The Star Wars Presence at SDCC 2015 to Include a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Panel in Hall H

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS AND MORE COMING TO SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2015

THE FORCE IS STRONG THIS SUMMER IN DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO.

The power of the Force is coming to San Diego Comic-Con, and StarWars.com has your opening crawl for the megaevent’s Star Wars programming. Check out our guide below for information on panels that cover Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hasbro’s latest action figures, new novels based on the original films, and much, much more. (If you can’t make it, don’t worry; visit StarWars.com for exclusive real-time liveblogs!)

The event takes place July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center, with Star Wars panels scheduled for Friday, July 10; look for some exclusive Star Wars: The Force Awakens products at SDCC, and be sure to check out EW.com tomorrow for details.

Friday, July 10, Star Wars Schedule

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Hall H 

Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests provide a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 1: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.; Room: 7AB

Join a dynamic, all-star, New York Times-bestselling panel of authors including Alexandra Bracken (the Darkest Minds series), Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark andGrim series), Tom Angleberger (The Origami Yoda series), and Tony Diterlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles) in conversation with Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain about the new Star Wars retellings for a younger generation of fans. From picture books to novels, these authors present A New HopeThe Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi in perspectives that will change the way readers understand who these beloved characters are and how they became legends for legions of fans.

Star Wars Publishing 2015, Part 2: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.; Room: 7AB

Join a variety of authors as they talk about their upcoming projects from that galaxy far, far away. Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Mike Siglain, authors from Del Rey and other publishers will participate in a discussion on writing stories for the exciting new future of the Star Wars universe.

Hasbro Star Wars, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Room: 7AB

Join members of the Hasbro and Lucasfilm teams as they discuss the popular Hasbro Star Wars line. Attendees will get an in-depth look at Hasbro’s latest action figure offerings, and word on the Holonet is there may also be a few surprises, including a special product reveal.

Star Wars Collectibles Update with Lucasfilm’s Anita Castellar, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Room: 7AB

Join eFX, Gentle Giant Studios, Kotobukiya, and Sideshow Collectibles for product development insights and exclusive previews of the latest in Star Wars collectibles. In attendance will be Anita Castellar, a self-professed Star Wars fangirl who manages licensing for hardline categories at Lucasfilm such as toys, collectibles, consumer electronics, automotives, and more.

ILM 40th Anniversary, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Room: 7AB

For 40 years, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most memorable images in the history of modern cinema. From advances in the photo chemical process, optical compositing, motion control, and models and miniatures — to the company’s pioneering efforts in computer graphics, digital compositing, film scanning and recording, morphing, digital environments, performance capture, character animation and modern digital pipelines, ILM continues to break new ground in visual effects for film, television, themed attractions, and new forms of entertainment. The presenters will discuss the company’s work from its earliest days and breakthroughs along the way.

Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition at San Diego Comic Con 2015

For the first time, Star Wars joins forces with characters from across The Walt Disney Company in Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition – the next chapter in the best-selling hybrid toy/video game series. Fans are invited to the Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop, located at the heart of Gaslamp District, for the opportunity to play as Ahsoka Tano, Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul or any of the Star Wars characters featured in Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic and Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire.
Fans will also have a chance to step into the “Disney Infinity Only in the Toy Box” mediated reality experience, where guests virtually enter the Toy Box and interact alongside their favorite Disney Infinity characters, such as engaging in lightsaber duels with Darth Vader or Yoda, and take home a customized photo and video with their chosen character. Other Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop activities include a Toy Box TV Live Edition webcast on Twitch featuring new announcements, surprise guests, contests with prizes, and exclusive giveaways. 

Comic-Con International Announces 4th Set of Guests for SDCC 2015

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Press Release:

FOURTH SET OF COMIC-CON GUESTS ANNOUNCED 

SAN DIEGO- Comic-Con International, the nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and popular artforms continued this year’s practice of announcing a selection of new guests for their summer show. Comic-Con takes place in San Diego beginning on Thursday, July 9, and running through Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Guests announced today include:

Writer/artist Michael Cho: Shoplifter

Artist Tom Grummett: Fantastic Four, X-Men Forever, Teen Titans

Designer/author Chip Kidd: Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, Batman: Death by Design

Editorial cartoonist Jen Sorenson

Artist Bernie Wrightson: Swamp Thing, Frankenstein

Be sure to visit www.comic-con.org and check out the Toucan Blog, the only OFFICIAL blog of Comic-Con International, for additional information on guests and up to date information on all aspects of the eagerly awaited summer show!

About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.  In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon Anaheim each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

Comic-Con International Reveals Next Set of Guests for SDCC 2015

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COMIC-CON REVEALS NEXT SET OF GUESTS FOR SUMMER SHOW

SAN DIEGO- Comic-Con International, the nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and popular artforms, released the next set of guests for the big show that takes place in San Diego beginning on Thursday, July 9, and running through Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Guests announced today include:

Writer/artist Franco Aureliani: Tiny Titans, Itty Bitty Hellboy

Art BaltazarWriter/artist Art Baltazar: Tiny Titans, Itty Bitty Hellboy

Artist Steve Lieber: Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Whiteout

Writer/artist Jimmie Robinson: Five Weapons, Bomb Queen

Writer Sara Ryan: Bad Houses, Empress of the World

Be sure to visit www.comic-con.org and check out the Toucan Blog, the only OFFICIAL blog of Comic-Con International for additional information on guests and up to date information on all aspects of the eagerly awaited summer show!

