The Superman Celebration has something for everyone and this year is no exception!

 

Michael “Knightmage” Wilson

(International Cosplayer/Entertainer/Philanthropist)

Michael “Knightmage” Wilson was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and now resides in Youngstown, Ohio.

A current decorated 21 year veteran Deputy Sheriff for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio, Michael has been cosplaying since 2012. Having created over 250 costumes, Michael is an award winning cosplayer with many of his creations being praised and displayed on numerous platforms in print and online. Michael is noted as one of the most influential and diverse male cosplayers in the world. Along with judging cosplay contests Michael often hosts cosplay panels and workshops at conventions showcasing the creative, positive, inspiring and supportive side of cosplay.

Having a love for acting and stunt work, Michael has worked on several Hollywood comic book movie productions. Michael was also an alternate for the 2006 reality show “Who Wants To Be A Superhero” hosted by Stan Lee. Michael has worked on and has been featured in several fan films and productions such as “Flash Fall” by Together Brother Productions and the popular YouTube series “MAN AT ARMS: Reforged”. Michael is a spokesperson for FX latex product, Zombie-Skin. Michael has also created various costumes for World Wrestling Entertainment superstars.

Genuinely loving to entertain, make a positive impact and bring smiles, Michael most often uses his costuming by participating in many charitable events, benefits, parades, birthdays and hospital visits to children. This has led him to becoming a member of esteemed costuming groups all over the United States such as “The League of Heroes, The Heroes Alliance-Ohio Branch, East Coast Avengers, Costumers with a Cause and Superheroes to Kids in Ohio and Heroic Inner Kids”. Michael often works closely with charity organizations as a sponsor and has partnered with over 100 various organizations around the world to fundraise and bring awareness to these organizations. Michael has received numerous awards for his charitable deeds including the “’Outstanding Service Award” from Credit Where Credit Is Due, the CosBravo Award and most notably the “Presidential Volunteers Award” from President Barack Obama and the White House.

If you wish, become a fan at www.Facebook.com/Knightmage1  and follow on Twitter @Knightmage  and Instagram @Knightmage1

 

You can meet Knightmage at the Artist Alley/Writers Way on Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Check out Knightmage’s Costuming on a Budget program in the Artist Alley/Writers Way on Friday at 12:00 p.m.

and

at the CNB Metro Tent on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. for his There’s a Character in your Closet: Costuming on a Budget program.

 

 

Listen to Joe Torrillo’s story at the CNB Metro Tent on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

 

 

Joe Torrillo

Joe Torrillo was a 25 year Lieutenant with the NYC Fire Dept. who is now retired on disability. He spent the first 15 years of his career in Engine Company # 10, across the street from the South Tower of the World Trade Center. While recuperating from a severe injury on New Years Eve of 1996 going in to 1997, Joe was assigned to convalesce in the office of fire safety education.

Eight months into this “light-duty” position, Joe was ultimately named the Director of this public-based program. In his new position, Joe would co-design a children’s state-of-the-art fire safety learning center, which opened in October, 2000.

This new venue, “The Fire Zone “, in the heart of Manhattan, was nominated and won the coveted “THEA” award at the Emmy’s in 2002. Shortly thereafter, in January of 2001, Joe worked on a project with Fisher-Price Toys to help design a new children’s “action figure”, which was part of their line of “Rescue Heroes”. This new action figure was named “Billy Blazes” and was a likeness of a NYC Firefighter, who was an addition to their other “Rescue Heroes “.

In conjunction with the Executives of the Fisher-Price Corp., Joe chose the “Fire Zone” as the location for the press conference to introduce “Billy Blazes”, and then keeping with a safety theme, ironically chose the date of September 11, 2001, because 9/11 is the Emergency phone number in New York City.

On the way to the press conference, that was set for 9 a. m., Joe was about an eighth of a mile away from the World Trade Center, when American Airlines Flight #11 struck the North Tower at 8:46 a.m. Fearing for his Firefighter brothers in Engine Co. 10 and Ladder Co. 10 across the street from the Towers, Joe diverted to the scene to render assistance.

Three minutes after donning borrowed bunker gear, at 9:03 a.m., the second jet, flew over Joe’s head and slammed in to the South Tower. With a background in Structural Engineering, Joe made an immediate assessment that everyone above the fire was doomed to death, and the buildings would collapse.

While Joe was involved in the rescue operation, the South tower fell at 9:59 a.m. Joe was buried alive with a fractured skull, broken ribs, broken arm, crushed spine and heavy internal bleeding. Shortly after being found alive in the rubble, they removed Joe on a long spine board and placed him on the deck of a boat on the Hudson River, with the expectation of getting him to a hospital.

As emergency personnel were holding his split scalp together, the North Tower fell and buried Joe alive again. He was alone in the engine room.

About 45 minutes later, Joe was once again rescued from the debris, and taken across the Hudson River, where he awoke in a hospital room at the Jersey City Trauma Center in New Jersey. Because he was wearing a borrowed set of firefighting clothing with the name Thomas McNamara, Joe was mis-identified by that name, and Joe was declared missing for 3 days.

By the time the sun set on the evening of September11, 2001, Joe had miraculously survived the collapse of both Towers, but with life-long injuries.

