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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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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Art exhibition interprets Music in the Key of Blue.

Jim Machacek: Music in the Key of Blue, inside the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library's Joseph Clayes III Gallery
Jim Machacek: Music in the Key of Blue, inside the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s beautiful Joseph Clayes III Gallery.

A fantastic exhibition of work by San Diego artist Jim Machacek has recently opened at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. Yesterday I headed to La Jolla to have a “listen” with my eyes.

The abstract pieces of Jim Machacek: Music in the Key of Blue are arranged inside the library’s Joseph Clayes III Gallery.

According to the Athenaeum’s description, the exhibition “reflects Jim’s recurring interest in the concept of making music visual. Using his favorite media of printmaking, drawing, collage, and watercolor, he hopes to make YOU see what HE sees when listening to music. He chose favorite musical selections that have the word blue in the titles from a wide variety of musical genres, including classical, jazz, blues, country, rock, folk, and standards.”

Among these emotionally evocative pieces you’ll find a unique visual interpretation of George Gershwin’s timeless Rhapsody in Blue. Seventy mixed-media prints cascade like living notes of music across the north and east walls of the sunlit gallery. Walk along these walls and you’ll feel like you’re moving in rhythm with a beloved American classic.

After you absorb this great art, take a leisurely stroll through the unique and historic Athenaeum. You’ll discover even more art in unexpected corners, and rooms overflowing with beauty wherever you turn.

Jim Machacek: Music in the Key of Blue can be enjoyed at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library through May 4, 2019.

The architecturally handsome Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is freely open to the public in La Jolla. It's a popular venue for art exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events.
The architecturally handsome Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is freely open to the public in La Jolla. It’s a popular venue for art exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events.
Sunlight filters through windows and shines on wood inside the Athenaeum's spacious Joseph Clayes III Gallery.
Sunlight filters through windows and shines on wood inside the Athenaeum’s spacious Joseph Clayes III Gallery.
Blue Wave, 2018, Jim Machacek. Blue Wave was a 1984 song by Eddy Grant, best known for his hit Electric Avenue.
Blue Wave, 2018, Jim Machacek. Blue Wave was a 1984 song by Eddy Grant, best known for his hit Electric Avenue.

Blueberry Hill, 2018, Jim Machacek. The popular hit song by Fats Domino, recorded in 1956, became a rock and roll standard.
Blueberry Hill, 2018, Jim Machacek. The popular hit song by Fats Domino, recorded in 1956, became a rock and roll standard.

Blue Cathedral, 2018, Jim Machacek. Blue Cathedral is a 1999 orchestral piece by American composer Jennifer Higdon, written in memory of her younger brother.
Blue Cathedral, 2018, Jim Machacek. Blue Cathedral is a 1999 orchestral piece by American composer Jennifer Higdon, written in memory of her deceased younger brother.
Lavender Blue, 2019, Jim Machacek. Lavender Blue is an English folk song and nursery rhyme dating from the 17th century.
Lavender Blue, 2019, Jim Machacek. Lavender Blue is an English folk song and nursery rhyme dating from the 17th century.
These mysterious, moody pieces interpreting Rhapsody in Blue are like notes of sheet music flowing across a wall.
These complex, moody pieces interpreting Rhapsody in Blue are like notes of sheet music flowing across a wall.
Fill your eyes with music.
Fill your eyes with music.

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Fun mosaic sculptures at IB’s Peoples Park!

Peoples Park in Imperial Beach is now over two years old.

In 2016, residents of IB volunteered their skills, labor and love, and helped 4 Walls International create this fun, relaxed park on Seacoast Drive.

There are benches, planters and curving pathways, but the highlight of the park is a group of colorful, organic sculptures. Some appear to me like sea snails; others, as you can see, are turtles!

Decorating the surface of these mosaic sculptures are bits of broken tile and other small treasures, like beads and seashells.

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More cool street art in Normal Heights!

