Reminders that San Diego Comic-Con is coming!

Window near entrance to a Gaslamp retailer contains DC Comics characters and Star Wars helmets. Comic-Con is a few months away!
Window near entrance to a Gaslamp retailer contains DC Comics characters and Star Wars helmets. Comic-Con is a few months away!

Walk around downtown and you’ll be reminded that San Diego is home to an international phenomenon of colossal proportions: San Diego Comic-Con!

Here are some fun photos that I took today.  Are you energized? About three months to go!

I’ll be taking a whole week off–before and during San Diego Comic-Con–and blogging like crazy!

Deco Bike rental station still contains graphic from last year's San Diego Comic-Con. The television show Colony, a science fiction series on USA Network, was being heavily promoted.
Deco Bike rental station still contains graphic from last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The television show Colony, a science fiction series on USA Network, was being heavily promoted.
Godzilla rises at the nexus for all things pop culture. The Gaslamp is a popular playground for those attending San Diego Comic-Con.
Godzilla rises at the nexus for all things pop culture. The Gaslamp is a popular playground for those attending San Diego Comic-Con.
The Tin Fish near the San Diego Convention Center still features an Emerald City canopy, nine months after last year's Comic-Con.
The Tin Fish near the San Diego Convention Center still features an Emerald City canopy, nine months after last year’s Comic-Con.
Star Trek graphic on a wall in downtown San Diego's Domino's Pizza store. A Starfleet insignia. Going boldly where no one has gone before . . .
Star Trek graphic on a wall in downtown San Diego’s Domino’s Pizza store. A Starfleet insignia. Going boldly where no one has gone before . . .
San Diego's Domino's Pizza has a fun wall with lots of pop culture imagery, including an alien, Bat signal, Mario, and the downtown skyline.
San Diego’s Domino’s Pizza has a fun wall with lots of pop culture imagery, including an alien, Bat signal, Mario, and the downtown skyline.
Of all the cool space helmets in the known universe, Darth Vader tops them all!
Of all the cool space helmets in the known universe, Darth Vader tops them all!
Walk around downtown and you might be reminded our fair city is home to San Diego Comic-Con!
Walk around downtown and you might be reminded our fair city is home to San Diego Comic-Con!

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Day of the Dead characters from Justice League!

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) art rendition of Justice League heroes, including Superman and Batman.
Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) art rendition of Justice League heroes, including Superman and Batman.

A good number of pop culture fans follow Cool San Diego Sights, because every year I cover San Diego Comic-Con and post tons of cosplay photos. So here’s something I saw today during my walk through Old Town that DC Comics readers might really enjoy!

In the window of a shop called Cielito Lindo were all sorts of Day of the Dead ornaments and gifts. And among all the colorful artwork were Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, and his super-dog Krypto!

Day of the Dead is a beloved Mexican holiday that is very popular here in San Diego. In Spanish it’s called Día de los Muertos. Skulls and skeletons, which abound during the Day of the Dead, traditionally represent deceased loved ones.

As you can see, Day of the Dead inspires all sort of creative, unexpected art! No subject matter escapes its decorative influence! Even the mighty Justice League!

Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) art depicts DC Comics super-heroine Wonder Woman.
Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) art depicts popular DC Comics super-heroine Wonder Woman.
Fun skeleton artwork celebrating Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). The figures are Superman, his dog Krypto, and Batman!
Fun skeleton artwork celebrating Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). The figures are Superman, his dog Krypto, and Batman!

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Cool–and funny–Star Wars street art!

Join me, says Darth Vader. Never, replies Luke Skywalker. An epic lightsaber battle commences.
Join me, says Darth Vader. Never, replies Luke Skywalker. An epic lightsaber battle commences.

Here’s more super cool street art!  A classic battle between the dark and the light, and iconic movie characters recognized around the world are painted on two utility boxes in National City!  You can spot them near the intersection of 8th Street and National City Boulevard.

This bold street art is an homage to the original Star Wars trilogy.  The final four images might make you laugh!

