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On Chris Hardwick, Comic Conventions, and the Presumption of Innocence

(Trigger Warning for discussions of rape, abuse, sexual assault,etc)

In this article I’m going to attempt to deconstruct what’s happening around allegations of sexual harassment and abuse in various areas of nerddom. Rather than try to prosecute the facts of each individual case, I want to talk about systems and how we got to this point, and what we can do about it.

“Innocent until proven guilty.”
“There are two sides and we can’t know.”
“Rush to judgment.”
Chris Hardwick. FanX Salt Lake Comic Convention#metoo

It is as predictable as the sun rising in the east that whenever there is an allegation of harassment, rape, abuse, or other predatory behavior that these are the responses we’ll hear first. So let’s talk about these ideas and where they fit in with our current cultural conversation.

First (and this may surprise you I’m starting here) these are good standards. They have served us well in western civilization because they are standards with specific intents.

For instance, it’s ENTIRELY VITAL that in the criminal justice system, a person have a complete presumption of innocence. It is the government’s job to prove beyond a reasonable doubt to a jury of your peers that you committed a crime in order for you to be deprived of your freedom or property by being put in jail or having to pay a fine. In the case of the law, innocent until proven guilty is sacrosanct. Hence, the legal proceedings against Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, etc.

But then there’s the court of public opinion. Who says that in this case a person must be given the presumption of innocence? Does literally anything else get this same standard? Does science? (I wish, right?)

No. Because that’s not how it works. So why should what is appropriate for due process in a criminal case be applied in the case of a victim coming forward? Do we apply other similar legalisms in our daily lives?

And so then a lot of people will say, when all the evidence comes out, it comes down to a “he said / she said” situation (or another variation based on the genders of the people involved– as abuse and harassment occur among all people — but in this case I’ll keep with the colloquial “he said / she said” because we’re talking about specific instances of alleged abuse).

The end point of this, though, is that a person is supposed to throw up their hands and just say “Well, I guess we can’t know. There’s two sides to this story and the only people who know are the two of them.” It’s the societal equivalent of a hung jury– we just don’t know — OR an acquittal where we say the victim never proved their claim beyond some standard of reasonable doubt.

So, what happens? The net effect of “innocent until proven guilty” and “two sides” is that the accused is always advantaged. There is a seriously high bar to overcome to be able to prove an allegation– and the more prominent and powerful a person is, the higher that bar gets.

And so we wonder why victims are afraid to come forward? BECAUSE OF THIS. Because prima facie we are conditioned to not believe them. Because it’s important to understand that “innocent until proven guilty” and “two sides” are systems created by western patriarchal order specifically for the judicial system — which have served us well in terms of balancing government tyranny vs law and order — but which do NOT protect victims and were never created for society at large. Using legal standards in place of a broader sense of morality and justice is not only foolhardy– it’s why Jesus hated lawyers. (Apologies to my friends in the legal profession. Jesus loves you very much.)

We face an epidemic of rape and sexual assault– 1 in 4 women will be assaulted. That is sickening and MUST change. But rape cases are unlikely to be prosecuted because we have to convince a jury of 12 individuals a rapist is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Get ONE person on that jury who holds sexist attitudes about “She was leading him on.” “She was wearing the wrong clothing.” etc, etc, etc and the accused will not be punished. Get a judge who believes we shouldn’t ruin a person’s life over one mistake, and the person will not be punished. Innocent until proven guilty is a high bar. And is it intentionally so, because the basis of our law is “It is better for 1,000 guilty men to go free than one innocent man be punished.” Emphasis on “men.”

It is the systems of presumption of innocence and hearing both sides that have created the situation we are in. They were tools of a patriarchal western culture which, intentionally or not, have always advantaged men over women. They are the petri dish in which rape culture flourished and grew. And we will not, to paraphrase Audre Lorde, be able to tear down the master’s house using the master’s tools. And so “presumed innocent” and “both sides” will never get us the justice we need.

JFK wrote “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” We have made solving these cases nearly impossible through our criminal justice system. And so instead we have to turn to the callout, the public shaming– the vague article on Medium that doesn’t directly name your accuser but we all know who you’re talking about. These are also imperfect systems, but they’re basically all we have.

