We make our way to the technology capital of the world: Silicon Valley. After their sold out Inaugural event last year, Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017 expands beyond the San Jose Convention Center into neighboring venues to accommodate more attendees, panels and exhibitors.
Silicon Valley Comic Con brings together America’s two greatest superheroes: Pop Culture and Technology. Presented by Steve Wozniak and featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video games, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and our electronic worlds intersect.
Our mission at Hall H is to put the focus on artists and other creatives. So make sure you make your way to Artist Alley and visit some of our favorite artists and friends:
Lenzations Artist Alley-A36
Kong vs Skullcrawler COMPLETE! This was a very fun project. I’ll be debuting this piece at #SVCC this weekend, so come check me out at booth A36 in Artist Alley! Enjoy 😊! #kongskullisland #kingkong #kong #skullcrawler #legendary #legendarypictures #wbpictures #warnerbros #illustration #potrait #realism #lenzations #art #artcomplex #topdraw #artfido #artistdrop
Ben Russel Artist Alley-B8
Jusscope Press Extended Exhibit Hall-EEH23
Pascual Productions Artist Alley-C7. Geoff will not be there personally (he’s at C2E2) but members from his team will be at the table.
Other artists in attendance:
Art Adams – Legendary Marvel comic book artist behind Longshot, X-Men and More
Bill Morrison – Eisner Award-winning Cartoonist and Illustrator best known for his work on Simpsons, Futurama and as a Disney Illustrator
Drew Struzan – Artist Behind 150+ Iconic Movie Posters, Including Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Back to the Future Films
Eric ‘Ebas’ Basaldua – Best known for Top Cow’s Witchblade
Ethan Castillo – (Artist Alley A48)Bay Area Fan Favorite, 12-year old up and coming comic book artist
Joyce Chin – X-Men, Supergirl
Michael Golden – Former editor for Marvel and one of the most prolific comic book artists of the 1980s and 1990s
Michael J. Zeck – One of the most prolific comic book artists of the 1980s
Owen Gildersleeve – Best known for specializing in handcrafted illustration, design and art direction
Here are some exhibitors we plan on seeing
NASA – Booth 431
Inhiatus Studios – Booth 1244
San Francisco-based creative studio and publisher, focused on Comics, Illustration, Concept Art and Animation.
Hanson Robotics – Booth 628
Creates amazingly expressive and lifelike robots that build trusted and engaging relationships with people through conversation
The Game Zone – Lower Level
No comic con would be complete without a gaming center! Attendees can relive their favorite classic & retro video games and pinball, from Battletoads, to Street Fighter II, to Mario Kart 64.
Adam Savage’s Cosplay Workshop and Lounge – Lower Level
Stop by if you need cosplay repair, want to see some cosplay workshops and want to take pictures of cosplayers
Space Village – Located on the main show floor in the Convention Center directly in front of the main entrance. Displays will range from rocket ships and aeronautics to astrobiology and moon rocks.
Make sure you plan your panel sessions carefully. Unlike, SDCC, WonderCon and other cons, SVCC will clear out rooms between panels. You will have to exit the room even though the next panel you wish to attend is in the same room and get in line again.
This is from the SVCC site:
Will the panel rooms and ballrooms be cleared out between Panels?
Yes, the panel rooms and ballrooms will be cleared out between Panels, with the exception of VIP ticket holders.
So be careful if you want to attend back-to-back panels, you may have to choose one over the other if both panels may be appealing to others. Here is a list of panels that we would like to attend.
