2018 Comic-Con getting ready in high gear!

A car appears to have mysteriously crashed into the Childrens Park fountain! It's part of the Castle Rock offsite for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Surprises await visitors around every corner.
A car appears to have mysteriously crashed into the Childrens Park fountain! It’s part of the Castle Rock offsite for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Surprises await visitors around every corner.

Four days to go until 2018 San Diego Comic-Con! There’s so much cool stuff popping up around the convention center, I can hardly keep track of it all!

This afternoon I walked around the entire area, checking out some of the building wraps and offsites that have begun to appear. Construction hasn’t begun on the Experience at Comic-Con or Deadquarters yet. I was told Comedy Central will occupy the same space at the Broad City indoor coloring book last year, but I could see no indication of activity there, either.

Check out these photos and read the captions for more information. It seems Comic-Con gets bigger and more exciting every year!

A photo of the Castle Rock sign from across Harbor Drive.
A photo of the Castle Rock sign from across Harbor Drive.
These mannequins will be part of Hulu's surprising Castle Rock experience!
These mannequins will be part of Hulu’s surprising Castle Rock experience!
A guy working on the Castle Rock offsite said this is the bed and breakfast.
A guy working on the Castle Rock offsite said this is the bed and breakfast.
Picnic benches have been placed in Childrens Park, which will become a spooky Castle Rock forest.
Picnic tables have been placed in Childrens Park, which will become a spooky Castle Rock forest.
At Amazon's Jack Ryan Experience, more progress is being made.
At Amazon’s Jack Ryan Experience, more progress is being made.
Visitors to the Jack Ryan Experience can enjoy shade under camouflage netting!
Visitors to the Jack Ryan Experience can enjoy shade under camouflage netting!
The big Conan wrap on the Marriott Marquis is almost completed!
The big Conan wrap on the Marriott Marquis is almost completed!
Another photo I took walking around the Gaslamp four days before 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Another photo I took walking around the Gaslamp four days before 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
The prominent DC Universe wrap is wrapped up!
The prominent DC Universe wrap is wrapped up!
A Doom Patrol sign on a portion of the DC Universe Experience. This must be Chief's (Dr. Niles Caulder) Lab.
A Doom Patrol sign on a temporary structure inside the DC Universe Experience. This must be Chief’s (Dr. Niles Caulder) Lab.
A Marvel building wrap is being applied above the Lou & Mickey's sign.
A Marvel building wrap is being applied above the Lou & Mickey’s sign.
Inside The Chuck Jones Gallery in the Gaslamp you'll find a bunch of cool Star Wars art.
Inside The Chuck Jones Gallery in the Gaslamp you’ll find a bunch of cool Star Wars art.
Plus some super cool Alex Ross artwork depicting DC's most popular heroes.
Plus some super cool Alex Ross artwork depicting DC’s most popular heroes.
The line for LAIKA LIVE San Diego is growing as Comic-Con approaches.
The line for LAIKA LIVE San Diego is growing as Comic-Con approaches.
Lots of construction activity around the hub of Comic-Con's outdoor campus.
Lots of construction activity around the hub of Comic-Con’s outdoor campus.
An ice cream vendor crosses Fifth Avenue. The Gifted wrap on the Omni appears above the offsite for The Good Place, now under construction.
An ice cream vendor crosses Fifth Avenue. The Gifted wrap on the Omni appears above the offsite for The Good Place, now under construction.
Some guys are working on NBC's The Good Place offsite at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Some guys are working on NBC’s The Good Place offsite at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
On Friday I spoke briefly to a guy putting The Good Place stickers on the Tin Fish's outdoor tables.
On Friday I spoke briefly to a guy putting The Good Place stickers on the Tin Fish’s outdoor tables.
Turning back for another photo as I walk along.
Turning back for another photo as I walk along.
Here comes a restored PCC trolley on the Silver Line. I love riding these old trolleys, but not today. More stuff to see.
Here comes a restored PCC streetcar on the San Diego Trolley’s downtown loop Silver Line. I love riding these old trolleys, but not today. More stuff to see!
Crossing the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge, I see the tents outside the San Diego Convention Center are already set up.
Crossing the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge, I see the tents outside the San Diego Convention Center are already set up.
There's that Jack Ryan wrap on the Omni Hotel that I photographed a couple days ago. It's nearly finished.
There’s that Jack Ryan wrap on the Omni Hotel that I photographed a couple days ago. It’s nearly finished.
The FXhibition area is under construction now. Those shady canopies when seen from above spell FX.
The FXhibition area is under construction now. Those shady canopies when seen from above spell FX.
I learned this structure will help promote the FX show Legion.
I learned this interesting structure will help promote the FX show Legion.
Looking across the grass of Hilton Waterfront Park. Lots of Comic-Con offsite construction activity!
Looking across the grass of Hilton Waterfront Park. Lots of Comic-Con offsite construction activity!
FOX and National Geographic will be previewing Cosmos Possible Worlds.
FOX and National Geographic will be previewing Cosmos Possible Worlds.
That big wrap on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront is in fact for the upcoming FX television series Mayan MC.
That big wrap on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront is in fact for the upcoming FX television series Mayan MC, a spin-off of the popular Sons of Anarchy.
I believe this winding blue track will be Adult Swim's lazy river, where go-kart
I believe this winding blue track will be Adult Swim’s lazy river, where go-kart “canoes” will race. I imagine those races will be visually funny!
Another Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan building wrap, this one on the side of the Marriott Marquis. Amazon is promoting the upcoming show in a big way at SDCC2018.
Another Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan building wrap, this one on the side of the Marriott Marquis. Amazon Video is promoting their upcoming show in a very big way at SDCC2018.
A colorful Dragon Ball Super, The Movie wrap on the Marriott's recent meeting room expansion.
A colorful Dragon Ball Super: The Movie wrap on the Marriott’s recent meeting room expansion.

