January 22, 2016 by Colin Solan
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Stan Lee, the guy who created and co-created hundreds of iconic superheroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, and Thor, is coming to Planet Comicon Kansas City at Bartle Hall May 20, 21 and 22. The legendary former publisher of Marvel Comics is scheduled to sign autographs, pose with fans for photo opportunities, and appear on stage for a Q&A session.
“Every year the show gets better,” said Planet Comicon Kansas City founder and CEO Christopher Jackson. “We are incredibly excited and truly honored to have Stan Lee coming to Kansas City. He is a visionary who has brought a whole pantheon of modern mythology to life. The incredible imagination of Stan Lee fills our theaters, toy stores, and television screens.”
Planet Comicon Kansas City has exploded in popularity and attendance since moving to the monster space at Bartle Hall in 2012. The annual show draws legions of fans of superheroes, science fiction, animation, television, movies, fantasy, and gaming, with acres of interactive exhibits, live art, costumes, performances and collectibles.
Other celebrity guests already announced for Planet Comicon in 2016 include Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica, Miami Vice), Eve Myles (Doctor Who, Torchwood), Sean Maher (Firefly), and Jason Mewes (Clerks, Mallrats). Other comic creator guests include Bill Sienkiewicz (Elektra: Assassin), Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Thor), Joe Staton (Green Lantern, Dick Tracy), Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, The Sixth Gun), Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun, Queen & Country), Matt Kindt (Rai, Ninjak), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Freddie E. Williams II (Batman/TMNT), Dennis Hopeless (Spider-Woman), Phil Hester (Green Arrow, The Flash: Season Zero), Rick Burchett (Lady Sabre, Batman Adventures), and more!
“We will continue to announce celebrity guests over the next few months,” Jackson said. “The final roster will include more than 25 celebrities who will be available to meet with their fans. Planet Comicon is designed for every fan in the family. We work for a great balance of comic book creators, celebrity guests, cosplay events, vendors, gaming, children’s activities, performances, and panel programming. That’s what has kept our event growing year after year.”
Last year’s Planet Comicon Kansas City drew a record-setting 54,000 fans to Bartle Hall, but Jackson expects the 2016 show to be the biggest yet.
Jackson noted that, “For the past two years, Planet Comicon has been on the same weekend as the Big 12 basketball tournament, which strained the limits of hotel rooms, parking, and other downtown accommodations. Our event has now moved to May, and we expect that to allow us to grow our show and improve the experience for fans even more.”
Tickets for Planet Comicon Kansas City will be available at the door. In addition, advance memberships that include admission to the event can be purchased at the Planet Comicon Kansas City website, www.planetcomicon.com. A limited number of Stan Lee autograph and photo packages will be available and can be pre-purchased on the website.
“This will be Mr. Lee’s first such appearance in Kansas City and we are extremely excited to welcome him as our guest of honor at Planet Comicon,” Jackson said. “We expect the Stan Lee packages to sell out in advance of the show, so fans who want to meet him should book their packages well ahead of time.”
Lee has appeared in more than 30 movies, including cameos in nearly every Marvel movie. He was recently named the most successful filmmaker of all time, as his legendary creations have grossed $15 billion worldwide.
FOUNDED IN 1999, PLANET COMICON KANSAS CITY is Kansas City’s largest and longest-running comic book convention and pop culture expo, featuring the best in comic books, fantasy, science fiction television and movies. Past Planet Comicon guests have included William Shatner, Stephen Amell, Lou Ferrigno, Adam West, Kenny Baker, Cary Elwes, Karen Gillan and many more. Memberships that include admission can be purchased on the event website, www.planetcomicon.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Watermark Books & Cafe hosts author R.A. Salvatore at Abode Venue for a reading and signing of Archmage on Monday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the event will also include a cash bar. Abode Venue is located at 1330 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS, 67214.
Tickets for the event are $28.95+tax and include a copy of the new book Archmage. The book officially comes out on Tuesday, September 1, but it will be available for pick-up at the event on Monday night. Order your ticket NOW to pre-order a copy of Salvatore’s newest Drizzt book! Tickets can be ordered online by clicking the ticket link or by calling Watermark Books & Cafe at 316.682.1181.
The pall that had descended over the North is gone, and a new day has dawned on a victorious Mithral Hall, but no matter how bright things seem on the surface, Drizzt and his companions know that what lurks just under their feet remains steeped in evil and charged with unimaginable power.
The dark elves of Menzoberranzan, including the powerful Archmage Gromph, aren’t done with Drizzt yet. And consumed by their own power struggles, feeling backed into a corner, the drow may just be desperate enough to call on demonic forces from the deepest reaches of the Abyss, and unleash a disaster even the Underdark could never have prepared for. Archmage has everything Drizzt’s fans crave: action, adventure, characters that resonate with equal measures of warrior spirit and deep compassion, and no shortage of wicked dark elves.
Writer Alex Grecian appears at Barnes & Noble on Tuesday May 26, 2015 at 7:00 PM to sign The Harvest Man!
About the Author:
Alex Grecian is the nationally bestselling author of The Yard, The Black Country, and The Devil’s Workshop, as well as of the long-running and critically acclaimed graphic novel series Proof. He lives in the Midwest with his wife and son.
Barnes & Noble
6130 SW 17th Street, Topeka, KS 66615
Artist Matthew Fox appears at Elite Comics on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM to sign the first issue of UFOlogy from BOOM! Studios!
11842 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS 66210
CW Cooke appears at Elite Comics on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 4:00 – 8:00 PM to sign his new comics SOLITARY!
11842 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS 66210
Cartoonist Stephan Pastis (Pearls Before Swine) signs at Watermark Books on Saturday, April 5th at 5:00 pm!
4701 E Douglas Ave, Wichita, KS 67218
Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine, goes on a signing tour across the United States!
Monday, 3/24 Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA – 7:00pm
Tuesday, 3/25 Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM – 7:00pm
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S. Steven Struble signs at Prairie Dog Comics Saturday, March 23, 2013 from noon until 6:00 pm.
Prairie Dog Comics
4800 W Maple #122, Wichita, KS