The Women of Marvel panel is back at San Diego this Sunday morning in room 5AB at 11:15am. Now in its sixth year at Comic-Con (with appearances at other shows like C2E2 and New York Comic Con), the panel has become an institution, shining a light on what it's like to be a woman working in comics and offering advice to women who want to enter the industry.
This year's panel features writer and editor Louise Simonson (Power Pack, X-Factor), colorist Christina Strain (Runaways, Daughters of the Dragon), Marvel Augmented Reality manager and cosplay blogger Judy Stephens, and Marvel project manager Jenny Yeats.
The panel is once again moderated by X-Men editor Jeanine Schaefer. ComicsAlliance spoke to Schaefer to talk about her plans for this year's panel, and what she sees as the big challenges and the big changes for women working in the industry.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund booth is always a necessary stop at Comic-Con. Their table is covered with great comics signed by great creators, and purchases go to a very important cause. They also always boast an impressive list of exclusives and other items, and this year is no different. If you swing by the CBLDF table, you can pick up an exclusive Adventure Time cover by regular AT contributor Chrystin Garland, a print of a graphic from Super Graphic author Tim Leong detailing why certain comic books are banned in libraries, and a "Bill Gaines Was Right" t-shirt, depicting the legendary EC editor who famously defended First Amendment rights in his testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1954. You can check out all three below.
DC Comics began its week-ish slate of Comic-Con programming with an "All Access" panel which mainly spotlighted previously announced publishing plans including the recently launched Trinity War and forthcoming Forever Evil and gave readers an opportunity to get some questions answered by: VP of Sales Bob Wayne, Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Justice League Dark/Animal Man/Green Arrow writer Jeff Lemire, The Flash co-writer and colorist Brian Buccellato, Batgirl and The Movement writer Gail Simone, Fables artist Mark Buckingham, Fairest cover artist Adam Hughes, Li'l Gotham co-writer Derek Fridolfs and Injustice: Gods Among Us writer Tom Taylor.
If you're a fan of Geof Darrow, whose intricate line and detailed backgrounds have fascinated readers as well as his fellow illustrators for years, you might know that the Hard Boiled artist has previously never produced a sketchbook. He's decided to rectify that, as the artist has announced DMFAO, a collection of various illustrations, which he'll be selling exclusively at his booth at this year's Comic-Con.
Following last year's display of Batmobiles, Warner Bros. Entertainment. has returned to San Diego's Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel park for "Lawn Con," a family-friendly event space featuring music, eating areas and prominent DC Comics, LEGO and Warner Bros. Animation displays. Set to run through the duration of Comic-Con on July 18-21, Lawn Con showcases 2-3 story-tall Teen Titans Go! balloons, approximately 1:1 scale LEGO builds of Batman, Scooby-Doo's Mystery Machine and even a life-size LEGO Bag End bringing the Hobbit Lego set to life. Down the street, Cartoon Network's also blown up Regular Show's Mordecai and Rigby with a big balloon display.
Fans who can't wait until the official October launch of Letter 44 will have an early opportunity to snag the first issue of Charles Soule and artist Alberto Alburquerque's sci-fi series this week at San Diego Comic-Con. Following its initial announcement at Emerald City in March, publisher Oni Press has decided to whet fan appetites a little early with a convention exclusive black and white edition of Letter 44 #1.
There are a lot of toy fairs and expos every year, but over the past few summers, LEGO's managed to save up something new just for San Diego Comic-Con. In 2011, LEGO revealed its first ever batch of Marvel and DC Comics minifigures, followed by an even bigger set of minifig debuts at last year's show. The brickmaker is sure to roll out even more new products when SDCC opens this week, but attendees can do one better than simply seeing new sets if they can grab any of the four exclusive figures LEGO will be giving away this week at booth 2829. Arrow (from the same-titled CW series), Spider-Woman, a new version of Spider-Man and an all-black Man of Steel style Superman will all be on hand in limited quantities.
I'm not usually a person who gets excited about all the exclusives at San Diego's Comic-Con International, but with their exclusive Regular Show book, Boom! Studios has cut through even my crystallized layer of cynicism to trigger that immediate "I need that in my life" reaction.
Written and drawn by artist Jon Chad, who brought you last year's similar Adventure Time exclusive, Regular Show: The Machine is a hand-assembled, screen-printed comic that's limited to 500 copies. And instead of reading like your standard mini, this one folds out.
I was already a pretty big fan of The Devastator, the quarterly comedy mag that's featured CA favorites like Michael Kupperman, but now, they have turned their attention to doing something truly altruistic. With San Diego's Comic-Con International coming up next week, they've released a mobile game for iOS called Comic-Con Star Stalker, a free time-waster designed to give you something to do in those long, long panel lines.
Continuing its San Diego Comic-Con exclusive rollout, Funko has revealed a slew of new Wacky Wobbler and Pop! Vinyl figures that fans of DC Comics and Masters of the Universe (and... Disco?) may be eager to see at its booth. Next week Funkophiles can get their hands on the Metallic Skeletor Wacky Wobbler, Metallic Batman '66 Wacky Wobbler, Metallic Domo Batman, Domo Man of Steel, Black Suit Man of Steel, Disco Skeletor and Bloody Rorschach.
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