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

An uncanny cosplay of Spock!
An uncanny cosplay of Spock!

Here comes another big dose of 2017 Comic-Con insanity! Check out all these photos of great, inventive cosplay! And other cool stuff! And I had a sighting of a big TV star, too!

A happy Star Wars family heads down Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp during 2017 Comic-Con.
A happy Star Wars family heads down Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp during 2017 Comic-Con.
This member of the Fantastic Four seems embarrassed. Probably due to their last movie.
This member of the Fantastic Four seems embarrassed. Probably due to their last movie.
I'm not sure what this dog's super power is.
I’m not sure what this dog’s super power is.
Lots of leathery costumes. I see Flash and Deadpool.
Lots of leathery costumes. I see Flash and Deadpool.
Now that is one wicked Venom cosplay!
Now that is one wicked Venom cosplay!
She-Hulk and Raven cosplay during 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
She-Hulk and Raven cosplay during 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
An awesome Dumbledore cosplay!
An awesome Dumbledore cosplay!
Walking around Comic-Con is like voyaging through a crazy, wacky, wonderful dream.
Walking around Comic-Con is like voyaging through a crazy, wacky, wonderful dream.
A tiny alien gives me the thumbs up near the Donut Bar.
A tiny alien gives me the thumbs up near the Donut Bar.
A steampunk Ghostbuster shows me his very cool proton pack.
A steampunk Ghostbuster shows me his very cool proton pack.
Donate blood during Comic-Con at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and you'll get this cool shirt!
Donate blood during Comic-Con at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel and you’ll get this cool shirt!
A friendly Harry Potter says hello.
A friendly Harry Potter says hello.
Even Flash can't remove his eyes from that spellbinding phone.
Even Flash can’t remove his eyes from that spellbinding phone.
This might be my favorite cosplay. Opera Bugs Bunny! What's Opera, Doc?
This might be my favorite cosplay. Opera Bugs Bunny! What’s Opera, Doc?
Members of the Montrose Magpies Quidditch team!
Members of the Montrose Magpies Quidditch team!
I was told this is a cosplay of Spartan Mandalorian.
I was told this is a cosplay of Spartan Mandalorian.
Must be out of web fluid. Because Spiderman's hanging at the end of the line.
Must be out of web fluid. Because Spiderman’s hanging at the end of the line.
It doesn't seem people talk to each other anymore. Perhaps escapism can go too far?
A similar sight everywhere. People don’t talk to each other like they used to. Perhaps escapism can go too far?
Cosplay from Dragonball Z.
Cosplay from Dragonball Z.
A morning session of Ninjago yoga (ninjoga) at Comic-Con!
A morning session of Ninjago yoga (Ninjoga) at Comic-Con!
Princess Leia sets up a cut-out of Bernie Sanders.
Princess Leia sets up a cut-out of Bernie Sanders.
Meet Mr. Nice guy!
Meet Mr. Nice guy!
Cosplay of a Star Wars Jawa.
Cosplay of a Star Wars Jawa.
This must be Captain A-mario.
This must be Captain A-mario.
Lightsabers and minions...
Lightsabers and minions…
Bare-chested Outlander guys were getting lots of attention near the Omni.
Bare-chested Outlander guys were getting lots of attention near the Omni.
This guy is raising awareness about the charitable organization Oxfam. They are providing help for refugees.
This guy is raising awareness about the charitable organization Oxfam. They are providing help for refugees during the current crisis. Refugees are real people in a real world.
Actor Grant Gustin, who plays the superhero Flash on CW looks down on the Comic-Con crowd from a Hard Rock Hotel balcony.
Actor Grant Gustin, who plays the superhero Flash on CW looks down on the Comic-Con crowd from a Hard Rock Hotel balcony.
Three large Alien eggs on display. I didn't hang around because I noticed one was opening.
Three large Alien eggs on display. I didn’t hang around because I noticed one was opening.
A good old fashioned Stormtrooper.
A good old-fashioned Stormtrooper.
And a very inventive Star Wars speeder!
And a very inventive Star Wars speeder!
Hi Gumby and Pokey!
Hi Gumby and Pokey!

