Comic-Con International 2018 Souvenir Book
The Comic-Con International Souvenir Book is a collectible full-color trade paperback given FREE to all attendees (while supplies last). The book features bios and photos of this year's special guests, plus articles and art created by fans and pros devoted to our anniversary celebrations. It also functions as a kind of "Yearbook" for the show, featuring Eisner Award winners from the past year and current nominees, Hall of Fame inductees, and tributes to those popular arts creators who have passed away in the previous year. (The 2018 Souvenir Book, shown at left, features an exclusive cover by Matt Taylor, and was produced in conjunction with Mondo. The cover celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.) This year’s book will be our biggest ever, weighing in at 280 pages, plus covers.
As in previous years, Comic-Con solicited articles and artwork from professionals and fans alike, based on the anniversaries we’re celebrating this year. The official celebrations are listed below.
2018 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
Our 2018 anniversaries include—by coincidence—a number of horror, supernatural, and science fiction-oriented celebrations.
200th Anniversary of Frankenstein
Teenaged Mary Shelley created a literal monster when she “workshopped” her book, Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus, with her soon-to-be-husband, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and John Polidori, as part of a competition to see who could write the best horror story. The result was fiction’s most famous monster and the story of the scientist who created him (Dr. Frankenstein), first published in 1818. While the titular character of the book is in fact the good (or bad) doctor, the name Frankenstein has become synonymous with the shambling beast created by piecing together parts of dead bodies. Brought to vivid life in the movies by Boris Karloff and director James Whale, the Universal Monsters series of the 1930s and ‘40s launched both love and nightmares in many a child. The Monster lives on, brought to life again and again in movies, television shows, plays, comics, toys, and much more.
25th Anniversary of Hellboy
Mike Mignola’s big red demon got his original start in San Diego Comic-Con Comics in 1993, a co-publication of Comic-Con and Dark Horse Comics, which was given free to attendees. Hellboy went on to become one of the most popular supernatural characters in comics, appearing in numerous comics series by Mignola and others, and launching a whole Hellboy Universe (also known as the “Mignola-verse”). In addition, the character appeared in two popular movies directed by Oscar-nominated director Guillermo del Toro and starring Ron Perlman, and is about to hit the silver screen again in early 2019 in a major reboot directed by Neil Marshall and starring David Harbour and Milla Jovovich. Hellboy also conquered animation with Hellboy Animated, which included two films, Sword of Storms and Blood and Iron, both voiced by Perlman.
25th Anniversary of Vertigo Comics
DC’s Vertigo Comics imprint launched in January 1993 with a mix of new and existing titles. Popular DC titles such as Sandman, Swamp Thing, Animal Man, and Shade the Changing Man moved over to the new imprint and new titles, such as the 3-issue mini-series Death: The High Cost of Living, and the ongoing Sandman Mystery Theater launched in the first year. Since then Vertigo has become famous for edgy, adult, compelling series such as Preacher, Y: The Last Man, Transmetropolitan, 100 Bullets, Fables, Hellblazer (John Constantine), Lucifer, and many more. The Vertigo imprint has also seen a number of movie and TV adaptations, including the current hit series Lucifer (on FOX), and Preacher (on AMC).
25th Anniversary of The X-Files
Few TV shows have had the lasting influence of Chris Carter’s The X-Files. Debuting in 1993, the original series, starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, lasted nine seasons on FOX for a total of 202 episodes. It spawned two movies (The X Files in 1998 and The X Files: I Want to Believe in 2008, both sans hyphen), and has returned to TV in 2016, 2017, and this year in limited series. A spin-off series, The Lone Gunmen, appeared in 2001. The X-Files crossed over into comics, books, video games, and a veritable treasure trove of related merchandise. The truth is out there!
10th Anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Way back in 2007, Marvel Studios made its Hall H debut with a movie called Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. While Marvel-related movies—including Spider-Man and X-Men—had appeared at Comic-Con before, this was the first time Marvel itself offered a film, based on a somewhat obscure (to the general public, if not to comics fans) character. The rest, as they say, is history. With Iron Man’s 2008 debut, Marvel Studios went on to become the juggernaut (X-Men pun intended) of movie-making, releasing 17 movies in the past decade (with #18, Black Panther, due in theaters in February). We’re celebrating 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many of which made their very first appearances here at Comic-Con International in Hall H, close to a year before they hit the big screen.
Additional articles on comics and pop culture history will also appear in the 2018 Souvenir Book. Be sure to pick up your copy with your bag and lanyard (plus the Events Guide and Quick Guide) when you get to Comic-Con!