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The Annual Celebration Survival Thread Tags: Superman Celebration Metropolis Survival Water Food Money

Every year about this time, we all start rubbing our palms together in anticipatory glee.  And why not?  The Superman Celebration is coming up soon!

For those who've never experienced the fun for the first time, here's a guide to making the best time of your year even better.

(comments and other tips are appreciated)


A trip always presents an opportunity for things to go wrong and just one mess-up can ruin an entire weekend -- and for some people this is THE vacation for the family so there's only one shot to get it right.


Many visitors to the City of Tomorrow book their accommodations six months out and wisely so.  The closer the hotel to Market Street, the sooner they fill up.  You can't always hope that someone will cancel their reservation at the last minute.  Otherwise, you might wind up sleeping at the rest stop north of town or in the Wal-Mart or Sam's Club parking lots in Paducah.

Don't be surprised that the cost of rooms on the Illinois side of the Ohio River skyrocket over the weekend.  They know we're a captive audience and we'll pay.  Rooms across the river in Paducah are often not quite as expensive as in Metropolis, but one should also factor in the time spent driving and the gas being burned.

If your lodging offers a benefits card, sign up for it.  They're usually free and the points you earn for the stay you booked anyway can be redeemed for gifts and even future stays.  Also, for instance, the Wyndham Rewards card is good at the Baymont as well as the Super 8 and several other chain operations.  Thus, it's easier to accrue points as you travel.


Metropolis is junk food paradise.  Aside from several decent restaurants, the main strip is lined with vendors who'll deep fry just about anything from 'gator to snack cakes.  What you pop into your belly is the fuel that moves you from event to event.  While whatever gets breaded and boiled on Market Street tastes good, make sure you eat at least one balanced meal per day.  Load up on veggies and fresh fruit because that'll give you the most energy with the least fat and calories.

But most importantly, stay hydrated!  Drink a LOT of water because the temperature is usually in the mid-nineties with lots of humidity.  Carry water with you and refill that bottle often.  It's far better for you than any soda, tea, or coffee and more easily replenishable than sports drinks.

Frequently, one of the local concerns offers free bottled water for the asking.  However, most of the food vendors will carry ice cold water.  There are also grocery stores, convenience stores, and other places that will have bottled water.

Take advantage of the mini-fridge, should your room have one.  Stock up on food and beverages from the local stores (spread the financial love around locally, don'tcha know?).


Since it will be way hot and muggy, as much as possible, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and a hat/cap that provides some shade.  Any exposed flesh should be covered in sunblocker (and don't forget your neck, ears and top of your head.  Also, don't forget the tops of your feet if you wear sandals.

When you go indoors, take off your hat and release the built-up heat since your head is where most of your body heat exits.

If you are costuming, drink extra water!  Many super-hero fabrics don't breathe so stay hydrated so you'll keep on breathing for years to come.


This is not a comic book convention.   The Superman Celebration is a local street fair with a little more geek oomph to it, but certainly no less enjoyable (for many of us, a LOT more enjoyable).  Expect to make new friends.

Getting opportunities to meet certain celebrities, mostly the media guests, may require a bit of inconvenience for you.  While you might find the process annoying, it is not unfair.  Also, you can get certain things signed for free, but not always everything, even if it's something you brought.  The list of what's what will be posted in the event schedule and usually on site.

Bring a bag for your autographables, water, and extra supplies.  You don't want to ruin your sketchbook by sweating on it, do you?

When getting something signed, have it ready to be signed by the time it's your turn.  This helps the already long lines to move just that much faster.

As soon as the event schedule is released, plan your itinerary.  Many of the Super Friends-related events (Bowling, Meet-And-Greet, Radio Re-enactment, Opening and Closing Skits) are on the official schedule so don't pass up a chance to hook up with us.  Any event not put on the official schedule will be posted here or on the Facebook page.

Don't forget that camera!  You'll want a record of the events and the people you share them with.  And let us know if you post them on Facebook, here, Twitter, your website, etc.

Remember that not all events can be paid for with credit cards.  Bring an appropriate amount of cash, but be careful about flashing your wad in public.  Keep some money in your vehicle or back in your room, just to be safe.

Travel with other people.  Not only is it more fun, they can watch you (as you'll be monitoring them) for signs of heatstroke. 

Know the signs of too much sun and heat!  If someone turns bright red, stops sweating, becomes disorientated or dizzy, and their flesh becomes hot to the touch, get them into the shade immediately.  An air conditioned room is even better.  Pour water over their head -- dignity be damned -- until they cool down.  Also, get them to drink some of what they're being doused with.  Be ready to summon medical help at the first sign of heat stroke.

