July 17, 2018

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SDCC Preview: Boom! Has Comics, Conversation, and Creators for You

Usually, when I get ready to go to a con, I tell you why you should go. Well, that's a little silly when it comes to San Diego Comic-Con. So Instead, we'll just get right to previewing what some of our favorite publishers are up to.

Here's what's going on for Boom! Studios...



Boom! has always been good at putting out comics that interested me, whether it was the old Cthulhu Tales, Irredeemable, or just some really solid licensed work, like Planet of the Apes or Peanuts. They'll be at booth #2229, and as with most of the biggest comics pubs, will have exclusives and signings. Things that will interest our readers include these:

 Adventure time: Beginning of the End #1 Exclusive Variant Cover by Kat Leyh
Site readers know I love this series a ton. Finn is in danger of being wiped from existence, but in this great cover, a happier time is remembered by all. This will be available for $10.

Adventure Time SDCC 2018 Zine Exclusive Hardcover by Kat Leyh
I'll forgive Boom!'s enthusiasm in calling a hardcover a zine, as I think of my old photocopies that probably aren't even legible anymore, because it's related to Adventure Time. Also by Kat Leyh, but with internal work by her as well this time. Boom is selling this for $20 at the con.

Thrilling Adventure Hour #1 Exclusive Variant Cover by Sean "Cheeks" Galloway
Because I'm not the best at Podcasts, I've never listened to the Thrilling Adventure Hour, but given the premise (an homage to old time radio), I really need to. In the meantime, anything with John DiMaggio and Paul F. Tompkins as regulars and guest stars like Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy, Patton Oswalt, and Weird Al is all right in my book. Maybe in typical Rob fashion, I'll start with the comic. This edition will be available for $10.

Other specials include a ton of Power Rangers exclusives, which are cool if you're into that series, which never meshed for me. Still, they all look cool and are available in limited quantities.

Boom!'s signing schedule is really jam-packed with cool people. Here's some of the creators, with the full list available here.

Wednesday, 7/18

6:00 PM – 6:50 PM Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

7:30 PM – 8:20 PM James Tynion IV (The Backstagers), Sam Johns (The Backstagers)

Thursday, 7/19

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM Ben Blacker (The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Ben Acker (The Thrilling Adventure Hour), Sean “Cheeks” Galloway (The Thrilling Adventure Hour)

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers)

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM Tom Taylor (The Deep)

5:00 PM – 5:50 PM Brooklyn Allen (Lumberjanes), Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes)

Friday, 7/20

12:00 PM – 12:50 PM Becky Lynch (WWE Superstar)

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Tracy Lynn Cruz (Ashley Hammond on Power Rangers in Space)

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM Olivia Olson (Voice of Marceline on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time)

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM Brooklyn Allen (Lumberjanes), Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes)

Saturday, 7/21

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM Ian McGinty (Rocko’s Modern Life, Adventure Time)

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), and Tracy Lynn Cruz (Ashley Hammond on Power Rangers in Space)

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM Tom Taylor (The Deep)

Sunday, 7/22

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes)

1:00 PM – 1:50 PM Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Ryan Parrott (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), and Tracy Lynn Cruz (Ashley Hammond on Power Rangers in Space)

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM Tom Taylor (The Deep)

Lastly, here's their featured panels. They look awesome, but given I'll be running all over the show floor trying to make the interviews I scheduled, I probably won't make it to very many panels that aren't mine. Still, if you can, these all look great:

Thursday, 7/19
12:00-1:00 Entertainment is LGBTQ – BOOM! Studios and GLAAD present an in-depth roundtable discussion about LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter, more inclusive future, with special guests from all corners of the entertainment world including Emily Andras (Executive Producer and Showrunner of Wynonna Earp), Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass), Marguerite Bennett (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer) and more. Moderated by Megan Townsend (Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, GLAAD). Room: 28DE

Friday, 7/20
5:00-6:00 The BOOM! Box Summer Mixtape – There’s only one place to discover your favorite comics like Lumberjanes, Giant Days, Fence, The Backstagers and more – it’s the BOOM! Box imprint of BOOM! Studios. Join Lilah Sturges (Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass), Jackie Ball (Goldie Vance),  Brooklyn Allen (Lumberjanes co-creator), Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes novels), Josh Trujillo (Dodge City), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless) and more of the exciting creators that bring you the most acclaimed progressive YA comics in the industry for a discussion about what’s next for the imprint that launched a movement in the world of graphic fiction! Moderated by Mey Rude (Autostraddle.com). Room: 32AB

Saturday, 7/21 
12:30-1:30 BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours – Discover your new comic book obsession at Comic-Con—and we guarantee you’re going to find it at this panel! Join Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes),  Marguerite Bennett (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) Ryan Parrott(Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle), Tyler Jenkins (Black Badge), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Low Road West), author CB Lee, and Matt Gagnon(Editor in Chief, BOOM! Studios) for a jam-packed, interactive panel featuring the most acclaimed creators in comics as they discuss the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box and KaBOOM! with surprises for everyone in the audience. Moderated by Filip Sablik (President of Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios). Room: 24ABC

This is really shaping up to be a great con again this year, and I can't wait to stop and make some of these events if I can!