Yoda spotted in East Village!

During my afternoon walk through East Village I had to do a double take. Had I stepped into a galaxy far, far away?

Across the wide Space 4 Art parking lot I spotted Yoda!

I took the above photo from a distant sidewalk, then greatly enlarged the image and sharpened it. Hopefully you can see how cool this mural appears in person!

Yoda is spray painted on a nondescript building whose other sides are home to a variety of murals. Check out an awesome Mechanical Shark here, and other works of super creative street art here.

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Amazing life-size cardboard superhero sculptures!

Wow!

Did you step inside the Comic-Con Museum during 2019 December Nights? If you did, you saw an exhibit that was absolutely amazing!

Young artists Connor and Bauer Lee have created fantastic life-size cardboard sculptures of popular Marvel and DC superheroes, plus various Pixar and Star Wars movie characters!

I believe I recognized: Groot, Black Manta holding a mace, a tiny X-wing starfighter, Wall-E, a gigantic Hulkbuster armor (under construction), Thor’s Stormbreaker hammer, Iron Man, C-3PO, R2-D2, Baby Groot, Wonder Woman, plus other fantastic creations including several superhero masks.

The two brothers have been building these cardboard models for many years. I spoke to Connor briefly and he explained that they select an image of a popular character, blow it up, then begin to craft the sculpture based on that initial design. I asked how long it might take to finish the enormous, extremely complex Hulkbuster armor sculpture you see in my photos, and he said about a year.

According to the Cardboard Superheroes website: We hold free workshops for kids in an effort to promote the arts for youth as we’ve see funding for the arts being cut in school and are working to provide an alternative that is free and fun for kids.

That’s definitely a super cool and inspirational project! I’m sure young students everywhere would love to be creative and make their favorite characters with simple cardboard!

I hope local schools take advantage of what appears to be an awesome opportunity. For more info, you can contact Cardboard Superheroes at their website here.

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Rob Prior paints cool mural during Comic-Con!

Comic book artist Rob Prior paints a cool mural inside the Theatre Box in San Diego.
Comic book artist Rob Prior paints an awesome mural inside the Theatre Box in San Diego.

I stepped into the Theatre Box in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter this morning and made a cool discovery! During 2019 Comic-Con, an absolutely awesome mural is being painted on the wall behind the Theatre Box’s grand staircase!

The artist is Rob Prior, a popular comic book artist who has worked for Marvel, DC, Todd McFarlane and Image Comics, as well as video game companies and major advertisers.

Check out this cool artwork! I didn’t go right up and disturb Rob Prior as he worked, but I did manage to photograph some of the characters. I captured Darth Vader and a stormtrooper from Star Wars, Thanos and Black Panther from Marvel Comics, and Wonder Woman from DC Comics. It appears that Marvel’s Deadpool might be part of the mural, too! All of these characters have appeared in recent movies.

I was told that this mural, when completed, will be a permanent decoration at the Theatre Box. Look for it in the lobby at the top of that first flight of stairs!

Rob Prior works on a mural that includes several well-known pop culture characters.
Rob Prior works on a mural that includes several well-known pop culture characters.

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Post Office celebrates San Diego Comic-Con!

Look what I discovered walking along the Embarcadero this morning! The United States Postal Service has set up a special booth between Seaport Village and the USS Midway Museum in celebration of 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!

Not only do they have a very cool R2-D2 mailbox on display, but there are all sorts of awesome souvenirs for sale. I saw Marvel Comics postcards and collectible DC Comics prints, plus tote bags, pins, commemorative stamps (of course) and stationery with an assortment of pop culture characters including Snoopy. They even have Spider-Man dolls for the kids!

Should you walk along the Embarcadero during Comic-Con, make sure to check it out!

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History of IDW at San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

The San Diego Comic Art Gallery at Liberty Station in Point Loma has a current exhibition that might interest those who are attending 2019 Comic-Con. The History of IDW Publishing is now on display in the museum-like gallery, which is located inside of IDW’s San Diego-based corporate headquarters.

The exhibit describes the evolution of IDW and their popular artwork, from the company’s 1999 local inception in Pacific Beach to its very successful present day.

Visitors to the San Diego Comic Art Gallery can enjoy artwork from many diverse IDW projects, including art books like that of Ashley Wood; comic books like 30 Days Of Night, CSI, The Transformers, Star Trek, Locke & Key and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; reprinted material from The Library of American Comics; art magazines like Swallow; and IDW Games.

In addition, one section of IDW’s art gallery contains some of the amazing work of Justin “J-Po” Ponsor, a comic book artist born and raised in San Diego. It’s a fine tribute to a talented colorist who worked on many major series including Ultimate Spider-Man, Avengers and Star Wars. He passed away two months ago.

For more information about the San Diego Comic Art Gallery, visit their website here.

The following photos are from the gallery’s wall that pays tribute to Justin Ponsor.

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Chuck Jones Gallery readies for Comic-Con!

As I walked down Fifth Avenue through the Gaslamp today, I noticed the Chuck Jones Gallery is now ready for 2019 San Diego Comic-Con!

There’s tons of Marvel artwork right near the entrance, including some awesome pieces by Alex Ross. They’ve got framed prints of classic comic book covers and some stretched canvas, too, which I’m sure will be super popular with fans. Like last year, there’s also cool Star Wars artwork, and lots of fun Looney Tunes stuff, of course!

Here’s the Chuck Jones Gallery’s event page. Creators you can meet at the gallery during 2019 Comic-Con include Simpsons storyboard artist Stephen Reis; Star Wars artists Rodel Gonzalez and Rob Kaz; and Willie Ito, who worked with Golden Age of Animation greats Chuck Jones, Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera!

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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┬áLucius 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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