First 2017 San Diego Comic-Con trolley wrap: Orville!

The very first trolley wrap for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con has appeared! It's Orville, a new funny science fiction show coming to FOX!
The very first trolley wrap for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con has appeared! The Orville is a funny new science fiction show coming to FOX!

The very first trolley wrap for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con has appeared! Here are a bunch of photos!

Characters from the upcoming FOX television show The Orville appear on this cool wrap. The humorous science fiction series is created by and stars Seth MacFarlane, so chances are it’s going to be really good.

I spoke to various people who work for MTS–a couple of trolley drivers and others–and learned the wraps are being applied to many cars right now. I can’t wait to see what else materializes!

I’m going to blog about downtown San Diego during Comic-Con like crazy this year. So follow along if you’d like! It should be a lot of fun!

400 years in the future, technology has changed. Relationships? Not so much.
400 years in the future, technology has changed. Relationships? Not so much.
Seth MacFarlane, as Ed Mercer, captain of the Orville.
Seth MacFarlane, as Ed Mercer, captain of the Orville.
Adrianne Lee Palicki, as Kelly Grayson, first officer and the captain's ex-wife.
Adrianne Lee Palicki, as Kelly Grayson, first officer and the captain’s ex-wife.
With a cranium like that, sure you guys don't exist in the Star Trek universe? Should Kirk or Picard be worried?
With a cranium like that, sure you guys don’t exist in the Star Trek universe? Should Kirk or Picard be worried?
Orville looks like it will probably be a great new television comedy.
Orville looks like it will probably be a great new television comedy. From the trolley wrap, it does kind of look like a spoof of Star Trek.
Of course you have to have an artificial lifeform. It's 400 years in the future, right?
Of course you have to have an artificial lifeform. It’s 400 years in the future, right?
The human and non-human relationships are already scrambled on the trolley when doors open. San Diego Comic-Con will soon fill these trolleys with all sorts of unusual, surprising sights!
The human and non-human relationships are already scrambled on the trolley when its doors open. 2017 San Diego Comic-Con will soon have these trolleys bursting with all sorts of unusual, surprising sights!
The first new trolley wrap has appeared for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
The first new trolley wrap has appeared for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

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Double takes and a heartfelt San Diego welcome!

Tourists take the Coronado ferry across the bay to downtown San Diego. What will they see?
Curious tourists take the Coronado ferry across the bay to downtown San Diego. What will they see?

Yesterday I bumped into a few unexpected sights. No different than any other day. A walk through the world with open eyes can tickle both one’s funny bone and heart.

A pedicab advertising marijuana delivery!
A pedicab advertising marijuana delivery!
A walking, smiling iced coffee!
A walking, smiling iced coffee!
Upside down visitor information!
Upside down visitor information!
A heartfelt welcome on the bow of the USS Midway. Welcome home to the troops.
A heartfelt welcome on the bow of the USS Midway. Welcome home to the troops.

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Red Bull Air Race plane flies above San Diego!

Look! Up in the sky! A Red Bull Air Race plane is about to buzz the San Diego Convention Center!
Look! Up in the sky! A Red Bull Air Race plane is about to buzz the San Diego Convention Center!

Check out this cool sight that just went up in San Diego’s Gaslamp, right next to the trolley station and Tin Fish restaurant! A Red Bull Air Race plane appears to be flying low over downtown! I think it might buzz the nearby convention center!

This morning, when I took these photos, I spoke to friendly guys putting up some promotional banners and learned the cool “plane on a post” had just been installed. A couple cranes were nearby. It appears to be an actual plane that is flown during the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

The next big race comes to San Diego Bay in two weeks. The best pilots in the world will fly a few feet above the water through an insane aerial obstacle course. Some years back a Red Bull Air Race was held in San Diego, and I caught some of the incredible action from a distance. All I can say is those pilots must have amazing reflexes and nerves of steel!

This unique motorsport was devised by the people at Red Bull. The planes move at high speed and are extremely maneuverable. This year the Master Class category features fourteen of the world’s top pilots.