UPDATE!

I walked around Monday morning and got a whole lot more pics!

Manifest, an upcoming NBC television series, promoted on a building wrap being applied to the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego for 2018 Comic-Con.
Manifest, an upcoming NBC television series, promoted on a building wrap being applied to the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego for 2018 Comic-Con.
Another graphic promoting Manifest on the convention center side of the Hard Rock Hotel.
Another graphic promoting Manifest on the convention center side of the Hard Rock Hotel.
The symbol for Marvel hero Iron Fist in a building wrap near the Gaslamp Quarter landmark sign.
The symbol for Marvel hero Iron Fist in a building wrap near the Gaslamp Quarter landmark sign.
Construction continues on The Good Place offsite near the Tin Fish.
Construction continues on The Good Place offsite near the Tin Fish.
Getting video screens ready at NBC's The Good Place offsite.
Getting video screens ready at NBC’s The Good Place offsite.
Looks like Comic-Con fans might be served yogurt.
Looks like Comic-Con fans might be served yogurt.
It would be really, really hard to eat yogurt with that gigantic fork, however!
It would be really, really hard to eat yogurt with that gigantic fork, however!
The upper story of The Good Place.
The upper story of The Good Place.
The Experience at Comic-Con in Petco Park's adjacent Lexux Premier Lot is barely getting started on Monday morning.
The Experience at Comic-Con in Petco Park’s adjacent Lexus Premier Lot is barely getting started on Monday morning. Better get to work in a hurry!
Behind the San Diego Convention Center, near the Hilton Bayfront, the FXhibition is under construction. I saw these graphics which I believe will be used to promote Archer.
Behind the San Diego Convention Center, near the Hilton Bayfront, the FXhibition is under construction. I saw these graphics which I believe will be used to promote the FX show Archer.
I see FOX will be promoting The Passage in their section of Hilton Waterfront Park.
I see FOX will be promoting The Passage in their section of Hilton Waterfront Park.
I believe this is the Adult Swim lazy river. Workers would tell me nothing. Top Secret, apparently!
I believe this is part of the Adult Swim lazy river. Workers would tell me nothing. Top Secret, apparently!
Another photo of the Adult Swim offsite under construction.
Another photo of the Adult Swim offsite under construction.
Comic-Con exhibitors were unloading their stuff as a small fleet of forklifts zipped about.
Comic-Con exhibitors were unloading their stuff as a small fleet of forklifts zipped about.
Bandai is setting up an offsite in the terrace by the Marriott Marina, where Conival was last year.
Bandai is setting up an offsite in the terrace by the Marriott Marina, where Conival was last year.
The left portion of the big Dragon Ball Super wrap is done. Very cool!
The left portion of that big Dragon Ball Super wrap is done. Very cool!
The Jack Ryan wrap on the Marriott Marquis is about half finished on Monday morning.
The Jack Ryan wrap on the Marriott Marquis is about half finished on Monday morning.
Syfy wraps are being applied to The New Childrens Museum.
Syfy wraps are being applied to The New Children’s Museum.
Getting ready for 2018 Comic-Con--just three days away!
Getting ready for 2018 Comic-Con–just three days away!
In Hulu's Castle Rock forest, some sort of structure is being set up.
In Hulu’s Castle Rock forest, some sort of structure is being set up.
The South Park Escape Room is just getting started.
The South Park Escape Room is just getting started.
Dead Quarters is also just getting started. It's going to feature a slide!
Dead Quarters is also just getting started. It’s going to feature a slide!
And a zombie meat grinder!
And a zombie meat grinder!
With a bloody conveyor belt!
With a bloody conveyor belt!
The Impractical Jokers Block Party is starting to set up at Petco Park.
The Impractical Jokers Block Party is starting to set up at Petco Park.
Another photo of Comic-Con preparation in front of the Western Metal Supply Co. building.
Another photo of Comic-Con preparation in front of the Western Metal Supply Co. building.
I learned this lot at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Island Avenue will feature a gigantic Dell laptop!
I learned this lot at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Island Avenue will feature a gigantic 20 foot tall Dell laptop!
A peek into the space where the Mr. Mercedes Immersive Experience will be during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
A peek into the space where the Mr. Mercedes Immersive Experience will be during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

