Conan reappears on Spreckels Theatre marquee!

This morning I noticed Conan O’Brien’s name has reappeared on the marquee of San Diego’s Spreckels Theatre. That means Comic-Con can’t be too far away!

Conan O’Brien late-night talk show on TBS is returning to San Diego for 2019, and audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy his wry humor from July 17 to July 20.

With less than two months to go until San Diego Comic-Con, I also noticed a couple of shops in the Gaslamp Quarter seem to be getting ready!

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Star Wars at future Comic-Con Museum!

Star Wars cosplay and a sign welcomes visitors to a special Comic-Con Museum event!
Star Wars cosplay and a sign welcomes visitors to a special Comic-Con Museum event!

Around noon today I headed to the Federal Building in Balboa Park for a bite to eat. And what did I see? A special event was being held inside the future home of the Comic-Con Museum!

I walked about and watched people playing Star Wars: Armada and other tabletop games published by Fantasy Flight Games.

Very cool!

Members of the Imperial Sands Garrison of the 501st Legion pose for a cool Star Wars pic at the future Comic-Con Museum!
Members of the Imperial Sands Garrison of the 501st Legion pose for a cool Star Wars pic at the future Comic-Con Museum!
Players try out Star Wars Destiny, a dueling dice and card game.
Players try out Star Wars: Destiny, a dueling dice and card game.
Guys play Star Wars Armada inside the Federal Building, future home of the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park.
Guys play Star Wars: Armada inside the Federal Building, future home of the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park.
There seem to be a lot of Imperial Star Destroyers in this region of space!
There seem to be a lot of Imperial Star Destroyers in this region of space!
Perhaps players with a high midi-chlorian count can use the Force when throwing these dice.
Perhaps players with a high midi-chlorian count can use the Force to their advantage when throwing these dice.
Cards are used to keep track of Rebel and Imperial fleet ship status during play.
Cards are used to keep track of Rebel and Imperial fleet ship status during play.
A cool game mat depicts the Star Wars ice planet Hoth.
A cool game mat depicts the Star Wars ice planet Hoth.
I see cool LEGO Star Wars figurines of Fleet Admiral Gial Ackbar and Darth Vader.
I see LEGO Star Wars figurines of Fleet Admiral Gial Ackbar and Darth Vader.
Star Wars Legion miniatures game set depicts the planet Tatooine. I see Darth Vader following those stormtroopers!
Star Wars: Legion miniatures game set depicts the planet Tatooine. I see a menacing Darth Vader following those stormtroopers!
The Comic-Con Museum is coming to the Federal Building in Balboa Park!
The Comic-Con Museum is coming to the Federal Building in Balboa Park!

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More fun and funny photos from Comic-Con!

Fun pop culture palm frond art. I recognize Ronald McDonald and Batman.
Fun palm frond art. I recognize Ronald McDonald and Batman.

Here’s one last batch of fun and funny photos from 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, including more great examples of cosplay.

I confess I didn’t stand in long lines for some of the more popular offsite attractions–I mainly just walked around. Watching people. Taking it all in. That’s what I love to do.

I hope you had as much fun as I did!

Now I’ll probably take a rest from blogging until next weekend. On Saturday, I’m going on a special tour at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Have a great week!