Government is supposed to have a monopoly on the use of violence in society. And shunning, isolation, shaming– those are acts of violence. It’s why we should react so viscerally to The Scarlet Letter, The Handmaid’s Tale, to women being beheaded for adultery or acid thrown in their faces– BECAUSE extra-governmental forces (in these cases, religion masquerading as law or individuals acting under a faux religious mandate) are enacting violence. Also, government is not acting as it should with the necessary due process. And the violence is horrific. But even in the more subtle violence of these– the shame circles, the public labeling — we see what we don’t like about callout culture. Because it is a form of mob justice, and one which does not have norms or rules around it.

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And because they can be misused, people are skeptical, and begin trying to rationalize against it. And we retreat back to “innocent until proven guilty” and “he said / she said”– all of which serve to protect the accused and indict the victim. And, it should be noted, the closer you are to a person who is accused, the more you might depend on them for something, the less likely you are to believe they are capable of this. And so we say, “we don’t want to harm someone over unfounded allegations.”

Some have even called this “the internet lynch mob.” Let’s unpack that for one second. Thousands (perhaps tens of thousands) of people, mostly African Americans, were lynched in the US. People were murdered. It was done to incite terror and uphold white supremacy. For me, it rings just as hollow to talk about women working to stop sexual violence — especially when it is women of color (and queer women of color) who are the largest victims of sexual violence and harassment in the US — as a “lynch mob” as it does for Richard Paul Evans to talk about being a white male being like a Jew during Nazi Germany. It rings hollow because it destroys the historical paradigm of oppressor and victim and flips it on its head– now the historical victims of oppression are suddenly the bad guys? And to talk about someone being called out for bad behavior as being morally equivalent to taking someone’s life? Spare me.

Because it harms literally no one to believe a victim when they come forward. What will the consequences be for Chris Hardwick? At most, it will be a loss of reputation which will almost certainly be temporary.

Chris Brown is still making albums. So is Dr. Luke. It’s unlikely that even if they lose their civil suits they will be living on the streets, having lost everything. Devin Faraci, who was accused of assault, got a job with Alamo Drafthouse/ Fantastic Fest less than a year after the allegations came out against him — and he would have continued in that role if it had not been exposed. Even Bill O’Reilly is mounting a comeback tour. So let’s not pretend that people are going to be ruined.

For those not following the controversy around sexual assault and harassment at Salt Lake FanX (previously Salt Lake Comic Con– the third largest con in the country by attendance after San Diego and New York) here is a primer. But it’s bad. If the con’s owners, Dan Farr and Bryan Brandenberg, were to sell Salt Lake FanX or convert it into a non-profit (as many of their critics are calling for, pointing to toxic behavior on their part as well), they stand to gain more than can be imagined– and more than they stand to lose if they continue to let this drip drip drip continue about the harassment and abuse they have covered up. If we choose too believe the victims who have stepped forward, they will still be millionaires no matter what. Same with Hardwick.

So, again, it DOES NOTHING to simply believe victims when they come forward. In fact, every argument of “innocent until proven guilty” and “hear both sides” insulates abusers and harassers. It prevents victims from coming forward because they know the people around the accused will rally around them and prosecute the victim– call her unreliable, question her motives, ask why she didn’t just leave the situation in the first place (obviously you have no idea how abusers operate and can’t see the pathological ways they all work).

In the case of gaslightng or calling into question the accuracy or motives of victims, above all others, there is actual harm perpetrated against people who have already been victimized when we choose to hide behind “we can’t know” or “innocent until proven guilty” or “the internet lynch mob.”

There is a massive change trying to happen in our culture right now. There are people who have been oppressed in order for us to make the progress we’ve made. There are people who are still disadvantaged by the status quo. Our choice is whether we decide to side with the status quo as “good enough” or whether we want to break down systems of oppression and side with the disadvantaged. And if you’ve decided to stay neutral in this fight, or ignore it and pretend it isn’t happening, you’ve already chosen a side.

Believe victims. It doesn’t harm anyone, except the patriarchy.

