will Community and/or The 100 be at SDCC this year?
    2. I have not gotten my tickets yet or signed up for anything, but I want to go as a guest/customer, whatever it's called, to walk around and go to panels and meet cast members. It's not too late for that, right?

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    1. 1. I don't know since programming hasn't been announced yet - but odds are good for both.
      2. Did you sign up for a Member ID before 13 February? https://secure2.comic-con.org/memberid/new_1.php
      If not, you won't be able to buy a badge this weekend in Open Registration. If you did, then you can try to buy a badge this weekend and go as an attendee.

      Good luck!

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    2. Hi. My husband signed up for a member ID thinking he could take our two kids to 2015. The talk is that you can only take one child per adult? Do you know if this is true? If so, can we just go and ask someone next to us to register our other child so that they can get in? I know this is a strange question, but how else do we take the other child in? I tried to get an ID on Saturday, but it had been closed off. Thanks for any info!

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    3. I have another question. If I got my member ID this morning, and I'm not eligible for open registration on the 21st, will there be any more chances to get a badge for the 2015? Again, I'm asking mainly to get my other child in.

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    4. I've always heard it's 1:1, although I question how much they'd actually enforce it faced with a parent and 2 kids. Let me find out for sure.

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  9. Hi! I have two questions..
    1. Will Community and/or The 100 be at SDCC this year?
    2. I haven't gotten tickets or signed up for anything yet, but I want to go as a guest/customer/whatever you'd call it, so I can walk around and go to panels and meet cast members. It's not too late for that, right?

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  10. Hello, I had a question I hope someone can answer for me. Me and about 5 other friends all have our comic con ids and are going to give it our best shot when registration opens. My question is: Let's say my friend gets in and buys 3 badges, 1 for himself and then 2 others, one of which is me( using our comic con id). Then I get in to the purchase page on my own. Since my friend already bought me a badge with my id. Can I buy 3 for the other members of my group for their own ids? Or am I forced to buy 1 for myself because I got in to the system and then can only buy for 2 others?

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    1. In the past, the system knew when your Member ID had been used in a purchase or was in a current session. So it's kind of a moot point - you probably would no longer be able to get through the system once your friend bought your badge for you.

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  11. Managed to get Thursday and Sunday passes. Worth going those two days?

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    1. Yes. In fact, I'm going to write a post about just that in a few hours, and I'll tell you exactly why it's worth it.

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    2. Thanks. This is a super blog resource. I have scrolling through them!

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  12. I wasnt one of the lucky ones to get a badge. I still want to go, but will there be anything for me to do without a badge?

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    1. Yep - please see my post today:
      http://www.comicconguide.com/2015/02/yes-you-should-go-to-sdcc-even-for-1-day.html

      There are tons of outside events to go to. Some require a badge, but most don't. You will find plenty to do, from parties to Nerd HQ.
      Sorry you didn't get a badge. Hopefully next year you'll luck out.

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    2. Thanks! Another question...do you think I will have any opportunity to get autographs?

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    3. Yes. Not as many as you would inside the convention center halls, but you could get a few opportunities. Some of the local events will feature celebrities and of course, Nerd HQ is the obvious choice here as well.

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  13. why was the SDCC date changed to earlier in the month?

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    1. CCI can't always control the convention center availability. I believe there was a conflict this year for later in July.

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  14. Hi I am a huge fan of AMC's The Walking Dead and CW's The 100. I was wondering if actors from both TV shows will being appearing around the same time.

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    1. Yes - The Walking Dead panel is at noon in Hall H on Friday and The 100 is in Ballroom 20 at 12:30 on Friday as well. Sorry.

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  15. Any dates for 2017 released yet? SDCC does not show them booked in july of 17 yet

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    1. Not yet. They usually don't announce the dates until a year in advance.

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  16. will there be another walker stalker fest @ petco park & if so what about Emily Kinney concert....i was a day late this year

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    1. On the Walker Stalker front, I'd say probably; they've invested quite a bit in that. Emily Kinney concert - no idea but it sounds like something fans would like.

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  17. How in the heck can we get a decent hotel room if we aren't some big shot corporation? I've been on the phone for weeks calling every place I could identify. They all said they hadn't 'opened' date so far in advance but come to find out they're already booked solid!

