Batman takes over the Comic-Con Museum!

Today I checked out the Batman Experience at the Comic-Con Museum!

This fantastic exhibition is running during 2019 Comic-Con and is well worth the short trip from the San Diego Convention Center to Balboa Park. It’s free to the public–no badge required!

All three levels of the Comic-Con Museum have been taken over by Batman, as has a section of lawn outside the museum’s front entrance. That’s because Batman, celebrating his 80-year publishing history, is the very first inductee into the Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame!

Walk through the looming gate of Arkham Asylum and feast your eyes on authentic, original items from the Warner Bros. Corporate Archive. You’ll see a couple of Batmobiles, iconic props from the major motion pictures, and costumes from the movies and the television series Gotham. There’s a Bat-Signal that projects Commissioner Gordon’s urgent call for assistance on the museum’s ceiling. In the lower level there’s a super cool Batcave Gaming Lounge, with current and old school video games featuring the Caped Crusader. You can also punch a villain. BAM! ARRGH! POW! Or play Batman pinball games. Or view the complete 100-piece series of collectible Batman Black and White statues.

After you do all this, you should step through a door and enjoy looking at the original Jim Lee artwork for the 2019 Comic-Con Souvenir Book. It’s on display in the museum’s ongoing exhibit Cover Story: The Art of Comic-Con 50.

Finally, if you’re feeling heroic, put on Batman’s cowl and try out the skydive simulator on the grass outside. The Dark Knight Dive allows brave crimefighters to simulate soaring over Gotham City!

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History of IDW at San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

The San Diego Comic Art Gallery at Liberty Station in Point Loma has a current exhibition that might interest those who are attending 2019 Comic-Con. The History of IDW Publishing is now on display in the museum-like gallery, which is located inside of IDW’s San Diego-based corporate headquarters.

The exhibit describes the evolution of IDW and their popular artwork, from the company’s 1999 local inception in Pacific Beach to its very successful present day.

Visitors to the San Diego Comic Art Gallery can enjoy artwork from many diverse IDW projects, including art books like that of Ashley Wood; comic books like 30 Days Of Night, CSI, The Transformers, Star Trek, Locke & Key and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; reprinted material from The Library of American Comics; art magazines like Swallow; and IDW Games.

In addition, one section of IDW’s art gallery contains some of the amazing work of Justin “J-Po” Ponsor, a comic book artist born and raised in San Diego. It’s a fine tribute to a talented colorist who worked on many major series including Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers and Star Wars. He passed away two months ago.

For more information about the San Diego Comic Art Gallery, visit their website here.

The following photos are from the gallery’s wall that pays tribute to Justin Ponsor.

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Justice League superheroes patrol Balboa Park!

Wonder Woman and Batman pose for photos in Balboa Park. It seems these superheroes can never get enough public adulation.
Wonder Woman and Batman pose for photos in Balboa Park. It seems these superheroes can never get enough public adulation.

The Justice League was out in force today patrolling Balboa Park!

Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman were leading a team of powerful superheroes and supposedly reformed supervillains down El Prado, keeping an eye out for nefarious doings.

I followed the superhero team in order to capture a bit of the action.

(I learned this cosplay group is called the Science Fiction Coalition. It was cool to see many of these guys later on in the cafe inside the Federal Building, future home of the Comic-Con Museum. It kind of reminded me of that superhero-themed eatery Planet Krypton in the graphic novel Kingdom Come!)

I spotted Penguin and Riddler with members of the Justice League. Fortunately, Batman stood nearby keeping an eye on these supposedly reformed supervillains.
I spotted Penguin and Riddler with members of the Justice League. Fortunately, Batman stood nearby keeping an eye on these two supposedly reformed supervillains.
Batman! The Penguin is coming after me with one of his sinister umbrellas! Help!
Batman! The Penguin is coming after me with one of his sinister umbrellas! Help!
I escaped unscathed. Now it's time for the heroic Justice League to begin their patrol of Balboa Park.
I was subjected to a Burgess Meredith-style quack-laugh from Penguin, but escaped otherwise unscathed. Now it’s time for the heroic Justice League to begin their patrol of Balboa Park.
DC superheroes (and villains) in full costume begin down El Prado, looking for some action.
DC superheroes (and villains) in full costume begin down El Prado, looking for some action.
Batwoman has a young fan. Yes, another photo.
Batwoman has a young fan. Yes, another photo.
More small fans show up and the JLA gladly poses for even more photos. Watch out! Penguin is lurking nearby again.
More small fans show up and the JLA gladly poses for even more photos. Watch out! Penguin is lurking nearby again.
Batman is tailing that fowl Penguin to make sure there is no evildoing today.
Batman is tailing that fowl Penguin to make sure there is no more evildoing today.
Super powered folk amble casually into Plaza de Panama. The Justice League patrol of Balboa Park has been a resounding success.
Another typical San Diego afternoon. Super powered folk amble casually into Plaza de Panama. The Justice League patrol of Balboa Park has been a resounding success.
Penguin, Clark Kent, Riddler, Wonder Woman and Mera are tired out and rest on a bench awaiting their trip home.
Penguin, Clark Kent, Riddler, Wonder Woman and Mera are tired out from all the superhero action and rest on a bench awaiting their trip home.
The JLA poses in Balboa Park. Members of San Diego's Science Fiction Coalition enjoy cosplay as Mera, Batwoman, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Clark Kent, another Wonder Woman, Penguin, Riddler and Superboy!
DC comic book characters gather in Balboa Park. Members of San Diego’s Science Fiction Coalition enjoy cosplay as Mera, Batwoman, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Clark Kent, another Wonder Woman, Penguin, Riddler and Superboy!

