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Designercon, The Largest Art & Toy Convention In The U.S, Will Be The World’s Most Ambitious Expo With Special Virtual 2020 Edition

Since its founding in 2005, DesignerCon has grown into the largest designer toy and art convention in the United States. With COVID-19 disrupting the global event industry, founder Ben Goretsky remains determined to continue expanding—this time into the digital realm. For its 2020 edition, DesignerCon will broadcast and sell to thousands of attendees on Popshop Live, a groundbreaking platform at the forefront of streaming commerce.

In spite of the unusual presentation, attendees can expect many of the traditions they’ve come to love. Every year, DesignerCon organizes events and aesthetics around an important pop-culture theme, and 2020 is no different. For this edition of DCON, the expo celebrates the 35th anniversary of Back to the Future—a franchise more timely than ever—and will be honoring the iconic films with a fan art show, curated by Carmen “Jane Dope” Acosta. Additionally DKE Toys is curating 30+ artists in a line of limited-edition hand-made Back To The Future action figures. The tribute exhibition will be held at Art Share LA, a non-profit arts organization in DTLA, and livestreamed to DCON attendees. 

Secret Walls will return with their signature live illustration battles, but this time with a virtual makeover.

Companies that have already signed up for the innovative approach to the convention include Japan’s MEDICOM (with DesignerCon being their only US convention), Toy Cube, and 3D Retro. Participating artists include Valfre, Joel Ledbetter, Luke Chueh, and Jorge R. Guiterrez, to name a few. his year’s set of DCON exclusive Be@rbricks will be designed by Jermaine Rogers, Louis De Guzman, Valfre, Alex Pardee, and Greg Mike. 

Tickets will go on sale in October, and DesignerCon will be hosted live on the Popshop Live app from November 13 to 15th, 2020.

More details will be announced as they are confirmed.

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IDW Presents: The World of Locke & Key 2020 New York Comic Con Virtual Panel

Even though conventions are being held virtually this year, it doesn’t mean that fans have to miss out on engaging panels! This week, IDW welcomes you to enjoy New York Comic Con x MCM Comic Con Metaverse from the comfort of your own home with a wildly insightful Locke & Key creator panel.

Unlock what’s next in the world of Locke & Key, now a hit Netflix original series! Join New York Times best-selling author Joe Hill (Full Throttle, NOS4A2, Dying is Easy) and legendary artist Gabriel Rodríguez in conversation with series editor Chris Ryall, as they welcome you back to Keyhouse. Be the first to hear more about the next wave of comics and graphic novels in the Locke & Key franchise!

Featuring:

Joe Hill (writer, Locke & Key)
Gabriel Rodríguez (artist, Locke & Key)
Chris Ryall (editor, Locke & Key)

The panel Goes Live: Thursday, October 8, at 4:20pm EST (1:20pm PST). Head to YouTube.com/NYCC.

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Stephen King’s The Stand Q&A And Inside Look Planned For New York Comic Con

CBS All Access will offer an inside look and Q&A with the cast of Stephen King’s Limited Series, The Stand at New York Comic Con.

The virtual event will take place on October 9 at 12:40PM ET/9:40AM PT and it will be available to watch on YouTube and FindtheMetaverse.com.

Join series stars Whoopi Goldberg, James Marsden, Greg Kinnear, Amber Heard, Jovan Adepo, Odessa Young and Owen Teague alongside showrunner Benjamin Cavell and executive producer Taylor Elmore, as they discuss bringing this epic story to life and what fans can expect when the series premieres December 17. Moderated by Anthony Breznican of Vanity Fair.

Based on Stephen King’s iconic post-apocalyptic novel of the same name, the much-anticipated limited event series asks the question “where will you stand?” in the ultimate fight between good and evil. 

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Funko Soda Pennywise – Rhode Island Comic Con Exclusive

This Funko Soda Pennywise – Rhode Island Comic Con Exclusive will be available on www.thetoyvault.com the weekend of November 6-8th, 2020 for $15 each with a limit of 2 per person.

Limited stock will be available at all 5 Toy Vault locations that same weekend.

The tem is limited to 10,000 in the USA with RICC sticker and 5000 international without sticker. The Black and White Chase is a 1/6 ratio.

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Funko NYCC 2020 Fezzik (Super-Sized) Pop!

Today, Funko revealed another Pop! that will be available online for New York Comic Con. 

This very well might be one of my favorite Funko figures within the past few years. Meet the Super Sized Fezzik (Andre The Giant) complete with his trusty boulder ready to battle Wesley, the Man in Black from the wonderful 1987 film, The Princess Bride.

No word on pricing or ordering info yet but I imagine it will be similar to how Funko handled San Diego Comic Con orders via their website.

