New art installed at InterContinental hotel.

This evening I was walking along Broadway past the new, almost completed InterContinental San Diego when I noticed a couple of guys installing artwork near the waterfront luxury hotel’s entrance.

I spoke briefly to one of the workers and learned they were following a general design that was provided to them. I’m not sure who the artist is, but I like what I see so far!

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Photos of restored rooms inside Casa de Estudillo.

Visitors to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park look into a restored room of La Casa de Estudillo.
Visitors to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park look into a restored room of La Casa de Estudillo.

Four years ago I posted photos of La Casa de Estudillo, a famous adobe house in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park that was originally built in 1827. That blog was called Ramona saved Casa de Estudillo in Old Town and concerned the fascinating history of this structure.

Over time various parts of the casa have undergone restoration and new rooms have opened up to public view. These rooms now appear furnished as they once might have been, in the very early days of San Diego.

I recently walked through La Casa de Estudillo and peered into a few of the rooms…

Sign describes the dining room of La Casa de Estudillo.
Sign describes the dining room of La Casa de Estudillo.
The eventual prosperity of the Estudillo family is reflected in their elegant dining room.
The eventual prosperity of the Estudillo family is reflected in their elegant dining room.
Expensive furniture and tableware imported by ship from distant places fill the otherwise simple room.
Expensive furniture and tableware imported by ship from distant places fill the otherwise simple room.
Sign describes commerce in the casa. Francisco de Paul Rodriguez rented space from the Estudillos for a store.
Sign describes commerce in the casa. Francisco de Paul Rodriguez rented space from the Estudillos for a store.
The store, or tienda, contained shelves of goods that might be purchased by the residents of Old Town San Diego. Much of the merchandise came by ship from the East Coast around Cape Horn.
The store, or tienda, contained shelves of goods that might be purchased by the residents of Old Town San Diego. Much of the merchandise came by ship from the East Coast around Cape Horn.
More shelves against one wall contain iron tools and basic furnishings like candlesticks for sale.
More shelves against one wall contain iron tools and basic furnishings like candlesticks for sale.
Sign describes how the Estudillos adapted to life on the frontier in the 1830's and 1840's.
Sign describes how the Estudillos adapted to life on the frontier in the 1830’s and 1840’s.
A bedroom inside La Casa de Estudillo contains a wealth of comfort, unusual in early San Diego, which was located far away from developed centers of commerce.
A bedroom inside La Casa de Estudillo contains a wealth of comfort, unusual in early San Diego, which was located far away from developed centers of commerce.
Several additional rooms at La Casa de Estudillo are undergoing restoration.
Several additional rooms at La Casa de Estudillo are undergoing restoration.
Sign describes how the casa started as a modest two-room structure and eventually grew into an expansive U-shaped building with a courtyard and outbuildings.
Sign describes how the casa started as a modest two-room structure and eventually grew into an expansive U-shaped building with a courtyard and outbuildings.
Photo of the Casa de Estudillo's tower from the central garden courtyard.
Photo of the Casa de Estudillo’s tower from the central garden courtyard.
Looking across the south end of the courtyard toward the outdoor oven and Seeley Stable beyond.
Looking across the south end of the courtyard toward the outdoor oven and Seeley Stable beyond.
Sign explains how the Estudillos cared for a growing family including many children.
Sign explains how the Estudillos cared for a growing family including many children.
Frozen Charlotte dolls, ca. 1850's. These china dolls were popular in the Victorian era.
Frozen Charlotte dolls, ca. 1850’s. These china dolls were popular in the Victorian era.
A look into the children's bedroom.
A look into the children’s bedroom.
Sign describes the Estudillo kitchen and pantry. The family's ranchos provided meat, game, vegetables and fruit.
Sign describes the Estudillo kitchen and pantry. The family’s ranchos provided meat, game, vegetables and fruit.
Jars, pots, sacks of flour and fruit are among the many items seen in the rather primitive kitchen.
Jars, pots, sacks of flour and fruit are among the many items seen in the rather primitive kitchen.
The kitchen inside La Casa de Estudillo provides an idea of what life might have been like in early San Diego.
The kitchen inside La Casa de Estudillo provides an idea of what life might have been like in early San Diego.

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A peek at Butcher Boy’s restoration at Spanish Landing.

