Mourners, Mad Men and Rogues: The Court of the Dead Team at SDCC

Blood, sweat, tears and time go into making something as grand as San Diego Comic-Con Con come to life. Everyone involved wears a lot of hats, and the Court of the Dead team is no different. We caught up with the rest of our crew after the show to get first-hand insight on traveling to, working, and traveling back from the show.

Traveling to SDCC 2018: Questionable Train Companions

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What is Wednesday like on the floor? 

“Like being inside a violently shaken snow globe of fans.”

– Anna Van Slee, Director of New Brands

What is your faction?

“I see Myself as the impartial Judge of the underworld, so I’ve remained a more balanced entity in the Court Realm in order to keep the peace.”

– Tom Gilliland, Creator of Court of the Dead and CCO of Sideshow

 

What’s it like in the week leading up to comic con? 

“It’s some kind of organized chaos. We all have task lists a mile long, and sometimes it feels like they grow just as quickly as we chip away at them. However, the excitement and anticipation keeps everyone on task. Once a year, SDCC tends to plow through like a tsunami, and most of the time, we’re all successfully riding that monster of a wave until the end.”

– Lacee Shaw, Brand Designer & Coordinator

What were some of the memorable moments with mourners or fans? 

“Getting to meet COTD fans is always a charge as many are very up on the lore so getting a chance to share tales and field insights into the underworld is a joy. The testament show we co-sponsored at the house of blues was a welcome change of pace from the day’s meetings and show floor. Fun to get out form the show and feel an altogether different energy to recharge too!”

– Tom Gilliland, Creator of Court of the Dead and CCO of Sideshow

What advice would you give to people that want to go to SDCC?

“Dress for the sun. Bring snacks in case of long lines for food. Get a shuttle from the hotel to drop you off at the train station when headed home.”

– Matt Molen, Sr. Concept Artist 

Was there a specific COTD product you were really looking forward to debuting this year? 

“I was looking forward to sharing the Court of the Dead: Mourners Call board game with fans! It was equally gratifying to meet people who had already backed the game, and we’re excited to see it in person, and new fans who stumbled upon it and wanted to know all about it! I think it shows how rich the lore is and how interconnected the universe is across different mediums, whether it’s statues, graphic novels or even tabletop gaming. If you want to Late Pledge, you still can at www.MournersCall.com until August 6th!”

– Erik Scoggan, CotD Brand Manager

What advice do you have for people that want to go to SDCC?

“For getting yourself to SDCC, just make sure to pay close attention to the Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as the main website. The badge system can be a bit … annoying and you want to read up on it in advance as well as making a member ID before the con even begins. Registration for SDCC is a nightmare but if you read up on it in advance, you should be good. Not a guarantee, but you can be more confident. Also if you plan on going with multiple people, make sure you all coordinate on the badge registration process. 
 
If you so happen to make it to SDCC, here are some tips: Pace yourself and try to not to overexert. If you want to go to panels, perhaps try going to the panel or two ahead to get yourself a good seat. If it’s Hall H, be aware you’re practically committing an entire day. If you want exclusives, make sure to read up on the most popular booths (Funko, UCC, Hasbro, Mattel, etc) and see if they have online lotteries, limits per day, etc. Wear comfortable shoes; trust me, your feet and lower back will thank you for it. Go outside and enjoy some of the exterior exhibits and attractions going on. Loads to do but make sure to do the most important thing; have fun. C:”
– Rachel Roubicek, Sr. Concept Artist.
 

Wanting to go to SDCC then working SDCC is definitely an experience on its own, what’s it like now that you’ve seen what’s going on behind the scenes?

“It can be overwhelming working the event. The phrase ‘SDCC’ alone conjures up some intense images, and it can be downright intimidating at times. But then something wonderful happens… the fans show up. I’m a fan, they’re a fan, I have swag to give out, people are receptive to it, and voila~ magic. The overwhelm melts away and you lose yourself to the hustle and bustle of greeting and meeting people at the event who are, in fact, a lot like yourself.”

– Lacee Shaw, Brand Designer & Coordinator

What were you most excited about debuting at the con?

“The Shadows of the Underworld Original Graphic Novel.”

– Anna Van Slee, Director of New Brands

What’s the most exciting part of SDCC?

