Star Wars lightsaber combat at Maker Faire!

This member of the San Diego Sabers has personally made many lightsabers. Some examples lie on the group's table during Maker Faire in Balboa Park.
This member of the San Diego Sabers has personally made many lightsabers. Some examples lie on the group’s table during Maker Faire in Balboa Park.

The last couple of years at Maker Faire San Diego I’ve watched a group of Star Wars enthusiasts entertain audiences with lightsaber duels. They have engaged in their elaborate play on the main stage, swinging their illuminated lightsabers in mock combat, to rousing music from the Star Wars movies.

This year, as I walked around Maker Faire, I happened upon this group’s cool lightsaber exhibit. These local Star Wars fans call themselves the San Diego Sabers. They are one of many similar groups all around the world that make their own lightsabers and engage in mock combat.

I asked all sort of questions and learned more than I expected. Most of the extremely elaborate lightsabers used by the members produce colored light, illuminating a long clear tube that can be attached, thereby appearing much like the Jedi and Sith weapons made famous in the movies. Most of the mock weapons also generate that distinctive lightsaber sound. I learned that it’s also possible to order a variety of lightsabers from several online vendors.

Regional competitions are often held between groups, and the method of scoring is similar to that used in fencing. The sport is lightning fast, highly athletic and incorporates various styles of martial arts. The San Diego Sabers provide demos free to the public, teach all ages including kids (often using foam lightsabers for safety), and encourage acceptance, respect, and a positive attitude.

And it’s obvious they have a lot of fun!

Many DIY lightsabers are surprisingly elaborate, generating light and sound, while appearing as authentic as any movie prop.
Many DIY lightsabers are surprisingly elaborate, generating light and sound, while appearing as authentic as any movie prop.
The San Diego Sabers provides full contact lightsaber training based on fencing, HEMA, Kendo and Wu-shu. Kids are welcome and it's free!
The San Diego Sabers provides full contact lightsaber training based on fencing, HEMA, Kendo and Wu-shu. Kids are welcome and it’s free!
Someone picks up one of the cool lightsabers on display.
Someone picks up one of the cool lightsabers on display.
Members of the San Diego Sabers demonstrate mock combat using foam attachments. Together they've got enough lightsabers to take on General Grievous!
Members of the San Diego Sabers demonstrate mock combat using foam attachments. Together they’ve got enough lightsabers to take on General Grievous!
A kid checks out one of the cool lightsabers. As you might have noticed, I took these photos on two different days during Maker Faire San Diego.
A kid checks out one of the cool lightsabers. As you might have noticed, I took these photos on two different days during Maker Faire San Diego.
Kids have a lot of fun with the foam lightsabers.
Kids have a lot of fun with the foam lightsabers.
Members of the San Diego Sabers arrive at the Maker Faire main stage in the Plaza de Panama. A combat exhibition is about to begin.
Members of the San Diego Sabers arrive at the Maker Faire main stage in the Plaza de Panama. A combat exhibition is about to begin.
As Star Wars music plays, two members of the San Diego Sabers simulate an epic battle between the Jedi and Sith.
As Star Wars music plays, two members of the San Diego Sabers simulate an epic battle between the Jedi and Sith.

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Finding Nemo street art in Mission Beach!

Fun street art in Mission Beach, a short distance from Mission Bay. Characters from the movie Finding Nemo have been painted on a utility box!
Fun street art in Mission Beach, a short distance from Mission Bay. Characters from the beloved animated movie Finding Nemo have been painted on a utility box!

Look what I spotted during my weekend walk through Mission Beach! Some really fun Finding Nemo street art!

Squirt and Pearl.
Squirt and Pearl.
Blenny and Bubbles and Peach.
Blenny and Bubbles and Peach.
Sheldon and Jacques.
Sheldon and Jacques.
And, of course, Dory and Nemo! This happy street art was created by the Splatter Club!
And, of course, Dory and Nemo! This happy street art was painted by the Splatter Club!

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Celebrities! Cool cosplay! A rare Alien Queen!

FOX San Diego Morning News reporters dressed as Princess Leia and Darth Vader interview Sam J. Jones, lead actor in the 1980 film Flash Gordon.
FOX San Diego Morning News reporters dressed as Princess Leia and Darth Vader interview Sam J. Jones, lead actor in the 1980 film Flash Gordon.

Here are some photos from my walk outside 2017 Comic-Con this morning. I spotted some celebrities, more very cool cosplay, and a rare Alien Queen!

