Comic-Con Museum@Home

Welcome to Comic-Con Museum@Home!

While Comic-Con 2020 has been cancelled (we’ll return in 2021!) and the Comic-Con Museum is currently closed along with the rest of the museums in Balboa Park, we want to welcome you to our newest endeavor: Comic-Con Museum@Home!

We have great plans for this new section of our website. This will be your main source for some amazing Comic-Con Museum content, such as exclusive videos—including past events (Sense of Wonder with Jen Bartel, The Art of Shag, Will Eisner Week), and new video content created exclusively for the Museum@Home program. Plus, we’re proud to introduce our exclusive “Fun Book” series, a regularly scheduled downloadable PDF featuring activity and coloring sheets created by the Comic-Con Museum for various age groups.

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

Can’t get enough Comic-Con Museum@Home? We’re keeping our social channels active with activities and games, as well as writing prompts from some of your favorite creators! Head to our Instagram (@ComicConMuseum), Twitter (@ComicConMuseum), and Facebook page (@ComicConMuseum) to access additional content and don’t forget to tag us in your creations!

Special during the week of Comic-Con@Home, July 20-26: A new special edition Museum@Home Fun Book every day!


Comic-Con Museum@Home Presents Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #8: The Batmobile

THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020

Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #8: The Batmobile!

Quick, to the Batmobile! “Drive” in style this summer in your very own crime fighting vehicle. In this week’s installment of Cardboard Superheroes, Connor and Bauer show us how to make a super sleek Batmobile for the Batman minifig in your life.

Don’t forget to post your finished works of art with the @comicconmuseum & @cardboardsuperheroes tags for a chance to be featured on our social media!

Cardboard Superheroes is a non-profit that holds free workshops promoting the arts in response to funding cuts in schools. Cardboard Superheroes provides an alternative that is free and fun for kids.


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Special Edition Fun Book 7

SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2020

Special Edition Fun Book 7: Latinx in Comics

Day 7 of Special Edition Fun books is a celebration of Latinx creators and characters in comics! Find your favorite Latinx comic book superheroes in our Word Play, color in the amazing illustratrations provided by author Lorena Alvarez Gómez (@artichoke_kid) and San Diego artist Gloria Muriel (@gloriamuriel), play a game of Dots & Boxes featuring Latinx creators and works, and more. Also, head to our Instagram story to play Esta o Aquella, our first “This/That” activity en español! Send photos of you and your finished work to museumops@comic-con.org for a chance to be featured on our social media.

*There was an error in the previous version. Please see the updated Dots & Boxes activity on page 5 for the correction

Click here to download Special Edition Fun Book 7


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Special Edition Fun Book 6

SATURDAY, JULY 25, 2020

Special Edition Fun Book 6: “Bungleton Green” 100th Anniversary

One hundred years ago, “Bungleton Green” came on the scene! In celebration, our Saturday Special Edition Fun Book features activities surrounding the comic strip's 44-year run in the Chicago Defender with a connect-the-dots on Bungleton's top hat, a crossword on the strip’s longest-tenured cartoonist Jay Jackson, and an activity to practice your own inking and lettering! For a quick comics history lesson on “Bungleton Green,” the nation’s first African American comic strip, check out the Comic-Con Museum Instagram (@comicconmuseum) for our latest "5 Facts" installment. Proud of your work? You should be! Send photos of you and your finished activities to museumops@comic-con.org for a chance to be featured on our social media.

Click here to download Special Edition Fun Book 6


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Special Edition Fun Book 5

FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2020

Special Edition Fun Book 5: “Patty-Jo ‘N’ Ginger” 75th Anniversary

Today, we're highlighting the 75th Anniversary of “Patty-Jo 'N' Ginger”! The popular single-panel cartoon ran from 1945–1956 in the Pittsburgh Courier and was written by Will Eisner Hall of Fame recipient Jackie Ormes, the first syndicated African American woman cartoonist. Check out our Patty-Jo Paper Doll activity (a nod to Ormes’ Patty-Jo doll), an illustration prompt to draw Ms. Ormes in your own style, a maze featuring Patty-Jo and Ginger, and more! Plus, learn more about Jackie Ormes and all of her works by tapping on the “5 Facts” highlights on the Comic-Con Museum Instagram profile @comicconmuseum, and check out our current Instagram story for a "Design a Dress for Patty-Jo" template!

Click here to download Special Edition Fun Book 5


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Presents Cardboard Superheroes

THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020

Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #7: The Bat-Signal!

