There was quite a lot to love about last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. For me, the surprise orchestra concert playing the Star Wars score(s) after the Star Wars: The Force Awakens panel was a major treat, but just as awesome was seeing (and shaking hands with) Steven Moffat at the Sherlock panel or simply finding a solid 30 minutes to roam the main floor and look over the goods & wares available. I was working (read: standing in lines) for much of the time, but these small joys made most of the work more than worth it.
One thing that many people got revved up about was the sketch hunt that X-Force creator Rob Liefeld spurred when he hid personal sketches of Deadpool all over SDCC. In an event that is mostly designed for coordination, it was an original and inventive way to get people excited about simply walking around the area, in the hopes of finding something small and, in its way, priceless. And Liefeld is planning on going two-for-two this year, as he is hiding sketches of a variety of X-Force characters all over SDCC 2016, including Deadpool and Cable. Here’s what the man himself had to say about setting up another sketch hunt:
“Last year’s Comic Con sketch hunt was an overwhelming hit with the fans and the feedback I received was so positive I knew I had to do it again this year in celebration of the 25th anniversary of X-Force! …X-Force was a transformative book whose contributions, designs and characters such as Cable, Deadpool and Domino have stood the test of time. For a generation of fans, Cable and Deadpool are their Spider Man and Wolverine! This year’s sketch hunt includes a wider variety of characters, Cable, Domino, Shatterstar, Stryfe and others will be featured as well as plenty of Deadpool! Some will be in color, some will be on actual sketch covers. Each of these would range between $500 and $1000 as commissions but I’m so psyched to be giving away over 10,000.00 in original art for FREE to the wonderful fans who have supported my 30 years in comics!”
Liefeld also points out that people will have to be on the lookout for clues to these hidden sketches on his Twitter account and Instagram page. He went on to highlight his enthusiasm for the hunt, saying this:
“My network of family and friends did an outstanding job hiding these sketches outside the convention at the surrounding venues throughout the gas lamp district and they have planning new sites to hide the sketches this year!…Follow my social media accounts in order to locate and won these X-Force sketches!”
To get your hints, you can follow Liefeld on Twitter @robertliefeld and on Instagram @robliefeld. The hunt will officially begin on Wednesday night, in conjunction with the kick-off of SDCC. Keep your eyes peeled, fans!
Check out Liefeld’s sketches below – all photos are courtesy of Rob Liefeld: