Comic-Con Special Edition announces first wave of guests

Maybe the hottest topic at New York Comic Con was ANOTHER comic con: Comic-Con Special Edition planned for November 26-28 in San Diego. Everyone wanted to know who is going and what’s happening.

This “San Diego Lite” has been billed as a smaller show for the locals. However details on what and who will be there have been scarce – with the event only a month or so away, it’s time to get planning. We do know there will be panels, exhibitors and guests. In fact, the first wave of special guests has been announced.

Ryan Benjamin, Artist, WildCats, X-Men, Iron Man, Batman Beyond
Kevin Eastman, Co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Minh Lê, Writer, Lift, Drawn Together, Green Lantern: Legacy
Sam Maggs, Writer, Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, Rick & Morty, Con Quest!
Dustin Nguyen, Artist, Descender, Batman
Alex Niño, Veteran Filipino Artist, DC, Heavy Metal, Warren
Mimi Pond, Cartoonist, Graphic Novelist, Over Easy, The Customer Is Always Wrong, National Lampoon
Scott Shaw!, Cartoonist, Captain Carrot, Sonic the Hedgehog, Simpsons Comics

Not overwhelming, but a nice eclectic mix. And if you’re into rare appearances by legendary cartoonists, Alex Niño certainly fits.

Unlike regular Comic-Con, you can still buy a badge for Special Edition – in fact this might be its biggest allure for locals who have always wanted to get inside the show. No fuss, no muss.

With NYCC actually taking place – and being a success on almost every level – people seem to be eager to hit the road again for con season. Special Edition’s timing over the Thanksgiving weekend has been a deterrent, however – most people want to spend time with family after all the hardships of these last months.

Back in July, CCI’s David Glanzer told The Wrap:

I think people are very excited, but I don’t expect that we’ll have a lot of super-huge panels. And maybe we will, I don’t know. But I think it is true that there are a lot of people who do want to spend time with their families. I think one of the fascinating things now is a lot of people have been spending time with their families because a lot of the restrictions in a lot of states have been lifted or reduced. But Thanksgiving is still a big time, so I’m not sure. We’ve been pinged by a variety of people and a lot of that stuff, typically, believe it or not, happens a little bit closer to the show because a studio or network or even a publisher may commit and then it’s up to the talent whether or not they can make it. So I think we’re not sweating that. Again, we expect a smaller show, maybe a little more intimate show, but it’ll be a great opportunity to meet up with our friends who we haven’t seen, after we didn’t have these two conventions, in two years.

All signs point to Special Edition being a smaller, laid back show, but again, for turkey-bloated locals that may just be what they need.


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