All sorts of wood can be found under the North Harbor Drive Bridge, where the historic boat Butcher Boy is undergoing a thorough restoration.
All sorts of wood can be found under the North Harbor Drive Bridge, where the historic boat Butcher Boy is undergoing a thorough restoration.

This morning, as I drove up Harbor Drive toward Point Loma, I suddenly remembered that the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s turn-of-the-century racing sloop Butcher Boy is being restored at Spanish Landing, where the galleon San Salvador was built a few years back. Work on the much smaller Butcher Boy is being carried out in a sheltered place under the North Harbor Drive Bridge.

Even though I’m no expert when it comes to sloops–or nautical stuff in general–I do love to look at boats and ships that sail. There seems to be something about white sails, sunlight on water, and wind-lashed voyages across rolling expanses that appeals deeply to the human spirit.

So, anyway, I decided to pull into the nearby parking lot to see what progress has been made in restoring Butcher Boy to its former glory.

I was able to take a few photos.

Even though no museum volunteers were at work in the early morning, and the large ship saw was covered with a tarp, a nearby sign provided some interesting information about these unique saws used by shipwrights. The angle of a ship saw blade can be changed as a cut is being made, so that compound curves can be created with a single cut.

An internet wooden boat forum that I found has some fascinating info about the history of Butcher Boy, including:

“Butcher Boy, which had similarly named counterparts up and down the West Coast, was conceived by Charles S. Hardy, owner of the Bay City Market on Fifth and Broadway downtown.

‘Boss Hardy,’ as he was known, needed a boat sturdy enough to handle any weather and fast enough to beat competitors out to the big ships anchored offshore, off what was commonly known as Spanish Bight and Dutch Flats.

Hardy turned to boatyard owner Manuel Goularte, a native of the Portuguese Azores. The model was the double-ended salmon boat sailed so successfully on the Sacramento and Columbia rivers.

A boat-building style that originated in Italy and the Mediterranean can also be seen in Butcher Boy, said Ashley, a style then favored by first-generation Italian fishermen in San Francisco Bay.

‘The gaff rig originated with the 15th-century Dutch,’ Ashley said. ‘Even though she was built as a work boat, she was beautiful, really special even in her own time.’

‘Everybody around the bay stops to look at her now. It’s like she’s sailing out of a Winslow Homer painting.’

Framed in oak and planked in cedar, Butcher Boy is 29 feet, 11 inches long, with an 81/2-foot beam. The mainsail and jib carry 604 square feet of sail.”

If you are curious, and want to see historical photos of Butcher Boy under sail, and a detailed description of the restoration work now being done, please read the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s blog by clicking here.

A sign that describes a ship saw, recalling how this one was used to help build the Spanish galleon replica San Salvador.
A sign that describes a ship saw, recalling how this particular one was used to build the Spanish galleon replica San Salvador.
Lots of lumber!
Lots of lumber!
I took this photo of the unrestored Butcher Boy two and a half years ago for another blog post. At the time it was on display on the barge behind the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s steam ferry Berkeley.
Photo of the Butcher Boy's restoration in progress, taken one August 2018 morning at San Diego's Spanish Landing.
Photo of the Butcher Boy’s restoration in progress, taken one August 2018 morning at San Diego’s Spanish Landing.

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Getting ready Wednesday for 2018 Comic-Con!

These guys are the very first in line for Hall H, at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. They were super friendly, excited and ready to go!
These guys are the very first in line for Hall H, at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. They were super friendly, excited and ready to go!

The big one is almost here!

I’ve taken even more photos of 2018 Comic-Con preparation around San Diego. I walked all around this morning–Wednesday–and observed that workers are frantically getting the many offsites around the Gaslamp, Petco Park and San Diego Convention Center ready for tomorrow.

Tonight is Preview Night.

Let the party begin!

