Gene Roddenberry: Sci-Fi Visionary
Opening in the year of his Centennial celebration, this exhibit highlights the career and far-reaching legacy of Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek. Featuring historical memorabilia, costumes and props from CBS, rarely seen documents and letters, as well as a few surprises, the exhibit will inform visitors about Gene Roddenberry’s incredible life story and his lasting impact on popular culture.
Created in collaboration with Roddenberry Entertainment and CBS, this installation walks visitors through Gene’s life, providing a deeper understanding of the man, his philosophy and the power of his vision. The six month exhibit highlights the immense and lasting impact that both Roddenberry and Star Trek had on science-fiction, the entertainment industry, and the world at large. Live Long and Prosper!
Chas Addams... Family and Friends
Ghoulish, macabre, bizarre, eerie, and weird have all been used to describe the work and characters of Charles Samuel Addams. Charming, humorous, enchanting, tender, and captivating are also adjectives used to describe the same body of work, as well as the man himself. His rare gift was the ability to enjoin such dichotomies in wonderfully crafted cartoons and drawings loved by millions worldwide. Born in Westfield, New Jersey in 1912, Addams became a freelance cartoonist in the early 1930s. He sold his first drawing to The New Yorker in 1933. His cartoons ran regularly in the magazine from 1938 up until his death in 1988. Addams drew more than 1,300 cartoons over the course of his life. Those that did not appear in The New Yorker were often in Collier's and TV Guide. This exhibition encompasses 60 original works (including several color paintings as well as black-and-white cartoons), divided into five categories: Art & Architecture, Relationships, Addams Family, Anomalies, and “Preliminary and Published,” which consists of four published works and their associated preliminary drawings.
Eight Decades of Archie
The Comic-Con Museum is proud to premiere Eight Decades Of Archie, a new pop-up exhibition that explores the storied history of America’s typical teenagers through immersive set pieces, visual displays, and hundreds of artifacts including vintage comic books, animation production materials, priceless pieces of original art, TV and film props, and other memorabilia.This project celebrates both the vast cultural legacy of the Archie Comics company and the enduring appeal of its characters, and is built to appeal equally to devoted comic aficionados, audiences who grew up on The Archies animated series and records, and those who first encountered the characters through Riverdale and its spin-off programs – while also offering behind-the-scenes insights and context that will engage even the most casual fan. The full scope and scale of Archie's pop culture is reflected within this show – from Betty and Veronica to Kevin Keller and Cheryl Blossom, from Sabrina The Teenage Witch to Josie And The Pussycats, from digests in supermarket check-out lines to cutting-edge programs on today's most popular streaming platforms.
Born on May 22, 1980, PAC-MAN immediately rose to meteoric popularity, first in video game arcades, then on the pop culture stage, and later through an array of branding and entertainment appearances throughout the 1980s and 1990s. With a worldwide brand recognition rate of over 90%, PAC-MAN continues to be one of the most recognized images and brands on the planet. Featuring a simple pick-up-and-play yet challenging-to-master gameplay design, PAC-MAN was deliberately designed to buck the trend of arcade games that were commonly focused on attracting male players. Instead, PAC-MAN was created to appeal to both male and female players and to be appropriate for players of all ages. These core design principles contributed to making PAC-MAN the family-friendly character he is today and delivering on his goal of bringing more fun to everyone no matter their gender or age.
Having celebrated his 40th anniversary last year in 2020, PAC-MAN commemorated this milestone anniversary with an array of brand integrations and partnerships including an appearance in Minecraft® through a special DLC package, a new theme song composed by world-renowned Japanese techno artist Ken Ishii entitled “JOIN THE PAC”, and topping the 40th anniversary celebrations with his excited induction in the San Diego Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame.
Today, PAC-MAN continues to entertain and delight his legions of fans, both young and old. He’s currently starring in an array of new games including PAC-MAN 99 and PAC-MAN MEGA TUNNEL BATTLE for home console systems and PC and in PAC-MAN for both iOS and Android mobile devices. PAC-MAN participated in the UN’s Green Game Jam 2021 via his PAC-MAN iOS and Android mobile app where he seeks to influence over 1 million players to be more aware of the environmental challenges we face and to support a petition urging world leaders to protect forests as a key line of defense against climate change.
The future for PAC-MAN is truly bright as he continues to deliver fun and entertainment to an ever growing number of fans of all ages through more games and products.
Founded in 2019 by brothers Connor (17) and Bauer (14) Lee, Cardboard Superheroes is a non-profit that provides alternative and free arts education workshops for people of all ages. Connor and Bauer have been building life-sized cardboard models for the past 6 years and created Cardboard Superheroes as a way to share their passion for superheroes, popular arts and crafts with as many people as possible.
The Cardboard Superheroes exhibit at the Comic-Con Museum showcases some of Connor and Bauer’s finest work featuring pop-culture characters made into life-sized cardboard models including the Hulkbuster, Iron Man, C-3PO, Wonder Woman, Groot, Baby Yoda, and much more!
For more information on Cardboard Superheroes and to access their tutorials visit their website at: cardboardsuperheroes.com or the Comic-Con Museum YouTube channel.
Out of the Darkness: Comic Art in the Times of COVID, Presented by A Reason to Survive (ARTS), Exhibit Sponsored by Kaiser Permanente
Out of the Darkness: Comic Art in the Times of COVID is a unique exhibition presented by A Reason To Survive (ARTS) and sponsored by Kaiser Permanente. The exhibit features youth artwork that comes out of a collaboration between the Comic-Con Museum and ARTS, a creative youth development nonprofit serving young people across the South County region of San Diego.This collaboration rolled out with comic art and design classes at ARTS — during the height of the pandemic — and through Spring 2021, culminating in a curatorial workshop series to prepare the exhibition before you.
The artwork exemplified in this exhibit is what at ARTS they call the intersection of creativity and care. Through comic illustration and visual storytelling, young people look inside themselves and within their communities to explore the experience of the past eighteen months and the effects it had on their mental health and collective well-being.
By learning new skills and practicing self-expression, young people developed a space for art to emerge under conditions of uncertainty and darkness. Art can be therapeutic; art can be a tool for mental wellness. The artwork before you represents the light that comes Out of the Darkness.