Cosplay and magic at 2018 Comic-Con!

Cosplay and magic fill the area behind the San Diego Convention Center during 2018 Comic-Con!
Cosplay and magic fill the area behind the San Diego Convention Center during 2018 Comic-Con!

Late this morning I enjoyed Comic-Con by walking behind the San Diego Convention Center, then through The Experience by Petco Park. This first batch of fun photos is from the area behind the convention center.

As usual, I encountered a bunch of super creative cosplay and magic at every turn!

A Star Wars stormtropper holds a humorous sign. Support the Troops.
A Star Wars stormtropper holds a humorous sign. Support the Troops.
Long morning lines wrapped this way and that, but nobody seemed to mind.
Long morning lines wrapped this way and that, but nobody seemed to mind.
Cedric Diggory cosplay. An early glimpse of magic.
Cedric Diggory cosplay. An early glimpse of magic.
Some cosplay pooches are part of the big spectacle.
Some cosplay pooches are part of the big spectacle.
These Wonder Women made cool skirts out of old Justice League swag bags!
These Wonder Women made cool superhero skirts out of old Justice League swag bags!
Good thing Nick Fury called Captain Marvel. Here she comes now to save the day!
Good thing Nick Fury called Captain Marvel. Here she comes now to save the day!
These zombies paused for a photo at the foot of the steps up to the convention center.
These zombies paused for a photo at the foot of the steps up to the convention center.
I was told this cosplay is Bird Person.
I was told this cosplay is Bird Person.
Check out this awesome cosplay! It's Fire Archangel Velajuel, a Summoners War Sky Arena Monster.
Check out this awesome cosplay! It’s Fire Archangel Velajuel, a Summoners War Sky Arena Monster.
I was told this funny cosplay is Pac-Gentleman.
I was told this funny cosplay is Pac-Gentleman.
Lots of visitors to 2018 Comic-Con were checking out the Bandai Dragon Ball activation.
Lots of visitors to 2018 Comic-Con were checking out the Bandai Dragon Ball activation.
Vegeta cosplay.
Vegeta cosplay.
Mario and Luigi prepare for battle.
Mario and Luigi prepare for battle.
I was told this cosplay is Radioactive Man.
I was told this cosplay is Radioactive Man.
That's my kind of superhero. One who brings ice cream! Who needs a utility belt?
That’s my kind of superhero. One who brings ice cream! Who needs a utility belt?
Cyclops was good enough not to remove his visor.
Cyclops was good enough not to remove his visor. The ice cream might melt.
Cosplay of some Mad Max post-apocalyptic characters.
Amazing cosplay of some Mad Max post-apocalyptic characters.
Hopefully Kylo Ren does me in before I have to witness one of his temper tantrums.
Hopefully Kylo Ren does me in before I have to witness another one of his ridiculous temper tantrums.
At the FOX activation for The Passage, a scientist in a white lab jacket shows the first human to be resistant to all known diseases. Unfortunately he has to drink blood.
At the FOX activation for The Passage, a scientist in a white lab jacket shows me the first human to be resistant to all known diseases. Unfortunately he has to drink human blood.
Rorschach cosplay. Somehow he could make the inkblot on his mask change appearance.
Rorschach cosplay. Somehow using his lips he could make the inkblot on his mask change appearance.
Some poor guy is caught between a fight between Peter Griffin and Ernie the Giant Chicken.
Some poor guy is caught between a fight between Peter Griffin and Ernie the Giant Chicken.
A look at the FXhibition area near the Hilton Bayfront, behind the San Diego Convention Center.
A look at the FXhibition area near the Hilton Bayfront, behind the San Diego Convention Center.
Another look. It's late Saturday morning at 2018 Comic-Con.
Another look. It’s late Saturday morning at 2018 Comic-Con.
People place their heads in Archer character cubes for an unusual photo opportunity.
People place their heads in Archer character cubes for an unusual photo opportunity.
Here's Camp Paddy's outhouse.
Here’s Camp Paddy’s outhouse.
Now that's one very bizarre photograph being taken.
Now that’s one very bizarre photograph being taken.
Zatanna cosplay. Magic is her specialty.
Zatanna cosplay. Magic is her specialty.
She must have waved her magic wand, because there's wonderful cosplay all over the place!
She must have waved her magic wand, because there’s wonderful cosplay all over the place!
A cool FX guy poses beside a Mayans MC motorcycle for my camera.
A cool FX guy poses beside a Mayans MC motorcycle for my camera.
Mera blinked. Must be all that dry air outside of the water.
Mera blinked. Must be all that dry air above the water.
Chillin' at the FXhibition.
Chillin’ at the FXhibition.
Magicians perform, delighting young and old alike. There's endless magic at Comic-Con!
Magicians perform, delighting young and old alike. There’s endless magic at Comic-Con!