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Welcome to Earth and Imperial Beach!

An astronaut gives a Hang Loose hand signal as he hovers near a satellite high above planet Earth!
An astronaut gives a Hang Loose hand signal as he hovers near a satellite high above planet Earth!

Head into Imperial Beach along Palm Avenue and you’ll be treated to colorful art!

Here are some photos that I took yesterday!

A very cool space mural on one side of the AT&T building on Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach. By artists Todd Stands and Dave Frink.
A very cool space mural on one side of the AT&T building on Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach. By artists Todd Stands and Dave Frink.
As drivers head west down Palm Avenue, a mural featuring a gray whale welcomes them to Imperial Beach.
As drivers head west down Palm Avenue, a mural featuring a gray whale welcomes them to Imperial Beach.
Art on fence between Palm Avenue and the old salt ponds of south San Diego Bay, now part of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Reserve.
Art on fence between Palm Avenue and the old salt ponds of south San Diego Bay, now part of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Reserve.
One side of the AT&T building at 13th Street has colorful, spiritual jellyfish that seem to communicate electrically!
One side of the AT&T building at 13th Street has colorful, spiritual jellyfish that seem to communicate electrically!
The mural on the front of the AT&T building includes a big whale.
The mural on the front of the AT&T building includes a big whale.
And lots of super colorful shore birds.
And lots of super colorful shore birds.
Beautiful public art welcomes visitors to Imperial Beach.
Beautiful public art welcomes visitors to Imperial Beach.
Another whale in the mural.
Another whale in the mural.
A pod of dolphins swims across an electrical box.
A pod of dolphins swims across an electrical box.
More beautiful street art.
More beautiful street art.
I spotted a couple of native Eastern Pacific green sea turtles across Palm Avenue near 12th Street!
I spotted a couple of native Eastern Pacific green sea turtles across Palm Avenue near 12th Street!
Carly Ealey painted Cosmic Tides in Imperial Beach for Pangeaseed's Sea Walls Murals for Oceans.
Carly Ealey painted Cosmic Tides in Imperial Beach for Pangeaseed’s Sea Walls Murals for Oceans.

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Superhero sand sculptures in Imperial Beach!

Superman enters a phone booth. When he comes out, who will he become?
Superman enters a phone booth. When he comes out, who will he become?

Today I headed down to Imperial Beach to enjoy the Sun and Sea Festival. The annual summer event is famous for is popular sand sculpture contest near the pier. You might’ve seen photos I took in past years.

In 2018 the theme for the sand sculpture competition was Superheroes In The Sand.

