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1. Set Your Alarm Clocks! Star Wars: The Force Awakens Schedules a Three-Day Launch for Merchandise!

So, you might have heard there’s this new Star Wars movie scheduled for December, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”…. You’ve probably not heard much, as Disney and director J.J. Abrams are keeping a tight lid on what gets revealed, when. Well…that’s all gonna change this week, as Star Wars schedules a massive reveal and release […]

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2. New Realistic Hermione Figurine!

Your eyes are not fooling you.  This figurine (doll) by Star Ace for Sideshow Collectibles must have taken some polyjuice potion, because it looks just like 11-year-old Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The Hermione Granger figurine is the latest addition to a collection of dolls based on characters from the Harry Potter films.  The series also includes Ron, Voldemort, Sirius Black, Mad-Eye Moody, and Harry.

The dolls are scale models of the actors, complete with accurate costumes and accessories.  The Hermione Granger figurine comes with interchangeable hands for holding her wand, schoolbag, Magical Theory book, Hogwarts: A History book, learning broomstick, and writing quill.  It also has a bottle of ink and a doll stand.  The images below are based on the prototype.

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The Hermione doll is now available for preorder for around $210 USD from Sideshow Collectibles.  Thank you, Gizmodo Australia, for the tip!

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3. Kid Robot teams with Ron English and Kenny Scharf for new Simpsons figures

Simpsons figures designed by top pop culture fine artists and sold by Kid Robot. Is there nothing not to love in that sentence? Kid Robot is teaming with icons artists Kenny Scharf and Ron English for new Simpson vinyl. Scharf has designed a 6” Bart figure while English has designed two 3” figures, Bart Grin […]

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4. You Might Want to Start Your Holiday Shopping Early: Disney’s Playmation Will Generate Nerdgasm Nirvana

PlaymationLogoOkay… I was typing up the big schedule for Disney’s D23 Expo. Nothing too difficult, mostly formatting and pasting.

In the big “Hall D23″ (7500 seats), there will be a Disney Interactive presentation on Sunday, at 11 AM.

Now, yeah, there’s Kingdom Hearts and Infinity 3.0 (now with Wookies!) and Star Wars Battlefront. A lot of it has been announced at E3, except the D23 Expo allows the fans to get their hands on hands-on play demos.

But here’s something I heard tangentially via all the E3 hoopla last month:

Disney has this setup called Playmation, launching this October in partnership with Hasbro. (PR is here.) Basically, you’ve got wearable toys, like Iron Man’s repulsor or Hulk’s fists. It communicates with figure bases (similar to what you get with Infinity) which can host superheroes (for training) or villains (for beating the crap out of).  In a nutshell, it’s like playing Cowboys and Indians with Lazer Tag by way of HeroClix.

Playmation Marvel’s Avengers uses familiar technologies including smart toys, wearables, wireless technology, motion sensors, and more, but applies them in ways that are completely new to create an experience that’s never been possible before. Playmation is purposely not tethered to an Internet connection so players can run around and explore each adventure from anywhere they want—a bedroom, living room, or yard. With multiplayer modes, recruits can sync their Avenger Gear to tackle missions and combat arenas together, or face off in competitive play.

Disney Playmation how_it_works_desktop_3b9b0be2No CGI, it’s all in the player’s imagination.

So yeah, pretty dang cool, right?  Joe Quesada thinks so.

“With Playmation Marvel’s Avengers, the very best of Marvel storytelling is infused into every aspect of the system to further spark imaginative, active play,” said Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer, Marvel. “Playmation offers kids a dynamic way to interact with their favorite Super Heroes – I wish it was around when I was a kid!”

It. Gets. Better.

Oh… you have no idea…

No, I’m not talking about the Frozen and Star Wars systems in development for 2017 and 2016. (Yeah… no more “pew pew” or using Christmas wrapping paper rolls as lightsabers.) Nor the possibility of a Google Glass eyepiece display which adds extra data to the gameplay.

Take a look at this image I managed to find on the home page:

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This is my new desktop theme.

One of the locales is A LIVING PLANET. Ego.  There’s also “Dino World” and the Moon, and Hulk’s hometown, and Kirby only knows who’s incarcerated on The Raft…

[Oh, please, Marvel Studios, PLEASE have Ego be the villain in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel… and have Thor show up, if you can manage…]

So, what comes in the $120 starter pack? Oh, nothing that amazing really…

Includes Repulsor Gear, 2 Power Activators, 2 Smart Figures (Captain America and Iron Skull), instructions, and 25 embedded missions

villain_background_iron_skull_1c988069That is not a typo. Iron Skull. Here’s his dossier:

Red Skull leads the evil organization Hydra seeking to conquer and rule all of humanity. After stealing one of Tony Stark’s suits, he evolved into the super-powered Iron Skull. Until the Avengers can neutralize his devastating Hydra Moon Laser, no human on Earth is safe.

(Oh, Marvel, why haven’t you crossed Captain America’s clone with Iron Man’s tech before? Maybe in the next Captain America movie?) As if the character isn’t cool enough, he has a freakin’ “Hydra Moon Laser”! 

Wondering what other villains are available? Utron. Ultron Bot (hacked Iron Legion soldiers). M.O.D.O.K.

YUP. Mother lovin’ MODOK. Leader of AIM.

Myself, what with MODOK, Iron Skull, Ultron, and Ego… it seems all downhill from here. Those are some mean mother lovin’ villains …unless they add other franchises and characters from the Cinematic Universe, or from Avengers Assemble (the origin of the Iron Skull) and other cartoons. Can they use Galactus? X-Men? The Celestials?

Meanwhile, if you prefer to stay indoors in front of a computer all day long, Disney Infinity is adding more Marvel characters, and allowing universes to interact in certain modules.

You can preorder everything now by visiting Disney’s store. Select Disney stores will also be hosting demos across the country!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to process some XML files for work.  “We did dig dig dig dig dig dig dig / In our Mine the whole day through…”


 

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5. SDCC ’15: Getting Up Close with Entertainment Earth

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Entertainment Earth booth at San Diego Comic-Con.

By Nick Eskey

When it comes to collectible toys and popular media merchandise, Entertainment Earth has just about everything. The company first started nearly twenty years ago out of an office and a garage in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California. Its founders, who were themselves collectors that knew the struggles of finding that particular toy, wanted to help the many others who had to hunt, or spend inflated resale prices.

Today, Entertainment Earth is now based in Simi Valley. It boasts a large warehouse that carries some of best selection of merchandise available. The website is jam packed with toys, figurines, television/movie memorabilia, and more. They even have their own production line called “Bif Bang Pow!” This allows Entertainment Earth to both house products from others and to produce the kind of merchandise that they themselves would want to buy. One thing they are quite excited for is their recent DC license: We are sure to see much in the ways of DC merchandise.

Kiss band member look-a-like on the 2nd floor of Entertainment Earth booth, here to celebrate the kiss line of merchandise.

Kiss band member look-a-like on the 2nd floor of Entertainment Earth booth, here to celebrate the kiss line of merchandise.

With such growth and offering so much, Entertainment Earth’s booth at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con is hard to miss, with a line of attendees waiting around to buy much of the items on display in their glass cases and on the posters overhead. It’s also one of the lucky few that stand at two stories tall.

Hologram Dark Vader.

Hologram Dark Vader.

Some of the fast moving toys this year have been the blue 20 inch Hologram Darth Vader action figure, the G.I Joe Desert Duel play set, the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler action figures, a variant black Power Rangers Megazord, and the Adventure Time lunch box; they typically sell out early each day. New and exciting additions to the company’s exclusives are always being added on. I few of my favorites are: the Kiss umbrella, Super Hero chair cape, and the Star Wars “Jabba’s Rancor Pit.”

Kiss light up umbrella.

Kiss light up umbrella.

The Kiss umbrella looks ordinary enough when closed. When it opens up, it reveals each one of the band member’s faces in full makeup and costume on the fabric. The umbrella’s pole is probably the best part, lighting up in neon.

Does your chair stand for liberty, justice, and back support? You can show its super status with a Chair Cape. They strap to the back of the chair with Velcro, and fit many sized backings. Right now they have the Batman and Superman Chair Capes available, with future additions in line like Bizarro.

A great addition to any Star Wars collection is this Jabba’s Rancor Pit. The boxed set comes with Luke Skywalker (complete with lightsaber), Jabba, Slave Leia, C-3PO, and a towering Rancor. There’s no guarantee on its availability, so buy while you can.

If you’ve yet to check out the Entertainment Earth booth, I suggest you do so. They’re collectors that cater to collectors. And for those that weren’t able to make it for Comic-Con, luckily Entertainment Earth will be holding back a certain amount of their exclusives for their website, as to give others a chance to still buy. Now if only more retailers did that.

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6. Bug Puppet Characters



I fell in love with these comic character puppets, so I wanted to paint them to better understand their design and construction. (Direct link to YouTube video) Collector Mel Birnkrant helped me set them up in front of the sketch easel, and he made them dance for us.


Bil Baird Bug Marionettes, casein, 5 x 8 inches
I drew them first in watercolor pencil, then painted them in casein, which is a lot like gouache, a water-based opaque paint.


Jeanette sat next to me and sketched them too, using pen and watercolor. We were both so impressed with the designs: the smiling mouths, bulging eyes, big cartoony hands and the round-toed shoes.