SDCC 2018: Bluefin Offers a Bandai Shogukan Voltron Exclusive

Bluefin has announced a special version of the Super Voltron Super Mini-Pla from Bandai’s Shokugan brand that will be offered as a convention exclusive at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

This special Voltron variant includes exclusive box-art and an additional effect part to recreate the “Form Blazing Sword” sequence and is not found in the standard version of the model kit. It will be offered to Comic-Con attendees at the Bluefin Booth with an MSRP of $70.00. During the convention Bluefin will offer a wide array of products for sale from popular Bandai brands including Bandai Hobby and Bandai Shogukan.

Comic-Con is one of the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction, and pop culture events, and will take place July 18th–22nd at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, CA. Bluefin will be located in Booth #401.

Voltron is the newest addition to the Super Mini-Pla product line from Bandai Shokugan and is set for general wide release in August by authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets. Pre-orders are available now; MSRP will be $62.00. Bluefin is the official North American master distributor for Bandai Shokugan.

Voltron is the legendary hero from one of the greatest giant robot anime action series of the 1980s and returns in collectible form in an impressive new Super Mini-Pla model kit that stands more than 7 inches tall when completed. The Black Lion, Red Lion, Green Lion, Blue Lion, and Yellow Lion are each fully articulated and poseable and combine together to form the iconic Voltron robot. Accessories include a Spinning Laser Blade and Blazing Sword. Parts from each of the lions also may be combined to form a Shokugan original mega-blaster weapon.

As the Super Mini-Pla name implies, this compact model kits offer simple pre-colored snap-together assembly. A nipper or sprue cutter (sold separately) is highly recommended for assembly, but the kits do not require glue.

SDCC 2018: Zenescope To Premiere Revenge of Wonderland

After a three year hiatus, Zenescope’s smash hit series returns with Revenge of Wonderland. The first issue will be released at San Diego Comic Con and hit shelves at comic book retailer shops in late July. Zenescope’s Wonderland series became a breakout sensation for the young publishing house back in 2007 with its original title: Return to Wonderland. The company went on to publish several sequels and prequels over the following eight years. In 2012, Zenescope debuted Alice in Wonderland which sold out of the initial 20,000 copy print run within the first week of its release.

Revenge of Wonderland is a twisted tale of love, loss and vengeance. The story follows “The Duchess” as she rises to power within the now abandoned dimension of Wonderland and begins to fill it with brand new inhabitants of her own twisted design. But the Duchess’s disturbing creations will force Calie Liddle – and her daughter, Violet – back into Wonderland to confront a brand new horror that neither is prepared to face. Raven Gregory returns to write the series based on a story by Zenescope’s Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha, and Dave Franchini. Artist Allan Otero will illustrate the six part mini-series.

Zenescope will also be launching a Revenge of Wonderland marketing campaign with collectible sticker art prints. The company will be giving hints out where to collect the stickers up until the series release. On the series release date, fans can collect the final sticker and can assemble the art print with the stickers they have collected. The first fan to send a full image of the art print will be drawn into Zenescope’s next Wonderland series and get free tickets to attend any comic con on Zenescope’s 2019 show schedule.

SDCC 2018: My Hero Academia’s Creator Kohei Horikoshi is Appearing at the Show Courtesy of VIZ Media

VIZ Media will welcome My Hero Academia creator Kohei Horikoshi for his first-ever North American professional appearance at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.

Kohei Horikoshi is scheduled to participate in a variety of events during the convention including the official My Hero Academia panel discussion. The panel will feature several notable voice actors including Christopher R. Sabat, voice of All Might, and Justin Briner, voice of Deku, from the anime adaptation of the popular series. The creator will also be a part of VIZ Media’s Weekly Shonen Jump panel. A pair of autograph sessions are also scheduled to take place during the show. Event times and additional information will be announced soon.

San Diego Comic-Con is one of the nation’s largest comic book, science fiction, and pop culture events, and will take place July 18th–22nd at the San Diego Convention Center, in San Diego, CA. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #2813.

Kohei Horikoshi was born in Aichi, Japan, in 1986. He received a Tezuka Award Honorable Mention in 2006, and after publishing several short stories in Akamaru Jump, his first serialized work in Weekly Shonen Jump was Oumagadoki Doubutsuen in 2010. BARRAGE and his current series, MY HERO ACADEMIA are published in English by VIZ Media.

