Comic-Con Museum is located inside Balboa Park in San Diego, CA. It’s the ultimate fan destination for fans of comics, movies, animation and sci-fi!
Comic-Con Museum is a division of San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation, organized for creating awareness and appreciation of comics and pop culture/art. I’ve always wanted to go to SDCC, which is held annually in July, but haven’t had a chance to attend. Since we were staying in San Diego for a few days, we decided to visit Comic-Con Museum because it has so much to offer!
There are three new exhibits that we wanted to see – the “Cowboy Bebop” exhibit, a feature on Stan Lee’s 78-year career and a “My Hero Academia” installation.
Excelsior! The Life and Legacy of Stan Lee
Stan Lee appeared at Comic-Con many times over the course of his 78-year career. This year, Comic-Con Museum and Kartoon Studios, present a first-ever exhibit to celebrate his 100 years of legacy. The exhibit features original art, rare comic books and paintings that explore decades of Lee’s work, as well as a section devoted entirely to Lee’s co-creators of the Marvel Universe, including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and other amazing co-creators.
“My Hero Academia” Installation
Presented in partnership with Crunchyroll, the statue of the “Historical Battle in Kamino” from “My Hero Academia” is a stunning representation of the epic fight between All Might and All For One in Season 3 Episode 48. The statue, along with other artwork, gives fans (including my daughter) an opportunity to celebrate their love for the series.
“Cowboy Bebop” 25th Anniversary Art Exhibition
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the iconic anime “COWBOY BEBOP,” a gallery of commissioned art was created to capture the essence of the series’ iconic characters, settings, and themes through the unique style and interpretation of the artists. This exhibit allows creators to express their appreciation for the series and contribute to the vast and diverse range of artistic interpretations of this beloved anime. The gallery is presented in partnership with Crunchyroll and Mondo.
In addition to viewing these exhibits, we walked through the rest of the museum. Highlights include:
- The Animation Academy – from Pencils to Pixels: This exhibit has over 20 interactive stations. My daughter loves to draw and could spend hours in here!
- PAC-MAN Arcade: This neon-lit arcade room took me back to my childhood! I even played a game or two while at the museum.
- and more!
Overall we had a great time visiting the museum. My daughter hopes to break into animation or work in digital arts, so this was very fun and educational for her. My hubby is a Stan Lee fan and I’m always up for anything related to pop culture. I highly recommend booking your visit in advance, as this is a popular museum!
2131 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I received complimentary tickets to Comic-Con Museum which helped facilitate this review. All images are mine unless otherwise noted. All images and opinions are 100% my own.