A story about the pages of one’s life.

I’ve completed another short story. The Star Maker is about the torn pages of one’s life. Folded together. Made into something perfect.

From our own complex stories we create our own stars.

Read the small, surprising story by clicking here.

150 Favorite cool photos of Comic-Con cosplay!

Adam Warlock
Adam Warlock

I’ve covered San Diego Comic-Con for many years. Cool San Diego Sights now includes hundreds of cosplay photos that were taken around the Convention Center and Gaslamp Quarter.

While we impatiently wait three months for 2019 Comic-Con, I thought I’d share 150 of my favorite photographs. These include some the weirdest, funniest, most jaw-dropping examples of cosplay that my roving camera has happily recorded.

Enjoy!

Adora Belle Dearheart and Moist von Lipwig
Adora Belle Dearheart and Moist von Lipwig
Ahmanet of The Mummy
Ahmanet of The Mummy
Alice and Mad Hatter
Alice and Mad Hatter
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Aquaman
Aquaman
Aquaman
Aquaman
Aquaman, Mera and cosplay friends
Aquaman, Mera and cosplay friends
Assassin's Creed
Assassin’s Creed
Azog and a Nazgûl
Azog and a Nazgûl
Azrael Batman
Azrael Batman
Batman and Bane
Batman and Bane
Batman looking grim
Batman looking grim
Batman, Robin and supervillains ready for the beach
Batman, Robin and evil supervillains ready for a pool party
Baymax
Baymax
Black Mage encircled by Supergirl and friends
Black Mage encircled by Supergirl and dancing friends
Black Widow and Ant-Man
Black Widow and Ant-Man
Black Widow, Captain America and friend
Black Widow, Captain America and smiling friend
Bombshell Batwoman
Bombshell Batwoman
Bumblebee and barbarian friend boarding a trolley in San Diego
Bumblebee and barbarian friend boarding a trolley in San Diego
Cable
Cable
Captain America
Captain America strikes a pose
Catwoman and Jane Doe of Blindspot
Catwoman and Jane Doe of Blindspot
Cloud Strife
Cloud Strife
Cobra Commander
Cobra Commander
Coneheads
Coneheads
Cyclops
Cyclops
Cylon from Battlestar Galactica
Cylon Centurion from Battlestar Galactica
Dark Angel Olivia
Dark Angel Olivia
Darth Maul
Darth Maul
Darth Vader in cool sunglasses
Darth Vader in cool sunglasses
Dayman
Dayman
Deadpool takes many forms, including a hot dog
Deadpool takes many forms, including a hot dog
Deathstroke and Batgirl
Deathstroke and Batgirl
Disco Darth Vader
Disco Darth Vader
Doc Brown
Doc Brown
Dragon Slayer Ornstein
Dragon Slayer Ornstein
Dragon Ball Z
Dragon Ball Z
Electro
Electro
Elemental Hero Avian
Elemental Hero Avian
Fast food superheroes
Fast food superheroes
Ferengi from Star Trek
Ferengi from Star Trek
Fire Archangel Velajuel
Fire Archangel Velajuel
Frog Glenn with Batman and two Robins
Frog Glenn with Batman and two Robins
Frozone
Frozone
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Gamora
Gamora
Garden gnomes
Garden gnomes
Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters
Goku
Goku
Green Arrow
Green Arrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy
Gumby and Pokey
Gumby and Pokey
Gurren Lagann
Gurren Lagann
Harley Quinn and Deathstroke
Harley Quinn and Deathstroke
Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn
Haru of The Cat Returns
Haru of The Cat Returns
Hawkman and Hawkgirl
Hawkman and Hawkgirl
Henchman 21
Henchman 21
Hermione Granger, Daredevil and American Maid
Hermione Granger, Daredevil and American Maid
Homestuck
Homestuck
Immortan Joe
Immortan Joe
Jawa from Star Wars
Jawa from Star Wars
Jay Garrick version of Flash
Jay Garrick version of Flash
Judge Dredd and Judge Death
Judge Dredd and Judge Death
Kevin Flynn from Tron
Kevin Flynn from Tron
Kevin from Up
Kevin from Up
Klingons
Klingons
Krieg the Psycho
Krieg the Psycho