At Dead Quarters, they have a lot to do. At least according to some ragged signs that are being created!
At Dead Quarters, they have a lot to do. At least according to some ragged signs that are being created!
Cartman's Escape Room at the Comedy Central offsite appears about ready!
Cartman’s Escape Room at the Comedy Central offsite appears about ready!
The Convention Center trolley stop has been converted into a weird, very cool promotion for Stranger Things.
The Convention Center trolley stop has been converted into a weird, very cool promotion for Stranger Things.
This morning they were testing the Jack Ryan Experience. A test subject was carefully lowered from the mock helicopter.
This morning they were testing the Jack Ryan Experience. A test subject was carefully lowered from the mock helicopter.
A creepy child mannequin now stands in the Children's Park fountain, with a cage looming among the trees behind him. Part of the Castle Rock offsite.
A creepy jacketed mannequin now stands in the Children’s Park fountain, with a cage looming among the trees behind him. Part of the Castle Rock offsite.
What I called a castle has turned out to be more like a palace, created by Bandai at the Marina Terrace.
What I called a castle has turned out to be more like a brick palace, created by Bandai at the Marina Terrace.
Getting the entrance to the Lyft Lounge at Comic-Con Village ready on Wedsnesday morning.
Getting the entrance to the Lyft Lounge at Comic-Con Village ready on Wednesday morning. You’ll find it at Embarcadero Marina Park South, near the San Diego Symphony’s outdoor summer location.
The IMDb yacht gets a boat wrap!
The IMDb yacht gets a boat wrap!
The Starbucks at the Hilton Bayfront has been converted into a small Jurassic World.
The Starbucks at the Hilton Bayfront has been converted into a small Jurassic World.
A BBC film crew gets ready to cover 2018 San Diego Comic-Con on the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge.
A BBC film crew gets ready to cover 2018 San Diego Comic-Con on the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge.
Graphics at the entrance to Rotten Tomatoes suggests that possibly Your Opinion Sucks.
Graphics at the entrance to Rotten Tomatoes suggest that possibly Your Opinion Sucks.
Someone has appeared in one of the round windows of The Good Place.
Someone has appeared in one of the round windows of The Good Place.
Looks like a good place to me! Let's get this party started!
Looks like a good place to me! Let’s get this party started!

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2018 Comic-Con getting ready in high gear!

A car appears to have mysteriously crashed into the Childrens Park fountain! It's part of the Castle Rock offsite for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Surprises await visitors around every corner.
A car appears to have mysteriously crashed into the Childrens Park fountain! It’s part of the Castle Rock offsite for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Surprises await visitors around every corner.

Four days to go until 2018 San Diego Comic-Con! There’s so much cool stuff popping up around the convention center, I can hardly keep track of it all!

This afternoon I walked around the entire area, checking out some of the building wraps and offsites that have begun to appear. Construction hasn’t begun on the Experience at Comic-Con or Deadquarters yet. I was told Comedy Central will occupy the same space at the Broad City indoor coloring book last year, but I could see no indication of activity there, either.

Check out these photos and read the captions for more information. It seems Comic-Con gets bigger and more exciting every year!