Sadly, “Billy Blazes” would come to represent the 343 New York City Firefighters who had made the supreme sacrifice of their lives in the rescue effort.

Today Joe Torrillo travels the world as a professional speaker with a quest to make our country the “Re-United States of America”, resurrecting patriotism, trumpeting the men and women of the Armed Services, mentoring adolescents, and inspiring audiences of all sizes to embrace change and never give up on their dreams.

Joe has a wide variety of topics to choose from which are all both inspiring and high in content. His memorable programs are an excellent fit for ANY type of organization. Joe’s speaking engagements very often end with a standing ovation, followed by a long line of attendees excited to meet him and shake his hand.

The Aquaducks

Cavanaugh Mims – Vocals/Keys

Zach Sheffler – Guitar

Andrew Fleming – Drums

Thomas Baxter -Guitar

Aaron Veneziano- Bass

Paul Violante – Sax

Elijah Hall – Trumpet

The Aquaducks are a high-energy funk and soul band from Nashville, TN with a fresh, yet nostalgic brand of modern funk music.

The Aquaducks’ live show is a party on the stage and off, from start to finish.  While the musical influence of artists such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and Lettuce provide enough musical meat to satisfy the appetites of even the most discerning critics, their light-hearted and fun approach to performance ensures that no-one in the audience is left behind.

The Ducks’ performances around the United States have included appearances at Bonnaroo, Rochester International Jazz Festival, FiBArk Festival, and numerous local and regional festivals.  They have had the honor of sharing bills with artists such as The Motet, George Porter Jr., Billy Strings, Anders Osborne, The California Honey Drops and The Werks. Currently, the band’s tour schedules include stops throughout the Southeast, Colorado, Florida, the Midwest, and Northeast and they show no signs of slowing down as they continue their quest to share the funk with the world.

2019’s “The Deep End” release marked a new chapter in the life of The Aquaducks.  The five-song collection explores the deeper side of the band through its use of extended breakdowns and solo sections that impactfully contrast their catchy songwriting.  Upon release, the song “Got Me Funked Up” was featured as the second track on Spotify’s All Funked Up playlist, exposing the band’s music to a new wave of fans.

Described by Brooklyn, NY blog Pancakes and Whiskey as “Dripping with enough funk to fill several swimming pools,” The Aquaducks have developed a strong audio-visual experience and established a long-term relationship with fans.  Join now, or be late to the party.

 

Enjoy the funky sounds of The Aquaducks on Saturday

at 7:00 p.m. under the City National Bank Metro Tent!

 

 

A special presentation of the Patriot II Flag will be held on Saturday in Superman Square at 1:00 p.m. honoring all heroes.

The Flag will also be on display at the Statue on Sunday.

 

 

Patriot II Flag

West Coast, East Coast and everywhere in-between
As this flag tours the country, all 50 states in the Union,
It will send a message to the world and the families
Of the loved ones that were lost on 9/11/01
United we stand: “We have not forgotten!”

Criss crossing the country, hosted by Fire & Police Departments, American Legion Posts and PATRIOTS, the flag honors the men and women on the job today protecting the citizens they serve.  Bringing it to the Superman Celebration is Organizer, Mitch Mendler and guest, Joe Torrillo.

The first Patriot flag as well as the second flag were retired from service and destined to be properly destroyed under the US Flag Code. We gave the flags a new mission. The first flag is semi-retired and displayed in an American Legion Post near the crash site of United Flight 93.

The tour began on the 15-year anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks on America and the Free World. The Patriot Flag was displayed in all 3 locations, Lower Manhattan, Shanksville PA. and at The Pentagon in a 12-hour period on 9/11/16.

The Patriot Flag has been in many parades to include, The Veterans Day Parade in NYC and San Diego, The Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Parade in in Waikiki, The George Washington’s Day Parade in Arlington Virginia, The Memorial Day Parade in DC and Gettysburg, The Flag Day Parade in La Mesa CA., The D-Day 75th Anniversary Parade in Saint Mere Eglise, France.

The flag has been to 47 Capitols as of June 2020 and displayed at The 75th Anniversary of The Pearl Harbor Attack, The D-Day Invasion on Omaha Beach and in Bastogne Belgium for The Battle of The Bulge.

Lightning McQueen

Lightning McQueen, #95, is a hotshot rookie race car who loves going faster than fast and that’s almost as fast as Superman.   Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum has brought him to life and is bringing him to the Superman Celebration!  Kids will get a kick out of getting their picture taken Lightning.

Located in Jackson, TN, Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum has over 50 cars that have been used in movies and TV, as well as, TV and movie memorabilia. There’s something for all ages! Many of the cars are the actual cars used in the shows and can only be seen here. Visit rustystvandmoviecars.com.

 

You can see Lightning McQueen by Smallville on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

 

Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

The first WIENERMOBILE was created in 1936 by Carl Mayer.  The 1952 WIENERMOBILE has been living for years in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan (and in our hearts forever, obviously).  The 1969 WIENERMOBILE model featured Ford Thunderbird taillights, a Chevy motor home frame and averaged 187 smiles per gallon. 
 
Six different WIENERMOBILES are driving across the U.S. at any given time and we are super glad to have one in Metropolis!

 

You can see the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile by Smallville on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!