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“In the Light” by Robert Aragon

Art of the Con

Comic-Con International is not only the perfect opportunity to pick up a special issue of your favorite comic, hear Ryan Reynolds recite the Green Lantern's oath in a forced effort to prove his nerd cred or check out costumed geekery in its full glory; it also features talented artists from around the world displaying work in the main exhibitors hall and Artists' Alley at the San Diego Convention Center. That includes many San Diego artists. Stop by these artists' booths if you're a Comic-Con badge-holder.

Little Fish Comics Studio will be at booth I-3. The small studio, owned by Patrick Yurick and Alonzo Nuñez, creators of the American BOOOM! web comic, will display pages of the comic and copies of Squids and Rainbows, a comic created by 14-year-old High Tech High School student Effren Villanueva. American BOOOM! is a location-specific superhero comic set in San Diego and Tijuana, with an interactive website map of locations characters have visited.

"We're excited to showcase that and get it out there even though it's still in its infancy," Yurick says.

Artist Katherine Brannock will display and sell copies of her first book, Katherine Brannock: Sketchbook Volume One, a collection of the 28-year-old's Bic pen illustrations that we wrote about in May. She'll also have original art, zines and T-shirts available at booth J-06. Stop by if you're into whimsically dark and twisted art.

Randall Christopher is well-known for his Bear & Fox comic-book series, and the online animation series Kleeman and Mike. Stop by booth F-11 to see a bit of his work. If you're lucky you might be able to catch Christopher for a chat—he'll be on the move most of the weekend.

Cruise over to booth FF-01 to see works by Robert Aragon. He'll promote a new trading-card set, The Art of Robert Aragon.

"It's been 20 years as a pro, and thank goodness this new set released by is a beautiful way of celebrating it," he says.

Aragon will also showcase original paintings (including his piece "In the Light," seen here) and the cover art he created for a recent issue of Diabolique magazine.

Zombie lover Cindy Rodriguez will have two display panels at the Comic-Con Art Show at the Convention Center's Sails Pavilion. See works of zombie art inspired by her favorite show, The Walking Dead. She's artist #77.

Outsider art

'Hero Worship' by Joe Phillips will be 
on view in the Prism Comics exhibition

Comic-Con isn't the only place to check out cool comic art in San Diego during Con weekend (Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21). Numerous galleries will also host art shows that appeal to the geeky masses. Here are a few to check out if you find yourself without a Comic-Con badge or want a cultured break from the sweaty, claustrophobia-inducing exhibitors hall.

Comic-Con: From Mini-Con to Mega-Con at the San Diego History Center (1649 El Prado in Balboa Park): This ongoing exhibition honors the history, growth and huge success of the annual convention, from its early days as a meet-up for devoted comic-book fans to its rise as a cultural phenomenon where Hollywood's biggest stars pander to dweebs—in a good way, most of the time. See archival materials, ephemera and collectible items from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibition runs through July 28. 

Color of Comic Books Showcase at Raw Art Design (8650 Miramar Road in Miramar): Artist Rich Walker displays two floor-to-ceiling mosaic wall installations and 120 paintings that use a palette of traditional comic-book colors. The show runs daily from noon to 10 p.m. through July 23. 

Wonder Women: On Paper and Off at the Women's Museum of California (2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, in Point Loma's Liberty Station). Female comic-book characters are tough-as-nails badasses. Women creating comic books are just as bad-ass. Celebrate the legacy and history of women in comics at this exhibition, which includes original artwork by Joyce Farmer, Mary Fleener, Carol Lay, Mimi Pond and Andrea Tsurumi. 

TR!CKST3R at Space 4 Art (325 15th St. in East Village) The comic-arts group from Berkeley will showcase illustrations, art and design by more than 100 awesome artists from Wednesday, July 17, through Saturday, July 20, including Yuko Shimizu, Matt Wagner and Mike Mignola. 

Prism Comics 10th Anniversary Art Reception at Alexander Salazar Fine Art (640 Broadway, Downtown): Prism Comics, a nonprofit that supports LGBT comics, will hold an exhibition of works by San Diego's Joe Phillips. An opening reception will go from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 19.

Check out our Canvassed blog for more Comic-Con-related art shows. 

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