Wednesday, July 17, 2019

San Diego Comic Con Info

It's San Diego Comic Con Week, and I wanted to drop some quick show info about some con exclusives and events.

The following is just the tip of the iceberg as to the happenings, events, collectible exclusives, and panels going down during the godfather of all comic and pop culture shows...

With so many panels over SDCC weekend, I decided to share a couple from each day... you can find complete programming lists on the SDCC Blog.

Here are a couple highlights of personal from each day via the SDCC BLOG

Thursday


Skybound Presents: In Conversation with Robert Kirkman (3PM-4PM, Room 6A). Join comic book creator, writer, and executive producer Robert Kirkman for a Q&A with fans, discussing his latest projects including The Walking Dead, Invincible, Oblivion Song, and more

Game of Thrones (5:30PM, Hall H). Expected to Appear: Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei of Naath), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Conleth Hill (Varys), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark). Other panelists include creators and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and director and executive producer Miguel Sapochnik.

To Shell and Back: An Exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Creator Panel (4PM-5PM, San Diego Central Library). It’s creator COWABUNGA time! Three generations of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creators will take the stage to celebrate the history, fandom, and success of the Heroes in a Half -Shell. This exclusive history-making event will give fans rare access to co-executive producers Andy Suriano and Ant Ward (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), executive producer Ciro Nieli (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and legendary TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman. United for the first time, these award-winning creators will answer fan questions, share audience giveaways and unveil never-before-seen original TMNT art. Moderated by Mike Cecchini (Den of Geek).

Friday

The Boys (3:30PM-4:30PM, Ballroom 20). Join executive producers Seth Rogen and Eric Kripke, along with series stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty, Jessie T. Usher, Laz Alonso, Chace Crawford, Tomer Capon, Karen Fukuhara, and Elisabeth Shue, with moderator Aisha Tyler, for a behind the scenes look at their upcoming series. Based on The New York Times best-selling comic by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys is a fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes – who are as popular as celebrities – abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super-powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about The Seven.

Saturday

Arrow Special Video Presentation and Q&A (3:30PM-4:15PM, Ballroom 20). Expected to Appear: Stephen Amell.

Batwoman Pilot Screening and Q&A (10:30AM-11:45AM, Ballroom 20).

What We Do in the Shadows Screening and Q&A (6:30PM, Room 6BCF). Recently nominated for “Outstanding New Program” by the Television Critics Association, What We Do in the Shadows is a documentary-style look into the daily (or rather, nightly) lives of four vampires who’ve “lived” together for hundreds of years. Join us for a special screening followed by a spirited discussion with series stars Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey GuillĂ©n, Mark Proksch and the creative team behind TV’s #1 vampire comedy! BAT!

Spotlight on Todd McFarlane (3PM-4PM, Room 6DE). Todd McFarlane, Image Comics founder, creator of SPAWN, co-creator of VENOM and McFarlane Toys CEO, talks about his 30+ years in the comic and entertainment industry. Todd will be raw and uncensored – talking toys, comics, industry advice and more! He will also be talking about one of the biggest milestones in his career, SPAWN 300 and SPAWN 301, which will set the record for the longest-running creator-owned superhero comic ever!

Sunday

Supernatural Special Video Presentation and Q&A (10:30AM-11:30AM, Hall H).

There's also a few notable panels of which I couldn't find dates, times, or venues such as:

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog Screening.

Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (Hall H). Expected to Appear: Kevin Smith, Jason Mewes.

There are a bunch of Marvel Studios panels along with a Troma Films panel on Saturday, which I'd personally like to see...

Did I mention exclusive collectibles? There are lots beyond my knowledge, here are a few:

SDCC Funko Pop Vinyls being released are aplenty. There are far too many to share every picture but here are a few of my personal faves, followed by a list of all the Funko Pop releases:











