For the third year in a row, ComiXology will be at San Diego with a set of collectibles trading cards for comics creators. This year’s Series 3 includes a subset curated by Kevin Smith and billed as “Heavy Hitters.” Although that name conjures all kind of qualifications….it’s just very talented cartoonists including Kevin’s top six picks of the comic book industry’s most accomplished and continuously watched talent including artist Jim Lee, writer Geoff Johns, artist Becky Cloonan, colorist Laura Allred, artist Emma Ríos, and cartoonist Bruce Timm.
The rest of the 35-card set includes such icons as Jordie Bellaire, Emmy Award-winning writer Paul Dini, acclaimed cartoonists Emil Ferris and Sonny Liew, Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley, Bonecreator Jeff Smith, This One Summer writer Mariko Tamaki, cover artist Kevin Wada and two cards highlighting the creative teams behind the comiXology Originals titles Valiant High and this fall’s Marley’s Ghost. Oh and Roxane Gay. But the Victoria Jamison one must be the coolest of all. Because WordPress likes to compress files, you can see a big image of all the cards here.
The bad nesws is that this is the third and FINAL series, according to Comixology ceo David Steinberger. “We pulled out all the stops for our third and final Comic Book All Stars collection featuring the star creators of comics and graphic novels.” Sob sob sob.
You can get the cards attending comiXology panels or going to booth #2547 during the show.
This is really wonderful but it’s tragic that this series ended before they could do a subset of “COMICS’ BEST BLOGGERS”. So sad.
“Comics have always been an important part of my life whether I’m reading them, writing them or selling them. And it’s the writers, artists, inkers, colorists, and letterers who are a vital part of this incredible form of storytelling,” said Kevin Smith, IMDb’s Comic-Con International host. “I’m proud to spotlight some of today’s most talented creators who are making an impact in the comics industry with these six ‘Heavy Hitters’ as part of comiXology’s All Star Trading cards for SDCC 2017.”
Kevin Smith will host a Comic Book Movie Trivia panel, produced by IMDb and comiXology, at Comic-Con International. The panel will be moderated by Kevin Smith and will feature a panel of pop culture expert contestants including Fatman on Batman’s Marc Bernardin and Julie and Shawna Benson, writers of The CW’s The 100 and DC Comics’ Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. Col Needham, IMDb Founder and CEO, and comiXology CEO David Steinberger will judge the panel. The panel is scheduled for Thursday, July 20th from 5:30-6:30 PM in room 6A at The San Diego Convention Center. Full packs of All Star Trading Cards, including “Kevin Smith’s Heavy Hitters,” will be given out at the panel.
The Comic Book All Stars Series 3 collectible trading card set features the following cards:
Bryan Lee O’Malley
Jenn St. Onge
Wendy and Richard Pini
Valiant High Daniel Kibblesmith and Derek Charm from comiXology Originals
Marley’s Ghost Shannon Wheeler, Josh O’Neil, and Gideon Kendall from comiXology Originals
Kevin Smith’s Heavy Hitters:
Comic-Con International takes place in San Diego, California July 19th – 23rd at the San Diego Convention Center with comiXology exhibiting at booth #2547. ComiXology will be hosting eleven panels at this year’s convention and during every panel a limited supply of trading cards and Kindle Fire HD devices will be given out to lucky attendees.
Comic Book All Stars collectible trading cards were made popular with Comic Book All Stars Series 1, a set of 26 cards that were given away in July 2016 at Comic-Con International in San Diego and Series 2, a set of 31 cards were given away in October 2016 at New York Comic Con.
The Comic Book All Stars collectible trading cards will also be available at designated times during the convention at the comiXology booth #2547. The company will be announcing many creator card signings, the full list of panels, and card drops via comiXology’s social media and Tumblr closer to the convention.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.