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Celebrities! Cool cosplay! A rare Alien Queen!

FOX San Diego Morning News reporters dressed as Princess Leia and Darth Vader interview Sam J. Jones, lead actor in the 1980 film Flash Gordon.
FOX San Diego Morning News reporters dressed as Princess Leia and Darth Vader interview Sam J. Jones, lead actor in the 1980 film Flash Gordon.

Here are some photos from my walk outside 2017 Comic-Con this morning. I spotted some celebrities, more very cool cosplay, and a rare Alien Queen!

Check it out!

A great Tweedledum and Tweedledee cosplay at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
A great Tweedledum and Tweedledee cosplay at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
Warlock cosplay from video game Destiny.
Warlock cosplay from the video game Destiny.
Greg Cipes who voices Beast Boy in the Teen Titans animated series and Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is interviewed during Comic-Con.
Greg Cipes who voices Beast Boy in the Teen Titans animated series and Michelangelo in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is interviewed during Comic-Con.
Celebrity sightings are possible throughout San Diego Comic-Con!
Celebrity sightings are possible throughout San Diego Comic-Con! “Flash Gordon” embraces two popular characters he helped to inspire.
These cool cosplay enthusiasts were part of the FOX television Comic-Con broadcast. Star Wars and steampunk!
These cool cosplay enthusiasts were part of the FOX television Comic-Con broadcast. Star Wars side-by-side with steampunk!
A group shot with cosplayers and celebrities.
A group shot with cosplayers and celebrities.
Cosplay of Jay Garrick, the old school Flash.
Cosplay of Jay Garrick, the old school Flash.
Two super popular characters together--Spidey and Harley!
Two super popular characters together: it’s Spidey and Harley!
An old school Wonder Woman is getting ready to defeat a WW1 German general. He might be Erich Ludendorff, a character in the recent hit movie.
An old school Wonder Woman with aviator goggles is getting ready to defeat a WWI German general! He might be Erich Ludendorff, a villain in the recent hit movie.
A super awesome one quarter scale model of the Queen Alien was being shown by Matrix Studio.
A super awesome one quarter scale model of the Alien Queen was being shown by Matrix Studio along MLK Promenade.
A very detailed Alien egg and limbs.
A very detailed Alien egg and limbs.
Another look at the limited collector piece Alien Queen, one of 300 produced by Matrix Studio.
Another look at the limited collector piece Alien Queen, one of only 300 produced by Matrix Studio.

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Cosplay photos and other 2017 Comic-Con stuff!

Samurai Jack cosplay at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
Samurai Jack cosplay at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

Here comes a whole bunch of cosplay pics and other cool stuff I saw while walking around 2017 San Diego Comic-Con early this Thursday morning!

Check it out!

I spotted Wolverine spinning a parking sign near Horton Plaza.
I spotted Wolverine spinning a parking sign near Horton Plaza.
Thursday morning at 2017 Comic-Con and people are heading through the Gaslamp toward the convention center.
Thursday morning at 2017 Comic-Con and people are heading through the Gaslamp toward the convention center.
Obi-Wan Kenobi cosplay. Observe his fingers. He's ready to play a Jedi mind trick on me!
Obi-Wan Kenobi cosplay. Observe his fingers. He’s ready to play a Jedi mind trick on me!
A really good Assassin's Creed cosplay at Comic-Con.
A really good Assassin’s Creed cosplay at Comic-Con.
A friendly artist has lots of cool art for sale along MLK Promenade near Harbor Drive and First Avenue.
A friendly artist has lots of cool art for sale along MLK Promenade near Harbor Drive and First Avenue. These are painted on plastic.
More of his cool artwork. I see Storm and Catwoman.
More of his cool artwork. I see Storm and Catwoman.
A young Sheldon Cooper is coming to CBS! That should be really good!
A young Sheldon Cooper is coming to CBS! That should be really funny!
A friendly Pikachu cosplay.
A friendly Pikachu cosplay.
These guys represent characters from Outlander.
These guys represent characters from Outlander.
I was told these are characters from Steven Universe.
I was told these are characters from Steven Universe.
A long line waiting to enter the convention center on Thursday morning included lots of people enjoying every kind of cosplay imaginable.
A long line waiting to enter the convention center on Thursday morning included lots of people enjoying every kind of cosplay imaginable.
An elaborate, very cool cosplay of Gurren Lagann.
An elaborate, very cool cosplay of Gurren Lagann.
One of several Ghostbuster cosplays that I noticed.
One of several Ghostbusters cosplays that I noticed.
The huge line to enter the San Diego Convention Center boggled my mind.
The long line to enter the San Diego Convention Center boggled my mind.
I was told this is a cosplay of Rick the Alien.
I was told this is a cosplay of Rick the Alien.
Cosplay of Madder Red of comic book series Bedlam.
Cosplay of Madder Red of comic book series Bedlam.
Cosplay of characters from Z Nation.
Cosplay of characters from Z Nation.
Game of Thrones cosplay. I think he said this is Tyrion Lannister.
Game of Thrones cosplay. I think he said this is Tyrion Lannister. I might be wrong.
Cosplay from the webcomic Homestuck.
Cosplay from the webcomic Homestuck.
I saw this Tron cosplay last year!
I saw this Tron cosplay last year!