It’s time to fire up the Bat-Signal! In honor of Batman’s 2019 induction into the Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame, we are excited to announce this week’s edition of Cardboard Superheroes. Now we can all summon the Caped Crusader after building our very own Bat-Signal!

Light that beacon and post your finished works of art with the @comicconmuseum & @cardboardsuperheroes tags for a chance to be featured on our social media!

Cardboard Superheroes is a non-profit that holds free workshops promoting the arts in response to funding cuts in schools. Cardboard Superheroes provides an alternative that is free and fun for kids.


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Special Edition Fun Book 4

THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2020

Special Edition Fun Book 4: Gay Comix 40th Anniversary

For our 4th Special Edition Fun Book during Comic-Con@Home, we're celebrating the 40th anniversary of Gay Comix, the alternative comic that ran from 1980–1988! Complete the crossword puzzle centered on founding editor Howard Cruse, and search the names of past Gay Comix contributors in the Word Play. Plus, visit the Comic-Con Museum Instagram profile (@comicconmuseum) for a 30-Day Song Challenge template featuring LGBTQ+ comics characters, and don’t forget to tag @comicconmuseum when you share!

Click here to download Special Edition Fun Book 4


 

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020

Special Edition Fun Book 2: Comic-Con

We know you miss attending Comic-Con in person, and we miss you too! That’s why Special Edition Fun Book 2 is all about the “Con”! Test your Comic-Con history chops by completing this edition’s crossword puzzle. Brave an Exhibit Hall maze to reach our Museum booth, and learn about some of the Comic-Con Departments that put on the convention every year with our Word Play. Also, visit the Comic-Con Museum Instagram profile (@comicconmuseum) for a Convention-themed Bingo template you can complete daily, and tag @comicconmuseum when you share!

Click here to download Special Edition Fun Book 2


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Special Edition Fun Book #1

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020

Special Edition Fun Book 1: 1-Up

It’s Comic-Con@Home week and we’re leading out with the first of seven Special Edition Fun Books! Our “1-Up” edition brings Health and Wellness into focus with activities and ideas to help you thrive during your Comic-Con@Home experience, courtesy of Kaiser Permanente. Start your day with a Coin-Up stretching challenge before moving on to complete a Scavenger Hunt for comics culture items in your home. Then, stretch your mind with a wellness word search and follow-the-veggies maze! Send us a photo of you and your finished activities to museumops@comic-con.org for a chance to be featured on Museum social media. Plus, check in with the Comic-Con Museum Instagram profile (@comicconmuseum) every day this week for a daily wellness template, and tag @comicconmuseum when you share!

Click here to download Special Edition Fun Book #1


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Presents Cardboard Superheroes

THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020

Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #6: X-Wing Fighter!

Stay on target this week and build your very own X-Wing Fighter! The newest edition of Cardboard Superheroes is here and now, you too can pilot Rogue Squadron’s fighter of choice.

And please, “cut the chatter, Red Two” and post your finished works of art with the @comicconmuseum & @cardboardsuperheroes tags for a chance to be featured on our social media!

Cardboard Superheroes is a non-profit that holds free workshops promoting the arts in response to funding cuts in schools. Cardboard Superheroes provides an alternative that is free and fun for kids.


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Presents Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #5

THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020

Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #5: Captain America's Shield!

Avengers! Assemble your very own Captain America shield. While this week’s Cardboard Superheroes creation is unlikely to withstand blows from Mjolnir, it will still give you the power of looking super cool.

And don’t forget to do “whatever it takes” and post your finished works of art with the @comicconmuseum & @cardboardsuperheroes tags for a chance to be featured on our social media!

Cardboard Superheroes is a non-profit that holds free workshops promoting the arts in response to funding cuts in schools. Cardboard Superheroes provides an alternative that is free and fun for kids.


 

Comic-Con Museum Presents Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #4: Starship Enterprise

THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2020

Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #4: Starship Enterprise!

Cardboard, the ultimate arts and crafts frontier. This is the voyage of the mini-Starship Enterprise. This week’s mission: to explore strange new worlds (aka that junk drawer you’ve been meaning to sort), to seek out new life and new civilizations (if it has been awhile since you cleaned your room, you probably won’t have to look too hard), and to boldly go where no Cardboard Superhero has gone before.

Engage in this week’s edition of Cardboard Superheroes and learn how to make the one and only Starship Enterprise.

“Make it so” and post your finished works of art with the @comicconmuseum and @cardboardsuperheroes for a chance to be featured on our social media!

Cardboard Superheroes is a non-profit that holds free workshops promoting the arts in response to funding cuts in schools. Cardboard Superheroes provides an alternative that is free and fun for kids.