A photo of the Castle Rock sign from across Harbor Drive.
A photo of the Castle Rock sign from across Harbor Drive.
These mannequins will be part of Hulu's surprising Castle Rock experience!
These mannequins will be part of Hulu’s surprising Castle Rock experience!
A guy working on the Castle Rock offsite said this is the bed and breakfast.
A guy working on the Castle Rock offsite said this is the bed and breakfast.
Picnic benches have been placed in Childrens Park, which will become a spooky Castle Rock forest.
Picnic tables have been placed in Childrens Park, which will become a spooky Castle Rock forest.
At Amazon's Jack Ryan Experience, more progress is being made.
At Amazon’s Jack Ryan Experience, more progress is being made.
Visitors to the Jack Ryan Experience can enjoy shade under camouflage netting!
Visitors to the Jack Ryan Experience can enjoy shade under camouflage netting!
The big Conan wrap on the Marriott Marquis is almost completed!
The big Conan wrap on the Marriott Marquis is almost completed!
Another photo I took walking around the Gaslamp four days before 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Another photo I took walking around the Gaslamp four days before 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
The prominent DC Universe wrap is wrapped up!
The prominent DC Universe wrap is wrapped up!
A Doom Patrol sign on a portion of the DC Universe Experience. This must be Chief's (Dr. Niles Caulder) Lab.
A Doom Patrol sign on a temporary structure inside the DC Universe Experience. This must be Chief’s (Dr. Niles Caulder) Lab.
A Marvel building wrap is being applied above the Lou & Mickey's sign.
A Marvel building wrap is being applied above the Lou & Mickey’s sign.
Inside The Chuck Jones Gallery in the Gaslamp you'll find a bunch of cool Star Wars art.
Inside The Chuck Jones Gallery in the Gaslamp you’ll find a bunch of cool Star Wars art.
Plus some super cool Alex Ross artwork depicting DC's most popular heroes.
Plus some super cool Alex Ross artwork depicting DC’s most popular heroes.
The line for LAIKA LIVE San Diego is growing as Comic-Con approaches.
The line for LAIKA LIVE San Diego is growing as Comic-Con approaches.
Lots of construction activity around the hub of Comic-Con's outdoor campus.
Lots of construction activity around the hub of Comic-Con’s outdoor campus.
An ice cream vendor crosses Fifth Avenue. The Gifted wrap on the Omni appears above the offsite for The Good Place, now under construction.
An ice cream vendor crosses Fifth Avenue. The Gifted wrap on the Omni appears above the offsite for The Good Place, now under construction.
Some guys are working on NBC's The Good Place offsite at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Some guys are working on NBC’s The Good Place offsite at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
On Friday I spoke briefly to a guy putting The Good Place stickers on the Tin Fish's outdoor tables.
On Friday I spoke briefly to a guy putting The Good Place stickers on the Tin Fish’s outdoor tables.
Turning back for another photo as I walk along.
Turning back for another photo as I walk along.
Here comes a restored PCC trolley on the Silver Line. I love riding these old trolleys, but not today. More stuff to see.
Here comes a restored PCC streetcar on the San Diego Trolley’s downtown loop Silver Line. I love riding these old trolleys, but not today. More stuff to see!
Crossing the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge, I see the tents outside the San Diego Convention Center are already set up.
Crossing the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge, I see the tents outside the San Diego Convention Center are already set up.
There's that Jack Ryan wrap on the Omni Hotel that I photographed a couple days ago. It's nearly finished.
There’s that Jack Ryan wrap on the Omni Hotel that I photographed a couple days ago. It’s nearly finished.
The FXhibition area is under construction now. Those shady canopies when seen from above spell FX.
The FXhibition area is under construction now. Those shady canopies when seen from above spell FX.
I learned this structure will help promote the FX show Legion.
I learned this interesting structure will help promote the FX show Legion.
Looking across the grass of Hilton Waterfront Park. Lots of Comic-Con offsite construction activity!
Looking across the grass of Hilton Waterfront Park. Lots of Comic-Con offsite construction activity!
FOX and National Geographic will be previewing Cosmos Possible Worlds.
FOX and National Geographic will be previewing Cosmos Possible Worlds.
That big wrap on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront is in fact for the upcoming FX television series Mayan MC.
That big wrap on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront is in fact for the upcoming FX television series Mayan MC, a spin-off of the popular Sons of Anarchy.
I believe this winding blue track will be Adult Swim's lazy river, where go-kart
I believe this winding blue track will be Adult Swim’s lazy river, where go-kart “canoes” will race. I imagine those races will be visually funny!
Another Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan building wrap, this one on the side of the Marriott Marquis. Amazon is promoting the upcoming show in a big way at SDCC2018.
Another Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan building wrap, this one on the side of the Marriott Marquis. Amazon Video is promoting their upcoming show in a very big way at SDCC 2018.
A colorful Dragon Ball Super, The Movie wrap on the Marriott's recent meeting room expansion.
A colorful Dragon Ball Super: The Movie wrap on the Marriott’s recent meeting room expansion.

UPDATE!

I walked around Monday morning and got lots of new pics! More wraps and offsites are appearing!