My Hero Academia asks… What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

An instant best seller, My Hero Academia has also been adapted into a hit anime series available from Funimation; the Season 3 SimulDub is currently streaming. My Hero Academia Volume 13 will be available in print and digital editions this June. Free chapters of the spin-off series, My Hero Academia: Vigilantes, inspired by the massively popular manga, are currently available.

Advance Book Review: Fred Van Lente’s The Con Artist is a Nerd Noir Page Turner

In his second novel, Fred Van Lente, who is known for his comic books like Action Philosophers, Marvel’s The Incredible Hercules, and Valiant’s Archer and Armstrong  spices up the murder mystery genre by setting it at San Diego Comic Con where super fans, Hollywood types, and yes, even some comic book creators rub shoulders in a four celebration dedicated to things that they make Funko Pops of. His protagonist is Mike, a comic book artist known for his work on popular Atlas Comics (A stand-in for Marvel) character Mister Mystery and his indie pro wrestling book Gut Check, which has given him a decent level of fame. Mike is divorced and either lives out of his car or at the hotels at the various comic convention he attends and is only at SDCC to give Ben K, his long time mentor, a lifetime achievement award and to make sure his Artist’s Alley table isn’t given away in the future.

Unfortunately, Ben passes away as soon as Mike gets to San Diego. And, then, Van Lente kicks the actual murder mystery plot into high gear when Atlas editor, Mike’s arch nemesis, and his ex-wife’s boyfriend Danny Lieber turns up dead the night they got into a bar fight and was thrown out of the hotel bar. Mike’s weekend of drinking, drawing commissions, and self-loathing is transformed into police interrogations, basically becoming a private eye, and even more insane things as the novel continues.

The Con Artist is marketed as an illustrated novel, but Tom Fowler‘s illustrations aren’t just fanservice for the comic book crowd and actually connect to the events of the story. Something that might have seemed like a throwaway bit of surrealism, like “Eastboro Baptist Church” protesters juxtaposed with obsessive anime otakus trying to break a Guinness world record, ends up helping Mike piece together bits of the mystery. Early, in the book, Mike talks about how he likes making art, even sketches for fans because it has a “purging” effect for him, and several times, he mentions how much the act of creation means to him even though he hasn’t drawn a comic in a long time. And Mike’s ability to use comic books and what Scott McCloud calls “closure” (The concept is Ben K’s in the books.) to help put together pieces of this labyrinthine mystery, involving both the creative and corporate side of the comic book industry as well as Mike’s friends and foes.

The early scenes at parties or on the convention floor might seem like wheel turning or a chance for Van Lente to get out some great one-liners about the comics industry, geek culture, or conventions, but they establish the relationship that Mike has with a decent sized cast of characters from his BFF Dirtbag, who was Ben K’s assistant and now is volunteering at a The Walking Dead meets Orange is the New Block TV show attraction and his table buddy and successor on Mister Mystery Katie Poole to his number one fangirl Violet and my personal favorite character, Sebastian Mod, who is a pitch perfect combo parody of Mark Millar and Grant Morrison with Alan Moore’s religious beliefs thrown in for good measure.

The Con Artist definitely gets dark and violent from the get go, but Fred Van Lente balance things out with a wicked sense of humor and simultaneously satirizing and celebrating comic books and geek culture. For example, it might be weird that copyright friendly named Kevin Durant’s super rich cousin wants a commission of obscure Plastic Man villain Disco Mummy shaking her butt, but Mike and Katie have a good time watching the old Plastic Man Filmation shorts and see the elegance and humor in her design. (And, of course, weird commission guy is connected to the bigger mystery in some strange way.) When it comes to introducing characters and settings and transitioning between them, Van Lente doesn’t just merely describe them and move on. He does a comedic riff on them that gets you laughing, immersed in the story, and able to vividly picture the scene. Van Lente’s observational humor is also fresh and sharp if occasionally inside baseball for people who have never been to a con or aren’t familiar with the comics industry. For example, I love his running joke about people at comic book conventions picking up conversations like the last con never happened or just narrating their surroundings.

