Each summer, the city’s Gaslamp Quarter is injected with 150,000 people vying to attend San Diego Comic-Con panels, snatch exclusive merchandise and meet artists who create their favorite media.
This year, the festivities begin early with exclusive Comic-Con themed art shows around town starting on July, 8th and some running till the end of the year like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Exhibition at the brand new San Diego Comic Art Gallery.
Most of these exhibits are *FREE and open to the public, please check with each venue for more information. Looking for all of the after parties and non-badge off-site events? Check out our San Diego Comic-Con Off-Site Events 2015 Cheat Sheet.
“The Art of Comic Con”
When: June 20 – August 30th
Where: 330 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92101
The San Diego Public Library is hosting a two month long show called “The Art of Comic Con” on the top floor of the new Central Library building downtown. The show opened June 20th and runs until August 30th, plenty of time to stop in while escaping the bustling Gaslamp. Free admission.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Exhibition
When: On display till end of 2015
Where: 2741 Truxtun Road San Diego, CA 92106
San Diego’s new gallery, the San Diego Comic Art Gallery (SDCAG) is now open at NTC Liberty Station showcasing comic book and graphic arts. It currently features a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exhibition featuring the series co-creator and San Diego resident, Kevin Eastman. This exhibition will be on display till the end of the year.
DC vs MARVEL Art Show
When: Saturday, July 11 from 5-10pm.
Where: 2196 Logan Ave San Diego, CA 92113
La Bodega Gallery and Studios located in historic Barrio Logan will be packed for their DC vs MARVEL show. The show is one night only, Saturday, July 11th, 5-10 PM, and gallery owners are encouraging the public to arrive in costume.
Art Kami’s Comic Themed Art Show
When: July 8-13
Where: 3812 Grim Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104.
Mike Hess Brewery in North Park is showing a curated selection of pieces for Art Kami’s Comic Themed Art Show. The reception date is Wednesday, July 8th from 6-10 PM. The show runs from July 8th to July 13th. This show is free and open to all ages, and is also dog friendly.
“Batteries Not Included”
When: July 1- July 26th
Where: 1475 University Avenue San Diego, CA 92103
TPG2 Gallery on University Avenue will host guest curator Victor Villa and his designer toy show, “Batteries Not Included”. The show opens July 1st, 5-10 PM reception time. San Diego Comic-Con attendees know the painstaking efforts collectors go through for designer toys–come collect some made by San Diego local artists.
SHELLSHOCKED: a TMNT art show
When: Tuesday, July 7at 7pm – midnight
Where: 410 Tenth Ave, San Diego, California 92101
Thumbprint Gallery will be hosting a group exhibition showcasing art influenced by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar in Downtown San Diego. This event is free and open to the public.
*Please double check venue websites for ticket information before heading out to any ticketed event – some of these events do sell out quickly and tickets may not be available on-site.