There are eight races around the globe, mostly in cities by water, and San Diego will be the second race. I hope to catch it! If I do, I’ll post photos!

A cool airplane of the type San Diego will see in two weeks at the Red Bull Air Race above San Diego Bay.
The type of cool airplane flown at a Red Bull Air Race.  The upcoming aerial race will be through a unique obstacle course above San Diego Bay.
San Diego Trolley leaves the Gaslamp Station and passes a new banner advertising the Red Bull Air Race in mid-April.
San Diego Trolley leaves the Gaslamp Station and passes a new banner advertising the Red Bull Air Race in mid-April.
Poster promotes the upcoming Red Bull Air Race over San Diego Bay, on April 15 and 16.
Poster promotes the upcoming Red Bull Air Race over San Diego Bay, on April 15 and 16.
It might be small, but it's highly maneuverable and super fast!
It might be small, but it can turn on a dime and is super fast!
One can see some of the airplane's inner workings. There doesn't appear to be much room in the cockpit!
One can see some of the airplane’s inner workings. There doesn’t appear to be much room in the cockpit!
Now the Red Bull Air Race plane seems to be banking toward the Gaslamp! Perhaps it will fly up Fifth Avenue!
Now the Red Bull Air Race plane seems to be banking toward the Gaslamp! Perhaps it will fly up Fifth Avenue!

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Faded signs painted on old downtown buildings.

Old tin shop sign still visible on the historic I.O.O.F. building in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. A remnant of a past era.
Old tin shop sign still visible on the historic 1882 Independent Order of Odd Fellows Building in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. A remnant of a past era.

While walking around downtown San Diego, I’m always pleased to make unexpected discoveries. Once in a while I’ll spot faded signs and advertisements that were painted years ago on historic old buildings. Unfortunately, many of those old signs are vanishing and will eventually be lost to time. Some of those walls will be painted, or new buildings will sprout up . . . That’s progress, I suppose.

I did some searching on the internet looking for information about the more mysterious signs, but with very little success. I increased the contrast of many photos to try to make out the faded words. If you know anything, leave a comment!

Most of these photos were taken in the morning, the last three or four days…

A faded sign is painted high on the 1888 Nesmith-Greely Building on Fifth Avenue. It is just visible from the street.
A faded sign is painted high on the 1888 Nesmith-Greely Building on Fifth Avenue. It is just visible from the street.
One can barely make out the words HOTEL . . . ROOMS 50c to $1.00
One can barely make out the words HOTEL . . . ROOMS 50c to $1.00
Old brick building at Seventh Avenue and G Street has words so obliterated I can't decipher anything.
Old brick building at Seventh Avenue and G Street has words so obliterated I can’t decipher anything.
The William Penn Hotel building at Fourth Avenue and F Street opened in 1913 as the elegant Oxford Hotel.
The William Penn Hotel building at Fourth Avenue and F Street opened in 1913 as the elegant Oxford Hotel.
Painted words from San Diego's past. The Windsor Hotel on Fourth Avenue was built in 1887. The first floor was once a pool hall; in the 1960s it contained cardrooms and nightclubs with go-go dancers.
Painted words from San Diego’s past. The Windsor Hotel on Fourth Avenue was built in 1887. The first floor was once a pool hall; in the 1960s it contained cardrooms and nightclubs with go-go dancers.
The 1910 Western Metal Supply Company Building is now an iconic part of Petco Park in San Diego.
The 1910 Western Metal Supply Company Building is now an iconic part of Petco Park in San Diego, home of the baseball Padres.
The faded word LYON on a building at the corner of K Street and Fourth Avenue.
The faded word LYON on a building at the corner of K Street and Fourth Avenue.
From a distance, a square space on the side of the Simmons Hotel on Sixth Avenue appears to be blank reddish bricks.
From a distance, a square space on the side of the Simmons Hotel on Sixth Avenue appears to be blank reddish bricks.
But a closer look reveals old words from many years ago. Perhaps you can figure out what they say.
But a closer look reveals old words from many years ago. Perhaps you can figure out what they say.
Faded words can also be spotted high on the Plaza Hotel building on Fourth Avenue.
Faded words can also be spotted high on the Plaza Hotel building on Fourth Avenue.
I can barely discern a few letters.
I can barely discern a few letters.
The building on the right is The McGurck Block, built in 1887. A drug store was located in it from 1903 to 1984. Actor Gregory Peck's father worked there as the night druggist.
The building on the right is The McGurck Block, built in 1887. A drug store was located in it from 1903 to 1984. Actor Gregory Peck’s father worked there as the night druggist.
High up, painted on the old brick building's side is a fading advertisement. A glimpse of San Diego's past.
High up, painted on the old brick building’s side is a fading advertisement. A glimpse of San Diego’s past.