With a timely July release, Fred Van Lente’s The Con Artist is the perfect balm for readers, who have a love/hate relationship with geek culture just like its protagonist Mike. However, it’s also filled with some truly inspirational passages about storytelling, worldbuilding, and how awesome the comic book medium is, and these thoughts (and one great keynote speech) really make Mike an endearing character in spite of all his issues. It also happens to be a damn good mystery and a bit of a noir with jokes and funny descriptions to boot and hits the proverbial afterburners at the end.

Overall Rating: 8.8

Quirk Books provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

SDCC 2018: Exclusive Metallic Green Cammy Street Fighter Lil Knockouts Vinyl Figure

Cryptozoic has announced the presale for their San Diego Comic Con 2018 exclusive Metallic Green Cammy Street Fighter Lil Knockouts Vinyl Figure. The figure requires a $12 non-refundable purchase and is available only for pick-up at San Diego Comic Con.

The Metallic Green Cammy Street Fighter Lil Knockouts Vinyl Figure is limited to 300 figures and packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature tin with foil sticker marking Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary. Each figure is stamped with “30th Anniversary” on base and individually numbered on the bottom.

Your friends will be green with envy! Here’s your chance to own the Metallic Green Cammy vinyl figure created exclusively for San Diego Comic-Con 2018! You can avoid missing out on this extremely limited figure by purchasing it now and then picking it up at Cryptozoic’s Booth #115 during Comic-Con.

Metallic Green Cammy is a variant of the regular Street Fighter Lil Knockouts vinyl figure, part of Cryptozoic’s collectibles line featuring characters from the long-running video game franchise. This version of the figure is painted entirely green as a tribute to the character’s signature green outfit, which indicates her military background. Each figure is stamped with “30th Anniversary” on the base and is individually numbered (from 1 to 300) on the bottom. Designed by Pedro Astudillo and sculpted by Sam Greenwell, the 2.75-inch collectible comes packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature, collectible tin with a foil sticker marking the 30th anniversary of the Street Fighter series.

There’s a limit of 5 per customer and goes on sale 10 am PST on May 15, 2018.

SDCC 2018: Exclusive Metallic Green Blanka Street Fighter Lil Knockouts Vinyl Figure

Cryptozoic has announced the presale for their San Diego Comic Con 2018 exclusive Metallic Green Blanka Street Fighter Lil Knockouts Vinyl Figure. The figure requires a $12 non-refundable purchase and is available only for pick-up at San Diego Comic Con.

The Metallic Green Blanka Street Fighter Lil Knockouts Vinyl Figure is limited to 300 figures and packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature tin with foil sticker marking Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary. Each figure is stamped with “30th Anniversary” on base and individually numbered on the bottom.

It’s not easy being green, but it really does suit him! Here’s your chance to own the Metallic Green Blanka vinyl figure created exclusively for San Diego Comic-Con 2018! You can avoid missing out on this extremely limited figure by purchasing it now and then picking it up at Cryptozoic’s Booth #115 during Comic-Con.

Metallic Green Blanka is a variant of the regular Street Fighter Lil Knockouts vinyl figure, part of Cryptozoic’s collectibles line featuring characters from the long-running video game franchise. This version of the figure is painted entirely green as a nod to the trademark green color of the character’s skin, as well as the flag of his home country, Brazil.

There’s a limit of 5 per customer and goes on sale 10 am PST on May 15, 2018.

SDCC 2018: Obsidian Idol Batman DC Teekeez Vinyl Figure Exclusive from Cryptozoic

San Diego Comic Con 2018 is a little over two months away and the exclusives are already being revealed and up for pre-order. Cryptozoic has revealed the Obsidian Idol Batman DC Teekeez Vinyl Figure which is available for pre-order now.

The figure is available for pick-up only at San Diego Comic-Con and requires a $15 non-refundable presale purchase. There’s a limit of 5 per customer and is limited to 300 figures.

Ready for a truly dark knight? Here’s your chance to own the Obsidian Idol Batman DC TeeekeezTM vinyl figure created exclusively for San Diego Comic-Con 2018! You can avoid missing out on this extremely limited figure by purchasing it now and then picking it up at Cryptozoic’s Booth #115 during Comic-Con.

