January 22, 2016 by Colin Solan
Filed under Animation, Collectibles, Comic Books, Comic Strips, Convention News, Kansas, Manga, Movies, Other, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Television, Top Stories, Video Games, Webcomics
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.
Tim Seeley signs at Graham Cracker Comics on Wednesday February 10th from noon till 3:00 PM to! Tim is the writer of the hit GRAYSON and now NEW SUICIDE SQUAD series for DC Comics and creator/writer on the Image series REVIVAL as well as the writer/artist/creator of the cult favorite HACK/SLASH comic series!
Graham Cracker Comics – Lakeview
5443 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60647
Iconic actor WILLIAM SHATNER beams down to Boston Comic Con to celebrate the 50th anniversary of STAR TREK, the most beloved sci-fi franchise in history! As Captain James T. Kirk, Mr. Shatner led the intrepid crew of the starship Enterprise through the eponymous television series, an animated show, and seven feature films as well as participating in the creation of comic books, video games, novels, and more. This is the exclusive New England convention appearance by Starfleet’s most venerated hero in 2016!
William Shatner has cultivated a career spanning over 50 years as an award-winning actor, director, producer, writer, and recording artist. In addition to Star Trek he has played the title character in the cop drama TJ Hooker, hosted the reality show Rescue 911, and memorably starred as attorney Denny Crane in both The Practice and its spinoff Boston Legal, a role which earned him two Emmys and a Golden Globe award. He is one of Hollywood’s most recognizable figures with many other notable appearances including The Twilight Zone, The Man from UNCLE, Mission: Impossible, Miss Congeniality, and numerous commercials as a celebrity pitchman. He has also written the TekWar series of science fiction novels which was adapted for television.
William Shatner will appear at Boston Comic Con on Friday August 12th and Saturday August 13th ONLY. Further details including signing times, photo ops, and VIP packages will be forthcoming as the show draws closer. Please follow our social media for updates and more guest announcements.
Tickets for Boston Comic Con will go on-sale on Friday February 12th.
About Boston Comic Con:
The Boston Comic Con is a 100% independently run comic book show committed to bringing the biggest and best comic creators to New England. Run by fans for fans, Boston Comic Con is not affiliated with any other convention tour or corporate interests. Hosting over 120,000 square feet of vendors selling comic books, toys, posters, trading cards, and other pop culture memorabilia, this is a destination event for geeks of any stripe. This year’s convention will be held Friday August 12th, Saturday August 13th, and Sunday August 14th at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210. For more information please go to our website at www.bostoncomiccon.com and follow us on Twitter (@BostonComicCon) and Facebook!
Tony Moore, co-creator and original artist of THE WALKING DEAD and artist of DEADPOOL, VENOM, FEAR AGENT, GHOST RIDER, PUNISHER, and so many more, appears at House of Heroes Comics on Monday, February 8, 2016 from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
Bring your own books, buy some at House of Heroes, and/or pick up some rad merch and art prints from the wide variety he’ll have available – including a signed and numbered limited edition screen-printed tour poster (only 10 available per shop!) Walking Dead #150 cover prints, and a chance to win a super-rare painted Sketch Variant Walking Dead #1 Artist Proof Edition (only 1 per shop!).
There will also be hosting a Walking Deadpool costume contest with Tony Moore being the judge! Interpret “Walking Deadpool” anyway you want to and come in for your chance to win super cool prizes!
House of Heroes Comics + Games
407 N Main St, Oshkosh, WI 54901
Orlando Toy and Comic Con returns on Sunday January 31st, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at a new location, the Holiday Inn in Orlando, FL! Guests include Darwyn Cooke (The Twilight Children, Catwoman), Amanda Conner (Starfire, Harley Quinn), Jimmy Palmiotti (Power Girl, Jonah Hex), Tony S. Daniel (Batman & Robin Eternal, Teen Titans), Billy Tucci (Shi, Sgt. Rock), Tim Townsend (Doctor Strange, Uncanny X-Men), John Layman (Chew, Batman Eternal), and more!
Garth Ennis, the legendary writer behind the graphic novels that inspired the upcoming AMC television series PREACHER, will be making a special stop at Third Eye Annapolis on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM to sign copies of his brand new AFTERSHOCK COMICS series, DREAMING EAGLES!
Third Eye Comics
2027-A West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Michael and Laura Allred, the penciler/inker and colorist of titles including FF, Madman, iZombie, Red Rocket 7, X-Statix, and so much more, appear at Nostalgia Collectibles on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 3:00 PM till 6:00 PM to celebrate the release of the first issue of the Marvel’s All-New, All-Different SILVER SURFER!
527 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR 97401
Writer/Artist Tony S. Daniel appears at Famous Faces and Funnies on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from noon till 4:00 PM!
Tony is currently working on Deathstroke and Batman & Robin Eternal, and has worked on books such as Detective Comics (he wrote and drew the story where the Joker’s face was cut off in Detective Comics Vol 1), Spawn, Batman, Flash, Teen Titans, Justice League, Superman/Wonder Woman, X-Force and more!
The Riley and Kimmy Show will also be joining us to talk comics with you. You can check out their daily podcast at the link.
You can also catch Tony Daniel at the Orlando Toy & Comic Con on Sunday, January 31 alongside DARWYN COOKE, BILLY TUCCI, JOHN LAYMAN, AMANDA CONNER & JIMMY PALMIOTTI! FFF will be there with a few tables, so we hope you can join us! Tickets are on sale at the store now for only $15 each!
Famous Faces and Funnies
3020 New Haven Avenue W, West Melbourne, FL 32904
Star of The Walking Dead, Michael Cudlitz, makes a special appearance in The Shops concourse as part of Mohegan Sun’s Reality Check. The acclaimed actor who plays Sergeant Abraham Ford in the hit horror series The Walking Dead greets fans on Saturday January 16th with a live Q&A at 7:00pm followed by a signing at 7:30pm.
Participation is one a first-come first-served basis. Due to time restrictions, Michael Cudlitz will only be signing one piece of memorabilia or the headshot given out at the event per person. There will be no personal photos or photo personalization. This event is bracelet-only. Bracelets will be distributed at 5:00pm at the signing area in The Shops concourse. Participants must have a bracelet in order to gain entry into the signing line.
ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN:
Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States. Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to three unique casinos, a 34-story, 1,200 room luxury hotel, a world-class spa and golf course, over 85 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and view us on YouTube.
Comics legend Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and more, appears at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM to celebrate the release of “The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return.” In this second illustrated novel of The Zodiac Legacy series, the dangerous dragon power only grows stronger within Jasmine, and Steven struggles to hold their ragtag team together. But as alliances become strained, the line between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” becomes blurrier and blurrier. And it all culminates in a major cliffhanger that readers won’t see coming!
Stan Lee will be here to hand out pre-signed copies of “The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return.”
This is a wristbanded event
-1 book per person/ 1 wristband per person – no exceptions
-Wristbands and books are limited to 300
-Wristbands will be issued to customers who purchase the book from Barnes & Noble at The Grove beginning at 9am on January 30
-the wristband will allow you into the event area where Stan Lee will hand you a pre-signed book
-personalization will not be available
-photos will not be permitted
-No memorabilia please
Barnes & Noble – The Grove
189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036