Son of Zorn and The Exorcist on a Comic-Con trolley!

A new FOX television show, Son of Zorn, advertised on a San Diego trolley. Comic-Con graphics are slowly beginning to appear in San Diego.
A new FOX television show, Son of Zorn, advertised on a San Diego trolley. Comic-Con graphics are slowly beginning to appear in San Diego.

Today I spotted the first cool trolley wrap for the fast-approaching 2016 San Diego Comic-Con!

Check out these photos. I had to time my shots strategically, because the trolleys don’t wait at a station for very long!

Each side of this San Diego trolley car advertises a separate television show; both will debut this coming Fall season on FOX. First up you see graphics for Son of Zorn, which involves an animated warrior character among live-action family members. It’s a unique comedy idea that sounds weird but fun! The second side of the trolley wrap advertises The Exorcist, which is already a cultural phenomenon.

I’m positive more 2016 San Diego Comic-Con trolley wraps are on the way, so stay tuned!

Animated warrior Zorn will be coping with live-action family members (including his son) in an unusual hybrid television comedy on FOX this Fall. Taking a stab at the real world.
Animated warrior Zorn will be coping with live-action family members (including his son) in an unusual hybrid television comedy on FOX this Fall. Taking a stab at the real world.
The first 2016 San Diego Comic-Con trolley wrap has debuted in June! Both sides of this trolley advertise upcoming television shows on FOX.
The first 2016 San Diego Comic-Con trolley wrap has debuted in June! Both sides of this trolley advertise upcoming television shows on FOX.
And here's the other side of the exact same trolley car. Another brand new FOX television offering, The Exorcist, is being promoted with eerie blood red graphics.
And here comes the other side of the exact same trolley car. Another brand new FOX television offering, The Exorcist, is being promoted with eerie blood red graphics.
The Exorcist appears on one side of a San Diego trolley. This enormous moving ad for the new FOX show will be seen by thousands of pop culture fans attending Comic-Con next month. Today it's operating on the Green Line, which goes right past the convention center!
The Exorcist appears on one side of a San Diego trolley. This enormous moving ad for the new FOX show will be seen by thousands of pop culture fans attending Comic-Con next month. Today it’s operating on the Green Line, which goes right past the convention center!
Starting July 20, San Diego Comic-Con will become the international center of entertainment and popular culture. I expect to see more trolley wraps in the weeks ahead!
Starting July 20, which is Preview Night, San Diego Comic-Con will become the international center of entertainment and popular culture. I expect to see more trolley wraps in the weeks ahead!

I live in downtown San Diego and love to walk! In addition to other San Diego places and events (like the MLB All-Star Game–also in July), I’ll be checking out Comic-Con and taking tons of photos this year!

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Insane Comic-Con: crowds, hype, fun and firemen!

Comic book characters promote Webtoon (a digital comics platform) in the Gaslamp during 2015 San Diego Comic-Con.
Comic book characters promote Webtoon (a digital comics platform) in the Gaslamp during 2015 San Diego Comic-Con.

Yeah. San Diego Comic-Con has changed. What years ago was a small convention for dedicated comic book lovers has turned into a big insane Hollywood hype machine. Diehard fans and awestruck consumers geek out over every conceivable new entertainment, and promoters try to get Comic-Con goers to post photos on social media under a hundred different hashtags. It’s all about hyping an upcoming movie, a television show, a video game, a celebrity, a brand. It’s more than a bit ridiculous. It’s silly. It’s loud. It’s often superficial. And, if you don’t mind massive crowds, it can be exciting, wonderful, eye-opening and lots of fun!

So here’s one last blog post concerning huge glorious 2015 Comic-Con.

These photos mostly show riotous doings in downtown San Diego outside of the convention center. And all this fantastic contrived drama is concluded with a bit of actual nail-biting reality. Oh, my!

