San Diego Convention Center stripped of sails!

Replacement of the San Diego Convention Center’s white “sails” is underway. The old fiberglass sails, dating from the time when the beautiful convention center debuted in 1989, have been removed.

Without the Sails Pavilion’s roof, which shelters the enormous 90,000 square foot exhibit space below, the glass walls, the supporting structures and crisscrossing cables combine with levels of scaffolding to form something that resembles an unusual crystal lattice. Which makes for intriguing photographs!

This afternoon I walked across the top of the San Diego Convention Center and took a close look for myself. As you can see, one can discern all sorts of unique patterns. The geometric complexity is a delight for the eye.

If you find yourself in downtown San Diego, check it out for yourself!

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Fun stuff outside Comic-Con on Preview Night!

Scary cosplay outside in the Gaslamp promoting the TV series Medinah. It's late Wednesday afternoon. It's 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Preview Night!
Scary cosplay outside in the Gaslamp promoting the TV series Medinah. It’s late Wednesday afternoon. It’s 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Preview Night!

I couldn’t go into the San Diego Convention Center for Preview Night this year. (I was fortunate to do so a couple times in the past.) So instead I walked around outside and took photos of the late afternoon fun.

Not much cosplay, but I did spot a couple instances of it. Mostly it was just people wandering about looking at the many pop culture attractions that are open free to the public. That’s one very cool aspect of San Diego Comic-Con!

I spotted Iron Man outside Atomic in the Gaslamp. He says they have cool Comic-Con exhibits upstairs.
I spotted Iron Man outside Atomic in the Gaslamp. He told me they have a cool Comic-Con exhibit upstairs.
This cool Darth Vader with hookah was outside the Myst Lounge.
This cool Darth Vader with hookah was outside the Myst Lounge.
A nice lady representing the Gaslamp Quarter told me their Rabbitville exhibit will be open tomorrow.
A nice lady representing the Gaslamp Quarter told me their Rabbitville exhibit will be open tomorrow.
Lego superheroes in the windows of My Yogurt.
Lego superheroes in the windows of My Yogurt.
Outside of a Snoopy & Belle pop-up shop in the Gaslamp.
Outside of the Snoopy & Belle pop-up shop in the Gaslamp.
People peer into AMC's Deadquarters. It opens tomorrow.
People peer into AMC’s Deadquarters. It opens tomorrow.
This guy is secretly peering through the fence, perhaps hoping to see zombies.
This guy is secretly peering through the fence, perhaps hoping to see zombies.
An amazing feat of super-strength at Kong: Skull Island!
An amazing feat of super strength at Kong: Skull Island!
You can have your photo taken while posing between gigantic teeth!
You can have your photo taken while posing between gigantic teeth!
A Syfy bus wrap proclaims--Attention Time Travelers: No Spoilers.
A Syfy bus wrap proclaims–Attention Time Travelers: No Spoilers.
Here comes Zatanna behind the convention center!
Here comes Zatanna walking behind the convention center!
The Turner yacht is all dressed up and ready to go when Comic-Con opens tomorrow.
The big Turner yacht is all dressed up and ready to go when Comic-Con opens tomorrow.
It looks like they were testing the Viking longship out on San Diego Bay. It will be used for the Viking funeral Friday evening!
It looks like they were testing the Viking longship out on San Diego Bay. It will be used for the Viking funeral Friday evening!
Television reporter Ashlie Rodriguez of KUSI gets ready to interview the person first in line for Hall H.
Television reporter Ashlie Rodriguez of KUSI gets ready to interview the person who is first in line for Hall H.
Workers are still unloading stuff behind the convention center.
Workers are still unloading stuff behind the convention center.
I wonder if the Knights Templar had power tools...
I wonder if the Knights Templar had power tools?
I wonder how much gas is at the Midnight, Texas attraction...
I wonder how much gas is at the Midnight, Texas attraction?
Uh,oh! Here comes a small army of FBI field agents. Perhaps they think I look suspicious.
Uh,oh! Here comes a small army of FBI field agents. Perhaps they think I look suspicious.
Reporter for the Syfy Wire interviews a kid about the coolness of San Diego Comic-Con!
Reporter for the Syfy Wire interviews a kid about the coolness of San Diego Comic-Con!

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Hall H line begins, and photos of other stuff.

The line for Hall H had just gotten started Wednesday morning. Come tomorrow, it will be hundreds of feet long.
The line for Hall H had just gotten started Wednesday morning when I walked by. Come tomorrow, it will be hundreds of feet long.

