As part of the lead in to Comic-Con International, BOOM! Studios has announced a new partnership with WWE for new comics.
First up will be an exclusive Comic-Con bagged set of six one-page comics – WWE: Then. Now. Forever. – featuring pin-ups of six wrestlers and their backgrounds and histories in the ring.
Follow the jump for full details – and a complete list of the company’s panels at this year’s Con.
Road to San Diego Announcement #1
Our first announcement in the #RoadToSanDiego is out! We have partnered with WWE for new comics! We will launch the initiative at Comic-Con with a set of six, blind-bagged, one-page comics ($5 each, for sale at the BOOM! Studios booth #2229) titled WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Each comic will feature a pin-up image on one side of a different wrestler and a one-page info-comic on the other side that explores that wrestler’s background and history in the ring. Three of these comics will focus on current wrestlers (Now), two on retired favorites (Then), and one on a legendary WWE talent (Forever). A seventh one-page comic will be given out FREE to all attendees of our panel on the WWE comics (see below). Each info-comic is illustrated by Russ Manning Award nominee Daniel Bayliss (Kennel Block Blues, Translucid), colored by Doug Garbark, and lettered by Jim Campbell.
Art: John Cena by Jamal Campbell and The New Day by Rob Guillory/Courtesy of BOOM! Studios
San Diego Comic-Con Panels
Here are the 10 panels at Comic-Con that we will be participating in:
11:00-12:00 Celebrate the Publishing World of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth with Archaia—To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, publisher Archaia (an imprint of BOOM! Studios) has several books set to come out this year! Join BOOM! Studios Senior Editor Sierra Hahn and artists Eric Powell (The Goon, Big Man Plans), Joëlle Jones (Spider-Woman, Lady Killer), and Jonathan Case (The New Deal, Batman ’66) as they give fans a sneak peek into these titles, which include original comics, a children’s storybook, and an artists’ tribute collection. Moderated by Nerdist Editor-in-Chief Rachel Heine. Room: 5AB
12:00-1:00 Getting into Comics and Staying There—“Breaking into Comics” panels are among the most popular panels at comic conventions throughout the country. Aspiring writers and artists are as in-demand with publishers as social media wizards and Excel-loving number crunchers. Listen to the origin stories of Jim Zub (Wayward, Thunderbolts), Felipe Smith (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, All-New Ghost Rider), Caitlin Kittredge (Lucas Stand, Coffin Hill), Dan Mora (Klaus, Hexed), and Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, C.O.W.L.), and the behind-the-scenes professionals they work with to make the comics you love to read! Moderated by BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon and Editor Dafna Pleban. Room: 28DE
1:00-2:00 From Concepts to Comics: A Conversation about Editing in the Comics Industry—BOOM! Studios Managing Editor Bryce Carlson and Editor Eric Harburn lead a discussion on the roles editors can play in the comics industry with James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Backstagers), Mairghread Scott (Toil and Trouble, Transformers: Windblade), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance, Compass South), Simon Spurrier (Weavers, Cry Havoc), Pat McHale (Over the Garden Wall), and Adam Smith (Long Walk to Valhalla) as they explore the differences between working with and without an editor, at an indie publisher or the Big Two, and how editors can partner with talent to put creators’ vision to paper. Room: 28DE
10:00-11:00 Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media—Many people have often dismissed queer content as adult content inappropriate for kids. However, as we’ve seen in the popularity and successes of Legend of Korra, Steven Universe, and Lumberjanes, LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines resonate with young audiences. Join moderator Dylan Edwards (Valley of the Silk Sky) as Dylan leads as a discussion with Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Backstagers), Paige Braddock (Stinky Cecil, Peanuts, Jane’s World), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), and Josh Trujillo (Adventure Time, Love Machines) about how we can better include healthy representation and how to make it standard practice. Room: 4