2019 Funko San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives Checklist
*2019 Funko Pop San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives List*
Ad Icons #48 Otter Pops Louie Bloo Raspberry (PR=1,000 pieces)
Ad Icons #52 Peter Pez
Ad Icons #53 Comic-Con International Toucan SDCC 50th
Avengers Endgame #493 Wong
Batman 80 Years #144 Batman Teal Chrome
Batman 80 Years #284 Batman with SDCC Bag
Captain Marvel #487 Minn-Erva
Conan O'Brien #25 Conan O'Brien Orange
Conan O'Brien #26 Conan as Jon Snow
Conan O'Brien #27 Conan as Iron Man
Conan O'Brien #28 Conan as Pennywise
Conan O'Brien #29 Conan as Woody
Disenchantment #590 Bean
Doctor Who #831 Pting
Dragon Ball Z #154 Super Saiyan Vegeta Red Chrome
Dragon Ball Z #634 Gotenks Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald #31 Nagini
Forrest Gump #771 Forrest Gump w/ beard
Fortnite #510 Loot Lama GITD
Jaws #760 Shark Biting Quint
H.R. Pufnstuf #852 H.R. Pufnstuf
Icons #15 Rat Fink Green Chrome
Icons #15 Rat Fink Gray Chrome
Icons #15 Rat Fink GITD
Harry Potter #83 Rita Skeeter
Harry Potter #84 Fawkes Flocked
Marvel #441 Gamora
Marvel #492 Man-Thing
Moana Rides #62 Moana & Pua on Boat
Neon Genesis Evangelion #635 Asuka
Office Space #774 Sticky Note Man
Overwatch #516 McCree
Peanuts #577 Astronaut Snoopy
Rick and Morty TBD
Rick and Morty 350 Pickle Rick GITD
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Comics #19
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 2-Pack - Vegan Police
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters #853 Sigmund
Star Wars #124 Yoda Green Chrome
Star Wars #297 Boba Fett Green Chrome
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker #306 Sith Trooper
Starship Troopers #735 Johnny Rico
Stranger Things #428 Demogorgon Gold
Teen Wolf #773 Scott Howard
The Big Bang Theory #832 Raj Koothrappali as Aquaman
The Big Bang Theory #833 Sheldon Cooper as The Flash
The Big Bang Theory #834 Howard Wolowitz as Batman
The Big Bang Theory #835 Penny as Wonder Woman
The Big Bang Theory #836 Leonard Hofstadter as Green Lantern
The Black Cauldron 2-Pack: Taran & Horned King
Pop The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #857 Mira
The Flash #853 Cisco Ramon
The Flintstones #597 Hoppy the Hopparoo
The Flintstones #598 Baby Puss
The Green Hornet #856 Kato
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame #574 Quasimodo
Pop The Simpsons 2-Pack: Kang & Kodos GITD
Toy Story #561 Chuckles
Toy Story #562 Mr. Pricklepants
Ultraman #764 Ultraman GITD
Up 2-Pack: Carl & Ellie
Wacky Races #599 Lazy Luke
Wacky Races #600 Sergeant Blast
Wynonna Earp #818 Wynonna Earp (PR=1,000 pieces)
Zoolander #703 Derek Zoolander Merman

You can see photos of the rest, as well as where they'll be available at https://www.cardboardconnection.com/2019-funko-san-diego-comic-con-exclusives-guide

Here are some other sweet collectibles available at SDCC:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ReAction Figures Pizza Power Four-Pack & Pizza Box via Super7...Booth #2543


STAR WARS SPECIAL EDITION RETRO PROTOTYPE 3.75-INCH DARTH VADER Figure via Entertainment Earth...Booth #2343 


Macho Man Randy Savage Slim Jim Figure Mattel..Booth #2945

I also feel it's really important to remind you to be prepared for the show. Rest. Hydrate. Pack snacks. Wear comfy shoes AND DEODORANT, and for more great pointers to help ya survive, check out our friend Bonnie Burton's CNET article where she highlights her interviews with Comic Con luminaries, offering their  expert survival tips for the biggest weekend in all fandoms and geekery at https://www.cnet.com/news/comic-con-2019-survival-tips-from-adam-savage-jim-lee-and-more-insiders/

What are you most looking forward to at SDCC? There is so much to do and see at San Diego Comic Con. It's too bad thestevestrout.com cant be there to cover the event, but if anyone attending would like to share their experience with our growing audience, shoot us a tweet at @thestevestrout or in our Facebook COMIC BOOK SWAP MEET page! We would love to share your experience!

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          





Monday, July 1, 2019

ICYMI: The Comic Book Swap Meet returns July 13th!

I'm excited to announce the return of the Comic Book Swap Meet on July 13th.

If you didnt know, the Comic Book Swap Meet is our own "mini comic con" we produce here in Chimacum, Washington on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, just west of Seattle. 

The 2019 edition of the show features a great lineup of guests, including:

Jeremy Colwell

Jeremy Colwell, our guest of honor, is a comic artist who is currently doing the color work on the Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover series, which just launched volume 3 of IDW and DC's epic crossover event.  He is also known for He-Man/Thundercats, Powerpuff Girls, and Super Angry Birds among many other titles.