They were built and performed by Bil Baird (1904-1987), the puppeteer best known for his work in the "Lonely Goatherd" sequence of The Sound of Music.

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Read about Bil Baird and his puppets (including Miss Bubbles) at Mel Birnkrant's website.
Baird wrote a classic book about the The Art of the Puppet
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7. SDCC ’15: Hasbro Entertainment Brand Preview Breakfast

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By Nick Eskey

Hasbro Entertainment, responsible for many of our favorite childhood toys, treated us press folk to a delicious breakfast accompanied by, of course, toys! Held at Café Sevilla in San Diego’s Gaslamp, the toy breakfast had not only a nice selection of food (yes, be jealous), but some great looking merchandise.

Transformers Generations: Devastator - Combiner Wars

Transformers Generations: Devastator – Combiner Wars

Across the bar, there is a collection of some of Hasbro’s most sought after ComicCon exclusives: a neon green “Transformers Generations Devastator” Combiner Wars set; the quick switch “Jem” doll; the “Pinkie Pie – My Little Pony” complete with chicken costume and “bucket of chicken” packaging; “G.I. Joe anniversary box set” with dvds, characters “A.V.A.C., Alley Viper Officer, Ralph, and Grunt,” as well as Cobra Scythe and G.I. Joe Chimera machines; “Cybertron High” Transformers box set; “Magic the Gathering Origins Planeswalker Anthology” players box set; “Marvel’s Ant-Man” action figure boxed set with miniature Ant-Man figurines; and a “Storm Trooper – First Order” boxed set with figure and book. All of these toys are limited editions to the convention and are on many a con-goer’s want list (I know someone that would stab for the Jem doll).

Jem and the Holograms - Quick Switch

Jem and the Holograms – Quick Switch

Set at one station, Hasbro has trays of what look like hacked up dinosaur pieces. They are actually from Hasbro’s popular “Mashems” toy line, where kids and adults can pick and choose their parts and create uniquely fun characters and creatures. For their third line of the series they have “Jurassic,” going with the DNA splicing theme from the books and movies. If you have any of their previous Transformers or “Marvel” Mashems, then it’s possible to create a robot/hero/villain/dinosaur hybrid. Oh the humanity! More additions will be coming this fall for their Marvel line of Mashems.

Jurassic Mashems

Jurassic Mashems

Transformers Generations “Combiner Wars” series is a big hit for fans of the original toy from the 80’s. Combiners are Transformers robots that join together to form an even bigger, badass machine. The big appeal with these toys is that each one of the robot pieces still turn into their robot AND vehicle forms, as well as becoming joining pieces for the even bigger combiner. This “Superion” will be a must have.

My Little Pony - Pinkie Pie

My Little Pony – Pinkie Pie

And finally in ways of video games, Hasbro and “PlatinumGames” will be coming out with “Transformers Devastation.” The game is a 3rd person perspective, 3D fighter that allows players to control one of some of the franchise’s favorite robots. The art style is almost a deeper form of cell shading, with the fighting taking place in a linear platform with waves of enemies that need to be defeated. Fighting in combos is the main objective, with frequent action-time button cues that lets the character transform into their alternate form for other attacks or strategies. There will various missions to complete such as collecting, timed levels, and protect. Transformers Devastation will be out this Fall for PS3, PS4, XBOX 360, XBOX One, and PC.

Magic the Gathering Origins: Planeswalker

Magic the Gathering Origins: Planeswalker

Keep your eyes open for all of these wonderful Hasbro toys and exclusives, either out now or coming soon.

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8. SDCC ’15: DC Collectibles Sneak Peak

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By Nick Eskey

DC Collectibles has another exciting line up for this upcoming year. We’ll be seeing much in the way of artist inspired work: from action figures, to statues. For the high-end collector, comic inspired artwork is typically high on the priority list. And what other company produces such detailed pieces from beloved franchises such as DC?

Jim Fletcher, showing off his action figure graveyard jacket.

Jim Fletcher, showing off his action figure graveyard jacket.

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Interesting bag view.

Kevin Kiniry, playing fortune teller with the DC Tarot Cards.

Kevin Kiniry, playing fortune teller with the DC Tarot Cards.

This year’s DC Collectibles sneak peak is a fun atmosphere, with DC’s Jim Fletcher in full action figure regalia, and DC’s Kevin Kiniry sporting a turban and reading tarot cards. The tarot cards are actually the “Just League Tarot Cards,” designed by Sara Richard, and releasing this November for $24.95.

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Bronzed Batman Statue.

DC’s statue franchises have done very well for the company. It’s no surprise that they’ll eventually decide to bronze one of the best loved super heroes. This “Bronzed Batman Statue” captures the awesomeness of the caped crusader in mid flourish. No date yet on this beauty.

Batman.

Batman.

Superman.

Superman.

Armored Batman.

Armored Batman.

Coming in the way of the DC movies, we have three wonderful pieces inspired by the upcoming film “Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice” and sculpted by the artist James Marsano. Each of these resin statues look true to life, as much as a comic book can be of course. Batman and Superman will retail for $150 apiece and are dated for January 2016, whereas the Armored Batman will be released March 2016 and is yet to be priced.

Cheetah.

Cheetah.

Killer Frost.

Killer Frost.

The best selling DC Comics Bombshells will be seeing some additions to their lineup that were designed by Ant Lucia. A short skirted “Cheetah” will be making her debut, as well as this snow bunny version of “Killer Frost.” Each will retail for $124.95, with Cheetah releasing in March and Killer Frost in June respectably.

Kryto, Hoppy, Streaky, and Dex-Starr.

Kryto, Hoppy, Streaky, and Dex-Starr.

DC Super-Pets will introduce a line of soft plush dolls that feature super powered pets. “Krypto, Hoppy, Dex-Starr, and Streaky” all range from 6 to 9 inches, and were designed by Art Baltazar. Dex-Starr and Streaky will be available this November, where Krypto and Hoppy will be March 2016. No price has been set on them yet.

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One of Batman’s signature “toys” is of course the “Batmobile.” This version of his iconic vehicle is from the Batman the Animated Series. A number of figures will be releasing from the same show, but this Batmobile is the best thing by far. It measures at 24 inches long, with independently moving wheels. To add to the cool factor, the headlights, breaks, and engine all light up as well. It releases this October for $99.95.

Man-Bat, Azrael, and Professor Pyg.

Man-Bat, Azrael, and Professor Pyg.

The biggest additions this year however will be coming from DC’s action figures. Following with the “Batman Arkham Knight” video game by Rocksteady, DC was showing off their “Man-Bat, Azrael, and Professor Pyg.” These figures were all designed by Rocksteady, and offer over 20 points of articulation. will all be out February 2016 and retail for $25 a piece.

Firestorm, Green Lantern, The Joker

Firestorm, Green Lantern, The Joker

Another line coming to stores will be DC Comics Icons. Designed by Ian Reis, the series will include: “Firestorm” from the “Justice League”, “The Joker” from the “Death In the Family” comic story arc, and “Green Lantern John Stewart” from “Mosaic.” Each one also features over 20 points of articulation, as well as interchangeable accessories. They will be releasing May 2016 for $25 apiece.

Harley Quinn, Super Girl, and Adam Strange.

Harley Quinn, Super Girl, and Adam Strange.

Superman, Lex Luthor, and Batman.

Superman, Lex Luthor, and Batman.

Exciting things are also coming from their designer line. From Darwyn Cooke, we’ll be seeing his versions of “Batman, Supergirl (complete with Krypto and Streaky), Harlequinn (with mallet accessory), and Adam Strange (with Raygun).” And artist Lee Bernejo will be coming out with his designs of “Batman (with Batarang and interchangeable hands), Green Lantern (with Lantern and interchangeable hands), Superman (with interchangeable hands) and Lex Luthor (with briefcase and interchangeable hands).” Each one will retail for $25, with Cooke’s line coming out June 2016, and Bernejo’s in April 2016.

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But the most exciting toy will be “DC Comics Blueline Edition Batman.” Designed by the much sought after Jim Lee, this limited edition figure looks like a black and white sketching. Each package comes with either a signed sketch of Batman, the Joker, or Harley Quinn. Unfortunately, this baby is a Comic-Con exclusive. If you happen to be at the convention, it retails for $300.

 

I’m super excited over the level of collectibles coming out over the next twelve months. For those who’ll be able to get their hands on them, I’m as equally jealous.

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9. 9th Harry Potter POP! Vinyl Figure Unveiled!

It looks like another Harry Potter Funko POP! figure is on the horizon! The 9th figure announced is that of Harry holding the Sword of Gryffindor. This will be the third Harry Potter figure in the collection; there were previously two others announced–Harry in his Hogwarts uniform, holding a wand, and a special Quidditch Harry, which is exclusive to Hot Topic pre-release. It has been clarified that the Quidditch Harry will be available to all after the initial release.

Snitchseeker.com reports:

Accordingly, the Quidditch Harry Potter figure is said to be a pre-release exclusive for Hot Topic, while the set with Gryffindor’s sword is indeed the company’s actual exclusive piece.

You can preorder the Harry Potter Pop! Vinyls here. They will be available for purchase later this month.

Thank-you to our friends at Snitchseeker.com for posting about this!

