Jerry Siegel’s widow and daughter to make a rare appearance at the ribbon-cutting of the restored family home. Event is part of a three-day convention featuring famous actors, writers and artists celebrating Superman’s Cleveland origins. CLEVELAND (June 30, 2009)—
Next weekend Cleveland welcomes the Superman-themed Screaming Tiki Cleveland Super-Con event, taking place here July 10-12, held in conjunction with the fifth annual Ingenuity Festival Cleveland. This is the first major comic book show in Cleveland since 1991.
Well-known actors, writers and artists will headline the convention, and a special event will honor the memory of Superman’s creators, Cleveland natives Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the two Glenville teenagers who created Superman in the mid 1930s. Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Jerry Siegel’s restored childhood home On the morning of July 11, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s family members will host a public ribbon-cutting ceremony at the house at 10622 Kimberly Ave. in Glenville where Siegel grew up. Free parking will be available.
The privately owned home has just completed a yearlong restoration project with funds raised through an international comic book art auction planned by the Siegel and Shuster Society and best-selling author Brad Meltzer (Book of Lies, www.ordinarypeoplechange theworld.com). It was at this spot where the teenage Siegel and Shuster first developed the Superman character.
Kimberly Ave. will receive a commemorative street sign designating it as “Jerry Siegel Lane” and nearby Amor Avenue, where Joe Shuster grew up, will be named “Joe Shuster Lane.” The adjoining Parkwood Ave. will be termed “Lois Lane” in honor of Siegel’s wife Joanne, the original model for the intrepid girl reporter.
New public art fences also will be unveiled at the Siegel home as well as at the site of Joe Shuster’s former apartment building at the corner of Amor and Parkwood. These fences have been designed and built by local artists.
Actors Michael Rosenbaum, Sam Witwer and Helen Slater, who play Lex Luthor, Doomsday and Lara, respectively, on the CW television series
“Smallville,” will headline the three-day convention. Slater also played Supergirl in the 1984 film.
Additional comic book and fantasy actors who will appear include:
• Edward James Olmos: Admiral William Adama on television’s “Battlestar Galactica”
• Ray Park: Darth Maul in “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” and Snake Eyes in the upcoming “G.I. Joe”
Noted comic book writers and artists at the convention include Gary Friedrich, Craig Rousseau, Todd DeZago, Mike San Giacomo and Mike
Gustovich, who will sign autographs and do sketches.
The show floor features comic book, gaming and memorabilia dealers. A $20 daily ticket or a $30 weekend pass allows admission to both the
Screaming Tiki Cleveland Super-Con and Ingenuity Festival. A full convention schedule follows this press release. For updates to
the schedule of events and speakers, visit www.screamingtikicon.com.
Superman Trolley Tour
Lolly the Trolley will become a rocket from Krypton, ferrying guests
on a tour of historical Superman sites on Saturday from 1:30 – 5:00
and Sunday from 10:00 – 4:00 p.m.. Led by local historian Nate
Arnold, these hour-and-a-half long tours will originate from the
Tiki-Con and cost $10. Tickets may be purchased at the convention at
the Siegel and Shuster Society booth. Tours begin outside the Halle
Building on Euclid Avenue.
Historic Panel and Film
Last Son, a documentary film about Superman’s origins by Brad Ricca,
will show at 3 p.m. in the historic Hanna Theater. Following the
film, members of the Siegel and Shuster families, including Jerry
Siegel’s widow, Joanne Siegel, and their daughter, Laura Siegel
Larson, will talk to visitors about their memories of Jerry, Joe and
Superman. This will be an open-question format narrated by Cleveland
media personalities Mike Olszewski and Mike San Giacomo.
* For an updated convention schedule, visit www.screamingtikicon.com
FRIDAY, JULY 10
4pm – Screaming Tiki Convention Floor Opens
5pm Wolfpack Entertainment’s Tribute to Jerry & Joe Video
6pm – Super-Toons! (A Look at Superman In Animation and his Impersonators)
7pm – DC Comics Panel (Mike Gustovich / Craig Rousseau / Eddy Newell)
8pm – Screaming Tiki Convention Floor Closes
8pm – Joe Shuster/ Superman Birthday Cake Cutting TBA
9pm – Tiki Fan Appreciation Gathering TBA
SATURDAY, JULY 11
10am – Screaming Tiki Convention Floor Opens
10am – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Siegel House
12pm – Superman the Original Movies Trivia Contest (With Hosts Jim
Bowers and John Field)
12pm – Lolly the Trolley Super Tours Begin
1:30pm – Edward James Olmos panel
3pm – Last Son Movie Screening (Hanna Theater)
4pm – Siegel Shuster Family Panel (Hanna Theater)
5pm – From the Perhapanauts and Beyond (Todd Dezago / Craig Rousseau)
6pm – Star Wars Panel (Ray Park and Daniel Logan)
7pm – Screaming Tiki Convention Floor Closes
SUNDAY, JULY 12
10am – Screaming Tiki Convention Floor Opens
10am – Movie Premiere of Heroic Ambition
11am – Star Wars Kids Lunch (Lower level of Halle Building)
12pm – Name That Movie! (John Field Video Trivia Contest)
1pm – Smallville Panel (Michael Rosenbaum, Sam Witwer and Helen Slater)
2pm – 70 years of Marvel (Gary Friedrich / Mike Gustovich)
3pm – From Sci-Fi to Super Heroes (Steve Stanley / Mark McHaley)
4pm – Superman – The All American Hero Video (1941-78)
5pm – Screaming Tiki Convention Floor Closes