Kuato from Total Recall
Kuato from Total Recall
Lady Sif
Lady Sif
LEGO Cyborg
LEGO Cyborg
Liliana Vess
Liliana Vess
Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid
Loki and Thor
Loki and Thor
Loki
Loki
Lord Hater
Lord Hater
Lovecraftian steampunk Cthulhu-like character
Lovecraftian steampunk Cthulhu-like character
Mad Hatters
Mad Hatters
Mad Max duo
Mad Max duo
Mad Max trio
Mad Max trio
Madame Vastra
Madame Vastra
Madder Red of Bedlam
Madder Red of Bedlam
Madoka Magica
Madoka Magica
Mercy and Reaper of Overwatch
Mercy and Reaper of Overwatch
Ming the Merciless
Ming the Merciless
MOBA Legends
MOBA Legends
Mouth of Sauron
Mouth of Sauron
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Nightmare Before Christmas
Nightmare Before Christmas
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Obi-Wan Kenobi
Opera Bugs Bunny
Opera Bugs Bunny
Orange Vader and friends
Orange Vader and friends
Pac-Man
Pac-Man
Pepsiman
Pepsiman
Pikachu
Pikachu
Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy
Post-apocalyptic Super Mario Bros.
Post-apocalyptic Super Mario Bros.
Professor McGonagall and Dumbledore
Professor McGonagall and Dumbledore
Quidditch players for the Montrose Magpies
Quidditch players for the Montrose Magpies
R2-D2
R2-D2
Riddler
Riddler
Robin
Robin
Rocksteady and Bebop
Rocksteady and Bebop
Salsa Picante
Salsa Picante
Samurai Jack
Samurai Jack
Sans from Undertale
Sans from Undertale
Satsuki Kiryuin
Satsuki Kiryuin
Scarecrow
Scarecrow
Sharknado victims
Sharknado victims
She-Hulk and Raven
She-Hulk and Raven
She-Ra has arrived to save the day. Her friend looks like a messed-up Phoenix, but I'm not sure.
She-Ra has arrived to save the day. Her friend looks like a messed-up Phoenix, but I’m not sure…
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes
Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes
Silk
Silk
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer
Silverware
Silverware
Snow White
Snow White
Society For Creative Anachronism
Society For Creative Anachronism
Some sort of astronaut
Some sort of astronaut
Sora from Kingdom Hearts
Sora from Kingdom Hearts
Speed Racer and Mario characters
Speed Racer and Mario characters
Spiderman and Venom
Spiderman and Venom
Spiderman driving a pedicab outside San Diego Comic-Con
Spiderman driving a pedicab outside San Diego Comic-Con
Spock
Spock
Star Trek Barbee
Star Trek Barbee
Star Wars
Star Wars
Star-Lord and Thor
Star-Lord and Thor
Steampunk Ghostbuster with proton pack
Steampunk Ghostbuster with proton pack
Steampunk lady
Steampunk lady
Steampunk version of Batman
Steampunk version of Batman
Steven Universe
Steven Universe
Storm
Storm
Super Shredder
Super Shredder
TARDIS
TARDIS
The Addams Family
The Addams Family
The Venture Bros.
The Venture Bros.
The Witcher character
The Witcher character
Thor
Thor
Transformer in the Gaslamp
Transformer in the Gaslamp
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Tweedledum and Tweedledee
Undead running amok inside the San Diego Convention Center
Undead zombie running amok inside the San Diego Convention Center
Unknown
Unknown
Venom
Venom
WALL-E and Cruella de Vil
WALL-E and Cruella de Vil
Warlock from Destiny
Warlock from Destiny
Wolverine
Wolverine
Wonder Woman and a Golden Age enemy
Wonder Woman and a Golden Age enemy
Wonder Woman and Maleficent
Wonder Woman and Maleficent
Wonder Woman and Superman
Wonder Woman and Superman

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Star of India, painted by light and by hand.

The STAR, by artist Marie Huggin.
The STAR, by artist Marie Huggin.

I was drawn to the Star of India today. I sat on a wooden bench of the historic tall ship and gazed out at sailboats gliding across the sparkling water of San Diego Bay.