 

 

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10. *WEDNESDAY UPDATE* SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

By: Nick Eskey

Welcome back toy enthusiasts to the last installment of exclusive Funko toys for the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con. Well known for their POP! line of figurines, Funko strives to “cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place.”

Though there might be more Funko toys announced, these are the last of the exclusives for Comic-Con to be revealed. Remember, there will be no pre-buy option this year. If you see any merchandise that you want, then you need to buy them at the booth while supplies last.

Without further hullabaloo, here’s the last of the reveals:

Pop! Heroes: Batman v Superman - Batman v Superman 2-pack

Pop! Heroes: Batman v Superman – Batman v Superman 2-pack

What ever happened if the Man-of-Steel fought against the Dark Knight? With this Batman v Superman 2-pack, you can play-out this epic fight of fights for yourself. Maybe Batman’s batarang is made of kryptonite?

Pop! TV: Breaking Bad - Blue Crystal Heisenberg

Pop! TV: Breaking Bad – Blue Crystal Heisenberg

Still reeling over the series end of Breaking Bad? Well this Blue Crystal Heisenberg (funny I know) will keep your withdrawals at bay. Just don’t upset the guy. He looks a little trigger happy.

Funko is excited to announce the debut of Pop! Tees at this year's San Diego Comic-Con!

Funko is excited to announce the debut of Pop! Tees at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con!

Steering away from the toy merchandise, Funko will also be selling the wearable variety. These shirts feature some of their best selling figures. Much like their POP! toys, these tees are displayed in fun colorful boxes.

Pop! Tees: SDCC Freddy Funko

Pop! Tees: SDCC Freddy Funko

Paying homage to the company’s mascot, this Freddy Funko tee has been made exclusively for San Diego Comic-Con. See Freddy in all of his splendor as he walks around the convention with collectibles, admittance badge, and light saber in hand.

Pop! Tees: Masters of the Universe - Disco Skeletor

Pop! Tees: Masters of the Universe – Disco Skeletor

All hail Disco Skeletor! This Masters of the Universe villain in his variant colors demands respect as he attempts to once and for all conquer Castle Grayskull.

Pop! Tees: Freddy Funko 8-Bit Pixelated

Pop! Tees: Freddy Funko 8-Bit Pixelated

For you “old-school” types, this Freddy Funko 8-Bit Pixelated tee will be the perfect fit. Whether he’s on his way to rescue a princess, or jump on top of baddys’ heads, he’s sure to be super.

Pop! Tees: Ghostbusters - Burnt Stay Puft

Pop! Tees: Ghostbusters – Burnt Stay Puft

Is there anything worse than burnt marshmallows? A gigantic Burnt Stay Puft marshmallow man, of course! Instead of having to clean this traveler off of every surface, best to stick to this shirt.

Pop! Tees: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Skyline Group

Pop! Tees: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Skyline Group

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Skyline Group tee shows the sewer-dwelling crime fighters on top of two buildings.

Pop! Tees: Marvel - Black Widow Shield (Women's Sizes Only)

Pop! Tees: Marvel – Black Widow Shield (Women’s Sizes Only)

And last on our exclusives list, this Black Widow Shield tee flies onto the scene. Unfortunately for her male fans, this shirt is only available in women’s sizes. Though I’m sure this will not stop some fellas.

Thanks for faithfully tuning in everybody for these Funko updates everybody. I can’t wait to see all of you at Comic-Con ’15!

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11. Titan at SDCC: Assassin’s Creed, The Blacklist, Heroes, Lenore and, of course, Doctor Who!

Titan has announced their full line-up of SDCC activities, and there’s lots to choose from with ten signing sessions and two panels, as well as a bunch of exclusive covers, merchandise and sneak-peaks of their upcoming titles.

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Their Doctor Who line gets it’s own panel this year, where details of a brand new Doctor Who miniseries will be announced, including which of the Time Lord’s many regenerations will star in it. From Titan:

Titan Comics gives you a sneak peek at the next chapters for the Doctor in all his incarnations – including sneak peeks at the direction of Year Two featuring the Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors! Writer Cavan Scott and artist Blair Shedd discuss the smash-hit Ninth Doctor mini series! Writer Paul Cornell gives you a sneak peek at August’s comics cross-over event! Writers George Mann and Cavan Scott and cover artist Alice X. Zhang take you behind-the-scenes of the Twelfth Doctor SDCC exclusive short story edition. Plus, we reveal the next brand-new mini series – which Doctor is it going to be? Come along to find out! All attendees receive a FREE Doctor Who comic + prizes to win!

The Titan Doctor Who Comic panel is on Saturday July 11th from 3:30PM-4:30PM in room 5AB.

 

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Fans of Assassin’s Creed can look forward to Titan’s global premiere of  artwork from the upcoming comic series based on the hugely popular video game franchise at Titan’s other comics panel on Thursday July 9th from 2:30-3:30PM in Room 4. In addition, the panel features TV producers and writers from Heroes Reborn and The Blacklist who will discuss their work on series tie-in comics. Roman Dirge, creator/writer and artist of the cult-smash series Lenore will also be on hand to talk about his planned new work. From Titan:

Titan Comics takes you behind-the-scenes of major new projects including Assassin’s CreedHeroes and The Blacklist! See the global premiere of artwork from the new Assassin’s Creed comics, plus be the first to find out about the launch storylines and the all-new Assassins! Heroes Reborn Supervising Producer Seamus Fahey gives you a sneak peek at the new Heroes comic and special SDCC ashcan. The Blacklist TV show writer Nicole Phillips talks about writing the new The Blacklist comic series, which debuts at SDCC! PLUS! The artists of the creator-owned hits of tomorrow will be in attendance! Cult writer Roman Dirge gives you a ghostly glimpse at Lenore and his upcoming new projects! Artist Des Taylor takes you undercover of hit series Scarlett Couture! Harvey award nominated writer Mark Wheatley discusses his new remastered edition of Breathtaker! Plus, more comics talent and prizes to win!

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Want to grab an author-signed copy of that gorgeous, SDCC exclusive Heroes ashcan with art from Paul Pope? How about one of only 200 FREE Doctor Who: Four Doctors art cards signed by four Doctor crossover series writer Paul Cornell? Here’s the complete signing schedule, all signings taking place at the Titan booth #5537:

THURSDAY, JULY 9th

 

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Writer/Artist DES TAYLOR signs copies of Scarlett Couture from 12:30PM – 1:30PM

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Writer/Artist ROMAN DIRGE  will be signing copies of Something at the Window is Scratching, The Cat Really with a Really Big Head and Lenore Pink Bellies: 4:00PM — 5:00PM

FRIDAY, JULY 10th

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Heroes Reborn Supervising Producer Seamus Kevin Fahey will be signing copies of the Heroes comic SDCC ashcan with exclusive art from Paul Pope from 12:00PM — 1:00PM

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The Blacklist TV show writer Nicole Phillips and cover artist Alice X. Zhang will be signing copies of The Blacklist #1 from Time:  2:00PM – 3:00PM

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Writers George Mann and Cavan Scott and cover artist Alice X. Zhang will be signing copies of Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor SDCC exclusive short story edition from 4:00PM — 5:00PM

Did you miss Roman Dirge’s 7/9 signing? No problem. he’s back at the Titan booth on 7/10 signing copies of Something at the Window is Scratching, The Cat Really with a Really Big Head and Lenore Pink Bellies5:30PM – 6:30PM

SATURDAY, JULY 11th

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Writer Cavan Scott and artist Blair Shedd will be signing copies of Doctor Who: The Ninth Doctor series from 11:30AM – 12:30PM.

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Writer Paul Cornell will be signing a FREE Doctor Who: Four Doctors art card. Only 200 available! From  1:30PM – 2:30PM.

Did you miss Writers George Mann, Cavan Scott and cover artist Alice X. Zhang on 7/10? Fear not, they’re back at the Titan booth signing more copies of Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor SDCC exclusive short story edition from 5:00PM – 6:00PM.

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Writer Max Davison, artist Matt Hebb, colourist Tracy Bailey and inker Jason Worthington will be signing copies of DreamWork’s Home #1 comic from 12:00PM – 1:00PM.

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12. *SATURDAY UPDATE* SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

By: Nick Eskey

Hello again toy enthusiasts, and welcome to another installment of San Diego Comic-Con Funko releases! You know Funko, the purveyors of the highly popular POP! series of collectible figurines, who also vow to “cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place.”

Monday will be the last announcement for San Diego Comic-Con exclusives, so make sure to check back soon. And remember, there is no pre-buy option this year. So if you see any of these toys you want to get, you’ll have to visit the booth while supplies last, or cry into your Lean Cuisine.

Without any more procrastination, here’s the next installment:

Pop! TV: Arrow - The Arrow: Unmasked

Pop! TV: Arrow – The Arrow: Unmasked

We can’t get enough of the show “Arrow.” Feed the hunger with this ruggedly-handsome Arrow: Unmasked. His arrow will go straight… to your heart!

Pop! Disney: Big Hero 6 - Transluscent Glitter Emoticon Baymax

Pop! Disney: Big Hero 6 – Transluscent Glitter Emoticon Baymax

How would you rate the “kawaii” factor of this toy? The Translucent Glitter Emoticon Baymax from Pixar’s “Big Hero 6” always rates a big smiley face in my opinion.

