The Cost of SDCC (Start Saving Now!)

Great info for those wanting to see how much one should save up for a trip to Comic-Con!


Here’s the biggest thing to remember about San Diego Comic Con: start saving now.

Trust me, it’ll save you a lot of stress in the long run. The last thing you’re going to want to be thinking about when you get to the con is how much money you can’t spend because you haven’t properly budgeted up to this point. The rest of the Nerdophiles staff drove to Comic Con this year, but I’m from Maryland and I had to fly in – making for some unique challenges and some unique considerations when budgeting. I’m breaking down my expenses, so that you can better think about and plan for your own. After all, we’re less than a year away from San Diego Comic Con 2014!


The first thing you need to start your San Diego Comic Con adventure is your badge. If you were lucky enough to snag…

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Blizzard Entertainment Will Have Exclusives at Comic-Con 2013!

Blizzard Entertainment - Comic-Con 2013 - SDCC - Plans - Diablo III - Starcraft II - World of Warcraft - BlogsBlizzard Entertainment will be at Comic-Con 2013! It seems that all of their blogs all say the same thing… Diablo III, StarCraft II and World of Warcraft will be at SDCC in full force with exclusives, showing future products and having booth signings!

Blizzard Entertainment is excited to announce that our licensed products will be strutting their stuff on the show floor at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con!

Along with showcasing some of the new licensed products coming out this year, the booth will also be where the writers and artists behind some of our comics and books will be signing. We will also be selling exclusive SDCC products for the first time.

Yeah, we’ve been keeping busy.

Keep an eye out for more details coming soon, including schedules and the products we’ll have available.

We hope to see you there!

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2013!

Free Comic Book Day - First Saturday in May - May 4 2013 - FCBD - Comics

Need a local comic shop to visit on May 4th? Use FCBD’s Shop Locator!

These are the comics available this year!

Free Comic Book Day 2013 - FCBD - Comics - Marvel - DC - Dark Horse - Image - Valiant - Boom - IDW - Bongo - NBM - Archie - Avatar - Antarctic - Diamond - Independents

FCBD Videos from the FCBD website

Hugh Jackman, The Wolverine, encourages people to visit their local comic shop on May 4th, 2013.

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Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia Talks FCBD10 in a fun, extended promo video.

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In the video above, Hugh Jackman, star of X-Men Origins: Wolverine talks about Free Comic Book Day, and the importance of comics in fighting illiteracy.

DC Entertainment Reveals Their WonderCon Anaheim 2013 Exclusives!

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 is only two weeks from now and DC Entertainment has revealed their exclusives for the show. So far there are three exclusives that will be available and they are the official WonderCon Anaheim T-Shirt, Batman #17 variant cover and Justice League of America #1 variant cover.

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 - DC Entertainment - Jim Lee - Superman Unchained - Official T-Shirt - SMIf you haven’t already heard, this year, the official WonderCon Anaheim convention T-shirt features an iconic image of Superman drawn by Jim Lee, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher and artist of this summer’s new series SUPERMAN UNCHAINED written by Scott Snyder. This art is also featured on the cover of the official convention Program Book. Here’s a first look at the t-shirt!

DCE’s WonderCon Anaheim exclusive variant covers envelop two of DC Comics’ most popular series! Priced at $10 each, the BATMAN #17 and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 variant covers are must-have collector’s items.

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 - DC Comics - Batman 17 - Death of the Family - Greg Capullo - Scott Snyder - VariantIllustrated by fan favorite artist Greg Capullo, the WonderCon Anaheim cover for BATMAN #17, written by Scott Snyder, takes the popular die-cut covers from “Death of the Family” and brings them back one last time for the epic final issue. The cover depicts The Joker’s face folded over Bruce Wayne’s, with purple background, to create a lasting impression while representing the ground breaking crossover which featured the Clown Prince of Crime’s triumphant return to DC COMICS—THE NEW 52.

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 - DC Comics - Justice League of America - Geoff Johns - David Finch - VariantJUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1, the newly launched ongoing series written by Geoff Johns, arrives with a new variant to complete your collection of now over 52 covers for the issue. Like the other covers drawn by series artist David Finch, the WonderCon Anaheim exclusive cover shows key members of the JLA raising the U.S. flag in color, while the other members of the team stand watch in a black and white background.

