Archie Comics is joining Comic-Con International in launching their new Comic-Con Museum as one of the first exhibits as part of this weekend’s Comic-Con Special Edition in San Diego. “Eight Decades of Archie” celebrates 80 years of Archie Comics and Riverdale hijinks. This world-premiere exhibition celebrates both the vast cultural legacy of Archie Comics over its 80-year span and the enduring appeal of its ever-evolving cast of typical American teenagers. Attendees will be welcomed to Riverdale through vintage comic books, original art, unique props and other exclusive memorabilia, all built to delight both the most ardent and casual Archie fans.
The Comic-Con Museum, which will celebrate the magic of Comic-Con year-round, had a soft opening to the public on November 26. Located in San Diego’s iconic Balboa Park the Museum is featuring six diverse, entertaining, educational and interactive exhibits. Special programming, screenings and a variety of special nighttime activities will be offered leading up to the summer of 2022 grand opening which will also feature the “Eight Decades of Archie” exhibit.
The soft opening of the Museum is occurring while Comic-Con Special Edition – the first in-person gathering for San Diego Comic-Con fans since July 2019 – begins at the San Diego Convention Center. However, while Comic-Con Special Edition ends on Nov. 28, the Museum experience will continue throughout the year. Tickets for the Museum will also be sold at the Museum; reservations are encouraged as attendance may be limited.
Badges for Comic-Con Special Edition go on sale September 25 at 11am PDT. As a bonus, anyone who purchases an attendee badge for Comic-Con Special Edition will automatically be eligible to participate in Comic-Con 2023 Returning Registration later next year.
A link for the waiting room will be sent at least 48 hours before the badge sale. At that point, the waiting room link will be available in Comic-Con Member ID accounts under the “Registration Info” tab.
The badge sale process has changed so the convention encourages individuals to read the instructions here and here.
For those wishing to purchase badges for your friends or family, you will need their Member ID and last name. Only valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID accounts are eligible to participate.
Comic-Con Special Edition takes place November 26-28, 2021.
At Comic-Con@Home, Legendary Comics showed off their releases from 2021 and beyond. During the convention, the publisher debuted a motion trailer for Lupina.
Lupina (September 14, 2021) – a six-part captivating saga about a young girl on a journey of revenge with her wolf companion. In the coastal town of Kote, recently brought under the yoke of the Addalian Empire, four-year-old Lupa spends her days getting bullied by her older sister and hiding behind her mother’s skirts. But when tragedy strikes, Lupa finds herself alone in a new world… alone until she’s found by the she-wolf, Coras, and sets off on a journey of discovery… and revenge.
At Comic-Con@Home, Legendary Comics showed off their releases from 2021 and beyond. During the convention, the publisher debuted a motion trailer for The Heart Hunter.
The Heart Hunter(August 3, 2021) – set on the cursed island of Envecor, where everyone is doomed to wear their heart outside their body and are immortal—unable to die, to change, to have children — until they find their soul mate. Paired soul mates are then turned mortal, freed from the curse, and able to leave. But all fairy tales have a dark side: those who don’t want to lose their immortality pay “Heart Hunters” to find their soul mates and kill them so they may remain immortal. Psyche, a Heart Hunter, is hired by the king to kill his soulmate. As she sets out on her quest, she begins her own journey of mending her broken heart and learning to trust again.
Paramount+ debuted the official teaser trailer for the all-new animated kids’ series Star Trek: Prodigy. The teaser trailer was introduced by executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman during the series’ Comic-Con@Home virtual panel and featured a first look at the Star Trek: Prodigy starship.
Produced by the Nickelodeon Animation Studio and CBS Studios’ Eye Animation Productions, Star Trek: Prodigy will premiere on Paramount+ in the U.S. this Fall.
The Star Trek: Prodigy virtual panel was part of the overall “Star Trek” Universe panel, which kicked off Paramount+’s Comic-Con@Home “Peak” Animation programming block, showcasing the service’s upcoming animated series. The “Star Trek” Universe panel also included season two of Star Trek: Lower Decks.
Moderated by Jerry O’Connell (STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS), the Star Trek: Prodigy panel featured a conversation with voice cast members Kate Mulgrew (“Hologram Janeway”), Brett Gray (“Dal”), Ella Purnell (“Gwyn”), Angus Imrie (“Zero”), Rylee Alazraqui (“Rok-Tahk”), Dee Bradley Baker (“Murf”) and Jason Mantzoukas (“Jankom Pog”) alongside executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman and director/co-executive producer Ben Hibon.
Paramount+ has released the official trailer for season two of its hit original half-hour animated comedy series, Star Trek: Lower Decks. The official trailer was revealed during the series’ Comic-Con@Home virtual panel.
The Star Trek: Lower Decks season two virtual panel was part of the overall “Star Trek” Universe panel, which kicked off Paramount+’s Comic-Con@Home “Peak” Animation programming block, showcasing the service’s upcoming animated series. The “Star Trek” Universe panel also included Star Trek: Prodigy.
Moderated by Jerry O’Connell (“Commander Jack Ransom”), the Star Trek: Lower Decks panel featured a conversation with voice cast members Tawny Newsome (“Ensign Mariner”), Jack Quaid (“Ensign Boimler”) and Eugene Cordero (“Ensign Rutherford”), as well as series creator, showrunner and executive producer, Mike McMahan, and a special greeting from Noël Wells (“Ensign Tendi”).