Pop! Movies: Minions - Gone Batty

Pop! Movies: Minions – Gone Batty

Can you imagine you’re life without a minion? Not only do they get the menial tasks done while you are plotting world domination, but they do it in historical style. Joining the large POP! minion collection is this Gone Batty. Wearing a purple cloak and showing off some pointy fangs, this blood sucker should be flying into your hands.

Pop! Disney: Tangled - Frying Pan Rapunzel and Burnt Pascal

Pop! Disney: Tangled – Frying Pan Rapunzel and Burnt Pascal

Not too long ago, every Disney princess would be the equivalent of a damsel in distress; but not this feisty lady. Frying Pan Rapunzel and Burnt Pascal are ready for a fight. She’s got cookery, and she knows how to use it!

Dorbz: Marvel - X-Force Deadpool

Dorbz: Marvel – X-Force Deadpool

The impending “Deadpool” movie has comic fans squealing with delight. Satisfy your Deadpool cravings with this X-Force Deadpool, dressed in his alternative grey onesie. If you don’t get it… well I just don’t know what this anti-hero will do to you. So, why chance it right?

Dorbz: Guardians of the Galaxy - Mossy Groot

Dorbz: Guardians of the Galaxy – Mossy Groot

And rounding it up, from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” we have this Dorbz Mossy Groot. We’ve already seen this fella on our list, but instead of the XL we are getting the regular size. Options are good to have.

Thanks for tuning it guys and gals, and don’t forget to come back for our last exclusive Funko releases post!

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13. *FRIDAY UPDATE* SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

By: Nick Eskey

Hello again nerds and nerdettes, and welcome to another installment of San Diego Comic-Con Funko releases! You know Funko, the purveyors of the highly popular POP! series of collectible figurines, who also vow to “cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place. “

We have some exciting announcements this time, including an extremely limited edition POP! figurine. Reminder, this year Funko will not be doing any sort of pre-buying. The only way you can get this beauties is on site, so be sure to visit the booth. If you don’t have tickets to Comic-Con… well there’s always black magic?

Without any further distractions, let’s bring on the toys:

Pop! TV: Doctor Who - Eleventh Doctor holding Cyberman Head

Pop! TV: Doctor Who – Eleventh Doctor holding Cyberman Head

Does the sight of a British police booth cause you to hyperventilate? This eleventh incarnation of Doctor Who holding a Cyberman head then is the right toy for you. Check him out with his chic purple jacket and debonair hair. *Swoon.*

Pop! Disney: Frozen - Barbershop Quartet Olaf

Pop! Disney: Frozen – Barbershop Quartet Olaf

From Pixar’s “Frozen,” perpetuator of a few sickly cute and catchy songs, comes everyone’s favorite silly snowman Olaf. This Barbershop Quartet Olaf comes complete with a hat, cane, and similarly dressed seagull sidekick.

Pop! TV: The Flash - The Flash Unmasked

Pop! TV: The Flash – The Flash Unmasked

Fan’s of the series “Flash” should keep their eyes peeled for this POP! The Flash Unmasked. Be careful not to let this one slip by you.

Hikari: Star Wars - Darth Vader Matte Black

Hikari: Star Wars – Darth Vader Matte Black

Another Star Wars collectible? No, never. Who could have predicted? Despite there already being a thousand other pieces of Star Wars merchandise however, this Darth Vader Matte Black figure by Hikari looks beautiful. It almost looks like if this famous Sith was made of copper. Better find some room on those already crowded shelves for this toy, which is limited to only 1200.

Hikari: Marvel - Frosted Groot

Hikari: Marvel – Frosted Groot

In this batch of announcements, Hikari will be also coming out with this Frosted Groot. Limited to 1000, it looks like this humanoid plant made out with Olaf. Oh the magic of warm hugs.

Dorbz: Batman - Thrillkill Batman

Dorbz: Batman – Thrillkill Batman

Nothing better strikes fear into the hearts of men more than a caped crusader in a mask. Well, maybe a caped crusader in full grin and an alternate costume. Dorbz’s Thrillkill Batman sports a red and black costume and a smiling face. A cute, yet disturbing addition to any collection.

Pop TV: Hannibal - Bryan Fulle

Pop TV: Hannibal – Bryan Fulle

And rounding off our releases is this highly limited edition POP! It’s unfortunate that the show Hannibal was cancelled, but you can share the hurt with this Brian Fuller figure. Dressed to kill in his Hannibal like attire, the show’s creator also sports a pair of spectacles and a large kitchen knife. This bad boy comes in only 144 units and will be available during his signing at the Funko booth on Friday, July 10th at 2 p.m. The line for the signing won’t begin until 1p.m., so no early campers please. No other Funko items will be sold during this time.

We’re getting closer to Comic-Con, so stay tuned for more Funko exclusives!

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14. Painting "Brownies" Comic Characters



In this mini trailer segment from "Gouache in the Wild," I visit the antique toy collection of Mel Birnkrant to paint his "Brownies" candy containers in acryla gouache (Link to YouTube)


I'm fascinated by the character design from a century ago. They have a sort of eager mania with their big eyes and effervescent smiles. Who can resist those cute Kewpies with their eyes coyly turned aside, and the bouyant little Brownies. No wonder, they were designed by top artists of their day. 


The Brownies were created by Palmer Cox (1840–1924) starting in the 1880s. They were all little men, and they included standard types of that era: Uncle Sam, the Cowboy, the Policeman, the Sailor, the German, and the Chinaman. Brownies were some of the first mass-merchandised characters, and the Kodak "Brownie" camera was named after them.

It's one thing to look at these antique toys, but quite another to paint their portraits. Painting physical character toys is one of the best exercises for artists who want to get better at character design, especially for 3D CG animation. 

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The next best thing to sketching a real museum of toys is to check out Mel Birnkrant's phantasmagorical website, starting with the page on Kewpies and Brownies.

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15. 8th Harry Potter Funko Pop! Figure Unveiled + Contest

It appears that there is a new Quidditch Harry Potter Funko Pop! figure on the horizon. This new figurine is the eighth edition of Funko Pop! figures in the Harry Potter series. It is also a Hot Topic exclusive and cannot be purchased elsewhere (pictured below). Warner Bros.’  Harry Potter Wishlist has a contest you can enter to win all of the figures before they are even available for purchase:

‘The first wave of the Harry Potter POP! release features fan-favorite characters including Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Lord Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore, Rubeus Hagrid and Severus Snape. The Harry Potter figures will hit retail in mid-to-late July, but your friends at Harry Potter Wish List are giving fans the opportunity to win the complete Harry Potter POP! Vinyl Figures collection now, before you can buy them.’

This contest collection will include the Hot Topic exclusive Quidditch Harry Potter figurine. You can enter the contest here. All figurines in the Harry Potter Funko Pop! series will be available to purchase later this summer, July 31, in honor of Harry and Jo’s birthday!

Thanks to our friends over at SnitchSeeker for posting about this!

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16. *WEDNESDAY UPDATE* SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

By: Nick Eskey

It’s that time again, legion of toy lovers; The Wednesday update for the Funko toy exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con 2015.

Well known for their super popular POP! Toy collection, Funko strives to “cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place.” As a reminder, there will be no pre-buy option available this year. So if you need or want any of these beauties, best to pick them up at the Funko booth, or see if you can bribe a random person (we do not condone the practice of bribery).

Not to hold out any longer, here are the latest additions:

Pop! Star Wars: Princess Leia [Boushh Unmasked]

Pop! Star Wars: Princess Leia [Boushh Unmasked]

Though not one of her better remembered ensemble, this Star Wars Princess Leia [Boushh Unmasked] POP! is still pretty fetching. You’ll wish this bounty hunter was looking for you.

Pop! Marvel: Avengers: Age of Ultron - Grinning Ultron

Pop! Marvel: Avengers: Age of Ultron – Grinning Ultron

Just when you thought you saw every scary robot to date, this Grinning Ultron decidedly takes the cake. We don’t know why he’s so happy, but let’s hope we never find out. He’s sure to give a few nightmares.

Pop! Hanna-Barbera: Lil' Gruesome (Red)

Pop! Hanna-Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Red)

Before we know it, we’ll have an army of these Lil’ Gruesome figurines in a rainbow of colors. Joining his green and yellow brothers, this Red Hannah-Barbera character is my favorite so far.

Pop! Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy - Nova Rocket with Potted Groot

Pop! Marvel: Guardians of the Galaxy – Nova Rocket with Potted Groot

At the end of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, did you find yourself a little misty eyed? No? Just me? Well… I’m sure this Nova Rocket with Potted Groot will find a way to tug at those heartstrings.

ReAction: Terminator 2 - T1000 with Hook Arms

ReAction: Terminator 2 – T1000 with Hook Arms

Any machine that can become liquid, a solid, or take the shape of any person is pretty sweet. This T1000 figure from the Terminator 2 movie is sporting his kick-butt Hook Arms, as well as vintage-esque packaging from when toys were simpler than the crazy articulated ones of today.

Vinyl Idolz: Ghostbusters - Marshmallowed Egon Spengler

Vinyl Idolz: Ghostbusters – Marshmallowed Egon Spengler

And lastly, this Vinyl Idolz from the Ghost Busters movie is a gooey exclusive. Marshmallowed Egon Spengler comes with his ghost containment pack, ghost detector, and white marshmallow splotches. I hope that stuff can come out in the wash.