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Comic-Con’s 2020 Souvenir Book Is Available Now

It just wouldn’t be Comic-Con, @Home or otherwise, without the yearly Souvenir Book! The 260-page 2020 Comic-Con Souvenir Book is now available as a free PDF download.

The PDF is set up in 2-page spreads, to better mimic the feel of an actual book. Throughout the book are advertisements, for most of them, clicking anywhere on the actual ad will take you to the advertiser’s website, where you may find exclusive merchandise for sale or exclusive content. To navigate the PDF, we recommend you use your keyboard’s left and right arrow keys; clicking on the ad pages will take you onto the web. Remember to zoom in for easier reading of the great articles in the book!

What’s in this year’s Souvenir Book? With an original cover by famed artist/illustrator William Stout, our main feature is the Ray Bradbury Centennial, honoring the 100th birthday of the beloved author and favorite Comic-Con guest. In addition, the Souvenir Book also celebrates the following anniversaries:

– Ray Harryhausen Centennial—The 100th birthday of the stop-motion animation legend
– 75th Anniversary of EC Comics—They brought us Tales from the Crypt and MAD magazine
– 75th Anniversary of Moomin—The world-wide comics sensation for all ages
– 50th Anniversary of Conan in Comics—Robert E. Howard’s barbarian conquered comics starting in 1970
– 50th Anniversary of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World—The King of Comics moved to DC in 1970 and created a whole new world of characters
– 50th Anniversary of Last Gasp—The pioneer underground comix publisher and distributor
– Plus the Proverbial “Much More”—Comic-Con Museum, 2019 Award Winners, and the “In Memoriam” section

Click HERE to download the Comic-Con 2020 Souvenir Book.

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Comiccon@home Panel Featuring Cast & Filmmakers From “The New Mutants” To Debut On July 23, 2020

A special ComicCon@Home panel featuring writer/director Josh Boone and the stars of “The New Mutants,” including: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt and Henry Zaga and moderated by Ira Madison III, will debut on July 23, 2020.

Twentieth Century Studios in association with Marvel Entertainment presents “The New Mutants,” an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive. Directed by Josh Boone (“The Fault in our Stars”) and written by Josh Boone & Knate Lee, “The New Mutants” stars: Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”); Anya Taylor-Joy (“Glass”); Charlie Heaton (“Stranger Things”); Alice Braga (“Predators”); Blu Hunt (“The Originals”); and Henry Zaga (“13 Reasons Why”). The film is produced by Simon Kinberg, p.g.a., Karen Rosenfelt  and Lauren Shuler Donner with Stan Lee and Michele Imperato Stabile serving as executive producers.

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Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Jaws, Batman Beyond, The Dark Knight & Cornetto – Bottleneck Gallery On Sale Info

The week is swinging on by, and Bottleneck Gallery is tremendously thankful for everybody enjoying their attempt at bringing the comic-con art experience right to the safety of your home!

First up, Matt Ferguson thwips into action with his officially licensed print for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and pub crawls his way to the conclusion of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End. Matt’s Marvel work is always marvelous, and we’re always excited for more art with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost!

Tom Whalen helps us celebrate the Golden Age of comics with his newest print featuring Golden Age Wonder Woman! Tom’s print features a majestic Diana towering over Themyscira, in a protective and noble pose, rocking those Golden Age colors!

We’re shifting from DC Comics’ past to the future with Dave Perillo’s print for Batman Beyond! Terry McGinnis as future Batman was one of the first interesting and successful future superheroes from the late 90s, due in large part to Paul Dini and Bruce Timm using Beyond as a continuation of their Batman: The Animated Series. Rad villains, cool future slang, and of course, Old Man Bruce–Dave’s print is beyond awesome.

Doaly’s newest print really bites! His ode to Roger Kastel’s iconic Jaws movie poster lovingly embraces the classic imagery while also adding some of Doaly’s design flair. 

Lastly, Jack C. Gregory reinterprets one of the most intense scenes from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight: Joker’s hostage video with a fake Batman. The danger and intensity behind Heath Ledger’s Joker is fully realized during the hostage video, and Jack’s print is visceral and vicious, perfectly reflecting the scene!

All of these will be available for purchase Thursday, July 16 at 12PM ET at, bottleneckgallery.com!

