DUM-DUM 2008, Waterloo,
This year's annual Dum-Dum will be held at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention
Center in Waterloo, Iowa, on Friday, July 25, and Saturday, July 26. The
show will be held in conjunction with the Iowa Comic Book Collectors Show,
in the same facility.
"This is an opportunity to combine forces with the state's largest active
comic book group and hopefully greatly increase the amount of traffic at
the Dum-Dum,” said Kelly Kimmich, a spokesperson with the Waterloo Convention
and Visitors Bureau, which is handling the event. "We have received lots
of support and enthusiasm from the comic book group, and we plan to market
the weekend very aggressively."
Waterloo is part of the Cedar Valley, which includes the city of Cedar
Falls, the University of Northern Iowa campus, and Evansdale. The combined
metropolitan area is about 130,000.
The Five Sullivans Brothers Center is named for the five brothers from
Waterloo who all went down on the same ship during a sea battle during
World War II. They became a national rallying point for the war effort
and a popular movie of their lives, "The Fighting Sullivans," was made
in 1945. Because of the Sullivans, a law was passed that brothers could
not serve on the same ship in wartime.
The main guests for the event are Denny Miller, Tarzan from 1959; Jack
Bender, a native of Waterloo who does the nationally-syndicated Alley
Oop newspaper strip; Dave Fury, author of the new book on Maureen O’Sullivan,
entitled No Average Jane, and Mike Chapman, author of two books
on movie Tarzans, Herman Brix/Bruce Bennett and Glenn Morris. There may
be another major guest announced, as well.
Chapman has hosted two previous Dum Dum (Newton, Iowa, in 1997, and
Fort Collins, Colorado, in 2004) and is an advisor for the Waterloo Convention
and Visitors Bureau. He is also working hard on landing another special
"Denny is everyone's
favorite Tarzan, but we thought it would be fun to try and get a Tarzan
that has never yet appeared at a Dum Dum," said Chapman. “I was in touch
with Casper Van Dien, and thought we just might get him, but he had a scheduling
conflict that wouldn't allow him to attend. Now, I am working on Miles
O’Keeffe through a very good source, but he has always been a hard one
to pin down due to scheduling conflicts."
The special artwork for the tote bags and tee shirts shows Denny Miller
as Tarzan, and as he appears today. The artwork was done especially for
the Dum-Dum by Jack Bender.
The schedule of weekend activities includes a discussion led by Bender
on Tarzan comic book art. Bender and his wife, Carole, have drawn the Alley
Oop strip since 1991, and Jack is very well known in Iowa and athletic
circles for his sports artwork. The Alley Oop strip is carried by
over 600 newspapers around the world. Jack has an extensive collection
of original art and has been a Tarzan collector and enthusiast for decades.
Fury spent an incredible amount of time and effort in producing his
book on O’Sullivan, entitled No Average Jane, and the completed
effort has drawn rave reviews. It is a beautiful, hardbound book and will
be available for sale at a reduced price for Dum-Dum attendees. Dave will
be the keynote speaker the Saturday night banquet, offering behind-the-scenes
stories on his favorite Jane.
Chapman has been the featured speaker on several occasions and will
act as the emcee for the dinner.
Other events planned are:
(1) A Mucker Jeopardy game in the Huckster room at 11:00 a.m. on Friday;
(2) Free tour of the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and
Museum, just one block from the convention center, with several pieces
of Tarzan artwork, at 7:30 p.m. Friday;
(3) A panel discussion led by Jack Bender on Tarzan comic book art,
at 11 a.m. on Saturday;
(4) The always popular auction at 3:00 p.m. Saturday.
(5) Banquet at Five Sullivan Brothers Center, starting at 6:30 p.m.