As we’re getting closer and closer to San Diego Comic-Con, expect a few more toy leaks on the way. Stay tuned doers of all things nerdy!

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17. *Sunday UPDATE* SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

By Nick Eskey

Thanks for tuning in geeky guys and gals to this Sunday update of SDCC ’15 Funko toy release. Better known for their “POP!” line, Funko strives to “cover as many beloved licenses and characters as possible to remind every Comic-Con attendee why they fell in love with these stories in the first place.”

Just as a reminder, this year Funko will not be taking pre-buys of their products. So if there’s any of these exclusive toys that you want to get, best to get them onsite or see if a lucky con-goer buddy will help you out.

Without further delay, here’s the addition to our list:

Pop! Disney/Pixar: Inside Out - Sparkle Hair Joy

Pop! Disney/Pixar: Inside Out – Sparkle Hair Joy

Disney’s Pixar, which arguably can be thanked for the recent revival of the Disney brand, has just recently released their newest movie “Inside out.” Involving the personified personality traits in people, this Pop figure from the movie features Sparkle Hair Joy. Don’t work, there’s enough anger and depression in the film to balance this perpetually happy and hyperactive lady.

Pop! TV: Sesame Street - 6" Flocked Mr. Snuffleupagus

Pop! TV: Sesame Street – 6″ Flocked Mr. Snuffleupagus

Whether he’s being an imaginary character that only a large yellow bird can see, or a real thing, this 6 inch super sized Snuffleupagus from the much beloved Sesame Street will be materializing to Comic-Con. Who doesn’t want to own a Snuffy?

Pop! TV: Once Upon A Time - Regina

Pop! TV: Once Upon A Time – Regina

Once upon a time, there was a toy who wanted nothing but to rule. Now with your help, this Regina from the Once Upon a Time series can rule your figure collection. And look, she’s got an apple for you too as a gift. How thoughtful!

ReAction: Arrow - Arrow Unmasked

ReAction: Arrow – Arrow Unmasked

Protecting your crime riddled shelves is this ReAction Arrow Unmasked. Complete with 1970’s style packaging and limited posable action, this fantastic plastic will be a must have.

Dorbz XL: Guardians of the Galaxy - 6" Mossy Groot

Dorbz XL: Guardians of the Galaxy – 6″ Mossy Groot

Guarding the galaxy is a big job. Thankfully, this Dorbz XL Mossy Groot is the humanoid plant you’ll be wanting for the job. Featuring a healthy growth of 6 inches, this happy creature will keep everything happily dancing along.

Dorbz XL: Guardians of the Galaxy - 6" Nova Suit Rocket Raccoon

Dorbz XL: Guardians of the Galaxy – 6″ Nova Suit Rocket Raccoon

And lastly, the big wooded Groot can’t go too far without his furry compadre. Dorbz XL Nova Suit Rocket Raccoon will be providing 6 inches of vinyl sharp tongued humor to your collection. Despite his gruff exterior, look how cute he is!

Thanks for tuning in, and see you fellow nerds for our next installment. Stay tuned!

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18. CCI ’15: Comic-Con Exclusives: A Shop Called Quest — ComiXology


A Shop Called Quest  Booth # 4531

Adventure Time Fionna & Cakes Card Wars cover by Erica Wong and A Shop Called Quest

Adventure Time Fionna & Cake Card Wars #1 A Shop Called Quest SDCC Variant Cover

Adventure Time Fionna & Cakes Card Wars cover by Erica Wong. Adventure Time Cake is a Card Wars champ who can’t be beat, and Fionna … is really tired of getting beaten! They set off in search of a challenger who can really test Cake’s mettle. When they stumble across some gamer slugs, they think they’ve hit the jackpot, but these guys have never heard of Cake and refuse to even play with her!
Price: $4.99

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Abrams  Hasbro Booth # 3213

My Little Pony: The Art of Equestria Exclusive Advance Sampler

My Little Pony: Art of Equestria Exclusive Advance Sampler Giveaway

A Pony Day (Friday, 7/10) SDCC exclusive! We’re giving away samplers from My Little Pony: The Art of Equestria to some lucky pony fans at the Hasbro booth! This is a sneak peek in advance of the book’s October release!
Price: $0.00
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Acme Archives Ltd  Booth #5629

Galactic Glow

Galactic Glow

Limited edition Simpsons glow in the dark silkscreen print featuring Kang and Kodos.
Price: $50.00  

Porkins Character Key

Limited edition Character Key created exclusively for San Diego Comic-Con 2015
Price: $39.00

Acme Ink/LBS  Small Press Table K-09

Slayer Exclusive Metal Comic Cover

Slayer Exclusive Metal Comic Cover

This is the real deal. Not a foil stamped cover, but 100% metal! If you love the band Slayer than this is a must! This 32 page comic book tells the story of how the greatest heavy metal band on the planet came to be. Only a limited amount of books made for the show, so don’t be slow before they’re all sold out!
Price: $20.00
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Action Figure Xpress Booth # 3345

Exclusive Alien 1979 Retro Minimate

Exclusive Alien 1979 Retro Minimate

In 1979, a nearly 2-foot tall Alien action figure appeared on toy store shelves, kicking off global excitement for the Alien film franchise and its numerous toy tie-ins. Now, 35 years later, Diamond Select Toys has created a 2-inch Minimates mini-figure of the Alien that pays tribute to that classic action figure! Contained in a classically styled window box, this single-packed Alien Minimate features 16 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, as well as a translucent skull dome with glow in the dark skull, just like the original toy! As an added bonus, the teeth glow too! Celebrate 35 years of horror!
Price: $7.00
Exclusive Arrow and Flash TV Super Hero Fight Club Mug Pen Holder

Exclusive Arrow and Flash TV Super Hero Fight Club Mug Pen Holder

It’s an epic battle for the fate of your desk! Made from high-quality ceramic, this handsome new pen holder comes with a sturdy handle and is decorated with a beautiful wrap around diorama featuring your favorite heroes and villains from the CW Arrow and Flash TV shared universe – Flash, Malcolm Merlyn, Arrow, Heat Wave, Captain Cold, Black Canary, Ras Al Ghul, Firestorm, Arsenal, and Reverse Flash! * Pen not included. This is a single mug pen holder. Two mug pen holders are pictured to show the wrap around design.
Price: $15.00
Exclusive Avengers Age of Ultron Marvel Minimates Set of 5

Exclusive Avengers Age of Ultron Marvel Minimates Set of 5

The biggest Marvel movie yet continues to conquer the Minimates Universe! This five-pack of Minimates based on Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron features new characters and new looks that fans of the movie have been waiting for! Iron Man Mark 45, Tony Stark, Nick Fury, and Iron Legion #01 take on a more powerful Final Form Ultron in the must-have box set for any Marvel movie fan! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts, as well as a clear display stand. Packaged in a full-color window box.
Price: $28.00
Exclusive DC Comics Bombshells Harley Quinn Die Cut Mouse Pad

Exclusive DC Comics Bombshells Harley Quinn Die Cut Mouse Pad

Icon Heroes is dropping the bombshell … with the new Harley Quinn “Bombshells” Mouse Pad! Taken from the cover art of DC Comics Harley Quinn issue #7, this stunning, full color mouse pad is just the thing to put a smile on your face… and you know how Harley LOVES smiles! This mouse pad measures approximately 10″ W x 9″ H and is 1/8″ thick. It combines a superb tracking surface with vibrant color and the soft touch of fabric.
Price: $13.00
Exclusive Flash TV Deluxe Letter Opener

Exclusive Flash TV Deluxe Letter Opener

From the hit show The Flash comes this Action Figure Xpress San Diego Comic Con 2015 Exclusive letter opener! Measuring approximately 7 inches long, the lightning bolt letter opener is made of high quality metal and stores nicely on the scarlet circular base showing the Flash’s iconic symbol!
Price: $28.00
Exclusive Godzilla Vinyl Wars Marmit Godzilla 2000 Sofubi Vinyl Figure

Exclusive Godzilla Vinyl Wars Marmit Godzilla 2000 Sofubi Vinyl Figure

From MEDICOM Toy. This recasting of the Marmit Vinyl Paradise Godzilla 2000 sofubi measures 8 5/8” tall and depicts the kaiju king with his head cocked slightly to the left in mid-roar. Cast in dark brown vinyl with black and blue spray highlights and gold, white and red detail paint applications. Polybagged with a header card.
Price: $65.00
Exclusive Godzilla Vinyl Wars Marmit Godzilla 2000 Sofubi Vinyl Figure

Exclusive Godzilla Vinyl Wars Marmit Godzilla 2000 Sofubi Vinyl Figure

From MEDICOM Toy. This recasting of the Marmit Vinyl Paradise Godzilla 2000 sofubi measures 8 5/8” tall and depicts the kaiju king with his head cocked slightly to the left in mid-roar. Cast in dark brown vinyl with black and blue spray highlights and gold, white and red detail paint applications. Polybagged with a header card.
Price: $65.00
Exclusive Godzilla Vinyl Wars Marmit King Gogi Godzilla 1962 Sofubi Vinyl Figure