You can see exactly how this cool Tron costume was made here!

And like every year during Comic-Con, food can be found all over the place.
And like every year during Comic-Con, food can be found all over the place.
Some cool Venture Brothers cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con!
Some cool Venture Brothers cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con!
Here comes Princess Leia with her entrourage.
Here comes Princess Leia with her entourage.
looks like Wonder Woman is in pursuit of Dr. Who.
Looks like Wonder Woman is in pursuit of Dr. Who.
Check out that huge sword! It's a great cosplay of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy!
Check out that huge sword! It’s a great cosplay of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy!
A cosplay of Sans from Undertale.
A cosplay of Sans from Undertale.
Thursday morning and the Interactive Zone at Petco has just opened for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.
Thursday morning a bit after nine o’clock and the Interactive Zone at Petco has just opened for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.
I'm hungry for a Wookie Cookie.
I’m already hungry for a Wookiee Cookie.
A line has already formed at Blizzard's Lich King's Ice Cream Citadel.
A line has formed at Blizzard’s Lich King’s Ice Cream Citadel.
Hello Futuristic Ladies of the Galaxy!
Hello Futuristic Ladies of the Galaxy!
People in line to check out an attraction promoting New Line's production of Stephen King's It.
People in line to check out an attraction promoting New Line’s production of Stephen King’s It.
Jack in the Box's Crave Van smashed through a wall of comic books in the Interactive Zone! Too much fun!
Jack in the Box’s Crave Van smashed through a wall of comic books in the Interactive Zone! Too much fun!
A super cool full size replica of a Star Wars T-47 snowspeeder created by hobbyists who belong to Real Movie Toys.
A super cool full size replica of a Star Wars T-47 Snowspeeder created by hobbyists who belong to Real Movie Toys.
A guy from Sphero shows off their new Spiderman robotic toy that interacts like Alexa with voice recognition.
A guy from Sphero shows off their new Spiderman robotic toy that interacts. Kind of like Alexa with voice recognition.
People in the Interactive Zone could sit in a Luke Cage set and have their picture taken! There was also a Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black set!
People in the Interactive Zone could sit in a Luke Cage set and have their picture taken! There was also a Game of Thrones and Orange is the New Black set!
People get ready to enter Sprout's Kody Kapow attraction.
People get ready to enter Sprout’s Kody Kapow attraction.
This guy is cosplaying Bibleman!
This guy is cosplaying Bibleman!
Boom Howdy has posted Missing signs around San Diego.
Boom Howdy has posted Missing signs around San Diego.
Near Petco Park I saw this cosplay of Goku from Dragonball Z.
Near Petco Park I saw this cosplay of Goku from Dragonball Z.
Wonder Woman on a window in San Diego.
Wonder Woman on a window in San Diego.
I spied this cool truck in a parking lot. Black Eyed Peas present Masters of the Sun.
I spied this cool truck in a parking lot. Black Eyed Peas present Masters of the Sun.
A parking lot downtown has been converted into a Viceland promotional area.
A parking lot downtown has been converted into a Viceland promotional area.
Have no fear! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming down the sidewalk!
Have no fear! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming down the sidewalk! Hide the pizza!
I learned these guys are performing in Game of Thrones the Musical at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center isn San Diego during Comic-Con.
I learned these actors are performing in Game of Thrones the Musical at the Tenth Avenue Arts Center in San Diego during Comic-Con.
Adventure Time cosplay!
Adventure Time cosplay!

