It's been almost two years since I last posted anything here. Other life events have taken priority, and this site has taken a backseat. I hope to get back to actively blogging soon.
But if you've followed me in the past, I want to give you an early warning. My domain name, cartoonacy.net, is expiring in 30 days, and I haven't decided whether or not I'm going to renew it. If you have a link or a bookmark set to that name, please change it now to cartoonacy.blogspot.com. The old name may not work anymore after the end of February.
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.
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.
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.