Exclusive Godzilla Vinyl Wars Marmit King Gogi Godzilla 1962 Sofubi Vinyl Figure

This sculpt of Godzilla from 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla was originally released in 2002 and has had several different colorway variations over the years. Standing approximately 8” tall, this Marmit “King-Goji” sofubi is cast in blue vinyl and features gold spray highlights and white detail paint applications. Polybagged with a header card.
Price: $65.00
Exclusive Godzilla Vinyl Wars Radon / Rodan Sofubi Vinyl Figure

Exclusive Godzilla Vinyl Wars Radon / Rodan Sofubi Vinyl Figure

From MEDICOM Toy. Known as “Radon” in his native Japan, Rodan premiered in his own solo Toho film, Rodan the Flying Monster in 1956, just two years after the premier of the classic Godzilla and noted as the first color Toho Kaiju Eiga. This “Overseas Exclusive” sofubi depicts the flying kaiju as he first appeared, cast in a light brown vinyl and featuring silver and gold spray highlights and red detail paint applications. Polybagged with a header card.
Price: $75.00
Exclusive Gothitropolis Dark Mist Decimus Hrabban Raven Action Figure

Exclusive Gothitropolis Dark Mist Decimus Hrabban Raven Action Figure

Utilizing his ability to transform into a foggy, ethereal entity, Decimus can swiftly and stealthily stalk the catacombs of Gothitropolis without detection. Utilizing his ability to transform into a foggy, ethereal entity, Decimus can swiftly and stealthily stalk the catacombs of Gothitropolis without detection. Includes bonus battle pack with alternate Screaming Raven head, war helmet, and Blood Saber!
Price: $35.00
Exclusive Predator Bottle Opener

Exclusive Predator Bottle Opener

The Predator is the ultimate hunter, and every part of him is a deadly weapon – even his distinctive metal mask! This Action Figure Xpress San Diego Comic Con 2015 Exclusive sculpted metal bottle opener of the Predator’s faceplate has magnets on the back so you can hang it on the fridge when you’re not popping the top off a beverage. Packaged in a full-color sleeve.
Price: $20.00
Exclusive Supergirl Blue Costume Femme Fatales PVC Statue

Exclusive Supergirl Blue Costume Femme Fatales PVC Statue

Move over Superman – there’s a new Super-person in Metropolis! This Action Figure Xpress San Diego Comic Con 2015 Exclusive Supergirl PVC statue shows her in her blue costume as she appeared in later episodes of Justice League. Supergirl measures approximately 9 inches tall atop a diorama base and comes packaged in a full-color window box.
Price: $50.00

Action Lab Entertainment – Big Monster Productions  Booth # 2006

Cyrus Perkins #1 SDCC Edition

Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab #1- SDCC Road Trip Edition

After a young boy dies in his taxi cab, Cyrus Perkins must solve the boy’s murder … or be haunted by the spirit trapped in his car! Get this exclusive SDCC “Road Trip” Edition of Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab before the book’s official launch in October!
Price: $10.00
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Arcana Booth # 2515

Emerald City Compass Goggles

Emerald City Goggles from The Steam Engines of Oz

Based on The Steam Engines of Oz, Arcana is excited to present the exclusive Emerald City Compass Goggles. As worn by Victoria in The Steam Engines of Oz, these green lens steampunk goggles are made of the finest quality and are an excellent accessory for any, and all. With the purchase of these one of a kind goggles, the collected hardcover edition of The Steam Engines of Oz is included.
Price: $50.00
H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Plush

H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Plush

Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu stories, this limited edition plush makes a great addition alongside your Lovecraft novels. This exclusive toy is a must for any Lovecraft fan and for those who must answer ‘The Call of the Cthulhu’. Come get your Great Old One, because this time, he might not return.
Price: $20.00

H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon

H.P. Lovecraft’s grimoire is available as a very limited edition leather bound book! Abdul Alhazred has locked away the entire hardcover graphic novel series Howard Lovecraft & The Three Kingdoms.
Price: $20.00
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Arsenic Lullaby Publishing Booth # 2200

Arsenic Lullaby Laundry is Hell Poster

Arsenic Lullaby Laundry is Hell Poster

Featuring an illustration by Eisner and Harvey Award Nominee Douglas Paszkiewicz, known for his work on Arsenic Lullaby and Mad Magazine, his cartoonish yet skillfully precise style is one of a kind. 18×24,” gloss 4-color poster.
Price: $20.00
Arsenic Lullaby No. Zero Limited edition

Arsenic Lullaby No. Zero Limited edition

This is an exclusive comic, reprinting the best stories of this landmark graphic novel. Aside from it being an Eisner Award Nominee for “Best Humor Publication,” characters featured in this issue went on to be seen on Comedy Central last season. The back cover has been left blank and every issue will be graced with a sketch by the illustrator of this issue, Douglas Paszkiewicz, known for his work on Arsenic Lullaby, and Mad magazine. Dimensions: 6 5/8 x 9″, 50-pound offset interior pages in black and white. 80-pound cardstock matte finish 4-color cover, 96 pages.
Price: $20.00
Cthulhu and the Last Man on Earth Poster

Cthulhu and the Last Man on Earth Poster

Featuring an illustration by Eisner and Harvey Award Nominee Douglas Paszkiewicz, known for his work on Arsenic Lullaby and Mad Magazine, his cartoonish yet skillfully precise style is one of a kind. Each poster will be signed and numbered by Douglas. 18×24,” 80-pound white offset, 3-color silk-screened poster.
Price: $40.00

Atomic Art and Music Table # C-3

Wicked City Soundtrack

Wicked City Soundtrack

Wicked City original soundtrack on 180 gram vinyl produced on black and red splatter wax. original score by Osamu Shoji. The soundtrack comes with a lapel pin of the album artwork that is only included with the Comic-Con edition. Comic-Con 2015 is the official release of the soundtrack.
Price: $30.00
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Avatar Press Booth # 2701

Crossed: Badlands #75 School Day

Crossed: Badlands #75 School Day

Exclusive new cover by Raulo Caceres on Kieron Gillen’s first issue!
Price: $9.99
Mercury Heat #1 SDCC

Mercury Heat #1 SDCC

Kieron Gillen’s ongoing new sci-fi series launches here with this exclusive edition!
Price: $9.99
Providence #2 Weird Pulp

Providence #2 Weird Pulp

Jacen Burrows and Michael DiPascale unleash this Weird Pulp cover on the second issue of Alan Moore’s masterpiece!
Price: $9.99
Uber #25 Brickhouse

Uber #25 Brickhouse

Sieglinde busts loose on this exclusive cover by Michael DiPascale!
Price: $9.99
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Baby Tattoo Books Booth # 4712

Dressing Your Octopus Paper Doll Sheet

Dressing Your Octopus Paper Doll Sheet

This sheet of Octo-Victorian paper dolls features Victoria Prismall and her pet land octopus Otto from Brian Kesinger’s popular book series that includes Walking Your Octopus, Coloring With Your Octopus, and Traveling With Your Octopus. The paper dolls are making their exclusive debut at Comic-Con 2015 to commemorate the announcement of the forthcoming book Dressing Your Octopus.
Price: $1.00

Benitez Productions Artists’ Alley # II-01

Lady Mechanika Tablet of Destinies #3 SDCC Sketch Edition

Lady Mechanika Tablet of Destinies #3 SDCC Sketch Edition

Lady Mechanika: The Tablet of Destinies #3 with an SDCC exclusive sketch cover by Joe Benitez. The lavishly illustrated steampunk series continues! The tabloids dubbed her “Lady Mechanika“, the sole survivor of a mad scientist’s horrible experiments which left her with mechanical limbs and no memory of her past. Set in a fictionalized Victorian England, Lady Mechanika is about a young woman’s search for her identity as she solves other mysteries involving science and the supernatural.
Price: $20.00
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Bill Plympton Studio Booth # 1537

Cheatin' Blu-ray Set

Cheatin’ Blu-ray

Bill’s Plympton’s animated feature Cheatin’ available on BluRay for the first time! Partially financed by a successful Kickstarter campaign. After a theatrical run in April and May, Cheatin’ was named by IndieWire as #6 of the 15 Best Movies of 2015. Winner of over 15 festival prizes, including the Annecy Animation Festival’s Jury Prize, Cheatin’ tells the story of a newlywed wife who proves the depth of her love by becoming her cheating husband’s mistresses. 76 min. Not rated.
Price: $25.00
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Blizzard Entertainment Booth # 115

World of Warcraft:  Funko POP! Murloc Vinyl Figures (3 pack)

World of Warcraft: Funko POP! Murloc Vinyl Figures (3 pack)

The only thing better than Funko’s green Pop! Murloc, is an all-new 3 pack exclusive featuring never-before-seen blue, pink and orange murlocs! Be sure to grab a set now before they swim away forever!
Price: $29.99
World of Warcraft: Cute but Deadly Shadowform Illidan Figure

World of Warcraft: Cute but Deadly Shadowform Illidan Figure

So angry! So cute! ‘You are not prepared’ to deal with how awesome-sauce Illidan looks as our new Cute But Deadly figure exclusive for 2015! Shadowform Illidan features an onyx black, semi-transparent body and glow-in-the-dark tattoos.
Price: $17.99
World of Warcraft: Nexus Whelpling Plush

