More fun (and funny) stuff for 2019 Comic-Con!

You don't really eat these pancakes, it's more like they eat you. A funny The Good Place quote at the door of Maryjane's restaurant during 2019 Comic-Con.
You don’t really eat these pancakes, it’s more like they eat you. A funny The Good Place quote at the door of Maryjane’s restaurant during 2019 Comic-Con.

I spotted even more fun (and funny) stuff outside 2019 Comic-Con during my walk this morning!

There are some building wraps I hadn’t previously seen, and I found a couple new ones that are now being applied. I saw that the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel is being converted into the Superstore. I also noted the Warner Brothers offsite on the grass south of the Omni hotel, which will feature Detective Pikachu and Shazam, is starting to take shape…

Two days until the start of Comic-Con!

Wraps are being placed on the Hard Rock Hotel promoting NBC's The Good Place and Superstore for Comic-Con.
Wraps are being placed on the Hard Rock Hotel promoting NBC’s The Good Place and Superstore for Comic-Con.
A wrap on the building's south side shows characters from Superstore.
A wrap on the building’s south side shows characters from NBC’s Superstore. Comedy Starts Here.
Putting on the fun building wrap, with two days until the start of Comic-Con.
Putting on the fun building wrap, with two days until the start of Comic-Con.
Superstore graphics now decorate the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.
Superstore graphics now decorate the lobby of the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.
Across Fifth Avenue, the Amazon wraps are done. This one promotes The Boys. That's one hero I'd prefer to avoid.
Across Fifth Avenue, the Amazon wraps are done. This one promotes The Boys. That’s one smiling superhero I’d prefer to avoid.
Other stuff is springing up around downtown, like this big banner on a building advertising Tik Tok.
Other stuff is springing up around downtown, like this somewhat goofy-looking banner on a building advertising Tik Tok.
Businesses in the Gaslamp are jumping on the bandwagon.
Businesses in the Gaslamp Quarter are jumping on the Comic-Con bandwagon. Game of Thrones and Stan Lee inspired cocktails?
Syfy has moved to Seventh and J Street for 2019 Comic-Con. I believe you can catch their karaoke bus and trivia trolleys here.
Syfy has moved to Seventh and J Street for 2019 Comic-Con. I believe you can catch their fun karaoke bus and trivia trolleys here.
A cool wrap is being applied to the north side of the Omni Hotel. I'm afraid I don't recognize this show. If you do, leave a comment!
A cool Star Trek: Discovery wrap is being applied to the north side of the Omni Hotel.
The Warner Brothers offsite has erected an archway that says Chilladelphia Winter Carnival. You might remember the scene in Shazam.
The Warner Brothers offsite has erected an archway that says Chilladelphia Winter Carnival. You might remember the big, climactic scene in Shazam!
Freddy Freeman and his pal Shazam are perched atop another arch!
Freddy Freeman and his pal Shazam are perched atop another arch!

Stay tuned for more photos of Comic-Con preparation when I walk about this afternoon. I’ll post an update here!

UPDATE!

I did indeed walk about in the afternoon, and I found more fun stuff!

Batwoman banners now adorn the fences along the trolley tracks.
Batwoman banners now adorn the fences along the trolley tracks.
I'm Mad. You're Mad.
I’m Mad. You’re Mad.
The Stranger Things trolley station is returning for 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!
The Stranger Things trolley station is returning for 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!
Comedy Central's South Park offsite features mini golf this year.
Comedy Central’s South Park offsite features mini golf this year.
Play golf with South Park characters!
Play golf with South Park characters!
Amazon Prime Video was setting up displays along MLK Promenade.
Amazon Prime Video was setting up displays along MLK Promenade.
Flags at one end of Childrens Park, where the FOX Fan Fair will be.
Flags at one end of Childrens Park, where the FOX Fan Fair will be.
Another small glimpse of the FOX Fun Fair from the sidewalk.
Another small glimpse of the FOX Fun Fair from the sidewalk.
Check out the characters on the Ferris wheel!
Check out the characters on the Ferris wheel!
Bandai is staging their Dragon Ball Z offsite in the Marriott's Marina Terrace this year again.
Bandai is staging their Dragon Ball Z offsite in the Marriott’s Marina Terrace this year again.
Check out this The Boys wrap on the Marriott Marquis!
Check out this The Boys wrap on the Marriott Marquis!
Today exhibitors were moving their stuff into the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con.
Today exhibitors were moving their stuff into the San Diego Convention Center for Comic-Con.
The cool FX Devs wrap on the Hilton is looking good.
The cool FX Devs wrap on the Hilton is looking good.
Adult Swim is getting their offsite ready behind the San Diego Convention Center.
Adult Swim is getting their offsite ready behind the San Diego Convention Center.
Rick's balloon head isn't inflated yet.
Rick’s balloon head isn’t inflated yet.
FX has colorful graphics on the fence around part of their Fearless Forum.
FX has colorful graphics on the fence around part of their Fearless Forum.
A super cool FX event space is being prepared!
A super cool FX event space is being prepared!
More Comic-Con street art on windows of Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt.
More Comic-Con street art on windows of Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt.
A wrap is being applied to a corner of Petco Park. I'm clueless.
A wrap is being applied to a corner of Petco Park. I’m clueless.
The first activation is being built at the Interactive Zone at Petco Park. Not sure what it is, either.
The first activation is being built at the Interactive Zone at Petco Park. Not sure what it is, either.
Another new wrap appearing on a corner of Petco Park. Resembles the Stumptown trolley wrap.
Another new wrap appearing on a corner of Petco Park. Resembles the Stumptown trolley wrap.
History has a wrap on Petco Park promoting Project Blue Book, like last year.
History has a wrap on Petco Park promoting Project Blue Book, like last year.
The Tin Fish is getting decorated with NBC Comedy graphics.
The Tin Fish is getting decorated with NBC Comedy graphics.
Hot Damn!
Hot Damn!
Sweeping the back steps of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Sweeping the back steps of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
The Statue of Liberty has found a new home in San Diego!
The Statue of Liberty has found a new home in San Diego!
I detect Detective Pikachu at the Warner Brothers offsite!
I detect Detective Pikachu at the Warner Brothers offsite!