The first of DC Collectibles WonderCon Anaheim exclusives features Green Lantern’s Guy Gardner and Larfleeze. The highly-articulated 3.75″ PVC figures will include character specific accessories including Glomulus.  The new two-pack will be available for $30.

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 - Exclusive - Guy Gardner - Larfleeze - Glomulus - Green Lantern - DC Collectibles - Orange Lantern LGThe other exclusive is the new Aardman two-pack featuring Classic Batman and Robin. Based on the popular shorts that air every Saturday as part of the DC Nation programming block on Cartoon Network, the figures are 6.375” and 9.5” respectively and will be available for $40.

WonderCon Anaheim 2013 - Exclusive - Aardman Classic Batman and Robin - DC Collectibles - Cartoon Network - DC Nation LG2WonderCon Anaheim takes place March 29-31 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. To purchase the T-shirt, variant covers, and DC Collectibles exclusives, head on over to the DC Collectibles Boutique at the Graphitti Designs booth (#1001), where they will be available while supplies last. And visit the DC Entertainment booth (#801) to meet some of your favorite writers and artists.

via DC Entertainment Press Release

More Images for Marvel’s This is War!

Marvel has posted TWO more images for their “This Is WAR” event!

Find out more Sunday, July 15th at the Amazing Spider-Man panel, 12:30PM PST, during Comic Con International 2012!

Check out the previous two images here.

via Marvel Press Release

Marvel’s This Is WAR! Event

This Is WAR!

Find out more Sunday, July 15th at the Amazing Spider-Man panel, 12:30PM PST, during Comic Con International 2012!

Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the Marvel Events App &, the best way to get exclusive videos, real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!

And don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter with #ThisIsWar! For another clue, check out!

via Marvel Press Release

Get in Line Now! IDW Announces Comic-Con 2012 Exclusives!

Besides being America’s biggest comic convention, Comic-Con International: San Diego has become ground zero for publishers to premiere special, exclusive editions of their products to legions of dedicated fans. Without further ado, here are the offerings that will be available from IDW Publishing!

Some of the titles below will be available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store beginning June 22nd. Fans who preorder will be able to pick up their books from the IDW booth at Comic-Con.

A limited edition of the hotly anticipated Daredevil: Born Again Artist’s Edition will be on hand. Packaged in a deluxe slipcase, signed, numbered, and featuring a variant cover of David Mazzucchelli’s historic artwork, this edition will be limited to 250 copies and priced at $200. It will be available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store.

Speaking of Artist’s Editions, an exclusive version of Sergio Aragonés’ Groo The Wanderer: Artist’s Edition will be premiered at Comic-Con as well! Signed, numbered, and limited to 250 copies, this edition will feature a variant cover and be priced at $150. This title will be available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store.

Continuing the late creator’s legendary legacy, IDW will have an exclusive edition of Dave Stevens: Covers and Stories on hand. The convention-exclusive edition will have a variant cover, limited to 250 copies, of which only 100 will be available at Comic-Con, priced at $60, only available at the IDW booth!

A special convention-exclusive edition of Parker: The Score by Darwyn Cooke will also be available, featuring a variant dust jacket and numbered signature plate that is signed and numbered by Darwyn! This edition is limited to just 175 copies, priced at $60, and will only be available at IDW’s booth.

For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans, IDW has a special surprise! For this convention only, IDW is producing a very special set of TMNT Ultimate Collection Volumes 1-3 Deluxe Slipcase. The three volumes will come in a deluxe, full-color slipcase. Priced at $200, there will only be 40 of the black-and-white-cover convention-exclusive editions! These sets will be available for preorder through IDW’s Web store.

An exclusive hardcover edition of Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks will be available as well. This full-color hardcover will be priced at $30 and limited to 300 copies available only at IDW’s booth.

For the hardcore LOCKE & KEY fans, IDW will also have limited quantities of new, high-quality pewter key replicas! 200 “Legacy Edition” OMEGA KEYS and GHOST KEYS and 50 copies of the WHISPERING IRON will be available for $25 each, only at IDW’s booth.

