Monday, April 4, 2016

Superman and Batman at the Kennedy Center

In the summer of 2015, I learned that the Kennedy Center in Washington DC would host a show called Superman 2050. It would run for one weekend only, the first in April 2016—a week after the opening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

I asked the Kennedy Center gift shop if it would carry Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (and, what the hey, Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman) during the run of the show (or, what the hey, during the run of any show). From my pitch: "Any Superman fan devoted enough to come see a show about his future would also be interested in his past!"

The KC contact not only said yes but also asked if I would like to do a book signing after the show. Because I am not involved with the show, it'd be an even bigger gamble than the usual signing—I'd just be an unfamiliar guy at a table outside a theater. But because the KC is only 25 minutes from me, and because it'd be something new, I thought it was worth a try.

Besides, it's the Kennedy Center. They do things classy.

They produced a flyer about me and included it in the program, made signage, and set up a handsome display for my 4/2/16 appearance.

After the first round of signing, they moved my table to be closer to the exit of the theater where the show took place.

That evening, they held an event featuring another superhero.

Yes, Lynda Carter. Wonder Woman.

Ask not what the Kennedy Center can do for you, ask what you can do for the Kennedy Center.

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