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As expected Saturday at Planet Comicon Kansas City 2019 meant a great turnout for the annual convention, with tens of thousands of fans from the Midwest converging on the Kansas City Convention Center after a day of rain and morning of surprise March snowfall to meet their favorite celebrity and creator guests from years past and today.  Each year the event gets bigger, and for the show’s 20th anniversary that also meant better, with a host of comic book creators whose names any comic book reader of the past 50 years should recognize.


Creator of dozens of characters including Rogue, Mystique, Phoenix, Emma Frost, Legion, Gambit, and Captain Britain, and whose books include a long run on Uncanny X-Men, including the popular story arcs The Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past, adapted into X-Men: Days of Future Past, multiple X-Men movies, and this summer’s coming film Dark Phoenix, writer Chris Claremont was on-hand signing his books for fans.


Artist Denys Cowan studied under the late comics legend Rich Buckler (a previous Planet Comicon guest) and went on himself to become one of the biggest names in comics, drawing issues of several great series from both DC Comics and Marvel Comics including runs on three of my favorites from the 1980s, Green Arrow, Batman, and The Question.  He was signing books and selling prints of some of his best-known work.


Jim Starlin is a well-known writer/artist and creator of Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, the Master of Kung Fu, and his classic books include Batman: The Cult, Batman: A Death in the Family, and Cosmic Odyssey. This weekend he signed autographs for a long line of fans.


Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez began in comics illustrating books for Charlton Comics and then became one of the longest running names associated with DC Comics, where he drew major issues of Superman, Action Comics, The Brave and the Bold, Detective Comics, and later, the pop culture favorite Atari Force.  He signed comics and had prints of his work on hand for his fans.


Most of us knew him from the single word that graced many of his unique and futuristic comic book covers–Steranko.  Pretty much nobody has been making comics longer.  Here Jim Steranko chats with a fan at his booth in Artists’ Alley.  More recently he’s known for his nostalgic recollections he shares with fans in his many near book-length tweets on Twitter.

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Barrens cosplay cover

Project-Nerd Publishing’s new series Barrens spread like wildfire last weekend at its debut at Kansas City’s Planet Comicon.  The regular first issue of the series is still available at the publisher’s website (and we hope they get it into your local comic book store soon) but the variant cosplay cover featuring series lead character Esme Ford has already sold out.  So order your copy of the regular edition here before it sells out, too.

We previewed Barrens here at borg.com last year.  The creative team of writer CW Cooke (Solitary) and Bryan Timmins (The Monster King) knocked the first chapter of the series out of the park.  If you liked the Mad Max series, Steve Niles and Kevin Mellon’s American Muscle, Tank Girl, The Postman, or A Boy and his Dog, you’ll want to get in at the beginning of the series.

Barrens panel

Somewhere in post-apocalyptic America there’s a job needing carried out.  And when you have a job in the Barrens requiring some leverage you hire Esme Ford and her ragtag gang who probably has been working together too long.  Ford has a past she’s not sharing, and when she encounters another gang who is just a bit tougher, will they let her keep going on her mission?  And who hired her anyway?

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Barrens variant issue 1 cover    Barrens Issue 1 Timmins

Writer CW Cooke (Solitary) and artist Bryan Timmins (The Monster King) are bringing a new kickass heroine to comic book shops next year.  New comic book independent publisher Project-Nerd Publishing is launching the post-apocalypse series Barrens via a Kickstarter campaign that will be winding up this week.  It’s the publisher’s first series and is sure to be the next big thing.  The minimum Kickstarter pledges to go forward have been met, but there are plenty of incentives that will prompt you to check out the campaign and pick some up for yourself.

Timmins calls Barrens a “Futuristic, Post-Apocalyptic, Punk Rock, Action-Adventure story.”  Timmins’ powerful, action-packed style and colors may remind you of DC Comics illustrator Jock or earlier classic comic book artists Moebius and Hergé.

Esme cosplay cover variant

The world is barren.  Just a few major cities remain and they are inhabited by the wealthy.  With their money, they survived the warfare… the virus.  But others survived too.

Those who won’t serve the wealthy live in the barrens, surviving on their own.  But with how dangerous the barrens can be, the wealthy actually need the filthy.  Hired escorts are paid handsomely to bring the wealthy from one city to another.  Protecting them on the journey.  Others are paid to act as mercenaries, task forces, and more.

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