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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Even more cool street art in Logan Heights!

Juggernaut street art in Logan Heights.
Juggernaut street art in Logan Heights.

During my walk about Logan Heights today I met a few friendly members of the San Diego Art Team. They were creating even more cool street art just north of the intersection of 31st Street and Commercial Street.

Some of their recently spray painted art features popular Marvel Comics characters, particularly those related to the X-Men!

If the style of their work seems familiar, I blogged their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle mural (which has since been painted over) here and some of their other graffiti-style artwork here.

The San Diego Art Team is composed of Logan Heights community members who enjoy being creative and energizing their neighborhood with bold, colorful public art!

Very cool!

Spiderman faces off against a member of the X-Men in street art in Logan Heights.
Spiderman faces off against a member of the X-Men in street art in Logan Heights.
Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Sentinel street art in Logan Heights.
Cyclops, Nightcrawler and a Sentinel street art in Logan Heights.
I believe that's Wolverine.
I believe that’s Wolverine.
I'm certain that's Wolverine!
I’m certain that’s Wolverine!
Cyclops in action street art in Logan Heights.
Cyclops in action street art in Logan Heights.
Jean Grey as Phoenix street art in Logan Heights.
Jean Grey as Phoenix street art in Logan Heights.

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Cool comic book and superhero street art!

Cool comic book superheroes, villains and other characters are spray painted on a long wall in Logan Heights!
Cool comic book superheroes, villains and other characters are spray painted on a long wall in Logan Heights!

Check out this awesome spray paint street art on a wall south of the intersection of 31st Street and Commercial Street in Logan Heights! It’s loaded with comic book superheroes, villains and other cool characters!

The mural is a work currently in progress. Today I was fortunate to meet the primary artist, who goes by the name Fizix. I learned that most of the characters in the large, colorful mural are his artwork. I also learned that additional work on this very cool mural is by the artist ABSO.

Does the name Fizix ring a bell? Perhaps you’ve seen his work here and here. Because I photograph so much street art all around San Diego, it’s possible his work appears elsewhere on Cool San Diego Sights and I simply don’t realize it.

Fizix is actually Alex Julian, a talented artist in San Diego who can be found @alexfizix. His blog, which features some really good graphic novel art and his bio, can be enjoyed here.

His expertise is illustration, book covers, digital art, murals, horror caricatures and comic book coloring. His artwork has a distinctive style that I really like.

Check out the following photos!

Judge Dredd street art by Fizix.
Judge Dredd street art by Fizix.
Fizix at work on a new commissioned mural featuring superheroes, supervillains and a few other characters.
Fizix at work on a commissioned mural featuring superheroes, supervillains and a few other characters.
A neighbor in Logan Heights loves old school Jazz, so Fizix included this cool musician in the large mural.
A neighbor in Logan Heights loves old school Jazz, so Fizix included this cool musician in the large mural.
Another neighbor in Logan Heights has a dog that resembles this cool spray paint artwork by Fizix!
Another neighbor in Logan Heights has a dog that resembles this cool spray paint artwork by Fizix!
This very awesome sunset portion of the mural is by the artist ABSO. It looks like street art one might find in Ocean Beach.
This very awesome sunset portion of the mural is by the artist ABSO. It looks like the sort of street art one might find in Ocean Beach.
Carnage street art by Fizix.
Carnage street art by Fizix.
I don't recognize this character. Leave a comment if you do!
Rose of Black Dog and Rebel Rose street art by Fizix.
Spawn street art by Fizix.
Spawn street art by Fizix.
Leave a comment if you know this character. I'm clueless.
The Maxx street art by Fizix.
Hela street art by Fizix.
Hela street art by Fizix.
Ghost Rider street art by Fizix.
Ghost Rider street art by Fizix.
Iron Man street art by Fizix.
Iron Man street art by Fizix.
Wonder Woman street art by Fizix.
Wonder Woman street art by Fizix.
Miles Morales street art by Fizix.
Miles Morales version of Spiderman street art by Fizix.
Hellboy street art by Fizix.
Hellboy street art by Fizix.
Rocket Raccoon street art by Fizix.
Rocket Raccoon street art by the artist ABSO.
Cool characters from pop culture can be enjoyed by anyone who drives down Commercial Street in San Diego!
Cool characters from pop culture can be enjoyed by anyone who drives down Commercial Street in San Diego!

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Cosplay and magic at 2018 Comic-Con!

Cosplay and magic fill the area behind the San Diego Convention Center during 2018 Comic-Con!
Cosplay and magic fill the area behind the San Diego Convention Center during 2018 Comic-Con!

Late this morning I enjoyed Comic-Con by walking behind the San Diego Convention Center, then through The Experience by Petco Park. This first batch of fun photos is from the area behind the convention center.