Late this morning, behind the San Diego Convention Center, I was surprised to see that the line for Hall H wasn’t long at all. As I post this blog, I’ll bet that’s no longer the case! Hall H is where the blockbuster panels take place…starting tomorrow. It will be a nice warm night to enjoy camping on concrete!

One more day until Comic-Con officially begins. I saw some cool stuff as I walked about, so naturally I took photos…

Buses advertise the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at the Disney California Adventure park.
Buses entering the Gaslamp advertise the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at the Disney California Adventure park.
The very cool Marvel Inhumans wrap is finished on Petco Park. It's my favorite this year.
The very cool Marvel Inhumans wrap is finished on Petco Park. It’s my favorite this year.
Looks like The Strain will have a creepy exhibit in the FXhibition area behind the convention center.
Looks like The Strain will have a creepy exhibit in the FXhibition area behind the convention center.
The Orville Space Training Center is being built in the FOX area! Will there be bungee cords?
The Orville Space Training Center is being built in the FOX area! Will there be bungee cords?
Workers get The Orville Space Training Center ready for tomorrow's massive crowds.
Workers get The Orville Space Training Center ready for tomorrow’s massive crowds.
Some final adjustments to banners enclosing the Adult Swim on the Green.
Some final adjustments to banners enclosing the Adult Swim on the Green.
A big Rick head balloon, from Rick and Morty.
A big Rick head balloon, from Rick and Morty.
The IMDb superyacht is being prepared behind the convention center.
The IMDb superyacht is being prepared behind the convention center.
A few fans were arriving early, perhaps to get in the line for Hall H, where the blockbuster panels are during Comic-Con.
A few fans were arriving early, perhaps to get in the line for Hall H, where the blockbuster panels are during Comic-Con.
The Petco Interactive Zone is rapidly being completed. One more day!
The Petco Interactive Zone is rapidly being completed. One more day!
Lots of event attendees and exhibitors in lots of cool t-shirts. I even saw a few early swag bags.
Lots of event attendees and exhibitors in lots of cool t-shirts. I even saw a few early swag bags.
Tonight is Preview Night. Tomorrow is when 2017 San Diego Comic-Con begins in earnest!
Tonight is Preview Night. Tomorrow is when 2017 San Diego Comic-Con begins in earnest!

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More photos of preparations for 2017 Comic-Con!

Artwork at The Tick Takeover site at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con. Get out there and be super, hero. Stay the best!
Artwork at The Tick Takeover site for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con. Get out there and be super, hero. Stay the best!

It’s now Tuesday evening. I walked around taking more photos today of preparations underway for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con! Lots of new stuff has popped up since I blogged a bunch of photos yesterday.

Here are shots from all over downtown and around the convention center! Looks like most of the building wraps and outdoor venues are just about ready! And I spotted some other stuff, too!