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Statue of Liberty arrives for Comic-Con!

The Statue of Liberty was transported by truck this morning to San Diego’s Gaslamp Square!

She’s wearing cool sunglasses!

The statue will soon be erected at NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine offsite for 2019 Comic-Con!

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More cool activity before 2019 Comic-Con!

A building wrap near the Gaslamp Quarter sign promotes Amazon Prime's original series and their nearby offsite during 2019 Comic-Con.
A building wrap on the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter facing Fifth Avenue. The cool graphic promotes Amazon Prime’s original series and their nearby offsite during 2019 Comic-Con.

Lots of new developments today, three days before 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!

One benefit of living downtown is I can watch the world’s most stupendous pop culture convention slowly taking shape! The event seems to grow bigger and bigger every year, with more offsite activities and huge building wraps everywhere you turn!

Today is Sunday, and Comic-Con preparations are now in high gear. Here are photos of new things I saw as I walked about the Gaslamp Quarter, MLK Promenade, and around the back of the San Diego Convention Center…

The word REVOLT appears in the Snowpiercer wrap on the Marriott Marquis.
The word REVOLT appears in the Snowpiercer wrap on the Marriott Marquis.
Workers apply large format printed wrap material to the side of one tower.
Workers apply large format printed wrap material to the side of one tower.
At Deadquarters, a helicopter has appeared. Can rampaging zombies be far away now?
At DeadQuarters, a helicopter has appeared. Can rampaging zombies be far away now?
A platform is being built at Deadquarters, perhaps for a Walking Dead fan activity.
A platform is being built at DeadQuarters, perhaps for a Walking Dead fan activity.
The Star Trek: Picard wrap is nearing completion.
The Star Trek: Picard building wrap facing MLK Promenade is nearing completion.
At the Amazon offsite, a spooky old building is being prepared. Perhaps for their upcoming show The Boys.
At the Amazon offsite, a spooky old building is being prepared. Perhaps for their upcoming show The Boys.
Another photo of the Amazon offsite being readied, three days before 2019 Comic-Con.
Another photo of the Amazon offsite being readied, three days before 2019 Comic-Con.
At the Brooklyn Nine-Nine offsite, fans of the show can take a selfie in a lineup with various characters.
At the Brooklyn Nine-Nine offsite, fans of the show can take a selfie in a lineup with various characters.
The big Animation Domination wrap on the Omni is almost half done.
The big Animation Domination wrap on the Omni is almost half done.
At the Warner Bros. Pictures offsite, it appears Billy Batson and Shazam have been captured by a villain with some plastic.
At the Warner Bros. Pictures offsite, it appears Freddy Freeman and his pal Shazam have been captured by a diabolical villain in some plastic.
As I walked over the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge, I noticed another new building wrap on the Hilton.
As I walked over the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge, I noticed another new building wrap on the Hilton.
Carnival Row is replacing a banner from ESRI, which just finished their big convention.
Carnival Row is replacing a wrap from ESRI, which just finished their big annual convention.
A photo from the bridge toward the San Diego Convention Center.
A photo from the bridge toward the San Diego Convention Center. (I added a little bit of contrast to bring out the Snowpiercer graphic.)
Coming down the steps from the pedestrian bridge, I saw a huge FX.
Coming down the steps from the pedestrian bridge, I saw a huge FX.
The FX Fearless Forum is being readied as I type this.
The FX Fearless Forum is being readied behind the San Diego Convention Center as I type this.
The big Hilton wrap promotes upcoming science fiction/technology show Devs on FX.
The big Hilton wrap promotes upcoming science fiction/technology show Devs on FX.
Looks like Adult Swim on the Green will have a huge stage.
Looks like Adult Swim on the Green will have a huge stage. No wacky canoe races this year, I believe.
Getting ready for 2019 Comic-Con!
Getting ready for 2019 Comic-Con!

