Comic-Con Museum@Home

Welcome to Comic-Con Museum@Home!

While the Comic-Con Museum's doors in Balboa Park haven't officially opened, we welcome you to our virtual endeavor: Comic-Con Museum@Home!

This is your main source for amazing Comic-Con Museum content, from exclusive videos of past in-person and online events (Sense of Wonder with Jen Bartel, The Art of Shag, Will Eisner Week, The Art of Storyboarding) to new videos and free PDF activities created exclusively for the Museum@Home program.

Bookmark this page for regular updates, and check back often for new Comic-Con Museum@Home content!

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Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #35: Comic-Con@Home 2021

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #35: Comic-Con@Home 2021

THURSDAY, JUL. 22, 2021

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #35: Comic-Con@Home 2021

We’re celebrating this weekend’s virtual activities by recognizing milestone anniversaries in comics and film! Find out which movies celebrate their 25th anniversaries in this month’s Dots & Boxes game sheet. Navigate your way through this month’s Pathfinder maze, which features animals in honor of the power and prowess of DC Comics’ Vixen (who first appeared in comics 40 years ago!) Long live The Eternals, who first appeared in 1976, in this month’s True Value activity sheet. Pay homage to the 55th anniversary of Black Panther in this month’s Word Search. Finally, test your knowledge of the Golden Age of Comics with our Cross Play crossword celebrating the 80th anniversaries of eight notable characters!

This edition of the Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book comes courtesy of Kaiser Permanente San Diego.

Tune in the rest of this weekend to @comicconmuseum on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook  for daily Thrive reminders courtesy of Kaiser Permanente San Diego. We’ll also post more milestone anniversary activities, including an Instagram Story quiz honoring the 50th anniversary of Swamp Thing!

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #35!

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #7


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #7

WEDNEDSAY, JUL. 21, 2021

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #7

Five-panel pages are on deck for our July 2021 edition! Make a comic with one or several pages from this release or from past issues. For story inspiration, consider a tale about:

  • Standing up for yourself, friends, family members, or people in your community.
  • How you’re preparing for Comic-Con@Home 2021.
  • What it might feel like to live in a swamp. (Psst! It’s Swamp Thing’s 50th Anniversary!)

Having a creative outlet can help everyone navigate their feelings. As you think about how you’ll use this month’s pages, consider tuning in to our educational panel “The Importance of a Creative Outlet for Mental Health” featuring Dr. Steven Chan, Dr. Alicia Zhou, Liezl Fernando, and Dr. Francis Kong, available now on the Comic-Con Museum YouTube Channel.

We’d love to see the comics you create! Tag @comicconmuseum when you post a photo of your work on social media!

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum@Home’s Comics Layouts #7!

Virtual Panel: From Music to Animation with Dawn Richard


 

Panel: From Music to Animation with Dawn Richard, moderated by Monique Henry-Hudson

THURSDAY, JUL. 8, 2021

Virtual Panel: From Music to Animation with Dawn Richard

Singer-songwriter, animator, and comics creator Dawn Richard (DAWN, Danity Kane, Adult Swim) joins DiverseToons co-founder Monique Henry-Hudson to discuss her nonlinear journey into animation, the intersection of music, illustration, and technology, and the value of collaboration.

This panel was pre-recorded for the Comic-Con Museum by DiverseToons. For more information on the program participants, please visit their websites:
 

Stay in the loop! We’re excited for Comic-Con@Home 2021, which takes place July 23–25! Find out what we have in store by following @comicconmuseum on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. 

Watch From Music to Animation with Dawn Richard on the Comic-Con Museum YouTube channel!

Summer at Your Library with the Comic-Con Museum!


 

Summer at your Library

WEDNESDAY, JUL. 7, 2021

Summer at Your Library with the Comic-Con Museum!

This summer, you can spot the Comic-Con Museum at any branch of the San Diego County Library (SDCL) through August 31! We've contributed five activity sheets to the "Summer at Your Library" activity book, curated by SDCL as part of the county's Talk, Read, Sing initiative in support of First 5 San Diego.

Pick up a free print version of the activity book aimed at children ages 0–5 at all 33 San Diego County Library branches through August 31 or download it from San Diego County’s Summer Learning Challenge website!

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #6


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #6

THURSDAY, JUN. 10, 2021

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #6

It’s all about four-panel pages in our June 2021 edition! Use one as a comic strip or combine them with other pages in this issue to illustrate a story about:

  • A camping trip, a hike, or other recreational activity you like to do outdoors.
  • Something you hope to do during summer vacation.
  • A memory from your dad’s childhood.