A huge crowd of Comic-Con enthusiasts has assembled at the entrance to San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.
A huge crowd of Comic-Con enthusiasts has assembled at the entrance to San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.
Comic-Con goers lined up to experience rampaging zombies at Walking Dead offsite venue at Hilton Gaslamp.
Comic-Con goers lined up to experience rampaging zombies at Walking Dead offsite venue at Hilton Gaslamp.
Cosplay ninja takes a flying plunge from the top of the clock tower at Assassin's Creed obstacle course.
Cosplay ninja takes a flying plunge from the top of the clock tower at Assassin’s Creed obstacle course.
Syfy guerrilla marketing promotion of Childhood's End uses a mob of people holding signs to beware Karellen!
Syfy guerrilla marketing promotion of Childhood’s End uses a mob of people holding signs to beware Karellen!
Hired street actors perform creepy chants to promote upcoming television series Damien. The Beast Rises! And so does the hype!
Hired street actors perform creepy chants to promote upcoming television series Damien. The Beast Rises! And so does the hype!
Red-bereted soldiers from Colony television show march in file up Fifth Avenue through San Diego's Gaslamp.
Red-bereted soldiers from Colony television show march in file up Fifth Avenue through San Diego’s Gaslamp.
The Colony troop files past shark head-wearing Sharknado 3 girls and an Outlander bagpiper! It's complete mayhem.
The Colony troop files past shark head-wearing Sharknado 3 girls and an Outlander bagpiper! It’s complete mayhem.
Uncle Sams on stilts with sharks through their chests add to the absurdity of the already ridiculous scene.
Uncle Sams on stilts with sharks through their chests add to the absurdity of the already ridiculous scene.
Deliciously insane. You have to be here to believe it.
Deliciously insane. You have to be here to believe it.
I asked this lady about her cosplay. She said it was nothing in particular.
I asked this lady about her cosplay. She said it was nothing in particular.
A cool Dragon Ball Z poster in window of a Gaslamp eatery.
A cool Dragon Ball Z poster in window of a Gaslamp eatery.
Numerous zany Colonel Sanders sculptures placed about San Diego transmitted free Wi-Fi for Comic-Con visitors. KFC seems to have adopted an attention-getting marketing strategy.
Numerous zany Colonel Sanders sculptures placed about San Diego transmitted free Wi-Fi for Comic-Con visitors. KFC seems to have adopted an attention-getting marketing strategy.
Cool Star Wars cosplay. A couple of scout troopers in the crowd.
Cool Star Wars cosplay. A couple of scout troopers in the crowd.
Guys in kilts, bagpipes, rowdy damsels, all promoting Outlander.
Guys in kilts, bagpipes, rowdy damsels, all promoting Outlander.
Another photo of the crowd near Webtoon and Heroes Reborn.
Another photo of the crowd near Webtoon and Heroes Reborn.
I believe the face-painted cosplay that looks kind of like the rock band Kiss is a character from Korean comics.
I believe the face-painted cosplay that looks kind of like the rock band Kiss is a character from Korean comics.
There's so much crazy fun going on my head was on a rapid swivel.
There’s so much crazy fun going on my head was on a rapid swivel.
Colorful fun over at the LEGO Homer Simpson near entrance to the Hard Rock Hotel.
Colorful fun over at the LEGO Homer Simpson near entrance to the Hard Rock Hotel.
One can ride pedicabs with various Muppet characters!
One can ride pedicabs with various Muppet characters!
Long lines were all over the place, especially near Petco Park. These people want to Experience the Realm.
Long lines were all over the place, especially near Petco Park. These people want to Experience the Realm.
Another cheerful Poison Ivy. Hi!
Another cheerful Poison Ivy. Hi!
These brave people lined up near Petco Park's scary The Walking Dead Escape will experience zombies in virtual reality!
These brave people who are lined up near Petco Park’s scary The Walking Dead Escape will experience zombies in virtual reality!
Looking through Petco Park stadium fence at part of The Walking Dead Escape layout.
Looking through Petco Park stadium fence at part of The Walking Dead Escape layout.
Guy places a dummy corpse by a bloody, crashed car.
Guy places a dummy corpse by a bloody, crashed car.
Lots of lines, food, games and cosplay at the Comic-Con Interactive Zone in the Lexus Lot next to Petco Park.
Lots of lines, food, games and cosplay at the Comic-Con Interactive Zone in the Lexus Lot next to Petco Park.
Kids check out video games at the Alienware exhibit in the Interactive Zone.
Kids check out video games at the Alienware exhibit in the Interactive Zone.
Family sports Charlie Brown baseball caps after visiting the nearby Peanuts Movie fun site.
Family sports Charlie Brown baseball caps after visiting the nearby Peanuts Movie fun site.
Hanging out looking at a long video screen behind the San Diego Convention Center. The FX Fearless Arena Experience was super popular during 2015 Comic-Con.
Hanging out looking at a long video screen behind the San Diego Convention Center. The FX Fearless Arena Experience was super popular during 2015 Comic-Con.
Someone prepares to fly a drone above the crowd to take video of the stupendous international event.
Someone prepares to fly a drone above the crowd to take video of the stupendous international event.
People everywhere. Just a lot of fun. I enjoyed a hamburger, but continued to scour the place for freebies to eat.
People everywhere. Just a lot of fun. I enjoyed a hamburger, but continued to scour the place for freebies to eat.
It's Homer Simpson at the Kwik-E-Mart!
It’s Homer Simpson at the Kwik-E-Mart!
Fargo fans stand in a glitter-filled huge snow globe for a photograph!
Fargo fans stand in a glitter-filled huge snow globe for a photograph!
People scream right on cue at the Scream Queens drop amusement ride.
People scream right on cue at the Scream Queens drop amusement ride.
Hundreds of thousands jam downtown San Diego for 2015 Comic-Con. It's just plain nuts.
Hundreds of thousands jam downtown San Diego for 2015 Comic-Con. It’s just plain nuts.
Indeed, it appears there's No Escape!
Indeed, it appears there’s No Escape!
Folks dining at a Gaslamp restaurant have front row seats to the drama.
Folks dining at a Gaslamp restaurant have front row seats to the drama.
Free rides, courtesy of Another Period, The Original Ballers.
Free rides, courtesy of Another Period, The Original Ballers.
But wait! All the fabricated hype and escapist fantasy is rudely interrupted by real sirens and flashing lights!
But wait! All the fabricated hype and escapist fantasy is rudely interrupted by real sirens and flashing red lights!
A kitchen grease fire broke out in a restaurant during Comic-Con on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue. Reality intervenes!
A kitchen grease fire broke out in a restaurant during Comic-Con on Saturday. The fire was on the 900 block of Fourth Avenue. Reality intervenes!
Firefighters, dealing with a potentially serious crisis, provide unexpected nail-biting entertainment for one and all.
Firefighters, dealing with a potentially serious crisis, provide unexpected nail-biting entertainment for one and all.

