Comic-Con Museum Fall Exhibits To Feature Main Exhibit, Popnology

Comic-Con Museum announced its fall lineup of exhibits, including main exhibit “Popnology” produced by Stage 9 Exhibits, “Colleen Doran Illustrates Neil Gaiman,” and “From Big Dots to the Digital Universe: The Evolution of Comic Book Color,” featuring art by renowned comic book colorist Steve Oliff.

The new exhibits will open October 4.

Popnology at Comic-Con Fall Exhibits

In less than two years, Comic-Con Museum has already presented exhibits and events featuring some of the most recognizable names in the popular arts, including:

  • “Gene Roddenberry: Sci-Fi Visionary”
  • “Eight Decades of Archie Comics”
  • “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Beyond Amazing – The Exhibition” world premiere exhibit
  • “Excelsior! The Life and Legacy of Stan Lee” world premiere exhibit with Kartoon Studios
  • “COWBOY BEBOP 25th Anniversary Art Exhibition”
  • “My Hero Academia Installation” presented by Crunchyroll, PAC-MAN Arcade
  • Mexico’s beloved cartoonist Trino in the exhibit “Trino’s World”
  • Comic-Con’s SAM: Storytelling Across Media
  • Funko’s Mask-O-Raid Halloween event

…and continues to roll out exhibits and programming that appeal to a wide variety of fandoms.

Comic-Con Museum Fall Exhibits: Art and Interactivity

“We’re bringing in more interactivity with our Popnology exhibit that will explore everything from driverless cars, virtual reality, and robots,” said Museum Executive Director Rita Vandergaw.

Comic-Con Fall Exhibits

“And for art lovers, we’re showcasing two artists — Colleen Doran and Steve Oliff — known for capturing fans’ imaginations in the most fantastical ways. We welcome everyone to come check out the new exhibits and get a membership for year-round entertainment.”

Headlining Exhibit: Popnology – Produced by Stage 9 Exhibits

This interactive, engaging exhibit makes the connection for how technology has been influenced by movies, books, television, art, and futurists. Which science fiction of today will become reality tomorrow? Popnology takes visitors from fantasy to the reality of driverless cars, robots, drones, 3D printers — and into the future.

Popnology at Comic-Con Fall Exhibits

The immersive exhibit not only chronicles humans’ progression from science fiction to science fact but also illuminates emerging technologies that are just now showing up on the cultural radar. It includes:

  • How We Play – The future of toys and games. Is virtual the new reality? Experience Oculus Rift and virtual projection games.
  • How We Connect – The revolution in communication technology, with concept drawings from the visual futurists who created the looks for Blade Runner.
  • How We Live and Work – Inventions and ideas that shape daily life, including interacting with robots.
  • How We Move – The future of transportation on Earth and beyond. Check out everything from a full-sized replica of the Back to the Future DMC DeLorean to the world’s first 3D-printed car.
Comic-Con Fall Exhibits featuring Popnology

“Colleen Doran Illustrates Neil Gaiman”

Comic-Con Museum presents “Colleen Doran Illustrates Neil Gaiman,” an exhibition of original art by the award-winning artist Colleen Doran for her illustrations of stories by Neil Gaiman including Chivalry, Snow, Glass, Apples, The Sandman, Troll Bridge, American Gods, Norse Mythology, and Good Omens.

Twenty (20) lush hand-painted pages from Doran’s Chivalry (Dark Horse Books) are the centerpiece of the exhibit, telling the story of Mrs. Whitaker, a British widow who finds the Holy Grail in a thrift shop and the knight who offers her priceless relics in exchange so he can win the Grail and end his quest.

The exhibition is curated by Kim A. Munson (Comic Art in Museums).

“From Big Dots to the Digital Universe: The Evolution of Comic Book Color”

This exhibit celebrates the pioneering comic book colorist, Steve Oliff, and his 45-year career in the industry. Oliff and his company Olyoptics are known for their groundbreaking work using computers for color separation, ushering in the digital revolution of comic book publishing.

The exhibit highlights Oliff’s award-winning colorist work, including the Japanese manga Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo, Batman, Spawn, and The Maxx.

Continuing exhibits also include:

“Excelsior! The Life and Legacy of Stan Lee”

“Excelsior! The Life and Legacy of Stan Lee” – Comic-Con Museum and Kartoon Studios, the controlling partner to the “Stan Lee Universe” IP, celebrate his 100 years of legacy.

Excelsior! The Life and Legacy of Stan Lee

The exhibit features rare comic books, original art, and paintings exploring decades of Lee’s work and a section devoted entirely to Lee’s co-creators of the Marvel Universe, including Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and other amazing co-creators.

“COWBOY BEBOP 25th Anniversary Art Exhibition”

A gallery of commissioned art was created to capture the essence of the series’ iconic characters, settings, and themes through the unique style and interpretation of the artists, including JJ Harrison, Utomaru, La Boca, Tom Whalen, Murugiah, Sachin Teng, and more.

COWBOY BEBOP 25th Anniversary Art Exhibition

This gallery is presented in cooperation with Crunchyroll and Mondo.

“My Hero Academia Installation”

Presented in cooperation with Crunchyroll, the statue of the “Historical Battle in Kamino” from My Hero Academia is a stunning representation of the epic fight between All Might and All For One in Season 3 Episode 48.

My Hero Acadamia

Important Note

The Museum is closed now through October 3 for the Comic-Con Museum fall exhibits installations, reopening October 4.

Comic-Con Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10AM to 5PM, with the last entry at 4PM.

Admission (adults ages 18+) is $25; children (ages 6–12) are $12; seniors (65+), students (13–17), and military are $18. Children five years of age and below are free.

Tickets and memberships can be purchased in advance here or at the door.

See you there, San Diego!

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