Obsidian Idol Batman is a variant of the regular DC TeekeezTM vinyl figure, part of Cryptozoic’s collectibles line that is inspired by tiki culture and features iconic DC characters and a distinctive wood-carved aesthetic. Designed by Mark Doublin and sculpted by Stephan Ehl, this version of the figure pays tribute to Batman’s connection to the color black … after all, most of his heroics take place in the darkness of night! Plus, obsidian is volcanic glass that has a tradition of being a protective talisman, fitting in nicely with Batman’s status as Gotham City’s protector. The 2.625-inch collectible comes packaged in Cryptozoic’s signature window box with a foil sticker marking it as exclusive. Like all DC TeekeezTM, it is stackable.

 

Please read the detailed information in the “Description” section below before making your presale purchase.

DESCRIPTION

The $15 presale purchase is non-refundable for the Obsidian Idol Batman DC TeekeezTM vinyl figure, which will be available exclusively at Cryptozoic’s booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2018.

In order to claim your purchased Obsidian Idol Batman, you must come to Booth #115 at the San Diego Convention Center during SDCC at any of the following days and times: Wednesday (Preview Night) 6-9 pm, Thursday through Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. You must bring all three of these items:
Your photo ID
Your 2018 San Diego Comic-Con badge
The credit card used in this transaction
At the booth, your purchase will be verified and you will be given your vinyl figure.

Please note:
Cryptozoic will NOT ship this item to you. If you do not pick it up, you will lose the item and the money you paid.
You cannot designate someone else to pick up this item for you.
Your presale purchase reserves this item for pick-up at our booth.
There will be an additional supply of Obsidian Idol Batman figures for purchase at our booth while supplies last.
Any Obsidian Idol Batman vinyl figures not sold or picked up during San Diego Comic-Con 2018 will be available for sale on our eStore after the event.

SDCC 2018: Lights’ Skin&Earth will Feature Exclusive Access to New Art, Bonus Materials, and Album

Alt-pop phenom and comics artist Lights has announced the graphic novel edition of her ground-breaking comic series Skin&Earth, set for release this July via Dynamite Entertainment. The six-issue story arc, written and illustrated in its entirety by Lights and in conjunction with last fall’s Skin&Earth album, is collected in a 200-page hardcover edition and trade paperback, along with a personal introduction by Lights, digital codes giving access to the music, and additional variant art, including a contribution by comic heavyweight, Jim Lee. The comic series and corresponding album are combined here for the first time in this interactive edition, which will be premiered by Lights at 2018 San Diego Comic Con.

The collected edition includes:

  • All six issues of the Skin&Earth comic book
  • Interactive ShareCodes to access the full album, music videos and other bonus content
  • Links to merch from the series
  • Variant art from Jim Lee, Joby Harris, Derek Lewis, Gianna Rose, and Matt Mitchell
  • New bonus content
  • Personal introduction from Lights
  • Dustjacket and special cover

Diamond Announces its 2018 San Diego Comic-Con PREVIEWS Exclusives

Diamond Comic Distributors is offering seventeen extremely limited PREVIEWS exclusives for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego (July 19-22). The list includes variants of several popular Marvel titles, including The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, and Deadpool, a two-pack of Superman ViniMates vinyl figures to commemorate his 80thbirthday and landmark Action Comics #1000, an assortment of PVC and PX statues, and more! Comic-Con attendees will be able to preview the items at the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth #2401 and purchase from participating retailers on the show floor.

For more information and to pick up our one-sheet listing retailers on the show floor where you can purchase our SDCC PREVIEWS Exclusives, make sure to visit the Diamond PREVIEWS Booth #2401.

Comics & Graphic Novels

SDCC 2018 JIM HENSON BENEATH DARK CRYSTAL #1

(W) Adam Smith (A) Alexandria Huntington

Writer Adam Smith (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth 2017 Special) and artist Alexandria Huntington (Avengers Origins) present a new sequel to the hit film! The realm of Mithra is being rebuilt by the newly-crowned Ember Queen Thurma. But while she seeks to save all people, a long-forgotten tribe of Firelings disputes the legitimacy of her reign… and they have proof that another Fireling is the true heir to the throne. (MAR188001) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 CHARLIES ANGELS #1