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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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Original Comic-Con art near the convention center!

Local artist Suzka has created lots of colorful artwork that includes elements from San Diego Comic-Con and comic books.
Local artist Suzka has created some colorful artwork that includes elements from San Diego Comic-Con, popular culture and comic books.

Check this out! There’s a bunch of cool, original San Diego Comic-Con artwork on display in an eatery not far from the convention center! Head a couple blocks up First Avenue and step inside Simon’s Cafe to see these colorful Comic-Con paintings!

The artist’s name is Suzka, and you can read her bio in one of my photos–click it to enlarge for easier reading.

This morning I had a lot of fun looking at this art inside the cafe while waiting for my breakfast burrito. (Which was pretty good, too!)

Biography of painter and writer Suzka. Some of her art celebrating San Diego Comic-Con can be seen inside Simon's Cafe on First Avenue, a couple blocks north of Harbor Drive.
Biography of painter and writer Suzka. Some of her art celebrating San Diego Comic-Con can be seen inside Simon’s Cafe on First Avenue, a couple blocks north of Harbor Drive.
Cool original San Diego Comic-Con art shows timeline of the international pop culture phenomenon.
Cool original San Diego Comic-Con art shows timeline of the international pop culture phenomenon.
An enormous Superman seems to stand guard near a harbor.
An enormous Superman seems to stand guard near a harbor.
Dr. Fate is in a big hurry to save Inza from danger!
Dr. Fate is in a big hurry to save Inza from danger!
Fun versions of Batman and Superman welcome everyone to Comic-Con!
Fun versions of Batman and Superman welcome everyone to Comic-Con!

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Day of the Dead characters from Justice League!

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) art rendition of Justice League heroes, including Superman and Batman.
Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) art rendition of Justice League heroes, including Superman and Batman.

A good number of pop culture fans follow Cool San Diego Sights, because every year I cover San Diego Comic-Con and post tons of cosplay photos. So here’s something I saw today during my walk through Old Town that DC Comics readers might really enjoy!

In the window of a shop called Cielito Lindo were all sorts of Day of the Dead ornaments and gifts. And among all the colorful artwork were Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and his super-dog Krypto!

Day of the Dead is a beloved Mexican holiday that is very popular here in San Diego. In Spanish it’s called Día de los Muertos. Skulls and skeletons, which abound during the Day of the Dead, traditionally represent deceased loved ones.

As you can see, Day of the Dead inspires all sort of creative, unexpected art! No subject matter escapes its decorative influence! Even the mighty Justice League!

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) art depicts DC Comics super-heroine Wonder Woman.
Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) art depicts popular DC Comics super-heroine Wonder Woman.
Fun skeleton artwork celebrating Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). The figures are Superman, his dog Krypto, and Batman!
Fun skeleton artwork celebrating Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). The figures are Superman, his dog Krypto, and Batman!

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Cool cosplay and crazy fun outside Comic-Con!

Madoka Magica cosplay at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con.
Madoka Magica cosplay at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con.

Here comes a huge load of fun photos! It’s Thursday, and 2016 San Diego Comic-Con is as cool, wonderful and crazy as ever. Check out some of what I saw outside the convention center. Lots of cool cosplay and simply insane…well…you have to see for yourself.