Manifest, an upcoming NBC television series, promoted on a building wrap being applied to the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego for 2018 Comic-Con.
Manifest, an upcoming NBC television series, promoted on a building wrap being applied to the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego for 2018 Comic-Con.
Another graphic promoting Manifest on the convention center side of the Hard Rock Hotel.
Another graphic promoting Manifest on the convention center side of the Hard Rock Hotel.
The symbol for Marvel hero Iron Fist in a building wrap near the Gaslamp Quarter landmark sign.
The symbol for Marvel hero Iron Fist in a building wrap near the Gaslamp Quarter landmark sign.
Construction continues on The Good Place offsite near the Tin Fish.
Construction continues on The Good Place offsite near the Tin Fish.
Getting video screens ready at NBC's The Good Place offsite.
Getting video screens ready at NBC’s The Good Place offsite.
Looks like Comic-Con fans might be served yogurt.
Looks like Comic-Con fans might be served yogurt.
It would be really, really hard to eat yogurt with that gigantic fork, however!
It would be really, really hard to eat yogurt with that gigantic fork, however!
The upper story of The Good Place.
The upper story of The Good Place.
The Experience at Comic-Con in Petco Park's adjacent Lexux Premier Lot is barely getting started on Monday morning.
The Experience at Comic-Con in Petco Park’s adjacent Lexus Premier Lot is barely getting started on Monday morning. Better get to work in a hurry!
Behind the San Diego Convention Center, near the Hilton Bayfront, the FXhibition is under construction. I saw these graphics which I believe will be used to promote Archer.
Behind the San Diego Convention Center, near the Hilton Bayfront, the FXhibition is under construction. I saw these graphics which I believe will be used to promote the FX show Archer.
I see FOX will be promoting The Passage in their section of Hilton Waterfront Park.
I see FOX will be promoting The Passage in their section of Hilton Waterfront Park.
I believe this is the Adult Swim lazy river. Workers would tell me nothing. Top Secret, apparently!
I believe this is part of the Adult Swim lazy river. Workers would tell me nothing. Top Secret, apparently!
Another photo of the Adult Swim offsite under construction.
Another photo of the Adult Swim offsite under construction.
Comic-Con exhibitors were unloading their stuff as a small fleet of forklifts zipped about.
Comic-Con exhibitors were unloading their stuff as a small fleet of forklifts zipped about.
Bandai is setting up an offsite in the terrace by the Marriott Marina, where Conival was last year.
Bandai is setting up an offsite in the terrace by the Marriott Marina, where Conival was last year.
The left portion of the big Dragon Ball Super wrap is done. Very cool!
The left portion of that big Dragon Ball Super wrap is done. Very cool!
The Jack Ryan wrap on the Marriott Marquis is about half finished on Monday morning.
The Jack Ryan wrap on the Marriott Marquis is about half finished on Monday morning.
Syfy wraps are being applied to The New Childrens Museum.
Syfy wraps are being applied to The New Children’s Museum.
Getting ready for 2018 Comic-Con--just three days away!
Getting ready for 2018 Comic-Con–just three days away!
In Hulu's Castle Rock forest, some sort of structure is being set up.
In Hulu’s Castle Rock forest, some sort of structure is being set up.
The South Park Escape Room is just getting started.
The South Park Escape Room is just getting started.
Dead Quarters is also just getting started. It's going to feature a slide!
Dead Quarters is also just getting started. It’s going to feature a slide!
And a zombie meat grinder!
And a zombie meat grinder!
With a bloody conveyor belt!
With a bloody conveyor belt!
The Impractical Jokers Block Party is starting to set up at Petco Park.
Purge City is starting to set up at Petco Park.
Another photo of Comic-Con preparation in front of the Western Metal Supply Co. building.
Another photo of Comic-Con preparation in front of the Western Metal Supply Co. building.
I learned this lot at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Island Avenue will feature a gigantic Dell laptop!
I learned this lot at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Island Avenue will feature a gigantic 20 foot tall Dell laptop!
A peek into the space where the Mr. Mercedes Immersive Experience will be during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
A peek into the space where the Mr. Mercedes Immersive Experience will be during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

ANOTHER UPDATE!

I walked all over the place on Monday afternoon, and even more Comic-Con stuff is appearing around the San Diego Convention Center, Petco Park and the Gaslamp!

Here comes yet another batch of photos!