As usual, I encountered a bunch of super creative cosplay and magic at every turn!

A Star Wars stormtropper holds a humorous sign. Support the Troops.
A Star Wars stormtropper holds a humorous sign. Support the Troops.
Long morning lines wrapped this way and that, but nobody seemed to mind.
Long morning lines wrapped this way and that, but nobody seemed to mind.
Cedric Diggory cosplay. An early glimpse of magic.
Cedric Diggory cosplay. An early glimpse of magic.
Some cosplay pooches are part of the big spectacle.
Some cosplay pooches are part of the big spectacle.
These Wonder Women made cool skirts out of old Justice League swag bags!
These Wonder Women made cool superhero skirts out of old Justice League swag bags!
Good thing Nick Fury called Captain Marvel. Here she comes now to save the day!
Good thing Nick Fury called Captain Marvel. Here she comes now to save the day!
These zombies paused for a photo at the foot of the steps up to the convention center.
These zombies paused for a photo at the foot of the steps up to the convention center.
I was told this cosplay is Bird Person.
I was told this cosplay is Bird Person.
Check out this awesome cosplay! It's Fire Archangel Velajuel, a Summoners War Sky Arena Monster.
Check out this awesome cosplay! It’s Fire Archangel Velajuel, a Summoners War Sky Arena Monster.
I was told this funny cosplay is Pac-Gentleman.
I was told this funny cosplay is Pac-Gentleman.
Lots of visitors to 2018 Comic-Con were checking out the Bandai Dragon Ball activation.
Lots of visitors to 2018 Comic-Con were checking out the Bandai Dragon Ball activation.
Vegeta cosplay.
Vegeta cosplay.
Mario and Luigi prepare for battle.
Mario and Luigi prepare for battle.
I was told this cosplay is Radioactive Man.
I was told this cosplay is Radioactive Man.
That's my kind of superhero. One who brings ice cream! Who needs a utility belt?
That’s my kind of superhero. One who brings ice cream! Who needs a utility belt?
Cyclops was good enough not to remove his visor.
Cyclops was good enough not to remove his visor. The ice cream might melt.
Cosplay of some Mad Max post-apocalyptic characters.
Amazing cosplay of some Mad Max post-apocalyptic characters.
Hopefully Kylo Ren does me in before I have to witness one of his temper tantrums.
Hopefully Kylo Ren does me in before I have to witness another one of his ridiculous temper tantrums.
At the FOX activation for The Passage, a scientist in a white lab jacket shows the first human to be resistant to all known diseases. Unfortunately he has to drink blood.
At the FOX activation for The Passage, a scientist in a white lab jacket shows me the first human to be resistant to all known diseases. Unfortunately he has to drink human blood.
Rorschach cosplay. Somehow he could make the inkblot on his mask change appearance.
Rorschach cosplay. Somehow using his lips he could make the inkblot on his mask change appearance.
Some poor guy is caught between a fight between Peter Griffin and Ernie the Giant Chicken.
Some poor guy is caught between a fight between Peter Griffin and Ernie the Giant Chicken.
A look at the FXhibition area near the Hilton Bayfront, behind the San Diego Convention Center.
A look at the FXhibition area near the Hilton Bayfront, behind the San Diego Convention Center.
Another look. It's late Saturday morning at 2018 Comic-Con.
Another look. It’s late Saturday morning at 2018 Comic-Con.
People place their heads in Archer character cubes for an unusual photo opportunity.
People place their heads in Archer character cubes for an unusual photo opportunity.
Here's Camp Paddy's outhouse.
Here’s Camp Paddy’s outhouse.
Now that's one very bizarre photograph being taken.
Now that’s one very bizarre photograph being taken.
Zatanna cosplay. Magic is her specialty.
Zatanna cosplay. Magic is her specialty.
She must have waved her magic wand, because there's wonderful cosplay all over the place!
She must have waved her magic wand, because there’s wonderful cosplay all over the place!
A cool FX guy poses beside a Mayans MC motorcycle for my camera.
A cool FX guy poses beside a Mayans MC motorcycle for my camera.
Mera blinked. Must be all that dry air outside of the water.
Mera blinked. Must be all that dry air above the water.
Chillin' at the FXhibition.
Chillin’ at the FXhibition.
Magicians perform, delighting young and old alike. There's endless magic at Comic-Con!
Magicians perform, delighting young and old alike. There’s endless magic at Comic-Con!

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More cosplay and fun stuff in the Gaslamp!

It's the whole Spiderman and Venom gang! Looks like they overpowered Captain America and got his shield!
It’s the whole Spiderman and Venom gang! Looks like they overpowered Captain America and got his shield!

