DC Superheroes and Comic Book Fans Descend on Newseum This Weekend

Cress Williams in Black Lightning

In “Black Lightning,” the latest CW superhero entry, Cress Williams plays a former crime-fighting vigilante who reluctantly returns to the fight in middle age. (Bob Mahoney/CW)

This weekend DC superheroes and comic book fans will gather at the Newseum to celebrate the art of comic books and free expression.

On Saturday, “DC in D.C.” will bring together stars and producers from Warner Bros. Television’s DC TV series, as well as comic book writers and artists from DC Entertainment, to participate in a series of discussions about the intersection of comic books, culture, entertainment and enlightenment.

From Friday, Jan. 12 to Sunday, Jan. 14, there will be a Warner Bros. Television and DC Comics pop-up store in front of the Newseum. The heated, high-tech container space measures 40 feet by 10 feet, and features a merchandise shop, charging stations, a free Jitters coffee bar, interactive displays covering the history of D.C. — from its earliest origins to the way it is portrayed in today’s hottest superhero sagas.

The DC Pop-Up Shop will include:

  • Graphic Novels for Sale: Available for purchase at the Pop-Up Shop will be the top 50 DC graphic novels of all time. Among the many titles will be fan favorites and cult classics, such as “The Death of Superman,” “V for Vendetta,” “Watchmen,” “The Killing Joke,” “Crisis on Infinite Earths” and more. Also available will be a collection of books for young readers (ages 10 and above), including “Teen Titans” and “DC Super Hero Girls.”
  • Giant Comic Panels: On both sides of the shop will be a series of two dozen 7-by-4-foot flip panels featuring Titan-sized reproductions of some of the most iconic comic book covers in history. Not only a fantastic photo opportunity, but fans will have the ability to flip their way through the history of DC and how comics are made. There’s even a behind-the-scenes look at the production process with the “How to Build a Hero” station. Imagine standing face-to-face with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and more as they look out from life-sized comic books!
  • Talent Appearances and Signings: Visiting talent from both WBTV and DC Entertainment will stop by to meet fans and sign autographs. The casts from WBTV’s “Gotham” and “Black Lightning” are currently slated to attend alongside noted DC writers and artists, including Jim Lee (“Batman: Hush”), Tom King (“Batman,” “Mister Miracle”) and Geoff Johns (“Rebirth,” “Doomsday Clock”).
  • Jitters Coffee: Free coffee! Any fan of WBTV’s “The Flash” (Tuesdays at 8/7c on The CW) will be familiar with CC Jitters, the go-to coffee house of the extended Arrow-verse. Fans will be thrilled to learn that Jitters will be open as part of the Pop-Up Shop and serving free coffee for three days (Jan. 12 – 14). Warm up with a cup in the fully-heated retail space.
  • DC Super Hero Costumes: On display will be the actual costumes worn by Barry Allen, aka The Flash (series star Grant Gustin) and Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl (series star Melissa Benoist) in their respective WBTV series.
  • “Black Lightning” Charging Station: Tying into the Saturday night world premiere of WBTV’s “Black Lightning” (Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW), the Pop-Up Shop will also feature a “Black Lightning” charging station for visitors to power up their devices on the go.
  • LED Megascreen: On the back side of the Pop-Up Shop, facing the Capitol, an enormous 15-by-9-foot LED screen will be running living art (motion graphics) of iconic comics and high-impact, super-powered video clips and trailers featuring DC superheroes from comics and television.
  • Custom T-Shirts: Also available for purchase on site will be a selection of nine exclusive “DC in D.C.” themed T-shirts featuring DC’s greatest superheroes and imagery of DC’s greatest books. Artwork will include Superman meets JFK, Superman meets Reagan, Action Comics #1, Detective Comics No. 27, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Black Lightning, Freedom Fighters and more.
  • Funko Figurines: Fans will be able to purchase a curated selection of DC Funko Pop! Figures, including fan favorites from the worlds of “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Wonder Woman,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “Batman,” “Superman” and more D.C. heroes.

The Pop-Up Shop will be open to the public. Those wishing to attend the Saturday panel discussions can get more information and purchase tickets here. Attendees will enter through the Newseum’s Group Entrance on C Street. General admission visitors on Saturday can also watch the panel discussions on the 40-by-22-foot big screen in the Newseum atrium.

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