Superman Celebration releases guest list today.
Last year was my first time at the Superman Celebration held annually in Metropolis, IL. Not only did it feel like a really great con, but it was nice going to a local event where geekdom was celebrated in such a wonderful way. I saw some amazing cosplay (which always thrills me), but I also met some really nice people. I vowed that it would become one of my annual things to do, along with Gallifrey One.
This year’s event is already looking to be even better than last. Today, the Celebration announced its guests and I couldn’t help but be excited. Let’s start with Dean Cain. I was obssessed with Lois & Clark, and although Cain is a regular at the Superman Celebration, I’ve never met him. Then there’s Billy Dee Williams: every Star Wars fan knows who Lando is, but Williams also portrayed Harvey Dent in 1989’s Batman.
But wait, there’s more! The Celebration is also welcoming Valerie Perrine, who wonderfully portrayed Miss Teschmacher, otherwise known as Lex Luthor’s girlfriend, in Superman and Superman II. Finally, Aaron Smolinski will be attending. You might know the name, but you’ll remember him as baby Superman in 1978’s Superman.
I’d say that’s a pretty “super” line-up. I was impressed enough to fork out $100 for an individual sponsorship for the Celebration (although tickets are free) so that I could get in on VIP autograph sessions and a t-shirt. I also wanted to support such a wonderful local event that gives me a chance to be with “my” people (believe me, that doesn’t happen often enough around here).
So if you’re in the area, or will be visiting the area, or want to travel somewhere different, don’t miss the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL this year, June 12-15. I promise you it’s a great time.