They never showed it in the Star Wars movies, but Darth Vader likes to wear sunglasses.
They never showed it in the Star Wars movies, but Darth Vader likes to wear sunglasses.
Why would an astronaut in an airless environment need camouflage?
Why would an astronaut in an airless environment need camouflage?
I'm Single. Free Drinks If You Find Me.
I’m Single. Free Drinks If You Find Me.
Stay Puft has a Mini-Marshmallow-Me!
Stay Puft has a Mini-Marshmallow-Me!
Shouldn't that guy be in some sort of containment bubble?
Shouldn’t that guy be in his containment bubble?
It's a Harley-cycle and a Bat-cycle!
It’s a Harley-cycle and a Bat-cycle!
I know San Diego gets a lot of tourists, but Spiderman?
I know San Diego gets a lot of tourists, but Spiderman?
The gentleman on the right goes by the name Colorful Guy.
The gentleman on the right goes by the name Colorful Guy.
Cosplay of Jinx from Teen Titans. Now that's some big hair.
Cosplay of Jinx from Teen Titans. Now that’s some big hair.
I believe I recognize Aladdin and Tinker Bell.
I believe I recognize Aladdin and Tinker Bell.
I was interested to learn that the rather unusual character on the right is named Bananapool.
I was interested to learn that the rather unusual character on the right is named Bananapool.
A zombie's about to have lunch at Dead Quarters.
A zombie’s about to have lunch at Dead Quarters.
Thank goodness for that fence!
Thank goodness for that fence!
This is what Comic-Con is really all about. This is how it started.
This is what Comic-Con is really all about. This is how it started.
Frozone strikes his action pose.
Frozone strikes his action pose.
At San Diego Comic-Con, you're never quite sure what you will see next.
At San Diego Comic-Con, you’re never quite sure what you will see next.
Azog and Nazgul cosplay.
Azog and Nazgul cosplay.
A sidewalk artist creating a fun cartoon.
A sidewalk artist creating a fun cartoon.
A very cool LEGO Cyborg cosplay made out of cardboard.
A very cool LEGO Cyborg cosplay made out of cardboard.
A small version of the Guardians of the Galaxy!
A small version of the Guardians of the Galaxy!
This guy said his unique cosplay is a combination of the Old West and Mad Max.
This guy said his unique cosplay is a combination of the Old West and Mad Max.
Spock enters a scene featuring Boba Fett. I'm detecting a bit of franchise confusion.
Spock enters a scene featuring Boba Fett. I’m detecting a bit of franchise confusion.
A dog in a tiny police car meets a real officer of the SDPD.
A dog in a tiny police car meets a real officer of the SDPD. Thanks to police heroes everyone was safe during Comic-Con.
Three peculiar versions of Deadpool. Take your pick.
Three peculiar versions of Deadpool. Take your pick.
Spock is now where he belongs.
Spock is now back where he belongs.
This guy is called One Punch Man. One is all it takes!
This guy is called One Punch Man. One is all it takes!
I see some Speed Racer characters!
I see some Speed Racer characters!
Cosplay of Rocksteady and Bebop from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Cosplay of Rocksteady and Bebop from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

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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 come 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. UPDATE! I learned they are, indeed, garden gnomes!
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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Fun photos for those who love Star Wars!

San Diego Comic-Con is approaching fast.

With the appearance of this year’s Comic-Con trolley wraps, many people I speak to are starting to get excited.

Now that I’m thinking about Comic-Con, too, it has occurred to me that over the years my blog has featured lots of photos concerning one of the absolute biggest franchises in pop culture: Star Wars!

I’ve rounded up a bunch of links that would be fun to check out. You’ll find unique photos of Star Wars artwork, models, cosplay, and even some humorous Star Wars street art!

Star Wars lightsaber combat at Maker Faire!

Cool–and funny–Star Wars street art!

A cool Star Wars character created by local artist!

Star Wars cosplay at Independence Day parade!

San Diego artist spray paints cool Star Wars images!

Three cool street art faces in East Village!

(Click the above link at your discretion. Yes, I’m afraid there’s an image of Jar Jar Binks.)

Comic-Con insanity! More cosplay and a TV star!

(Click to see many instances of Star Wars cosplay, including a Jawa.)

Cosplay photos and other 2017 Comic-Con stuff!

(Click to see more Star Wars cosplay, plus a full size replica of a Star Wars T-47 Snowspeeder.)

Some cool photos from Comic-Con Preview Night.

(Click to see a fair amount of Star Wars stuff, including the full size speeder used by Rey in The Force Awakens.)

Enjoy!

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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Three cool street art faces in East Village!

Female face spray painted on electrical box in East Village at F Street and Tenth Avenue.
Female face spray painted on electrical box in East Village at F Street and Tenth Avenue.

Check out three cool street art faces I spotted while walking around downtown San Diego! They’re painted on electrical boxes at the intersection of F Street and Tenth Avenue in East Village.

I recognize two of the faces!

Funny Star Wars street art in San Diego. Jar Jar Binks says Meesa Lova Comic Con.
Funny Star Wars street art in San Diego. Jar Jar Binks says Meesa Lova Comic Con.
Cool street art in East Village shows a colorful Jimi Hendrix.
Cool street art in East Village shows a colorful Jimi Hendrix.

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