A warm tribute to Stan Lee at Comic-Con.

As I walked around the San Diego Convention Center late this morning, I came upon an artist painting the windows of the Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt shop in preparation for Comic-Con, which is now only four days away.

The smiling artist had painted a warm tribute to Stan Lee on one window, plus some popular Marvel characters who appeared in Avengers: Endgame.

The artist’s name is Shirish Villasenor. Her Instagram page is @arteatolondrada.

I have loads of 2019 Comic-Con photos coming up!

Stay tuned!

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FOX Fan Fair arrives for 2019 Comic-Con!

It’s Friday, five days until 2019 Comic-Con, and I noticed during my morning walk that the FOX Fan Fair offsite is just starting to set up in Childrens Park!

I also saw the Ferris wheel carnival ride arriving by truck in the New Children’s Museum nearby playground!

UPDATE!

Look what I spied as I walked about in the early evening, coming home from work. Not only is the Ferris wheel set up, but in the middle of Childrens Park there appears to be a carnival game!

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2019 Comic-Con building wraps get started!

Here we go!

The very first building wrap of 2019 Comic-Con is now being applied to the Omni hotel across from the San Diego Convention Center! It appears to promote FOX and their Animation Domination!

Gaslamp Square near the Tin Fish and Hard Rock Hotel is also fenced off now. I expect construction will soon begin for NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine offsite, which will include a Statue of Liberty!

UPDATE!

Early Friday evening I walked about and made lots of cool discoveries!

I noticed the Animation Domination wrap on the Omni has some more panels. I also noticed NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine activation is now under construction. Some banners promoting various NBC shows have also been hung nearby at the Gaslamp trolley station.

Plus I noticed the beginnings of three new building wraps!

Two I can’t identify yet–one is on a tower of the Marriott Marquis and the other, a CBS show, is on the Hilton Gaslamp. (The first might be upcoming TBS series Snowpiercer and the second might be Star Trek: Picard. Can you identify them?)

A third very cool wrap on the Marriott promotes Gundam on its 40th anniversary!

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More cool Comic-Con stuff . . . one week to go!

Cool banners promoting upcoming The CW television show Batwoman have been hung along MLK Promenade for 2019 Comic-Con!
Cool banners promoting upcoming The CW television show Batwoman have been hung along MLK Promenade for 2019 Comic-Con!

After work today I walked around San Diego looking for new Comic-Con stuff . . . and look what I discovered!

Preparations downtown are about to go into high gear!

(I swung by the Amazon offsite, too. Nothing interesting has appeared since I posted two updates here. I’ll keep my eye on it in the days ahead.)

One week to go until 2019 Comic-Con!

A sign in front of Super7 indicates it's just 7 days till SDCC 2019.
A sign in front of Super7 indicates it’s just 7 days till SDCC 2019.
I stepped inside Super7 in East Village and learned they're stocking up and almost ready for Comic-Con! They'll also have a booth inside the San Diego Convention Center.
I stepped inside Super7 in East Village and learned they’re stocking up and almost ready for Comic-Con! They’ll also have a booth inside the San Diego Convention Center.
Look at all this cool stuff on their shelves!
Look at all this cool stuff on their shelves!
Some Crank Yankers posters have appeared in the Gaslamp Quarter.
Some Crank Yankers posters have appeared in the Gaslamp Quarter.
Gaslamp shops are beginning to put Comic-Con wares in their windows.
Gaslamp shops are beginning to put Comic-Con wares in their windows.
City Pizzeria welcomes Comic-Con'ers!
City Pizzeria welcomes Comic-Con’ers!
BAIT on Fifth Avenue had this awesome Gundam Universe mural painted on their storefront last night!
According to a clerk, BAIT on Fifth Avenue had this awesome Gundam Universe mural painted on their storefront yesterday!
More of the cool Batwoman banners that will greet those who attend 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!
More cool Batwoman banners will greet those who attend 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!

UPDATE!

I spotted a third Batwoman design…

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Wizard of Oz glass panels at Coronado Library.

Five years ago I blogged about the Wizard of Oz festival which was held in Coronado’s Spreckels Park. After checking out the festival, I took three photos of the beautiful Wizard of Oz glass panels inside the Coronado Library, which is located across Orange Avenue from the park.

Last weekend during my visit to Coronado I enjoyed looking at the panels again. I had stepped into the library to photograph pieces of art by two internationally famous artists. (I’ll post those photos at some point in the future, probably after Comic-Con.)

The thing is, as I paused in front of the wonderful Wizard of Oz artwork at the entrance to the children’s room, I suddenly realized I hadn’t posted photos of all the fun scenes. So I will right now!

This colorful Wizard of Oz Children’s Library Entry Portal was created by artist Brenda Smith.

Enjoy!

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Avengers video game banners appear for Comic-Con!

Three huge banners promoting the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers video game were hung today on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s parking structure for 2019 Comic-Con!

Check it out!

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Photos of Tanabata Festival in Balboa Park!

Late this afternoon I stepped into the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park to enjoy their first ever Tanabata Festival!

I arrived half an hour before the festival officially opened, and as time progressed more and more people arrived for this joyful summer event. I lingered for a while to enjoy the sights, smells and tastes, and to learn about various aspects of Japanese culture and the Tanabata holiday.

According to the Japanese Friendship Garden website: “Originating from Chinese folklore, Tanabata is a holiday that celebrates the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi. Separated by the Milky Way, the stars Orihime and Hikoboshi are able to meet once per year on the seventh day of the seventh month. On Sunday, July 7th, JFG has partnered with the Minatomo Japanese Community to have their inaugural Tanabata Festival in San Diego!”

As I walked randomly about I learned about the Tanabata tradition of tanzaku: wishes are written on small pieces of paper which are then hung with other happy decorations on bamboo. I paused to admire some living moss art–kokedama. I then walked down into the Lower Garden.

Outside the Inamori Pavilion yummy Japanese food was being prepared. Inside the elegant pavilion there was artwork, including some bright, very colorful fluorescent paintings. I caught the first scheduled performance in the pavilion, which was an onigiri (rice ball) preparation demonstration. I was shown how to easily fold a paper flower.

I then headed back to the Upper Garden and listened as Write Out Loud presented a Japanese fairy tale. I paused to admire a bunch of origami artwork that was being created.

Every person I met was smiling.

I hope this is the first of many wonderful Tanabata Festivals at the Japanese Friendship Garden. That is my wish.

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