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I first caught up with artist Ant Lucia at last year’s Planet Comicon and saw him again at this weekend’s show with a booth full of incredible full-color prints.  In a matter of minutes he sketched for a fan one of the beautiful bombshell gals he has become known for worldwide over the past year.  Lucia’s work is unique, taking classic DC Comics characters and retro-designing them with a distinct 1940s/World War II poster style.

You can buy prints, shirts, and stickers featuring the images at Lucia’s website.  And toy collectors can get his character designs in large-sized figurines.  If you’re missing any, contact Elite Comics to place an order.

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DC Comics is going all out this June with Lucia’s work, with variant covers for twenty June monthlies.  You’ll find Lucia’s prints on special variant covers of Action Comics, Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman, Batman and Ra’s al Ghul, Batman/Superman, Batwoman, Catwoman, Detective Comics, The Flash, Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Harley Quinn, Justice League, Justice League Dark, Justice League United, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Superman, Superman/Wonder Woman, and Wonder Woman.

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Damont Jordan Green Arrow and Black Canary

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.

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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:

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After a crazy day of an insane volume of fans storming Bartle Hall in Kansas City Saturday for the biggest Planet Comicon event in more than a dozen years of events, it seemed like everyone came back Sunday for Day Two with aisles jam-packed again.  And for fans of all things borg like us, it was a banner day, meeting up with the original Bionic Woman herself, Lindsay Wagner, and the current writer on Dynamite’s Bionic Man series, Aaron Gillespie.

First up–Bionic Man cosplay.  The idea was inspired by my own large-sized action figure as a kid.  Originally planned by DW and me for SDCC 2012, it seemed a great fit for a borg.com tie-in, too.  Always looking for something original for other fans to enjoy, we’d never seen anyone re-create Steve Austin, the Bionic Man, at any convention ever, or posted online anywhere.  As the idea developed we decided it needed something more–and we moved from the character to the 1970s action figure itself.  With bionic eye, inserted arm circuitry, a pair of classic red and white striped Adidas Dragons, the classic red track suit, and the key identifier–the patch that was used as the official fan club badge and stuck on the chest of every Bionic Man action figure, which makes sense for the toy but would never make sense on the show–we had all but one thing left.   Decades ago you could find plastic hair at costume or theatrical shops but go searching and you’ll come up empty.  So we searched for full face masks that could be altered and came up with a JFK mask that could be cut and repainted, which seemed to do the trick.  Add some spirit gum (which may never ever come off my face) and temporarily lose the goatee, we found contact lenses from a UK retailer, made the patch from transfer paper using Web images and interfacing, and temporary tattoo material, and we have the Six Million Dollar Man large-sized action figure.  We got some good reaction to it at the Elite Comics Halloween event last year, and when we saw Lindsay Wagner as a guest of this year’s Planet Comicon it was obvious I was going to wear it to the show.

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Wil Wheaton standing room only crowd at Planet Comicon 2013

The biggest and best pop culture and comic book convention in Kansas City’s history was held this weekend as Planet Comicon 2013 filled the Bartle Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center with thousands and maybe even tens of thousands of fans of everything from Doctor Who to superheroes, Star Trek and Star Wars, to video games and anime.  It’s first day downtown was a big success with lots of happy fans talking with their favorite comic book and fantasy writers and artists and TV and movie actors.

Here’s a photo gallery of what we saw from Elizabeth C. Bunce’s Booth on Artist’s Row and walking around today.

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Meeting Firefly’s Hero of Canton and Chuck’s John Casey–Adam Baldwin.

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Our favorite comic book legend, Howard Chaykin, at his first Planet Comicon appearance and first Kansas City show in eight years.

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With borg.com writer and author Elizabeth C. Bunce at Booth 545 in Artist’s Alley.

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With comics legend Neal Adams, artist on the best Silver Age comic book series ever–Green Lantern/Green Arrow 76-89.

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Never been to a comic book or pop culture convention before?  Always wanted to go to San Diego Comic-Con but you don’t have the vacation time to take or the funds?  Planet Comicon is this weekend in Kansas City and although it isn’t as big as SDCC (and nothing really compares to the size of SDCC) it is a great way to get a complete two-day convention experience centrally located in America’s heartland and ideal for a last-minute road trip for the family or you and a few friends.  It’s less than 8 hours by car from Dallas, less than 7 hours from Minneapolis, a little more than 7 hours from Indianapolis, and a little more than 8 hours from Denver.  And you don’t need to buy advance tickets–you can get them at the door.

So why make the trip?  How about meeting George Takei?  Want to know if Vera is Adam Baldwin’s favorite weapon or talk him into sponsoring a Kickstarter campaign to make a Chuck movie?  Never met your childhood heroes?  How about Lou Ferrigno?  Lindsay Wagner?  Lee Meriwether?  Comic book legend Howard Chaykin?  Remember reading the first match-up of Green Arrow, Black Canary and Green Lantern?  Want to meet Neal Adams–the guy that brought them together?  Been following Wil Wheaton on Twitter all year and watching him on Big Bang Theory and want to ask him in person about his guest star gig on Leverage?  A fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?  How about getting a photo with Nicholas Brendon?  Still can’t figure out why Lucas killed off Darth Maul so fast? Come talk about it with Ray Park in person.

Want to buy comics, books, or sketches from some of the best creators from across the country?  Click here to see everyone who you can meet at Artist’s Alley.  Get your comics autographed?  Do you collect busts of superheroes and missing some key items?  Come check out thousands of square feet of dealers selling everything from action figures to T-shirts to limited edition prints and toy lightsabers.  Whatever thing you collect, crazy or not, if it’s related to TV, movies or comics you’ll likely find something there.  And that’s just part of your day.  There will also be panels on all sorts of topics (click here for a full schedule).  And cosplay contests that might get you on a Syfy Channel TV show.

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Planet Comicon announced this weekend that advance tickets for Planet Comicon 2013 are now available for sale.  This year Planet Comicon is Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM – 7 PM and Sunday, April 7, 2013 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM at downtown Kansas City’s giant Bartle Hall, a switch from the show’s home at Overland Park International Trade Center from past years.  The relocation was the result of the growing numbers at the event in the past two years requiring an expansion to this larger venue.

Use the below link to purchase a single day or weekend pass.  There is no limit to the quantities you may order.

ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE

Advance tickets will be sold until midnight on Sunday, March 17, 2013.  After that time, they will only be available for sale at the event.

Weekend passes for adults are being sold at a discounted rate of $35.00.  All other prices will be identical to on-site pricing.

Advance tickets are available for sale only through Paypal, which accepts all major credit cards and bank debits.

Advance tickets will also be made available soon through the event facility and certain area retailers, including Elite Comics, located at 11842 Quivira in Overland Park, KS.

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