With this year being Batman's 80th Anniversary, and the Ninja Turtles turning 35, this is a great chance to celebrate these fan favorote franchises, meet an artist on one of the hottest selling comics today. 

CD Poe

CD Poe is a popular artist on the northwest convention scene, and favorite regular at the Comic Book Swap Meet. 

His fantasy themed art has been featured by Valiant Comics and can be found on the labels of one of the areas favorite ice cream companies, Viking Ice Cream, based in Poulsbo, WA. He Will be joining us again by popular demand with his original art prints and more. Be sure to visit his table at the show!

Blood and Gourd 

Representatives from the Blood and Gourd comic series will join us with art and copies of their owner produced series about mutant pumpkins waging war on humans. Check out our preview on the comic in Cool Projects #21 by clicking HERE, and come and grab the first 3 issues of one of the best produced indie comic books going.

Blacky Shepherd

We mentioned Batman and TMNT having anniversaries this year, but ww also have another iconic character celebrating a milestone, as Vampirella turns 50 this year, Vampirella. Our next guest, Blacky Shepherd, is an artist on a popular series featuring Vampirella, in Vampirella vs Re-animator from Dynamite Entertainment.

Mr. Shepherd is a rising star on the comic scene, having worked on other popular titles such as Voltron: From the Ashes, Pumpkinhead (based on the 80s horror franchise) and recently doing cover work for the G.I. Joe comic.

On top of these great comic creators, we will be joined some some local indie creators, along with a bunch of great vendors selling comic books, collectibles, and so much more. 

We will also be giving back to the community by offering discounted admission for attendees who bring a non perishable food item for our local food bank, as well as a raffle for another local charity.

The Comic Book Swap Meet takes place July 13th at the Tri Area Community Center in Chimacum Washington. Admission is only $5 or discounted to $3 if you bring a non perishable for the food bank. We look forward to hanging out with you! Cosplay is highly encouraged!

This event wouldn't be possible without our amazing area sponsors:

www.valiantentertainment.com

Be sure to visit Anime Kat at 114 W 1st St. In Port Angeles WA and online at www.animekat.com for an extensive collection of anime, manga, Magic the Gathering, and so much more!

Ferino's Pizzeria is our favorite pizza joint in the area, and one of our favorite places to kick back with some great pizza with friends and family. We even bring along games to hang and play. Stop in for bite at 846 Ness' Corner Rd., Port Hadlock, WA. Check out their menu at www.ferinos.com 

The Retro Emporium in Kent, WA has one of the the areas best selection of collectibles and nerdy fares. Check out the shop at 328 Meeker in Kent and tell them we sent ya. They also have a great online selection at www.sweetgyrldesigns.etsy.com

Brocante is located at 105 W 1st St in Port Angeles and has one of the largest selection of antiques, collectables, records with a nice selection of comics too! They will bring a variety of goodies to the Comic Book Swap Meet on July 13th. They are also developing an online marketplace, but for now, stop by www.etsy.com/shop/BrocanteSound

The Printery, baaed in Port Townsend, WA is the areas 'go to' place for all your printing needs, providing top quality work at competitive prices. Check out the wide array of services the Printery provides at www.printery.com
We appreciate all of our fantastic sponsors, and hope you check them all out too!

Stay tuned here and at Facebook.com/ComicBookSwapMeet for the latest on the Olympic Peninsula's own "Mini Comic Con"!



Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Cool Projects #23

Cool Projects #23 features the release of Psi Lords Psi Lords #1 and a comic tie in to the Netflix Dark Crystal series.

If you are following us on our social media outlets, you've seen me mention the marketing campaign Valiant put together for the new Psi Lords series from Valiant Entertainment. Between the series of book signings and the very unique tip line where you call in to report "sightings" and receive a free gift through your retailer. I thought it was pretty cool.

Courtesy of
Valiant Entertainment
Well, the hype and promo seems to have been worth the effort, as Psi Lords #1 debuted this past Wednesday, and has a ton of potential.

Renato Guedes brings us stellar artwork in Psi Lords, brilliantly bringing together Fred Van Lente's fascinating story of a group of individuals with superhuman powers, imprisoned with no knowledge of who,or what they are, or the powers they possess.