 

Comic-Con Museum Presents Fun Book Number 10
Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #10 Available Now!

To celebrate our 10th Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book, this week’s cover and pages feature illustrations courtesy of painter, designer, and illustrator Shag! You may recognize Shag’s unique mid-century style—he was the Museum’s very first featured artist, in 2019! Have fun coloring pages provided by The Shag Store, a groovy maze, a connect-the-dots, and a drawing prompt that puts you in a Shag illustration. Plus, get the answers to last week’s puzzles.

Then, check back on Tuesday, July 22, for the first of our daily Museum@Home Special Edition Fun Books during Comic-Con@Home! Get glimpses of what’s to come by following our social media platforms (@comicconmuseum).

Click here to download Fun Book #10!

Comic-Con Museum Presents: Bond ... James Bond

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2020

Comic-Con Museum Presents: Bond ... James Bond

James Bond has been a cultural phenomenon for over 50 years, since the release of the first 007 film, Dr. No, back in 1962. Six actors have portrayed the legendary not-so-gentle-man spy over the years. Join us for an hour-long discussion with Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross, the authors of the new book, Nobody Does It Better: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of James Bond as they talk with Museum Curatorial Director Gary Sassaman about the incredible history of one of filmdom’s most popular franchises. With the release of the 25th official James Bond movie, No Time to Die, pushed back until November, now is the perfect time to learn the history of 007!

Click here to watch Bond ... James Bond!


 

Comic-Con Museum Presents Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #3: R2D2
Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #3: R2D2!

Beep boop bop. Bop boop bop beep. Boop boop boop bop. Beep beep bop boop. Beep boop beep bop beep boop bop bop. Bop bop beep bop bop bop beep.

Don’t speak droid? Let us translate.

We could all use a helping “hand” these days. Who better to do so than R2D2? Tune-in for this week’s edition of Cardboard Superheroes and learn how to make the droid we’ve all been looking for.

Post your finished works of art and tag @comicconmuseum and @cardboardsuperheroes for a chance to be featured on our social media!

Cardboard Superheroes is a non-profit that holds free workshops promoting the arts in response to funding cuts in schools. Cardboard Superheroes provides an alternative that is free and fun for kids.


 

Comic-Con Museum Presents Fun Book Number 9
Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #9 Available Now!

The latest Comic-Con Museum Fun Book is here! This week, we’re gearing up for the upcoming virtual PAWmicon with animal superheroes! Enjoy two coloring pages featuring animal superheroes, and then turn your own furry (or feathered) friend into a hero. You can even create your own short comic about animal adventures. Plus, check the answers to last week’s puzzle.

Click here to download Fun Book #9!

 

 


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Presents Cardboard Superheroes

THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020

Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #2: Thor's Hammer!

Ever wanted to know what it feels like to wield the power of Mjolnir? Now you can with this week’s installment of Mini Cardboard Superheroes! Connor and Bauer will walk us through how to make our very own Thor’s Hammer (lightning not included).

Join the ranks of Earth’s most worthy superheroes and download the Mjolnir materials today!

Post your finished works of art and tag @comicconmuseum and @cardboardsuperheroes for a chance to be featured on our social media!

Cardboard Superheroes is a non-profit that holds free workshops promoting the arts in response to funding cuts in schools. Cardboard Superheroes provides an alternative that is free and fun for kids.

 


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #8
Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #8

June 16 is regarded as Captain Picard Day and so we’ve honored the good captain in Fun Book 8! Brew some Earl Grey tea (Hot!) and go full impulse on Fun Book activities like a color-by- number sheet using the Captain Picard Day stardate, a cut-and-connect Captain Picard paper doll, and a “Captain Picard Day” banner you can hang up at home. As always, answers to last week's Fun Book are included, and don’t forget to send your finished creations to museumops@comic-con.org.

Click here to download Fun Book #8!

 


 

THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020

Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #1: Wall-E!

You saw them at December Nights. You watched them during WonderCon@Home. And now, back by popular demand with all new “how-tos” are the Cardboard Superheroes! Each week throughout the summer, Connor and Bauer Lee (co-founders) will lead us through a video tutorial on how to make miniature models of some of our favorite pop culture icons using typical household items.

Updated each Thursday here on the Comic-Con Museum@Home page, fellow makers will find instructions for building that week’s superhero along with a free printable template and tutorial video.

Join us this week as we create our first mini-model... Wall-E!

We encourage you to post your finished works of art and tag @comicconmuseum and @cardboardsuperheroes for a chance to be featured on our social media!

