Encinitas brings back ‘Spock Block’ for Comic-Con

Once again, it’s time to flash the Vulcan salute.

Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar and Councilman Tony Kranz, dressed in full Trekkie attire, announced July 10 that “Spock Block” is back from July 10 to July 12 to coincide with San Diego Comic-Con.

At Kranz’s suggestion, the Encinitas City Council established a week-long Spock Block in March to pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy, who was best known for portraying Mr. Spock in the “Star Trek” TV and movie franchises. Nimoy died Feb. 27.

Kranz said it just so happens that Spock Block, which covers the Vulcan Avenue block that includes City Hall and the Encinitas Library, is right by the Encinitas Coaster Station. He added that many people take the train down to Comic-Con, so they’re encouraged to stop at Spock Block.

“There are a lot of people who have fond memories of the Star Trek franchise, and so it gives them an opportunity to get back into that world,” Kranz said. He added: “Maybe the Gaslamp quarter is too crazy for them and they want something a little lower key right here on the coast. They can come to Encinitas.”

Spock was half-human and half-Vulcan, and because Encinitas has a Vulcan Avenue, that sparked the idea for Spock Block. During a recent media interview, Gaspar said she was asked if Encinitas is going to bring back Spock Block.

“We figured we might as well bring it back for Comic-Con,” Gaspar said. “It’s a great way to get North County involved with something that centers around downtown San Diego.”

Kranz said Mr. Spock banners are again hanging at Spock Block, providing a nice backdrop for Trekkies who want to snap photos.

Unlike in March, businesses aren’t offering special Spock Block deals, since reestablishing the designation was a last-minute idea. Kranz said he could see the event being held during future Comic-Cons, and so there will be more time for planning Spock Block-themed events in the future.

Kranz and Gaspar declared the Spock Block event in front of To the Stars, a new Encinitas retail store started by former Blink-182 member Tom DeLonge, who was not on hand.

Sold at the shop is DeLonge’s latest creative endeavor: “Poet Anderson,” a sci-fi, multimedia comic book series. His music, including his debut “To the Stars…Demos, Odds and Ends” is also offered there, along with various apparel.

The shop doubles as office space for DeLonge and “Poet Anderson” designers to hash out ideas.

To the Stars, located at 1049 S. Coast Highway 101, opened July 10 in honor of Comic-Con. Its hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

“Promoting Spock Block here is a nice tie-in,” Gaspar said.

A number of Leucadia streets, Vulcan Avenue included, are named after gods and goddesses in Roman and Greek mythology. Yet city leaders say the Spock Block designation is still a fitting way to celebrate Nimoy and Star Trek.