Thursday outside San Diego Comic-Con. Crowds of pop culture fans can be seen all around the convention center and Gaslamp Quarter.
Thursday outside San Diego Comic-Con. Crowds of pop culture fans can be seen all around the convention center and Gaslamp Quarter.
Fun and often unusual cosplay can be seen everywhere during San Diego Comic-Con. This insanely popular, internationally famous event is quite a spectacle!
Fun and often unusual cosplay can be seen everywhere during San Diego Comic-Con. This insanely popular, internationally famous event is quite a spectacle!
Cool cosplay of Kenan Kong, the new Chinese Superman!
Cool cosplay of Kenan Kong, the new Chinese Superman!
These tough-looking pirates are promoting Sea of Thieves, an upcoming video game for the Xbox.
These tough-looking pirates are promoting Sea of Thieves, an upcoming video game for the Xbox.
I spotted Flash and Supergirl ambling slowly along during San Diego Comic-Con. It appears Supergirl is getting an urgent communication from the Justice League Watchtower.
I spotted Flash and Supergirl ambling slowly along during San Diego Comic-Con. It appears Supergirl is getting an urgent communication from the Justice League Watchtower.
And here I see Captain America is receiving an urgent summons from Avengers Mansion. Hopefully there are enough superheroes assembled in San Diego to save the world.
And here I see Captain America is receiving an urgent summons from Avengers Mansion. Hopefully there are enough superheroes assembled in San Diego to save the cosmos.
Some futuristic cosmetics were being tested by stylish Comic-Con fans at this Star Trek venue at Children's Park.
Some futuristic cosmetics were being tested by stylish Comic-Con fans at this Star Trek venue at Children’s Park.
Unfortunately, the transporter seemed to be out of order. Where is Scotty when you need him? I didn't want to have my molecules scrambled and misplaced today, so I hurriedly moved on.
Unfortunately, the transporter seemed to be out of order. Where is Scotty when you need him? I didn’t want to have my molecules scrambled and misplaced today, so I hurriedly moved on.
Rick and his pals from Adult Swim were spotted in San Diego near the entrance to Nerd HQ.
Rick and his pals from Adult Swim were spotted in San Diego near the entrance to Nerd HQ.
Wario, Waluigi and Batman have teamed up for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. At least they did for a moment or two while people snapped photos.
Wario, Waluigi and Batman have teamed up for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. At least they did for a moment or two while people snapped photos.
Not sure about this cool cosplay. Maybe someone reading this blog can provide an illuminating comment.
Not sure about this cool cosplay. Maybe someone reading this blog can provide an illuminating comment.
KFC had very unusual Colonel Sanders artwork outside Comic-Con like last year. The funny sculptures also serve as Wi-Fi hotspots.
KFC had very unusual Colonel Sanders artwork outside Comic-Con like last year. The funny sculptures also serve as Wi-Fi hotspots.
When you're a Star Wars Stormtrooper, you need a really, really big baseball cap!
When you’re a Star Wars Stormtrooper, you need a really, really big baseball cap!
Have you seen Larten Crepsley? He seems to be running loose at San Diego Comic-Con.
Have you seen Larten Crepsley? He seems to be running loose at San Diego Comic-Con.
Now we're in for it. A serious super villain. Seems Joker just escaped from Arkham Asylum. I wonder if he got all those new tattoos in there.
Now we’re in for it. A serious super villain. Seems Joker just escaped from Arkham Asylum. I wonder if he got all those new tattoos in there.
No worries! Batman is nearby! So are a couple of Robins. And so is Glenn the Frog from the old video game Chrono Trigger.
No worries! Batman is nearby! So are a couple of Robins. And so is Glenn the Frog from the old video game Chrono Trigger.
The Interactive Zone at Petco Park was ready to rock on Thursday and packed with Comic-Con fans!
The Interactive Zone at Petco Park was ready to rock on Thursday and packed with Comic-Con fans!
A lovely Ghostbuster was posing by ECTO-4 for a SONY promotion of Ghostbusters. I feel safer already.
A lovely Ghostbuster was posing by ECTO-4 for a SONY promotion of Ghostbusters. I feel safer already.
Lots of people were being videoed while playing Pie Face, which is a Hasbro game. Most every face ended up with whipped cream.
Lots of people were being videoed while playing Pie Face, which is a Hasbro game. Most every face ended up with whipped cream.
Ever wonder where Jack in the Box tacos come from? This might be the explanation. That undead employee at the drive-through window proved hard to kill. (Okay, Jack--just kidding. I might be one of your biggest customers at Hazard Center!)
Ever wonder where Jack in the Box tacos come from? This might be the explanation. That undead employee at the drive-through window proved hard to kill. (Okay, Jack–just kidding. I might be one of your biggest customers at Hazard Center!)
The undead had also taken over a ship behind the convention center! I guess they walked aboard when no one was looking.
The undead had also taken over a ship behind the convention center! I guess they walked aboard the Abigail when no one was looking.
