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EVENTS

March 17, 2014

PLANET COMICON, KANSAS CITY – PART ONE

A group of 'femizons' took great delight in posing for fans. Even KC police working security couldn't resist snapping a pic or two!
A costumed welcoming committee greets fans as they enter Planet Comicon 2014. Don't you love the expression on the face of the convention center worker on the right?

A costumed welcoming committee greets fans as they enter Planet Comicon 2014. Don’t you love the expression on the face of the convention center worker on the right?

 

Kansas City’s Planet Comicon is one of the most rapidly-growing—and one of the best—Mid-West conventions being put on today. But simply labeling it a  ‘comicon’ is somewhat of a misnomer.

Sure, it’s got plenty of comic-book content. There’s lots of back-issue dealers, artists, writers and other creative folk to satisfy even the most discriminating fan. Yet like any organism that survives, it keeps morphing and evolving, providing the fans what they’re interested in.

 

If you were looking for old funny-books, the Dealer's area was the place to be. There was a great variety, and most vendors seemed anxious to negotiate.

If you were looking for old funny-books, the Dealer’s area was the place to be. There was a great variety, and most vendors seemed anxious to negotiate.

 

Last year Planet Comicon moved to KC’s cavernous Bartle Hall from their previous suburban location. This year’s edition grew from a 2-day show to 3 days, and held in a larger portion of the hall. Boasting  an attendance of over 20,000 fans, the upgrade appeared to be a rousing success.

There were plenty of media celebs for any fan of sci-fi TV and films.  Star Trek: The Next Generation was well represented with many of the original cast in attendance. Even William Shatner made an appearance to lead a group interview on Sunday.

 

A group of 'femizons' took great delight in posing for fans. Even KC police working security couldn't resist snapping a pic or two!

A group of ‘femizons’ took great delight in posing for fans. Even KC police working security couldn’t resist snapping a pic or two!

 

Cosplay fans turned out big-time. This year’s show presented some of the most creative costumes ever. The degree of detail and professionalism increases every year, surpassed only by the passion of their creators.

It was a three-ring circus, including monster cars, roleplay tableaus and even break-dancing. It sounds crazy, I know, but it all worked and it was all fun! Everyone was having a good time, and, after all, isn’t that what it’s all about?

 

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As far as the Hollywood celebs go, your intrepid Blogmeister here admits he is out of the loop when it comes to current fare. But it was great to see some icons of the past pressing the flesh and selling their photos.

The ‘Next Generation’ folks were mobbed by fans. lines for their autographs–at $40 a pop–extended forever. It was necessary for convention volunteers to hold signs above their heads to let fans know where one celeb’s  line ended and the other began.

Bionic Man Lee Majors appeared for his first Planet Comicon. I enjoyed a nice chat with him when he had a break in line. I had to ask him how he enjoyed working with Joan Crawford in his very first film, Straight-Jacket, directed by schlockmeister William Castle. Majors only responded with a terse “She was tough!”

 

Here's Superman's cinematic Lois Lane, Margot Kidder. She's posing with Michael Greer (l) and Blogmeister Sam (r).

Here’s Superman’s cinematic Lois Lane, Margot Kidder. She’s posing with Michael Greer (l) and Blogmeister Sam (r).

 

Much more chatty was Superman’s Lois Lane of the movies, Margot Kidder. I presented her with some photos of a TV version of Pygmalion she did with the late, great Peter O’Toole. She was thrilled beyond description with the stills. She told me how afraid she was of this great actor, when they met for the first time on the set. She said he calmed her down by telling her: “Of course you’re scared! I’m scared, too! We’re actors—we’re supposed to be scared!” She was a delight!

 

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There was just too much going on this weekend to put in one post. So blog-fans, come back tomorrow for more great photos and stories from Planet Comicon Kansas City! #planetcomicon #smefunhouse

 

Even Blogmeister Sam couldn't resist a photo-op with The Black Canary and Wonder Woman. The Ebony Songbird and the Amazon Princes never looked better!

Even Blogmeister Sam couldn’t resist a photo-op with The Black Canary and Wonder Woman. The Ebony Songbird and the Amazon Princes never looked better!

 

 

1970s superstar artist Neal Adams displays a piece of his beautiful work. Adams played a big part in saving the 'Batman' feature from being cancelled. The talented craftsman returned the Caped Crusader to his noir roots of the 1930s and breathed new life into the strip.

1970s superstar artist Neal Adams displays a piece of his beautiful work. Adams played a big part in saving the ‘Batman’ feature from being cancelled. The talented craftsman returned the Caped Crusader to his noir roots of the 1930s and breathed new life into the strip.

 

 

Kansas City boasts a colony of comic-book artists and writers. Here's Skottie Young, a local boy who's a double-threat writer and artist. He has authored a number of comics based on further adventures of the Wizard of Oz characters.

Kansas City boasts a colony of comic-book artists and writers. Here’s Skottie Young, a local boy who’s a double-threat writer and artist. He has authored a number of comics based on further adventures of the Wizard of Oz characters.

 

 

Chicago artist Jill Thompson appeared at the convention with her whimsical 'Scary Godmother' illustrations. The fairy-tale books have a huge audience for adults and children as well.

Chicago artist Jill Thompson appeared at the convention with her whimsical ‘Scary Godmother’ illustrations. The fairy-tale books have a huge audience for adults and children as well.

 

Writer/Artist Darwyn Cook is the creator of 'New Frontier' a best-selling graphic novel that featured iconic superheroes Superman, Batman and others set in the early 1960s. It became an equally popular animated film now available on dvd.

Writer/Artist Darwyn Cooke is the creator of ‘New Frontier’ a best-selling graphic novel that featured iconic superheroes Superman, Batman and others set in the early 1960s. It became an equally popular animated film now available on dvd.

 

 

This 'RoboCap' was one of the more impressive costumes at Planet Comicon. There were many 'Captain Americas' at the convention, in anticipation of the upcoming film.

This ‘RoboCap’ was one of the more impressive costumes at Planet Comicon. There were many ‘Captain Americas’ at the convention, in anticipation of the upcoming film.

 

 






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