July 17, 2019 Issue

San Diego Comic-Con is filled with stories of celeb sightings and awkward geek interactions. For this year’s cover, we put the call out on social media for readers to chime in with their most memorable moments of awkward celebrity meetings. Read more

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Photo by Andrea Lopez-Villafaña

"When I show people they are like, ‘This is so horrible,’” says Claudia Dominguez, referring to the subject matter of her debut graphic novel More Than Money. “Yes, it was horrible, but it healed me tremendously.” Read more



Photo courtesy of Comic-Con Museum

We spoke with Comic-Con Museum Executive Director Adam Smith about the pop-up preview, the Batman exhibition and what he hopes the museum will represent even for people who’ve never even been to the Con. Read more



Photo by Rhonda “Ro” Moore

Every year, I roam the Exhibit Hall of the convention center with one goal: to find Black artists and writers. Read more



Photo illustration by John R. Lamb

From the cheap seats, it appeared San Diego City Councilmember Scott Sherman had saved some Fourth of July fireworks for last week’s Audit Committee meeting. Read more

Spin Cycle

I could imagine this vulnerable little guy being denied a shower, a toothbrush, a mattress; I could imagine him living day after day in his own filth; I could imagine him feeling sick and feverish with nobody to comfort him. Read more

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Illustrations by Carolyn Ramos

Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Sometimes you are being hunted in open water by a man-eating shark. Other times, like today, you’re walking around with no idea that a shark is going to eat you tomorrow. Read more

Astrologically Unsound


Photo by Jackie Bryant

“One of the key things is getting a product that’s potent because there are a lot of products out there that have, like, 10-milligrams of CBD in it and that does nothing,” Benavides says. Read more


But of all the songs with the word “corazón” (and there are a lot), the one that instinctively came to my mind was Natalia Lafourcade’s “Tú Sí Sabes Quererme.” Read more

The Spotlight

I desperately wanted to call this column “Negrotiations,” but I couldn’t find a race angle to tilt the title toward such juvenile cleverness. Read more

Black Gold

Letter from Cleetus P. O’Malley, dated March 13, 1908, and sent to the 'San Diego Union' newspaper in response to road developments in the San Diego area. Read more

From the Editor


Photo courtesy of Stone Brewing

For those who didn’t get a badge, there are still a ton of local breweries, art galleries, theaters, music venues and even libraries that have put together events for nerds of all stripes. Read more

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It’s cute that movies are trying to exist after Avengers: Endgame, which was the cinematic equivalent of a superhero bukkake. Read more



Photo by Christian Taylor

Over the past decade, Low Volts has released three albums and won three San Diego Music Awards. Read more

Music Feature

Lulu Wang’s 'The Farewell', a passion project based on her own life experiences, stands out against the backdrop of this particularly insufferable blockbuster season. Read more


It’s unclear exactly what The Art of Self-Defense (opening Friday, July 19) is trying to say about the hierarchies of toxic masculinity other than they are bad and cyclical. Read more


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Photo by Kerria Grey

For nearly a decade, rockers Mrs. Henry have morphed into what is arguably the best local live band. Read more

If I Were U

Everybody talks about middle school as being their worst years, but third grade took the crap cake for me. Read more

Well, That Was Awkward


Photo by Jim Cox

Pigpen Theatre Co.’s 'The Tale of Despereaux' is an enchanting adaptation of the 2003 fantasy novel by Kate DiCamillo and the animated film that followed five years later. Read more



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There’s no shortage of San Diego Comic-Con-themed or Con-friendly art shows this weekend, but what about the shows that have nothing to do with caped crusaders and obscure anime characters? Read more

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