SDCC 2012: Blizzplanet’s Art of Blizzard Cocktail Party Winner Photos

Some of Blizzplanet’s twenty “Art of Blizzard Cocktail Party” ticket winners sent a couple of photos to share with our community.

Here are some of the comments and feedback from attendees:

I had a blast at the party with being able to see the work created by Blizzard’s artists up close and personal. It was great also talking to the artists of Blizzard — especially Sam Didier who had some fun stories from working at Blizzard; and starting out as an artist. I do wish though that everyone wore name tags so we knew who was from Blizzard, who was a contest winner, and so forth. The food was a little bit too fancy for me; but was still very good! Overall I had a great time and the swag bags were awesome; and thank you for choosing me as one of the winners!” — Eric Schultz

Joshua had the awesome opportunity to meet Blizzard SVP of Creative Design Chris Metzen and take home a photo for posterity.

All the attendees took home a swag bag full of cool Blizzard stuff:

Dezzen and a friend at the Art of Blizzard Cocktail Party: “I really enjoyed myself. It was a night I will always think back on fondly. ”

Were you one of the SDCC 2012 Blizzard Panel and/or Art of Blizzard Cocktail Party attendees? Got photos or video? Send it our way to post in the front page.

Brian Jaye sent us photos of the Blizzard panel, the Art of Blizzard exhibition and the cocktail party.

SDCC 2012: Day Two

Some photos are starting to show up with Blizzard developers signing at the Insight Editions booth. Chris Metzen and Samwise Didier were signing The Art of Blizzard posters and books. Like it at the Insight Editions facebook.

Crave Online interviewed Sam Raimi at San Diego Comic Con. Raimi revealed he’s no longer the director of the World of Warcraft film. After he committed to direct “Oz, the Great and Powerful”, Blizzard decided to move forward with other plans for the film. The Warcraft film is still in development until further notice.

Brand ambassador Christina Sims interviews Christie Golden, author of World of Warcraft: Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, about her latest book and writing in general!

USAOPOLY Risk: StarCraft ships on September 1. It contains 330 custom pieces featuring StarCraft units.

Blizzard previewed the unpainted Sideshow Collectibles Diablo III Statue prototype. It looks awesome.

Looks like the “The Art of Blizzard” Cocktail Party seems was fun. What were the devs drinking? Who knows. Cowboy Jim Raynor would certainly have taken Tequila down the intake. Toast!

SDCC 2012: Day One

Day One at the San Diego Comic Con is pretty hot with the upcoming 2012-2013 Blizzard licensed products showcased for the world to see.

Sideshow Collectibles

Sideshow Collectibles has once more left me jaw-dropped with the unveiling of three statues: Diablo as you see him in ACT IV in Leah’s body, Arthas, and a new Tychus Findlay statue. Awesome … awesome!

For your knowledge, Sideshow announced a giveaway of this Diablo Statue. It ends on August 13th. Hurry up and participate in this Diablo III Statue Giveaway

Cryptozoic Entertainment

Cryptozoic Entertainment Christina Sims (beautiful BlizzCon cosplayer: Marry me!) gives fans a quick tour through San Diego Comic Con and some of the TCG / Board Game licensees’ booths. She will be posting a few videos throughout the weekend.

IDW Publishing

Transformers: Autocracy co-author Chris Metzen and Livio Ramondelli (artist) at the IDW booth. Photo by: Tiffany T. Wong

Pre-SDCC 2012 Previews

The Cryptozoic Store is ready to open its doors near the San Diego Convention Center. Scott Gaeta (Chief Operating Officer) gives you a tour throughout the store to learn in advance where to hang out to play some of the TCG and board games they will be showcasing. For more details on the Thur-Sun schedule check out this page.

Yesterday, MEGA BLOKS unveiled a gallery of the World of Warcraft Fall 2012 Sets. Check them out here.

SDCC 2012: Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Fall 2012 Sets Unveiled

Barely two days away from San Diego Comic Con 2012 Mega Bloks unveils a sneak peek photo gallery of the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Fall 2012 Sets.

Like the Mega Bloks Facebook page.

SDCC 2012: Blizzplanet Wants Your Christie Golden Questions

One of the Blizzplanet’s Art of Blizzard Exhibition & Cocktail Party ticket winners will represent us at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con. She will bring photos and video of the Blizzard panel.

We’d like to gather questions from our visitors to ask Christie Golden about the upcoming World of Warcraft: Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War, and StarCraft II: Flashpoint.

Post your questions at the following Blizzplanet forum thread.

Product Descriptions

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SDCC 2012: Blizzard Entertainment Licensed Products Schedule

Blizzard Entertainment Product Showcase Panel

Thursday, July 12
Room 6BCF
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Book Signings

On Friday, July 13 between 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. visit the Insight Editions Booth # 1035 for the book signing of Art of Blizzard. Meet Chris Metzen and Sam Didier there.

New York Times bestselling author, Christie Golden, will be at the Blizzard Product Showcase Panel, but you might have a closer one-on-one experience with the author at two signing events:

  • Thursday, July 12 (4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
    Mysterious Galaxy Booth #1119

  • Thursday, July 12 (7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
    Cryptozoic Store
    411 Market Street, San Diego

On Saturday, July 14 head over to the Insight Editions Booth #1035. New York Times Bestselling authors Micky Neilson, Flint Dille and Matt Burns will be there signing copies of Diablo III: Book of Cain between 10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m.

Booth Highlights

Insight Editions booth # 1035 will feature a sneak peek of the upcoming The Art of Blizzard book, which offers an exclusive look at the ideas and imagery that have defined some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games.

