This year’s Superman Celebration will be held in Metropolis, beginning Thursday, June 7, and continuing through Sunday, June 10.
“We always have guests that travel from other countries for the event,” says GMCVB Executive Director Trish Steckenrider. “This year we know of visitors coming from the UK and Australia. Fans come in to meet Superman related celebrities, attend autograph sessions and get up close and personal with comic writers, and artists in the event’s Artist Alley.”
“We are excited and proud of what this event has been able to become and what it does for the town of Metropolis,” said Karla Ogle who co-chairs the event with Lisa Gower. “This year is particularly special for us as we celebrate our 40th celebration - Superman is celebrating his 80th Anniversary as well.”
“There are also many more milestones that happen for the Metropolis’ favorite son in 2018, so we really wanted to make this year great,” added Gower. “With the celebrity and artist roster for 2018 it will be one for the record books.”
Meet the Celebrities
Featured celebrity guests include Brandon Routh “Superman” from Superman Returns and from the new hit series Krypton, Shaun Sipos who plays “Adam Strange” and Blake Ritson who portrays “Braniac.”
Featured guests will be available to meet and greet fans during the VIP sponsor and ticketed autograph sessions on Saturday June 9. Special celebrity guests who will be appearing for autographs throughout the celebration include, John Haymes Newton, “Superboy” from the Superboy series, Jeff East, “Young Clark Kent” in Superman the Movie, Aaron Smolinski “Baby Superman” in Superman the Movie, Jack O’Halloran, who portrayed the villain “Non” in Superman the Movie and producer of Superman I, II, III movies as well as Superboy and Supergirl, Ilya Salkind.
Artist Alley will be filled with the top artist and writers from the graphic novel world. Guest this year include, Philo Barnhart, Alex Saviuk, Art Baltazar, Peter Poplaski, and author Michael Eury. Celebration attendees can meet these wonderful artists and writers as well as many other talented guests free of charge in Artist Alley all four days of the Superman Celebration.
Music in the Metro Tent
Musical entertainment will take place in the Metro Tent Mainstage. Back by popular demand The Ball Brothers will be performing on Thursday evening at 7 pm singing southern gospel favorites. On Friday at 8 pm the Metro Tent will become an Anniversary Dance Party in honor of Superman’s 80th Anniversary.
Appearing at the Smallville Tent at 6:30 pm on Friday is local favorite Corey Evitts.
The featured entertainment on Saturday night at the Metro Tent will be provided by long time Celebration attendee, now turned Celebration Entertainer, Jamie Kelley - who will bring a fresh blend of many styles and genres to the stage.
The Metro Tent will also be the location for the grand finale event, The Heroes and Villains Costume Contest on Sunday afternoon at 2PM.
Due to increased business development, some locations for events will change this year. According to Amanda King, Executive Director for the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce this is a good issue to have. “For the past 2 years we have seen what was empty store fronts become popular businesses on Market Street,” King told me. “We have very few empty store fronts, which is fantastic for Metropolis.” Some of those new locations include the use of the Massac County Courthouse and the Courthouse Annex (formerly the Banterra Bank building).
Super for Kids
The 40th Annual Superman Celebration schedule is packed full of things to see and do during the event including kids games, A Superhero Training Academy for the kids, Costume Contests and a nightly carnival. For more information about the event please visit www.supermancelebration.net or follow the event on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.