January 28 – May 7, 2023
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross

Considered one of the greatest artists in the field of comic books, Alex Ross has created some of the most iconic images known to fans today. For nearly 30 years, he has revitalized classic superheroes into works of fine art by illustrating characters including Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Storm from the X-Men, the Avengers, Black Panther, and many more.

In addition to highlighting original art from his most recent book, Marvelocity, visitors will also learn about how Alex Ross developed into a great illustrator through his childhood drawings, preliminary sketches, paintings, and 3-dimensional head busts of characters in the Marvel Universe. Hear first-hand from Alex Ross about the making of Marvelocity in an exclusive video interview.

Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross was developed by the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County, dunnmuseum.org

"Marvelocity" Events

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Meet and greet Creative Director of Rextooth Studios Ted Rechlin to celebrate the exhibition opening of Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross. Ted is the author and illustrator of award-winning graphic novels, including Jurassic and Sue: Welcome to the World of Tyrannosaurus Rex. Learn about his process of creating comic art and draw your own through a guided activity.

To celebrate the opening of Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost, explore snow science and Ice Age fossil discoveries through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Enjoy an icy treat and a warm beverage.

Special Thanks To:

  • Under the Arctic Supporting Sponsor Donald and Beverly Clark and Contributing Sponsor Larry and Gail Larson.
  • Marvelocity Underwriting Sponsors Game On Comics and Jamie and Leesha Ford and Contributing Sponsor The Hippely Family.

Friday, January 27 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
A special after-hours event for MOR members.
An RSVP is not required.

Fly, swim, swing, or run as fast as you can to Museum of the Rockies for a superpower-filled Saturday of comic book writing and illustrating. Create your own superhero, learn how to draw them in action, and write them to life in this family-fun-focused drop-in program.

Saturday, January 28 | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Included with membership/admission.

Calling all comic book fans! Join us for a MARVELous day of celebrations for the grand opening of our newest exhibitions, Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross and Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost. Bring the family and wear your favorite Marvel superhero costume, draw your own superhero at a comic book drop-in drawing program, and shop classic comic books.

Included with membership/admission

Since Superman first appeared approximately 85 years ago, the idea of identity in comics (secret identities, the formation of identity, etc.) has been a broad and important central theme. This talk will explore the perception of identity in comics, how it has evolved over time, and why it is important. Dr. Townsend-Mehler grew up in Oregon and Michigan. He moved to Bozeman with his family 10 years ago and began teaching at MSU. He is the Lab Coordinator for the Ecology Department and teaches courses on both Entomology and comics.

Thursday, February 16 | 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

BAM! POW! Get your pencils ready! In this drawing workshop, learn how to craft your own page in a graphic novel style with Jade Lowder, adjunct professor at MSU’s School of Art and Architecture and published comic book artist. Jade will walk you through, panel by panel, the ins and outs of visual storytelling in his own dynamic, comic form. Suggested for teens and adults.

Wednesday, March 8 | 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Redstart Classroom
$25 member, $35 non-member
Register for this drawing workshop.

Douglas Wolk read all 27,000-plus Marvel superhero comics from 1961 onward, then wrote a book about the experience, “All of the Marvels.” In this lecture, he will condense Marvel’s half-million-page story down to a single lecture and slideshow, highlighting the mega-narrative’s central themes and pivotal moments.

Douglas Wolk is a pop culture critic, teacher, writer, and the author of All of the Marvels, Reading Comics, and 33 1/3: Live at the Apollo. Wolk has been a National Arts Journalism Fellow at Columbia University and a Fellow in the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program. Currently, he teaches comics history at Portland State University.

Thursday, April 20 | 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Book sales and signing follow the lecture.