SVCC 2018 Registration Opens with Stan Lee Announcement
November 29, 2017


(November 22, 2017) – Registration is now open for Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC) 2018. The first guests for the April event were announced today by SVCC, including special guest of honor Stan Lee. Other guests announced were Sean Astin, Matthew Lewis, and Jewel Staite.

“We are excited to launch SVCC 3.0 with such an amazing group of guests, including the legendary Stan Lee”, said Trip Hunter, Chairman of SVCC. “This is just the first of a long list of exciting announcements about guests and events that we will be adding to our lineup to make SVCC the best science, technology, and pop culture event for our fans – whether they’re a new attendee or an alumni.”

“Our theme for this year is “What does it mean to be human?”, continued Hunter. “This allows us to embrace not only the latest trends in sci-fi and pop culture, but the latest trends and technologies in science and tech, including AI, and robotics. It is a line that is getting more or more blurry, and we are excited to give leaders in their respective fields a platform on which to discuss such an important topic.”

SVCC will be held April 6 – 8, 2018, at the San Jose Convention Center. Tickets are now on sale and can be accessed at A free special edition SVCC t-shirt will be available with the purchase of a 3-day pass ($99, t-shirt quantities are limited and will be provided first come, first served; pick-up onsite).

Additional artists and authors also announced today include; Andy Weir, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Martian and Artemis; Jim Shooter, former Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics and founder of VALIANT, DEFIANT, and Broadway Comics; Simon Bisely, best known for his work on ABC Warriors, Lobo and Sláine; and Glenn Fabry, winner of numerous “Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards” as Best Cover Artist.

Stan Lee is an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was formerly executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics. Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he challenged the comics’ industry’s censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to it updating its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.  In July 2017, Lee was named a Disney Legend, a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

Sean Astin is known for such iconic roles as Mikey Walsh in “The Goonies,” the title character of “Rudy,” Samwise Gamgee in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, and Bob Newby in “Stranger Things 2.”

Matthew Lewis is best known for his role as “Neville Longbottom” in the Harry Potter films.  Most recently, he played the character of “Patrick” in the movie “Me Before You” (2016).

Jewel Staite starred as ‘Kaylee’ in the gone-too-soon Fox show “Firefly,” as well as the follow-up film “Serenity.” Prior to that, Jewel played the role of ‘Dr. Keller’ in the SyFy Channel hit series “Stargate:Atlantis”.

Silicon Valley Comic Con brings together America’s two greatest superheroes: Pop Culture and Technology. Presented by Steve Wozniak and featuring top celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video games, consumer electronics, music and apps, Silicon Valley Comic Con is where entertainment and our electronic worlds intersect. The event will be held April 6 – 8 at the San Jose Convention Center. For more information, please visit

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post,,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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