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    1. They actually haven't opened yet. Most hotels won't book until 8-9 months out at the earliest. AND they'll only have a limited number of rooms to book because they agreed to reserve a number of their rooms for the official CCI sale through Travel Planners.

      If you don't care about staying downtown, you are guaranteed a room by doing CCI's Early Bird sale. Those rooms have never sold out. Also, the Comfort Inn Gaslamp has traditionally stayed out of the Travel Planners sale and can be a good option. Otherwise, wait until November-December, start calling, and then roll the dice in the hotel sale.

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  18. I'm new to this, and I have no idea what, or how to find anything! I was wondering about the 100 like when, or where it would be? Or if they would even be there?

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    1. The 100 as is in the TV show? Cast appearances and panels won't be announced till next late spring or early summer.
      Since you're totally new, your first step is to go to comic-con.org and sign up for a Member ID. You'll get an email telling you about the badge sale in 2016. In the meantime, read the blogs and ask all the questions you want - people are happy to answer.

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    2. What day will walking dead cast be appearing for SDCC 2016

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  19. Any news on when some of the cast of the walking dead will be attending 2016 SDCC? ? What particular day

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    1. The Walking Dead panel is usually on Friday but there's no guarantee that won't change.

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  20. Hi I'm a HUGE fan of the Originals any new if or when they'll be at SDCC

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  21. You missed "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" (A French sci-fi comic series directed by Luc Besson, who held a private presentation last year and has planned a public presentation for this year) in the films...sadly, I don't think "Wicked" has had any updates, but honestly, Universal should've used the money they wasted on "The Huntsman" for that. (And the live-action film versions of Mattel's Fantasy High School dolls, "Monster High" and "Ever After High", which they've had in development for a while...)

    Anyway, I'm really wanting to go because of "Valerian" and that I've always wanted to attend! Wish me luck!

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  22. Hi! I want to be a first-timer at SDCC 2016 with my family. All four of us have signed up for Member IDs. I know you said elsewhere on this site that we each should have a computer with our Member IDs trying for badges for Open Registration, but is that possible to do with two of them as junior Member IDs? Will we still be able to buy badges from those IDs? Or will we only be able to do that from the two adult ones?

    Also, do you know anything about how the Marvel Television (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Agent Carter) panel and signings worked last year? That's one of the things I want to try to do the most, but never having been to Comic-Con before I feel sort of lost on how that works.

    Thanks!

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    1. Yes, juniors can buy badges. Go into their profiles and confirm they're eligible for the sale and you should be set. You don't necessarily need a different device for each Member ID, but you do need a different browser - and personally, I think it's best not to crowd too many sessions onto one laptop. I'd do 2 at the most. If you can, link up with a buying group. Since each session can only buy 3, and there are 4 of you, you'd have to have 2 of your Member IDs get picked and there's a good chance that won't happen.

      As far as the panels.... It's hard to say this far in advance. Generally speaking, you can count on major shows having panels, but signings are handled differently from year to year. If they do a regular autograph session, you have to get a ticket (which could involve a raffle.) Other people will do signings at certain booths. You just kind of have to stay on top of it as the announcements come out.

      Good luck.

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  23. I have a question. Two out of the 3 people looking to go to Comic-con didn't get a member ID prior to February 11th, so we as of now don't have access to the open registration. One of us did get their ID in time. It states you can't buy tickets for someone without registration access, is that true? If so, what can we do or is there any options for us to get tickets still?

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    1. There isn't much you can do. Only the person with the Member ID can participate in the sale and they cannot buy for the other 2. Volunteer registration is done as well.

      At this point, they can try to apply for SDCC jobs (usually booth work), enter contests (odds are slim) or just go anyhow and enjoy all of the outside activities. Sorry, wish I had better news for you.

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  24. Will any of the Outlander cast be attending this year.

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  25. What proff will I need to get 12 year old child a free badge? My child looks older then her age.

    Thank You

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    1. You should be okay. If you're really nervous, bring her BC.

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  26. Is the 100 cast gonna be there ?

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  27. My wife and I were able to get 4 day passes to SDCC (our first time)and I was curious about autographs. If we both draw for the lottery of one of the more popular sessions, can we both get autographs if only one of us draws a winning ticket or do we both need a ticket? Second,is it just autographs or can you take pictures with them too?

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    1. You both need a ticket. Photos are tricky; in that case, it's usually just a very quick autograph but some celebrities will do a photo. Usually there's not time, though.

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