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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Some cool photos from Comic-Con Preview Night.

Hundreds of cool Star Wars collectibles are on display and for sale during San Diego Comic-Con.
Many cool Star Wars collectibles are on display and for sale during San Diego Comic-Con.

I’ve got a glut of cool photos from 2015 San Diego Comic-Con Preview Night. But it’s getting late and I’m getting sleepy. So here’s just the first batch for now…

Star Trek Ugly Dolls graphics at Preview Night in the San Diego Convention Center.
Star Trek Ugly Dolls graphics at Preview Night in the San Diego Convention Center.
An extraterrestrial and Medusa. There are many fantastic, detailed models exhibited at Comic-Con on the convention floor.
An extraterrestrial and Medusa. There are hundreds of fantastic, detailed models at Comic-Con on the convention floor.
Imaginative t-shirts featuring Edgar Allan Poe and Nikola Tesla.
Imaginative t-shirts featuring Edgar Allan Poe and Nikola Tesla.
A super cool Batman towers above the crowd in the Funko area.
A super cool Batman towers above the crowd near the Funko sign.
Scooby and the gang are in San Diego with the Mystery Machine!
Scooby and the gang are in San Diego with their Mystery Machine!
This zombie was getting a little too close for comfort.
This zombie was getting a little too close for comfort.
It seems the walking dead at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con were having problems with these revolving doors.
It seems the walking dead at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con are having problems with these revolving doors.
This is getting pretty darn frightening.
This is becoming pretty darn frightening.
I forgot this guy's clever name. Something like Screw Head.
I forgot this guy’s clever name. Something like Screw Head.
This monstrous orc with a hammer is from the awesome Warcraft exhibit.
This monstrous orc with a hammer is from the awesome Warcraft exhibit.
Adult Swim had fun and games, and prizes slid out of the cat's mouth.
Adult Swim has fun and games, and prizes slide out of the cat’s mouth.
Kuato from Total Recall was making the rounds at Comic-Con, unconcerned about staying hidden, it seems.
Kuato from Total Recall was making the rounds at Comic-Con, unconcerned about staying hidden, it seems.
R2-D2 looks kind of lonely.
R2-D2 looks kind of lonely.
Jabba the Hutt figurine on display at San Diego Comic-Con.
Jabba the Hutt figurine on display at San Diego Comic-Con.
I saw several angry Hulks on the verge of smashing something.
I saw several angry Hulks on the verge of smashing something.
Spiderman has his own awesome Hot Wheels car!
Spiderman has his own awesome Hot Wheels car!
This proud Batman just has to suck it up, surrounded by lesser figures.
This proud Batman just has to suck it up, surrounded by lesser figures.
In addition to full-size Batman and Superman costumes for sale, these cool creations can be yours to wear as you please.
In addition to full-size Batman and Superman costumes for sale, these fantastic creations can be yours to wear as you please.
Looks like Predator ripped the skull and spine right outa somebody.
Looks like Predator ripped the skull and spine right outa somebody.
Yeah, Iron Man is always pretty popular.
Yeah, Iron Man is always pretty popular.
Penguin figurine on display at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con.
Penguin figurine on display at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con.
Pop culture fan with camera records all sorts of cool sights in one display case.
Pop culture fan with camera records all sorts of cool sights in one display case.
The large Star Wars area has film clips playing overhead from the classic movies.
The large Star Wars area has film clips playing overhead from the classic movies.
This speeder is used by the character Rey in the upcoming Star Wars film.
This speeder is used by the character Rey in the upcoming Star Wars film.
R2-D2, C-3PO, a stormtrooper, Boba Fett and the Millennium Falcon are busting through a wall.
R2-D2, C-3PO, a stormtrooper, Boba Fett and the Millennium Falcon are busting through a wall.
Fresh from the pages of Shonen Jump, a super popular manga.
Fresh from the pages of Shonen Jump, a super popular manga.
The extensive LEGO area at Comic-Con contains lots of cool LEGO models.
The extensive LEGO area at Comic-Con contains lots of cool LEGO models.
Perhaps the coolest LEGO model is of the epic battle in Avengers II between Hulk and Iron Man in his Hulkbuster armor.
Perhaps the coolest LEGO model is of the epic battle in Avengers II between Hulk and Iron Man in his Hulkbuster armor.

