[SDCC 2023] IDW’s Comic-Con Exclusives, Panels, and Signings

IDW PUBLISHING AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2023

IDW Publishing returns to SDCC next week… and so does PopCultHQ! I, Jason Bennett, will be making the drive down to San Diego to cover Comic Con International: San Diego 2023 (SDCC) for the third year in a row. This year, our coverage of SDCC 2023 will be the biggest ever! I’ll be joined by staff writer Joshua Winchester, who is flying in from Chicago to cover the event for PopCultHQ as well. We’ve already begun scheduling interviews with people in the comic book industry, as well as other pop culture businesses appearing this year.

IDW has revealed their plans for 2023’s Comic-Con. From an exciting lineup of booth signings, panels for fans to check out, and sweet exclusives, IDW is fully loaded for a spectacular showing at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con! Peep the info below to see everything going down with IDW Publishing on Wednesday, July 19 through Sunday, July 23 at booth #2729.

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IDW Publishing is returning to Comic Con International: San Diego 2023 (SDCC) and bringing an exciting variety of exclusives to the show floor! The IDW booth (#2729) will be available to fans exploring the convention’s show floor from July 19-23 and offer more than a dozen variants and signed editions.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES x STRANGER THINGS #1 hits shelves July 12, and fans at SDCC will have exclusive access to renowned illustrator Kyle Lambert’s silver foil paper variant for the thrilling debut issue.

Comic collectors won’t want to miss out on getting an early signed copy of MICHAEL GOLDEN’S MARVEL STORIES ARTIST’S EDITION. Signed by influential comic creator Michael Golden and numbered on a bookplate featuring his astonishing artwork, there will be a very limited amount of copies available.

The Eisner-nominated STAR TREK series unleashes DAY OF BLOOD #1 the week of SDCC, and the IDW booth will feature an eye-catching exclusive variant cover by STAR TREK artist Ángel Unzueta. The must-own issue is boldly printed on silver foil paper.

Continuing awesome artist Ben Bishop and eye-catching colorist Luis Antonio Delgado’s series of exclusive variants, April O’Neil stars on the cover for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE LAST RONIN – THE LOST DAY SPECIAL. Bishop will be signing at the booth – details to come – and unlike the other variants in the series, this one features black bars instead of light blue.


Also available exclusively at the IDW booth before anywhere else is…

LOCKE & KEY: WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT #1 – 15TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Black & White exclusive variant featuring original artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez

LOCKE & KEY 15-YEAR KEY
Designed by Gabriel Rodriguez in collaboration with the Skelton Crew Studio, this collector’s item features Joe Hill’s initials on the front handle, “2008” text on the front base of the key, and Gabriel Rodriguez’s initials on the back handle of the key with “2023” text across the back base

MY LITTLE PONY 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Exclusive cover by Tony Fleecs

THE ROCKETEER: IN THE DEN OF THIEVES #1
Exclusive cover by Michael Dooney

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES/USAGI YOJIMBO: WHEREWHEN #5
Exclusive silver foil variant with artwork by Stan Sakai’s original cover art

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: SATURDAY MORNING ADVENTURES #4
Exclusive wrap-around cover artwork by Bruno Oliveira

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #60
Printed on silver foil paper and featuring exclusive cover artwork by Gigi Dutreix


The following products will also be available at the booth,
and fans not attending the show can purchase them on the
IDW Exclusives Online Shop.

THE HUNGER AND THE DUSK #1
Artwork by Kyle Strahm

EARTHDIVERS #7
Artwork by Rahsan Ekhedal

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE LAST RONIN – THE COVERS
Hardcover and dust jacket – which features the line art
to colors process – artwork by Esau Escorza and Issac Escorza

COSMOKNIGHTS, BOOK TWO
Bookplate created and signed by Hannah Templer

GODZILLA: HERE THERE BE DRAGONS #1
Artwork by Scott Godlewski


In addition to a plethora of phenomenal exclusive variant covers and signed editions at IDW’s booth (#2729), there will also be over a dozen signings featuring brilliant comic creators from gripping original IDW stories, TMNTStar Trek, and more! Plus, IDW will proudly present five must-attend panels for fans, featuring big announcements, first looks at art, and much more.

IDW PUBLISHING SDCC PANELS:

—THURSDAY, 7/20—

12:00pm-1:00pm
Room 28DE

Star Trek: Going Bigger and More Boldly Than Ever Before!

Day of Blood is upon us! Never before has Star Trek been bigger (or bloodier). Join IDW Group Editor Heather Antos and Chris Cantwell, Collin Kelly, and Jackson Lanzing, the writers of the first-ever Star Trek comics event as they give an inside look into this bold crossover. Plus, Marc Guggenheim, Sam Maggs, Malachi Ward, Chirs Sequiera, and Liana Kangas share all the exciting things happening across IDW’s Eisner-nominated line of Star Trek comics.


—FRIDAY, 7/21—

1:30pm-2:30pm
Room 10

IDW Publishing: 2023 and Beyond!