Funny sign on downtown San Diego sidewalk depicts Hulk squeezing Deadpool's head and the Infinity Gauntlet.
Funny sign on downtown San Diego sidewalk depicts Hulk squeezing Deadpool’s head and the Infinity Gauntlet.
Out of beer!
Out of beer!
Downtown Ace Hardware has Hardware in their window for Comic-Con!
Downtown Ace Hardware has Hardware in their window for Comic-Con!
Ready to move these into the Ron English Art exhibit in East Village, which opens Wednesday.
Ready to move these into the Ron English Art exhibit in East Village, which opens Wednesday.
Graphic in store window promotes ATT orginal series Mr. Mercedes.
Graphic in store window promotes AT&T original series Mr. Mercedes.
Getting the Ice Cream Citadel ready in the Petco Interactive Zone.
Getting the Ice Cream Citadel ready in the Petco Interactive Zone.
A cool Inhumans wrap is being applied to Petco Park!
A cool Inhumans wrap is being applied to Petco Park!
Artist paints Harry Potter characters in windows of the Hilton Bayfront Starbucks.
Artist paints Harry Potter characters in windows of the Hilton Bayfront Starbucks.
I see Ron, Harry, Hermione and Dumbledore in this photo!
I see Ron, Harry, Hermione and Dumbledore in this photo!
The awesome Legion wrap on the Hilton about finished!
The awesome Legion wrap on the Hilton about finished!
More stuff up at the FXhibition area.
More stuff up at the FXhibition area.
A building is being built to promote FOX's new television series Ghosted.
A building is being built to promote FOX’s new television series Ghosted.
In the FX area there's a place to get an American Horror Story sneak peek.
In the FX area there’s a place to get an American Horror Story sneak peek.
Looking back toward Petco Park, I see the Once Upon a Time wrap.
Looking back toward Petco Park, I see the Once Upon a Time wrap.
After crossing the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge, I got a pic of this cool Empire Strikes Back shirt!
After crossing the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge, I got a pic of this cool Empire Strikes Back shirt!
Another look at the very cool Marvel Inhumans wrap. I hope Black Bolt doesn't have too many speaking parts.
Another look at the very cool Marvel Inhumans wrap. I hope Black Bolt doesn’t have too many speaking parts.
The Once Upon a Time wrap for 2017 Comic-Con is really eye-catching.
The Once Upon a Time wrap for 2017 Comic-Con is really eye-catching.
A small castle has appeared! This History Channel site is called Guardians of the Gear. Knights Templar will guard your swag. You'll also find the Holy Grail here!
A small castle has appeared! This History Channel site is called Guardians of the Gear. Knights Templar will guard your swag. You’ll also find the Holy Grail here!
There's going to be a Lego Ninjago Movie site here.
There’s going to be a Lego Ninjago Movie site here.
There's now a tunnel of massive bones at Kong: Skull Island!
There’s now a tunnel of massive bones at Kong: Skull Island!
More work going on at the NBC Midnight, Texas outdoor site.
More work going on at the NBC Midnight, Texas 4D Experience site.
The cool Midnight, Texas building near the Tin Fish appears nearly complete.
The cool Midnight, Texas building near the Tin Fish appears nearly complete.
A poster advertises Destroy All Comedians!
A poster advertises Destroy All Comedians!
The cool Skydance Interactive wrap on the Hard Rock Hotel is done!
The cool Skydance Interactive wrap on the Hard Rock Hotel is almost done!
All the Netflix wraps on the Hilton Gaslamp also appear to be done.
All the Netflix wraps on the Hilton Gaslamp also appear to be done.
The entrance to AMC's Deadquarters is almost ready to accept new victims.
The entrance to AMC’s Deadquarters is almost ready to accept new victims.
A fence near the Deadquarters entrance lists victims of the undead.
A fence near the Deadquarters entrance lists victims of the undead.
They've got a zombie-proof bunker!
They’ve got a zombie-proof bunker!
Someone paints a graphic along MLK Promenade promoting Broad City on Comedy Central.
Someone paints a graphic along MLK Promenade promoting Broad City on Comedy Central.
The Tick Takeover includes an Amazon Prime member lounge.
The Tick Takeover includes an Amazon Prime member lounge.
Now to get The Tick's antennae to function!
Now to get The Tick’s antennae to function!
Graffiti and vandalism at the Tick Takeover. Goodness gracious.
Graffiti and vandalism at the Tick Takeover. Goodness gracious.
A villain spray painted a warning.
A villain spray painted a warning.
Another side of The Tick Takeover.
Another side of The Tick Takeover.
The Pyramid Gang! Yikes!
The Pyramid Gang! Yikes!
Guys were inflating character balloons that promote the Cartoon Network. I was told this year there will be 19 balloons. Wow!
Guys were inflating character balloons that promote the Cartoon Network. I was told this year there will be 17 balloons. Wow!
The New Children's Museum appears ready to host Syfy.
The New Children’s Museum appears ready to host Syfy.
Is Spock the Beast? Or the Anti-Beast?
Is Spock the Beast? Or the Anti-Beast?
Lots of pedicabs on Fifth Avenue promoting the Laika Experience are in front of that cool exhibit.
Lots of pedicabs on Fifth Avenue promoting the Laika Experience are in front of that cool exhibit.
San Diego Comic-Con exhibitors are getting ready in front of the convention center!
San Diego Comic-Con exhibitors are getting ready in front of the convention center!
I'm ready for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
I’m ready for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

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SDCC 2017 photographs of everyone getting ready!

Colorful graphics are up at the Midnight, Texas 4D Experience for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con. Everyone is getting ready!
Colorful graphics are now up at the Midnight, Texas 4D Experience for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.

Downtown San Diego is a beehive of activity this morning! Everybody is getting ready for 2017 Comic-Con!

Check out these photos and experience a bit of the growing excitement!

