“We have 21 vendors who will take up 50 tables, so we really have a nice, diverse selection of collectibles and other items, and this is our fifth straight year in the same location,” promoter Kevin Stewart said. “Many of our vendors say this is their best superhero convention of the year, and they really enjoy interacting with all the folks, all the collectors, all the families and kids, and cosplay costumers who stop by.”
This year’s Metropolis Super Con adds nine new dealers. Campus Comics from Carbondale, Ill., and Epic City Comics from Franklin, Tenn., are new, bringing the number of comic book vendors to five, providing a strong collectible-comics con feel.
Artisans and craftsman-types have been added, too, from vendors like The Little Black Cat Company, Needles and Bliss, Fred’s Fandom Fashions, Big Hairy Monkey Studios, and Brix-n-Clix. These pop-culture dealers put designs on everything from from drinking tumblers, to handbags, to t-shirts and other apparel.
There will also be plenty of vintage and newer Superman collectibles. Other vendors include one specializing in celebrity signed photos, one who sells vintage Star Wars collectibles, another producing movie props, and one with homemade horror and monster-themed dolls and action figures.
The Metropolis Super Con, located caddy-corner from the Lois Lane statue, is open on Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 2 pm.
The Superman Celebration is a four-day festival June 7-10 attracting thousands to the official home of Superman. This year’s special guest stars are Brandon Routh (played Superman in the movie “Superman Returns”), Shaun Sipos and Blake Riston from the new SYFY Channel TV series “Krypton,” John Newton (1988’s TV series “Superboy”),and from 1978’s “Superman the Movie” Jack O’Halloran (who played Non from the Phantom Zone) and Jeff East (who played the teenage Clark Kent).