Friday, June 21, 2013

Akron Comicon Celebrates Superman's 75th Anniversary at Akron Public Library

A 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Man of Steel at Akron Public Library
by Brit Charek

There's been a lot of buzz about superheroes lately. Maybe it's the new blockbuster Man of Steel now playing at the Highland Theatre, or maybe it's the excitement of movie stars in town filming the new Captain America film. Whatever the reason, Northeast Ohio has a long history in the superhero industry. The Man of Steel himself, Superman, was first drawn in Cleveland 75 years ago. To celebrate, Akron Comicon is planning a free event at the Akron Public Library. (Joanna wrote about Akron Comicon when they had their first event last November-- click HERE to see that post again!)

The program will include a special film presentation by the Siegel & Shuster Society, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to commemorating and celebrating the creation of Superman in Cleveland, featuring Superman and his creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. There will also be a question and answer session with society representatives Mike Olszewski (local radio personality), Mike Sangiacomo (Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter), and a special guest appearance by Irving Fine, Jerry Siegel's cousin and a founding member of the Siegel & Shuster Society.

Also appearing for the special event will be Brad Ricca, author of the new book Super Boys--the first
comprehensive literary biography of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, creators of the DC Comics superhero Superman. Brad will be selling signed copies of his new book. Learn more about the book on Brad's website.

Local artist Daniel Gorman will also make an appearance. Daniel’s work, commemorating Superman will be featured on a special poster available at Akron Comicon this fall.

Other activities will include a Superman costume contest sponsored by Kenmore Komics & Games, and a
Superman trivia contest, sponsored by JC Comics & Cards. Special prizes will be awarded for the winners. (I wrote about JC Comics & Cards on Free Comic Book Day last year-- click HERE to check out that post again!)

The event will take place next Wednesday evening, June 26th, at the Akron Public Library Auditorium located at 60 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44326 from 6:30 to 8:30pm. This event will be hosted by the Akron chapter of Pop!--The Comic Culture Club. Seating is limited to 500. Parking is free.

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