I’ve blogged in the past about a variety of cool old painted signs and images in downtown San Diego. Here they are:

Old Hires Root Beer ad on building wall.

Caliente horse racing sign on downtown building.

Faded sign on abandoned San Diego building.

Old Hotel Churchill in downtown San Diego.

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Photos outside Comic-Con. Everyone is getting ready!

A huge graphic on the Hard Rock Hotel that includes video is nearly ready for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. It promotes Incorporated, coming this fall on Syfy.
A huge graphic on the Hard Rock Hotel that includes video is nearly ready for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. It promotes the show Incorporated, coming this fall on Syfy.

Check out these photos! Many cool sights outside the convention center are taking shape for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con! I walked around today to see what’s going on. It looks like everyone is quickly getting ready! See for yourself!

The time machine ride which has been set up near the Tin Fish for Timeless appears about ready to go. The fight for all time begins!
The time machine ride which has been set up near the Tin Fish for Timeless is almost ready to go. The fight for all time begins!
The Tin Fish has all sorts of Emerald City graphics on it.
The Tin Fish has all sorts of Emerald City graphics on it.
Emerald City coming to NBC. A new Oz rises.
Emerald City coming to NBC. A new Oz rises.
I was a bit surprised to see this area by the Omni Hotel dedicated to Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice.
I was a bit surprised to see this area by the Omni Hotel dedicated to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
A cool little stage has Batmobile schematics for the backdrop.
A cool little stage has Batmobile schematics for the backdrop. Not sure if a Batmobile will be displayed here…  That would be cool!
Poster at the Gaslamp trolley station advertises Blindspot. Trust no one.
Poster at the Gaslamp trolley station advertises Blindspot. Trust no one.
Another poster at the Gaslamp station advertises Midnight, Texas. Only outsiders fit in.
Another poster at the Gaslamp station advertises Midnight, Texas. Only outsiders fit in.
The South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience is slowly being assembled on Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade. Lots of scenes and characters will be included.
The South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience is slowly being assembled on Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade. It appears lots of classic scenes and characters will be included.
A peek at some South Park characters on the grass.
A peek at some South Park characters on the grass.
South Park The Fractured But Whole is a Ubisoft video game coming out in December.
South Park The Fractured But Whole is a Ubisoft video game coming out in December.
Cartman and his politically incorrect hand puppet.
Cartman and his politically incorrect hand puppet.
Stan and Kyle of South Park are hanging out in San Diego for Comic-Con!
Stan and Kyle of South Park are hanging out in San Diego for Comic-Con!
Graphics now adorn Amazon's Thunderbirds Are Go pavilion.
Graphics now adorn Amazon’s Thunderbirds Are Go pavilion.
A photo of the unfinished interior of Thunderbirds Are Go at Comic-Con.
A photo of the unfinished interior of Thunderbirds Are Go at Comic-Con.
Amazon's other pavilion promotes their original series The Man in the High Castle.
Amazon’s other pavilion promotes their original series The Man in the High Castle.
Like in years past, a big Vikings wrap has been applied to the west wall of Petco Park. I snapped this photo half in shadow, half in bright sunlight.
Like in years past, a big Vikings wrap has been applied to the west wall of Petco Park. I snapped this photo half in shadow, half in bright sunlight.
Another huge wrap being applied to a section of Petco Park promotes Once Upon A Time.
Another huge wrap being applied to a section of Petco Park promotes Once Upon A Time.
And another wrap on Petco Park concerns Designated Survivor, a new series on ABC this fall starring Kiefer Sutherland.
And another wrap on Petco Park concerns Designated Survivor, a new series on ABC this fall starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Not much has been set up yet in the parking lot just east of Petco Park. They've got one day to go! Better hurry up!
Not much has been set up yet in the parking lot just east of Petco Park. They’ve got one day to go! Better hurry up!
At least somebody got this Ferris wheel up in time!
At least somebody got this Ferris wheel up in time!
The park in frnt of the Hilton will feature The Comic-Con HQ Live Stage, FOX Television, and FX. Not much has been erected here yet, either!
The park in front of the Hilton will feature The Comic-Con HQ Live Stage, FOX Television, and FX. Not much has been erected here yet, either!
The Adult Swim play area is nearly completed. It appears much like it did last year.
The Adult Swim play area is nearly completed. It appears much like it did last year.
The entrance to Adult Swim's outdoor venue looks exactly like last year, if my memory is to be trusted.
The entrance to Adult Swim’s outdoor venue will look just like last year, if my memory is to be trusted.
As you can see, The Strain building wrap on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel is now finished.
As you can see, The Strain building wrap on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel is now finished.
Even the Comic-Con hotel buses seem ready! (I got this photo in Mission Valley walking to work.)
Even the Comic-Con hotel buses seem ready! (I got this photo in Mission Valley walking to work.)
Finally, some fun comic book art has been painted on the windows of the Hilton's Starbucks. A huge Thanos has smashed Captain America! Uh, oh!
Finally, some fun comic book art has been painted on the windows of the Hilton’s Starbucks. A giant, menacing Thanos has smashed Captain America!  Ouch!
Artist puts finishing touches on a sinister Joker. 2016 San Diego Comic-Con is almost here!
Artist puts finishing touches on a sinister Joker. 2016 San Diego Comic-Con is almost here!

