The first ever Kansas City Comic Con began yesterday afternoon at the Kansas City Convention Center at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City. Thousands of fans met hundreds of creators of comic books, fiction, cosplay, and other creative pursuits. Many fulfilled dreams to meet celebrities of TV and film both new and from the past. Comic book conventions are all about spending the weekend with like-minded fans of anything and everything you could conceive of fitting between the sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero genres.
The first day was full of con-goers getting the lay of the land–getting sketches commissioned by their favorite local or nationally-recognized artist, getting in the front of the line to meet a host of celebrity guests, and getting the first selection from the great volume of dealers at the show. Helping out everyone were the yellow shirt-garbed “henchmen”–a well organized group of ambassadors that handled everything with a smile.
Guests included Pam Grier, star of dozens of movies in the 1970s as well as TV and film roles since, and in particular the lead role in Quentin Tarentino’s Jackie Brown. Ms. Grier is everything you’d hope for in such an iconic actress, and she had plenty of stories to share with fans Friday. She also hosted a special screening of Jackie Brown after the show at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater. Attendees received an exclusive Jackie Brown print signed by Ms. Grier.
Nalini Krishan and Orli Shoshan signed photos for fans and participated in photo ops, as did other media guests. Ms. Krishan and Ms. Shoshan were featured as Jedi Knights in the Star Wars prequels.
Your humble editor spent the day with author (and borg.com writer) Elizabeth C. Bunce at Table 617 in the convention’s Artists Alley. As much a part of comic conventions as print media creators and celebrities are cosplayers, and plenty could be found in the convention halls.
And did we say creators? Never has Kansas City seen so many comic book creators in one place, including Bryan Timmins and wife Julie, previewing images from their upcoming series Monster King:
And D4VE writer Ryan Ferrier with KC cosplayer Liz Nelson across the aisle:
And that’s Topps trading card artists Nathen and Keven Reinke talking with visitors about their sci-fi, superhero and fantasy film artwork:
Hey, that’s Christina Frederico setting up at the Elite Comics mega-booth:
Oh, and that’s Pym Technologies’ Dr. Hank Pym (as interpreted by Michael Douglas in this summer’s hit film Ant-Man):
Come out and see us this weekend!