Alice gazes out at Adams Avenue from a fence behind White Rabbit Day Spa.
Alice gazes out at Adams Avenue from a fence behind White Rabbit Day Spa.

This morning I took a long walk down Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. I was pleased to discover all sorts of new murals and street art since the last time my camera passed this way, about a year and a half ago.

Check out all these photos of the cool artwork!

A beautiful new face has replaced a similar mural between Adams Avenue Tattoo and the El Zarape restaurant.
A beautiful new face has replaced a similar mural between Adams Avenue Tattoo and the El Zarape restaurant.
The #SPACECLONES have invaded Normal Heights!
The #SPACECLONES have invaded Normal Heights!
An abstract bear mural by @SKYEWALKER_ART appears to contain lots of nature symbolism.
An abstract bear mural by @SKYEWALKER_ART appears to contain lots of nature symbolism.
A rainbow and fierce pink unicorn painted on a utility box. BE THE MAGIC
A rainbow and fierce pink unicorn painted on a utility box. BE THE MAGIC
YOU ARE POWER FULL by Janine Wareham.
YOU ARE POWER FULL by Janine Wareham.
MEOWER TO THE PEOPLE.
MEOWER TO THE PEOPLE.
THISSSS IS AWESOME
THISSSS IS AWESOME
A colorful mural on the side of Konrad+King always attracts my attention when I'm driving down Adams Avenue.
A colorful mural on the side of Konrad+King always attracts my attention when I’m driving down Adams Avenue.
A very cool face in Normal Heights.
A very cool face in Normal Heights.
Be uniquely you! #CreatesWithPaints
Be uniquely you! #CreatesWithPaints
The fingers painted on this electrical box transform into palm trees and telephone poles!
The fingers painted on this electrical box transform into palm trees and telephone poles!
Beautiful flowers and birds.
Beautiful flowers and birds.
Looks like a crown of prickly pears atop this beautiful female face. @ASHLEYLGNAR
Looks like a crown of prickly pears atop this female face. @ASHLEYLGNAR
An ice cream cone cat drips on a tie-wearing dog! @MAW_CZ
An ice cream cone cat drips on a silly dog! @MAW_CZ
More cool street art along Adams Avenue in Normal Heights.
More cool street art along Adams Avenue in Normal Heights.
A cuddly cat.
A cuddly cat.

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See the Comic-Con Museum’s first exhibition!

If you happen to be in San Diego the next few weeks, you have an awesome opportunity to see the Comic-Con Museum’s very first exhibition! It’s titled Cover Story: The Art of Comic-Con 50. Why that name? This year will be the 50th Anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con!

Today I enjoyed the big opening of the exhibition, which can be viewed in one room of the Federal Building in Balboa Park, future home of the Comic-Con Museum. Lots of other excited people were in attendance. After listening to a few words by those who are shaping the museum’s future, we all headed into the temporary gallery.

My photos provide a hint of what you’ll find. It’s a bit like the Art of Comic-Con exhibition several years ago at the San Diego Central Library, but the emphasis this time is on original art used for the covers of Comic-Con souvenir program books. You’ll see everything from thumbnail sketches to pencil and ink art to stunning colored finished pieces.

You’ll enjoy the work of many top artists, including names like Jack Kirby, Bruce Timm, Matt Taylor, Babs Tarr, Michael Cho, Jim Lee, John Romita, Jr., William Stout, Adam Hughes, Frank Miller, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Will Eisner.

You’ll also smile at the work of creative children, who have a fun table in the gallery where they can draw their own covers!

Finally, in several glass display cases you’ll find all sorts of souvenir program book interior artwork: original drawings by renowned artists, cartoonists and illustrators, who over the years have sent their greetings to Comic-Con!

According to the Comic-Con Museum: “The exhibit will be open Saturday March 16 and Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and on select dates through August 4, 2019. Check our Facebook page for future open dates as they are announced.”

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