Finally I stood up and walked about the Star of India’s sunny deck, trying to frame interesting effects of light and shadow with the lens of my camera.

Later, as I walked through the Maritime Museum of San Diego’s other vessels, I halted inside the Compass Gallery of the steam ferry Berkeley. My eyes were held fast by an exhibition of paintings titled Sea and Shore. Many of the canvases, painted by the hands of local artists, all members of the Plein Air Painters Association of San Diego, depict the Star of India.

I thought that contrasting a few of my photos with some of the dreamlike artwork might be fun.

Dozens of pieces in the Compass Gallery are available for purchase! If you’d like to sail through an ocean of beautiful nautical paintings, and perhaps take one home, head downtown to the Maritime Museum of San Diego!

Bert and Wes Working on the STAR, by artist Jeffrey Remmer.
Bert and Wes Working on the STAR, by artist Jeffrey Remmer.

She Rests, by artist Pamela Ingwers.
She Rests, by artist Pamela Ingwers.

Aloft on STAR of INDIA, by artist Norm Daniels.
Aloft on STAR of INDIA, by artist Norm Daniels.

The STAR of INDIA at Sunset, by artist Pamela Ingwers.
The STAR of INDIA at Sunset, by artist Pamela Ingwers.

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Quilters look to the stars for inspiration!

Today I took a short stroll through the Visions Art Museum at Liberty Station. Anyone in San Diego who has a love for creative art, crafts or quilting really should visit this place.

Every time I visit the Visions Art Museum there seem to be brand new displays of contemporary quilts and textiles. In addition to the gallery exhibitions, walls near the gift shop often feature handcrafted works by local quilting groups.

As I walked through the museum today I was instantly captivated by a wall full of 14″ x 14″ quilts that shine, swirl and sparkle. LOOK TO THE STARS, from a famous quote by Stephen Hawking, is the theme of this year’s Canyon Quilters of San Diego Challenge. According to their website, the Canyon Quilters is a local guild with around 200 members.

Check out all the brilliant artwork!

Many of the pieces in my photos are still available for purchase. Head over to Liberty Station and step into the fantastic Visions Art Museum to have your eyes dazzled!

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Student voices visualized in public art.

The voices of local high school students can now be “heard” in the breezeway between the Santa Fe Depot and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

The artwork represents what youth in San Diego observe and are taught. The emphasis is on power. I was glad to observe one young person is thirsty for knowledge.

Rènn (Queen), 2019, Xeviah Jordan. Mount Miguel High School.
Rènn (Queen), 2019, Xeviah Jordan. Mount Miguel High School.
This work is about women's empowerment. It shows how women can be dominant and on top.
This work is about women’s empowerment. It shows how women can be dominant and on top.
Observe and Procure, 2019, Eric Gallegos, Jose Jimenez, Marc Robledo. High Tech High North County.
Observe and Procure, 2019, Eric Gallegos, Jose Jimenez, Marc Robledo. High Tech High North County.
Our artwork is a wall and it represents how everyone is being watched by someone or something.
Our artwork is a wall and it represents how everyone is being watched by someone or something.
Reach, 2019, Vanessa Townsend. Mount Miguel High School.
Reach, 2019, Vanessa Townsend. Mount Miguel High School.
This piece is meant to portray a reach for knowledge and a desire to want to learn more.
This piece is meant to portray a reach for knowledge and a desire to want to learn more.

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Art and architecture at La Jolla’s Athenaeum.

The southwest corner of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla.
The southwest corner of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla.

Visit the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla and you’ll find yourself moving through a warm, polished, light-infused world where beautiful dreams are sustained. Last weekend I stepped through the library’s doors and was amazed by what I discovered.

The Athenaeum is home to a large, regionally important collection of books and media concerning music and art, and a permanent collection of artwork. It is a repository for beauty that is timeless. The library is refined and welcoming, like a fine museum.

Each quiet room is a refuge for the contemplative mind. And a richly furnished temple for the heart. And a universe brimming with inspiration and creativity to nourish the human spirit.

