The biggest event in nerddom will quickly be upon us, and it makes sense that questions about San Diego Comic-Con 2018 would be big, loud, and probably dressed up as a superhero. You probably know that celebrity panels, production news, and exclusive screenings are the bread and butter of the event, but everyone needs a hand with logistics. So we’re here to help answer some basics about the largest geeky convention of entertainment before things get too frantic.
When is the con?
San Diego Comic-Con 2018 runs from Thursday, July 19, to Sunday, July 22, with a preview night on Wednesday, July 18.
When are the hours?
The preview night runs from 6 - 9 p.m. PST, while the main convention goes from 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. (with some events happening even later than that) through Saturday. Sunday starts at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 5 p.m.
Where does it take place?
San Diego Comic-Con will be at the San Diego Convention Center, located at the oceanside 111 W. Harbor Drive.
How can I attend?
Well, unless you have a badge already, you can’t. Comic-Con 2018 attendee badges are sold out, and there won’t be any restocking. Before you think about scalping a badge from someone, know that SDCC has taken measures to prevent this, including a unique barcode and RFID card for each badge. But you can get a jump on next year and apply for a Member ID.
That said, if you have a badge already, you can bring up to two kids (12 and under) for free — just go to the Attendee Registration Area when you arrive at SDCC.
Who’s going to be there?
Tons and tons of people. Aside from the convention regulars like Drizzt Do’Urden creator R.A. Salvatore and newly promoted DC Entertainment chief creative officer and president Jim Lee, there will be tons of writers, directors, and actors hyping up their new projects and visiting fans of their old ones.
This includes the cast of Doctor Who's newest season, as Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill join showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens for a panel.
There will also be some bona fide comic legends in attendance to accept awards. Joye Hummel Murchison Kelly, one of William Moulton Marston’s original writers on Wonder Woman, will accept the Bill Finger Award.
You can also expect plenty of the biggest corporate announcements of the year to take place at SDCC. Last year saw the first looks at Thor: Ragnarok and Justice League, and sophomore seasons of Stranger Things and Westworld, not to mention plenty of other teases. That means expect big things from Netflix and anyone else with a toe in the water of genre, like the Halloween remake, the new M. Night Shyamalan superhero film Glass, and yes, a handful of SYFY shows (Nightflyers and Krypton will have panels).
Speaking of the water of genre, DC will be going big with Aquaman, debuting its trailer at the convention, and possibly premiering Wonder Woman 1984 footage or the Shazam! trailer. The CW's DC offerings (including Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Gotham, Supergirl, and Arrow) will also bring panels to the con. The newly saved Lucifer will be stretching its devilish Netflix legs out at the con as well, alongside Iron Fist (which looks to be one of Marvel's only appearances).
Stephen King has two shows getting panels: Castle Rock and Mr. Mercedes. The former Hulu show will premiere its entire first episode at the con, while the latter, on AT&T's Audience Network, will have its second-season panel accompanied by a VR experience. Finally, AMC's The Walking Dead will be making the rounds with returning star Jon Bernthal in tow.
Who’s not going to be there?
Marvel won’t have a massive Hall H presence as they often do, taking this year to scale back their efforts and let fans marinate in the aftermath of Infinity War. HBO’s presence, according to a statement to SYFY WIRE, will also be missing from the convention: "Due to production schedules and air dates for Game of Thrones and Westworld, these series will not be presented at San Diego Comic-Con this summer."
AMC and BBC panels will not be moderated by host Chris Hardwick as he undergoes scrutiny after abuse allegations. These panels will have their moderators replaced, but still go on.
This isn't final. It's still more than a month out from the convention, and we'll have more info coming your way as soon as it's out there.