Planet Comicon 2017 Unveils Exclusive Variant Covers

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Planet Comicon Kansas City 2017 is excited to announce a dynamic duo of exclusive variant covers for this weekend show.

Harley Quinn #18 features the “Maid of Mischief” herself as presented by the always amazing Amanda Conner. (Creative partner and fellow Planet Comicon 2017 guest Jimmy Palmiotti is also featured in this issue.) This special limited edition will be available for sale at the Planet Comicon Merchandise Booth (#1215) as well as at Conner and Palmiotti’s respective booths (#322 and #324).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #69 features a cover by another of our 2017 featured guests, Kevin Eastman. This special limited edition will be available for sale at the Planet Comicon Merchandise Booth (#1215).

Other featured creators include Dan Didio (DC Comics Publisher), Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants), Chad Hardin, Joseph Michael Linsner (Harley Quinn), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD), Neal Adams (Batman), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!), Frank Brunner (Doctor Strange), Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men) and many, many more!

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Hero Initiative Hosts Greg Land at Planet Comicon 2017

April 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Missouri

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Hero Initiative, the nonprofit that aids comic book creators in medical and financial need, is heading to Kansas City, MO for Planet Comicon, April 28th-30th at the Bartle Hall Convention Center.

Artist Greg Land, best known his work on The Uncanny X-Men, Birds of Prey, and Ultimate Fantastic Four will be at the Hero booth #1030 all weekend! Make sure you stop by and get a sketch or your books signed!

Plus Hero Initiative Ambassadors across the con floor will be collecting for our cause when you get your books signed, so make sure ay them a visit. Howard Chaykin, Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti, Shannon Denton, Colleen Doran, Phil Hester, Jai Nitz, and Frank Tieri are all on the job so do right thing!

About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $950,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.

Spider-Gwen Co-Creator Jason Latour Appears at Planet Comicon 2017

April 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News, Missouri

Jason Latour, co-creator and artist of the Eisner and Harvey Award winning series Southern Bastards at Image Comics, will be joining our 2017 guest line up!
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Jason Latour is a writer and artist. He is the co-creator and artist of the Eisner and Harvey Award winning series Southern Bastards at Image Comics, as well as the co-creator & writer of Spider-Gwen at Marvel. In 2015 he won the National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award for Comic Book Art.

Other featured creators include Kevin Eastman (TMNT), Dan Didio (DC Comics Publisher), Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men, New Mutants) Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Joseph Michael Linsner (Harley Quinn), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD), Neal Adams (Batman), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!), Frank Brunner (Doctor Strange), Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men) and many, many more!

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Planet Comicon Kansas City Welcomes the Incomparable Chris Claremont

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Planet Comicon is honored to announce Chris Claremont as the latest celebrity creator set to join us on April 28 – April 30, 2017. Claremont is one of the most influential writers of superhero comics, renowned for his 17-year run on Uncanny X-Men. During that period, the X-Men became one of the most popular comic book franchises in history.
Claremont is credited with the creation of legendary characters like Legion, The New Mutants, Rogue, Gambit, Sabretooth, Kitty Pryde and the White Queen amongst many others. It is a conservative estimate that Claremont has sold in excess of 750,000,000 comics worldwide.

Other featured creators include Kevin Eastman (TMNT), Dan Didio (DC Comics Publisher), Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Joseph Michael Linsner (Harley Quinn), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD), Neal Adams (Batman), Howard Chaykin (American Flagg!), Frank Brunner (Doctor Strange), Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men) and many, many more!

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Celebrity Guests Team Up at Planet Comicon 2017

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Not only do we try to bring you some of the most interesting and influential celebrity guests to Planet Comicon Kansas City every year, we always seek to bring you the stories behind your favorite comic, sci-fi and fantasy franchises. That’s why we always try to team up our celebrity guests whenever possible and 2017 has some of our most amazing groupings yet! Check out these amazing assemblies of television talent…

  • Doctor Who: Billie Piper, John Barrowman, Catherine Tate
  • Arrow: Stephen Amell and John Barrowman
  • Lost Girl: Anna Silk, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Zoie Palmer
  • RWBY: Arryn Zech, Kara Eberle, Elizabeth Maxwell, Jessica Nigri
  • DC TV: Michael Rowe, Teddy Sears, Maggie Geha
  • Reign: Adelaide Kane and Rachel Skarsten
Not only will you have the chance to hear many of these celebrities dish on behind-the-scenes details on some of your favorite shows via numerous panel discussions throughout the weekend (schedule coming soon!), you can also schedule your personal Team-Up photo opp via Epic Photo Ops! Details and tickets available at the link…

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MO – Pearls Hogs the Road Tour

Cartoonist Stephan Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine, appears on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM to celebrate the release of the newest Pearls treasury. Pastis promises to disclose all his vices, overshare, and tell you all you want to know about Pearls Before Swine. Sit back in astonishment and horror and enjoy some of the most popular (and least popular) Pearls strips from the past few years. And as if that’s not enough of a draw (oh, look, a pun!), Pastis will also be signing copies of his newest treasury, Pearls Hogs the Road.

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Andrews McMeel Publishing
1130 Walnut St, Kansas City, Missouri 64106
(800) 851-8923

MS – Free Comic Book Day 2017

Andy Kuhn (Fire Breather, TMNT), John Dell (Scarlet Spider, JLA), Andy Childress, Alec Fritz, and many more sign at 3 Alarm Comics on Saturday May 6, 2017 for Free Comic Book Day!