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Photos of San Diego Comic-Con preparation: 6 days to go!

A new San Diego Comic-Con building wrap going up on Hilton Bayfront today is a bit of a mystery.
A huge new San Diego Comic-Con building wrap going up on the Hilton Bayfront today is a bit of a mystery.

Less than six days to go until 2015 San Diego Comic-Con kicks off!

I walked all around downtown today, looking for signs of preparation. Nothing much has popped up in the Gaslamp yet, but a brand new huge building wrap is now being installed on the Hilton Bayfront near the San Diego Convention Center. After talking to some people, I’ve concluded the wrap will promote The Strain on FX. This would make sense, as the large grassy area in front of the Hilton will be the site of FX’s cool-sounding Fearless Arena Experience.

Stay tuned for more pics of Comic-Con stuff!

Baristas at hotel's Starbucks and a tourist info guy in the Hilton seem to think this graphic will promote The Strain on FX.
Baristas at hotel’s Starbucks and a tourist info guy in the Hilton seem to think this graphic will promote The Strain on FX.
Several Game of Thrones banners were hung on trolley track fences near the Gaslamp a few days ago.
Several Game of Thrones banners were hung on trolley track fences near the Gaslamp a few days ago.
Game of Thrones banners on trolley electrical poles along Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade in San Diego.
Game of Thrones banners on trolley electrical poles along Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade in San Diego.
The huge Conan Live from Comic-Con wrap on the Marriott Marquis is nearly finished.
The huge Conan Live from Comic-Con wrap on the Marriott Marquis is nearly finished.
Swirl Girl has amazing rainbow powers of sweetness, it seems. She appears on the door of Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt.
Swirl Girl has amazing rainbow powers of sweetness, it seems. She appears on the door of Sweet Things Frozen Yogurt.
San Diego Symphony ticket booth at Embarcadero Marina Park South advertises the upcoming Pokeman and Star Trek movie Summer Pops concerts.
San Diego Symphony ticket booth at Embarcadero Marina Park South advertises the upcoming Pokeman and Star Trek movie Summer Pops concerts.
The American Comedy Co. in the Gaslamp has a funny lineup set for Comic-Con, including Jay and Silent Bob.
The American Comedy Co. in the Gaslamp has a funny lineup set for Comic-Con, including Jay and Silent Bob.
Crown Books in Horton Plaza is where you can buy Chewbacca at a nice discount!
Crown Books in Horton Plaza is where you can buy Chewbacca at a nice discount!

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Leonard Nimoy lives at Spock Block in Encinitas.

The Spock Block celebration centered upon Encinitas City Hall on Vulcan Avenue.
The Spock Block celebration is taking place near Encinitas City Hall on Vulcan Avenue.

The City of Encinitas, a coastal beach city in San Diego’s North County, has a week-long celebration underway honoring the late Leonard Nimoy. If the immensely popular actor, author, director, poet, songwriter and photographer had not passed away in February this year, he would have celebrated his 84th birthday last Thursday. Nimoy’s rich life and artistry is being remembered, as well as his iconic role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek. Encinitas City Hall is located on Vulcan Avenue, and as every Trekker knows, Vulcan was the name of Spock’s home planet. So by official decree, a short stretch of Vulcan Avenue has been temporarily renamed Spock Block.

Today I took a long stroll around Encinitas, hoping to spot a few cool sights in and around Spock Block. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be much going on. I guess there wasn’t enough time for preparation and publicity. Maybe next year the festival (or Enterprise!) can grow into a much more interesting phenomenon.  How about some cool displays?  A science fiction film fest?  A cosplay contest?  Get creative!

Fortunately, I did get lots of other awesome pics around Encinitas, so I suppose more blog posts will be forthcoming!

A restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway had a special Live Long and Lobster deal!
A fun-loving restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway had a special Live Long and Lobster deal!  Seems entirely logical to me!
Encinitas surfers arrive from Vulcan Avenue--or perhaps from Spock's home planet...
Encinitas surfers arrive from Vulcan Avenue–or perhaps an avenue located somewhere on Spock’s distant home planet…

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