DK Publishing Booth #2913 will feature the Brady Games World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Strategy Guide. Drop in for a discount promotional code you can use to buy it when on release date.

Sideshow Collectibles Booth #1929 will have a special treat for fans. Check out sculptures featuring characters from the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises, including the latest terrifying figure from Diablo III, to be revealed during the Blizzard Product Showcase panel.

Samwise Didier Autograph & Art

Hail noble Pack of the Storm!

The Panda King will be hosting an artistic extravaganza at the San Diego Comic-Con, July 12-15th. Samwise, who is writing this in third person, will be offering an array of personal and work related art prints as well as original #2 pencil Portraits of Power. As per usual, weapons, skulls and ale will be accepted as offerings and tributes to his royal Panda-ness. Details of table location and examples of the prints are located below.

See you next week loyal pack mates.


Tricia Helfer

Non-Blizzard related, but Tricia Helfer (StarCraft II Kerrigan) just posted on Twitter she will be at the San Diego Comic Con on Thursday, July 12 at the Battlestar Galactica Reunion between 2:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m.

On Friday at the Tron Uprising panel betwee 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Tricia is also signing on Friday at 5:00 p.m.

Tricia will be signing on Saturday between 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Hermes Press booth #1821.

Plenty of chances for you to catch up. Just watch your back. You can never truly trust Kerrigan.

Christie Golden @ 2012 San Diego Comic Con

Christie Golden confirmed she will attend the 2012 San Diego Comic Con through Thursday, Friday and Saturday. She’s definitely a guest at the Blizzard Merchandise panel where the team will unveil the 2012-2013 licensed product line-up on Thursday, July 12th at 2:15pm — Room 6BCF.

Later, the same Thursday between 7pm – 8pm, Christie Golden is a guest at the Cryptozoic Entertainment store located offsite at 441 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92101. You can find the Cryptozoic Store schedule here. Cryptozoic is organizing a World of Warcraft TCG Lootapalooza on Sunday, July 15th 3:00 pm. (Google Map)

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There’s a book signing event on Saturday, July 14th at the San Diego Comic Con where Christie Golden will be a guest. I’ll update when she gets the schedule.

2012 San Diego Comic Con: Sideshow Collectibles to Unveil Diablo Statue

Sideshow Collectibles and Blizzard Entertainment will unveil the prototype of the upcoming Diablo Statue at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con. Attendees will find it at booth # 1929.

Follow the link to sign up to the newsletter for future updates. An SDCC attendee? Check out our listing of booths to visit for Blizzard licensed products.

San Diego Comic Con 2012: Blizzard Entertainment Schedule

This year, Blizzard Entertainment is holding another panel at the San Diego Comic Con 2012 (SDCC) with a round of licensed-product companies showcasing their upcoming product line-ups. I’d assume the following companies will be in this panel: Mega Bloks, Gallery Books, DC Comics, Sideshow Collectibles, J!NX. Christie Golden is confirmed to be at this panel on Thursday, Friday and she will also be signing books on Saturday.

The panel will take place on Thursday, July 12th at 2:15pm – Room 6BCF.


2:15pm – 3:15pm

Blizzard Entertainment Product Showcase— Love Diablo, World of Warcraft and StarCraft? Join Chris Metzen (Blizzard Entertainment SVP, story and franchise development) and a team of esteemed guests as we reveal never-before-seen licensed products and plans for 2012/2013. Talk to the designers, writers and artists themselves as we dig into Mega Bloks, novels, comics, statues and more. Panel and Q&A session moderated by Kat Hunter (host of Blizzcon coverage on DIRECTV). Room 6BCF


Chris Metzen and Flint Dille recently wrote the Transformers: Autocracy online comic book # 1-12. If you are into Transformers, visit him at the IDW / Hasbro panel:

10:00pm – 11:00pm IDW & Hasbro— Join senior editor John Barber (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), editor Carlos Guzman, and Hasbro’s director of global publishing Michael Kelly reveal secrets and upcoming plans for Transformers, G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, and more. A new Transformers series will be announced-as well as a new license. Panelists include Larry Hama (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Chris Metzen (Transformers: Autocracy), Flint Dille (Transformers: Autocracy), Livio Ramondelli (Transformers: Autocracy), Andrew Griffith (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), Brendan Cahill (Transformers: Robots in Disguise), Mike Costa (G.I. Joe: Cobra), plus surprise guests! Room 9

Booths You Shouldn’t Miss

Samwise Didier (Blizzard Senior Art Director) will be signing artwork at booth # DD-09 at the Artists’ Alley.

Insight Editions may be found at booth # 1035. The book will ship in October 10th, but SDCC attendees can buy and take home the “Art of Blizzard“.

Mega Bloks is exhibiting at booth # 3947 — they plan to launch several World of Warcraft sets this Summer. Chances are they might showcase some of them here.

Sideshow Collectibles can be found at booth # 1929 — there’s a possibility they might have a prototype of the World of Warcraft: Arthas polystone statue.

Last year, Blizzplanet had coverage of Blizzard Swag panel held at the San Diego Comic Con 2011. You should check it out to find out what to expect this year.

Blizzard / Insight Editions Art of Blizzard Art Exhibition & Cocktail Party

At least 20 Blizzplanet visitors will attend San Diego Comic Con taking home one of our tickets courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment and Insight Editions. If you are an SDCC attendee, we recommend you to participate in our current giveaway which ends on Wednesday, July 4th. Hurry up!

Floor Map

An attendee? You might want to take a look at the SDCC floor Map. (PDF) Or get your mobile prepared with SDCC My Schedule.

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