New Comic-Con Museum Being Built In San Diego

It's getting less and less likely that the USA is going to let me into the country for San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition this November/December. But I live in hope.  And now, San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the non-profit organization that produces the annual popular arts and culture celebration Comic-Con, has announced the start of construction on the new Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park with the opening and daily operations set to begin on the 26th of November 26. The event will coincide with Comic-Con Special Edition, a reduced-sized fall version of the Comic-Con convention held each summer in San Diego.  The Comic-Con Museum intends to allow fans and the public to see exciting and fun exhibits, art, and images connected to comics and related popular art while intending to serve as a meeting place for the community of fans and lovers of popular art in all its unique forms.

New Comic-Con Museum Being Built In San Diego
New Comic-Con Museum Being Built In San Diego

"Comic-Con may be a San Diego institution, but people from around the world have eagerly anticipated this year-round home to celebrate the popular arts they love," commented San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria. "With the Museum's construction underway, we're closer than ever to welcoming a global audience to get a taste of the Comic-Con experience in the middle of our City's crown jewel, Balboa Park." One of the two classrooms scheduled to open in the Museum's educational center at this time is the Cox Innovation Lab, "The Comic-Con Museum will be a fabulous addition to Balboa Park," said Ingo Hentschel, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Cox Communications. "We're excited that the Cox Innovation Lab will be part of this amazing project to showcase innovation and technology in an educational setting for local youth." Cox contributed $175,000 to create the Cox Innovation Lab in the Museum's education center. "We are eager to begin renovation on the old Federal Building and are excited to join the other esteemed museums in what is often regarded as the cultural heart of San Diego," said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the non-profit.

The Museum will continue to expand its interior display space and educational area over the next several months leading to a grand opening scheduled for July 2022.  The primary sources of revenue for SDCC are the comics and related popular art conventions it holds each year. However, due to the worldwide pandemic, the organization has not been able to hold an in-person event since the 2019 Comic-Con in San Diego. "The consequences of COVID-19 have had its effect on SDCC, despite those challenges, the organization is moving forward with its promised construction and opening of the Comic-Con Museum," commented Glanzer. "For a variety of reasons, chief among them the continuing global crisis, fundraising for the Museum is not at the level we would have hoped." Therefore, the November opening of the Comic-Con Museum is just the first phase of planned improvements, with more to come over the next several years. The opening of all three floors is scheduled for July 2022. I just hope I'll get the chance to see it…

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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