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How you can help USO San Diego fight hunger!

The USO is collecting food at Grocery Outlet Bargain Markets around San Diego. Buy a five dollar bag of food for a hungry neighbor, receive a five dollar coupon for the store!
The USO is collecting food at Grocery Outlet Bargain Markets around San Diego. Buy a five dollar bag of food for those who are hungry, receive a five dollar coupon for the store!

Before I post more photos of Comic-Con, let me alert my local readers to a great opportunity to help others. I just discovered an easy and essentially free way to help fight hunger in San Diego!

Walking back home from Comic-Con, I realized I needed groceries, so I swung by the downtown Grocery Outlet Bargain Market. As I stepped inside, I was greeted by two friendly volunteers from the USO. They’re working to fight hunger in San Diego!

I learned that during the month of July, shoppers who purchase a $5 bag of food from their table to help feed the hungry receive a $5 coupon from the store!

Kudos to the USO and their efforts. Kudos to Grocery Outlet Bargain Market for their generosity!

I also learned the USO collects food twice a month from a mobile food pantry in partnership with Feeding San Diego. Check out the USO San Diego Facebook page for times and locations!

USO San Diego collects food twice a month in partnership with Feeding San Diego. Check the USO Facebook page for their Mobile Food Pantry locations!
USO San Diego collects food twice a month in partnership with Feeding San Diego. Check the USO Facebook page for their Mobile Food Pantry locations!

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Fun, creative cosplay photos from Comic-Con!

Electro cosplay.
Electro cosplay.

I got some more photographs of fun, very creative cosplay outside of San Diego Comic-Con today!

Here they are! Enjoy!