Many costumers appreciate being called by the name of the character they are portraying.  You shouldn't call them by their civilian names unless you receive permission.  Many of them have worked up poses and love showing off so don't be shy about asking for a  photograph either alone or with someone.  On the other hand, some do not appreciate being photographed while eating, drinking, or even not in a casual situation.  "May I take your picture?" is a question that solves many problems.

If you host a podcast or want to spread the word about your website, bring business cards.  They're easier to carry around than a flyer.

Be a little more patient than usual.  Remember that everyone around you is hot, thirsty, and uncomfortable too.  A little courtesy makes everything better.

Remember that we are guests in Metropolis.  Let's leave it as nice, or better, than how we found it.  And be polite to the locals, especially the members of the MetroChamber who work hard to put on a great event every year.

Most of all, travel safely and have fun.

Any other ideas?

The Watchtower Report Tags: Watchtower Metropolis Superman Celebration Superfriends Chloe Sullivan

Greetings Superfriends!

As most of you already know, I had to cancel my trip to this year's Metropolis Superman Celebration (MSC) and stay home on a short medical leave.  MSC is the highlight of my year, and I look forward to spending time with you all.  I had anticipated moping at home all weekend and trying to follow people's updates on Facebook (FB), but I knew some of you would text me occasionally or maybe send a picture or two on my phone. I have to say that my expectations were certainly exceeded by leaps and bounds.

I knew there would be a few people in town Wednesday night and planned to keep an eye on FB, but I fell asleep early.  By an uncanny stroke of luck, I woke up a couple hours later and checked FB at exactly the same moment Steve Kirk posted he set up his laptop and was logged in to Skype.  I was able to connect and chatted for a little while with a couple of the Superfriends.  MSC weekend was off to a better start for me than I had imagined.  After communicating via text message, FB and Skype that first evening, I posted a couple FB status updates, stating jokingly, "Watchtower is ONLINE!"  Thursday morning I changed my FB profile picture to a photomontage of Chloe Sullivan as Watchtower on "Smallville".  I made a few posts to my profile mentioning Watchtower, which received a positive response from friends.  I thought, "Hmmm???  Since I can't be in Metropolis, why not act as Watchtower and try to enjoy MSC via satellite, while pretending to report on Superfriends action in Metropolis???" 

Friday morning, I made my first post to the Metro Superfriends Group as Watchtower, reporting that the Bat-Boat had arrived, which I had actually seen in the new newsfeed on my personal profile.  I didn't expect that many people to really be paying much attention, but people started 'liking' posts.  Then people started replying in character to posts.  Other homebound Superfriends were following along with the posts.  As friends started uploading photos to their profiles, I asked to borrow a few photos to go with my Watchtower updates.  Then Superfriends started posting their own photos and updates from Metropolis to the group's news feed.  Once I realized how many people were really checking in regularly, I made the decision to truly become Watchtower, acting as a contact point for Superfriends looking for information about MSC events and Superfriends group activities, as well as posting info about MSC happenings to keep information fed to Superfriends who were stuck at home, like me.  I also checked in on this site regularly to post confirmations of group photo times and locations for anybody who might be looking for that info.  I knew that finding ways to communicate that info was a lengthy pre-MSC discussion.

I had an outlandishly obnoxious amount of fun being Watchtower, and I really appreciate all the positive feedback I received from so many of you.  That being said, I have to extend credit to all of you truly \S/uper friends for helping me make the Watchtower Experiment a success.  Yeah, I was the one doing a lot of the posting on FB, but I was getting my information behind the scenes from Superfriends.  If I texted, asking for info, you replied right away, enabling me to provide it online.  If I posted a direct request on FB, you jumped right in as part of the reporting team, sharing your info with the group.  You gave me permission to use your photos.  You got into character and played along.  You made it a fun and effective tool to keep in touch with each other.  I think the best response to the Watchtower Experiment that I heard all weekend was when an MSC attendee told me she found out about Danny and Heather Kelley's George & Noel Awards from Watchtower!  I had a great Superfriends team behind me, and I consider the Watchtower Experiment a major 'WIN'.  I am making a commitment right now to continue the tradition every year. 

I have captured the whole weekend of Watchtower activity into document form that I wanted to keep, kind of as my own MSC souvenir.  If you weren't able to follow along on FB, send me a private message with your email, and I will send you a copy.

Being Watchtower made me feel like I was there with you all weekend, and I love you guys for doing so much to help me still be part of this year's celebration.

Signing of as Watchtower until next year,

Kris Johnson AKA "soupey"

PS--I love my new phone beyond belief, and I'm relieved it didn't have a meltdown this weekend because I did 99% of my posting from it

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