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A great Tweedledum and Tweedledee cosplay at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
A great Tweedledum and Tweedledee cosplay at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
Warlock cosplay from video game Destiny.
Warlock cosplay from the video game Destiny.
Greg Cipes who voices Beast Boy in the Teen Titans animated series and Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is interviewed during Comic-Con.
Greg Cipes who voices Beast Boy in the Teen Titans animated series and Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is interviewed during Comic-Con.
Celebrity sightings are possible throughout San Diego Comic-Con!
Celebrity sightings are possible throughout San Diego Comic-Con! “Flash Gordon” embraces two popular characters he helped to inspire.
These cool cosplay enthusiasts were part of the FOX television Comic-Con broadcast. Star Wars and steampunk!
These cool cosplay enthusiasts were part of the FOX television Comic-Con broadcast. Star Wars side-by-side with steampunk!
A group shot with cosplayers and celebrities.
A group shot with cosplayers and celebrities.
Cosplay of Jay Garrick, the old school Flash.
Cosplay of Jay Garrick, the old school Flash.
Two super popular characters together--Spidey and Harley!
Two super popular characters together: it’s Spidey and Harley!
An old school Wonder Woman is getting ready to defeat a WW1 German general. He might be Erich Ludendorff, a character in the recent hit movie.
An old school Wonder Woman with aviator goggles is getting ready to defeat a WWI German general! He might be Erich Ludendorff, a villain in the recent hit movie.
A super awesome one quarter scale model of the Queen Alien was being shown by Matrix Studio.
A super awesome one quarter scale model of the Alien Queen was being shown by Matrix Studio along MLK Promenade.
A very detailed Alien egg and limbs.
A very detailed Alien egg and limbs.
Another look at the limited collector piece Alien Queen, one of 300 produced by Matrix Studio.
Another look at the limited collector piece Alien Queen, one of only 300 produced by Matrix Studio.

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Cosplay photos and other 2017 Comic-Con stuff!

Samurai Jack cosplay at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
Samurai Jack cosplay at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

Here comes a whole bunch of cosplay pics and other cool stuff I saw while walking around 2017 San Diego Comic-Con early this Thursday morning!

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I spotted Wolverine spinning a parking sign near Horton Plaza.
I spotted Wolverine spinning a parking sign near Horton Plaza.
Thursday morning at 2017 Comic-Con and people are heading through the Gaslamp toward the convention center.
Thursday morning at 2017 Comic-Con and people are heading through the Gaslamp toward the convention center.
Obi-Wan Kenobi cosplay. Observe his fingers. He's ready to play a Jedi mind trick on me!
Obi-Wan Kenobi cosplay. Observe his fingers. He’s ready to play a Jedi mind trick on me!
A really good Assassin's Creed cosplay at Comic-Con.
A really good Assassin’s Creed cosplay at Comic-Con.
A friendly artist has lots of cool art for sale along MLK Promenade near Harbor Drive and First Avenue.
A friendly artist has lots of cool art for sale along MLK Promenade near Harbor Drive and First Avenue. These are painted on plastic.
More of his cool artwork. I see Storm and Catwoman.
More of his cool artwork. I see Storm and Catwoman.
A young Sheldon Cooper is coming to CBS! That should be really good!
A young Sheldon Cooper is coming to CBS! That should be really funny!
A friendly Pikachu cosplay.
A friendly Pikachu cosplay.
These guys represent characters from Outlander.
These guys represent characters from Outlander.
I was told these are characters from Steven Universe.
I was told these are characters from Steven Universe.
A long line waiting to enter the convention center on Thursday morning included lots of people enjoying every kind of cosplay imaginable.
A long line waiting to enter the convention center on Thursday morning included lots of people enjoying every kind of cosplay imaginable.
An elaborate, very cool cosplay of Gurren Lagann.
An elaborate, very cool cosplay of Gurren Lagann.
One of several Ghostbuster cosplays that I noticed.
One of several Ghostbusters cosplays that I noticed.
The huge line to enter the San Diego Convention Center boggled my mind.
The long line to enter the San Diego Convention Center boggled my mind.
I was told this is a cosplay of Rick the Alien.
I was told this is a cosplay of Rick the Alien.
Cosplay of Madder Red of comic book series Bedlam.
Cosplay of Madder Red of comic book series Bedlam.
Cosplay of characters from Z Nation.
Cosplay of characters from Z Nation.
Game of Thrones cosplay. I think he said this is Tyrion Lannister.
Game of Thrones cosplay. I think he said this is Tyrion Lannister. I might be wrong.
Cosplay from the webcomic Homestuck.
Cosplay from the webcomic Homestuck.
I saw this Tron cosplay last year!
I saw this Tron cosplay last year!