Sora cosplay from Kingdom Hearts.
Sora cosplay from Kingdom Hearts.
A steampunk cosplay.
A steampunk cosplay.
Loki and Thor cosplay. That weapon looks like the one Thor used on Sakaar fighting Hulk.
Loki and Thor cosplay. That weapon looks like the one Thor used on Sakaar fighting Hulk.
Cosplay of Demon Worker from Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell.
Cosplay of Demon Worker from Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell.
Batman grins. I'm not sure about the cosplay next to him.
Batman grins. I’m not sure about the cosplay next to him.
The Avengers' Quinjet must be out of action. Here comes Spiderman, Captain America and Black Widow on scooters!
The Avengers’ quinjet must be out of action. Here comes Spiderman, Captain America and Black Widow on scooters!
Cosplay of Haru from The Cat Returns.
Cosplay of Haru from The Cat Returns.
A disco Darth Vader with flashy clothes and an Afro.
A disco Darth Vader with flashy clothes and an Afro.
I was told this is Super Fan!
I was told this is Super Fan!
Cosplay of Kevin from Up!
Cosplay of Kevin from Up!
Harley Quinn got off her scooter for a photo!
Harley Quinn got off her scooter for a photo!
Halo cosplay by a happy family at Comic-Con!
Halo cosplay by a happy family at Comic-Con!
Halo family poses with a Star Wars stormtrooper.
Halo family poses with a Star Wars stormtrooper.
I hope Bane realizes the Grim Reaper is nearby. I don't believe the drug Venom makes him immortal.
I hope Bane realizes the Grim Reaper is nearby. I don’t believe the drug Venom makes him immortal.
Here's another Harley!
Here’s another Harley!
Cosplay of Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish from Game of Thrones.
Cosplay of Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish from Game of Thrones.
Captain America and Wolverine cosplay.
Captain America and Wolverine cosplay.
These might be garden gnomes, but I really don't know.
These might be garden gnomes, but I really don’t know.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard cosplay. Ready to take the photo? Make it so.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard cosplay. Ready to take the photo? Make it so.
It's another Harley! I think this one is teasing me! I hope Joker doesn't find out.
It’s another Harley! I think this one is teasing me! I hope Joker doesn’t find out.
Cosplay of Negan of The Walking Dead.
Cosplay of Negan of The Walking Dead.
I don't recognize this cosplay. Leave a comment if you know!
I don’t recognize this cosplay. UPDATE! It finally occurred to me. It’s a Harry Potter Death Eater! I believe that’s the mask of Lucius Malfoy.
Cosplays of Gamzee Makara and Nepeta Leijon from Homestuck.
Cosplays of Gamzee Makara and Nepeta Leijon from Homestuck.
Umbrella Corporation cosplay from Resident Evil.
Umbrella Corporation cosplay from Resident Evil.
Boba Fett cosplay.
Boba Fett cosplay.
Yikes! Looks like these guys were caught in another Sharknado.
Yikes! Looks like these guys were caught in another Sharknado.
Judge Dredd and Judge Death cosplay.
Judge Dredd and Judge Death cosplay.

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Real-life superheroes help San Diego homeless!

Visitor to San Diego Comic-Con takes a photo with The Nyght, patrol leader of the Xtreme Justice League, a group of real superheroes in San Diego.
Visitor to San Diego Comic-Con takes a photo with The Nyght, patrol leader of the Xtreme Justice League, a group of real superheroes in San Diego.

Today I was walking around outside San Diego Comic-Con when I met a real-life superhero. His name is The Nyght. He’s a member of the Xtreme Justice League.

The Xtreme Justice League began in San Diego, but now has superheroes operating around the country. Their primary mission is to help local communities stay safe.

These volunteer superheroes, wearing outlandish protective garb, are highly trained for what they do. They conduct safety patrols in rough neighborhoods and offer a variety of public safety services. They report dangerous activity that they observe to law enforcement. They strive to provide positive role models for at-risk youth. They oppose vigilantism–they believe in compassion, nonviolence, volunteerism and heroism.

They also work to help the homeless.

Tomorrow–Saturday July 21, 2018–members of Xtreme Justice League from all around the country will converge in Balboa Park’s Pepper Grove to help San Diego’s homeless. Their event is from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. If you’d like to help them out, they accept donations of items such as individual tissue packs, socks, sunglasses, water bottles, sunscreen and sleeping bags.

You can learn more about who the Xtreme Justice League is, and what they do by visiting their website here!

The Xtreme Justice League works to increase community safety. They encourage residents to become involved in helping the homeless and reducing crime.
The Xtreme Justice League works to increase community safety. They encourage residents to become involved in helping the homeless and reducing crime. Be your own hero!
The Nyght tells me a little about the Xtreme Justice League, and how they and their members from around the country will help the homeless this Saturday in Balboa Park.
The Nyght tells me a little about the Xtreme Justice League, and how they and their members from around the country will help the homeless this Saturday in Balboa Park.

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Harry Potter characters cosplay at Comic-Con!

Professor Minerva McGonagall and Albus Dumbledore cosplay at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Professor Minerva McGonagall and Albus Dumbledore cosplay at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

I missed the Harry Potter cosplay meetup today at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, but I did manage to photograph many of the characters when I happened to see them walking about the Gaslamp Quarter!

Of course, wouldn’t you know, the one character I didn’t find was Harry himself.

