Welcome to Nerdspan’s recap of the 19th incarnation of Kansas City’s Planet Comicon. This year’s event once again took place at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City. The massive convention center was up to the task this year of handling what seemed to be a sizable crowd. I would be remiss in mentioning that the con has in recent years been held in concurrence with the Big 12 Men’s College Basketball Tournament at neighboring Sprint Center and that was not the case for 2017 which made navigating downtown much easier. I hope that Planet Comicon’s organizers take that into account when planning for 2018. This show seems to be handling its growth well and it seems ready to take its place among the major players in the convention scene.
Nowadays, it seems that conventions that want to be seen as major players need to book pop culture celebrities to truly compete. Planet Comicon featured a wide range of stars including WWE Hall Of Famers “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and Jerry “The King” Lawler, “Arrow” stars Stephen Amell and John Barrowman and “Sharknado” lead, Tara Reid.
Fear not, Planet Comicon did remember that the word “comic” is part of their name and they did deliver some major creators to Kansas City. DC co-publisher Dan DiDio was seen on the convention floor as was the writer of one of comics’ biggest selling books, Marvel’s “Star Wars”, Jason Aaron. Aaron’s partner in the critically acclaimed Image title “Southern Bastards, Jason Latour held down the adjoining table. True comics legends including the iconic Jim Steranko, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles creator Kevin Eastman, the incomparable Chris Claremont (The Uncanny X-Men), Harley Quinn co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.
A busy section was the GoComics.com Creator Showcase featuring Bill Amend (FoxTrot), Stephen Pastis (Pearls Before Swine), Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles) and over two dozen other GoComics creators in the biggest and best event in GoComics history.
As is the case with many major shows, cosplay was in full effect at Planet Comicon Kansas City including 2017’s Best in Show winners Samantha Ybarra and Marie D’Angelo as characters from the popular video game Diablo III.
A fun addition for families was the inclusion of the Planet Entertainment Zone full of interactive family fun and live professional wrestling from Kansas City’s National Wrasslin’ League.
“Whether it is your first year at Planet Comicon Kansas City or you’ve been attending since the beginning, our goal is to provide the very best experience for our fans,” said Planet Comicon CEO and President Chris Jackson. “We want to transport Planet Comicon attendees to a world filled with the very best creators, artists, guests, cosplayers and collectibles and turn Downtown Kansas City into a planet unlike any other. We believe 2017’s show was our best yet and we can’t wait for next year.”
UPDATE: The 2018 show has been scheduled for February 16th-18th, once again at Bartle Hall.
Planet Comicon Kansas City is already at work on 2018’s show but fans can relive the adventure of this year’s event through photos, interviews, videos and more by visiting Planet Comicon online at www.PlanetComicon.com, on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/planetcomiconkc/) and following @PlanetComicon on Twitter (https://twitter.com/PlanetComicon).