Bonus! Use one or several of the pages in tandem with our workshop “Drawing Childhood Memories” led by comics creators and educators Sharon De La Cruz and Breena Nuñez, available now on the Comic-Con Museum YouTube Channel.

We’d love to see the comics you create! Tag @comicconmuseum when you post a photo of your work on social media!

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum@Home’s Comics Layouts #6!

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #33: AAPI Heritage in Comics


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #33: AAPI Heritage in Comics

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #33: AAPI Heritage in Comics

We’re celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by recognizing the impact and influence of such comics creators as Nidhi Chanani, MariNaomi, Gene Luen Yang, Whilce Portacio, Jim Lee, Lynda Barry, Greg Pak and more! Learn about the comics and pop cultural works of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander storytellers in this month’s Cross Purpose crossword and Dots & Boxes game sheet. Have fun coloring an illustration of a popular soft-serve snack known as taiyaki. Practice lettering skills by shading the names “Shang-Chi,” “Meimi” of the manga Saint Tail, and more in this month’s True Value activity sheet.

We’ve also included a World Play word search celebrating Jewish American creators in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, and a craft activity filled with self care ideas in light of Mental Health Awareness month.

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #33!

 

Virtual Panel: Catching Up with Alitha E. Martinez


 

Virtual Panel: Catching Up with Alitha E. Martinez

WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2021

Virtual Panel: Catching Up with Alitha E. Martinez

Veteran comics artist, educator, and 2019 Comic-Con Special Guest Alitha E. Martinez joins Dr. Shamika Mitchell (State University of New York–Rockland, Rae Comics, Unstoppable Comics) to talk about working on iconic titles for such companies as Marvel, DC Comics, Image Comics, Archie Comics, and Humanoids, while also founding Ariotstorm Productions and teaching the next generation of comics creators. Coordinated with Women in Comics Collective International (WinC). 

This panel was originally live streamed on May 19, 2021. For more information on our program participants and WinC, please visit their websites:

Stay in the loop! More virtual, live stream events are coming your way, so please sign up for the Museum Insider newsletter and follow @comicconmuseum on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Watch Catching Up with Alitha E. Martinez on the Comic-Con Museum YouTube channel!

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #5


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #5

THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2021

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #5

Our May edition is made up of six pages of dynamic layouts, and each layout includes panels that overlap! Use one or combine them with pages from previous editions to illustrate a story about:

  • Your favorite character from a tabletop game. 

  • What you appreciate most about your current or a past teacher.

  • A memory from your mom’s childhood.

We’d love to see the comics you (or your class!) create. Tag @comicconmuseum when you post a photo of your work on social media!

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum@Home’s Comics Layouts #5!

Virtual Panel: Drawing Childhood Memories


 

Virtual Panel: Drawing Childhood Memories

THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021

Virtual Panel: Drawing Childhood Memories

Grab your art supplies! In this interactive program, comics creators and educators Sharon Lee De La Cruz and Breena Nuñez discuss how they both use childhood memories in their comics works as they lead viewers in creating a four-panel comic.

Sharon Lee De La Cruz is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and activist who is passionate about STEM education, accessible visual narrative, and social justice. A graduate from Cooper Union and NYU-ITP, Sharon's participation in the Tin House Summer Workshop led to the creation of her first graphic novel memoir, I’m a Wild Seed (Street Noise, April 2021). Sharon is based in New York City.

Breena Nuñez is a Bay Area cartoonist, educator, and the other half of the newly launched small press, Laneha House. 

This panel was originally live streamed on April 30, 2021. For more information on the panelists, visit them online and on social media:

Show us your work! Tag @comicconmuseum @sharonleedelacruz @breenache #comicconmuseum to share your finished comic with us, the panelists, and the Comic-Con Museum community.

Stay in the loop! More virtual, live stream events are coming your way, so please sign up for the Museum Insider newsletter and follow @comicconmuseum on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. 

Watch Drawing Childhood Memories on the Comic-Con Museum YouTube channel!

Celebrate Teachers!


 

Celebrate Teachers!

MONDAY, MAY 3, 2021

Celebrate Teachers!

Happy Teachers Appreciation Week! Join the Comic-Con Museum as we show gratitude to the educators in our community, from those who’ve helped us develop accessible educational programming and resources, to the teachers in your lives.

Head to @comicconmuseum on Instagram and check out our Instagram Story and Highlights, where we’ll acknowledge the people whose resilience and dedication to education have shown through over the past pandemic year. 

Also, revisit Fun Book 3 for our “Gracias” coloring sheet featuring art by San Diego illustrator and muralist Gloria Muriel! Have your students color and embellish it, and give the resulting artwork to a teacher who has made a positive impact.

