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 SDCC 2018.
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 lots of new pics! More wraps and offsites are appearing!

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.
Purge City 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.

ANOTHER UPDATE!

I walked all over the place on Monday afternoon, and even more Comic-Con stuff is appearing around the San Diego Convention Center, Petco Park and the Gaslamp!

Here comes yet another batch of photos!

Characters from South Park are readied outside a Comic-Con escape room being prepared at the Comedy Central offsite.
Characters from South Park are readied outside a Comic-Con escape room being prepared at the Comedy Central offsite.
Cool mural for Mayans MC in courtyard by the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
Cool mural for Mayans MC in courtyard by the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
Some big teepees and wooden bridges over the lazy river canoe track have appeared at the Adult Swim offsite on Monday afternoon.
Some big teepees and wooden bridges over the lazy river canoe track have appeared at the Adult Swim offsite on Monday afternoon.
Left side of the Adult Swim entrance.
Left side of the Adult Swim entrance.
Welcome to Adult Swim State Park!
Welcome to Adult Swim State Park!
Wraps on Petco Park are appearing. The two I spotted promote Whiskey Cavalier on ABC.
Wraps on Petco Park are appearing. The two I spotted promote Whiskey Cavalier on ABC. (UPDATE! I was wrong! As it turned out this first one promotes The Rookie on ABC.)
The second Whiskey Cavalier building wrap is farther along.
The second Whiskey Cavalier building wrap is farther along.
I believe this will be a big stage in one corner of the Experience at Comic-Con.
I believe this will be a big stage in one corner of the Experience at Comic-Con.
Sacred Lies, an upcoming show on Facebook Watch, will be promoted near one entrance to the Experience at Comic-Con.
Sacred Lies, an upcoming show on Facebook Watch, will be promoted near one entrance to the Experience at Comic-Con.
Erecting the huge stage in a Petco Park parking lot.
Erecting the huge stage in a Petco Park parking lot.
Spherical shrubs at The Good Place match circular windows.
Spherical shrubs at The Good Place match circular windows.
I believe that's Harley Quinn in a window of Toscana Cafe & Wine Bar in the Gaslamp.
I believe that’s Harley Quinn in a window of Toscana Cafe & Wine Bar in the Gaslamp.
Alita Battle Angel promoted on a pedicab on the Embarcadero.
Alita Battle Angel promoted on a pedicab on the Embarcadero.
The Team Coco House on Fourth Avenue is being prepared.
The Team Coco House on Fourth Avenue is being prepared.
Dell will be building that huge laptop here.
Dell will be building that huge laptop here.
At Dead Quarters, they must realize that blood meal makes for great fertilizer.
At Dead Quarters, they must realize that blood meal makes for great fertilizer.
The Syfy wrap on The New Children's Museum is looking good.
The Syfy wrap on The New Children’s Museum is looking good.
So is the facade of the bed and breakfast at Hulu's Castle Rock offsite.
So is the facade of the bed and breakfast at Hulu’s Castle Rock offsite.
Props are being placed in the Castle Rock Forest, otherwise known as Children's Park.
Props are being placed in the Castle Rock forest, otherwise known as Children’s Park.
Lawn chairs face a stage.
Lawn chairs face a stage.
Part of a Middle Eastern bazaar on MLK Promenade beckons people to head up First Avenue to the Jack Ryan Experience.
Part of a Middle Eastern bazaar on MLK Promenade beckons people to head up First Avenue to the Jack Ryan Experience.
A huge bazaar is about ready at the Jack Ryan Experience offsite by Amazon Prime Video.
A huge bazaar is about ready at the Jack Ryan Experience offsite by Amazon Prime Video.
I learned visitors will climb to the helicopter, descend by wire to a top floor, then head over to the zip line. Once on the ground, there's more training to do involving some sort of vehicles.
I learned visitors will climb to the helicopter, descend by wire to a top floor, then head over to the zip line. Once on the ground, there’s more training to do involving some sort of vehicle.
The Dark Ops emblem is ready on the bunker-like escape room.
The Dark Ops emblem is ready on the bunker-like escape room.
I was told the escape room will be pretty intense.
I was told the escape room will be pretty intense.

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