Cardboard Superheroes is a non-profit that holds free workshops promoting the arts in response to funding cuts in schools. Cardboard Superheroes provides an alternative that is free and fun for kids.

 


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #7 Available Now!

The Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book is back for round seven, and this time we’re celebrating Pride Month! June has been LGBT Pride Month for over 25 years, and this week’s Fun Book includes puzzles and games featuring LGBT creators, as well as inking and coloring pages reflecting pride and allyship. Plus, check your answers to last week’s puzzles!

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #7!


 

THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #6 Available Now!

The fun continues with round six of the Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book!  This week we are celebrating the 45th anniversary of Marvel superheroine Storm.  Plus, have a hoot as Katie Cook teaches you to draw an owl!  Check out all of this week’s puzzles, games, and tutorials, and of course the answers to last week’s puzzles.

Click here to download Museum@Home Fun Book #6!


 

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #5 Available Now!

It’s another round of the Comic-Con Museum Fun Book, and this time it’s a special Sherlock Holmes Edition! We’re celebrating Sherlock Holmes Day and creator Arthur Conan Doyle’s 161st  birthday this Friday, May 22 by testing your powers of observation with a hidden object search, Anagram challenge, not to mention a new drawing tutorial from Katie Cook! And check out the answers to last week’s puzzles!

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #5!

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020

Comic-Con Museum@Home Celebrates Sherlock Holmes Day!

The game is afoot (at home)! In honor of Sherlock Holmes Day and creator Arthur Conan Doyle’s 161st birthday, Comic-Con Museum@Home is here to teach you about the science of Sherlock. Learn how to catch your nemesis Moriarty with fingerprints, and send secret messages to Dr. Watson with invisible ink, plus the world premiere of our new video series Pop Culture Science, created in conjunction with the Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park!

Pop Culture Science: Forensic Science

The Comic-Con Museum and the Fleet Science Center are excited to introduce Pop Culture Science. This new event series explores the science behind everything we love about pop culture, from films, TV shows, comics, books, toys, to fandom and more.

While we can’t host any live events right now, we still want to share the fun of pop culture and science, and all the nerdiness that comes with it.

Click here or on the above title to watch our first Pop Culture Science video on Forensic Science as we celebrate Sherlock Holmes Day. The Fleet Science Center’s Andrea Decker interviews local forensic scientists Roxanne and Toniann to explore where TV shows like CSI and Bones got it right and where Hollywood has taken some creative license. Find out what really goes on at a crime scene and in a crime lab and what it takes to find out “Whodunnit!”

In addition, we have two fun @Home activities for the detective in all of us, with special downloadable activity sheets

Learn to Dust for Fingerprints @Home!

Collect clues like a real detective! Each person has unique fingerprints that are different from everyone else’s … but many fingerprints have designs in common like swirls or loops. Download this PDF and test around your house and see if you can identify which fingerprints belong to who, and what they’ve been touching!

Make Your Own Invisible Ink @Home!

Find and make secret messages like a real detective! Detectives AND villains often leave clues that they don’t want anyone reading. Download this PDF and find out how, with simple household items, you, too, can make and read secret messages and codes written in invisible ink at home in five easy steps.

Also check out our special Sherlock Holmes-themed Museum@Home Fun Book #5. Click here to download! And scroll down to access our other four Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Books!


 

 

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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020

Sense of Wonder: The Art of WonderCon Anaheim

The Comic-Con Museum’s last gallery exhibition before the Covid-19 stay at home protocols went into effect was “Sense of Wonder: The Art of WonderCon Anaheim,” which featured the last decade of WonderCon Program Book covers, including original art, concept sketches, pencils, inks, and color art. Since only a handful of people were able to see this exhibit in person, we’ve prepared a deep-dive video, which showcases the art through actual video of the exhibition plus a large array of close-up graphics. Join Museum Curatorial Director Gary Sassaman with behind-the-scenes stories about the covers, featuring the art of Jim Lee, Ryan Sook, Frank Quitely, Cliff Chiang, Babs Tarr, Michael Cho, Dan Jurgens, Lee Weeks, and Jen Bartel, along with a history of WonderCon and a look at all the show’s cover art from 1988 through 2020.

Click here or on the title above to watch!
BONUS! Cover Story PDF: The Story Behind the Covers

We’ve prepared a special 22-page PDF featuring all of the “Cover Story” articles from the WonderCon Anaheim Program Books from 2012 through 2019. These articles include interviews with some of the artists, additional info on the covers, and most of the art featured in the video presentation.

Click here to download the Cover Story PDF!

 


 

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book Number 4 Available Now!

WOW! Four weeks in a row! Here's out latest Museum@Home Fun Book, featuring puzzles, drawing prompts, special group-play bingo games, and more, including the answer key to last week's puzzle!

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum Fun Book Number 4!


 

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book Number 3 Available Now!

We're back with ANOTHER Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book for your coloring/puzzling/drawing pleasure! This issue contains a special salute to teachers, another drawing tutorial from Toucan's own Katie Cook and much more, including the answer keys to last week's puzzles!

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum Fun Book Number 3!

 


 

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book Number 2 Available Now!

Hey … how about another Fun Book? Here’s even more fun stuff to do, including new puzzles, coloring pages, how to draw a “happy-go-lucky” robot by Katie Cook, and more, plus the answers to last week’s puzzles. This week’s issue has 10 pages filled with brand new content, created exclusively by Comic-Con!

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum Fun Book Number 2!


 

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020

Introducing the Comic-Con Museum Fun Book!

We’re all looking for fun stuff to do these days, and the Comic-Con Museum is here for you! Introducing our very first issue of the Museum Fun Book, featuring puzzles, coloring pages, and how-to-draw tutorial and coloring pages by the Toucan Blog’s Katie Cook (spoiler alert: It’s an OTTER!).

These exclusive activity pages have been created by the Museum staff and Comic-Con’s Programming staff, and this is just the very first issue! You can look for more issues of Fun Book coming soon … check back often for updates!

Click here to download Comic-Con Museum Fun Book Number 1!

Exclusive Comic-Con Museum Videos!

The Comic-Con Museum has been hosting Facebook Live events over the past few months, and we’re linking to them here for your viewing pleasure. Click here to check out the Museum’s YouTube channel, or on the individual links below to see specific videos. We have more exclusive videos coming soon, so bookmark this Museum@Home page and check back often!

Sense of Wonder: The Art of WonderCon Anaheim with Jen Bartel

WonderCon Anaheim 2020 special guest Jen Bartel appeared at the Comic-Con Museum on February 19, 2020 to help launch the new gallery exhibition, Sense of Wonder: The Art of WonderCon Anaheim and to reveal her exclusive art for the WCA Program Book, featuring Wonder Woman. Jen discusses her career and shows examples of her art, including the how she created this year's cover.

The Art of Shag

The Art of Shag, a Comic-Con Museum showcase featured works from Josh Agle (Shag) himself! Imbued with a distinctive attitude and sly sense of humor, the works of Shag blend Pop Culture, Tiki Culture and the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic. His unique pieces are unmistakably of our time, but reminiscent of animation and commercial art from the fifties and sixties. In this video, Shag talks about his art, career, and the influences that have garnered him a world-wide following of fans!

Will Eisner Week: The Spirit of Comic-Con

From the first time he was a guest of the show in 1975, until his death in 2005, Will was an integral part of the Comic-Con family, investing in the community and professional institutions of the show. Besides always being onstage to hand out trophies at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, he spearheaded the Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award, appeared on programs, did signings and always made time to encourage aspiring creators and fans. Sharing personal photos and reminiscences, Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada shows you the Will Eisner she knew.

Will Eisner Week: To the Head of the Class—A Comic Educator Meet-up

Do you teach with comics? Do you want to, but don't know where to begin? Do you want to meet others who share a passion for comics in schools and libraries? This is the panel for you! Join CBLDF education contributor Betsy Gomez for an overview of the current landscape of comics and education, featuring Jewyl Clarke (integrated curriculum coordinator, San Diego County Office of Education), Erwin Magbanua (principal librarian, Chula Vista Public Library), and Karen Evans. Starting with his military service in World War II, Will Eisner was one of the earliest champions of the educational potential of comics; nothing would make him happier than being in a room full of teachers who share his values.

Life Forces: The Art of the Comics Memoir

Will Eisner pioneered the American comics memoir with To The Heart of the Storm, The Dreamer, and a host of semi-autobiographical graphic novels. A generation later, the genre is thriving, with stories for all walks of life by a diverse field of creators with a wide range of singular approaches. Creators Henry Barajas (La Voz De M.A.Y.O: Tata Rambo), Cecil Castellucci (Girl on Film), Mary Fleener (Life of the Party), Kate Leth (Valley Ghouls), and Victoria Ying (Mother Tongue) talk about the joys, challenges, heartbreaks, and breakthroughs that come with bringing real life to the comics page in this panel moderated by Laura Jones, Comic-Con operations and programming coordinator.

More videos are coming soon ... check back for updates!