“I thoroughly enjoy seeing my friends that exhibit at SDCC and those from out of town. Don’t get to see them as often as I like so it’s an enjoyable time. Also buying way too much stuff that I may end up regretting later … possibly… probably…maybe…..hm”

– Rachel Roubicek, Sr. Concept Artist

What item were you most excited for CotD to debut?

“The “Shadows of The Underworld” graphic novel. We have been working on it for a long while now and it’s just about done so it was great to show off a little glimpse of it at the con.”

– Ricky Lovas, Sr. Brand Manager 

What is an average day during Comic-Con like?

“Imagine swimming upstream 14 miles, while 10,000 lights flash in your face, and all your money flies away. Also eating a lot of burgers.”

– Erik Scoggan, CotD Brand Manager

What CotD product were you most excited to debut this year?

“The new Prestige Statuettes for certain. So glad to not only have been able to figure out the release plan but to also do so at a desirable price. I think this will sit well with folks who have expressed interest in COTD but by either size or cost have it had access to collect form the project. This solves this and offers our existing collecting mourners to expand their collections with space in mind. I look forward to showing a lot more form this scale and expressing some unseen faces as well.”

– Tom Gilliland, Creator of Court of the Dead and CCO of Sideshow

What’s the most exciting part of SDCC?

 “Coffee.”

– Ricky Lovas, Sr. Brand Manager

  

What’s the least exciting part of SDCC? 

“Running out of Coffee.”

– Ricky Lovas, Sr. Brand Manager

What was your average day at SDCC like?

“There is no “average” at SDCC. The show is like an RPG campaign, the most epic of dungeon crawls. Every day a new adventure, and a new twist. Just leaving the booth to get a pretzel for lunch can turn into meeting the next artist that we’re going to work with.”

– Anna Van Slee, Director of New Brands

What’s the least exciting part of SDCC?

“Waiting in lines.. and penguin-style shuffling through the floor. Honestly, I didn’t feel like it was that bad this year though, but sometimes you get caught in an event going on, and end up shuffling along against your will. One time I got barricaded off by a spontaneously appearing line of security guards, only to watch Zachary Levi saunter on down between them- then the two lines closed in on him and literally shuffled him away from the crowd. That was pretty entertaining. He was a good sport about it.”

– Lacee Shaw, Brand Designer & Coordinator

What CotD product were you most excited to debut?

“The Prestige Statuettes. The size and price difference make me believe this line will be more financially accessible and appeal to a broader collectible audience.”

– Matt Molen, Sr. Concept Artist

What’s it like to work a booth as big as Sideshow’s? 

“Awesome due to having a lot of people for attendees to speak to and engage with, buuuuut, sometimes a bit stressful when things get a little crazy. coughpinscough”

– Rachel Roubicek, Sr. Concept Artist

What’s an average day at Comic-Con look like for you?

“Lots of meetings, art dialogues, and a lot of quarterbacking between the different live stream, signing, and overall Creative direct networking. Its a lotta information traveling through your head at once that can be both daunting and invigorating. I love the buzz of it all.”

– Tom Gilliland, Creator of Court of the Dead and CCO of Sideshow

How do you feel on the way back from SDCC? 

“Like Agent Cooper escaping the black lodge. It’s wonderful to finally be home but I definitely have to battle through a couple days of being Dougie before “I am the FBI” again.”

– Ricky Lovas, Sr. Brand Manager

“Like a delirious toothpaste tube at the end of its lifespan. This year the train coming home was also delayed so much that I had time to learn close up magic tricks. Not even joking.”

– Erik Scoggan, CotD Brand Manager

[Editors Note: He is, in fact, not joking. The office hasn’t been the same since.]

 

An extreme caffeine intake over a week, long days with short nights, wild interactions and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, San Diego Comic-Con 2018 comes to a close.

We experienced a wild ride together and even brought some of the madness home. We’d like to know what you guys loved the most? Was it the new debuted Xiall: Ostermancer’s Vision, Kier: Valkyrie’s Revenge, and Gethsemoni: Queen’s Conjuring figures pre-ordering now for only $89? The hunt for the SDCC exclusive 2018 Kier pin? The Nuclear Blast Comic Con After Party? Or something entirely different that you’d like to share? Whatever it may be, we’d like to thank you for the support. We’ll see you next SDCC with more surprises.

Rise, Conquer, Rule!