11:30-12:30 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: It’s Morphin Time!—In January, BOOM! Studios launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a new comic series based on Saban Brands’ hit ‘90s live-action children’s TV series about a group of ordinary teenagers who “morphed” into superheroes to save the world from evil. Join series writer Kyle Higgins, cover artist Goñi Montes, “The Ongoing Adventures of Bulk and Skull” writer Steve Orlando, Editor Dafna Pleban, Saban Brands Director of Development and Production Melissa Flores, and Saban Brands Director of Global Consumer Products Jason Bischoff as they talk about the series, the spinoff Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, and the everlasting popularity of these “teenagers with attitude.” Moderated by stunt performer and actor, long-time Power Rangers superfan, and Blue Ranger on the current season of Power Rangers Dino Super Charge, Yoshi Sudarso. Plus, everyone in attendance will receive a free Power Rangers item! Room: 5AB
5:00-6:00 The World of Mouse Guard—David Petersen’s fan-favorite Mouse Guard series has been around for more than a decade, and publisher Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is proud to be a part of its legacy! But what’s next? Join Petersen and BOOM! Assistant Editor Cameron Chittock in a behind-the-scenes look at the award-winning comics and games, including the recently released Mouse Guard: Art of Bricks, a peek at the forthcoming Mouse Guard Coloring Book, and more! Plus, comedian Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour) will be on hand for a live reading performance of a Mouse Guard short story! Room: 32AB
12:30-1:30 BOOM! Studios: Discover New Worlds—Love reading compelling, forward-thinking comics? Interested in finding out how multiple-award-winning top 10 publisher, BOOM! Studios, has spent over a decade committed to telling great stories and nurturing talent? Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing) discusses with Matt Gagnon (BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief), Shannon Watters (BOOM! Studios Editor) and creators Chynna Clugston Flores (Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance), Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Simon Spurrier (Weavers), Jeff Stokely (The Spire), and Dan Mora (Klaus) on how they explore the ever-changing comics landscape, their newest stories, and the types of projects needed in the industry. Room: 24ABC
5:30-6:30 BOOM! Studios’ Publishing Partnership with WWE—BOOM! Studios is proud to announce its publishing partnership with WWE to bring the Sports Entertainment leader back to comic shops everywhere. Come join BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik along with Managing Editor Bryce Carlson, Editor Eric Harburn, and artist Dan Mora for an inaugural power hour of special announcements and the debut of exclusive artwork, including the exclusive announcement of who will be writing the upcoming WWE: Then. Now. Forever. comic coming in November. Plus, every attendee will receive an exclusive, double-sided, one-page comic for free! Room: 7AB
10:00-11:00 Camp Out with Lumberjanes!—Pack your bags, bring your s’mores kit, and get your badges ready! Join the brilliant minds and collaborators behind the breakout hit Lumberjanes, published by the BOOM! Studios imprint BOOM! Box. Lumberjanes Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and Chynna Clugston Flores, along with Editor Dafna Pleban, discuss the book’s runaway success; what’s in the pipeline for Mal, Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley; their current crossover with DC’s Gotham Academy; and the importance of hardcore lady types. Moderated by BOOM! Studios Associate Editor Whitney Leopard. Room: 25ABC
1:00-2:00 YA, Why Not? The Importance of Teen and Young Adult Comics—Once the fastest growing genre in literature, YA books have grown beyond babysitting and first loves. Now that graphic novels are making award-winning shortlists, comics aimed at middle-grade and young adult readers are growing in popularity. Join BOOM! Studios Senior Editor Sierra Hahn and creators Hope Larson (Goldie Vance, Compass South), Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, The Changing Girl, Moving Target: Princess Leia), and Brenden Fletcher (Gotham Academy), in a discussion about the significance of these emerging categories of comics and what they mean for modern literacy. Room: 24ABC
Correction: Steven Universe Zine
Please make note that we inadvertently left off a creator credit for the Steven Universe Zine, which was announced as one of our Comic-Con exclusives. If you posted this exclusive, please update it to include Mira Grindall, who is co-writing and co-illustrating the zine along with Lauren Zuke. Here are the new credits:
Steven Universe Zine ($5)
Covers by Missy Pena
Writers: Lauren Zuke, Mira Grindall
Artists: Lauren Zuke, Mira Grindall
A handmade zine from Steven Universe storyboard artist Lauren Zuke and Mira Grindall, featuring three different covers by Missy Pena, each one bearing a different Crystal Gem. Choose your favorite, or collect all three!
Garnet Amethyst Pearl
Press: Are you attending San Diego Comic-Con? Be sure to hit up Mel Caylo for a list of creators available for interviews at the show.