Hermione Granger cosplay.
Hermione Granger cosplay.
Newt Scamander cosplay.
Newt Scamander cosplay.
Knight Bus conductor and Hogwarts Express conductor cosplay.
Knight Bus conductor and Hogwarts Express conductor cosplay.
Molly Weasley cosplay.
Molly Weasley cosplay.
Bellatrix Lestrange cosplay.
Bellatrix Lestrange cosplay.
Dolores Umbridge cosplay.
Dolores Umbridge cosplay.
Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy cosplay.
Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy cosplay.
Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody cosplay.
Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody cosplay.
Rubeus Hagrid cosplay along with "Mad-Eye" Moody at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Rubeus Hagrid cosplay along with “Mad-Eye” Moody at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

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Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe exhibit at Comic-Con!

The golden garb of Terran Empire royalty. All hail the Emperor, Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius.
The golden garb of Terran Empire royalty. All hail the Emperor, Philippa Georgiou Augustus Iaponius Centarius.

Uniforms, props and weapons that appear in the Mirror Universe episodes of Star Trek: Discovery are being exhibited in the Gaslamp Quarter during 2018 San Diego Comic-Con! It’s free and the general public is welcome.

Last year’s Star Trek: Discovery exhibit was amazing, and this year there’s a cool new twist. The various uniforms and weapons that are on display are all from Star Trek’s dark Mirror Universe.

If you enjoy Star Trek or simply want to see some really fantastic, detailed props, check it out! You can also pose for a photo on Emperor Georgiou’s throne or visit an official Star Trek shop with collectible Comic-Con exclusives!

The Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Long Live the Empire.
The Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con. Long Live the Empire.
Emperor Georgiou's Imperial Sword and Scabbard, Terran Empire Throwing Disc, Imperial Guard Truncheon.
Emperor Georgiou’s Imperial Sword and Scabbard, Terran Empire Throwing Disc, Imperial Guard Truncheon.
Michael Burnham's Terran Empire Captain Uniform.
Michael Burnham’s Terran Empire Captain Uniform.
Emperor Georgiou Undercover Attire.
Emperor Georgiou Undercover Attire.
Paul Stamet's Terran Empire Science Uniform and Keyla Detmer's Terran Empire First Officer Uniform.
Paul Stamet’s Terran Empire Science Uniform and Keyla Detmer’s Terran Empire First Officer Uniform.
Sylvia Tilly's Terran Empire Captain Uniform.
Sylvia Tilly’s Terran Empire Captain Uniform.
Ash Tyler's Terran Empire Security Uniform.
Ash Tyler’s Terran Empire Security Uniform.
Uniforms of the Resistance are also on display.
Uniforms of the Resistance are also on display.
Terran Resistance Officer.
Terran Resistance Officer.
Mirror Universe Sarek.
Mirror Universe Sarek.
Terran Empire Phaser Rifle, Terran Empire Hand Phaser, Terran Empire Daggers, Terran Empire Hand Agonizer.
Terran Empire Phaser Rifle, Terran Empire Hand Phaser, Terran Empire Daggers, Terran Empire Hand Agonizer.
Captain Lorca Terran Armor and Jacket.
Captain Lorca Terran Armor and Jacket.
Many fantastic uniforms, props and weapons are on display at the Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.
Many fantastic uniforms, props and weapons are on display at the Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Exhibit at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

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Cosplay and fun Thursday morning at Comic-Con!

Cool cosplay of Soul Eater characters at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!
Cool cosplay of Soul Eater characters at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con!

Early this morning, as I walked from Cortez Hill down to the Gaslamp, I was joined by others heading toward the convention center for the very first day of 2018 San Diego Comic-Con.

The offsites still hadn’t opened, and one or two that I passed didn’t appear to be quite ready. But long lines were already forming!

I spotted lots of great cosplay as I walked along Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade, then over the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge to see the action behind the San Diego Convention Center.

Buses packed with Comic-Con attendees were arriving continuously from hotels around the city. By this afternoon, the streets and sidewalks will be jammed with crazy activity!