(W) John Layman (A) Joe Eisma

The Angels are back, baby! -The original Angels, Jill, Kelly and Sabrina! Travel back to the swingin’ 70s, and revisit the butt-kicking, crime-fighting, mold-breaking lady detectives who took 70s TV by storm, ready to do the same to comics 40 years later! Break out your bell-bottoms, feather your hair, and jump back to an era of peanut-farmer presidents, gargantuan gas-guzzlers and foxy female detectives… for a globe-trotting adventure that’s simply too big and epic for the 70s-era boob tube. Written by elderly Eisner winner and solicitation-writing former-superstar John Layman, and with art by his scrappy but lovable youngster pal, Joe Eisma. This is one comic you DON’T DARE TO MISS!!!! (MAR188166) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #7 FOIL CVR

(W) Ian Flynn (A) Adam Bryce Thomas

Secrets revealed! After the dramatic events of the last two issues and the secret of Dr. Eggman, Sonic races off to shut down the organized Badniks at the source. Unfortunately, there’s more at play than Sonic has realized, and more powerful players…One of the first major villains of the new series revealed! Special foil cover to celebrate entering the second half of Sonic’s first year at IDW! (MAR188123) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 MAGIC ORDER #1 (OF 6)

(W) Mark Millar (A) Olivier Coipel

We live in a world where we’ve never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds. Magic meets the mob in The Magic Order, as five families of magicians-sworn to protect our world for generations-must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends, and co-workers, but by night, they are the sorcerers, magicians, and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness…unless the darkness gets them first. Mark Millar’s first Netflix comic book, drawn by the incredible Olivier Coipel (Amazing Spider-Man, Thor). (FEB188362) Limited to 2,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 VAR

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Ryan Ottley

An alien invasion hits New York City and the only one who can stop it is…Spider-Man?! But that’s far from all you’ll find here – a revelation from the past puts Peter Parker’s job, relationships, and whole life in jeopardy! And if even that’s not enough, you’ll see a new roommate, new love interests – and a new villain! Spider-Man goes back to basics courtesy of Nick Spencer (Secret Empire, Superior Foes of Spider-Man) and the Marvel debut of Ryan Ottley (Invincible)! Rated Teen. (MAR188242) Limited to 4,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 VAR

(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Leinil Francis Yu

IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA. For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield…and a new enemy is rising! Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America? Rated Teen+ (MAR188238) Limited to 4,000 copies.

 

SDCC 2018 DEADPOOL #2 VAR

(W) Skottie Young (A) Nic Klein

COSMIC CALAMITY! A strange and powerful being from outer space is coming to destroy Earth – but WHY? WHO CARES?! Deadpool is totally going to merc it dead! Take that, space nerd! Ummm, that’s the right thing to do, right? And…Wade can do it? Right? And there totally won’t be any repercussions, right? RIGHT? I, uh…I’ve got a lot riding on this… Parental Advisory (MAR188239) Limited to 4,000 copies.

SDCC 2018 2018 VENOM #3 VAR

(W) Donny Cates (A) Ryan Stegman

Still recovering from his injuries, Eddie Brock – the Wicked Web-Slinger known as VENOM – has to defend NYC against the most powerful foe he’s ever faced! The only thing standing in his way? Miles Morales…SPIDER-MAN! Though Eddie and the symbiote have no qualms with this particular web-slinger, the same can’t be said for Miles’ feelings about Venom…Rated Teen+ (MAR188240) Limited to 4,000 copies.

 

SDCC 2018 X-23 #1 VAR

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Juann Cabal

Cloned from a warrior, raised as a killer, Laura Kinney has gone through hell and come out the other side a hero. After a stint as the All-New Wolverine, she returns to her roots as X-23 to make sure no one ever has to go through the horrors she did. With her sister Gabby and their pet Jonathan in tow, X-23 forges her own destiny in this new series by Mariko Tamaki (Hulk, Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer) and Juann Cabal (All new Wolverine, Elektra). Rated Teen+ (MAR188241) Limited to 4,000 copies.

