The Superman Celebration in Metropolis is as good as any con and, in some ways, even better.
Every year in June, fans of Superman come to celebrate all things Krypton in Metropolis, IL. And yet, somehow I didn’t know about this Superman Celebration in Metropolis until a few years ago. And it was only until this year that I actually thought to make the two-hour drive from my hometown to get there. Now, of course, I’m kicking myself in the head because the drive was worth every minute. And then some.
The first thing that I noticed upon arriving in Metropolis was the large Superman statue that overlooks downtown. Seriously, that thing is huge (see photos below). Walking around the corner from where I parked my car and then seeing that looming over me was a treat. But even more so? Seeing a group of women doing Zumba in front of that statue at 10 a.m. But upon closer inspection, I noticed it wasn’t just women. There was my first cosplayer, as Superman, getting in on the fitness.
Immediately, I knew I was going to have a good time. To quote my brother, I was with “my people” (little does he know that “my people” actually rule the world now). I honestly did not expect to see as many cosplayers as I eventually did (again, see photos below). This is the Midwest, where people tend to scoff at such things (at least in my own small town). But here, in Metropolis, at least for this one weekend, it was time to celebrate not just Superman but being a geek. And I think, like me, many of the people who attend this event don’t get that opportunity often. So the geek flag was flying all day Saturday. And I say, LET IT FLY!
I arrived in a Wonder Woman t-shirt that I picked up off of Amazon. Being that so many people complimented me on it and asked where I found it, I’ll post the link here. I was in my element, where I belonged, and I felt that way for the entire 5 hours that I hung around. The Superman Celebration felt a lot like Gallifrey One – a con where I always feel at home. I chatted with a lot of cosplayers, met a Whovian and generally felt welcome in a place where I had never been before.
Needless to say, I’m going back next year and this time, I’m staying the whole weekend. And bringing costumes.
In a desperate effort to find some shade, I wandered over to a big tent where people were sitting awaiting a Q&A session with Smallville‘s Michael Rosenbaum and Allessandro Juliani. I’ll admit I wasn’t there for just the shade. I’m a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica, so Juliani was sort of on my bucket list. The Q&A session was not just entertaining, but also a lot of fun, thanks to the lively guests, particularly Rosenbaum who basically wandered around the area randomly hugging and talking to people. But it was Juliani’s take on an Elvis song that blew my geek head apart. I tracked him down after the Q&A and scored a hug.
<Insert appropriate fangirl moment here.>
To top off the proverbial cake, I had Dippin’ Dots, wandered around the celebration some more, took more photos and finally decided I had sweated into a puddle. I drove home, secure in my faith in geekdom and Superman.
So thank you, Metropolis, for the hospitality and good time. See you next year!
Wait, what’s that? You want photos? I’ve got photos right here! And don’t worry, there’s plenty of cosplay…