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Vampires and aliens appear at San Diego Comic-Con!

The Statue of Liberty has become a vampire. Either that, or it's not feeling very well. The Strain building wrap on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront is approaching completion.
The Statue of Liberty has become a vampire. Either that, or it’s not feeling very well. The Strain building wrap on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront appears more than halfway finished.

What new stuff is being prepared for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con?

Today, like yesterday, I circled all over the downtown and managed to capture a few fun photos that should give Comic-Con fans a little more insight into what’s coming up! Watch out for diseased vampires and aliens!  Read the captions!

It's a good thing these canopies are being erected today for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con and its long lines, because the weather is supposed to warm up a bit later this week.
It’s a good thing these canopies are being erected today for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con and its long lines, because the weather is supposed to warm up a bit later this week.
The Conan Live From Comic-Con wrap on the Marriott Marquis hotel is just about done. I've seen no graphics yet on Petco Park, the Hard Rock Hotel, or elsewhere.
The Conan Live From Comic-Con wrap on the Marriott Marquis hotel is just about done. I’ve seen no graphics yet on Petco Park, the Hard Rock Hotel, or elsewhere.
What I referred to as a stage under construction in yesterday's blog post is actually a small enclosed structure for Amazon's Thunderbirds Are Go.
What I referred to as a stage under construction in yesterday’s blog post is actually a small enclosed structure for Amazon’s Thunderbirds Are Go.
Private businesses around downtown are starting to prepare for Comic-Con. I see Fat Man is going to do some standup comedy about Batman.
Private businesses and gathering spots around downtown are just starting to prepare for Comic-Con. I see Fat Man is going to do some standup comedy about Batman.
This merchant in the Gaslamp Quarter is betting lots of Comic-Con fans will be on Team Wonder Woman.
This merchant in the Gaslamp Quarter is betting lots of Comic-Con fans will be on Team Wonder Woman.
Good grief! Even a clear skin concoction vendor in the Horton Plaza shopping mall is ready for Comic-Con customers!
Good grief! Even a clear skin concoction vendor in the Horton Plaza shopping mall is ready for Comic-Con customers!
Lastly, I spotted a cool venue going up where the Assassin's Creed obstacle course was the last couple years. This is going to be South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience!
Lastly, I spotted a very cool venue going up where the Assassin’s Creed obstacle course was the last couple years. This is going to be South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience! Looks to me like it’s going to be epic!
Spread all over the grass, literally dozens of panels of fun artwork are waiting to be installed at the South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience. A huge backdrop is being assembled by workers this very moment.
Spread all over the grass, and stacked in crates, an absolutely huge amount of fun artwork is waiting to be installed at the South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience. A large backdrop is being assembled by workers this very moment.
I've spotted an alien among those idyllic Rocky Mountain pine trees in South Park!
I’ve spotted an alien among those idyllic Rocky Mountain pine trees in South Park!

