First 2017 San Diego Comic-Con trolley wrap: Orville!

The very first trolley wrap for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con has appeared! It's Orville, a new funny science fiction show coming to FOX!
The very first trolley wrap for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con has appeared! The Orville is a funny new science fiction show coming to FOX!

The very first trolley wrap for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con has appeared! Here are a bunch of photos!

Characters from the upcoming FOX television show The Orville appear on this cool wrap. The humorous science fiction series is created by and stars Seth MacFarlane, so chances are it’s going to be really good.

I spoke to various people who work for MTS–a couple of trolley drivers and others–and learned the wraps are being applied to many cars right now. I can’t wait to see what else materializes!

I’m going to blog about downtown San Diego during Comic-Con like crazy this year. So follow along if you’d like! It should be a lot of fun!

400 years in the future, technology has changed. Relationships? Not so much.
400 years in the future, technology has changed. Relationships? Not so much.
Seth MacFarlane, as Ed Mercer, captain of the Orville.
Seth MacFarlane, as Ed Mercer, captain of the Orville.
Adrianne Lee Palicki, as Kelly Grayson, first officer and the captain's ex-wife.
Adrianne Lee Palicki, as Kelly Grayson, first officer and the captain’s ex-wife.
With a cranium like that, sure you guys don't exist in the Star Trek universe? Should Kirk or Picard be worried?
With a cranium like that, sure you guys don’t exist in the Star Trek universe? Should Kirk or Picard be worried?
Orville looks like it will probably be a great new television comedy.
Orville looks like it will probably be a great new television comedy. From the trolley wrap, it does kind of look like a spoof of Star Trek.
Of course you have to have an artificial lifeform. It's 400 years in the future, right?
Of course you have to have an artificial lifeform. It’s 400 years in the future, right?
The human and non-human relationships are already scrambled on the trolley when doors open. San Diego Comic-Con will soon fill these trolleys with all sorts of unusual, surprising sights!
The human and non-human relationships are already scrambled on the trolley when its doors open. 2017 San Diego Comic-Con will soon have these trolleys bursting with all sorts of unusual, surprising sights!
The first new trolley wrap has appeared for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
The first new trolley wrap has appeared for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

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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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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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Photos outside Comic-Con. Everyone is getting ready!

A huge graphic on the Hard Rock Hotel that includes video is nearly ready for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. It promotes Incorporated, coming this fall on Syfy.
A huge graphic on the Hard Rock Hotel that includes video is nearly ready for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. It promotes the show Incorporated, coming this fall on Syfy.

Check out these photos! Many cool sights outside the convention center are taking shape for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con! I walked around today to see what’s going on. It looks like everyone is quickly getting ready! See for yourself!