The right side of this utility box is painted with two more panels of cool Star Wars street art. I see good old R2-D2 and the white helmet of a Stormtrooper.
Like a comic book or graphic novel, the right side of this utility box is painted with two more panels of Star Wars street art. I see good old R2-D2 and the white helmet of an Imperial Stormtrooper.
Bounty hunter Boba Fett, a popular Star Wars character, makes for some very cool street art! I photographed this on the left side of the utility box.
Bounty hunter Boba Fett, a popular Star Wars character, makes for some super cool street art! I photographed this image on the left side of the same utility box.
Pop culture icon C-3PO from Star Wars movies, television and other media has been painted on the left side of a National City utility box.
Pop culture icon C-3PO from Star Wars movies, television and other media has also been painted on the side of this utility box.
Wannabe Stormtrooper on a second utility box seems to idolize Darth Vader and his mastery of the Dark Force.
Wannabe Stormtrooper on a second National City utility box seems to idolize Darth Vader and his mastery of the Dark Force.
Live Set Stormtrooper likes listening to tunes while battling the Rebel Alliance. Perhaps that's why those lasers never seem to hit anything.
Live Set Stormtrooper likes listening to tunes while battling the Rebel Alliance. Perhaps that’s why those lasers never seem to hit anything.
Poker Face Stormtrooper has beer hoses entering his helmet and a hand of cards.
Poker Face Stormtrooper has beer hoses entering his helmet and a hand of cards.
Selfie Stormtrooper thinks he looks good. Funny street art in National City!
Selfie Stormtrooper thinks he looks good. Some funny Star Wars street art in National City!

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Japanese video game characters in fun street art!

Blanka of Capcom's Street Fighter video games. Fun street art in National City.
Blanka of Capcom’s Street Fighter video games. Fun street art in National City.

A bunch of fun, colorful Japanese video game characters have been painted on several utility boxes near the center of National City. I spotted them while walking near the intersection of National City Boulevard and East 8th Street.

A whole universe of video game characters created over the years in Japan have contributed in a very big way to our popular culture. From Sonic the Hedgehog to Mario to the magical creatures of Pokémon, they populate video games, television shows, movies, comic books, toys . . and, as you can see, even some really fun street art!

Painted utility boxes near the corner of National CIty Boulevard and East 8th Street feature a variety of colorful Japanese video game characters.
Painted utility and transformer boxes near the corner of National CIty Boulevard and East 8th Street feature a variety of colorful Japanese video game characters.
Sonic the Hedgehog of Sega Games has been painted on a utility box in National City.
Sonic the Hedgehog of Sega Games has been painted on a utility box in National City.
Bub and Bob originally from the 1980s Taito video game Bubble Bobble.
Bub and Bob originally from the 1980s Taito video game Bubble Bobble.
Street art depicts Link of The Legend of Zelda video game series.
Street art depicts Link of The Legend of Zelda video game series.
A cute street art rendition of Princess Peach from the Mario video games.
A cute street art rendition of Princess Peach from the Mario video games.
Pikachu sits atop a Pokémon Poké Ball. Fun street art in National City.
Pikachu sits atop a Pokémon Poké Ball. Fun street art in National City.
Okay, the character beneath the Poké Ball looks somehow familiar, but I can't figure this one out. If you know who that is, please leave a comment!
The character beneath the Poké Ball looks somehow familiar, but I can’t figure this one out… Okay, a coworker identified him!  It’s Finn the Human from the animated television show Adventure Time.  Not of Japanese origin, apparently, but he has appeared in video games!
Chocobo from the Final Fantasy video games. Happy street art painted on a utility box.
Chocobo from the Final Fantasy video games. Happy street art painted on a utility box.
Luna from the popular Japanese manga series Sailor Moon. I'm not sure if Luna appeared in any video games.
Luna from the popular Japanese manga series Sailor Moon. I’m not sure if Luna appeared in any video games.
Nintendo's pop culture icon Mario fights Gooper Blooper in this fun, nostalgic street art.
Nintendo’s pop culture icon Mario fights Gooper Blooper in this fun, nostalgic street art.
A green Super Mario Koopa Paratroopa flies over a castle while our leaping hero steps on a Goomba!
A green Super Mario Koopa Paratroopa flies over a castle while our leaping hero steps on a Goomba!
A villainous Rocky Wrench pops out of a hole to attack Mario in this video game street art!
A villainous Rocky Wrench pops out of a hole to attack Mario in this video game street art!
I believe these are various images of enemies from the Mario video game franchise on top of the transformer.
I believe these are various images of enemies from the Mario video game franchise on top of the transformer.
Super Mario Galaxy has our hero capturing Power Stars in Outer Space! More street art in National City!
Super Mario Galaxy has our hero capturing Power Stars in Outer Space! More street art in National City!

