Welcome to the web-based version of Comic-Con Today. It’s been a long three years since we all got together. Comic-Con’s main goal is to return to an in-person event that is safe and fun for all, and we look forward to bringing you the information you need. Each morning, we will post a new digital issue with News, Updates, and Highlights of Comic-Con, all without getting ink on your fingers or injuring any trees.
Comic-Con Museum “Marvel’s Beyond Amazing: Spider-Man – The Exhibition”
At a special open-house June 30, Comic-Con Museum Executive Director, Rita Vandergaw, with San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria cut the ribbon for this once-in-a-lifetime first ever exhibition showcasing Spider-Man’s history and art. Brian Cosby, Director of Marvel Entertainment, and co-curators Dr. Ben Saunders (Professor of English at the University of Oregon) and Patrick A. Reed (New York city based pop culture historian and journalist) were on hand to open Marvel’s Beyond Amazing: Spider-Man – The Exhibition.
Todd Gloria said “This is a good day to be Mayor! Everyone knows about San Diego’s Zoo, weather, and Comic-Con. Comic-Con is such an incredible event, and the museum is now a major year-round part of it – A great addition to Balboa Park!”
Brian Cosby said “It’s really great for our little comic book company (Marvel), to be back in San Diego. This exhibit is a deep dive into the character and universe of Spider-Man.”
This 7,500 square-foot expansive and immersive exhibit allows audiences to learn about the many creators who have contributed to the web-slinger, pose for pictures with life-sized 3D character sculptures, see priceless artifacts and set pieces, and even encounter some villains! (Hint… Doc Ock!) Visitors can explore interactive installations that combine traditional museum displays and cutting-edge technology. There is also a Spider-Man gift shop featuring an array of exclusive merchandise.
Last night, during Preview Night, the Comic-Con Museum honored Spider-Man as the fourth inductee into the Museum Character Hall of Fame at “Night at the Comic-Con Museum” special event. This event included access to the exhibit, live entertainment, special guests, food, and drink. Previous inductees include PAC-MAN, Wonder Woman, and Batman.
The Marvel’s Beyond Amazing: Spider-Man – The Exhibition opened to the public on Friday, July 1. Tickets can be purchased at beyondamazingexhibition.com. The address of the Comic-Con Museum is 2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101, and is open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.
Besides the Spider-Man exhibition, the Comic-Con Museum has other great exhibits going on right now, such as the “PAC-MAN Arcade” featuring games, artwork and memorabilia, “Dave Stevens and the Rocketeer,” and “Eight Decades of Archie.” Throughout Comic-Con, special events will be happening each day. See the Comic-Con Museum Events calendar for details. A separate Museum ticket is required.
We’re all really looking forward to the first full in-person Comic-Con in three years. We’re sure you’re going to see a lot of familiar albeit masked faces. In addition, there are going to be many new people at all levels of the event, from Comic-Con Staff and Volunteers to Security and even the people at the front desk of your hotel. Sure, you may have attended Comic-Con for the last however many years, but for some people this is their first Con. Show a little patience and kindness. Remember Comic-Con is about having fun.
Where’s the Souvenir Book?
This year’s Souvenir Book is a downloadable PDF, available on the Comic-Con Souvenir Book website or by scanning the QR code on p. 10 of the Events Guide.
The book is filled with lots of full-color articles, including: centennial tributes to Charles Schulz, Stan Lee, Jerry Robinson, and William S. Gaines; a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Spider-Man; 50th anniversary articles on Funky Winkerbean, Ghost Rider, Kamandi, Swamp Thing, and Luke Cage; and 40th anniversary pieces on The Rocketeer, Groo, and Love and Rockets. Plus: a special look back at Comic-Con’s 1970s El Cortez years! The cover is by special guest Bill Morrison.
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