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.
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
Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Rick Hoberg appear at Madness Games and Comics for three days worth of events!
Wednesday December 16, 5 pm to 9 pm
Come meet artists Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Rick Hoberg!
Art Workshop with Q&A and Portfolio Review
Thursday December 17, 5 pm to 9 pm
Join artists Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, Elizabeth Breitweiser, and Rick Hoberg for a workshop, Q&A, and portfolio review. They’ll discuss their processes, share behind-the-scenes stories, offer insight into tools and techniques, tips on working in comics, film, and animation industries, and answer questions along the way. Following the workshop, they’ll be offering personalized critiques and advice in a portfolio review session. Portfolio reviews will be $50 for 15 minutes each with Mr. Middleton, Mr. & Mrs. Breitweiser, and Mr. Hoberg. There will be limited availability and preregistration is available in the store.
Saturday December 19, 10 am to 1 pm & 2 pm to 5 pm
Come meet artists Joshua Middleton, Mitch Breitweiser, and Elizabeth Breitweiser for autograph signings!
About the artists:
Come meet artist JOSHUA MIDDLETON and get your books signed! In addition to providing the cover for the exclusive Madness Games & Comics DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE variant, Josh has illustrated covers for dozens of comics as well as interiors on books like NYX, SUPERMAN/SHAZAM: FIRST THUNDER, SUPERGIRL, and WONDER WOMAN. In addition to his comics work, Josh has been an art director and designer in feature film and television animation, with credits including Joss Whedon’s SERENITY, GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and season two of THE LEGEND OF KORRA.
Mitch Breitweiser has been penciling, inking, and painting his way through dozens of Marvel and Independent books and covers. His numerous works on CAPTAIN AMERICA have made him a fan favorite, not to be missed. Elizabeth Breitweiser is a colorist and cover artist. Some of her work includes OUTCAST by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, FATALE, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE FADE OUT, HULK, LEGENDS of the DARK KNIGHT, and WOLVERINE.
Rick Hoberg began working in the comic industry in the mid 1970’s. He’s drawn IRON MAN, INVADERS, THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, CHECKMATE, BATMAN, GREEN ARROW, and JUSTICE LEAGUE. He’s done production art/merchandise work for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars films. In addition to comic work, he’s worked at Hanna-Barbera as a storyman and animator.
All of the artists will have exclusive prints to offer.
Madness Games and Comics
3000 Custer Rd, # 310, Plano, TX 75075
Pixar is back with their brand new animated film The Good Dinosaur! An unusual take on the relationship between a Dinosaur and his human, Pixar explores a world where we ask the questions, “What if the asteroid missed? What would happen if dinosaurs were not extinct?” We follow our main dinosaur, Arlo, who makes a treacherous journey with his human friend and learns to confront his fears. Arlo finds strength within himself and finds out what he is truly capable of.
Come hear the artists share stories from behind the scenes and see their development work for the movie at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday December 5, 2015. Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of the new Art of The Good Dinosaur.
In addition, one of our signing artists Noah Klocek will also be signing his children’s book Cloud Country. Published by Pixar Animation Artist Showcase, Cloud Country is about a little cloudlet dreamer named Gale.
Noah Klocek – Concept Artist
…and more to be announced
$10 Admission at the door or FREE w/ purchase of the The Art of Good Dinosaur or Cloud Country books (100 seats only, standing room also available).
Outside books will be subject to a $10 fee.
Front Row Reserved Seats available $20. (does not guarantee availability of book for “seats only” option)
- Waives admission fee.
- Guaranteed seat in the first 2 rows, only 20 seats available.
- No need to wait in line or get to the event early just to get a good seat.
- Comes with a free bottle of water.
- Guaranteed first in line during the artist signing time.
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
Writer Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk, Storm, Skaar, Action Comics, Code Monkey Save World) appears at Aw Yeah Comics on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 PM!
Aw Yeah Comics
313 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY 10528
Writer Greg Pak (Astonishing X-Men, Skaar, Kingsway West) appears for a special event at Midtown Comics Downtown on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM to sign the first issue of Totally Awesome Hulk!
Midtown Comics Downtown
64 Fulton Street, New York, New York 10038
Walter Simonson appears at JHU Comic Books on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM to sign IDW’s collected edition of RAGNAROK: LAST GOD STANDING!
Ragnarök…the Twilight of the Gods in Norse mythology…the destruction of the Nine Worlds. And now, three hundred years later, the birth of vengeance. Walter Simonson returns to comics in this stunning all-new series.
**Purchase of Ragnarok: Last God Standing required for participation in signing event.
JHU Comic Books MANHATTAN
32 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016
Hip-hop icon Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and writer Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk, Storm, Batman/Superman) speak about comic books at St. John’s University on Monday October 5, 2015 from 1:50 – 3:15 PM in the D’Angelo Center Room 206!
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439
Long time comic book illustrator Mark McKenna, who works for Marvel and DC Comics and whose credits include The Hulk, Spider-Man, and Justice League and most recently Star Wars: The Old Republic for Dark Horse Comics, appears at the Guilderland Public Library on Saturday October 3, 2015 at 11:00 AM to demonstrate the process of creating comics in a 90-minute presentation. With a hands-on approach, Mark explains the jobs and atmosphere surrounding a freelance comic illustrator including what it takes to put a monthly comic book together, via a 25-minute PowerPoint presentation.
Registering for an event automatically enters you into a raffle to win a print or book from the presenting artist. Artist prints and books will be available for purchase at each artist event.
Guilderland Public Library
2228 Western Ave, Guilderland, NY 12203
Writer Greg Pak (Planet Hulk, Action Comics, Storm, X-Men) appears at Mission: Comics & Art on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM for a signing and Q&A to celebrate his new comic Kingsway West and his new children’s book The Princess Who Saved Herself.
Mission: Comics & Art
2250 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110