About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.  In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon Anaheim each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

Comic-Con International Announces Second Wave of Guests for SDCC 2015

SDCC 2015 Second Wave

Press Release:

COMIC-CON ANNOUNCES NEXT WAVE OF GUESTS FOR 2015 SHOW

Additional Guests To Be Announced In The Coming Weeks

SAN DIEGO- Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and popular art, today announced the second wave of special guests for its eagerly awaited summer show. The event which draws well over 130,000 unique attendees over a four-day period will again be held in San Diego beginning on Thursday, July 9, and running though Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center.

“Since our beginning in 1970 Comic-Con has a wonderful history of featuring exceptional guests,” commented David Glanzer, spokesperson for the nonprofit organization. “It is clear that trend continues in 2015.”

The second round of guests include:

Author Hugh Howey: WOOL Series.

Writer/artist Scott McCloud: Zot!, Understanding Comics, The Sculptor.

Fantasy Illustrator Luis Royo: The Ice Dragon, Malefic Time.

Writer/artist Jillian Tamaki: Skim, This One Summer.

Writer Mariko Tamaki: Skim, This One Summer.

For up-to-date information on guests and all aspects of the huge summer show be sure to visit www.comic-con.org and check out the Toucan Blog, the only OFFICIAL Blog of Comic-Con International.

About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.  In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon Anaheim each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

Comic-Con International Announces First Wave of Guests for SDCC 2015

SDCC 2015 First Wave

Press Release:

COMIC-CON ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF GUESTS FOR 2015 SHOW

Additional Guests To Be Announced In The Coming Weeks

SAN DIEGO- Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and popular art, today announced the first wave of special guests for its venerated summer show. The event will again be held in San Diego beginning on Thursday, July 9, and running though Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center.

“Comic-Con is grateful to feature such talented individuals from comics and popular art,” commented David Glanzer, spokesperson for the nonprofit organization.  Indeed 2015 is shaping up to be another spectacular year in terms of talent joining the four-day extravaganza.

The first round of guests include

Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick: Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly, Bitch Planet.

Artist Carlos Ezquerra: Co-creator, Judge Dredd, Stontium Dog.

Author Lev Grossman: The Magicians.

Writer/director/producer Reginald Hudlin: Django Unchained, Black Panther animated series.

Artist/illustrator William Stout: The Dinosaurs.

For up-to-date information on guests and all aspects of the huge summer show be sure to visit www.comic-con.org and check out Toucan Blog, the only OFFICIAL blog of Comic-Con International.

About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.  In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes the Anaheim-based WonderCon Anaheim each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.

San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) Says SDCC Makes A Significant Economic Impact

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Press Release:

Comic-Con a Significant Impact on Region’s Economy Says SDWP

San Diego Workforce Partnership affirms Comic-Con’s value at San Diego Convention Center

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP), which serves as a vital source of information on the San Diego region’s labor market, has recently published an article reviewing Comic-Con’s impact on San Diego’s workforce and the San Diego Convention Center’s staffing in particular.  Comic-Con, held annually in San Diego and organized by a nonprofit educational organization, is a convention celebrating the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

SDWP’s article calls attention to the estimated $320,000 in wages Comic-Con brings to the Convention Center’s 500-member staff.  In addition to those staffers, the Convention Center hires temporary employees and posts job listings prior to Comic-Con to cover needs that the regular staff cannot.  These positions include engineers, laborers, electricians, and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union workers, to name a few.

According to the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, Comic-Con’s 2014 show has been projected to have an impact of almost $178 million on the local economy. The actual economic impact may be larger as it has since been speculated that the factors used to calculate the figure did not take into account ancillary spending by locals, out-of-town visitors and corporations, and companies that buy advertising on buildings, lamp posts, restaurant buyouts and activations of local park space and private venues.

“Year after year, it is not lost on me the amazing number of talented people it takes to make this show happen,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson and director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con.  “In addition to Comic-Con’s thousands of invaluable volunteers and staff, local businesses and organizations hire additional workers who make sure the event and the city are represented in the best possible light. It really is a terrific collaborative effort.”

What is not measured in the workforce study is the economic benefit of worldwide media attention focused on America’s Finest City during the four days of the convention and throughout the year.  “We never dreamed that our local annual convention would evolve over its forty-plus years into the worldwide celebration that it is today,” said Glanzer.

The entire article can be found on SDWP’s website at http://workforce.org/news/comic-con-impact-san-diego-convention-center-workforce.

About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International: San Diego is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, CCI organizes WonderCon Anaheim each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.orgFacebook.com/comicconTwitter.com/comic_con.

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