The Athenaeum is one of only 16 nonprofit membership libraries in the United States. As you might imagine, it has a very unique history.

In 1894 a group of six women came together to create the La Jolla Reading Club. Five years later a cottage-like Reading Room was built at the corner of Wall Street and Girard Avenue. The most notable founding member, the first president of the Library Association of La Jolla, was wealthy newspaper publisher, philanthropist and La Jolla resident Ellen Browning Scripps.

In 1921 a larger Spanish Renaissance-style building replaced the Reading Room. The elegant new structure was designed by famous architect William Templeton Johnson, who also designed the San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural History. Much of the funding for the new building came from Scripps. Kate Sessions, the horticulturist often referred to as the Mother of Balboa Park, planted an outside garden.

In 1957 the library opened the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room with its striking rotunda, designed by artist and architect William Lumpkins.

In subsequent years additional expansions were made, which allowed for the founding of the Athenaeum’s School of the Arts. Today the expansive library hosts art exhibitions, galas and musical concerts throughout the year.

How does one describe the rare beauty of the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library?

Here are a few photos…

Posted at the corner of Wall Street and Girard Avenue are many cultural events hosted by the Athenaeum.
Posted at the corner of Wall Street and Girard Avenue are many cultural events hosted by the Athenaeum.
Plaque in Memory of Florence Sawyer Bransby, who purchased this corner lot in 1895 and on it built La Jolla's First Library, The Reading Room.
Plaque in Memory of Florence Sawyer Bransby, who purchased this corner lot in 1895 and on it built La Jolla’s First Library, The Reading Room.
People walk along Girard Avenue beside the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library.
People walk along Girard Avenue beside the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library.
Banner by window of the library building designed by William Templeton Johnson.
Banner by window of the library building designed by William Templeton Johnson.
Photo of the library's iconic rotunda, designed by William Lumpkins.
Photo of the library’s iconic rotunda, designed by William Lumpkins.
Bronze artwork near the Athenaeum's rotunda. Young Girl Holding Book by Merrell Gage, 1925.
Bronze artwork near the Athenaeum’s rotunda. Young Girl Holding Book by Merrell Gage, 1925.
Approaching the entrance to the Athenaeum.
Approaching the entrance to the Athenaeum.
A library cart full of books entices passersby.
A library cart full of books entices passersby.
By the front door is a plaque. This library built and furnished through the generosity of Ellen Browning Scripps.
By the front door is a plaque. This library built and furnished through the generosity of Ellen Browning Scripps.
Inside the beautiful, welcoming Athenaeum. Gazing east at shelves and windows.
Inside the beautiful, welcoming Athenaeum. Gazing east at shelves and windows.
Gazing west toward the the Joseph Clayes III Gallery.
Gazing west toward the the Joseph Clayes III Gallery.
When I visited the Athenaeum, I enjoyed an art exhibition in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery titled Music in the Key of Blue.
When I visited the Athenaeum, I enjoyed an art exhibition in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery titled Music in the Key of Blue.
As I walked about the library, I spotted many works in the Athenaeum's permanent art collection.
As I walked about the library, I spotted many works in the Athenaeum’s permanent art collection.
10 Items or Less, 1974, Kim MacConnel. Gouache on paper.
10 Items or Less, 1974, Kim MacConnel. Gouache on paper.
Sheet music collage by Alexis Smith, 1997, used for Athenaeum music program covers 2015/2016.
Sheet music collage by Alexis Smith, 1997, used for Athenaeum music program covers 2015/2016.
The Athenaeum, 2004, Derek Boshier. Hand-colored silkscreen print. Patron Gift.
The Athenaeum, 2004, Derek Boshier. Hand-colored silkscreen print. Patron Gift.
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 2002, Raul Guerrero. Ink and collage on paper. Patron Gift.
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 2002, Raul Guerrero. Ink and collage on paper. Patron Gift.
Gazing into the North Reading Room, which features Athenaeum’s Erika and Fred Torri Arists’ Books Collection.
Gazing into the North Reading Room, which features Athenaeum’s Erika and Fred Torri Arists’ Books Collection.
An exquisite bouquet of flowers by one bright window.
An exquisite bouquet of flowers by one bright window.
In Loving Memory - Ernest (Ernie) Silva 1948-2014. Trumpet Player and Light House, 2004. Ink on paper.
In Loving Memory – Ernest (Ernie) Silva 1948-2014. Trumpet Player and Light House, 2004. Ink on paper.
Untitled (Baby, It's cold Outside), 1999, Italo Scanga. Mixed media.
Untitled (Baby, It’s cold Outside), 1999, Italo Scanga. Mixed media.
Artwork on wall near the School of the Arts entrance.
Artwork on wall near the School of the Arts entrance.
I was told these pieces were all painted by teachers at the Athenaeum School of the Arts.
I was told these pieces were all painted by teachers at the Athenaeum School of the Arts.
Walking beside the Children's section of the Athenaeum.
Walking beside the Children’s section of the Athenaeum.
Linnea doll on shelf by the book Linnea in Monet's Garden.
Linnea doll on shelf by the book Linnea in Monet’s Garden.
Erika on the Portico of the Athenaeum, 2010, Grace Matthews. Tempera on paper.
Erika on the Portico of the Athenaeum, 2010, Grace Matthews. Tempera on paper.
Houseplant, Monstera Deliciosa, by artist Jean Lowe. Alkyd and acrylic on papier mache.
Houseplant, Monstera Deliciosa, by artist Jean Lowe. Alkyd and acrylic on papier mache.
Devil With a Blue Dress On, by currently exhibiting artist Jim Machacek.
Devil With a Blue Dress On, by currently exhibiting artist Jim Machacek.
Oh Grid, 2019, Sibyl Rubottom. Etching on linen with sashiko. One of many textile pieces by the artist currently on exhibit in the Rotunda Gallery.
Oh Grid, 2019, Sibyl Rubottom. Etching on linen with sashiko. One of many textile pieces by the artist currently on exhibit in the Rotunda Gallery.
Gazing toward the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room.
Gazing toward the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room.
Library of Music small plaque on drawer.
Library of Music small plaque on drawer.
More beauty on display inside the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room.
More beauty on display inside the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Music Room.
A perfect place to read and think inside the sunlight-filled rotunda.
A perfect place to read and think inside the sunlight-filled rotunda.
Shelves with newspapers and magazines.
Shelves with newspapers and magazines.
Tantra Indigo, 2019, Sibyl Rubottom. Accordion book.
Tantra Indigo, 2019, Sibyl Rubottom. Accordion book.
Music breathes what Poet cannot write.
Music breathes what Poet cannot write.