Hopefully zombies can't swim. Because a couple somehow found themselves in this small boat in San Diego Bay.
Hopefully zombies can’t swim. Because a couple somehow found themselves in this small boat in San Diego Bay.
At Entertainment Weekly's Con-X, the upcoming fantasy action adventure movie Kubo and the Two Strings was being promoted by some super friendly people. Looks pretty cool!
At Entertainment Weekly’s Con-X, the upcoming fantasy action adventure movie Kubo and the Two Strings was being promoted by some super friendly people. Looks pretty cool!
Check it out! An awesomely cool Jabba the Hutt sculpture at Con-X. It was created by Gentle Giant Studios.
Check it out! An awesomely cool Jabba the Hutt sculpture at Con-X. It was created by Gentle Giant Studios.
It's lunch time for Jabba the Hutt. Looks to me like he needs to go on a diet.
It’s lunch time for Jabba the Hutt. Looks to me like he needs to go on a diet.
Schick is at Con-X giving free shaves. Now that is some close attention!
Schick is at Con-X giving free shaves. Now that is some close attention!
I found a silent, thoughtful man built of red Legos just sitting on a bench at Con-X. The Art of the Brick is coming soon to San Diego's Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Cool!
I found a silent, thoughtful man built of red Legos just sitting on a bench at Con-X. The Art of the Brick is coming soon to San Diego’s Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Cool!
Alice and the Mad Hatter invited me for tea, but it was pretty warm outside Comic-Con, so I declined.
Alice and the Mad Hatter invited me for tea, but it was pretty warm outside Comic-Con, so I declined.
Little Mermaid cosplay. She's accompanies by Flounder. Did she arise from San Diego Bay? I'm walking back along the water toward the Hilton.
Little Mermaid cosplay. She’s accompanied by Flounder. Did she arise from San Diego Bay? I’m walking back along the water toward the Hilton.
For a few minutes I checked out Comic-Con HQ, which provides streaming video of all the Comic-Con goodness.
For a few minutes I checked out Comic-Con HQ, which provides streaming video of all the Comic-Con goodness.
A collectible figurine of Heavy, from Team Fortress 2, on display at Comic-Con HQ.
A collectible figurine of Heavy, from Team Fortress 2, on display at Comic-Con HQ.
These guys walking through the Comic-Con HQ area were in steampunk costumes--no particular character.
These guys walking through the Comic-Con HQ area were in steampunk costumes–no particular character.
I haven't a clue who these big fuzzy critters are. Do you know?
I haven’t a clue who these big fuzzy critters are. Do you know?
An excellent cosplay of Madame Vastra from Dr. Who.
An excellent cosplay of Madame Vastra from Dr. Who.
Back beside the Hard Rock Hotel, hordes of fans were waiting in line to check out the Suicide Squad.
Back beside the Hard Rock Hotel, hordes of fans were waiting in line to check out the Suicide Squad.
A unicorn outside San Diego Comic-Con holds some signs that promote KPBS programming.
A unicorn outside San Diego Comic-Con holds some signs that promote KPBS programming.
Oh, noooo! It's Sharknado, AGAIN! Syfy's promotional mayhem in the Gaslamp is as crazy as ever.
Oh, noooo! It’s Sharknado, AGAIN! Syfy’s promotional mayhem in the Gaslamp is as crazy as ever.
Last year it was Uncle Sams on stilts. In 2016, it's a bunch of Elvises. Or is that Elvi? Those sharks seem unstoppable.
Last year it was Uncle Sams on stilts. In 2016, it’s a bunch of Elvises. Or is that Elvi? Those sharks seem unstoppable.
Hey Elvis! Why are you pointing at me? You seem to be the one with the gnawing problem.
Hey Elvis! Why are you pointing at me? You seem to be the one with the gnawing problem.
A cosplay Aquaman and Mera have paused to talk to a knight who is accompanied by a green-skinned damsel. Perhaps you can identify the latter two characters.
A cosplay Aquaman and Mera have paused to talk to a knight who is accompanied by a green-skinned damsel. Perhaps you can identify the latter two characters.
I learned this cosplay is from The Witcher, a popular video game. Awesome!
I learned this cosplay is from The Witcher, a popular video game. Awesome!
I don't fear you! Not you, Scarecrow! Because I know numerous Batmans are nearby.
I don’t fear you! Not you, Scarecrow! Because I know numerous Batmans are nearby.
Doc Brown of Back to the Future is looking for Marty. He's either lost in the crowd or somewhere in time.
Doc Brown of Back to the Future is looking for Marty. He’s either lost in the crowd or somewhere in time.
Another KFC hotspot. Would you like this deep fried?
Another KFC hotspot. Would you like this deep fried?
More zany goodness was parading around the Gaslamp. Syfy's PaTrolli Street Team had some of the most fun, weirdly awesome costumes.
More zany goodness was parading around the Gaslamp. Syfy’s PaTrolli Street Team had some of the most fun, weirdly awesome costumes.
Some of that weirdly awesome cosplay approaches, coming up Fifth Avenue.
Some of that weirdly awesome cosplay approaches, coming up Fifth Avenue.
Yeah, I admit it. You, dude, whatever-you-call-yourself, are weirdly awesome.
Yeah, I admit it. You, dude, whatever-you-call-yourself, are weirdly awesome.

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