A big crowd turned out on a sunny summer Saturday in Imperial Beach to enjoy the annual Sun and Sea Festival.
A big crowd turned out on a sunny summer Saturday in Imperial Beach to enjoy the annual Sun and Sea Festival.
Cool comic book cover! A surfer wears a cape for the 2018 Sun and Sea Festival in Imperial Beach. The original sandcastle competition!
Poster looks like a comic book cover! A surfer wears a cape for the 2018 Sun and Sea Festival in Imperial Beach. The original sandcastle competition!
A big sand sculpture near the event's entrance greets one and all to the Sun and Sea Festival.
A big sand sculpture near the event’s entrance greets one and all to the Sun and Sea Festival. That caped hero seems to be holding a surfboard.
I found my first superhero on the beach. It's Wonder Woman!
I found my first superhero on the beach. It’s Wonder Woman!
Here's a tribute to a young superhero. A young lady named Angela had her wish made true by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Here’s a tribute to a young superhero. A young lady named Angela had her wish made true by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Titans Collide, a sand sculpture by the Sculpintures. Thanos and Hulk are ready to do battle.
Titans Collide, a sand sculpture by the Sculpintures. Thanos and Hulk are ready to do battle. I hope Thanos doesn’t have that gauntlet on.
Hulk is finally angry and ready to smash.
Watch out Thanos! Hulk is finally really angry and ready to smash.
The Coastal Carvers were creating the IB Bears. I'm not sure how exactly this fits with the superhero theme.
The Coastal Carvers were creating the IB Bears. I’m not sure how exactly this fits with the superhero theme.
Howie's Crew was creating Gotham City out of sand. I see the Bat Signal and the Bat Cave!
Howie’s Crew was creating Gotham City out of sand. I see the Bat Signal and the Bat Cave!
And I see Wayne Manor, too!
And I see Wayne Manor, too!
Scooby Doo is a superhero, right? The Guardians of the Sandlot had scenes from that favorite cartoon. Here's the Mystery Machine!
Scooby Doo is a superhero, right? The Guardians of the Sandlot had scenes from that favorite cartoon. Here’s the Mystery Machine!
And here's something scary! It's probably an old disgruntled lighthouse keeper in a yellow slicker cleverly disguised as a monster. Just my wild guess.
And here’s a super scary creature! It’s probably an old disgruntled lighthouse keeper in a yellow slicker somehow cleverly disguised as a big monster. Just my wild guess.
According to the San Diego Sand Castles, you don't need a cape.
According to the San Diego Sand Castles, you don’t need a cape.
Wonder Woman has no cape, nor She-Ra.
Wonder Woman has no cape, nor She-Ra.
Working on sand art celebrating She-Ra. You'll see why, shortly.
A local guy working on sand art that celebrates She-Ra. You’ll see why, shortly.
Heroes gathered in Imperial Beach the week before 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
A variety of heroes gathered in Imperial Beach the week before 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Archisand was crafting a sandcastle fantasy and a beautiful face.
Archisand was crafting a sandcastle fantasy and a beautiful sleepy face.
There were sand sculptures on either side of the Imperial Beach Pier. Lots of surfers out today, too.
There were sand sculptures on either side of the Imperial Beach Pier. Lots of surfers out today, too.
Sandytales was creating Dreaming, an imaginative sand sculpture with another sleepy face and whimsical castle.
Sandytales was creating Dreaming, an imaginative sand sculpture with another sleepy face and whimsical castle.
Here's the castle and a smile. Creating that looks like fun!
Here’s the castle and a smile. Creating that looks like fun!
Team Sandstorm was creating something just north of the IB Pier.
Team Sandstorm was creating their sand sculpture just north of the IB Pier.
Forever Heroes. It's a big Purple Cross.
Forever Heroes. It’s a big Purple Cross.
Spheres are sculpted to become helmeted war heroes.
Sand spheres are sculpted to become helmeted war heroes.
Many heroes behind the medal.
Many heroes behind the medal.
The Sandcastle Man Team is creating a fantastic Star Wars setting.
The Sandcastle Man Team was creating a fantastic Star Wars setting.
A sand sculpture rendition of a distant world. Rebels and Resistance.
A sand sculpture rendition of a far distant world. Rebels and Resistance.
The I.B. Posse created a new chest emblem for Superman. It features a firefighter's helmet.
The I.B. Posse created a new chest emblem for Superman. It features a firefighter’s helmet.
Superman entered the phone booth in my very first photo . . . then emerged as a true hero firefighter!
Superman entered a phone booth in my very first photo . . . then emerged as a true hero firefighter!
Here are some hero lifeguards.
Here are some hero lifeguards.
Why do a number of local sand artists favor the heroine She-Ra?
Why do several local sand artists like the heroine She-Ra?
This sculpture by the San Squirrels honors a former member. I believe her name was Shera. Her surviving brother works with sand for the first time.
This sculpture by the Sand Squirrels honors a former member. I believe her name was Shera. Her surviving brother works with sand for the first time.
My Heroes, by the I.B. Family Posse, has Batman and Spiderman ready side by side.
My Heroes, by the I.B. Family Posse, has Batman and Spiderman ready side by side.
A kid is surrounded by Superman and other imaginary superheroes. He wears a fireman's helmet.
A kid is surrounded by Superman and other imaginary superheroes. He wears a fireman’s helmet.
My Heroes.
My Heroes.