Comic-Con is nearly over, but there’s much to see and do in San Diego. Enjoy future posts! Join me on Facebook or Twitter.

Conan O’Brien Live at Comic-Con trolley wrap!

A new San Diego Comic-Con trolley wrap features Conan O'Brien turned into what appear to be Funko POP! toy figures. Here he's a blank-eyed zombie, and his own ordinary bland self.
A new San Diego Comic-Con trolley wrap features Conan O’Brien turned into what appear to be Funko POP! toy figures. Here he’s a blank-eyed zombie, plus his own ordinary bland self.

I spotted another 2015 San Diego Comic-Con trolley wrap in the past couple days! This one promotes Conan O’Brien’s television show on TBS. He’ll be hosting his talk show live from Comic-Con July 8-12. I’ve read that he’ll also be moderating two panels in Hall H: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and The Last Witch Hunter.

The images on the trolley wrap seem to show Conan turned into several Funko POP! toy figures!  Cool!

And here Conan O'Brien has been transformed into Batman and a green Frankenstein monster. The latter seems true-to-life in various ways.
Here Conan O’Brien has been transformed into Batman and a green Frankenstein monster.
Here's a wrap on an older version San Diego trolley at America Plaza. Conan will be live from Comic-Con July 8-11.
Here’s a wrap on an older version San Diego trolley at America Plaza. Conan will be live from Comic-Con July 8-11.
Finally, here we have a commuter who's entirely unconcerned that Frankenstein Conan is threatening him with scary outstretched monster arms.
Finally, here we have a commuter who’s entirely unconcerned that Frankenstein Conan is threatening him with scary outstretched monster arms.

Stay tuned for a ton more cool Comic-Con stuff in the coming few weeks!

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San Diego Comic-Con trolley wrap: Scream Queens!

A cool San Diego trolley wrap for 2015 Comic-Con promotes Scream Queens on Fox. A killer new series from the creators of Glee and American Horror Story.
A cool San Diego trolley wrap for 2015 Comic-Con promotes Scream Queens on Fox. A killer new series from the creators of Glee and American Horror Story.

I finally got pics of the very first trolley wrap for the upcoming 2015 San Diego Comic-Con. The bold graphics promote Scream Queens, an American horror-comedy television series, which is having its world premiere at Comic-Con. The series will be televised on Fox starting in September.

I spoke to a super friendly trolley driver on Thursday (she always smiles and waves at me!) and I learned that more trolley wraps are in the process of being readied for Comic-Con. What they are, I don’t know. We’ll find out together!  Stay tuned!

Keke Palmer, Diego Boneta and Lea Michele all have scary bloody hands!
Keke Palmer, Diego Boneta and Lea Michele all have scary bloody hands!
Faces of Scream Queens on a San Diego trolley include Ariana Grande, Lucien Laviscount and Nick Jonas.
Faces of Scream Queens on a San Diego trolley include Ariana Grande, Lucien Laviscount and Nick Jonas.
A bloody-handed Jamie Lee Curtis peers between trolley cars at me! Yikes!
A bloody-handed Jamie Lee Curtis peers between trolley cars at me! Yikes!

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Big movie stars seen at Hotel Del Coronado!

photo of clark gable at hotel del coronado

Over the decades, many of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars have stayed at the world famous Hotel Del Coronado. Most checked in for personal pleasure; others were working. The Hotel Del Coronado has been used in the filming of over a dozen movies.

Outside the hotel, a few steps from the sidewalk, you’ll find a glass display containing photos of movie superstar guests. I tried to take a bunch of photos, but most didn’t come out so great.

In my first decent pic, you see a photo with the caption: Screen legend Clark Gable stayed at the Del during the filming of Hell Divers, shot in 1931.

tony curtis, jack lemmon and marilyn monroe at hotel del coronado

I also recorded a photograph from 1958 of the acting trio starring in Some Like It Hot. The caption reads: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe proved to be a winning combination for Billy Wilder’s romantic comedy.

And here’s a third photo (which I took on a later date) with the caption: Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe’s steamy love scenes still heat up the screen more than fifty years after the 1959 film was released.

Photo of Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe movie love scene.
Photo of Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe movie love scene.

Here come even more pics!

Esther Williams and sons on the beach.
Esther Williams and sons on the beach.
Rosalind Russell out in the water.
Rosalind Russell out in the water.
Kirk Douglas seems to have quite an appetite!
Kirk Douglas seems to have quite an appetite!