Ashley Wood and his incredible robotic concern ThreeA will be a part of IDW’s booth with exclusives in tow! Ash and company will be bringing along the first-ever ZOMB toy, a zombified departure from his famous robots, but in his inimitable style! The ZOMB toy will be blind-boxed, meaning which ZOMB is in the box is a mystery! The ZOMBS will be priced at $100, limited to 250 pieces, and available for pre-order through the exclusive ZOMB pre-order site!

In conjunction with Ash’s presence in the IDW booth, two deluxe hardcover collections will be available as well! Limited to 500 copies each and priced at $75 and $50 respectively, the complete LORE and ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS will be available for pre-order through IDW’s Web store.

Joe Jusko fans, pay attention! A special convention-exclusive variant edition of THE ART OF JOE JUSKO will be available at the IDW booth! Limited to just 100 copies and signed and numbered with a variant cover, this edition will be priced at $100 and only available at the show.

Fans of powerhouse creator Amanda Conner can also rejoice, as there will be an exclusive variant edition of THE ART OF AMANDA CONNER priced at $60 and available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store. Additionally, Amanda will be signing at the IDW booth throughout the show! It’s a perfect opportunity for fans to get their new exclusive book signed.

For the many sketch-seekers at Comic-Con, this year IDW will have their very own branded sketchbooks! Priced at $20, these hardcover books are full of high-quality art paper that fans will treasure for years once they’ve been filled with drawings by their favorite artists. Additionally, each fan that purchases a sketchbook will be entered to win a mystery sketchbook with a selection of drawings from several of the artists that will be at the IDW booth during the show!

IDW will also be bringing along some exclusive single-issue comics priced at $5 each:

  • TMNT #11 will be available with a full-color cover by TMNT creator Kevin Eastman!
  • THE CROW #1 will be available with an eye-catching exclusive cover by series artist Kevin Colden!
  • THE CAPE: 1969 #1 will be available with an exclusive variant by series artist Nelson Daniel!
  • LOVE AND CAPES: WHAT TO EXPECT #1 will be available with an exclusive variant cover by series mastermind Thom Zahler!
  • G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #180 will be on hand with a special variant cover featuring Vietnam-era Snake Eyes!

In addition to the surprises in store for fans at IDW’s many convention panels, these exclusives should go a long way toward cementing another excellent year at San Diego Comic-Con in IDW’s history!

  • DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN ARTIST’S EDITION – $200 – Available for pre-order
  • SERGIO ARAGONÉS’ GROO THE WANDERER: ARTIST’S EDITION – $150 – Available for pre-order
  • TMNT #11 (VARIANT)- $5
  • TMNT ULTIMATE COLLECTIONS 1-3 Set- $200 – Available for pre-order
  • THE CROW #1 (VARIANT)- $5
  • THE CAPE: 1969 #1 (VARIANT)- $5
  • ZOMB Toy by ASHLEY WOOD- $100 – Available for pre-order

Visit to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at!/idwpublishing and and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

via IDW Press Release

Cirque Du Soleil & Marvel Bring KÀ To Comic-Con

Marvel Entertainment and Cirque du Soleil have teamed up to tell the story of KÀ. The comics will follow the journey of Imperial Twins who try to reunite their kingdom. The first issue will be released at Comic-Con 2012! 

Don’t forget to pick up a copy at the Marvel booth (booth #2329)! The press release follows below.

KÀ by Cirque du Soleil, the spectacular production at MGM Grand Las Vegas, and Marvel Custom Solutions team up to tell the story of this acclaimed live production through an all-new, collectible comic book. KÀ #1 will debut at the Marvel booth (#2329) during Comic Con International in San Diego, July 12 – 15, 2012.

“To see our live KÀ performances transform from the theatre to ink on pages in a comic book is an incredible opportunity for our entire team,” said Marie-Hélène Gagnon, Artistic Director of KÀ. “By aligning ourselves with the premier brand of comic book creators, we have produced an illustration of KÀ that depicts the story very vividly and stays true to the plot. Marvel and its team of creators have been great to collaborate with and have embraced the story of KÀ and the expectations of Cirque du Soleil.”