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Photos of tour inside LAIKA LIVE San Diego!

Dozens of amazing stop-motion puppets can be viewed inside LAIKA LIVE San Diego at 2018 Comic-Con!
Dozens of amazing stop-motion puppets can be viewed inside LAIKA LIVE San Diego at 2018 Comic-Con!

Wow!

If you thought last year’s Laika Experience at Comic-Con was great, you’ll be absolutely stunned by LAIKA LIVE San Diego in 2018!

Not only are there lots of detailed puppets, models and scale movie sets, but during the tour visitors can meet and talk to an actual working armaturist and an animator! Anyone interested in how Laika produces their films can ask any sort of question, and the friendly guys explain everything–from how puppets, their armatures and costumes are created and manipulated, to how scenes are conceived and filmed.

Visitors to LAIKA LIVE San Diego also get a preview of the upcoming funny and heartwarming movie Missing Link.

If you can, visit this Comic-Con offsite before Comic-Con actually begins and the lines get really, really long.

Here are some photos. Read the captions for more info. I’m no expert, so I hope I’ve described things correctly.

There’s a lot more to see than what I cover here. Many detailed displays that visitors can view during the tour explain the complicated process of making a Laika movie!

Before beginning the tour, visitors can pose with various Laika characters, like Other Mother, for a photo.
Before beginning the tour, visitors can pose with various Laika characters, like Other Mother, for a photo.
While we wait to begin the tour, we watch a video explaining various aspects of Laika's animation and how their fantastic movies are produced.
While we wait to begin the tour, we watch a video explaining various aspects of Laika’s animation and how their fantastic movies are produced.
Visitors are encouraged to vote for this LEGO model of Coraline's house by photographing a QR code. Given enough votes, LEGO will produce the kit!
Visitors are encouraged to vote for this LEGO model of Coraline’s house by photographing a QR code. Given enough votes, LEGO will produce the kit!
A board contains Laika fan art and letters.
A board contains Laika fan art and letters.
Examples of one letter and some fan art.
Examples of one letter and some fan art.
Visitors to LAIKA LIVE San Diego get character fans as free swag.
Visitors to LAIKA LIVE San Diego get character fans as free swag.
The tour has begun. First up we see a large model of Coraline's Other World House Exterior, or Pink Palace. The 1/16 scale miniature was used to film several exterior scenes.
The tour has begun. Here we see a large model of Coraline’s Other World House Exterior, or Pink Palace. The 1/16 scale miniature was used to film several exterior scenes.
A closer look, with models of Coraline characters on the porch.
A closer look, with models of Coraline characters on the porch.
A friendly LAIKA Armaturist describes how puppets are made, manipulated and repaired at his workstation, dubbed the Puppet Hospital. He answered every sort of question!
A friendly LAIKA armaturist describes how puppets are made, manipulated and repaired at his workstation, dubbed the Puppet Hospital. He answered every sort of question!
Two of the puppets, I believe from ParaNorman.
Two of the puppets, I believe from ParaNorman.
A look at the Puppet Hospital and some of the tools used to make, modify and repair Laika's many puppets.
A look at the Puppet Hospital and some of the tools used to make, modify and repair Laika’s many puppets.
Once a puppet's physical posture is slightly altered, a key tightens up the armature for another camera shot.
Once a puppet’s physical posture is slightly altered, the turn of a key tightens up the armature for another camera shot.
Next we see how this Laika Animator captures images of Kubo on a small set of his village using a camera on a running rig.
Next we see how this Laika animator captures images of Kubo on a small set of his village using a camera on a running rig.
One camera shot is observed.
One camera shot is analyzed.
Software allows many frames to be merged and edited into a completed film.
Software allows many frames to be merged and edited into a completed film.
Some puppets have many faces that can be attached, each with a slightly different expression.
Some puppets have many faces that can be attached, each with a slightly different expression.
The tour continues to a large set that is being used to film Laika's upcoming funny movie Missing Link. The detail of the Pacific Northwest forest is extraordinary.
The tour continues to a large set that is being used to film Laika’s upcoming funny movie Missing Link. The detail of the Pacific Northwest forest is extraordinary.
The friendly LAIKA tour guide poses for a fun photo!
The friendly LAIKA tour guide poses for a fun photo!
Near the end of the tour, there is a life-size replica of Coraline's Other World Living Room.
Near the end of the tour, there is a life-size replica of Coraline’s Other World Living Room.
A fantastic model and puppets used in the filming of The Boxtrolls.
A fantastic set and puppets used in the filming of The Boxtrolls.
More cool sights during an amazing tour of LAIKA LIVE San Diego at 2018 Comic-Con!
More cool sights during an amazing tour of LAIKA LIVE San Diego at 2018 Comic-Con!