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New muralist in San Diego makes her debut!

Naomi GonzalezMartinez (to the right) poses by her new mural in City Heights with her artistic mentor Brise Birdsong.
Naomi GonzalezMartinez (to the right) poses by her new mural in City Heights with her artistic mentor Brise Birdsong.

Today I met San Diego’s newest muralist!

Naomi GonzalezMartinez has painted a colorful mural for #theavenuemuralproject on University Avenue in City Heights. Please check out her new Instagram page!

Guided by Carlos Quezada of Love City Heights, I was able to meet Naomi and enjoy her artwork during a tour of several new street murals along University Avenue. Love City Heights is a group of community leaders working to enliven this culturally diverse San Diego neighborhood.

Naomi’s first mural was created with a little help from her mentor Brise Birdsong, a prolific local artist and muralist whose often humorous street art I stumble upon from time to time during my walks around San Diego.

Naomi told me a little about the mural, and the symbolism that it contains. Her family is very important to her, and being of Mayan descent, she incorporated the Mayan logogram that represents a companion spirit. You can see it in the following photograph at the center of the lower tea cup. The next cup up contains elements representing Korea, a place that is special to her. The third cup up contains colors from both the Mexican and American flags.

Other designs in the mural like the flowers and butterfly? Painted just for fun!

A very cool new work of art brightens City Heights!

The colorful mural contains diverse symbols that hold special meaning for the artist.
The colorful mural contains diverse symbols that hold special meaning for the artist.
Naomi GonzalezMartinez poses by her delightful City Heights mural with her family!
Naomi GonzalezMartinez poses by her new City Heights mural with her family!

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