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Star Wars cosplay at Independence Day parade!

Star Wars stormtroopers on Segways patrol the parade route during the Fourth of July in Coronado.
Star Wars stormtroopers riding Segways patrol the parade route during the Fourth of July in Coronado.

Check out these cool Star Wars cosplay photos! During today’s Independence Day parade in Coronado, a group of Star Wars enthusiasts strutted their stuff to the delight of the huge crowd lining Orange Avenue! It seemed to me the adults were just as excited as the kids! I was able to snap a few quick photographs. Enjoy!

A TIE fighter heads down Orange Avenue! Has the Galactic Empire taken over Coronado? Is there no hope?
A TIE fighter heads down Orange Avenue! Has the Galactic Empire taken over Coronado? Is there no hope?
Uh, oh. Look who I spotted. Darth Vader! Let's hope it's just a guy enjoying Star Wars cosplay.
Uh, oh. Look who I spotted. Darth Vader! Let’s hope it’s just a guy enjoying Star Wars cosplay.
Fear not! Rey is here to fight against the dark side of the Force!
Fear not! Rey is here to fight against the dark side of the Force!
And here comes Princess Leia, too! I don't think that TIE fighter has a chance.
And here comes Princess Leia in some sort of futuristic vehicle! I don’t think that TIE fighter has a chance.
I believe that one of the Rebel Alliance's ace pilots.
I believe that is one of the Rebel Alliance’s ace pilots.
Are those a bunch of clones? No, just young kids who've turned into Star Wars fans!
Are those a bunch of clones? No, just young kids who’ve turned into Star Wars fans!

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A new Conan O’Brien trolley wrap for 2017 SDCC!

Conan O'Brien is returning to San Diego Comic-Con in 2017. Trolleys are wrapped with images of Conan as four different Funko Pop! toys.
Conan O’Brien is returning to San Diego Comic-Con in 2017. Some trolleys are wrapped with images of Conan as four different Funko Pop! toys.

Here are some photos of the new Conan O’Brien trolley wrap for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con! I spied two trolley cars with this wrap on my way home from work aboard the Green Line.

This is the third year in a row Conan will be hosting his funny TBS talk show at the Spreckels Theatre during Comic-Con. And, as before, the trolley wraps feature him transformed into four different Funko Pop! characters.

This year Conan appears as Justice League member the Flash, as a Game of Thrones White Walker, as Marvel’s ever-popular superhero Spiderman, and finally as a Star Wars Jedi holding a lightsaber.

Enjoy these photos! I’ll keep watching for new SDCC trolley wraps in the days ahead!

For the third year in a row, TBS television talk show host Conan O'Brien is transformed by Funko into famous pop culture characters.
For the third year in a row, TBS television talk show host Conan O’Brien has been transformed by Funko into four famous pop culture characters.
Conan O'Brien has become the fastest man alive--The Flash!
Conan O’Brien has become the fastest man alive–The Flash!
This trolley wrap image has Conan turned into a White Walker from Game of Thrones.
This trolley wrap image has Conan turned into a White Walker from Game of Thrones.
Conan is hanging upside down from the roof of the trolley. He is your friendly neighborhood Spiderman!
Conan is hanging upside down from the roof of the trolley. He is your friendly neighborhood Spiderman!
Or perhaps Conan is actually a Star Wars Jedi!
Or perhaps Conan is actually a Star Wars Jedi. Is he a Gray Jedi?
San Diego Comic-Con is on the way, and lots of trolleys are appearing with a variety of cool wraps!
San Diego Comic-Con is on the way, and lots of trolleys are appearing with a variety of cool wraps!

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