It’s Thursday and 2018 San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing!

The Gaslamp Quarter was starting to get a little crazy when I walked through in the early afternoon. Fifth Avenue wasn’t packed absolutely full like sardines, however. But I know that it will be!

Enjoy some more photos of creative cosplay and a variety of fun stuff!

Ghostbuster cosplay in the Gaslamp during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Ghostbusters cosplay in the Gaslamp during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Much of the cosplay I didn't recognize. Including this guy!
Much of the cosplay I didn’t recognize. Including this guy!
Cosplay of Marvel superhero Silk.
Cosplay of Marvel superhero Silk.
I see Cap has his shield back. Now he's gotta go find Thanos.
I see Cap has his shield back. Now he’s gotta go find Thanos.
Syfy Bingo Trolleys were going around the Gaslamp full of contestants.
Syfy Bingo Trolleys were going around the Gaslamp full of contestants.
This friendly Syfy gang ran out of swag bags but promised to be back with many more!
This friendly Syfy gang ran out of swag bags but promised to be back with many more!
Here comes a small mobile billboard towed by a bicycle. Cool graphic, whatever the heck you're promoting.
Here comes a small mobile billboard towed by a bicycle. Cool graphic, whatever the heck you’re promoting.
I poked my camera for a quick shot inside the Peanuts Pop-Up Shop. Psychedelic Snoopy!
I poked my camera for a quick shot inside the Peanuts Pop-Up Shop. I see psychedelic Snoopy and Charlie Brown!
Comic-Con fans line up by the Good Plates restaurant to get into The Good Place.
Comic-Con fans line up by the Good Plates restaurant to get into The Good Place.
Doctor Strange is about to cast a spell on me! Hopefully I don't go looping through time endlessly. After only four days of Comic-Con, I'll be completely worn out.
Doctor Strange is about to cast a spell on me! Hopefully I don’t go looping through time endlessly. After only four days of Comic-Con, I’ll already be completely worn out.
This poor guy near the DC Universe Experience desperately needs 2 more dragonballs. Good luck!
This poor guy near the DC Universe Experience desperately needs 2 more dragonballs. Good luck!
Cosplay from Cyberpunk Galaxy Wonderland! Whatever that is!
Cosplay from Cyberpunk Galaxy Wonderland! Whatever that is!
Cosplay of Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
A great cosplay of Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Polite, well-groomed bellhops were out promoting upcoming movie Bad Times at the El Royale.
Polite, well-groomed bellhops were out promoting upcoming movie Bad Times at the El Royale.
That's either a tiny T-Rex or one gigantic human rider!
That’s either a tiny T-Rex or one gigantic human rider!
This Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan bus clearly needs to fetch more people.
This Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan bus clearly needs to fetch more people.
It's the Coneheads!
It’s the Coneheads!
The happy X-Men family!
The happy X-Men family!
Someone please inform the G.I. Joe Team that COBRA has been spotted secretly infiltrating San Diego.
Someone please inform the G.I. Joe Team that COBRA has been spotted secretly infiltrating San Diego.
Fortunately, more heroic Avengers are present. It's Black Widow (the red-haired version) and Ant Man!
Fortunately, I found some more heroic Avengers. It’s Black Widow (the red-haired version) and Ant Man!
Is 91X Man part of a superhero group? No, that radio station might play music by some super groups, though.
Is 91X Man part of a superhero group? No, that radio station might play music by some supergroups, though.
Talk about a super group. That's a lot of humanity on MLK Promenade.
Talk about a super group. That’s a big group of humanity on MLK Promenade.
This guy was handing out Den of Geek magazines. I got one for my coworker. He was an authentic nerd before being a nerd became cool.
This guy was handing out Den of Geek magazines. I got one for my coworker. He was an authentic nerd before being a nerd became cool.
Of course, I knew I'd run into a Star Wars Stormtrooper during my travels. No Leias yet, however.
Of course, I knew I’d run into a Star Wars Stormtrooper during my travels.
Another big line around Dead Quarters. I'll go brave a line or two tomorrow, I suppose.
Another big line around Dead Quarters. I’ll go brave a line or two tomorrow, I suppose.
The Syfy Wire interviews a Jack Sparrow-like pirate in the Gaslamp during 2018 Comic-Con.
The Syfy Wire interviews a Jack Sparrow-like pirate in the Gaslamp Quarter during 2018 Comic-Con.
Goodness! Golf Vader has returned to Comic-Con! Something must be done about this!
Goodness! Golf Vader has returned to Comic-Con! Something must be done about this!
Great cosplay at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Riddler, Wonder Woman and Poison Ivy!
Great cosplay at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Riddler, Wonder Woman and Poison Ivy!

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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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