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A skeleton in plain sight.

Sometimes I lie awake in the middle of the night, my thoughts tumbling through the darkness. Sometimes an uninvited notion enters my skull.

You, too, might share this uncomfortable realization.

I recently published a short story. It’s titled Skeleton Forgiveness.

You can read my very short work of fiction by clicking here.

More cool stuff appears outside 2018 Comic-Con!

A gigantic bunker-like structure has been built in one corner of Amazon's Jack Ryan Experience off-site for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
A large bunker-like structure has been built in one corner of Amazon’s huge Jack Ryan Experience offsite for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

A week to go and more stuff is showing up outside 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!

I walked around the Gaslamp Quarter and East Village after work and got some photos! Nothing has appeared yet behind the San Diego Convention Center, or outside Petco Park. Once the ESRI conference ends and the Padres finish their home stand, I’ll bet that changes rapidly!

Read the captions!

Another photo of the Jack Ryan Experience taken one week before Comic-Con.
Another photo of the Jack Ryan Experience taken one week before Comic-Con. You can see the zip line.
The huge helicopter now stands near a building whose doors have Moorish-looking arches.
The huge helicopter now stands near a mock building whose doors have Moorish-looking arches.
Guys work on the helicopter which seems to have a fresh coat of glossy paint.
Guys work on the helicopter which seems to have a fresh coat of glossy paint.
The entrance to LAIKA LIVE San Diego appears ready to go. It opens Friday afternoon, six days before 2018 Comic-Con!
The entrance to LAIKA LIVE San Diego appears ready to go. It opens tomorrow–Friday afternoon–six days before 2018 Comic-Con!
If you read the spoiler update near the end of my last blog post, you'll recognize this mystery object!
If you read the final update near the end of my last blog post, you’ll recognize this mystery object!
The cool DC Universe wrap on the Hilton Gaslamp appears to be halfway applied.
The cool DC Universe wrap on the Hilton Gaslamp appears to be halfway applied.
A building wrap on the Omni Hotel is just getting started. Looks to me like it promotes The Gifted.
A building wrap on the Omni Hotel is just getting started. Looks to me like it promotes The Gifted.
Walking through the Gaslamp yesterday, I saw this scary clown head on the Fifth Avenue sidewalk, but today it's gone!
Walking through the Gaslamp yesterday, I saw this scary clown head on the Fifth Avenue sidewalk, but today it’s gone!
Amazon is erecting an offsite that promotes their Fire TV and popular channels that it features.
Amazon is erecting an offsite that promotes their Fire TV and popular channels that it features. You can find it at the corner of Market Street and Seventh Avenue.
Graphic on the Fire TV tent. Watch Disenchantment on Netflix starting August 17.
Graphic on the Fire TV tent. Watch Disenchantment on Netflix starting August 17.

UPDATE!

Here are photos taken late Friday. Lots of new offsites and wraps are beginning to appear!

