Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Superman Celebration 2012

Superman Celebration 2012
Annual Father Daughter RoadTrip #2

 best father's day card ever

So I first came to the celebration when in 2009 I get a Father's Day card just a little early. I open it up and the Superman Theme BLARES out of the envelope and there is a picture of my daughter in a supergirl costume streetside holding up one thumb and with her other hand holding a sign that says "Metropolis or Bust". This was definitely the coolest card I had ever got. It was my invitation to "treat" my family to the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois which as it turned out was only as far as Nashville from Memphis so all in all... just a nice day trip. I even went Full Griswald on my girls and made these t-shirts so we could be readily identifyable as family if we got separated per chance from our daughter.

John Adcock Superman Celebration 2009 Metropolis Illinois GeekSummit free download t-shirts
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We left on a Friday morning and headed up hwy 51 to the northern corner of Tennessee where we hopped right over the heel of Kentucky and into the madness that was the 31st Annual Superman Celebration. Superhero's and tourists lined the streets along with food vendors and souviner stands offering everyting from T-shirts to Blow Up characters to the general managerie of flea market goods.

Before we even got into the town square of Metropolis we saw the Metropolis Drug Store with a copyright friendly backlit superman flying across the front. We had to drop in and see what they had to offer. I think I dropped $30 easily on little nicknacks to bring home to folks, goofy adjustable rings, a key chain, some stickers, I can't remember what else.
Once we got into town we stopped first at the Americana Hollywood Museum which awas quite a sight. I wanted to build up slow to give myself some suspense I guess. The back yard was a photo-op playground with Superman Stand-ups, a Phone Booth, Blues Brothers getting down in a gazebo, Trains, Planes, an automobile...? On the inside a whole building with rooms dedicated to different themes and actors like Marylin Monroe, Elvis, Pamela Anderson... (why not?), Gone with the Wind, Riverboat Era/Casino artifacts and advertisement pieces, you name it and FINALLY in the back an entire room with damn near every collectable Superman figure ever made just lining the walls with different custom displays throughout. It was definitely a sight to see for any figure collector.

Next was the SuperMuseum on the town square. THIS was the sight I was waiting to see. Talk about wall to wall... I cant even tell you what color the walls are. Every square inch of this place was dedicated to Superman through the years with screen used props and costumes from the movies and TV, Storyboards, production models from the films, every peice of merchandise imaginable and so much more. It was a SuperMecca, a SuperDecaMecca even... Unbelievable.

In 2010 we skipped due to summer crunch financial reasons and we (my daughter and I) were bummed out but then throughout 2011 my daughter was begging to come back. I put up no fight because I had such an awesome time seeing the SuperMuseum as well as the Americana Hollywood Museum and just being in the atmosphere of all this fanfare for my only favorite SuperHero since before I can remember.

So in 2011 we did leave Wifey behind as she felt she put a cloud over our endless fascination with the goings on in this little town square teeming with Superheroes... and Heroines (yikes) and general displays of Geekhood. So it quickly turned into a father daughter weekend that we look forward to an an annual basis, and that was fine with me since with little girls you never know when they'll become too cool to hang out with Daddy.

I carried on the tradition of making our own shirts since I liked the simple '09 deisgn so much but I wanted to crank it up a little bit. So I made this design and decided to promote it as a free download since I wasnt really looking to make any money it was just part of the tradition, but I did want to share.

I also added to this trip something that I would have loved to do so much in '09 but there simply wasn't any time to conjur up any efforts worth seeing. Of course making custom figures is one of my hobbies and as a graphic designer I had ventured into doing custom packaging as well. But time just simply didn't allow for it, so with skipping 2010 and 2011 coming I knew I would have time to really polish something up. We got into town and did the Americana and made our way to the town square where I just stepped up to the counter with my brown bag and asked the girl behind the counter what the process would be on making a donation of a piece. I didn't know if they would take it or not really but I wanted to try.  So I pulled this out of the bag and layed it on the counter in front of the girl running the register. 

"Did you make this?" she asks. 
"Yeah, I was wondering if I could donate this to the museum?" 
"Sure" she says. 
I was like "Well cool... do I need to leave any information? some of it's printed on the packaging but... eh?" 
"That's cool, I'll put it right here."

She just kinda placed it on the shelf behind the counter and I assume it sat there for approval by Jim Hambrick, the owner of the SuperMuseum and Americana.

It was a little anticlimactic, but I wasn't really expecting any kind of fanfare over it. Its a small town museum and it was in the middle of their busiest weekend.

The packaging was made specifically for this "event" of me donating it to them. I just thought it'd be a nice touch, but really if nothing else it was just a little more deisgn work I got to do for myself.
(please note this package was not the one delivered, this was my first try at building this particular version and it sucked, the museum got the display worthy build).

The figure itself was #2 in my new variety of Christopher Reeve figures. #1 was kinda hack'n'slash and was a learning experience in overhauling a figure. This one was MUCH nicer.

So the weekend was over, we packed up, cleaned our hotel room, and headed into Metropolis one last time to soak up some of the Costume contest and bum around for a minute. and by 1:00 we figured we'd start packing it in and get back to Memphis. Another SuperWeekend gone by.

