Planet Comicon 2014 wrapped today, bringing to close the region’s biggest and best comic book and pop culture convention ever. The best was saved for last with the TREKtacular reunion of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast members hosted by William Shatner, including a surprise visit by John deLancie. Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Brent Spiner did not disappoint a sold out crowd in the giant ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center. For those attending this once-in-a-lifetime event that did not purchase one of the 100 limited edition exclusive artist signed TREKtacular prints, a few may still be available. Contact Reinke Arts on Facebook for more information.
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Planet Comicon 2014 got off to a great start Friday, with vendors filling the venue at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, and many celebrities appearing on the first day. Sylvester McCoy (Doctor Who, The Hobbit), Jewel Staite (Firefly), Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl), and Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13) all were greeting fans with plenty of opportunities for everyone to get photos and autographs.
In my day one garb as the knight who guarded the Holy Grail in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, I and Elizabeth C. Bunce had a great time catching up with friends and having some fun with the celebrities from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Gates McFadden, who played Dr. Beverly Crusher on the Enterprise-D, was a great sport, jumping right in to try to get me to drink from the wrong grail.
“Choosing poorly”, but also good sports, were Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander Will Riker…
… and a surprise, unannounced guest at the Con, John de Lancie, who played Q on the series, also “chose poorly,” but got it right on the second try. Happily for all, we were using a prop grail and not dabbling in any face-withering magical elements.
The first professional make-up artist workshop at Planet Comicon was held Friday afternoon, sponsored by borg.com, and dozens of attendees learned several pointers about how Hollywood applies prosthetics, and how to make life masks, negative casts, and how to use–and not use–latex, make-up and other materials for optimal cosplay creations. Speaker Gene Flaharty drew several questions from the crowd and everyone had a great time learning more about this exciting art form.
Come back for more from Planet Comicon all weekend. Or better yet, come on out and experience it in person!
In addition to what you might expect from a large comic book convention, from comic book creators to celebrities to vendors and panels, this weekend’s Planet Comicon 2014 has several fantasy-themed attractions to help you get your fantasy fix.
Amanda Lynn Chainmaille Creations is returning for their second year at Planet Comicon. From their booth #1313, Amanda and Mike O’Leary will be selling original handcrafted chain mail and scale mail ensembles inspired by everything from comic books to fairies. You can also get superhero themed items, as well as jewelry for all types of cosplay, including some great steampunk pieces. They will also be taking commissions for custom work. Stop by and check out Amanda and Michael’s awesome creations. And I will be modeling one of their creations on Friday, and Elizabeth C. Bunce will be modeling something on Saturday. You’ll just have to show up both days to see.
Wildman Norse Drinking Horns is appearing for their first time as a vendor at Planet Comicon. Stop by and ask Randy about his drinking horns, great for Viking and medieval cosplay, and just for all-out drinking grog. Randy makes leather belt holders, too, and the horns are available in different sizes. Elizabeth and I can be seen each year at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival sporting Randy’s drinking horns. They are a great addition to your medieval ensemble. Also check out his great Viking themed T-shirts, for sale at his vendor booth #1416!
And you can see our own author in residence at borg.com, Elizabeth C. Bunce, at Artists Alley booth #1143. She will be selling and signing copies of her award-winning fantasy novels A Curse Dark as Gold, StarCrossed, and Liar’s Moon. borg.com is again sharing a booth with Elizabeth this year. Stop by and say “hi!”
Planet Comicon 2014 begins tomorrow!
Elite Comics has several awesome exclusives for Planet Comicon, and we’ve got a first look at some of them here at borg.com. These will be for sale to attendees of this weekend’s event, March 14-16 at the Kansas City Convention Center at Bartle Hall. This year’s show will be bigger and better than last year’s giant convention, and Elite Comics will bring even more comics, toys and collectibles to its “Party on the Pillar” booth on the main vendor floor.
Nathen Reinke and Keven Reinke have designed the exclusive, limited edition, signed print for the Trektacular event (above), which will be available at the Elite Comics booth. It’s a beauty. You can also purchase individual prints of each of the Star Trek actors that comprise the limited print who will be attending Planet Comicon, at the Reinke Arts Booth #538, in Artists Alley. These would be great for collecting actors’ autographs on Celebrity Row. The Reinkes are well-known nationally for their Topps sketch cards, including rare Star Wars and Lord of the Rings insert cards.
Elite Comics is hosting Darryl “DMC” McDaniels from the hip hop band Run DMC. You can get your Elite Comics variant of McDaniels’ Issue #0 of DMC at the Con. Both the Star Trek print and DMC cover feature images of Planet Comicon’s Bartle Hall.
Are you ready to take your cosplay to the next level?
borg.com and Planet Comicon are excited to bring a professional make-up artist to Planet Comicon for the first time. Make-up artist Gene Flaharty will host a workshop on make-up techniques, “Making Life Masks and Prosthetics,” Friday, March 14, 2014, at 3 p.m. in Panel Room 2505 at Planet Comicon 2014 in Kansas City, for all levels of cosplayers and any fan of sci-fi and fantasy make-up.
Gene has been doing professional make-up for TV, film, print, and theatre for more than 30 years. He gives demonstrations across the country as Sales Manager and Makeup Artist for Mehron, Inc. in New York, one of the leading suppliers for make-up artists in Hollywood. He has been on the Board of Directors of the National Costumers Association for 2 years and is serving on the Board of Advisors for Stage Directions Magazine. His make-up portfolio includes work with celebrities such as David Ogden Stiers, Davy Jones, Dee Wallace Stone, B.D. Wong, Art Garfunkel, Gary Sandy, and Phyllis Diller.