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A cool Star Wars character created by local artist!

Vernell Jones III, also known as Machinecore, creates a very cool, completely new Star Wars character in Balboa Park.
Vernell Jones III, also known as Machinecore, creates a very cool, completely new Star Wars character in Balboa Park.

I was walking through Balboa Park’s lively Plaza de Balboa, not far from the Bea Evenson Fountain, when my eyes suddenly fell upon a truly fantastic work of art.

I learned from the artist, Vernell Jones III, also known as Machinecore, that the unusual Star Wars character he’d created was some sort of futuristic Stormtrooper. My first thought was that the helmet kind of resembled General Grievous. My second thought was that this great artwork should be on the cover of a graphic novel. It’s that good.

Check it out! Then check out Vernell’s Facebook page!

Check out this Star Wars-inspired artwork. Looks pretty amazing to me!
Check out this Star Wars-inspired artwork. Looks pretty amazing to me!
More colorful, fantastic works of art by Vernell Jones III.
More colorful, fantastic works of art by Vernell Jones III.

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Wile E. Coyote watches secretly from a window.

Wile E. Coyote in a business suit disguise. He secretly peers out of a window at the Chuck Jones Gallery. He's hoping The Road Runner might zoom on by.
Wile E. Coyote in a business suit disguise. He secretly peers out of a window at the Chuck Jones Gallery. He’s hoping The Road Runner might zoom on by.

Wile E. Coyote was spotted this morning peering secretly from a window in downtown San Diego. Dressed in business attire, which was almost certainly a clever disguise, the patient cartoon character seemed to be waiting for his breakfast: The Road Runner.

As I walked down Fifth Avenue by the window in question Wile E. Coyote remained perfectly still. Like a cat. He appeared ready to activate another of his diabolical schemes. For a moment I hesitated with vague fear, searching the sidewalk and building above for a dangling anvil, a rocket or a large spring. Nothing.

And so, breathing a sigh of relief, I safely walked past the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

Was The Road Runner just as lucky? Probably.

More photos of super creative cosplay at Comic-Con!

It's a cosplay of Lego Venom in the middle of the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con crowd!
It’s a cosplay of Lego Venom in the middle of the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con crowd!

Here’s another large collection of cosplay photographs! I took these Saturday outside 2016 San Diego Comic-Con!

Seeing so many super creative costumes is one reason I love walking around during Comic-Con. It’s an opportunity for individuals to find unabashed joy in their own personal creativity. It’s all about fantasy and imagination come to life. People young and old can choose to be whatever they choose to be. It’s all good. And it’s all fun!