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3 Alarm Comics
15210 Lemoyne Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39532
228-392-9833

Top Comics Creators Assemble at Planet Comicon 2017

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Once again, we couldn’t be more excited about the hundreds of writers and artists that will be appearing at Planet Comicon Kansas City in 2017. They include fan favorites of current and classic comics, up-and-coming new talents, syndicated cartoonists, best-selling novelists, small press publishers, and alternative and indie voices.

Our featured creators include Kevin Eastman (TMNT), Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Joseph Michael Linsner (Harley Quinn), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD), Neal Adams (Batman), Frank Brunner (Doctor Strange), Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men) and many, many more!

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GoComics Creator Showcase at Planet Comicon 2017

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GoComics is stoked to announce its biggest creator event in the history of the known universe this April at Planet Comicon Kansas City.

On April 28-30 at Bartle Hall, fans can find 31 of their favorite GoComics creators and friends in one convenient continent of tables. There’ll be signings, a special panel, and more fun than you’re normally able to process without the aid of special fun-processing technology.

So who’s coming, exactly? You may want to sit down before you read this list

Sarah AndersenSarah’s Scribbles

Bill AmendFoxTrot

Stephan PastisPearls Before Swine

Nick SelukThe Awkward Yeti

Alex Norris – Dorris McComics

Chris Harding – We The Robots

Dave MercierMercWorks

Megan McKayDoodle For Food

Chris GradyLunarbaboon

Shen T Owlturd

Julia Kaye – Up and Out

Todd ClarkLola

Brian GordonFowl Language

Sara ZimmermanUnearthed Comics

Maria ScrivanHalf Full

John McPhersonClose to Home

Olivia WalchImogen Quest

Enzo Comics  – Cheer Up Emo Kid

Hanna Pirita LehkonenImmortal Nerd

Dan MartinDeathbulge

Jason AnarchyDrinking Quest

Ben ZaehringerBerkeley Mews

J.L. WestoverMr. Lovenstein

Kevin KuramuraPear-Shaped Comics

Laura RomagnoliAverage Adventures of an Average Girl

PatabotBFGF Syndrome

Jane ZeiThe Pigeon Gazette

Deya MunizBrutally Honest

David DanemanThe DaneMen

Aaron Lenk – Big Simple Comics

Jose RojasButton Mash Productions

If you can’t make it to Planet Comicon Kansas City, we’ve got you covered. We’re collecting a heaping helping of signed comics and other merch from each of the attending creators for a special giveaway for eligable GC fans in the U.S. We’ll have more details in April, so watch this space to learn how you can win the biggest swag bag this side of, uh… Swag Bag City? Yeah. Swag Bag City.

DC’s Dan DiDio Appears at Planet Comicon 2017

Dan DiDio, Publisher of DC Entertainment, joins the Planet Comicon 2017 guest lineup on April 28-30! Tickets are available for sale now at the link…

As Publisher, DiDio directs and oversees DC Entertainment’s (DCE) publishing business under its key three imprints – DC, Vertigo, and MAD – in both print and digital formats, working alongside DCE’s editorial, art and design, production, business development and sales groups. The Publishers also work in concert with DCE’s Creative Affairs and Franchise Management teams to ensure that publishing continues to create content and help drive the media businesses that use comics as their source of inspiration.

Dan DiDio was named Publisher of DC Entertainment, alongside Jim Lee, in February 2010.

DiDio works closely with DCE editorial and creative teams to develop compelling storylines and characters that ring true to the iconic DC, Vertigo and MAD brands. During his tenure, DiDio has spearheaded many of the comic industry’s most successful publishing events, including the widely acclaimed relaunch of DC Comics Rebirth, The New 52, and the hugely successful DC annual September publishing events such as 2013’s villains lenticular variant covers. DiDio has also overseen many of the comic industry’s bestselling titles and events including DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, BLACKEST NIGHT, IDENTITY CRISIS, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE and WONDER WOMAN.

DiDio is also charged with leading the company’s unparalleled efforts to attract and develop upcoming talent. With the implementation of annual creator summits and various network opportunities throughout the years, DC Entertainment has become the premier destination for the comic book industry’s top tier writers and artists.

Prior to his current post, DiDio served as Senior Vice President and Executive Editor, overseeing the editorial department for the DC line of comic book titles. DiDio charted the ongoing adventures of SUPERMAN, BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN, WONDER WOMAN, THE FLASH and scores of other heroes and villains.

Before joining DCE in January 2002, DiDio served as Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs for the computer animation company, Mainframe Entertainment. In this position, DiDio was charged with overseeing the development, distribution, marketing, promotion, merchandising and licensing of all Mainframe’s television properties. Among the television projects he developed were Weird-Ohs, Beast Machines, Black Bull’s Gatecrasher and Jill Thompson’s Scary Godmother. He also served as a Story Editor for Reboot and War Planets.

Prior to Mainframe Entertainment, DiDio worked in a variety of positions in the television industry, including Capital Cities/ABC where he served as an Executive Director of ABC Children’s Programming and Public Relations Manager for three New York based daytime dramas.

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Previously announced guests include: Neal Adams, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, Cullen Bunn, Phil Hester, Ant Lucia, Jai Nitz, Frank Tieri, Freddie E. Williams II, and more.

For more information about the 2017 show, event photos, interviews and more, “Like” Planet Comicon on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter. Planet Comicon Kansas City is always available online at www.planetcomicon.com.

 

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