Developed by Emmy Award winner Mike McMahan (“Rick and Morty,” “Solar Opposites”), season two of Star Trek: Lower Decks is bigger, funnier and Star Trekkier than ever before. Fans can expect strange new (and familiar) aliens to challenge the crews of the U.S.S. Cerritos and the U.S.S. Titan. For Mariner, Tendi, Rutherford and Boimler, the animated adventure is just beginning.
In addition to the Lower Deckers, the Starfleet characters that comprise the U.S.S. Cerritos’ bridge crew include Captain Carol Freeman, voiced by Dawnn Lewis, Commander Jack Ransom, voiced by Jerry O’Connell, and Doctor T’Ana, voiced by Gillian Vigman.
Red 5 Comics will offer a selection of Comi-Con@Home exclusives during the weekend of Comic-Con at home, available through its Comic-Con virtual exhibitor space or Red5Comics.com. Limited to 100 copies apiece, Red 5 Comics will offer Comic-Con only covers of its new series The Box #1, Verge #1, and Download #1. These covers will only be available during the Comic-Con weekend.
Source Point Press is bringing the mystery to you in the Comic-Con@Home Panel “Behind the Veil: The Winchester Mystery House Comic Book Series.” Writer Joshua Werner (Rampant, co-founder of Source Point Press) and artist Dustin Irvin (The Seance Room) discuss the behind-the-scenes creation of the upcoming Source Point Press comic book series, “The Winchester Mystery House” on Saturday, Jul. 24 at 10 a.m.
Introduced by Walter Magnuson, general manager of the Winchester Mystery House, this panel explores the thrills and struggles behind crafting a horror story based on one of the most haunted houses in the world and the incredible life of its mysterious owner.
The Winchester Mystery House is a landmark mansion in San Jose, CA which was once the personal residence of Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester and heiress to a large portion of the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune. After losing her husband and child, Sarah left their home in New Haven, CT and moved out west to San Jose, where she bought an eight-room farmhouse and began what could only be described as the world’s longest home renovation. From 1886 to 1922 construction seemingly never ceased as the original eight-room farmhouse grew into the world’s most unusual and sprawling mansion.
In the upcoming comic series from Source Point Press, the Winchester Mystery House is much more than an architectural wonder. Readers are invited to step inside and hear the house’s whispers. Inspired by true events, this masterfully crafted horror tale written by Joshua Werner and beautifully illustrated by Dustin Irvin takes you into the non-stop construction of “The house that spirits built” and its brilliant and mysterious owner, Sarah Winchester.
The Winchester Mystery Housewill be available in comic shops and online at sourcepointpress.com on Wednesday, Oct. 27 2021.
That magical time of year is upon us, and Diamond Select Toys has three final San Diego exclusives to announce, all under the Gentle Giant Ltd. banner! One new animated-style statue from Marvel Comics, one new Jumbo figure from Star Wars, and the traditional Star Wars “Concept” mini-bust are all now up for pre-ordering exclusively on gentlegiantltd.com, so read on for details then head over there to place your order!
San Diego Exclusive Marvel Animated Style Doctor Doom (White Outfit) Statue
A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Doctor Doom has never been more powerful… or adorable! As the savior of the tattered remnants of multiple realities, Victor Von Doom became the God Emperor of Battleworld, and ruled with an iron and all-powerful fist. Now, he’s a cute 5-inch statue, based on Skottie Young artwork, but wearing that storyline’s distinctive white outfit! Limited to only 250 pieces, each statue comes packaged with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Paul Harding!
San Diego Exclusive Star Wars The Return of the Jedi 40th Anniversary Boba Fett Jumbo Figure
A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Silver foil accents adorn a classic Return of the Jedi blister card commemorating the upcoming 40th Anniversary of one of the greatest sequels of all time. Packaged in a re-sealable clam-shell blister our limited edition Boba Fett has a newly updated glossy sheen that more closely resembles the luster of its original 3 ¾” counterpart. Recreated from authentic Kenner figures and 3D scanned geometry, this 12” scaled Boba Fett retro-collectible features a blaster and a firing rocket. Just like it was when you were a kid… only bigger!
San Diego Exclusive Star Wars Darth Maul Concept 1/6 Scale Bust
A Gentle Giant Ltd. release! Before there was Darth Maul, there was the idea of Darth Maul, and this bust is based on that amazing idea! Inspired by Iain McCaig’s concept sketches of the famous Sith Lord, this 1/6 scale Bust shows Maul in his high-collared outfit, and stands approximately 7 inches tall. Limited to only 750 pieces, it comes packaged with a limited-edition certificate of authenticity in a full-color box. Sculpted by Rocco Tartamella.
Come and celebrate the life and art of one of the Silver and Bronze Age’s finest artists who was one of the primary advocates of erotic comic book storytelling: Frank Thorne. The panel, moderated by publisher Daniel Herman (Silver Age the Second Generation of Comic Book Artists), will feature Brian Peck (Frank Thorne’s Ghita an Erotic Treasury, Volumes 1 and 2), who will talk about Thorne’s work as well as his wit and humor; Howard Davis (Frank Thorne’s Battling Beauties) who will reminisce about his over fifty-year relationship with Thorne; Gary Groth (president, Fantagraphics) who will talk about Thorne’s career from his perspective of having published numerous stories by the artist as well as having conducted an extensive interview with him in The Comics Journal; and Zaddick Longenbach (Thorne’s art dealer) who will speak about his many years representing the artist’s work. The panel will feature a brief video biography created exclusively for the panel featuring numerous examples of original artwork.