Hi everyone! Shelli Anpan here to bring you a peek inside the halls of San Diego Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), the largest pop culture convention in the United States.
Originally geared towards the comic and graphic novel aficionados, SDCC has since grown over the past several decades to encompass all forms of art and geekdom, including (but not limited to) TV shows, big budget movies, video games, and detailed replicas. To learn more about SDCC and its history, click here.
With almost 24-hour programming, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when attending a convention of this magnitude. To narrow it down a bit this year, here are my Top 5 for Day 1:
#TheHallofFaces All 4 Days, L Street Fine Art Gallery
As a huge fan of the Game of Thrones television series, this is definitely a must-see. Going off of the listed description, “The Hall of Faces activation will allow guests to enter the House of Black and White and ‘Become No One’.” Praise to the many-faced god!
#SuperheroIRL 6:30PM – 7:30PM, Room 24ABC
Everyone has encountered bullying in some way, shape, or form in their life, inspiring writers and artists to create (super)heroes to overcome them. Nonprofit Pop Culture Hero Coalition harnesses the idea of the superhero and applies those ideals to the real world. With the advent of Internet and prevalence of cyber-bullying and recent physical attacks around the globe, heroes in the real world are needed now more than ever to stand up and be beacons of hope and strength against the bullying, against the hatred.
“Geek Couture” Fashion Show 6PM – 8PM, Harbor Ballroom, Manchester Grand Hyatt
Although I probably will not be able to attend the Fashion Show as it conflicts with the #SuperheroIRL panel, I still can’t wait to see what beautiful works of wearable art will be showcased this year!
CBLDF: Navigating The Powers & Perils of Banned Books 12PM – 1PM, Room 30CDE
Ever wonder why graphic novels are attacked by censors? This panel will discuss just that and and how to successfully integrate them into the classroom.
Last, but not least, I’m super excited for exploring the Exhibit Hall! For all first-time con-goers, the Exhibit Hall is where you’ll find all the popular, rare, and exclusive paraphernalia you could ever desire. These include comic books, original fine artwork on canvas, highly detailed sculpted collectible figures, video games, apparel, and accessories. SDCC is well-known for their w exclusive merch, which can only be purchased at the convention. Of course, you’ll probably be able to find that special exclusive on eBay later for an arm and a leg.
That’s all for now, but to get live news and visual within the con, follow me on Twitter (@ShelliAnpan)!
Are you going to SDCC? Do you wish that you could go? Tweet at me and let me know what you want to see, and I’ll do my best to take you there!
This is a special figure, as it is just an extra to a limited edition book. My best estimate is it’s an art book or a colored manga, so if you like either it’s a good buy. I don’t know the robot’s height but it looks to be of a good quality. It’s a tad expensive like any import is, but if you happen to be a fan of FMP and are soon shopping online I’d recommend it.
Maker: Fujimi Shobo Average online price: $49.72
One Piece World Collectible Film Z Volume 2
Have you ever wanted an entire set of figures that is nothing but pure Chopper goodness? Well my fellow lovers of this furry blue nosed creature can join me in celebration with this upcoming figure release endorsed with the new One Piece Film Z movie….. not coming to a theater near us anytime soon. Anyways back to the figure. They’re not blind boxes so be grateful they’re not trading figures that cost infinitely more money to collect a full set.
You have many of Chopper’s forms, which is splendid because I love his various transformations, and especially all these adorable costumes!
Maker: Banpresto Average online price: $11.90
1/7th Scale Kinoshita Hideyoshi and Shokanju
This is my favorite Hideyoshi figure of all time, and I’ve never seen it in real life before; everything about it is perfection. His careless sideways glance, his opened shirt, his lifted legs…. My ero senses are on high alert. Before my mind goes off the rails the set comes with Hideyoshi, a chair, and his avatar. It’s just amazing how the avatar can life the chair. Keep up the sexy antics Hideyoshi.
The featured characters in action (fanservice warning)….
Maker: Griffon Enterprise Average online price: $78.06
BTL Collectibles Show is a monthly event that occurs down here in South Florida at the Miccosukee Indian Casino in Miami. Despite the questionable location it’s a free and completely family friendly event that happens upstairs (far from the gambling and whatnot) with ample space and plenty of merchandise.
This event centers around bringing vendors together in a space where they can sell fandom centered merchandise and collectibles in one place where fans can buy things that suit any taste. The vendors can sell anything from anime to G.I. Joe playsets.
Some of the things you can buy are DVDs, jewelry, comics, mangas, action figures, clothing, trading cards, and plushies. There are other things on sale, but truthfully too many to list. One of the crowning jewels of the show is the chance to get a commission from professional comic book artists that have worked for the likes of DC Comics and Marvel Comics.
A sample of one of the commissions. Told you these guys were professional.
Here’s just a bit of what things other than official geek merch is sold at the event.
I hope you get to attend, the next show will take place September 30. In other words this Sunday. Don’t miss it!