The time machine ride which has been set up near the Tin Fish for Timeless appears about ready to go. The fight for all time begins!
The time machine ride which has been set up near the Tin Fish for Timeless is almost ready to go. The fight for all time begins!
The Tin Fish has all sorts of Emerald City graphics on it.
The Tin Fish has all sorts of Emerald City graphics on it.
Emerald City coming to NBC. A new Oz rises.
Emerald City coming to NBC. A new Oz rises.
I was a bit surprised to see this area by the Omni Hotel dedicated to Batman v. Superman Dawn of Justice.
I was a bit surprised to see this area by the Omni Hotel dedicated to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
A cool little stage has Batmobile schematics for the backdrop.
A cool little stage has Batmobile schematics for the backdrop. Not sure if a Batmobile will be displayed here…  That would be cool!
Poster at the Gaslamp trolley station advertises Blindspot. Trust no one.
Poster at the Gaslamp trolley station advertises Blindspot. Trust no one.
Another poster at the Gaslamp station advertises Midnight, Texas. Only outsiders fit in.
Another poster at the Gaslamp station advertises Midnight, Texas. Only outsiders fit in.
The South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience is slowly being assembled on Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade. Lots of scenes and characters will be included.
The South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience is slowly being assembled on Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade. It appears lots of classic scenes and characters will be included.
A peek at some South Park characters on the grass.
A peek at some South Park characters on the grass.
South Park The Fractured But Whole is a Ubisoft video game coming out in December.
South Park The Fractured But Whole is a Ubisoft video game coming out in December.
Cartman and his politically incorrect hand puppet.
Cartman and his politically incorrect hand puppet.
Stan and Kyle of South Park are hanging out in San Diego for Comic-Con!
Stan and Kyle of South Park are hanging out in San Diego for Comic-Con!
Graphics now adorn Amazon's Thunderbirds Are Go pavilion.
Graphics now adorn Amazon’s Thunderbirds Are Go pavilion.
A photo of the unfinished interior of Thunderbirds Are Go at Comic-Con.
A photo of the unfinished interior of Thunderbirds Are Go at Comic-Con.
Amazon's other pavilion promotes their original series The Man in the High Castle.
Amazon’s other pavilion promotes their original series The Man in the High Castle.
Like in years past, a big Vikings wrap has been applied to the west wall of Petco Park. I snapped this photo half in shadow, half in bright sunlight.
Like in years past, a big Vikings wrap has been applied to the west wall of Petco Park. I snapped this photo half in shadow, half in bright sunlight.
Another huge wrap being applied to a section of Petco Park promotes Once Upon A Time.
Another huge wrap being applied to a section of Petco Park promotes Once Upon A Time.
And another wrap on Petco Park concerns Designated Survivor, a new series on ABC this fall starring Kiefer Sutherland.
And another wrap on Petco Park concerns Designated Survivor, a new series on ABC this fall starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Not much has been set up yet in the parking lot just east of Petco Park. They've got one day to go! Better hurry up!
Not much has been set up yet in the parking lot just east of Petco Park. They’ve got one day to go! Better hurry up!
At least somebody got this Ferris wheel up in time!
At least somebody got this Ferris wheel up in time!
The park in frnt of the Hilton will feature The Comic-Con HQ Live Stage, FOX Television, and FX. Not much has been erected here yet, either!
The park in front of the Hilton will feature The Comic-Con HQ Live Stage, FOX Television, and FX. Not much has been erected here yet, either!
The Adult Swim play area is nearly completed. It appears much like it did last year.
The Adult Swim play area is nearly completed. It appears much like it did last year.
The entrance to Adult Swim's outdoor venue looks exactly like last year, if my memory is to be trusted.
The entrance to Adult Swim’s outdoor venue will look just like last year, if my memory is to be trusted.
As you can see, The Strain building wrap on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel is now finished.
As you can see, The Strain building wrap on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel is now finished.
Even the Comic-Con hotel buses seem ready! (I got this photo in Mission Valley walking to work.)
Even the Comic-Con hotel buses seem ready! (I got this photo in Mission Valley walking to work.)
Finally, some fun comic book art has been painted on the windows of the Hilton's Starbucks. A huge Thanos has smashed Captain America! Uh, oh!
Finally, some fun comic book art has been painted on the windows of the Hilton’s Starbucks. A giant, menacing Thanos has smashed Captain America!  Ouch!
Artist puts finishing touches on a sinister Joker. 2016 San Diego Comic-Con is almost here!
Artist puts finishing touches on a sinister Joker. 2016 San Diego Comic-Con is almost here!

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Vampires and aliens appear at San Diego Comic-Con!

The Statue of Liberty has become a vampire. Either that, or it's not feeling very well. The Strain building wrap on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront is approaching completion.
The Statue of Liberty has become a vampire. Either that, or it’s not feeling very well. The Strain building wrap on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront appears more than halfway finished.

What new stuff is being prepared for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con?

Today, like yesterday, I circled all over the downtown and managed to capture a few fun photos that should give Comic-Con fans a little more insight into what’s coming up! Watch out for diseased vampires and aliens!  Read the captions!

It's a good thing these canopies are being erected today for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con and its long lines, because the weather is supposed to warm up a bit later this week.
It’s a good thing these canopies are being erected today for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con and its long lines, because the weather is supposed to warm up a bit later this week.
The Conan Live From Comic-Con wrap on the Marriott Marquis hotel is just about done. I've seen no graphics yet on Petco Park, the Hard Rock Hotel, or elsewhere.
The Conan Live From Comic-Con wrap on the Marriott Marquis hotel is just about done. I’ve seen no graphics yet on Petco Park, the Hard Rock Hotel, or elsewhere.
What I referred to as a stage under construction in yesterday's blog post is actually a small enclosed structure for Amazon's Thunderbirds Are Go.
What I referred to as a stage under construction in yesterday’s blog post is actually a small enclosed structure for Amazon’s Thunderbirds Are Go.
Private businesses around downtown are starting to prepare for Comic-Con. I see Fat Man is going to do some standup comedy about Batman.
Private businesses and gathering spots around downtown are just starting to prepare for Comic-Con. I see Fat Man is going to do some standup comedy about Batman.
This merchant in the Gaslamp Quarter is betting lots of Comic-Con fans will be on Team Wonder Woman.
This merchant in the Gaslamp Quarter is betting lots of Comic-Con fans will be on Team Wonder Woman.
Good grief! Even a clear skin concoction vendor in the Horton Plaza shopping mall is ready for Comic-Con customers!
Good grief! Even a clear skin concoction vendor in the Horton Plaza shopping mall is ready for Comic-Con customers!
Lastly, I spotted a cool venue going up where the Assassin's Creed obstacle course was the last couple years. This is going to be South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience!
Lastly, I spotted a very cool venue going up where the Assassin’s Creed obstacle course was the last couple years. This is going to be South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience! Looks to me like it’s going to be epic!
Spread all over the grass, literally dozens of panels of fun artwork are waiting to be installed at the South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience. A huge backdrop is being assembled by workers this very moment.
Spread all over the grass, and stacked in crates, an absolutely huge amount of fun artwork is waiting to be installed at the South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience. A large backdrop is being assembled by workers this very moment.
I've spotted an alien among those idyllic Rocky Mountain pine trees in South Park!
I’ve spotted an alien among those idyllic Rocky Mountain pine trees in South Park!

