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!


Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #8: The Batmobile!

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.

Special Edition Fun Book 7: Latinx in Comics

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

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

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

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

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

Special Edition Fun Book 4: Gay Comix 40th Anniversary

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

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

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.

Special Edition Fun Book 2: Comic-Con

Comic-Con Museum@Home Special Edition Fun Book #2

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

Special Edition Fun Book 1: 1-Up

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

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

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.

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

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.

Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #4: Starship Enterprise!

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@Home Fun Book #10 Available Now!

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

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!

Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #3: R2D2!

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

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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@Home Fun Book #9 Available Now!

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!