A wrap is going up on Petco Park promoting History channel's new series Knightfall, concerning the Knights Templar.
A wrap is going up on Petco Park promoting History’s new series Knightfall, concerning the Knights Templar.
Local businesses in the Gaslamp are also getting ready for Comic-Con, which officially begins in three days!
Local businesses in the Gaslamp are also getting ready for Comic-Con, which officially begins in less than three days!
It looks like a cool Archangel wrap is now going up on the Hard Rock Hotel. Skydance Interactive's first virtual reality offering should be popular at Comic-Con.
It looks like a cool Archangel wrap is now going up on the Hard Rock Hotel. Skydance Interactive’s first virtual reality offering should be popular at Comic-Con.
Parking will be difficult downtown during Comic-Con. Take the trolley!
Parking will be very difficult in downtown San Diego during Comic-Con. Take the trolley!
Nearby businesses are looking forward to the crowds!
Nearby businesses are looking forward to the crowds!
This will be AMC's Deadquarters. I expect there will be zombies.
This will be AMC’s Deadquarters. I expect there will be zombies.
Some stuff in a pile that will probably be used as props at Deadquarters.
Some stuff in a pile that will probably be used as props at Deadquarters.
At The Tick Takeover, the superhero and Arthur are accompanied by a worker in this hole. I'm told smoke will come out once completed!
At The Tick Takeover, the superhero and Arthur are accompanied by a worker. I’m told smoke will come out of this blasted hole once everything is completed!
These huge tick antennae will move about!
Two huge Tick antennae will also move about!
Arthur seems to be in a bad situation at The Tick Takeover site at Comic-Con.
Arthur seems to be in a bad situation at The Tick Takeover site at Comic-Con.
A cool convergence near Harbor Drive.
A cool convergence near Harbor Drive. Dozens of trolley cars are now wrapped and ready.
The People of Earth wrap on the Marriott Marquis is approaching completion.
The People of Earth wrap on the Marriott Marquis is approaching completion.
The front of the Blade Runner 2049 Experience hasn't changed much. I'm sure lots of cool stuff is inside the pavilion.
The front of the Blade Runner 2049 Experience hasn’t changed much in the past couple days. I’m sure lots of cool stuff is jammed inside the gigantic pavilion.
Workers carry stuff into the Hilton Gaslamp, where Netflix is headquartered.
Workers carry stuff into the Hilton Gaslamp, where Netflix is headquartered.
Everybody is getting ready, including the police. Homeless are removed from the area before Comic-Con.
Everybody is getting ready, including the police. Homeless are removed from the area before Comic-Con. A tragic, extremely sad truth that many visitors won’t see.
The Midnight, Texas site promoting the new NBC show is starting to look really cool.
The Midnight, Texas site promoting the new NBC show is starting to look interesting.
The area near the Tin Fish has a Midnight, Texas theme this year.
The area near the Tin Fish has a Midnight, Texas theme this year.
Banners now hang along the Tin Fish.
Banners now hang along the Tin Fish.
There seems to be a room with video walls inside the Midnight, Texas 4D Experience.
There seems to be a room with video walls inside the Midnight, Texas 4D Experience.
Lots of equipment to move and work to be done!
Lots of equipment to move, and work to be done!
Some more graphics are up for Kong Skull Island near the Omni.
Some more graphics are up for Kong: Skull Island near the Omni Hotel.
A closeup photo of one Skull Island graphic.
A closeup photo of one Skull Island graphic.
Guys are putting up these long banners promoting HBO's Game of Thrones.
Guys are putting up these long banners promoting HBO’s Game of Thrones.
No wraps up yet on this corner of Petco Park.
No wraps up yet on this corner of Petco Park.
Construction has just commenced in the Petco Interactive Zone, now that the Padres have left for a road trip.
Construction has just commenced in the Petco Interactive Zone, now that the Padres have left for a road trip.
Shady canopies are up at the San Diego Convention Center. Looks to me like 2017 Comic-Con is almost here!
Lots of canopies for long lines are up at the San Diego Convention Center. Looks to me like 2017 Comic-Con is almost here!
The FXhibition outdoor site near the Hilton Bayfront is still under construction.
The FXhibition outdoor site near the Hilton Bayfront is still under construction.
I see there will be an X-Gene Screening Station in Fox Television's outdoor area.
I see there will be an X-Gene Screening Station in Fox Television’s outdoor area.
A reminder that Syfy will provide live coverage of Comic-Con.
A reminder that Syfy will provide live coverage of Comic-Con.
Exhibitors are unloading behind the convention center. I bet there's a mad scramble inside as booths are prepared. Check out all the comic book boxes!
Exhibitors large and small are unloading behind the convention center. I bet there’s a mad scramble inside as booths are prepared. (Check out all the comic book boxes! That’s a lot of reading material!)
A cool-looking Legion wrap is going up on the Hilton for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
A cool Legion wrap is going up on the Hilton for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

UPDATE!