With less than a week to go, Comic-Con International logos have appeared all over the San Diego Convention Center!
With less than a week to go, Comic-Con International logos have appeared all over the San Diego Convention Center!
A guy driving a lift around the convention center is getting stuff ready for 2018 Comic-Con!
A guy driving a lift around the convention center is getting stuff ready for 2018 Comic-Con!
A big building wrap on the Omni Hotel will promote Amazon's upcoming show Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan.
A big building wrap on the Omni Hotel will promote Amazon’s upcoming show Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.
Hulu's offsite promoting Castle Rock is rising near the New Children's Museum in San Diego.
Hulu’s offsite promoting Castle Rock is rising near the New Children’s Museum in San Diego.
Workers get the Castle Rock activation ready for 2018 Comic-Con.
Workers get the Castle Rock activation ready for 2018 Comic-Con.
More work has been done on the Jack Ryan Experience. The Jack Ryan Training Field allows fans to immerse themselves in a hyper-reality virtual reality spy experience.
More work has been done on the Jack Ryan Experience. The Jack Ryan Training Field allows fans to immerse themselves in a hyper-reality virtual reality spy experience.
A huge bunker-like escape room in one corner of the Jack Ryan Experience has a cool seal. JACK RYAN DARK OPS.
The huge bunker-like escape room in one corner of the Jack Ryan Experience has a cool seal. JACK RYAN DARK OPS.
The cool DC Universe wrap on the Hilton Gaslamp is almost completed.
The cool DC Universe wrap on the Hilton Gaslamp is almost completed.
A wrap on the Omni Hotel promoting The Gifted, above initial construction of an NBC offsite near the Tin Fish. Fans will experience The Good Place.
A wrap on the Omni Hotel promoting The Gifted, above initial construction of an NBC offsite near the Tin Fish. Fans will experience The Good Place.
Guys in charge of erecting The Good Place offsite for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con confer.
Guys in charge of erecting The Good Place offsite for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con confer in the summer sunshine.
A big Conan O'Brien wrap is being placed on the Marriott Marquis. The design appears similar to this year's Conan trolley wrap.
A big Conan O’Brien wrap is being placed on the Marriott Marquis. The design appears similar to this year’s Conan trolley wrap.
A building wrap is being applied to the Hilton Bayfront, and the Adult Swim offsite has barely begun to appear. No FXhibition as of yet.
A building wrap is being applied to the Hilton Bayfront, and the Adult Swim offsite has barely begun to appear. No FXhibition as of yet.
I don't recognize what this wrap promotes--not yet! Feel free to leave a comment if you know!
I don’t recognize what this wrap promotes–not yet! The motorcycle suggests it might by the new FX series Mayans MC–the spin-off from Sons of Anarchy. Feel free to leave a comment if you know!

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DC Comics bringing Batmobile to Hilton Gaslamp!

This morning I observed that DC Comics is beginning to set up an offsite for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

A big crane had begun lifting stuff up onto the terrace of the Hilton Gaslamp. Crates on a truck were marked Chaos Room, Swamp Thing and Chief’s Lab.

I was told by one guy working on the project that the offsite would include a Batmobile! Perhaps that explains the heavy duty crane. It appears this DC Universe project is being built by Giant Spoon.

I’ve also included a quick photo of the WB superheroes Rabbitville sculpture which is just inside the lobby of the Hilton Gaslamp.

As I see more, I’ll post updates here!

UPDATE!

Late today–Tuesday–I walked around the DC Comics offsite again. Looking high and low, I didn’t locate the Batmobile, but I did see a big DC Comics building wrap being placed on the exterior of the Hilton Gaslamp. The graphic includes lots of cool comic book covers, featuring a variety of different DC Universe characters!

The beginnings of a DC Comics building wrap on the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, site of their 2018 Comic-Con offsite!
The beginnings of a DC Comics building wrap on the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, site of their 2018 Comic-Con offsite!

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UPDATE! SPOILERS!

I saw it early Wednesday morning! The Batmobile has arrived for the DC Universe offsite at the Hilton Gaslamp! It’s the one from Batman Returns!

I’ve also learned Penguin’s big duck vehicle from that same movie will also be present!

Batmobile from Batman Returns arrives in San Diego for the DC Universe offsite during 2018 Comic-Con!
Batmobile from Batman Returns arrives in San Diego for the DC Universe offsite during 2018 Comic-Con!

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