The Celebration didn’t officially begin until 5pm, with the Opening Ceremony, welcome from Mayor Billy and a quick skit of Superman stopping a robbery at the Super Museum.
With everyone sweating bullets in the humidity, it was amazing to see so many costumed heroes, young and old alike walking around, taking photos and greeting everyone.
The annual Super Bowl(ing) clashed with Jim Bowers’ (from CapedWonder.com) presentation of a video tribute to Margot Kidder and a screening of his own 168 minute edit of “Superman: The Movie” which took place in the red and white “Smallville” tent. I chose to hang out at the tent, having known Jim for over 20 years, but meeting him for the first time today. You couldn’t meet a nice guy.
The celebrity guests all arive tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday, and I have plans in place to get one-on-one interviews with most of those attending. So stay tuned for those videos to be posted on the website in the next few days.
My first visit to the Superman Celebration was in 2003, then I returned in 2008, 2013 and now 2018. It’s so great to meet some old friends, make new ones, and have people stop me in the street to chat about the Superman Homepage. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many familiar names I’ve seen online for so many years… From long-time members like Doug Meacham, Ken Sills, Phil… and Wayne Brooks (who will freak out knowing I’ve remembered to include him in this report), to a young girl named Talia (who is visiting Metropolis for the first time with her mother). Superman truly is universal. There are people here (like me) from Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., Brazil and all across America.
I’m really looking forward to meeting these people and others at tomorrow morning’s Superman Homepage “Meet & Greet” being held at 10.30am inside Hardees (which is not far from the giant Superman statue).
Check out the short video I shot live today. Click on it to watch it via Facebook.