Cartoon Network plans to say goodbye to Adventure Time in style at San Diego Comic-Con - IGN can exclusively reveal that the show will celebrate its final season (and final Comic-Con panel) with music, special guests and plenty of surprises.
The Adventure Time panel will take place Friday, July 20 in the Hilton Bayfront's Indigo Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., with "a live musical performance featuring some of your favorite tracks from the series, along with special guests and an exclusive series finale trailer," per Cartoon Network.
Steven Universe is also getting plenty of love at SDCC - fans will be able to step inside the world of the show at Cartoon Network's booth, where they'll be greeted by "large, iconic figures of the Crystal Gems above a crystal landscape. A screen embedded in the crystal will show what’s waiting inside – the chance to be in an epic parallax scene with their favorite characters."
Plus, on Thursday, July 19 from 4:30 to 5:30 in the Horton Grand Theatre, series creator Rebecca Sugar, star Estelle (who voices Garnet), and experts from the Dove Self-Esteem Project will host the "Superheroes of Body Positivity Panel" to discuss the importance of body positivity in both the real and animated world. Then, on Saturday, July 21, Sugar and the show's cast, Estelle, Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), Deedee Magno Hall (Pearl) and Zach Callison (Steven) will gather in the Indigo Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. for the official Steven Universe panel, promising some "epic announcements" and perhaps a ukulele performance or two.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday in Room 25ABC, Cartoon Network will gather the showrunners of its most beloved and exciting new series for "Cartoon Network Creators: Drawing on Inspiration," featuring Matt Burnett and Ben Levin from Craig of the Creek, Daniel Chong from We Bare Bears, Diego Molano from Victor & Valentino, and Julia Pott from Summer Camp Island, moderated by Ian Jones-Quartey from OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes.
IGN also has the details for Cartoon Network's other special events, exclusive products, and talent signings - check out what else they've got in store below, including an inspiring fashion show spotlighting the designs of 5-17 year-old fans, and a costume ball you won't want to miss.
Cartoon Network Events
THURSDAY, JULY 19
THE HER UNIVERSE FASHION SHOW: CARTOON NETWORK JUNIOR DESIGNER SHOWCASE
6 p.m. | Manchester Grand Hyatt - Harbor Ballroom
The 5th annual Her Universe Fashion Show is a design competition where 24 designers compete with their original “geek couture” designs for the chance to win the ultimate prize – the opportunity to design a Her Universe fashion collection for Hot Topic. Cartoon Network has sponsored the junior designer contest, where youth ages 5-17 had the opportunity to submit designs inspired by The Powerpuff Girls in celebration of the 20th Anniversary. Four winners were chosen and they will reveal their designs during the Cartoon Network Junior Designer showcase during the Her Universe Fashion Show. Hosted by actress and Her Universe Founder, Ashley Eckstein, the show will once again be held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt on Thursday, July 19th. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.
SUNDAY, JULY 22
CARTOON NETWORK BEST SUMMER EVER COSTUME BALL
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Hilton Bayfront Indigo Ballroom
Kids, get ready for the Best Costume Ball Ever! Cartoon Network is throwing the hottest party of the season and we want you to join us. Kick off your flip flops, ditch the bathing suit and show off your chillest, most creative costumes. Oh and did we mention guest judges from some of your favorite Cartoon Network shows? We’ll play games, share exclusive never-before-seen clips and hand out some sizzling prizes. Parents, turn up the heat by getting in on the action with a family costume. Make your Best Summer Ever complete with a party you’ll remember all year long!
Steven Universe Sketchbook (Insight Editions, Booth #3721)
Let the colorful characters of Steven Universe inspire your creativity with this gorgeous sketchbook. Available as a limited-release early preview at SDCC, the sketchbook features an exclusive foreword from show creator Rebecca Sugar along with whimsical drawings from her and the show's other artists. This sketchbook invites Steven Universe fans to bring out their inner artist within its blank pages.
Steven Universe Zagwear Exclusive Plush (UCC Distributing, Inc., Booth #5610)
Zagwear is premiering Steven Universe exclusive plushies featuring Lars of the Stars, Yellow Diamond, Blue Diamond, Pink Diamond, Sparkle Cookie Cat, Peridot, Night Lion and Sitting Pink Lion.
Steven Universe Cookie Cat Original Print T-Shirt (For Fans By Fans, Booth #1316)
The adorable Cookie Cat Steven T-Shirt in charcoal by Steven Universe fan and illustrator Shelby Chin is a San Diego Comic Con exclusive available only at For Fans By Fans Booth # 1316. ForFansByFans.com is a community that bridges the gap between fans, artists, and the worlds that inspire them.
Adventure Time 7” Vinyl (Mondo, Booth #435)
Mondo is debuting a SDCC 2018 Adventure Time exclusive vinyl featuring tracks “Friends Don’t Fight” (both with vocals and instrumental) and “Manlorette Party.” The vinyl cover art work is custom created by artist JJ Harrison and they will be sold at the Mondo booth for $12 +tax. Supply is limited, so make sure to get them before they’re gone!
Adventure Time: Beginning of the End #1 (BOOM! Studios, Booth #2229)
When Finn breaks a promise he can't remember making, Chronologius Rex, the lord of Hours and All Time, confronts him. Journey with Finn and Jake as they work to save Finn before he is erased from every reality! Honoring the series finale of Cartoon Network’s longest-running series, Adventure Time: Beginning of the End #1 will be sold exclusively at the BOOM! Studios Booth.
Adventure Time Coloring Book (Dark Horse, Booth #2615)
Dark Horse and Cartoon Network are teaming up for a SDCC 2018 exclusive early preview Adventure Time coloring book! Bring Finn and Jake’s adventures to life in this official coloring book, featuring 45 original images by various artists. They are also adding a little color to the lives of Cartoon Network fans with a 59”x59" coloring wall featuring illustrations from the network’s longest running series Adventure Time and fan-favorite Steven Universe. Comic con attendees can stop by their booth starting Thursday to color in the gigantic coloring book pages and get a chance to purchase new products.
The Powerpuff Girls Titan Figures 3-Pack (Titan, Booth #5537)
Titan Entertainment are bringing their first EXCLUSIVE The Powerpuff Girls Glow-in-The-Dark 3" TITANS three-pack to SDCC 2018! Celebrating 20 years of Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls, this set features Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup straight outta Townsville - ready for action with super glow-in-the-dark highlights.
Cartoon Network Signings
FRIDAY, JULY 20
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. | AA02
INSIGHT EDITIONS STEVEN UNIVERSE DELUXE HARDCOVER BLANK SKETCHBOOK: REBECCA SUGAR EDITION SIGNING WITH REBECCA SUGAR
12 p.m. – 1 p.m. | Insight Editions Booth #3721
SATURDAY, JULY 21
12:50 – 1:50 p.m. | AA06
CARTOON NETWORK CREATORS: DRAWING ON INSPIRATION
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | AA06
Laura Prudom is the Executive TV Editor at IGN. You can talk to her on Twitter at @LauinLA.