What to expect at the 2021 San Diego Comic-Con Special – NBC 7 San Diego

What there is to know

  • The Comic-Con Special Edition will be held November 26-28 as a three-day event at the San Diego Convention Center
  • This event is much smaller because it’s meant to be a “more intimate get-together while evoking the fun community feeling of Comic-Con.”

The famous San Diego Comic-Con returns this Thanksgiving weekend on a much smaller scale than before.

The beloved event that draws thousands of people from around the world to America’s most beautiful city was canceled in 2020 for the first time in 50 years due to the pandemic. Instead, he hosted a free virtual event called Comic-Con @ Home.

“Comic-Con Special Edition” will be held Nov. 26-28 as a three-day event at the San Diego Convention Center.

What can fans expect this year?

Comic-Con said this special edition was not meant to be the big gathering fans expect in July, but rather to be a “more intimate gathering while evoking the feeling of a fun community.”

The majority of the event will be held within the walls of the San Diego Convention Center.

The times of the event are as follows:

  • Friday November 26 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday November 27 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday November 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special guests

Some special guests who have been confirmed for this year’s event are:

  • Henry Barajas – Author, La Voz De MAYO Tata Rambo, Helm Greycastle
  • Ryan Benjamin – Artist, WildCats, X-Men, Iron Man, Batman Beyond
  • Kevin Eastman – Co-Creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Sina Grace – writer / artist, Iceman, Wonder Woman, The Haunted Mansion
  • Sam Maggs-Writer, Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, Rick & Morty, Con Quest!
  • Brent Spiner – Actor / Author, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir

To see the full list of special guests, click here.

The autograph area will be located on the upper level of the Pavilion of Sails. Fans can opt for a special souvenir from a variety of artists, writers and actors from all genres of popular culture. Many signings take place directly after panels, so check the schedule daily. Click here for more details.

Programming schedule

During the three days, fans can look forward to a diverse panel schedule. Comic-Con reminds everyone that seats in all event venues are allocated on a first come, first served basis, as space is limited in each venue.

Here are some of the highlights from this year’s lineup:

Friday November 26

The black panel 25
2 p.m., room 5AB
The Black Panel has been an annual event at Comic-Con for over two decades. The panel hosted some of the biggest names in pop culture media. After an absence of two years, he returns to a changed America, as always led by Michael Davis.

The future of Doctor Who
2:30 p.m., room 8
Karen Glover, Kristi Schoeman, Cody Shoberg and River Alexandra Song (all cosplayers with Time Travelers unLtd) discuss the importance of keeping it fresh and changing so that the long term Doctor Who continues to live. Moderated by Sandro Monetti (actor and writer) with a Q&A.

Coloring page of comics from yesterday and today
3 p.m., room 2
Alex Sinclair, Joe Chiodo and Clydene Nee share how hair color has changed over the past 30 years. They will talk about all things coloring, including before the digital age and how digital coloring has evolved since its inception.

Over30Cosplay: costume and cosplay tips for the mature cosplayer
8 p.m., room 9
Panelists cover topics celebrating the history of comic book and cosplay culture, couples’ cosplay ideas, and tackling negative age stereotypes. Plus, tips on choosing costumes, dating and family, social media awareness / age of marketing, and how to tackle bullying in the community.

Saturday November 27

The Changing Face of Pop Culture
10:30 am, room 24ABC
The explosion of pop culture through games, comics, television and film has opened up new opportunities for cultural diversity; however, many challenges and obstacles remain.

Establish secrets with film and TV creations
11am, room 7AB
What does it take to bring a movie and TV show to life? Directors, editors, composers and others provide information on the process of developing and producing films and television shows.

Mexican Comic Book Bronze Age: In the Shadow of the Wall
12:30 p.m., room 8
Luis Gantus (Sergio Antes de Aragonés) and Adalisa Zarate (Building Blocks, Traveling Seers) have a candid conversation with Sebastian Finck (NerDos) about the bronze era of comics in Mexico and how the great boom in editions of comic book collection and stores have specialized in American comics have affected the already weak Mexican industry.

Roddenberry and the Comic-Con Museum!
2 p.m., room 29AB
Rod Roddenberry (CEO, Roddenberry Entertainment), Trevor Roth (COO, Roddenberry Entertainment), Eddie Ibrahim (Senior Director of Programming, Comic-Con International), Chris Ryall (Syzygy Publishing) and Rita Vandergaw (Executive Director, Comic-Con Museum ) explain how two names synonymous with fandom joined forces to bring Comic-Con to life 365 days a year.

Sunday November 28

Break through and stay in the comics
11:30 am, room 24ABC
With a decade of side-by-side work behind them, join ComiXology Originals Content Manager Mosher chip and Senior Marketing Director of Kodansha Ivan Salazar for an intimate conversation on how to break into and continue working in comics.

TOKYOPOP: Representation in Manga Romance
12:30 p.m., room 8
TOKYOPOP showcases its LOVE x LOVE imprint, which seeks to normalize LGBTQ + romance alongside traditional straight relationships.

Make video games a reality
3 p.m., room 29AB
Maxwell Scheller (director / producer of Las-New: A Fallout Snow Globe Road Trip), Lawrence Brenner (journalist / pop culture historian) and Gabriel Valentin (musician and comic book creator of Digital Lizards of Doom) share their experiences of creation of video games in reality. Matt Dunford (comic book historian, president of San Diego Comic Fest) moderates and directs these creative minds who bring their video game influences to the real world.

We Are Groot: a great budget award-winning cosplay
4 p.m., room 2
Joe Queen (2017 D23 costume finalist, 2021 Comic-Con @ Home Masquerade winner), Lucas Queen (2020 Live with Kelly & Ryan Halloween costume winner, 2021 Comic-Con @ Home Masquerade winner), Brian Slape ( costumes and props), Peyton Slape (cosplayer) and Josh Cole (cosplayer) discuss how they built their adult and baby Groot costumes on a budget.

Exhibition room

Comic-Con has released its lists of floor plates and exhibitors.

Some of the artists’ aisle exhibitors include:

  • Alex Iniguez
  • Jed thomas
  • Guillaume Stout
  • Viv Archer
  • Yuehua

Some of the exhibitors include:

  • A wrinkle in time
  • Animation captions
  • Bob the artist
  • LET’S GO
  • Funko LLC

Some of the fan tables include:

  • Anime in Los Angeles
  • Legion World
  • Star Wars Society of San Diego
  • Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club

For more details, click here.

Credit: Comic-Con website.

For badges, details on the masquerade costume contest, and more, visit the Comic-Con website.

James C. Tibbs