Courtesy of 
Valiant Entertainment
Psi Lords #1 starts with our characters awakening and hearing the voice of Scion, who encourages their use of powers to escape their captors. Scions influence brings them together to work as a team to escape, and fulfill their destiny as possible gods.

This first action packed issue of Psi Lords really sets up a great beginning to an epic saga, but still leaves a great mystery as to who they are, and why these characters exist. I honestly hadn't felt this much of a need to read the second issue of a new series in a while.

Valiant has really been killing it with some of these new series like Psi Lords, Punk Mambo, and the Forgotten Queen. Get out to your local comic shop and grab some of these comics, and while your there, work up a feature on the shop we can share here at thestevestrout.com


I'm also really looking forward to Netflix's Dark Crystal series, and am beyond ecstatic that Boom Studios is releasing a comic book tie in to the series!

Though the September release is a bit downthe road, I'm already getting hyped up for the show and Nicole Andelfinger and Matias Basla's comic lead in.

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          



Thursday, June 20, 2019

Washington Summer Con 2019

This past weekend was the Washington Summer Con in Puyallup, Wa, and though there was a ton of pop culture, and nerdy stuff for the whole family, there was a great emphasis on comic books. That was a bit of fresh air, as comic cons have felt like they've drifted away from comic books and leaned more towards the pop culture and fandom side of the scene.

As mentioned there was something for everyone at the Washington Summer Con. Anime, Toys, Collectibles, Retro Gaming, Art, famous vehicles from TV and Film, lots of Star Wars and so much more. The buzz seemed to be around an abundance of comic book retailers, and the roster of legendary and current comic creators that were on hand the show.

Icons of the comic industry like Jim Steranko, a living legend, whose name belongs mentioned with the likes of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and John Romita. Steranko is known for his work on Captain America and as a creator of Nick Fury and the Agents of Shield.

He was joined by Stan Lee's successor as editor in chief, Roy Thomas, known for introducing the Conan the Barbarian comic series, did a long run on the Avengers,wrote the early Marvel Star Wars series, which may have saved the company during a rough patch in the late 70's, according to the next great comic legend at the show, Jim Shooter.

Jim Shooter got his comic book break at age 14 working on Action Comics for DC, and would eventually go on to be editor in chief at Marvel, overseeing the popular Chris Claremont X-Men run and Frank Miller's Daredevil runs, and also launched the popular Secret Wars storyline in the 80's. He even went on to launch one of our favorite publishers, Valiant comics.

The Roy Thomas and Jim Shooter panel was very entertaining and informative. It was great hearing these two legends talk shop!




Had to get Roy Thomas' signature on a Star Wars comic...

The other comic guests included the aforementioned Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, Randy Emberlin, and some up and comers such as Blacky Shepherd, who just so happens to be a special guest at our mini con, the Comic Book Swap Meet in July.

This show was stacked with comic book legends, and their tables stayed busy all weekend with fans steadily lined up getting their comics and collectibles autographs.

My personal highlight was the Clerks 25th anniversary reunion! It's hard to believe Kevin Smith's little independent film about a convenience store worker being called in on his day off, would have garnered a cult following as it has, but Washington Summer Con brought together some of the cast so we can celebrate 25 years. Jason Mewes, who portrayed the iconic Jay (sidekick to Kevin Smith's own Silent Bob character), along with the movies main man and lady, Dante and Veronica, played by Brian O'Halloran and Marilyn Ghigliotti respectively.





I'd encountered Mewes a few times, and he is always a class act to his fans, bringing his hilarious personality, which very much parallels his on screen persona, but it was my first timemeeting O'Halloran and Ghigliotti, who were equally as charming and welcoming to fans.

I really think the Washington Summer Con is already one of the best conventions intheNorthwest, and can only get better. I'm excited to see where it goes. I'll be there next year, and so should you!

Enjoy some photos and videos from our friend Gina, including a few from the awesome Summer Con Star Wars exhibit. (https://instagram.com/regina.b.360?igshid=227rxtifo86a)







Lando himself, Billy Dee Williams!

Some unsung Star Wars heros (from L to R), Mike Quinn, Corey Dee Williams and Dave Barclay

This Ninja Turtles van was pretty sweet too. I had to get a photo with the van and Turtles!



Thanks for the great pics and the Jim Shooter signed program, Gina!


Oh and our favorite cosplay from the weekend...courtesy of Triple Click Photo

That about wraps up our eventful trip to the Washington Summer Con. We will be there next year, but in the meantime, come have  fun at the Comic Book Swap Meet on July 13th.


Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout