Becoming Superman by J. Michael Straczynski The iconic sci-fi writer who has done everything—most notably his epic Spider-Man and Superman comic-book runs, Sense8,Babylon 5,The Real Ghostbusters, He-Man, The Twilight Zone, World War Z, Thor—does it again. Only this time, it’s all real. Released in tandem with Comic-Con, where he held a massively attended signing, Straczynski’s deeply personal memoir is an inspiring tale of one man’s horrifying childhood at the hands of his toxic, abusive family and the refuge he found in his beloved comics. amazon.com
Snoopy Skateboard In addition to their booth on the convention center floor, Peanuts once again hosted a pop-up shop in San Diego’s Gaslamp district honoring Astronaut Snoopy. And there, fans could pick up this sweet high-end art edition collaboration between Peanuts and The Skateroom. theskateroom.com
Magic: The Gathering Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast’s wildly popular fantasy card game unleashed its annual exclusive set and this year’s was fire. Literally. The “Dragon’s Endgame” set includes special cards for four God-Eternals—Rhonas, Bontu, Kefnet, and Oketra—as well as Nicol himself, in special edition packaging that opens to display all five cards emblazoned with original artwork from Magic artist Adam Paquette. magic.wizards.com
Mezco’s Commissioner James Gordon and Bat Signal – Deluxe Edition One of the coolest toys-for-adults next summer amped up their One:12 series with this badass salute to Gotham’s top cop. Complete with a rotating Bat Signal (that actually lights up!), Gordon also comes packaged with two head sculpts, a GCPD badge, radio, removable trench coat, tac vest with working zipper, and handgun with holster. Ben McKenzie should be so proud. mezcotoyz.com
Factory Entertainment Kuzos Factory’s line of detailed die-cast metal collectibles welcomed more entries based on iconic movie and television characters, including Game Of Thrones‘ Iron Throne in gold, a Starfleet Hand Phaser from Star Trek Discovery and Wonder Woman‘s Tiara. Each piece is a limited-edition run so good luck! factoryent.com
LEGO’s DC Comics Super Heroes This was a hot one at the convention! The Dark Knight of Gotham City™ honors Batman’s 80th anniversary with an exclusive 427-piece set of Gotham City’s iconic hero. It was only available at SDCC, so you’re best bet is searching ebay! lego.com
Kidrobot’s Chia Dunny The art-toy experts delivered their second growable goodie with a White Edition of the Buzz Kill Chia Pet Dunny by South Africa-based artist, Kronk. The clay terracotta Dunny comes with a packet of seeds for that fresh Chia fro. kidrobot.com
Super7’s Universal Monster figures Because Halloween should be celebrated year-round, of course we wanted these all-new exclusives! Available at the convention and the company’s themed Boodega a few blocks away, the hip AF fashion-and-collectible brand’s 3.5” Japanese ReAction figures are translucent versions of those classic Universal Monsters Dracula, Frankenstein, his Bride and The Invisible Man. In addition, they had drinkware, t-shirts and puzzles, as well as a delightful collection of Peanuts-themed items like a full-size Snoopy wearing a Charlie Brown mask that is pretty much the greatest thing ever. super7.com
Now that our feet have stopped throbbing from walking the floor of the San Diego convention center, it's time to look back on some of the sweet swag that was up for grabs during the 2019 Comic-Con International.
Many of booths were pushing convention exclusives that were only available for purchase at the event, while others simply unveiled goodies you could start getting during the four-day pop culture Olympics.