Merchandise

SDCC 2018 DC COMICS 80TH ANN SUPERMAN VINIMATE

It’s Superman’s 80th birthday, and in the wake of his landmark 1000th issue, Diamond Select Toys is offering this commemorative two-pack of DC Vinimates vinyl figures! Based on his first appearance and modern-day look, these two 4-inch vinyl figures are sculpted in the block-figure style and strike trademark Superman poses. Limited to only 1,500 pieces, this exclusive two-pack comes packaged in a full-color window box. (JAN188825) Limited to 1,500 pieces.

SDCC 2018 MARVEL GALLERY GREY HULK PVC STATUE

Now that’s a Hulk of a different color! The Marvel Gallery line of PVC Dioramas returns to Comic-Con with a new variant that celebrates the multi-colored history of the Hulk. This new grey-skinned edition of Diamond Select Toys’ hit Hulk PVC features an all-new head sculpt and captures the character in one of his fan-favorite looks. Measuring approximately 11 inches tall, this diorama comes packaged in a full color window box. (JAN188824) Limited to 5,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 MARVEL GALLERY WHITE PHOENIX PVC STATUE

The Phoenix has returned! Sweeping down from the stratosphere to once again merge with its favorite host, the Phoenix Force has returned to Comic-Con in the form of the X-Man Jean Grey, but in an all-new look! This white-costumed edition of Jean Grey as Phoenix captures the powerful entity in a frequently fan-requested look, and measures approximately 10 inches tall. She comes packaged in a full color window box. (JAN188826) Limited to 5,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 MARVEL GALLERY UNMASKED X-23 PVC STATUE

She’s the best there is at what she does, and what she does isn’t pretty – but she is! Laura Kinney, a.k.a. X-23, a.k.a. the all-new Wolverine, removes her mask in this Comic-Con-exclusive Marvel Gallery PVC Diorama. Striking a menacing pose that contrasts with her fetching facial features, Laura stands approximately 9 inches tall atop an X-logo base, and comes packaged in a full-color window box. (JAN188827) Limited to 4,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 DC CLASSIC HARLEY GREEN & PURPLE VINYL FIG

Harley Quinn has been around for over 25 years and she is as crazy as ever! This Previews-exclusive variant of the 7-inch Classic Harley Quinn vinyl figure highlights her connection to The Joker by giving her classic jester costume a green-and-purple makeover. She playfully holds her signature mallet behind her back as a reminder that, when Harley is around, mayhem is always just moments away! Designed by Pedro Astudillo and Anders Ehrenborg, the figure is packaged inside a display-worthy window box. (DEC178678) Limited to 2,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 POP MARVEL TELEPORTING LOCKJAW & BLACK BOLT

Meet the ruler of the Inhumans, Black Bolt, and his teleporting canine sidekick, Lockjaw, stylized as a Marvel Pop! two-pack. The duo is being released as a 2018 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, and the figures stand 3 3/4″ tall with the vital inclusion of forehead antennas that help them control their powers. Black Bolt is glow in the dark for nocturnal adventures requiring illumination and Lockjaw is depicted mid-teleportation. (DEC178718) Limited to 15,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 DC COMICS BATMAN WHO LAUGHS PX STATUE

From the popular Dark Nights Metal series comes this stunning statue of the “jokerized” Batman from the Dark Multiverse, the Batman Who Laughs! Standing 8.1 inches tall, this prince of chaos is featured in his signature buckled outfit that’s covered in small details to really bring this Batman to life. Each Previews Exclusive statue is hand painted with metallic details, individually numbered, and includes a Certificate of Authenticity. (SEP178828) Limited to 2,000 pieces.

SDCC 2018 VOLTRON HYPERPHASE VOLTRON PX 5PC GIFT SET

Voltron was built to harness the mysterious Quintessence energy and establish peace and harmony throughout the universe!  Face with the Galra’s innumerable armies, the Voltron team taps into Princess Allura’s unique connection to the Quintessence and imbues the Lions with this energy, upgrading their weapons systems and supercharging this robotic defender! The legend comes alive when the Lengendary Lions are combined to form the unbeatable defender of the universe, Voltron!  These five powerful Lions transform and combine to form a towering 16” Voltron action figure with lights and over 50 phrases and sound effects from the DreamWorks ™ series Voltron legendary Defender. Includes all new Quintessence enhanced projectile launchers! (JAN189071) Limited to 3,000 pieces.

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