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Comic-Con Museum Opens New Exhibits

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.

Additions and Corrections

Guest Cancellations

The following guests had to cancel their appearance at Comic-Con:

  • Jo Duffy

  • Mariko Tamaki



FX’s Archer: 14th and Final Season Exclusive Screening and Q&A 3:15PM - 4:15PM, Ballroom 20 [New Time]

FX’s What We Do in the Shadows, 2:00PM - 3:00PM, Ballroom 20 [New Time]

Peacock Original Comedy Series, Twisted Metal Screening, 10:00PM - 11:00PM, Room 6DE [New Time and Location]

Venture Brothers: Radiant is the Blood of the Baboon Heart, 10:00PM - 11:00PM, Room 6BCF [New Time]

World Premiere Screening Freeform’s Praise Petey, Indigo, Hilton Bayfront, 3:00PM - 4:00PM, [New Panel Added]



Behind the Scenes of Jury Duty, 1:45PM - 2:45 PM, Indigo, Hilton Bayfront

Braving the Elements Live! 1:00PM - 2:00PM, Room 6BCF

Comics as a Tool of Mental Health and Wellness, 4:00PM - 4:00PM, Room 23ABC

Hold the Sauce! Good Burger 2 Is Back, 2:00PM - 3:15PM, Room 6BCF

How To Become Superhero Fit: Becoming Your Own Superhero, 5:00PM - 6:00PM, Omni Hotel, Omni Grand Ballroom DE

An Inside Look at Cruel Summer, Season 2, 3:00PM - 4:00PM, Indigo, Hilton Bayfront

Mother May I? 4:45PM - 5:45PM, Room 6BCF

Roddenberry Presents, Thursday, 7/20/23, 1:30PM - 2:30PM, Room 24ABC)

Sesame Street Muppets Live, 6:30PM - 7:30 PM, Room 6A

Spotlight on Mariko Tamaki, 11:00AM - 12:00PM, Room 32AB

The Wheel of Time Returns, 2:00PM - 3:00PM, Ballroom 20


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!

Autograph Area

Limited Signing [Full Details]

For all Limited Signings: Ticket Line-Up, 7:00 AM-9:00 AM; Ticket Drawing, 9:00 AM-10:00 AM

You must have a line ticket from the Limited Signing ticket drawing to enter the queue.

Todd McFarlene (Spawn, Venom, Spider-Man)
AA04 5:00-6:30

Rachel Smythe (Lore Olympus)
AA07 3:30–5:30

Time Correction 

Barbara Friedlander, comics writer (Swing with Scooter) will sign in AA17,11:30-12:30.


Group Signings

The Owl House, Elizabeth Grullon, actor (The Owl House, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Marvel's Midnight Suns) is added.
AA02 2:00-4:00

The Power of Costume: How Designers Inspire the World, Colleen Atwood, costume designer, Jose Fernandez, assistant costume designer, Christian Cordella, costume concept artist
AA03 1:30-2:30

Queens of Love and Lore: The Hottest Romantasy Authors, Claire Legrand (A Crown of Ivy and Glass), Ann Aguirre (the Fix-It Witches series, The Only Purple House in Town), Kate Dramis (A Curse of Saints), Piper J. Drake (Wings Once Cursed and Bound)
AA07 1:00-2:00

Welcome to Fantasy Land, Darcie Little Badger (A Snake Falls to Earth, Elatsoe),

Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Squad, The Siren, the Song, and the Spy), Terry J. Benton-Walker (Blood Debts, Blood Justice), Adalyn Grace (Foxglove, Belladonna), Rachel Griffin (Bring Me Your Midnight, Wild is the Witch)
AA09 11:30-12:30

Women of Concept Art for Film & TV, Gina DeDomenico (The Boys, Star Trek: Picard), Barbra Araujo (Haunted Mansion, The Acolyte), Maybelle Pineda (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Blue Beetle), Robin Richesson (Mars Attacks!, The Spiderwick Chronicles) Jen Hancock (Haunted Mansion, Violent Night), Mairi Chisholm (Sleepy Hollow, Lucifer)


Eric Betts 
S. G. Blaise
James Ganiere
[Will sign Friday only with Star Wars: Past, Present, Future Group]
Christian Ganiere


Comic-Con Gallery

TMNT Shenanigans on Preview Night.

Shark Week Meets Comic-Con.

Check out the New Comic-Con Merch Store at the Marriott Marquis Pacific Ballroom 23.

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