This Friday Gene will be demonstrating the different steps in making a life cast using alginate and plaster. Attendees will learn about the different types of latex used in making prosthetic pieces and how to apply them. Gene will discuss the different supplies involved and where to acquire them. A Q&A will follow. Gene’s attendance at Planet Comicon is sponsored by borg.com.
Planet Comicon is being held this Friday through Sunday, March 14-16, at the Kansas City Convention Center at Bartle Hall. Check out the Planet Comicon website for more information.
An awesome way to wrap up three days of convention activities, TREKtacular is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fanboys and fangirls to see some of the biggest Star Trek names all in one place in a Midwest venue. To be held as Planet Comicon 2014 comes to a close, TREKtacular will feature a lively show with the entire original bridge crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation minus Picard, along with Star Trek original series star and now pop-culture icon William Shatner. The event will be held in the Kansas City Convention Center at 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, March 16, 2014.
Featured celebrities for TREKtacular include Jonathan Frakes (Commander Will Riker), Brent Spiner (Lt. Cmdr. Data), LeVar Burton (Lt. Cdr. Geordi LaForge), Gates McFadden (Dr. Beverly Crusher), Michael Dorn (Lt. Cmdr Worf), Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi), and Wil Wheaton (Ensign Crusher), plus host William Shatner. Planet Comicon attendees may purchase autographs and photographs with the celebrities on “Celebrity Row” during the convention in advance of TREKtacular.
Tickets for this event will go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Central time, through Ticketmaster, and range from $49.50 to premier seating at $149.50 (a steal considering the number of guests being brought together and comparable event prices at the Sprint Center across town, and cheaper than good seats at a Chiefs or Royals game!). There’s been a lot of buzz generated and demand is high so make sure you buy early tomorrow before the event sells out. And for those who can’t make it to the convention, you don’t have to buy a ticket to Planet Comicon to attend this event.
More information is available at the Planet Comicon 2014 website. Come and join borg.com for this incredible NextGen reunion, and a chance at seeing William Shatner in action!
If you had any doubts about this year’s Planet Comicon being the biggest and best comic book and pop culture convention in the history of the region, you might not have been paying attention. With William Shatner, nearly the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Lee Majors, Firefly’s Jewel Staite, John Ratzenberger from Cheers and The Empire Strikes Back, Zoie Palmer from Lost Girl, and Walking Dead’s Chad Coleman, plus an onslaught of comic book creators including Neal Adams and James Robinson, you’ve got a busy weekend ahead of you. But if you need more coaxing to make the drive or flight into Kansas City March 14-16, 2014, here it is. Sylvester McCoy, the lovable Radagast the Brown from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Doctor Who’s Seventh Doctor has joined the slate of headliners for this year’s show.
McCoy is currently in theaters in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as the wizard of the woodland creatures–one of the best realized characters of Peter Jackson’s monumental fantasy trilogy. He was last seen in the 50th anniversary special The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot, along with David Tennant, Peter Davison, Paul McGann, and Colin Baker. If you missed this one, watch it online here. McCoy if a very funny guy.
Before that you might have seen the Scottish actor in Doctor Who: The Movie, where he made his last appearance as The Doctor, before getting killed in San Francisco and regenerating into Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor, or the mini-series Doctor Who: Death Comes to Time, or one of his many audiobooks for Big Finish Productions.
So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now and get your Doctor Who and Middle-Earth fix at Planet Comicon 2014. Get all the details at the con’s website here.
Planet Comicon announced that Captain James T. Kirk himself, William Shatner, will be a featured guest at Planet Comicon 2014. He will join seven members of the previously announced cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation with autograph and photo opportunities as well as a panel being planned for the third day of the show.
Along with Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, and Wil Wheaton, Shatner will make this year’s event the biggest ever assemblage of Star Trek headliners in the region. Star Trek fans will have unprecedented access with three days of signing and panels for the Next Gen crew and Sunday for Shatner.
Planet Comicon 2014 is March 14, 15, and 16 at the Kansas City Convention Center at the downtown Bartle Hall at 301 W. 13th, Street in Kansas City, Missouri.
Planet Comicon, the Midwest’s premiere pop culture and comic book convention, will host a 20-year reunion of members of the bridge crew of the Enterprise-D at The Star Trek: The Next Generation Reunion March 14-16, 2014 at the Kansas City Convention Center. Commemorating 20 years since the seven-year series wrapped in May 1994, it will be a unique opportunity for the public to meet seven of the most beloved actors in sci-fi history, and they will all appear on stage together for an exclusive interactive cast panel Sunday, March 16. It is the first time so many cast members will have appeared at one venue in the Kansas City area. Three days of meeting fans, photo ops and signing autographs also presents the opportunity for the most access ever at one Con to all of these Star Trek icons.
This year I continued my Comicon season by commissioning sketches from comic book artists of my favorite characters, Green Arrow and Black Canary. I always like to let the artists do whatever vision they have with the duo and am always blown away by the results and at this year’s Planet Comicon it was no different. It’s even better when you watch artists take on characters for the first time.
At Planet Comicon weekend itself, I met Greg Smallwood, who I found at Artists Alley with the forthcoming Dream Thief co-creator Jai Nitz. Greg sketched this great piece for me, and I’d LOVE to see a series with this classic look.
Black Canary never before looked more like she was going to take everyone out of commission with that sonic scream!
I also asked my friend Damont Jordan to give me his take on Green Arrow and Black Canary and gave him a few weeks after the Con to take his time with it. Somewhere we started chatting up adding extra characters and I threw out the idea of something like “oh yeah, why not include Super Grover, too.” And BAM! Check this out: