See the Comic-Con Museum’s first exhibition!

If you happen to be in San Diego the next few weeks, you have an awesome opportunity to see the Comic-Con Museum’s very first exhibition! It’s titled Cover Story: The Art of Comic-Con 50. Why that name? This year will be the 50th Anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con!

Today I enjoyed the big opening of the exhibition, which can be viewed in one room of the Federal Building in Balboa Park, future home of the Comic-Con Museum. Lots of other excited people were in attendance. After listening to a few words by those who are shaping the museum’s future, we all headed into the temporary gallery.

My photos provide a hint of what you’ll find. It’s a bit like the Art of Comic-Con exhibition several years ago at the San Diego Central Library, but the emphasis this time is on original art used for the covers of Comic-Con souvenir program books. You’ll see everything from thumbnail sketches to pencil and ink art to stunning colored finished pieces.

You’ll enjoy the work of many top artists, including names like Jack Kirby, Bruce Timm, Matt Taylor, Babs Tarr, Michael Cho, Jim Lee, John Romita, Jr., William Stout, Adam Hughes, Frank Miller, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Will Eisner.

You’ll also smile at the work of creative children, who have a fun table in the gallery where they can draw their own covers!

Finally, in several glass display cases you’ll find all sorts of souvenir program book interior artwork: original drawings by renowned artists, cartoonists and illustrators, who over the years have sent their greetings to Comic-Con!

According to the Comic-Con Museum: “The exhibit will be open Saturday March 16 and Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and on select dates through August 4, 2019. Check our Facebook page for future open dates as they are announced.”

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Star Wars at future Comic-Con Museum!

Star Wars cosplay and a sign welcomes visitors to a special Comic-Con Museum event!
Star Wars cosplay and a sign welcomes visitors to a special Comic-Con Museum event!

Around noon today I headed to the Federal Building in Balboa Park for a bite to eat. And what did I see? A special event was being held inside the future home of the Comic-Con Museum!

I walked about and watched people playing Star Wars: Armada and other tabletop games published by Fantasy Flight Games.

Very cool!

Members of the Imperial Sands Garrison of the 501st Legion pose for a cool Star Wars pic at the future Comic-Con Museum!
Members of the Imperial Sands Garrison of the 501st Legion pose for a cool Star Wars pic at the future Comic-Con Museum!
Players try out Star Wars Destiny, a dueling dice and card game.
Players try out Star Wars: Destiny, a dueling dice and card game.
Guys play Star Wars Armada inside the Federal Building, future home of the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park.
Guys play Star Wars: Armada inside the Federal Building, future home of the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park.
There seem to be a lot of Imperial Star Destroyers in this region of space!
There seem to be a lot of Imperial Star Destroyers in this region of space!
Perhaps players with a high midi-chlorian count can use the Force when throwing these dice.
Perhaps players with a high midi-chlorian count can use the Force to their advantage when throwing these dice.
Cards are used to keep track of Rebel and Imperial fleet ship status during play.
Cards are used to keep track of Rebel and Imperial fleet ship status during play.
A cool game mat depicts the Star Wars ice planet Hoth.
A cool game mat depicts the Star Wars ice planet Hoth.
I see cool LEGO Star Wars figurines of Fleet Admiral Gial Ackbar and Darth Vader.
I see LEGO Star Wars figurines of Fleet Admiral Gial Ackbar and Darth Vader.
Star Wars Legion miniatures game set depicts the planet Tatooine. I see Darth Vader following those stormtroopers!
Star Wars: Legion miniatures game set depicts the planet Tatooine. I see a menacing Darth Vader following those stormtroopers!
The Comic-Con Museum is coming to the Federal Building in Balboa Park!
The Comic-Con Museum is coming to the Federal Building in Balboa Park!

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Donald Duck comes to life at Comic-Con Museum!

Patrick Block draws the face of Donald Duck during the Creating a Comics Story event at the future home of the Comic-Con Museum.
Patrick Block, long-time Disney comics artist, draws the famous face of Donald Duck. A beloved character comes to life during the Creating a Comics Story event at the future home of the Comic-Con Museum.

This afternoon I attended one of the coolest events EVER!

I and other spellbound people sat in the auditorium of the future Comic-Con Museum, watching as veteran Disney comics artists Patrick and Shelley Block brought Donald Duck to life! With the help of the audience, right before our eyes, they created an absolutely original, hilarious and brilliant comic book story! The penciled five page story was about Donald Duck working as janitor at a comic book convention, and much of the story’s essential plot came spontaneously from the audience!

It was pure magic. Patrick sketched with practiced ease while sharing his thought process, and Shelley Block contributed humorous banter and brilliant inspiration.  From the tip of a number 7 mechanical pencil, Donald Duck emerged into our world–reminding readers that much in life is inherently funny, and that a cartoon about a zany “everyperson” duck can reinforce a sense of our own humanity.

During the event all sorts of questions were asked by the smart audience, and I wish I had taken notes. But the entire experience was simply too mesmerizing.

If this is a preview of coming events at the Comic-Con Museum, which we learned is slated to open in May of 2021, it’s going to be one of the most amazing museums in the world. That’s no exaggeration.

I can’t wait!

Art and writing team Patrick and Shelly Block, Disney comics creators for 26 years, talk about the creative process.
Art and writing team Patrick and Shelly Block, Disney comics creators for 26 years, talk about the creative process.
Three pages of the five page Donald Duck comic are nearly done. Through an odd series of events, Donald has become janitor at a comic book convention!
Three pages of the five page Donald Duck comic are nearly done. Through an odd series of funny events, Donald has become janitor at a comic book convention!
Donald Duck wants to see the masquerade ball, and after many gags and catastrophes ends up winning it!
Donald Duck wants to see the masquerade ball, and after many gags and catastrophes ends up winning it!
Original artwork created by Patrick and Shelly Block for the Comic-Con Museum. Don't forget us funny animal comics!
Original Donald Duck artwork created by Patrick and Shelly Block for the Comic-Con Museum. Don’t forget us funny animal comics!

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More fun Comic-Con art at Simon’s Cafe!

The Joker's Smile by artist Suzka.
The Joker’s Smile by artist Suzka.

This morning I was walking down First Avenue, a couple blocks north of the San Diego Convention Center, when I made a cool discovery! Glancing through a window of Simon’s Cafe, I spied some new Comic-Con related artwork by local artist Suzka!

Back in 2017 I posted some of her fun Comic-Con themed paintings here!

I didn’t order anything at Simon’s Cafe this morning, having already eaten breakfast, but the friendly lady at the counter said I could take these photos.

If you want to learn more about Suzka, visit her website here!

Able To Leap... by artist Suzka.
Able To Leap… by artist Suzka.
Miz Apple by artist Suzka.
Miz Apple by artist Suzka.
Birdic-Con by artist Suzka.
Birdic-Con by artist Suzka.
Gaslamp-Kitty by artist Suzka.
Gaslamp-Kitty by artist Suzka.

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Help create San Diego’s new Comic-Con Museum!

Someone enters the Federal Building in Balboa Park during December Nights. This will be the future home of San Diego's Comic-Con Museum!
Someone enters the Federal Building in Balboa Park during December Nights. This will be the future home of San Diego’s Comic-Con Museum!

Look what I discovered today! You can help create the new Comic-Con Museum in San Diego!

For only fifty dollars, anyone can become a Tier Two charter member of the highly-anticipated Comic-Con Museum and receive tons of amazing perks, including special previews, member-only event invitations, an e-newsletter, exclusive live streamed programming (including panel discussions, talks, and creative classes), and exclusive merchandise . . . plus the ability to contribute ideas and feedback concerning potential exhibits . . . plus free admission to the museum for an entire year once it opens, and a couple of guest passes!

Your contribution will be used help fund the creation of the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park!

If you’d like to contribute an amount other than fifty dollars, there are several tiers that you can choose in the Comic-Con Museum’s Charter Membership Program.

You can pay-whatever-you-want, which has lots of great benefits, including being entered on an immortal Honor Roll of Charter Members. You can also chose the most generous tier, where you receive a special invite to Comic-Con Museum’s Inaugural Gala in 2019 and your name is permanently recognized inside the museum.

Here’s the Comic-Con Museum website, where you click “Become A Charter Member” to learn more and sign up!

Not only do I live within easy walking distance to the future museum, but I just became a Charter Member!

Lots of fun ahead!

The San Diego Hall of Champions once occupied the Federal Building. In the future it will be a dynamic place where visitors can explore the popular culture!
The San Diego Hall of Champions once occupied the Federal Building. In the future it will be a dynamic place where visitors can explore the popular culture!
At every tier, people who became a charter member of the new Comic-Con Museum get special benefits, including live streamed programming and an e-newsletter.
At every tier, people who became a charter member of the new Comic-Con Museum get special benefits, including live streamed programming and an e-newsletter.
An artist's rendering of what the entrance to the Comic-Con Museum will appear like when it opens in San Diego!
An artist’s rendering of what the entrance to the Comic-Con Museum will appear like when it opens in San Diego!

UPDATE!

Woohoo! Look what arrived in the mail! A Comic-Con Museum Charter Member lanyard and pin!
Look what arrived in the mail! A Comic-Con Museum Charter Member lanyard and pin!

 

More fun and funny photos from Comic-Con!

Fun pop culture palm frond art. I recognize Ronald McDonald and Batman.
Fun palm frond art. I recognize Ronald McDonald and Batman.

Here’s one last batch of fun and funny photos from 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, including more great examples of cosplay.

I confess I didn’t stand in long lines for some of the more popular offsite attractions–I mainly just walked around. Watching people. Taking it all in. That’s what I love to do.

I hope you had as much fun as I did!

Now I’ll probably take a rest from blogging until next weekend. On Saturday, I’m going on a special tour at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Have a great week!

They never showed it in the Star Wars movies, but Darth Vader likes to wear sunglasses.
They never showed it in the Star Wars movies, but Darth Vader likes to wear sunglasses.
Why would an astronaut in an airless environment need camouflage?
Why would an astronaut in an airless environment need camouflage?
I'm Single. Free Drinks If You Find Me.
I’m Single. Free Drinks If You Find Me.
Stay Puft has a Mini-Marshmallow-Me!
Stay Puft has a Mini-Marshmallow-Me!
Shouldn't that guy be in some sort of containment bubble?
Shouldn’t that guy be in his containment bubble?
It's a Harley-cycle and a Bat-cycle!
It’s a Harley-cycle and a Bat-cycle!
I know San Diego gets a lot of tourists, but Spiderman?
I know San Diego gets a lot of tourists, but Spiderman?
The gentleman on the right goes by the name Colorful Guy.
The gentleman on the right goes by the name Colorful Guy.
Cosplay of Jinx from Teen Titans. Now that's some big hair.
Cosplay of Jinx from Teen Titans. Now that’s some big hair.
I believe I recognize Aladdin and Tinker Bell.
I believe I recognize Aladdin and Tinker Bell.
I was interested to learn that the rather unusual character on the right is named Bananapool.
I was interested to learn that the rather unusual character on the right is named Bananapool.
A zombie's about to have lunch at Dead Quarters.
A zombie’s about to have lunch at Dead Quarters.
Thank goodness for that fence!
Thank goodness for that fence!
This is what Comic-Con is really all about. This is how it started.
This is what Comic-Con is really all about. This is how it started.
Frozone strikes his action pose.
Frozone strikes his action pose.
At San Diego Comic-Con, you're never quite sure what you will see next.
At San Diego Comic-Con, you’re never quite sure what you will see next.
Azog and Nazgul cosplay.
Azog and Nazgul cosplay.
A sidewalk artist creating a fun cartoon.
A sidewalk artist creating a fun cartoon.
A very cool LEGO Cyborg cosplay made out of cardboard.
A very cool LEGO Cyborg cosplay made out of cardboard.
A small version of the Guardians of the Galaxy!
A small version of the Guardians of the Galaxy!
This guy said his unique cosplay is a combination of the Old West and Mad Max.
This guy said his unique cosplay is a combination of the Old West and Mad Max.
Spock enters a scene featuring Boba Fett. I'm detecting a bit of franchise confusion.
Spock enters a scene featuring Boba Fett. I’m detecting a bit of franchise confusion.
A dog in a tiny police car meets a real officer of the SDPD.
A dog in a tiny police car meets a real officer of the SDPD. Thanks to police heroes everyone was safe during Comic-Con.
Three peculiar versions of Deadpool. Take your pick.
Three peculiar versions of Deadpool. Take your pick.
Spock is now where he belongs.
Spock is now back where he belongs.
This guy is called One Punch Man. One is all it takes!
This guy is called One Punch Man. One is all it takes!
I see some Speed Racer characters!
I see some Speed Racer characters!
Cosplay of Rocksteady and Bebop from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Cosplay of Rocksteady and Bebop from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

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Lovely cultists, Sharkzilla feedings at Comic-Con!

