Welcome to Comic-Con Today, the official newsletter of Comic-Con International. Each morning, we will post a new digital issue with News, Updates, and Highlights of Comic-Con. We look forward to putting the information you need in your fingertips, or at least on your smartphone.
Comic-Con Museum Executive Director Welcomes Guests Tuesday Night
At the Exhibits World Debut Reception on Tuesday, July 18, the Comic-Con Museum premiered three new exhibits, now open and will run into 2024: Excelsior! The Life and Legacy of Stan Lee (through March 1, 2024) shares rare comics, original art, and a sub-exhibit on Stan Lee’s work with his many co-creators. An impressive art installation for the anime My Hero Academia (through January 30, 2024) will be available for viewing, and commissioned artwork by a variety of artists will be on display to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the anime Cowboy Bebop (through March 1, 2024).
Opening officially on November 26, 2021, the Comic-Con Museum realizes Comic-Con’s dream of a place to honor comic arts and pop culture. So far, the museum has brought fans almost 20 incredible exhibits, including the retro Pac-Man Arcade and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Beyond Amazing!. Currently, the Pac-Man Arcade, The Animation Academy: From Pencils to Pixels®, and Cover Story: Five Decades of Comic-Con run until September 10. 2023, offering old school gaming and memorabilia, hands-on animation and storytelling activities, and the works of artists such as Jack Kirby and Jim Lee.
Ambidextrous Artist Rob Prior Works on Two Paintings of Stan Lee at Once
The museum also has an amazing education program, which opened in September 2022 and includes the Conrad Prebys Foundation Art Studio and Cox Innovation Lab. These two centers offer hands-on classes and workshops on everything from cosplay to writing. Teachers may also contact the museum for customized field trips! Students can take self-guided tours, create in the Arts Studio, and make and analyze comics in Comics 101, all while meeting state science and literacy standards.
Still, the fun doesn’t stop there with special events running during Comic-Con. Get hands on at the Cardboard Superheroes Workshop (10:30 am–12:30 pm) and (2:00 pm–4:00 pm) as well as at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Big Draw Featuring Marvin the Martian (Friday, July 21 2:30 pm–4:45 pm) and Drop-In Makerspace (today, Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am– 3:00 pm). Fans may also take photos with our winning Hunger Action Heroes and get your own hero caricature drawn during the Hunger Action Heroes Photo Opportunity and Caricaturist (Friday, July 21, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm), and attend the IF/Then STEAM Fair and Career Talks (Friday, July 21–Sunday, July 23, 10:30 am–1:30 pm) by a team of women from the STEAM fields. Finally, a book signing will be held (Sunday, July 23, 1:00 pm–1:45 pm) and a panel on Teaching with Comics and Graphic Novels by author Tim Smyth Sunday, July 23, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm).
Patrons Check Out the New Stan Lee Exhibit
The Comic-Con Museum ( 2131 Pan American Plaza San Diego CA 92101) is open Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm. Shuttle Service to the Museum is available on Harbor Drive between the Marriot Marquis and Hyatt Manchester hotels, near the Teal and Yellow Route pickup and dropoff areas. Note that a separate ticket to the Comic-Con Museum is required to use this shuttle.
This year, we are trying something new with the Comic-Con Merch store. The store is set up as a, well, store. You come in, grab a t-shirt or hoodie off the rack, make sure you have the right size, bring it to the register, pay for it, and you’re on your way. What a novel concept. The Merch Store is located in the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Pacific Ballroom 23, and is open B, and Sunday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Check it out!
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