Spider-Man: Homecoming by Matt Ferguson
Screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 300
$50

The World’s End by Matt Ferguson
Screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 195
$50

Golden Age: Wonder Woman by Tom Whalen
Screen print
12 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 175
$45

Golden Age: Wonder Woman – Variant by Tom Whalen
Screen print
12 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 100
$55

Batman Beyond by Dave Perillo
Screen print
18 x 24 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 150
$40

Jaws by Doaly
Screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 150
$50

Jaws – Variant by Doaly
Screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 50
$60

The Dark Knight by Jack C. Gregory
Screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 200
$50

The Dark Knight – Variant by Jack C. Gregory
Screen print
24 x 36 inches
Hand-numbered edition of 100
$60

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Jurassic Park Barbasol Dennis Nedry Action Figure – 2020 Convention Exclusive

The Jurassic Park Barbasol Dennis Nedry Action Figure was originally slated as a San Diego Comic-Con 2020 Exclusive for Mattel and Entertainment Earth. 

Mattel / Entertainment Earth Convention Exclusive! “Nedry! Nedry! We’ve got a Nedry figure here!” Based on the original Jurassic Park film, this Jurassic Park Barbasol Dennis Nedry Action Figure – 2020 Convention Exclusive is a must-have collectible for fans. In his splashy Hawaiian shirt and shorts, he measures about 3 3/4-inches tall and comes with film-accurate accessories that include the bag of money from Dodgson, a piece of pie, and the Barbasol can of embryos so you can reenact your favorite scenes. The 7 1/2-inch tall packaging is based on the Barbasol Beard Buster shaving can seen in the movie – it lights up and speaks authentic Dennis Nedry dialog! This exclusive figure is available for a limited time only, so grab yours before it goes extinct and you miss out. Colors and decorations may vary. Ages 8 and up. 

This cool Nedry figure is hidden in a Barbasol can that holds him and serves as a display case. For extra fun, twist the base of the can package to trigger a dramatic light effect and reveal the figure! Press the top of the can to hear these iconic lines Nedry says in the movie:

“Ah, ah, ah! You didn’t say the magic word!”

“Dodgson! Dodgson! We’ve got Dodgson here!”

“Don’t get cheap on me, Dodgson.”

“Ah, no wonder you’re extinct.”

“I’m totally unappreciated in my time.”

Relive the exciting big-screen action of Jurassic Park with this highly collectible Dennis Nedry figure! The fan-favorite villain and devious programmer is inspired by the scene when Nedry meets Dodgson for the cash-for-embryos deal in the original film. As Nedry enjoys a nice seaside breakfast, Dodgson shows up with a bag of money and the modified Barbasol can to hold the embryos.

Coming soon!

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Comic-Con’s 2020 Souvenir Book Cover Revealed

Today Comic-Con revealed this year’s Souvenir Book cover. This year Comic-Con’s famed Souvenir Book takes on a new life as a FREE downloadable PDF, weighing in at over 250 pages!

Artist William Stout—famed for his illustrations and murals depicting dinosaurs, and his comics and movie poster work—graces the Souvenir Book with one of his incredible covers, this one saluting the centennial of famed author Ray Bradbury, one of Comic-Con’s most beloved guests over the years. Stout is also one of the very few people to have attended every Comic-Con, as a special “Cover Story” feature reveals in this year’s book. Learn the “Easter Eggs” Bill worked into this cover, plus his process of creating this amazing illustration, along with his past association with Bradbury.

In addition to a long section devoted to Ray Bradbury (including an extensive biography, plus articles on his work in movies and TV, comics, and personal reminiscences), there’s also a special section devoted to the “other” Ray … Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation genius, who was a lifelong friend of Bradbury’s, and is also celebrating a centennial this year.

It’s also the 75th anniversary of the very beginnings of EC Comics, and we celebrate with a history of the company focusing on their artists by author Grant Geissman, the recognized expert on EC. (There’s also a very special surprise that brings both Ray Bradbury and EC Comics together!) The worldwide phenomenon of Moomin also celebrates its 75th anniversary with an article by comics historian Paul Gravett, plus an incredible collection of fan art.

Moving on, we look at the 50th anniversary of two historical American comics series, Conan and Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, featuring, respectively, articles by Roy Thomas (who brought Conan to Marvel Comics in 1970), and John Morrow and Mark Evanier discussing “King” Kirby’s groundbreaking creation, the Fourth World, which included the New Gods, the Forever People, Mister Miracle, and—believe it or not—Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen. Finally, we celebrate legendary underground comix publisher and distributor Last Gasp and its owner, Ron Turner, in a career-spanning article by Jon B. Cooke (Comic Book Creator and The Book of Weirdo). Plus, a look back at the award winners from 2019, and those we lost in the past year are paid tribute to in our traditional “In Memoriam” section. All of this, plus the return of fan art paying tribute to our anniversary celebrations. The book even includes some amazing ads, featuring exclusive products that would have debuted at Comic-Con this year, that you can order directly from the exhibitors!

The 2020 Comic-Con Souvenir Book will debut on Wednesday, July 22 as a FREE downloadable PDF publication. The link will be featured HERE.

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