San Diego Comic Fest 2016!

San Diego Comic Fest badge art by Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo badge art by Stan Sakai.

San Diego Comic Fest 2016 is less than a week away! The festivities will get underway with a special reception and party on Friday, February 12th beginning at 6:00 pm. It’s only for attendees who have pre-registered online, so be sure to get your tickets in advance and have a fun evening hanging out with artist and writer guests, enjoying some special programming, and getting a preview of Artist Alley! (If you can’t make it Friday night, tickets for the next three days of the Fest will be available on-site starting at 9:00 am on Saturday, February 13th.)

Special Saturday-Only Event: The Trial of the Winter Soldier

Click to visit the official Marvel web site for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

As seen in the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bucky Barnes, AKA the “Winter Soldier,” was responsible for a multitude of assaults and assassinations, property damage in the billions, and treason against the United States. Or was he? Captured by enemies, subjected to torture and brainwashing, he no longer knew who he was. Could he really be held accountable for actions committed while in such a state or was he innocent by reason of insanity? Join us for the Trial of the Winter Soldier on Saturday, February 13th, at the San Diego Comic Fest. (Click here for more information.)

New for 2016: Star Wars at the Fest!

San Diego Star Wars Society to be at the San Diego Comic Fest

San Diego Star Wars Society

Be sure to visit Star Wars Central at the San Diego Comic Fest in the Le Sommet room at the top of the Regency Tower.

Star Wars Apprentice Leia painting by San Diego Comic Fest guest Lee Kohse

“Apprentice Leia” by Lee Kohse: For a very short period after Episode VI, Leia was trained briefly as a Jedi by her brother Luke, before returning to her political calling and later becoming a General for the Resistance. This painting depicts her training with Luke’s second lightsaber with the force ghosts of Yoda and Obi-Wan watching over and advising Luke. 36×24 oil on birch panel. Commissioned by Lucasfilm as one of the the official art pieces for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, 2015.

There you will enjoy an exhibit of original Star Wars art by Lee Kohse that was commissioned by Lucasfilm. Also in the room will be Lee himself doing art, signing prints of his work, and, of course, talking Star Wars! And joining Lee will be the San Diego Star Wars Society! (For more about Star Wars at the Fest, click here.)

About San Diego Comic Fest

The San Diego Comic Fest is the friendly comic convention with a casual atmosphere and an intimate scale that allows fans to mingle directly with professionals and exhibitors. It’s the place where you can indulge your love of comics, science fiction, and films, and meet an outstanding array of professional creators without high-priced tickets, crowding, or long lines.

At the San Diego Comic Fest you’ll find an extensive and eclectic program with things for every fan to enjoy. As you would expect of a comic con, there will be panel discussions; guest programs; an artist alley; tabletop gaming; cosplay; steampunk; an exhibitor hall full of your favorite comics, books, toys, and collectibles; and much, much, more. All of this takes place in a relaxed setting that enables fans and professionals to hang out and enjoy good times talking about comics, science fiction, films, animation, and all the other things that fans love.

Comic Fest’s origin story: Back in 1969, when he was a teenage San Diego comics dealer, Mike Towry was part of the small group of fans who founded what became known as the San Diego Comic-Con. After the celebration of the 40th Comic-Con in 2009, he and other Comic-Con veterans agreed that San Diego needed a second convention, one reminiscent of the early Comic-Cons. Thus, San Diego Comic Fest was born in 2012.

As a convention produced by fans for fans, San Diego Comic Fest is sure to please. This all-volunteer comic con is a gathering of the tribe where each fan in attendance plays an important role in creating a memorable experience shared by all. We hope that you will join us Presidents’ Day weekend, February 12-15, 2016 for a great, fun time at our fourth San Diego Comic Fest!