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San Diego artist spray paints cool Star Wars images!

Finn, heroic character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, holds a lightsaber. Cool spray paint art by William J. Dorsett.
Finn, heroic character in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, holds a lightsaber. Cool spray paint art by William J. Dorsett.

Check out these super cool Star Wars images! They were created by a talented guy named William J. Dorsett. He’s a great spray paint artist and busker who is frequently seen on San Diego’s Embarcadero, in front of Anthony’s Fish Grotto.

William also happens to be a really nice guy. I’ve seen him working his magic for years during my walks. Not only does he create very unique spray paint artwork, but he also fashions amazing small works of sculpture using corn husks.

And, as you can plainly see, he’s a huge fan of Star Wars!

William loves to demonstrate his unbounded creativity, and did so recently at a local school for excited students. Check out his website to learn more!

William J. Dorsett is a talented busker who often displays his cool artwork on San Diego's Embarcadero. In this photo he's handing a corn husk rose to a passerby!
William J. Dorsett is a talented busker who often displays his cool artwork on San Diego’s Embarcadero. In this photo he’s handing a corn husk rose to a passerby!
Small, colorful spray paint images include a Darth Vader helmet, an Imperial Stormtrooper, R2-D2 and Yoda.
Small, colorful spray paint images include a Darth Vader helmet, an Imperial Stormtrooper, R2-D2 and Yoda.
It's Chewbacca with his Bowcaster blaster under a distant galaxy's stars and a colorful planet.
It’s Chewbacca with his Bowcaster blaster under a distant galaxy’s stars and a colorful planet.
More cosmic, bold spray paint artwork depicts popular Star Wars characters.
More cosmic, bold spray paint artwork depicts popular Star Wars characters.
C-3PO and Han Solo in classic Star Wars poses! Awesome!
C-3PO and Han Solo in classic Star Wars poses! Awesome!

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Building a giant fire-breathing robot for Maker Faire!

Robot Resurrection is being assembled for the Maker Faire in Balboa Park this weekend!
Robot Resurrection is being assembled for Maker Faire, which takes place in Balboa Park this weekend!

A super gigantic fire-breathing robot is coming! You don’t believe me? I saw it today!

The amazing 28 foot tall mechanical man will be drawing a crowd in Balboa Park during the big Maker Faire event this weekend, but right now it’s lying in the Plaza de Panama being assembled!

Robot Resurrection, the name of the giant robot, is actually an articulating sculpture made from 95% airplane parts, piloted by a human operator in the metal torso. The cool creation is the brainchild of Shane Evans, who is based in Denver, Colorado. Robot Resurrection has thrilled kids and adults alike at Maker festivals all around the country!

Maker Faire kicks off Saturday at 10 am. At this epic celebration of technological and artistic innovation, all sorts of inventions and gizmos will be outside on display, including cupcake cars, a giant 12 foot electric giraffe, drones, and something called a Battlepond! Ten of Balboa Park’s museums will also participate, with related exhibits and cool events of their own! If you like this sort of stuff, you’d better go check it out! I’ll definitely be there!

Maker Faire San Diego will include many cool sights up and down El Prado, including the Imagining Zone!
Maker Faire San Diego will include many cool sights up and down El Prado, including the Imagining Zone!
Robot Resurrection will stand 28 feet tall when ready to go. It will move its arms about and shoot fire from its mouth and fingers.
Robot Resurrection will stand 28 feet tall when ready to go. It will move its arms about and shoot fire from its mouth and fingers.
Getting a giant robot ready to thrill thousands at Maker Faire.
Getting a giant robot ready to thrill thousands at Maker Faire San Diego in Balboa Park.
I was told this is one of Robot Resurrection's feet.
I was told this is one of Robot Resurrection’s feet.
And here's the futuristic-looking head. It kind of appears like a robot from an old sci-fi movie or the cover of a vintage science fiction magazine
And here’s the futuristic-looking head. It kind of appears like a robot from an old sci-fi movie or the cover of a vintage science fiction magazine
Flames will be shooting from the mouth of Robot Resurrection! I'll try to get photos!
Flames will be shooting from the mouth of Robot Resurrection! I’ll try to get photos!
Working inside the robot's torso on late Friday.
Working inside the robot’s torso on late Friday.
This complicated creation arose from an airplane junkyard and one man's fantastic, unfettered dreams.
This complicated creation arose from an airplane junkyard and one man’s fantastic, unfettered dreams.

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