World of Warcraft: Nexus Whelpling Plush

We were rocking five colors of dragonflight before dragons ‘sold out’ and went mainstream. Celebrate the heyday of serpentine flight with this exclusive Nexus variant of our upcoming Dragon Whelpling plush series!
Price: $24.99
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Boots & Pup Small Press Table Q-14

Boots & Pup Comic-Con Exclusive

Boots & Pup: Collected Graphic Novel

Boots & Pup: Collected is the ULTIMATE B & P experience! Collecting the first two all-ages graphic novels in the series, this 230 page Comic-Con exclusive book has it all! Part 1: Inspired Laziness. Boots craves normalcy and an honest living—too bad Pup and his free spirit ways interfere at every turn! Inspired Laziness tells the tale of two best friends, an oddball fish and office shenanigans against a sci-fi background! What ancient object does Pup keep under his hat and who are the worm and warlord obsessed with it’s secret? Part 2: The Amulet of Sum-Tin. Boots & Pup have a problem – the place they work has been invaded by an amulet obsessed warlord and his humanoid shark minions! Add to it a double crossing worm and a rocketship who thinks he’s a toaster. Boots & Pup: The Amulet of Sum-Tin tells the madcap tale of two best friends and how an ancient object has put into motion a grand pursuit that may soon span the galaxy! This book is a follow-up to the 2014 graphic novel Boots & Pup: Inspired Laziness and continues the tale of these two friends and the odd cast of characters that surround them. Bonus material: 21 pages of bonus art including 8 additional pages of comics!
Price: $20.00

Bored Inc. Booth # 609

Stinky Poo Poo-Bacca

Bored Inc’s annual Stinky Poo SDCC exclusive plush for 2015 features Stinky Poo dressed as his favorite character, Poo-Bacca! Each plush is lovingly handmade and measures approximately 6″ tall.
Price: $18.00
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Bored Inc. Hot Properties Booth # 609

Minions Keychain Set

Minions Keychain Set

6 piece Minion character keychain set for the special convention price of $37. Comes with a FREE Minion sticker!
Price: $37.00
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CineQuest.com Booth # 4738

Ladies of the Con SDCC Exclusive FanMail Mystery Box

“Ladies of the Con” SDCC Exclusive FanMail Mystery Box

CineQuest.com has partnered with FanMail, a new pop culture subscription box for women by women, to offer an exclusive mystery box! Only sold at SDCC, this mystery box features a show exclusive comic book and t-shirt as well as jewelry, trading cards and a Funko Pop! Vinyl figure. Buyers also receive a two-month subscription to FanMail’s great mix of pop culture goodies.
Price: $85.00
SDCC Exclusive Orphan Black Comic Book

Orphan Black Exclusive “Road Trip to San Diego” IDW Comic Book

Welcome to the trip, man! Join Cosima, Sarah, Alison, Rachel and Helena for an exclusive “Road Trip to San Diego” Orphan Black comic book cover. Produced in cooperation with IDW and FanMail, CineQuest.com is proud to present an exclusive Orphan Black #4 cover featuring artwork by Alan Quah. Written by John Fawcett, this issue focuses on Alison Hendrix, a typical soccer mom with a typical husband and two adopted children. But she also happens to be a clone in pursuit of her origins.
Price: $10.00
Supernatural Swan Song Exclusive Impala

Supernatural “Swan Song” 1:64 Die-Cast MeItallicar w/ Sam’s Army Man

We’re marking 10 years of Supernatural and commemorating one the most important episodes with our “Swan Song” variant 1967 Chevy Impala. In conjunction with Greenlight Collectibles, this licensed 1:64 scale die-cast car is a replica of the Impala as it appeared on the Rainbow Motors lot, where it was purchased by John Winchester. It features Rainbow Motors dealer plates, the price and year as marked on the windshield in paint and all the dust it gathered while on the lot.
Price: $19.99
SDCC Exclusive Supernatural T-shirt

Supernatural Exclusive”Road Trip to San Diego” T-shirt

10 years gone, more to come! Join the hunt as CineQuest.com marks the coming 11th season of Supernatural with a tribute to the Winchester brothers, featuring a great portrait in salt! This Exclusive Limited Edition licensed T-shirt will be the perfect commemorative for your trip to the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Price: $25.00
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Comic-Con International 2015 Flash Official T-shirt

Comic-Con International 2015 Flash Official T-shirt

Just in time for The Flash’s 75th anniversary, this amazing image by Andy and Joe Kubert, on an ash grey shirt, brings the comics version of the mega-popular TV show star to his first SDCC shirt in decades. ADULT S-XL: $21.55; ADULT XXL: $24.79; ADULT XXXL: $28.03; WOMEN’S S-XL: $21.55; YOUTH S-L: $18.31. PRICES INCLUDE SALES TAX. Pre-order now to make sure you get your shirt! Click the ADVANCE PURCHASE link on this page to pre-order.
Price: $21.55
Comic-Con International 2015 Official Logo T-shirt

Comic-Con International 2015 Official Logo T-shirt

This year’s Comic-Con logo T-shirt is offered on both a black shirt and a “steel” (light grey) shirt in adult, women’s, and youth sizes. In addition, there’s a teal version for women! ADULT S-XL: $21.55; ADULT XXL: $24.79; ADULT XXXL: $28.03; WOMEN’S S-XL: $21.55; YOUTH S-L: $18.31. PRICES INCLUDE SALES TAX. Pre-order now to make sure you get your shirt! Click the ADVANCE PURCHASE link on this page to pre-order.
Price: $21.55
Comic-Con International 2015 Toucan "Moon" Official T-shirt

Comic-Con International 2015 Toucan “Moon” Official T-shirt

Back by popular demand, this Toucan T-shirt features our T-shirted Toucan dancing in front of the moon over San Diego on a black shirt. Toucan art by Rick Geary. ADULT S-XL: $21.55; ADULT XXL: $24.79; ADULT XXXL: $28.03; WOMEN’S S-XL: $21.55; YOUTH S-L: $18.31. PRICES INCLUDE SALES TAX. Pre-order now to make sure you get your shirt! Click the ADVANCE PURCHASE link on this page to pre-order.
Price: $21.55
Comic-Con International 2015 Toucan "Reader" Official T-shirt

Comic-Con International 2015 Toucan “Reader” Official T-shirt

This year’s Toucan T-shirt features art by Rick Geary saluting our OFFICIAL Blog. Imprinted in full-color on a Carolina blue shirt, featuring the Toucan reading a comic book! ADULT S-XL: $21.55; ADULT XXL: $24.79; ADULT XXXL: $28.03; WOMEN’S S-XL: $21.55; YOUTH S-L: $18.31. PRICES INCLUDE SALES TAX. Pre-order now to make sure you get your shirt! Click the ADVANCE PURCHASE link on this page to pre-order.
Price: $21.55

comiXology Booth # 2547

Aw Yeah Comics! #1 comiXology Submit Variant

Aw Yeah Comics! #1 comiXology Submit Variant

Get comiXology Submit’s Aw Yeah Comics! #1 with special variant cover by Faith Erin Hicks. Aw Yeah Comics! #1 is written by Franco, Art Baltazar, Matt Brazee, Denver Brubaker, Jamie Cosley, Marc Hammond, Scott SCOOT McMahon, Chris Smits, and illustrated by Franco, Art Baltazar, Audrey Baltazar, Matt Brazee, Denver Brubaker, Jamie Cosley, Mel Dale, Scott SCOOT McMahon, and Alejandro Rosado.
Price: $0.00
BOOM! Studio’s Lumberjanes #15 comiXology Variant

BOOM! Studio’s Lumberjanes #15 comiXology Variant

Get BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes #15 with special variant cover by Hope Larson. Lumberjanes is created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis & Noelle Stevenson, with issue #15 written by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watters with illustrations by Brooke Allen.
Price: $0.00
Dynamite’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1 comiXology Variant

Dynamite’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1 comiXology Variant

Get Dynamite’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1 with special variant cover by Jenny Frison. Will Eisner’s The Spirit #1 is written by Matt Wagner, illustrated by Dan Schkade and colored by Brennan Wagner.
Price: $0.00

IDW’s Onyx #1 comiXology Variant

Get IDW Publishing’s Onyx #1 with special variant cover by Gabriel Rodriguez. Onyx #1 is written by Chris Ryall, with art by Gabriel Rodriguez.
Price: $0.00
Marvel’s A-Force #2 comiXology Variant

Marvel’s A-Force #2 comiXology Variant

Get Marvel’s A-Force #2 with special variant cover art by Siya Oum. A-Force #2 is written by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Jorge Molina.
Price: $0.00
19. BusyBody: Customizable Animation Toy

Create all kinds of animation with these 10 bendy rubber figures.

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20. Book Review: ‘Toons in Toyland’

Barney Rubble with green toenails, Yogi Bear mass graveyards, fake Charlie Browns: welcome to the weird wide world of cartoon merchandising!

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21. Here’s What Happens When Men Try to Make ‘Jem and the Holograms’

Hasbro's treatment of series creator Christy Marx is nothing to sing about.