Sharkzilla has taken another bite of a surfboard at The Experience during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!
Sharkzilla has taken another bite of a surfboard at The Experience during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!

As you will see, I had quite an experience at The Experience late this morning. This free public attraction is one of many offsites found around downtown during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

The very moment you enter, prepare to be mesmerized…

Looking down at The Experience in Petco Park's Lexus Premier Lot from the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge.
Looking down at The Experience in Petco Park’s Lexus Premier Lot from the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge.
People stream into the fun Comic-Con offsite.
People stream into the fun, free to the public Comic-Con offsite.
Near the entrance, buses from hotels around the city drop off a motley group of Comic-Con attendees.
Near the entrance, buses from hotels around the city drop off a motley group of Comic-Con attendees.
Shark fins bob past the big stage at The Experience.
Shark fins bob past the big stage at The Experience.
People relax and watch a demo video game up on a big screen.
People relax and watch a demo video game up on a big screen.
Shortly after I arrive, three lovely, sweet, irresistible ladies with Sacred Lies prepare to encircle me with their scarfs.
Shortly after I arrive, three lovely, sweet, irresistible ladies with Sacred Lies prepare to encircle me with their scarfs.
Hello! Sign me up for your cult, or whatever it is!
I’m encircled! Hello! Sign me up for your cult, or whatever it is!
I spotted Pac-Gentleman again, near Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. That seems a lot of marshmallow for a gentleman to waka-waka-waka gobble all at once.
I spotted Pac-Gentleman again, near Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. That seems a lot of marshmallow for a gentleman to waka-waka-waka gobble all at once.
But I could easily gobble a few free scoops of DC Super Hero Ice Cream!
But I could probably digest a few free scoops of DC Super Hero Ice Cream!
At the Cloak and Dagger activation, this nice lady seemed about ready to give a sermon.
At the Cloak and Dagger activation, this nice lady seemed about ready to dazzle me with a sermon.
People who line up at Ghostbusters World can have their photo taken next to the original ECTO-1 from the movies.
People who line up at Ghostbusters World can have their photo taken next to the original ECTO-1 from the movies.
Hopefully Hulk doesn't become too angry when you get your group hug at the Marvel activation.
Hopefully Hulk doesn’t become too angry when you get your group hug at the Marvel Avengers activation.
The Impractical Jokers had a food truck serving Scoopski Potatoes.
The Impractical Jokers had a food truck serving Scoopski Potatoes.
I believe people could get free samples of Shin Black Noodle Soup, but I didn't check it out.
I believe people could get free samples of Shin Black Noodle Soup, but I didn’t check it out.
Project Blue Book had a Top Secret tent but with my sketchy background, I don't have clearance, so I averted my eyes.
Project Blue Book had a Top Secret tent. With my sketchy background, I don’t have clearance, so I averted my eyes.
A huge cool sculpture at the Guild Wars 2 activation.
A huge cool sculpture at the Guild Wars 2 activation.
Discovery Channel celebrates Shark Week with an enormous life-size Megalodon named Sharkzilla.
Discovery Channel celebrates Shark Week with an enormous life-size mechanical Megalodon named Sharkzilla.
I arrived in time for a Sharkzilla feeding. The huge shark is going to chomp on a wooden pallet!
I arrived in time for a Sharkzilla feeding. The huge hungry shark is going to chomp on a wooden pallet!
Personally, I find pallets to be unpalatable.
Personally, I find pallets to be unpalatable.
Maybe a surfboard tastes better.
Maybe a surfboard tastes better.
I remember having something like this done when I was a kid and got my braces.
I remember having something like this done when I was a kid and got my braces.
Some tasty bloody zombies that will be fed to Sharkzilla later in the day.
Some tasty bloody zombies that will be fed to Sharkzilla later in the day.

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