You can see exactly how this cool Tron costume was made here!

And like every year during Comic-Con, food can be found all over the place.
And like every year during Comic-Con, food can be found all over the place.
Some cool Venture Brothers cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con!
Some cool Venture Brothers cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con!
Here comes Princess Leia with her entrourage.
Here comes Princess Leia with her entourage.
looks like Wonder Woman is in pursuit of Dr. Who.
Looks like Wonder Woman is in pursuit of Dr. Who.
Check out that huge sword! It's a great cosplay of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy!
Check out that huge sword! It’s a great cosplay of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy!
A cosplay of Sans from Undertale.
A cosplay of Sans from Undertale.
Thursday morning and the Interactive Zone at Petco has just opened for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.
Thursday morning a bit after nine o’clock and the Interactive Zone at Petco has just opened for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.
I'm hungry for a Wookie Cookie.
I’m already hungry for a Wookiee Cookie.
A line has already formed at Blizzard's Lich King's Ice Cream Citadel.
A line has formed at Blizzard’s Lich King’s Ice Cream Citadel.
Hello Futuristic Ladies of the Galaxy!
Hello Futuristic Ladies of the Galaxy!
People in line to check out an attraction promoting New Line's production of Stephen King's It.
People in line to check out an attraction promoting New Line’s production of Stephen King’s It.
Jack in the Box's Crave Van smashed through a wall of comic books in the Interactive Zone! Too much fun!
Jack in the Box’s Crave Van smashed through a wall of comic books in the Interactive Zone! Too much fun!
A super cool full size replica of a Star Wars T-47 snowspeeder created by hobbyists who belong to Real Movie Toys.
A super cool full size replica of a Star Wars T-47 Snowspeeder created by hobbyists who belong to Real Movie Toys.
A guy from Sphero shows off their new Spiderman robotic toy that interacts like Alexa with voice recognition.
A guy from Sphero shows off their new Spiderman robotic toy that interacts. Kind of like Alexa with voice recognition.
People in the Interactive Zone could sit in a Luke Cage set and have their picture taken! There was also a Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black set!
People in the Interactive Zone could sit in a Luke Cage set and have their picture taken! There was also a Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black set!
People get ready to enter Sprout's Kody Kapow attraction.
People get ready to enter Sprout’s Kody Kapow attraction.
This guy is cosplaying Bibleman!
This guy is cosplaying Bibleman!
Boom Howdy has posted Missing signs around San Diego.
Boom Howdy has posted Missing signs around San Diego.
Near Petco Park I saw this cosplay of Goku from Dragonball Z.
Near Petco Park I saw this cosplay of Goku from Dragonball Z.
Wonder Woman on a window in San Diego.
Wonder Woman on a window in San Diego.
I spied this cool truck in a parking lot. Black Eyed Peas present Masters of the Sun.
I spied this cool truck in a parking lot. Black Eyed Peas present Masters of the Sun.
A parking lot downtown has been converted into a Viceland promotional area.
A parking lot downtown has been converted into a Viceland promotional area.
Have no fear! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming down the sidewalk!
Have no fear! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming down the sidewalk! Hide the pizza!
I learned these guys are performing in Game of Thrones the Musical at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center isn San Diego during Comic-Con.
I learned these actors are performing in Game of Thrones the Musical at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center in San Diego during Comic-Con.
Adventure Time cosplay!
Adventure Time cosplay!

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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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Comic-Con events announced for Horton Plaza Park!

A huge IMAX movie screen is being set up in Horton Plaza Park for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
A huge IMAX movie screen is being set up in Horton Plaza Park for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

I just learned a bunch of cool events are coming to Horton Plaza Park for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

On Thursday at 7:30pm there will be an exclusive IMAX movie. I saw them setting up the equipment an hour or so ago. At the time of this posting I still don’t know what movie! (UPDATE! The movie is NOT Atomic Blonde as I surmised, but something else entirely. It’s called #IMAXandThrill, an exclusive IMAX Experience, featuring the one-of-a-kind IMAX pop-up theatre that you see in my photo!)

On Friday from 10am-4pm Netflix will be giving away branded koozies in the park.

On Saturday from 12pm-4pm there will be a Nickelodeon ice cream cart with free ice cream sandwiches. They will be promoting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

On Saturday 6pm-7:30pm there will be an ATOMIC BLONDE fan event that requires a Comic-Con badge.

On Sunday 4pm-4:30pm there will be a Cartoon Network Steven Universe music video taping open to the public, and a big surprise is promised!

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