Stand by for updates!

UPDATE!

I walked around in the late afternoon and saw more stuff.

I noticed Conan’s production people are ready to move their equipment into the Spreckels Theatre. I noticed that super cool Gundam wrap is now completed. I saw a tall wrap being applied to a narrow side of the Marriott promoting Amazon’s show The Boys. I saw many more booths being set up in Childrens Park for the FOX Fan Fair. I noticed that there’s a knotted rope dangling from that raised platform at DeadQuarters–presumably fans will climb down (or up) it. Finally, the Amazon wraps on Fifth Avenue across from the Hard Rock Hotel continue to be applied.

It’s obvious this year Amazon Prime is promoting its new shows Carnival Row, The Boys and The Expanse in a very big way!

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Wizard of Oz glass panels at Coronado Library.

Five years ago I blogged about the Wizard of Oz festival which was held in Coronado’s Spreckels Park. After checking out the festival, I took three photos of the beautiful Wizard of Oz glass panels inside the Coronado Library, which is located across Orange Avenue from the park.

Last weekend during my visit to Coronado I enjoyed looking at the panels again. I had stepped into the library to photograph pieces of art by two internationally famous artists. (I’ll post those photos at some point in the future, probably after Comic-Con.)

The thing is, as I paused in front of the wonderful Wizard of Oz artwork at the entrance to the children’s room, I suddenly realized I hadn’t posted photos of all the fun scenes. So I will right now!

This colorful Wizard of Oz Children’s Library Entry Portal was created by artist Brenda Smith.

Enjoy!

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PAWmicon takes over the Comic-Con Museum!

PAWmicon keeps on growing!

A couple years ago I attended this unique pet cosplay event at Hazard Center, but PAWmicon has grown in popularity so much, this year it was held in Balboa Park at the future home of the Comic-Con Museum!

Every year PAWmicon, organized by the Helen Woodward Animal Center, is enjoyed a week or two before San Diego Comic-Con. Pet owners dress up their pooches like superheroes (or supervillains) and compete in a fun cosplay (paws-play) competition. Some of the dog owners put on costumes, too!

This year I noticed members of the Science Fiction Coalition were in attendance, cosplaying as DC Comics characters. Not surprisingly, I saw that scheming villain Penguin hanging out very suspiciously near a SeaWorld penguin!

Funds raised from this very cool annual event benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center, a world-renowned organization that rescues homeless dogs and other animals. They also provide education and therapeutic programs for us humans.

Please visit the Helen Woodward Animal Center website here!

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Kids create original Comic-Con book covers!

Today I entered the future Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park to check out PAWmicon! As I walked around, I poked my nose into the gallery where the Cover Story: The Art of Comic-Con 50 exhibit is located, and in one corner I discovered walls full of original art created by kids!

The colorful artwork, often featuring superheroes and pop culture characters, is drawn to resemble the covers of Comic-Con souvenir program books! Some of the designs are super inventive!

These covers that I photographed are just a small fraction of those on display.

Creativity rocks at the Comic-Con Museum!

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Wizard of Oz street art in Coronado!

The Good Witch of the North and The Wicked Witch of the West meet on the yellow brick road, as a balloon flies away in Oz.
The Good Witch of the North and The Wicked Witch of the West meet on the yellow brick road, as a balloon flies away in Oz.

One of the utility boxes painted a few years back for the Art Outside the Box project in Coronado depicts scenes and characters from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and other novels in the popular Oz series by L. Frank Baum.

The happy artwork, which greets those walking down the Orange Avenue sidewalk near the Coronado Library, was painted by local students Eva B., Audrey S., and Sienna F.

L. Frank Baum and Coronado are closely related. The author spent many winters in a house near the famous Hotel del Coronado, whose fantastic architecture is said to be the inspiration for his Emerald City.

You can learn more and see photos of his winter house by clicking here!

Walking past Wizard of Oz street art in Coronado. The title of this public art is Fairy Tale.
Walking past Wizard of Oz street art in Coronado. The title of this public art is Fairy Tale.
Another side of the utility box depicting L. Frank Baum's wonderful land of Oz. The popular author often spent his winters writing in a house in Coronado.
Another side of the utility box depicting L. Frank Baum’s wonderful land of Oz. The popular author often spent his winters writing in a rented house in Coronado.
One of the magical creatures in Oz.
One of the magical creatures in Oz.
Dorothy walks along the yellow brick road as Art Outside the Box.
Dorothy walks along the yellow brick road. A fun work of Art Outside the Box.

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