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22. Kirkman combines with Transformers writing team

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Because uniting to fight boredom takes teamwork, Paramount has just made a Devastator out of a bunch of star writers to revamp the Transformers franchise, and Robert Kirkman is among them. The team, led by Akiva Goldsman, includes Kirkman, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand) and Jeff Pinkner (Lost, Fringe) So yes, this is pretty much the superhero franchise dream team. They’ll sit around thinking about ways to make the Transformers cool. I got one word: Victorion..

While initial reports are sketchy of how or when this secret cabal will meet, it’s a great step up for Kirkman and reveals that his show running duties on The Walking Dead are substantive enough to move him beyond the zombie-sphere in Hollywood. Hopefully he’ll still find time to sneak away and write the monthly comic, but given the enormity of his Hollywood projects, he’s going to need the Pomodoro method to juggle all these franchises.

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23. 12th Doctor and Clara land at the San Diego convention center in a story only available at SDCC

With the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) less than a month away, news is coming in fast and furious on con-exclusives. Titan is offering a cornucopia of SDCC only merchandise, with triptych covers featuring the 10th, 11th and 12th Doctors, an SDCC exclusive story line featuring the 12th Doctor and Clara battling a mirror-bound alien threat at the con itself, and two 10th Doctor vinyl figures including a 50th anniversary 10 wearing 11’s Fez! Titan will be at booth #5537. From Titan:

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR SDCC EXCLUSIVE

When the Twelfth Doctor and Clara turn up at San Diego Comic Con, a quick selfie outside the TARDIS reveals an alien threat among the con-goers and cosplayers! The green-skinned Lady of Neverness can only be viewed through mirrors, photos and quantum snapshots, and has turned up in the background of photos all over the convention! But if enough people view her at the same time, she’ll gain the power to breach into our dimension… to feed on the life-force of the whole planet! Can the Doctor and Clara defeat her and save the day?

Find out in this exclusive new short story, only available at San Diego Comic Con 2015! Plus, go behind the scenes of the comic with writers George Mann and Cavan Scott, and artist Rachael Stott – and get an early in-print glimpse of the Doctor Who 2015 Event – Four Doctors! All under two amazing covers from fan-favorite artist Alice X. Zhang!

When writer Cavan Scott talked to us about taking on the Ninth Doctor back in March, he mentioned he would be adding another Doctor to the long list of Time Lord incarnations he’s written for. This issue is what he was hinting at! Scott has previously written for Doctors: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and now 12! The issue offers a choice of two gorgeous covers from Zhang, who really lovingly captures the Doctors and now a Companion in her oil-paint portraiture style:

COVER A -DOCTOR WHO THE TWELFTH DOCTOR SDCC EXCLUSIVE

COVER B -DOCTOR WHO THE TWELFTH DOCTOR SDCC EXCLUSIVE

Then there’s that nice series of interlocking covers featuring the three Doctors looking very British in front of the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and the London Eye. The special covers are unique to SDCC, and contain the latest issues in the ongoing series of the Doctors.

Doctor Who: Tenth Doctor #14, which is the penultimate issue of the ongoing series, finds 10 and Gabby separated by an “ancient force from the centre of the galaxy” according to the release from Titan. Can Gabby hold her own alone? Check out our interview with series writer Nick Abadzis to get your 10th Doctor fix before the issue drops.

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #14 is part one of a two-part season finale, that teams Al Ewing and Rob Williams up on writing duties for what Titan calls “an unmissable mini-epic.” Will companion Alice “find peace — or be marooned far from Earth? Will Jones fulfill his cosmic rock god destiny — or die among the stars? And who will be left to join the Doctor as we head into Year Two?” Check out our interview with Ewing and Williams and see if the spoiler hints they gave us have come to pass yet…

And finally Doctor Who: Twelfth Doctor #11 finds the Doctor and Clara “Fresh from their adventures in Las Vegas” and apparently  the Doctor and “eager for a change of scenery, but their next destination aboard the TARDIS will prove a SHOCKING change of pace!

 Check out the the neat Triptych effect below of the SDCC exclusive covers below:

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But what would a menu of SDCC con-exclusives from Titan be without adorable vinyl figures? Fear not, you’ve got your pick of tiny Tennant’s:

Doctor Who TITANS 3_ 10th Doctor Fez

Doctor Who TITANS 4.5_ 10th Doctor

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24. SDCC ’15 Exclusive Funko Toy Announcements

By Nick Eskey

Funko, the company best known for their “POP!” line of figurines, will be releasing a plethora (great word huh?) of Comic Con exclusives this year. A new list of additions will be released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until June 29th, so make sure you check back for the latest news.

This year to the pleasure of some Con-goers, and dismay of others (especially resellers), Funko is not offering a pre-buy option. So those who want these hot toys better fight for their lives.

Without further ado, here’s a peak of what’s in store so far:

Pop! Movies: Penguins of Madagascar - Cheesy Skipper

Pop! Movies: Penguins of Madagascar – Cheesy Skipper

If you love those little black and white flightless birds of the Madagascar movies, this Cheesy Skipper is waiting for you. Complete with a bag of their favorite “cheezy dibbles,” this leader of the covert penguin group also is sporting a cheese flavor-dust motif.

Pop! Marvel: Ant-Man - Black Out Ant-Man

Pop! Marvel: Ant-Man – Black Out Ant-Man

Just in time for Marvel’s newest movie, Ant-Man makes the scene equipped with his black and red power suit. Get him before he shrinks out of sight.

Pop! Disney: Big Hero 6 - 6" Baymax Unmasked

Pop! Disney: Big Hero 6 – 6″ Baymax Unmasked

Need a personal healthcare companion who also knows how to kick major butt? This 6 inch Baymax Unmasked is your man. Err… robot. Don’t let this super-sized lover of hugs get passed you. Just look at those giant eyes!

Pop! Hanna-Barbera: Lil' Gruesome (Green)

Pop! Hanna-Barbera: Lil’ Gruesome (Green)

Hannah-Barbera cartoons have a place in animated history. This little blood sucker, affectionately named Lil’ Gruesome, is from the “Wacky Races” series. Changing it up from his normal purple to a truly gruesome green, this monster will be racing straight to Comic Con.

ReAction: Terminator 2 - T1000 with Hole in Head

ReAction: Terminator 2 – T1000 with Hole in Head

What’s better than an Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator? A shape-shifting cop Terminator! From Terminator 2, we have this somewhat posable T1000 figure reminiscent of the toys sold in stores in the 70’s and early 80’s. Adding to the cool factor is the hole in the head from one of the movie’s most famous scenes.

Hikari: Universal Monsters - Antique Verdigris Metaluna Mutant

Hikari: Universal Monsters – Antique Verdigris Metaluna Mutant

And last on our Monday reveal list is this gem from classic Japanese cinema. This Metaluna Mutant is packaged in a black and gold box and limited to 500, so it’ll be a must get for all exclusive toy collectors.

Stay tuned and check back for our Wednesday reveal!

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25. OMG these Yotsuba&! figures are so cuuuuuuuute!

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In my post on making money making comics, Tyler James had an interesting comment about how merchandising has to be part of a creator’s business plan:

Any book that can raise $90K in profits on floppy comic sales alone should be able to ALSO raise at least half that much in related merchandise designed around that property.

I see so few “mainstream” creator-owned creators taking advantage of the significant investment they’re making in building properties by providing their superfans additional opportunities to throw money at them on higher margin items (prints, t-shirts, artist editions, posters, plushies, etc.)

(There are, of course, some exceptions to this… Case in point, the CHEW guys teaming up with our friends at Skelton Crew — https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/49910827/tony-chu-mini-bust?ref=nav_search )

Successful webcomic creators never had that problem, and realized years ago that the comic itself is only one piece of the puzzle for building a successful career. Multiple streams of income and revenue sources are a must for most creators in 2015… gotta think beyond the page rate and the $3.50 floppy.


Reading this reminded me of my trip to the Page and Panel TCAF store located in the Toronto Reference Library. This is the nicest comics “gift shop” I’ve ever been to in North America, inspired by the great stores of France, with a carefully curated selection of comics and very appropriate merchandise, from a Kate Beaton tea towel to Moyocco Anno mugs. Topatoco merchandise based on popular webcomics was indeed well represented and seeing goods that moved on beyond the usual superhero and Star Wars lines was inspiring.

All of which is a prelude to saying, I WANT THESE YOTSUBA&! FIGURES!!! These are tiny 5cm high figures made by Kotobukiya. In case you never read it Yotsuba&! (pronounced, as I believe, Yot-su-ba-sa) is a manga by Kiyohiko Azuma, currently published by Yen Press, about a little alien girl who changes a bachelors life with her sunny attitude. It sounds hackneyed in the manner of any number of sitcoms (Small Wonder, anything starring John Stamos) and manga (Dr. Slump) but it’s actually warm, winsome, charming and sweet natured as all get out. It’s almost always on any top 10 Manga for Beginners list with good reason. BUY IT!

That’s part of the reason these figures are so sweet and endearing. I have nothing against Darth Vader, Superman and Iron Man, but they are everywhere and a lot of the merch is tacky. There are a lot of beautifully designed comics characters out there that would look great on a mug or a minifig or a tea towel, and as Adventure Time shows, people will buy cute things. It’s okay to take the Bill Watterson zero tolerance line on this, but I do agree with Tyler James: a well thought out, appropriate merchandising line is a powerful accompaniment to any business plan for creators and small publishers.
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