Saturday April 22, 2017
Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary Celebration :: City National Civic :: 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
The Art of Ralph McQuarrie: Star Wars and Beyond :: Room 210CDGH :: 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Men of Bronze: 70’s and 80s comic book artists :: Room LL21AB :: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
A Spotlight on The Walking Dead’s Steve Yeun :: Room 230ABC :: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
NASA in Silicon Valley: Technology of the Future :: Room 212ABCD :: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Buzz Aldrin: Humanity’s Future In Space :: City National Civic :: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
The History And Impact of The Cable Car – How It Will Shape The Autonomous Car :: Room 111 :: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Geek Fashion Show Preview :: Plaza de César Chávez :: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Star Trek: Continues :: Room 210CDGH :: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sunday April 23, 2017
The Flash’s Grant Gustin & Tom Felton :: City National Civic :: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Videogame BANG! Live Podcast :: Room 114 :: 10:30 am to 11:30 am
The Linguistics of Arrival : Aliens, Fieldwork, and Universal Grammar :: Room 212ABCD :: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Good Neighbors: Humans of Sesame Street Plus Mr McFeely from Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood :: City National Civic :: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
What Star Trek Brought Us All :: Room 212ABCD :: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
An Hour With Adam Savage :: City National Civic :: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
A Conversation with Tory and Kari about Science, Entertainment, Mythbusters and Beyond :: City National Civic :: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Syfy’s Stars of Cosplay Melee :: Room 210CDGH :: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
SVCC Talk Back :: Room LL212ABCD :: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Even though their are other big name celebrities attending, these are some we don’t see too often at cons or other events.
Adam Savage – MythBusters
Bob McGrath – Bob Johnson, Original Cast Member & Resident Music Teacher On Sesame Street
Buzz Aldrin – Astronaut
Caroll Spinney – Has Performed Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street for Over 45 Years
David Newell – Deliveryman Mr. McFeely from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
Ernie Reyes Jr. – The Last Dragon, Red Sonja, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Surf Ninjas & The Rundown
Emilio Delgado – Luis, Resident of Sesame Street & Fix-It Shop Operator Since 1971
Kari Byron – Mythbusters and White Rabbit Project
Roscoe Orman – Best Known As Gordon, One of the Original Residents of Sesame Street
Tory Belleci – Mythbusters and White Rabbit Project
Science & Tech
Simone Giertz – Creator of shitty robots for YouTube audiences and the newest member of Adam Savage’s TESTED team
Jessica Coon – Acclaimed Linguist and Consultant for the Blockbuster Film “Arrival”
Tracy Drain – Best known for Deputy Chief Engineer for Juno Mission to Jupiter
Clifford V. Johnson – Theoretical physicist known for collaborating with artists, writers and filmmakers to incorporate science into their work
From the map of the Outdoor Festival on the SVCC Facebook page, there will be around 18-20 Food Trucks. SVCC does not have a list of food trucks that will be there but we did some interneting(did we just coin a new term) and found a few that will be there.
There tagline on their truck says it all: Cheesesteaks & Seafood. Do you you feel like Surf, you can choose from fish, shrimp(butterfly or popcorn), clams or oysters with Chips(fries) or as a sandwich, Po Boy style. Or if you craving Turf, they have three varieties of cheesesteaks served on an 8″ roll: beef, chicken or veggie.
“Serving the Bay Area’s Finest Gourmet Sliders.” Great thing about sliders is you don’t need a table to eat them, you can walk around the Outdoor Festival and check out the exhibits and have your lunch at the same time. While all their sliders look delicious we would have to first try the one they call The O.G. It has a quarter pound beef patty(veggie option available), lettuce, tomato, mild cheddar cheese, pickle, dressed with PWS aioli. You can also add bacon and/or an egg for a small cost. If you brought friends, order some of the other sliders like chicken, fish or pork sausage and share because it’s two sliders per order. Did we mention they have tots.. well they have tots! You can have them plain, upgrade with garlic, cheese and bacon or chili. Or as a meal, boat load of tots topped with fish, chicken pesto or the one that caught our eye, Korean Zombie Tots, sliced BBQ Korean rib eye, topped with kim chi, sour cream, PWS aioli, & green onions.
If you have time after SVCC there are a few attractions near the Convention Center: