Comic-Con Museum@Home

Welcome to Comic-Con Museum@Home!

While the Comic-Con Museum is currently closed along with the rest of the museums in Balboa Park, 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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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!

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@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!

 

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

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
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!

Cardboard Superheroes Video Tutorial #1: Wall-E!

Wall-E Cardboard Superhero

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!

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #7
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!

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

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #6

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!

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

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #5

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!

Comic-Con Museum@Home Celebrates Sherlock Holmes Day!

Sherlock Holmes Day at Comic-Con Museum

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!

Sense of Wonder: The Art of WonderCon Anaheim

Sense of Wonder Art of WonderCon

Art and characters TM & © DC

Comic-Con Museum Cover Story

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!

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!

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

Comic-Con Museum@Home Fun Book #3

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!