Despite no-shows by striking Hollywood celebs, anticipation is in the air in downtown San Diego
Show me your badge! (All photos by Sal Giametta)

The familiar feeling of anticipation is in the air. A day before the dawn of Comic-Con International 2023, walk down Fifth Avenue toward the San Diego Convention Center. Feel the excitement and hope of pre-COVID yesteryears.

No matter that striking unions of writers and actors will keep the celebrity glow away this year. If the Gaslamp Quarter was the setting of a post-strike movie, maybe it’d be called Rise of The Nerds: Cosplay Saves The Day.

And actually, one celebrity says she’s coming to town: beloved Jamie Lee Curtis! The Everything Everywhere All at Once Oscar-winner is coming as author of her debut eco-horror graphic novel, Titan Comics’ Mother Nature.

Curtis posted on Instagram: “AS WE ARE NOW ON STRIKE AS PERFORMERS [with SAG-AFTRA] let’s FOCUS on the OTHER ART FORMS!”

We can all scream for that.

Here’s Comic-Con Eve 2023 (July 19) as seen through the lens of San Diego Sun photographer Sal Giametta. Check back daily for Giametta’s portraiture of The Con:

Back to the roots! Comic-Con 2023. SDSun


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