Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Super Celebration


I've never visited Metropolis, Illinois --  the Home of Superman -- but I'd like to someday. Their annual Superman Celebration is on the weekend of June 6 - 9 this year. With this being Superman's 75th anniversary year, and the opening of Man of Steel in theaters next month, this ought to be a big one. Click on the image above for more information.

The phrase "Celebrating 35 Years" in the logo refers to the number of years that Metropolis has been hosting the Superman Celebration. The original superhero himself has been around for 75, and Metropolis was declared Superman's Hometown in 1972, which was 41 years ago. Thirty-five years ago was 1978, which was also the year that the first Superman feature film starring Christopher Reeve was released.


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Septuagenarian of Steel

Happy 75th Birthday, Superman!

According to The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books by Ernst and Mary Gerber, Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, was published on April 18, 1938. That makes today Superman's platinum anniversary. Or diamond, depending on which guide you prefer.

Actually, the word "septuagenarian" refers to anyone between 70 and 79, so Superman's been one for five years already. I couldn't find a word for just 75, though, so I'll have to settle for this title.

Update: I wanted to do something to celebrate the day, so I bought myself a copy of the recently published Superman: the Unauthorized Biography by Glen Weldon, the "go-to comic book guy" of National Public Radio. It looks like a fun book. I'll review it here after I've finished it.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Con-found it!

The annual I-Con convention of science fiction, science fact, comics, fantasy, and gaming, which had been scheduled for this weekend at Stony Brook University, has been canceled, perhaps permanently. Several factors, including campus construction work and revised curfew rules, have forced the organizers to search for a new venue. But so far, none have been found that fit the con's budget.

If you're on Long island and need to satisfy your convention cravings, might I suggest the third annual EMcon, a mini-convention for fans of anime and manga, at the East Meadow Public Library on May 18 - 19? It's much smaller and more focused than I-Con, but then, so was I-Con in its first few years. Plus, admission to EMcon is free. Check it out on Facebook. If I see you there, you might see your picture on this blog afterwards.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Funny Business?

Every week or so, I like to check this blog's stats to find out what words and phrases people typed into their search engines that brought them here. Today I see that, twice in the past week, someone found this page while searching for the phrase "Where are Newsday's Sunday comics?"

Long Island Newsday is my local paper, and I've mentioned its comics section once or twice in the past. Newsday's Sunday comics used to be inserted in the center of Fanfare, its weekly entertainment section. But as of 2013, they've made a change. Newsday's Sunday comics are now tucked inside of the weekly Business section.

I have no firsthand knowledge of why this shift was made. Perhaps reader research suggested that more businesspeople follow the comics than any other group. Maybe it's an attempt to draw more readers to the Business section. Or maybe they just want to lighten up the gloomy financial news.

Whatever the reason, dear visitor, the answer to the question "Where are Newsday's Sunday comics?" is, "Mind your Business."

UPDATE 3/2/2013: Yesterday I learned the real reason for the move. Each newspaper section needs to have a minimum of 16 pages for proper assembly and packaging. The page count of the Business section recently dropped, so the Comics were moved to make up the difference. So there's a practical reason for it all. But if they'd asked me, I would have said to wrap the Comics around the Business section instead of tucking them inside.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Got Game?

I saw this posted by Alan Gardner at dailycartoonist.com:

New prime-time TV game show seeks people with extraordinary, encyclopedic knowledge of cartoons past and present who are ready to strut their knowledge for a shot at a life-changing cash prize! Open to other subjects as well. Email gmarkscasting@gmail.com with basic info, age, location, phone number and photo.

Sounds interesting. I wonder if they're only talking about animation, or if comic strips and comic books will be included as well? In any case, I've sent in my info. Give it a try, and good luck!