This week, the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con begins!
It will be pandemonium. And chaos. And most of the things that we love about geek culture!
I will be attending this year again. At the end of every Comic-Con I say, “There is no way in hellfire I am attending next year!” Lev Grossman said it best. “The human being was not meant to survive Comic-Con.”
Yet here I am, going. I go to Comic-Con for many reasons. Seeing old friends. Making new ones. Bringing news to you guys. This year I am particularly happy to go because I have very little in the way of commitments. There is nothing from The Shannara Chronicles to show and I am in between books. Kind of nice to enjoy the show for what it is. Although I will be announcing Unfettered II tomorrow…
Until then, here is a list of THIS YEAR’S TOP 5 SDCC EXCLUSIVES I MUST POSSESS:
5. CAPTAIN PHASMA MINI BUST EXCLUSIVE
Booth #3513: Gentle Giant Studios / 3D Systems
The story that began a long time ago returns giving us the next chapter in the saga from a galaxy far, far away. Gentle Giant Ltd. is honored in bringing collectors all-new characters from Star Wars: Episode 7, The Force Awakens. Gentle Giant Ltd. announces the next character from our amazing mini bust line, with the First Order Captain Phasma! With her striking silver armor, and black cape, this imposing officer leads the First Order Stormtroopers to bring the end to the New Republic! Digitally sculpted using the top of the line 3D technology, and cast in the highest quality polystone, each mini bust is hand-painted, and comes hand-numbered with matching certificate of authenticity. May the Force be with you!
4. BATMAN #1 CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE JIM LEE COVER
Booth # 2314: Graphite Designs
Exclusive convention variant cover featuring art by Jim Lee imprinted on silver foil. Now, I love me some variant action if it is from one of my favorite artists. And Jim Lee is one of those artists. Put him together with Batman—and it becomes a must have!
3. THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES LIMITED EDITION BOX
Booth # 1515: Penguin Random House
Random House/Del Rey brings you our collectible Shannara Chronicles Limited Edition Box with items, including: • Comic-Con Exclusive Map of the Four Lands signed by Shannara author Terry Brooks and displayed in a replica bone scroll case • Collectible hardcover edition of The Elfstones of Shannara, leatherette cover with foil stamping, burnished with the Ellcrys tree and demon symbol, with full-color endpaper maps • Comic-Con Exclusive silk-screened canvas slipcover with Ellcrys tree symbol • Exclusive t-shirt (sizes available first come, first serve) • Collectible coin from Arborlon in keepsake flip case cover • Replica elfstones in a drawstring pouch with Ellcrys leaf symbol * Ask us about our Ultra Limited edition, lettered A-Z
2. AN EMBER IN THE ASHES BY SABAA TAHIR
Booth # 1515: Penguin Random House
The most highly-acclaimed fantasy debut in YA in 2015, An Ember in the Ashes is the beginning of the epic series by Sabaa Tahir. Score a free Comic-Con exclusive paperback in the Penguin Young Readers booth on Friday, 7/22, which includes a teaser to the sequel, A Torch Against the Night, and a letter from the author.
1. R2-D2 UNPAINTED PROTOTYPE SIXTH SCALE FIGURE
Booth # 1929: Sideshow Collectibles
Sideshow San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive 2016. Collectors will be able to make the R2-D2 Unpainted Prototype Sixth Scale figure theirs! Featuring light-up elements, rotating head and articulated legs. All of Sideshow SDCC Exclusives must be purchased online prior to the convention and can be picked up at the convention.
There you have it! If you are attending Comic-Con, definitely consider these! There are hundreds more exclusives out there though, each one catering to that special kind of geek who loves cool swag!
Meanwhile, I’ll be hunting these down!
See you at the convention!
Shawn Speakman is the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel bestselling author Terry Brooks calls, “a fine tale by a talented writer.” He also edited the bestselling anthology Unfettered.