Join IDW Publishing’s Co-Publishers Mark Doyle and Tara McCrillis along with EIC Jamie S. Rich and Top Shelf’s Chris Staros, as they discuss the exciting new direction of IDW’s future. From fan-favorite series like TMNT, Star Trek, Sonic the Hedgehog, Godzilla, and My Little Ponies, to Top Shelf gems like Cosmoknights, to IDW Originals like Scott Snyder’s Dark Spaces–IDW has something for everyone! Don’t miss this chance to hear about the amazing work being done by talents like Snyder, Hannah Templer, Jeremy Lambert, Sam Maggs, Frank Tieri, Scott Bryan Wilson, Che Grayson, and moreI. The future is bright at IDW Publishing, so come join the excitement!


—SATURDAY, 7/22—

11:00am-12:00pm
Room 23ABC

TMNT: The Next Evolution of Turtlemania

From the unstoppable ongoing series to the new frontier of The Last Ronin to nostalgia-packed stories of Saturday Morning Adventures to epic crossovers like TMNT x Stranger Things, Turtlemania is in full force and isn’t slowing down. Join IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles team as Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman, Mateus Santolouco, Erik Burnham, Ben Bishop, and Senior Editor Charles Beacham take the stage to discuss what’s next for everyone’s favorite heroes in a half-shell. Serious shellheads won’t want to miss this panel that’s guaranteed to serve heaping helping of shell shock!

2:00pm-3:00pm
Room 4

The One and only IDW Artist’s Edition Panel!

For those who love dramatic inks and original pages, IDW has the perfect addition for your shelf. IDW’s Artist’s and Artisan Editions collect some of the most iconic runs by popular artists including Mike Mignola, Todd McFarlane, and Jim Lee, among so many more legendary names. These editions preserve the unique nuances of the original art via detailed scans–effectively putting you in the studio with your favorite illustrator. Join Scott Dunbier, the man responsible for these incredible editions, as he discusses his future plans for this remarkable line of books with moderator Kristen Simon.


—SUNDAY, 7/23—

10:00am-11:00am
Room 25ABC

Sonic The Hedgehog: Speeding to the 900th Adventure!

Gotta go fast to the IDW Sonic the Hedgehog panel at San Diego Comic-Con! Join the creative team – including Sonic editor David Mariotte and writer Evan Stanley – as they celebrate the upcoming 900th adventure of the Blue Blur with super fun stories that will leave fans spinning. Get ready to race into action with exciting sneak peeks and announcements that will make this panel one for the history books.

SIGNINGS AT THE IDW PUBLISHING BOOTH (#2729):

—THURSDAY, 7/20—

10:30am-11:30am

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: HONOR AMONG THIEVES
Ellen Boener, Jeremy Lambert, Casey Gilly

12:00pm-1:00pm

TMNT 
Erik Burnham, Fero Pe, Ben Bishop

1:30pm-2:30pm

STAR TREK
Christopher Cantwell, Marc Guggenheim, Sam Maggs, Malachi Ward

3:00pm-4:00pm

GODZILLA
Frank Tieri

—FRIDAY, 7/21—

11:00am-12:00pm

DARK SPACES: GOOD DEEDS
Che Grayson

12:30pm-1:30pm

STAR TREK: DAY OF BLOOD
Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, Christopher Cantwell

3:30pm-4:00pm

IDW ORIGINALS
Rich Douek, Cavan Scott, Scott Bryan Wilson

4:30pm-5:30pm

THE SECOND FAKE DEATH OF EDDIE CAMPBELL & THE FATE OF THE ARTIST
Eddie Campbell


—SATURDAY, 7/22—

10:30am-11:30am

COSMOKNIGHTS 
Hannah Templer

12:30pm-2:00pm

TMNT: THE LAST RONIN
Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Ben Bishop, the Escorza brothers
***Note: This TMNT signing will be a ticketed signing event. Follow IDW social for details.

2:45pm-3:45pm

DARK SPACES
Scott Snyder, Che Grayson

4:15pm-5:15pm

THE SECOND FAKE DEATH OF EDDIE CAMPBELL & THE FATE OF THE ARTIST
Eddie Campbell


—SUNDAY, 7/23—

11:30am-12:30pm

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
Evan Stanley, Adam Bryce Thomas, Mike Cisneros, Min Ho Kim

1:00pm-2:00pm

MY LITTLE PONY: 40th ANNIVERSARY
Amy Mebberson, Jenna Ayoub

3:00-4:00pm

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: SATURDAY MORNING ADVENTURES
Sam Maggs, David Booher


Celebrate comics with IDW at
Comic-Con International: San Diego
Booth #2729 this year!


Publisher – IDW Publishing:

About IDW: IDW (NYSE AMERICAN: IDW) is a leading media company providing uniquely compelling stories and characters in various genres for global audiences across all entertainment platforms. The award-winning IDW Publishing and IDW Entertainment divisions holistically evaluate and acquire IP for franchise development across comics and graphic novels, television, theatrical, games, merchandise, and other entertainment platforms, in addition to bringing world-renowned storytelling to life with our creative partners.

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