The world’s largest pop-culture extravaganza, San Diego Comic Con (a.k.a. Comic Con International) kicked off on Wednesday night and has blasted through the last two days with more than it’s usual inclusion of pro wrestling related appearances.
The biggest SDCC and lucha libre related news has to be the launch of Masked Republic and Chido Comic’s Luchaverse story world! While this was Masked Republic’s 4th time participating in Comic Con, it was the first time they were doing so with an actual comic book. And, it was not just any book, as the first chapter in the Masked Republic Luchaverse is the Rey Mysterio One-Shot. The world’s most iconic luchador was on hand on Friday to meet a steady stream (check out that photo of the line!) of fans of all ages. The book’s artist Ben Harvey was also at the Masked Republic/Headlocked booth allowing fans to meet the man receiving rave reviews for his work on the book. Fans who were unable to attend SDCC can now pick up the book at LuchaShop.com.
The day before, Thursday, Psychosis appeared at the Masked Republic/Headlocked booth as well wearing his classic WCW look!
The legendary El Hijo del Santo also appeared, signing posters and with official t-shirts at the Nuclear Blast/JSR booth.
While the general public would not think about her as lucha related at first thought, WWE Hall of Famer Lita (Amy Dumas) was at the Headlocked Comic booth (the same one where Psychosis and Rey signed). Anyone who has followed her history or saw her WWE HOF acceptance speech knows that she began her career in Mexico training at Arena Mexico. Fellow WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler was at the Headlocked booth as well. Both Lita and Lawler return today, Saturday, giving fans another chance to meet them and get autographs and photos. If you have never read Headlocked comic, you are missing out on the best comic about the pro wrestling industry. Where the Masked Republic Luchaverse puts Rey Mysterio and other luchadores into a fantasy world that mixes the action-adventure, sci-fi, horror and fantasy genres, Headlocked is an actual “Showtime style” look into the pro wrestling business as its’ main character goes from fan to star through the course of it’s volumes. With cover art by Jerry Lawyer and contributions in both art and storytelling by some of the biggest names in wrestling, any fan of the business will want to check it out.
WWE and Mattel continued their co-branded SDCC experience with a panel and autograph signings featuring AJ Styles, Becky Lynch, Zach Ryder, Curt Hawkins, Cathy Kelly and a surprise appearance by Matt Hardy.
Lucha Underground also had a SDCC related appearance, though not in the actual main convention hall. Taya, Johnny Mundo, PJ Black, Marty “The Moth” Martinez and Chavo Guerrero Jr. took part in streaming panels recorded off site. Chavo also hit the town to check out the scene based on his Instagram posts!
While he was not there in person, WWE U.S. Champion Shinsuke Nakamura’s presence was definitely felt as he TOWERED over attendees with a huge banner for the upcoming English version of his biography “King of Strong Style” releasing soon from VIZ Media. Fans attending SDCC this weekend can actually purchase an advance copy at the VIZ booth. The book will be in stores, and shipping from online retailers like Amazon, in August. (It is available for pre-order now.)
We’ll be back at SDCC today capturing more photos – and video – that will make it’s way to Lucha Central shortly!