Here are more photos taken in the mid-afternoon…

The Knightfall wrap is now complete at Petco.
The Knightfall wrap is now complete at Petco.
More graphics have appeared at Kong: Skull Island.
More graphics have appeared at Kong: Skull Island.
And so has a skull!
And so has a skull!
And more huge bones!
And more huge bones!
One of various Midnight, Texas posters up now at the Gaslamp trolley station.
One of various Midnight, Texas posters up now at the Gaslamp trolley station.
A wrap is going up on this section of Petco Park. I believe this will promote Once Upon a Time.
A wrap is going up on this section of Petco Park. I believe this will promote Once Upon a Time.
I now see Archer graphics in the FX area near the Hilton.
I now see Archer graphics in the FX area near the Hilton.
And more X-Gene Screening Station stuff in the FOX area.
And more X-Gene Screening Station stuff in the FOX area.
I see Adult Swim will give away free shirts again this year.
I see Adult Swim will give away free shirts again this year.
The big Legion wrap is making progress as you can see beyond the Adult Swim site.
The big Legion wrap is making progress as you can see beyond the Adult Swim site.
The Legion wrap on the Hilton, as seen from Embarcadero Marina Park South.
The Legion wrap not quite complete on the Hilton, as seen from Embarcadero Marina Park South.

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2017 Comic-Con wraps, construction underway!

Lots of activity on the grass behind the San Diego Convention Center. It's the Saturday before 2017 Comic-Con! A wrap is being applied to the Bayfront Hilton!
Lots of activity on the grass behind the San Diego Convention Center. It’s the Saturday before 2017 Comic-Con! A big wrap is being applied to the Bayfront Hilton!

This afternoon I walked all around the San Diego Convention Center and the Gaslamp Quarter. The application of building wraps and the construction of most outdoor venues is well underway with five days to go until Comic-Con! I didn’t walk around Petco Park. The Giants are in town through Sunday. I’ll probably head that way in the next couple days to see what, if anything, is going on!

These guys are starting to set up the Adult Swim site.
These guys are starting to set up the Adult Swim site.
A guy said Fox will have their site in the middle area of the grass, like last year.
A guy said Fox will have their site in the middle area of the grass, like last year.
Looks like a lot of work is still to be done! They've got five days!
Looks like a lot of work is still to be done! They’ve got five days!
I see a wrap being applied to the Marriott Marquis!
I see a wrap being applied to the Marriott Marquis!
The outdoor site for FX this year, like past years, will be on the grass right in front of the Hilton.
The outdoor site for FX this year, like past years, will be on the grass right in front of the Hilton.
A closer look at the developing Marriott wrap. It will promote the TBS comedy television series People of Earth.
A closer look at the developing Marriott wrap. It will promote the TBS comedy television series People of Earth.
Working on the Midnight, Texas attraction near the Tin Fish.
Working on the Midnight, Texas attraction near the Tin Fish.
More Netflix wraps are going up on the Hilton Gaslamp.
More Netflix wraps are going up on the Hilton Gaslamp.
Will Smith peers brightly from between palm trees.
Will Smith peers brightly from between palm trees.
Looks like another strange thing is being attached to a building in downtown San Diego. Five days until the start of 2017 Comic-Con!
Looks like another strange thing is being attached to a building in downtown San Diego. Five days until the start of 2017 Comic-Con!

I also noticed that work continues at The Tick Takeover site! I haven’t seen a 20-foot-tall animatronic Tick yet! You’ll see it shortly after I see it!

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Thor and Black Panther banners for 2017 Comic-Con!

Banner for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con promotes the upcoming Marvel movie Black Panther.
Banner for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con promotes the upcoming Marvel movie Black Panther.

Another cool discovery! A few banners for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con have already been hung along Harbor Drive near the convention center. For 2017, the promotional banners depict Thor and Black Panther, Marvel superheroes who have highly-anticipated movies coming up!

Thor, one of Marvel Comics' Mighty Avengers, appears on a banner for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con. I depicts a scene from the upcoming movie Thor: Ragnarok.
Thor, one of Marvel Comics’ Mighty Avengers, appears on a banner for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con. It depicts a scene from the upcoming movie Thor: Ragnarok.

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