This cool cosplay of a Cylon from the original Battlestar Galactica even had a moving red light in its helmet and sound effects!
This cosplay of a Cylon from the original Battlestar Galactica had a moving red light in its helmet and cool Cylon sound effects!
A great cosplay of Marvel's famous superhero couple, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
A great cosplay of Marvel’s famous superhero couple, Ant-Man and the Wasp.
A truly great Addams Family cosplay on the street outside Comic-Con!
A truly great Addams Family cosplay on the street outside Comic-Con!
I was told these ladies are characters from Alice in Wonderland. It appears to me one is the Queen of Hearts and the other Alice.
I was told these ladies are characters from Alice in Wonderland. It appears to me one is the Queen of Hearts and the other is Alice.
This cuddly killer is Unipool. He's even got his own hashtag!
This cuddly killer is Unipool. He’s even got his own hashtag!
I recognize Green Arrow, but the other cosplay I didn't hear properly when I asked. Does someone out there know? Leave a comment if you do.
I recognize Green Arrow, but the other cosplay I didn’t hear properly when I asked. Does someone out there know? Leave a comment if you do.
I learned the cosplay on the right is Megaman, but I didn't catch the identity of the fellow on the left. Help!
I learned the cosplay on the right is Megaman, but I didn’t catch the identity of the fellow on the left. Help!
Cosplay of Raven of the Teen Titans.
Cosplay of Raven of the Teen Titans.
Cool cosplay of a Jawa from Star Wars.
A very cool cosplay of a Jawa from Star Wars.
This creative guy combined Joker and Donald Trump!
This funny guy combined Joker and Donald Trump!
A zombie walks through the Gaslamp with a big pink ribbon. Even the undead can fight for life!
A zombie walks through the Gaslamp with a big pink ribbon. Even the undead can fight for life!
It took a moment, but then I realized these guys looked familiar. That's Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater on the right, and Tom Servo on the left!
It took a moment, but then I realized these little guys were familiar. That’s Crow T. Robot from Mystery Science Theater on the right, and Tom Servo on the left!
Menacing cosplay of Cobra Commander.
Menacing cosplay of Cobra Commander.
It's Pac-Man and a small Blinky!
It’s Pac-Man and a small Blinky!
A super creative cosplay of a steampunk Batman.
A super creative cosplay of a steampunk Batman.
I hope the zombies rampaging through the Gaslamp Saturday night were careful. Because these guys wanna kill zombies.
I hope the zombies rampaging through the Gaslamp Saturday night were careful. Because these guys wanna kill zombies.
This cosplayer seemed a bit surprised that I recognized he was the Mouth of Sauron. I guess I've read and watched Lord of the Rings too many times.
This cosplayer seemed a bit surprised that I recognized he was the Mouth of Sauron. I guess I’ve read and watched Lord of the Rings too many times.
I learned these guys are cosplaying characters from the video game Fallout.
I learned these guys are cosplaying characters from the video game Fallout.
A fun, creative cosplay of characters from the Nightmare Before Christmas.
A fun, creative cosplay of characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Here comes Spidey!
Here comes Spidey!
These nice ladies were cosplaying Toriel and Frisk from Undertale.
These nice ladies were cosplaying Toriel and Frisk from Undertale.
I think I heard this is a Pokemon cosplay. I might be wrong.
I think I heard this is a Pokemon cosplay. I might be wrong.
These Medieval period enthusiasts hail from the Barony of Calafia. They are members of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
These Medieval period enthusiasts hail from the Barony of Calafia. They are members of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
Incredible cosplay of Ornstein the Dragon Slayer, from Dark Souls.
Incredible cosplay of Ornstein the Dragon Slayer, from Dark Souls.
Another super good cosplay. It's Cable of the X-Men.
Another super good cosplay. It’s Cable of the X-Men.
Some really great costumes--all characters from Game of Thrones.
Some really great costumes–all characters from Game of Thrones.
Hey, Cap! What's up?
Hey, Cap! What’s up?
I was told this cosplay is Tyson Rios, of Army of Two.
I was told this cosplay is Tyson Rios, of Army of Two.
Super good cosplay of Marvel's Lady Sif, Asgardian warrior. Looks like the Jack Kirby version.
Super creative cosplay of Marvel’s Lady Sif, Asgardian warrior. Looks like the Jack Kirby version.
This cosplay, I believe, is Victarion Greyjoy, from Game of Thrones.
This cosplay, I believe, is Victarion Greyjoy, from Game of Thrones.
The Suicide Squad movie is coming up. This is the original Harley Quinn with an absurdly huge hammer. A little more humor in this version, perhaps.
The Suicide Squad movie is coming up. This is the original Harley Quinn with an absurdly huge hammer. A little more humor in this version, perhaps.
Cosplay of long-time movie hero Zorro!
Cosplay of long-time movie hero Zorro!
Cosplay from the original Tron. He thought the first movie was best.
Cosplay from the original Tron. He thought the first movie was best.

I was contacted by this Tron cosplayer and he has a very cool blog about how he made the Kevin Flynn costume for Comic-Con. Here’s the link!

I was informed this is just a fun fuzzy creature with long ears!
I was informed this is just a purple fuzzy creature with long ears!  Even so, it looks somehow familiar.
Cosplay of Liliana Vess, from Magic: The Gathering.
Cosplay of Liliana Vess, from Magic: The Gathering.
This Poison Ivy cosplayer must've mistaken me for Batman, because she's blowing a kiss my way!
This Poison Ivy cosplayer must’ve mistaken me for Batman, because she’s blowing a lethal kiss my way!
Now a cosplay Catwoman is about to strike me with her whip! Ouch!
Now a cosplay Catwoman is about to strike me with her whip! Ouch!
These musicians in wild Mexican outfits were simply having fun entertaining 2016 San Diego Comic-Con fans in the Gaslamp.
These musicians in wild Mexican outfits were simply having fun entertaining 2016 San Diego Comic-Con fans in the Gaslamp.
Here comes a cool cosplay of Cyclops. Don't activate your visor! I'm a good guy!
Here comes a cool cosplay of Cyclops. Don’t activate your visor! I’m a good guy!

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