Friday the pop culture convention Planet Comicon Kansas City is back, this time to celebrate its 21st year. The event hosts a pantheon of nationally recognized writers and artists for its eighth year in its downtown Kansas City, Missouri, venue at the Kansas City Convention Center. The show runs Friday, August 20 through Sunday, August 22. It’s a chance to step carefully back into normalcy for many pop culture fans–it may just be the biggest comic convention yet where everyone shows up in masks. Some of the biggest names and most popular comics creators are in the line-up for the 2021 event, probably the best-known being Roy Thomas, the comic book writer and editor who was Stan Lee’s first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. Characters he created or co-created include Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Vision, Carol Danvers, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Red Sonja, Ultron, Man-Thing, Red Guardian, and Valkyrie, the majority of which have become so famous they’ve made it to recent big or small screen adaptations. Famous for his work on X-Men and Avengers, Thomas is also known for his work on classic titles All-Star Squadron and Justice Society of America.
Several other comic book creators scheduled to attend include Ande Parks, Ant Lucia, Megan Levens, Seth Peck, Rob Davis, Jason Arnett, Bryan Fyffe, Bryan Timmins, Darryl Woods, Afua Richardson, Joe Corroney, and Darren Neely. In addition to comics creators, novelists scheduled for the show include borg.com writer and author Elizabeth C. Bunce, noted Star Trek authors Kevin Dilmore and Dayton Ward, and Star Wars authors Kevin J. Anderson, John Jackson Miller, and Timothy Zahn–and many more.
Back again, the Elite Comics flight crew is planning its “Party on the Pillar” hoping for attendees to pick up some great deals on what the Con is all about–comics.
Check out the full list of creators at this year’s convention here.
And as we previewed earlier here at borg, don’t forget to look out for all the celebrities from film and television scheduled to attend, including Misha Collins, Paul Sorvino, Kevin Dillon, Gaten Matarazzo and Gabriella Pizzolo, Stephen Amell and Katie Cassidy, William Zabka and Martin Kove, Sam Jones and Lou Ferrigno, Cindy Williams and Barry Williams, Jodi Benson and Irene Bedard, and more. Check out other celebrities slated to attend, and their schedules, at the event website here.
Planet Comicon Kansas City runs August 20-22, 2021, at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City. See the Planet Comicon Kansas City website here for more information, updates, and cancellation notices.
C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg