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Comic-Con 2019 Toucan Tips

We’re less than a month away from Comic-Con 50 on July 18–21 at the San Diego Convention Center (with Preview Night on Wed., July 17), and it’s time to power up the ol’ Toucan Tip Machine! That’s right, the bird is back with important info, tips, and what’s new at the world’s premier comics and pop culture convention! We’ll be coming to you most weekdays with another special tidbit that will help enhance your knowledge about this year’s big event!

So let’s start with a recap! Here’s everything we’ve posted so far about Comic-Con 50, with links to the individual pages.

Special Guests

Our complete special guests list includes some of comics and genre fiction’s top talents plus close to 20 Comic-Con “Alumni,” invited back to help us celebrate Comic-Con 50. Click here for the complete list!

Exhibitor Lists and Exhibit Hall Map

We’ve posted this year’s complete Exhibitor Lists and the massive Exhibit Hall Map for Halls A through G at the San Diego Convention Center. Here are the links to the map and the individual pages:

The Gathering at Comic-Con Museum

The first ever gala fundraiser for the upcoming Comic-Con Museum is on Wednesday, July 17 in Balboa Park. Click here for important info on how to attend!

Comic-Con 2019 Badge Shipping Information

Badges have started to ship to US residents who purchased them by May 13. Click here for important info and what to look for!

Shuttle Schedule Changes

If you take the Comic-Con Free Shuttle Service to and from your hotel and the San Diego Convention Center, we've made some changes to the schedule this year. Click here for important info about the schedule, plus a link to the route map!

Harbor Drive Restrictions

Harbor Drive in front of the San Diego Convention Center (between First Avenue and Park Boulevard) will be restricted to ALL traffic, including cars, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and shared mobility devices (dockless bicycles and scooters). You will need a valid Comic-Con 2019 badge or confirmed registration in-hand for access to any part of the San Diego Convention Center, including the front drive, terraces, sidewalks, Plaza Park area, or the Ace Parking underground garage during the event. Click here for more details.

Comic-Con’s Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive

Comic-Con is the largest San Diego-area Blood Drive, and you can be a part of it! Schedule an appointment NOW to give blood at the event and get some cool swag! Click here for more info.

Child Care at Comic-Con

The deadline for pre-registration was June 17, but if you’re interested in dropping off the kids at Child Care at Comic-Con, click here for some important info.

Souvenir Book Cover

It’s our 50th Comic-Con, so what better way to celebrate than have one of the most popular comics artists do a massive wraparound cover … right? And not only a wraparound cover, but one with THIRTEEN different comics characters from five different companies! Jim Lee once again hits it out of the park, along with Scott Williams on inks and Alex Sinclair on colors. Click here to see this once-in-a-lifetime work of art.


Comic-Con’s 45th annual Masquerade is full for contestants, but click here for some important info for those who want to attend, including how to get tickets for Ballroom 20 on Saturday night!

Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival Schedule (CCI-IFF)

We've announced the preliminary schedule for this year's CCI-IFF, including flim titles and categories, panels, and this year's judges. Click here for a look at the schedule.


We've announced a whole bunch of info on our 2019 awards programs. Click the links below to find out more!

Artist Tips

Here's some helpful info from professional artists Jesse Hamm and Steve Lieber for artists who may be attending Comic-Con in hopes of finding work.

Toucan Blogger Jesse Hamm’s Convention Tips for Artists
Former Toucan Blogger Steve Lieber's Portfolio Review Tips

Join us over the next few weeks as we post more Toucan Tips, to help you enjoy and navigate Comic-Con 2019!

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