Riddler gives me a villainous smile. Doesn't look good! Where's the Bat-Signal?
Riddler gives me a villainous smile. Where’s the Bat-Signal?
Deadpool is waiting in the DC Universe offsite line. He must like those dark DC characters.
Deadpool is waiting in the DC Universe offsite line. He must like those dark DC characters.
Comic-Con visitors wait in a line near Dead Quarters early Thursday morning.
Comic-Con visitors wait in a line near Dead Quarters early Thursday morning.
A big line had already formed down MLK Promenade for Amazon's Jack Ryan Experience.
A big line had already formed down MLK Promenade for Amazon’s Jack Ryan Experience.
I knew it! Loki is not dead after all!
I knew it! Loki isn’t dead!
Officers from Starfleet have beamed down to 21st century Earth to observe our odd cultural customs.
Officers from Starfleet have beamed down to 21st century Earth to observe our odd cultural customs.
Not one super dog, but two!
Not one super dog, but two!
Even folks with treats along the promenade were dressed up for the pop culture occasion.
Even folks selling treats along the promenade were dressed up for the pop culture occasion.
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is on a rampage through The Experience! Good thing it wasn't open yet.
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is on a rampage through The Experience! Good thing it wasn’t open yet.
Here come boxes and boxes of Funko Pops!
Here come boxes and boxes of Funko Pops!
When these guys weren't serving breakfast to hungry fans near the Hilton Bayfront, they were posing for silly bloggers.
When these guys weren’t serving breakfast to hungry fans near the Hilton Bayfront, they were posing for a silly blogger.
These sign guys have to keep moving as the lines grow longer.
These volunteer sign guys have to keep moving as the lines grow longer.
The Adult Swim canoes are on the river! I'm guessing they'll be propelled manually with oars.
The Adult Swim canoes are on the river! I’m guessing they’ll be propelled manually with oars.
A long line of wonderful, lovable nerds.
A long line of wonderful, lovable nerds.
The Turner yacht has docked for 2018 Comic-Con!
The Turner yacht has docked in San Diego for 2018 Comic-Con!
I didn't see any hamburgers nearby, so I'm guessing this is pure cosplay.
I didn’t see any hamburgers nearby, so I’m guessing this is pure cosplay.
No need to worry. lots of ice cream is on the way.
No need to worry. Lots of ice cream is on the way.
A cool Deconstructed Bike Zone near the Hilton Bayfront promotes the upcoming FX show Mayans MC. Prepare for the return of mayhem!
A cool Deconstructed Bike Zone near the Hilton Bayfront promotes the upcoming FX show Mayans MC. Prepare for the return of mayhem!
If you're looking for the line for Indigo programs, it's this way.
If you’re looking for the line for Indigo programs, it’s this way.
Just a typical early morning scene on the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge during San Diego Comic-Con.
Just a typical early morning scene on the Harbor Drive pedestrian bridge during San Diego Comic-Con.
Great cosplays of WALL-E and Cruella de Vil.
Great cosplays of WALL-E and Cruella de Vil.
Cool cosplays of Deathstroke and Batgirl.
Cool cosplays of Deathstroke and Batgirl.
A great Rey cosplay, but by sheer chance she blinked when I snapped my one photo.
A great Rey cosplay, but by sheer chance she blinked when I snapped my one photo. Maybe some sand from that planet got in her eyes.
What it's like to walk outside Comic-Con in the early morning, before the crowds become insane.
What it’s like to walk outside Comic-Con in the early morning, before the crowds become insane.
These guys handed me a Top Secret envelope. Inside were instructions to head over to the Jack Ryan Experience for a mission.
These guys handed me a Top Secret envelope. Inside were instructions to head over to the Jack Ryan Experience for a mission.
The Donut Bar had a pop-up in the Gaslamp. Do or donut. There is no try.
The Donut Bar had a pop-up in the Gaslamp. Do or donut. There is no try.
A cosplay of Robin, ready for action.
A cosplay of Robin, ready for action.
Spidey is taking a breather, even though Comic-Con has barely begun!
Spidey is taking a breather, even though Comic-Con has barely begun!

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