The Cosplay Showcase is a fan favorite destination for Planet Comicon attendees and this year fans will have even more to see. Live characters from your favorite movies, comics and shows roam the Cosplay Showcase amidst realistic sets and backdrops which provide a wealth of fun photo opportunities! Come see these amazing costumes and displays and then meet and talk with our guest cosplayers headlined by Abby Dark-Star, Keith Zen, Steven K Smith, Calen Hoffman, AZ Powergirl Cara Nicole, Charles Conley, and Iron Brothers of Topeka.
STAR WARS COSTUMING GROUPS:
The 501st Legion
is an all-volunteer organization of over 12,000 members world wide, which seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality villain costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
The Rebel Legion
is a Star Wars based costuming fan club. The Rebel Legion’s members create and wear costumes of the hero characters from the Star Wars saga, which includes but is not limited to the films, comics, books, games, and television shows based on the Star Wars saga. Although started in the United States in 2000, the Legion is now an international club that encompasses multiple nations worldwide and has become the premier Rebel costuming group in the Star Wars community of over 5,000 members. Since the Legion’s inception it has been a volunteer club of costume enthusiasts who can enjoy, express, and share their interest of costuming with others in the fan community.
The Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club
is an international STAR WARS™ costuming organization dedicated to celebrating the STAR WARS™ universe through the creation, display, and wearing of quality character costumes that represent the Mandalorian characters and culture from the STAR WARS™ sagas. The MMCC promotes interest in STAR WARS™ and facilitates the use of these costumes for STAR WARS™-related events as well as contributing to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
The Dark Empire
is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. The Dark Empire was founded in April of 2007, in Tennessee, as a fan group for costumers preferring to focus on …the “dark side” of Star Wars. Since that time, the Empire has slowly been expanding the world over, with members not only in the USA, but also the UK and abroad.
is a not-for-profit, LucasFilm-recognized Star Wars costuming group that specializes in choreographed lightsaber shows. We perform at charity and community events, as well as comic book and sci-fi conventions, all to raise money for charity and share our love of Star Wars with fans around the world.Saber Guild started in 2006 with half a dozen people in California, members of established costuming organizations and unofficial lightsaber choreography groups coming together to have fun, serve the community and represent the Star Wars brand in a way that had never been done before. Now, ten years later, Saber Guild has over 300 members in 18 temples and five countries. We are not only Lucasfilm’s preferred lightsaber performance group, but we are the largest recognized lightsaber club in the world.
KCR2 Builders Club
– KCR2 Builders Club members build full scale R2 units from the Star Wars Universe. ‘These ARE the droids you’re looking for!’
Darth Artist -Darryl Woods
is a lifelong resident of the Kansas City area who claims to have been born with a paintbrush in his hand. He attended the Kansas City Art Institute, but considers himself a self-taught artist. He is a Lucasfilm recognized character artist.
Iron Brothers of Topeka – IBOT
One of the most entertaining and inspired groups is the IBOT troupe from Topeka, Kansas! This is a family of cosplayers and costume builders that have a flair for the awesome! Their larger than life, fully functioning, Iron Man, War Machine and Iron Patriot are always crowd pleasers! And wait a sec… Is that Stan Lee? No, its just dad! Mom and Jen are part of the supporting cast of characters that round out this amazingly talented group!
The Kansas City Predators Costuming Group
will have you worried that hunting season is open in Bartle Hall! The KCPCG are a group of talented cosplay fabricators and fans that love to make costumes and props based on their favorite movies, books and comics……predator! ‘Get to the chopper!’
The 234th Tigerhawk Garrison of The Finest: A G.I. Joe Costume Club
will return for their fifth year to Planet Comicon. Members cosplay the Counter-Terrorist Strike Team known as G.I Joe, and the evil forces of Cobra. Be sure to come by their display to talk about the fandom, get your picture taken with Joes and Cobras, and see their battle station playset brought to life-size scale!
Another Castle Creations
is a group of Mid-West cosplayers with a glittery style and they have a passion for creating and wearing high quality cosplay. If you catch the five of them talking, they are likely talking about their next build. From princesses to superheros, and villains to middle earth dwellers, they enjoy bringing to life characters from many fandoms. Another Castle Creations has traveled to many conventions throughout the Mid-West, and beyond, and are excited to again be returning to Planet Comicon!
KC Cosplay and Photography (KCCP)
is a group hub for Kansas City and surrounding area cosplayers, photographers, and crafters. The group features active discussions, event coordination, and all around camaraderie . Whether you are interested in building costumes, doing charity work, or just hanging out in costume… All are welcome. Many fandoms are represented by the members of KCCP and they will be out in full force in the Cosplay Showcase! Be sure to come by and say hello! If you need cosplay repair during the convention, KCCP will have cosplay repair supplies at their table!
The Fellowship of the Ozarks!
This year, for our Tolkien and Lord of the Rings fans we are proud to return the talented cosplay group, The Fellowship of the Ozarks! A variety of Lord of the Rings characters will greet you and you can meet Treowyn a living Ent who will fill you with the wisdom of the ages!
The cosplay troupe consists of lifelong friends and family who enjoy creativity, ingenuity and spending time together. Their group includes members of all ages from grandparents to children. Using formal education skills in art, drafting, carpentry, blacksmithing and business they work together in creating their group cosplay. Members of the fellowship enjoy participating in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), creative writing, performing, costume design and construction, and theatrical design.
As fans of Tolkien they design their cosplay to accurately reflect descriptions from the books. The Fellowship shares a goal of bringing more interactive cosplay experiences to the fans of Tolkien and introducing others to Middle-Earth. Our true to life photo opportunity Ent, Treowyn, is their newest creation, designed to engage in the fantasy of Middle-Earth.
The Southern Kansas Hive was formed in Wichita Kansas to locate, identify and return Umbrella Corporation assets. We have remained busy since the outbreak removing the infected from the local population and recruiting new troops and lab technicians. If you think you have what it takes to join our family please talk to one of our friendly agents and they will be happy to assist you. Umbrella Corporation- Our Business Is Life Itself!
The USS Valiant, NCC-74210, is the Kansas City Metro area chapter of STARFLEET, The International Fan Organization, Region 12 and also the Flagship of the Starfleet, Sol Sector – Third Fleet. Founded in 2014 with members from all around the area, the Valiant is a Star Trek based fan club who has two main missions:
Our Primary Mission – Community Service through Harvesters, Toys-for-Tots, and Red Cross blood drives – just to name a few.
Our Secondary Mission – Camaraderie and fun through mutual shared interests in Sci-Fi, Comics, Gaming, Costuming, and the shared vision that the world can be a better place: but only if someone starts the process. Find us at www.ussvaliantsfi.com