Characters from South Park are readied outside a Comic-Con escape room being prepared at the Comedy Central offsite.
Characters from South Park are readied outside a Comic-Con escape room being prepared at the Comedy Central offsite.
Cool mural for Mayans MC in courtyard by the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
Cool mural for Mayans MC in courtyard by the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
Some big teepees and wooden bridges over the lazy river canoe track have appeared at the Adult Swim offsite on Monday afternoon.
Some big teepees and wooden bridges over the lazy river canoe track have appeared at the Adult Swim offsite on Monday afternoon.
Left side of the Adult Swim entrance.
Left side of the Adult Swim entrance.
Welcome to Adult Swim State Park!
Welcome to Adult Swim State Park!
Wraps on Petco Park are appearing. The two I spotted promote Whiskey Cavalier on ABC.
Wraps on Petco Park are appearing. The two I spotted promote Whiskey Cavalier on ABC. (UPDATE! I was wrong! As it turned out this first one promotes The Rookie on ABC.)
The second Whiskey Cavalier building wrap is farther along.
The second Whiskey Cavalier building wrap is farther along.
I believe this will be a big stage in one corner of the Experience at Comic-Con.
I believe this will be a big stage in one corner of the Experience at Comic-Con.
Sacred Lies, an upcoming show on Facebook Watch, will be promoted near one entrance to the Experience at Comic-Con.
Sacred Lies, an upcoming show on Facebook Watch, will be promoted near one entrance to the Experience at Comic-Con.
Erecting the huge stage in a Petco Park parking lot.
Erecting the huge stage in a Petco Park parking lot.
Spherical shrubs at The Good Place match circular windows.
Spherical shrubs at The Good Place match circular windows.
I believe that's Harley Quinn in a window of Toscana Cafe & Wine Bar in the Gaslamp.
I believe that’s Harley Quinn in a window of Toscana Cafe & Wine Bar in the Gaslamp.
Alita Battle Angel promoted on a pedicab on the Embarcadero.
Alita Battle Angel promoted on a pedicab on the Embarcadero.
The Team Coco House on Fourth Avenue is being prepared.
The Team Coco House on Fourth Avenue is being prepared.
Dell will be building that huge laptop here.
Dell will be building that huge laptop here.
At Dead Quarters, they must realize that blood meal makes for great fertilizer.
At Dead Quarters, they must realize that blood meal makes for great fertilizer.
The Syfy wrap on The New Children's Museum is looking good.
The Syfy wrap on The New Children’s Museum is looking good.
So is the facade of the bed and breakfast at Hulu's Castle Rock offsite.
So is the facade of the bed and breakfast at Hulu’s Castle Rock offsite.
Props are being placed in the Castle Rock Forest, otherwise known as Children's Park.
Props are being placed in the Castle Rock forest, otherwise known as Children’s Park.
Lawn chairs face a stage.
Lawn chairs face a stage.
Part of a Middle Eastern bazaar on MLK Promenade beckons people to head up First Avenue to the Jack Ryan Experience.
Part of a Middle Eastern bazaar on MLK Promenade beckons people to head up First Avenue to the Jack Ryan Experience.
A huge bazaar is about ready at the Jack Ryan Experience offsite by Amazon Prime Video.
A huge bazaar is about ready at the Jack Ryan Experience offsite by Amazon Prime Video.
I learned visitors will climb to the helicopter, descend by wire to a top floor, then head over to the zip line. Once on the ground, there's more training to do involving some sort of vehicles.
I learned visitors will climb to the helicopter, descend by wire to a top floor, then head over to the zip line. Once on the ground, there’s more training to do involving some sort of vehicle.
The Dark Ops emblem is ready on the bunker-like escape room.
The Dark Ops emblem is ready on the bunker-like escape room.
I was told the escape room will be pretty intense.
I was told the escape room will be pretty intense.

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Huge helicopter, banners appear for 2018 Comic-Con!

A huge helicopter now stands high above the street on a steel structure for the Jack Ryan Experience at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!
A huge helicopter now stands high above the street on a steel structure for the Jack Ryan Experience at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!

Check it out! More cool stuff is appearing around downtown for 2018 Comic-Con!

The Jack Ryan Experience has been under construction for a few days now, and that helicopter I spied in the parking lot is now way up in the air on a huge steel structure. It appears the zip line will descend from the helicopter across a backdrop depicting a rugged Middle Eastern landscape!

I also spotted three gigantic banners hung from the parking structure of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. They advertise two upcoming video games: Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Kingdom Hearts III.

Ten days to go until Comic-Con officially opens!

The graphic backdrop appears complete. Lots of crates in the parking lot indicate there's much more set to up before this large offsite is ready.
The Jack Ryan Experience graphic backdrop appears complete. Lots of crates in the parking lot indicate there’s much more set to up before this Comic-Con offsite is ready.
A look at the gigantic Jack Ryan helicopter from across the street. A zip line will run from it down along a Middle Eastern aerial landscape.
A look at the gigantic Jack Ryan helicopter from across the street. A zip line will run from it along a Middle Eastern aerial landscape.
The Hilton Bayfront parking structure has three huge banners hung as of today for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
The Hilton Bayfront parking structure has three huge banners hung as of today for 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
A prominent banner facing downtown promotes the upcoming video game Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
A prominent banner facing Petco Park and downtown promotes the upcoming video game Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
Another banner on the Harbor Drive side of the parking structure also advertises the new Tomb Raider game.
Another banner on the Harbor Drive side of the parking structure also advertises the new Tomb Raider game.
A huge banner facing the San Diego Convention Center features Disney characters and promotes Kingdom Hearts III which debuts early next year.
A huge banner facing the San Diego Convention Center features Disney characters and promotes Kingdom Hearts III which debuts early next year.

