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San Diego’s Comic-Con is Examined in OMCA Exhibition

Superheroes are a part of our entertainment culture. And the newest exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) goes inside that phenomenon, and in an ever-famous convention.

Titled Sunshine and Superheroes: San Diego Comic-Con, this exhibition located in OMCA’s Gallery of California History, is the third in the series What’s Happening, California, which is a partnership between OMCA and the California State University, where professors and students are co-creating exhibitions on topics that has an effect on the communities throughout the state. The series has already presented exhibitions What’s Happening, Sacramento? and Hard Times in the OC.

Sunshine and Superheroes is a highlight of the social and economic impact of San Diego’s Comic-Con, considered to be the largest and longest running comics convention. The exhibition will explore a range of themes including the role of gender in comics, the tourism shift in San Diego, and the social and political ramifications of comics overtime. Features will include artifacts (such as vintage comic books), Comic-Con paraphernalia, superhero outfits, students-produced videos, and an interactive photo booth complete with costumes that visitors will actually be able to try on.

Visitors of OMCA will have little over a year to visit Sunshine and Superheroes, as the exhibition will be on view until May 31, 2015. Log on to for more information.

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