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Comic-Con first signs: Timeless, Conan, Thunderbirds, more!

A cool new Conan O'Brien building wrap is going up on the Marriott Marquis for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, even as the MLB All-Star Game wrap hasn't been completely removed!
A cool Conan O’Brien building wrap is going up on the Marriott Marquis for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, even as the MLB All-Star Game wrap hasn’t been completely removed!

Preparation in downtown San Diego for 2016 Comic-Con has finally begun in earnest today, now that the MLB All-Star Game has concluded. Late this morning I walked all over the place–through the Gaslamp, behind the convention center, down the MLK Promenade, around Petco Park–just to see what might have popped up so far.

Talking to some people, I learned a little bit about what we’ll see outside 2016 San Diego Comic-Con! I learned that Timeless and Thunderbirds Are Go will be a center of attention. So will virtual reality, sponsored by Amazon. And I could see the huge presence of Conan O’Brien with my own eyes!

Of course, the massive undertaking required to prepare for San Diego Comic-Con has barely gotten started. Many more wraps and outdoor activities should begin popping up in the days ahead. I’ll keep a sharp lookout!

Read the photo captions, where I describe what I learned about a couple of venues being built outside Comic-Con…

By the Tin Fish, across from the convention center, an attraction is being built for San Diego Comic-Con. This will promote the upcoming NBC television series Timeless. It appears to be a time machine!
Next to the Tin Fish, directly across from the convention center, an attraction is being built for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. This will promote the upcoming NBC television series Timeless. It appears to be a huge time machine!
It appears to me Comic-Con fans will be able to take a wild spin in a time machine in this Timeless amusement ride.
It appears to me Comic-Con fans will be able to take a wild spin in a time machine in this Timeless amusement ride.
Beyond the construction, I spotted the big new Funko Pop! Conan O'Brien building wrap.
Beyond the construction, I spotted this year’s big new Funko Pop! Conan O’Brien building wrap.
Several banners along the trolley tracks promote the newest season of Game of Thrones.
Several banners along the trolley tracks promote the newest season of Game of Thrones.
Banners along Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade promote Outcast on Cinemax and Vice Principals on HBO.
Banners along Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade promote Outcast on Cinemax and Vice Principals on HBO.
I learned this venue along Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade will have something to do with Amazon's digital exclusive reboot of an old favorite, Thunderbirds Are Go.
I learned this venue along Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade will have something to do with Amazon’s digital exclusive reboot of an old favorite, Thunderbirds Are Go!
Workers get the Thunderbirds Are Go stage ready across Harbor Drive from the San Diego Convention Center.
Workers get the Thunderbirds Are Go stage ready across Harbor Drive from the San Diego Convention Center.
I was told this Amazon pavilion will be the scene of a virtual reality activity. I'm guessing lots of Comic-Con fan will be bumping around inside wearing VR headsets.
I was told this Amazon pavilion will be the scene of a virtual reality activity. I’m guessing lots of Comic-Con fans will be bumping around inside wearing VR headsets.
Like last year, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront will feature a huge The Strain building wrap. This one already looks spooky, even through it's far from completed.
Like last year, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront will feature a huge The Strain building wrap. This one already looks spooky, even through it’s far from completed.
Preparations for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con have finally begun in earnest, now that the MLB All-Star Game has wrapped up!
Preparations for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con have finally begun in earnest, now that the MLB All-Star Game has wrapped up!

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