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LAIKA LIVE San Diego–UPDATE!

LAIKA LIVE San Diego is coming to 2018 Comic-Con...bigger and better than ever!
LAIKA LIVE San Diego is coming to 2018 Comic-Con . . . bigger and better than last year!

In my previous blog post, I discovered Laika is returning to San Diego Comic-Con. This morning I walked down to check things out again and learned that Laika’s presence in the Gaslamp this year will be substantially larger and more interesting!

The Laika Experience in 2017 was so amazingly successful, with lines that were so long, they’ve decided to enlarge the space and include even more stuff. I learned that for LAIKA LIVE San Diego this year, there will be life-size movie sets that the public can enter, including Coraline’s bedroom! (I went on the tour since I wrote this. Turns out I misinterpreted what I heard. It’s a life-size replica of Coraline’s Other World Living Room. Still very cool!)

UPDATE!

Here’s some great info I received from Laika!

Oscar®-winning animation studio LAIKA, creators of Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings, returns to the heart of San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter with an all new, bigger-than-ever LAIKA LIVE exhibit from Friday, July 13 – Sunday, July 22, 2018 coinciding with the city’s PRIDE and Comic-Con festivities. With a new location (350 Fifth Avenue) providing three times the space as last year’s fantastically successful LAIKA installation, the free and all new exhibit will feature a huge cache of props, puppets, and sets from LAIKA’s critically acclaimed and award-winning films. Highlights include fan art, technology demonstrations, drawings for a pair of coveted Coraline Dunks from Nike, social media activations, LAIKA merchandise offered for sale (including brand new items and limited edition Coraline items), multiple giveaways, and more.  LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight will lead a Facebook Live tour of the exhibit and do an autograph signing with a soon-to-be-announced special guest on Saturday, July 21.

Curators will explain the magical process of LAIKA’s filmmaking as guests peek behind the curtain at one of the most imaginative film studios in the world. LAIKA’s roster of costume characters (appearing both at the exhibit and throughout the Gaslamp Quarter) will pose for photos and for the first time ever will include Coraline and Other Mother, in a nod to the iconic film’s 10th anniversary (release date was February 9, 2009). In addition, fans will meet the costume character Mr. Link and see a set and Mr. Link puppet from LAIKA’s latest film Missing Link (set for release April 19, 2019).

WHERE:

350 Fifth Avenue (between J & K Streets)

WHEN:

Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 22, 2018

Hours of Operation:

Friday, 7/13:  2-10pm
Saturday, 7/14: 2-10pm
Sunday, 7/15:  11am-5pm
Monday, 7/16:  12-5pm
Tuesday, 7/17: 12-5pm
Wednesday, 7/18: 12-5pm
Thursday, 7/19:  10am-10pm
Friday, 7/20:  10am-11pm
Saturday, 7/21: LAIKA store opens at 10am; exhibit: 2:00pm-11pm
Sunday, 7/22: 10am-6pm

HIGHLIGHTS:

Saturday, July 21 (with soon-to-be announced special guest)

11am: LAIKA President & CEO Travis Knight (director of Kubo and the Two Strings) will take Facebook Live guests on a tour of the exhibit. (Details tba)

12:30 to 2:00pm: Autograph signing session with Travis Knight. Autographs of merchandise (available at the store at LAIKA LIVE) will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, time permitting.

WHAT TO SEE at LAIKA LIVE:

●  Sets, puppets, props and technology demonstrations from all four LAIKA films as well as our hero puppet and a set from the studio’s upcoming Missing Link.
●  LAIKA merchandise available for purchase.
●  Daily drawing for one pair of collectible Coraline Dunks from Nike.
●  Photo ops with LAIKA costume characters, including:

◦ Coraline and Other Mother from Coraline
◦ Norman and Zombie Judge from ParaNorman
◦ Boxtrolls Fish and Sparky from The Boxtrolls
◦ Kubo, Monkey and Beetle from Kubo and the Two Strings
◦ Mister Link from Missing Link