THIS year in 2012, I got the bug a little earlier. With the new Superman movie coming out in 2013, I really wanted to get something special going. I started making up Man of Steel T-shirts in different levels of distress and finally an idea hit me that I thought folks would enjoy.

Once again I offered these up as free downloads along with ANY other designs I could think of and Eh... it was fun, it was free, it was mine... That's all that mattered, but I think I had more fun just keeping the tradition alive for me and my daugher (who did NOT get one of these) to have our own road trip t-shirts. Its a Griswald thing, we don't mind dorking out as long as we do it in pairs.

I also got the idea to kinda crash the party this year using the advanced technology of the iPhone barcode scanning technology. It was to be...



Easter Egg Hunt

It was a good try but I'm seeing I may have overestimated the widespread use of the iphone or the knowlwedge fo these nifty barcodes... As of yet... I still have not had any winners contact me...

BUT, it was a good time... I learned a lot.

 The statue is 3 Me's tall and 3 Me's wide.

 Most everybody is from Illinois.


My daughter is adorable...

And getting taller...

Superman is Fuzzy.

 This guy's got a great gig...

 The first Superman figure was made of wood... Like George Washington...

And I've got a piece in a museum... I'm like Indiana F'n Jones...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Man of Steel Costumes Officially Revealed!!!

Costumes from the upcoming Man of Steel film to be released next Summer have finally surfaced at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas NV. Companies seekeing license opportunities were able to see 3 costumes from the soon to be blockbuster. On display were Faora's kryptonian battle suit, JorEl's House of El garb and the infamous "Where's the Breifs?" Superman suit worn by Henry Cavill during the film's shooting. This is the first time that these costumes have been shown other than candid on location shots that have absolutely soaked the internet in SuperCircles. 

It seems the origin of the Superman suit has been explained as nearly the Blue Jeans of Krypton... Everybody wears them. You'll notice that Faora's suit shares the same wrist cuffs as does the JorEl suit. The texture of the body suit seems to be the same as well but then made much more horrifying by the tons of sharp armor and attachments. JorEls costume seems to have a still intimidating presence but definitley has a more elegant authoritative look.

Superman's suit itself is a new take on the classic hero. The red trunks have been dropped and new elements have been brought in to give the costume a new life in running with the New 52 era of our classic heroes. Though there was a lot of back and forth on what this would do to the look of the hero I think we'll find that a lot of the action happens from the waist UP on our favorite hero. So hopefully folks will see very quickly that the trunks really wont make that much of a difference in how AWESOME and faithful this film is going to be to fans and newcomers alike.


Chest up

 Full Shot

 Profile Shot


 Full Shot

 Chest Up

SUPERMAN: Man of Steel

 Chest Up: Showing the "Chain Mail" appearance of the suit.

Full Shot: Looking very much the same without Henry Cavill in it...

 Back: Floor Length Cape

*Photos Coutesy of

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Superman Celebration 2012




click around and read below for details!!!

Custom superman figure Man of Steel Superman movie Batman Action Comics 1 Movie Masters Mattycollector
Each custom figure comes in its own scratch built custom packging. These are similar in structure to the one built for the SuperMuseum last year. They are what I call "HemiCylindrical" because it sounds schnazzy and I can say MY figure's got a HEMI!! These are built in the 6" DCUC/Movie Masters scale. I'm mighty proud of these figures and I'm excited to be able to give these away to the lucky winners!

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Custom superman figure Man of Steel Superman GeekSummit Figure Packaging
 Action Comics #1 First Appearance
Custom superman figure Man of Steel Superman Batman Dark Knight Rises Movie Masters
 Superman: The Movie Christopher Reeve
Custom superman figure Man of Steel Superman Batman Dark Knight Rises Movie Masters

  Man of Steel: Henry Cavill


Are you going to Metropolis? We'll see you there!! This year GeekSummit is hosting a VERY exciting and VERY unOfficial "Easter Egg" Hunt!! There is no cost to play, there are no lines to wait in, you don't even have to miss your favorite anticipated scheduled events!!! All you have to do is be lucky enough to find THIS CARD!!


Metropolis Illinois Superman Celebration 2012 Easter Egg Hunt

Each card will come with a FREE Metropolis, IL shield window decal!!



 BUT DON'T STOP THERE!!!  Each card will also feature a QRL barcode on the back. Using your smartphone with a QRL App you can scan this barcode and if you are one of 3 lucky cards you will immediately be linked to your prize!!!



This year at the celebration 50 numbered cards will be placed at random locations throughout the celebration in Metropolis, IL. Each card will feature a QRL code. (You will need a smartphone to scan this code).


• EACH card will have a FREE Metropolis, Il Shield window decal.


There will be 3 unique QRL codes on randomly numbered cards.


 • Winning QRLs will reveal to the winner their own unique prize (1 of these 3 figures) and their collection information.


• Remaining cards will simply link back to the blog itself. (But hey, atleast you get an awesome free sticker!!) 





*Also of special note these figures will not be kept ON HAND during the celebration due to any unforeseen events that could lead them to be damaged in any way. Winners will be prompted to contact me via e-mail where we will take care of collection of prizes through secure and tracked shipment also at no cost.