Click here to get the Gloria Muriel coloring page from Fun Book 3!

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #32: Comics & Nature


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #32: Comics & Nature

THURSDAY, APR. 29, 2021

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #32: Comics & Nature

In celebration of Earth Day, this edition of the Comic-Con Museum Fun Book looks at the ways comics and related pop culture media have been used to tell stories connected to nature and the environment.

Jackie Ormes’ “Torchy in ‘Heartbeats’” discussed environmental social justice. With Storm and Poison Ivy, Len Wein and Robert Kanigher gave us comics characters able to wield Earth’s elements and plants. Non-fiction graphic novels by Rachel Hope Allison and Joe Sacco observe our environmental impact on our planet’s oceans and lands, and each other.

These creators, their works, and more are featured in this month’s Cross Purpose crossword and Word Play word search, along with a “Classy Narwhal” drawing tutorial by Katie Cook and a new Comics Panels page you can use to draw a childhood memory of an outdoor walk or trip.

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #32!

Virtual Panel: Artistry & Merchandising


 

Virtual Panel: Artistry & Merchandising

THURSDAY, APR. 22, 2021

Virtual Panel: Artistry & Merchandising

Being an artist requires more than creating beautiful art these days. To support yourself, it’s important to diversify your portfolio and find additional revenue streams. Creators Aviva Maï Artzy (illustrator and model), Jen Bartel (Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman), Jiji Knight (artist), Huda Fahmy (Yes, I’m Hot In This), Sina Grace (Getting It Together), and Yoshi Yoshitani (I Am Not Starfire) joined Laura Jones (operations and programming coordinator for Comic-Con International) to discuss how they have turned their creativity into profit without losing their artistic sensibilities, and responded to questions from viewers.

This panel was originally live streamed on April 16, 2021. For more information on the panelists, visit them online and on social media:

  • Aviva Maï Artzy • avivamaiartzy.com • @avivamaiartzy
  • Jen Bartel • jenbartel.com • @heyjenbartel
  • Jiji Knight • jijiknight.com • @jijidraws 
  • Huda Fahmy • yesimhotinthis.com • @yesimhotinthis
  • Sina Grace • sinagrace.com • @sinagrace
  • Yoshi Yoshitani • yoshiyoshitani.com • @yoshiyoshitani

Stay in the loop! More virtual, live stream events are coming your way, so please sign up for the Museum Insider newsletter and follow @comicconmuseum on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Watch Artistry & Merchandising on the Comic-Con Museum YouTube channel!

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #4


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #4

THURSDAY, APR. 7, 2021

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #4

Featured in our April edition is a two-page bleed layout, where the left page and right page combine to make on epic sequence! Use it–along with other pages from this edition and previous editions–to draw a story in response to one of these prompts:

  • Finish this sentence in three ways: “We can help save the Earth when we…”.
  • When is change easy? When is it hard?
  • How would you prepare for a trip around the Earth from outer space?

We’d love to see the comics you (or your class!) create. Please submit photos to museumops@comic-con.org for a chance to be featured on our social media.

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum@Home’s Comics Layouts #4!

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #31: WonderCon@Home


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #31: WonderCon@Home

THURSDAY, MAR. 25, 2021

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #31: WonderCon@Home

We're starting our celebration of WonderCon@Home 2021 a day early with this month's Fun Book! Complete then color the cartoon provided by The New Yorker cartoonist Liz Montague, follow Katie Cook's tutorial for drawing a nerdy comics-loving cat, slay the Pathfinder maze and challenge friends on social media to beat your time, illustrate a favorite WonderCon memory using this month's Comics Panels page inspired by a Natacha Bustos page layout, and more.

Then, visit our Instagram Story tomorrow, March 26, to play our latest "Lightning Round" trivia quiz, and check our social media feeds on Saturday, March 27, for a Hidden Objects game!

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #31!

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #3


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #3

THURSDAY, MAR. 11, 2021

Comic-Con Museum@Home: Comics Layouts #3

This month’s edition includes a full-page layout in addition to six multi-panel layouts! Use the full-page layout as a comic book cover, a super scene, or title page inside your DIY comic book. Also, consider these prompts:

  • Phone a friend or family member, ask them what happened in their day, then illustrate it. 
  • Draw out a conversation between two bees, either inside a hive or on a flower.
  • Go on a walk around the block, then make a comic about what you saw, heard, and/or smelled along the way.

We’d love to see the comics you (or your class!) created. Please submit photos to museumops@comic-con.org for a chance to be featured on our social media.

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum@Home’s Comics Layouts #3!