“Marvel’s proud to bring the exciting, out of this world action and adventure of KÀ to life in this all new comic book,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Worldwide, Inc. “This is a great comic for fans of all ages, whether they’re long-time fans of Marvel, KÀ or new to both exciting brands of storytelling.”

KÀ fans attending Comic Con International can take home the heroic journey of Imperial Twins separated by war who encounter adventure and peril at every turn on their quest to reunite their kingdom.

“What’s more jaw-dropping, the majesty of the Imperial Court…the dynamic dance of their martial arts display…the overwhelming might of the invading archer army…the desperate fight for survival in the storm-tossed seas…or the tantalizing glimpses at the future threats that await the Twins?” said Marvel Editor Bill Rosemann. “Readers can decide for themselves when they feast their eyes on the all-out spectacle that writer Bryan J.L. Glass, artist Wellinton Alves and cover artist Michael Del Mundo have crafted in this world premiere debut issue.”

KÀ #1 will be distributed at Comic Con International in San Diego at the Marvel booth in July. A limited amount of books also will be available at comic book stores in select markets. In addition to the print copy of the comic book, fans will be able to access the KÀ customized comic book by utilizing Marvel’s cutting-edge digital comics reader.

Fans can get an inside look at the making of the comic book by visiting Featuring sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes information, including line art, storyboards and more, this site will serve as a hub for details on the collaboration. Fans will be able to receive information on how to get their own copy of the comic book. On Twitter, fans can tweet about the collaboration to @Cirque and @Marvel using the #KAComicBook hashtag.

About KÀ
KÀ by Cirque du Soleil is a heroic journey of love and conflict set within ever-changing theatrical landscapes that conjure an entire empire on stage. Presented exclusively at MGM Grand Las Vegas, KÀ unfolds on a colossal, 360-degree rotating stage which forms the backdrop for this cinematic journey of aerial adventure and perpendicular acrobatics. For more information visit Like us on Facebook and Tweet us @Cirque #KA.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit

 via Marvel Press Release

A Little Information from Arcana Comics About What’s in Store for Comic-Con 2012

We are just a few weeks away from our BIGGEST San Diego Comic-Con ever, including loads of announcements. We’ll give you a tease of some of those things in just a couple of weeks, but for right now, we’ll just warn you, they’re AWESOME! Arcana Comics is delving into new imprints, a load of new titles, and some partnerships with some pretty spectacular people. You’ll see… just keep on reading these newsletters.

As promised… At SDCC this year, we’re going to have some great exclusives in limited quantities, so be sure to head to our booth, #2415, to find out what we have! In the next week or so, all of the Exclusives should be listed on the SDCC web site as well, so you can check there. It’s going to be a good year!

Around 50 creators from Arcana are making the trip to San Diego this year and will be appearing from Wednesday night through Sunday afternoon to meet fans, sign autographs, and show off their books. Be sure to show them some love by showing up! The official signing schedule will be sent out soon, too!

Arcana Comics will also be debuting dozens of titles still months away from official release. Come to our booth and you’ll get to read full graphic novels before anyone else!

Arcana Studios, Inc.
Arcana owns one of the world’s largest libraries of graphic novels and comics, with over 200 original intellectual properties, 300 graphic novels, thousands of comic issues and an ever-growing character list. Arcana has begun to adapt this library into live action feature films, animated features and episodic television series. Taking a transmedia approach to brand building and the development of intellectual properties, Arcana publishes graphic novels for North America in print, and now digitally as well. Arcana has been published and distributed in dozens different countries and translated into just as many languages across the globe.

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Hot Toys Announces Their Limited Edition Black Widow Figurine from The Avengers!

Here is Hot Toys‘ new Limited Edition Figurine of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow from The Avengers.

Hot Toys is proud to present the 1/6th scale Black Widow Limited Edition Collectible Figurine from the smash hit The Avengers. The movie-accurate Black Widow collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Scarlett Johansson in the movie, highlighting the newly sculpted head, hair implantation, prominent body shape, highly detailed costume and accessories.

There is no release date or price as of yet but will probably sell out very quickly due to the figurine being a limited edition. The figurine looks pretty good, what do you think? Feel free to leave a comment. More information will be posted as soon as possible.