Exhibitors

Planet Comicon Kansas City Exhibitors and Artists Alley

Our incredibly successful 2017 show is now behind us; our exhibiting artist alley sales will be available soon. Watch this page and Planet Comicon social media for more details and announcements.

About Planet Comicon Kansas City

Planet Comicon Kansas City is the largest comic book/pop culture convention in the area. We have an outstanding line-up of guests from the worlds of Hollywood, cosplay, and comics. Promoter: Planet Comicon Kansas City is presented by Planet Promotions LLC, P.O. Box 25095, Overland Park, Kansas, 66225.

If you have questions about exhibit space that are not answered here, contact us at planetexhibits@gmail.com.

Location

Planet Comicon will be held at Bartle Hall, Kansas City Convention Center, 301 West 13th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105 (816) 513-5000. This is located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Planet Comicon Kansas City will occupy Halls A-E of the Bartle Hall, as well as the adjacent Kansas City Convention Center space.

Planet Comicon is a 3-day show.

Public hours

  • Friday, February 16th, 2018 Noon - 7 PM
  • Saturday, February 17th, 2018 10:00 AM - 7 PM
  • Sunday, February 18th, 2018 10:00 AM - 5 PM

Advance ticket holders may be admitted up to ½ hour early on Friday and Saturday only.

Set-up

  • Wednesday, February 14th, 2018  12:00 PM-6PM  (Larger exhibits, 2 booths or larger, only)
  • Thursday, February 15th, 2018 8:00 AM (Approximate) - 6 PM
  • Friday, February 16th, 2018 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM (Artist Alley tables only)

We recommend Thursday set-up! No one will be allowed into the Exhibit hall during set-up and tear-down periods without an Exhibitor badge or a Professional badge. As the show approaches, we will send out detailed information to all vendors and creators with specific information on where to go and what to expect with set-up. Note that all hours are subject to change. We will notify dealers of updates to this schedule.

Tear-down

Sunday, April 30, 2017 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Note that all hours are subject to change. We will notify dealers of updates to this schedule.

Important Sales Tax Requirements

Exhibitor is responsible for collection and payment of Missouri State Sales Tax.  Effective April 1, 2017, The sales tax rate at Bartle Hall is 10.475%.  The State of Missouri requires that Exhibitor acquire a tax number in advance of the Event. Exhibitors may obtain such documents from the State of Missouri. If there are any changes in the requirements regarding Missouri Sales Tax, PCC will notify exhibitors. For more information about Sales Tax requirements contact the Missouri Department of Revenue. Learn about your legal obligations here: http://dor.mo.gov/faq/business/special.php

Hotels 

Special discounts have been negotiated for exhibitors at 3 downtown hotels across from the Convention Center.  An additional 2 hotels within 5 miles of the Convention Center, with free parking are also available.  Rates range from $109-$169 depending on location and amenities.  Book your rooms prior to December 30, 2016 to insure availability and rate. Click here to see the options and book your room: https://aws.passkey.com/g/70404561

Exhibitor Parking

Several parking options will also be made available to exhibitors, including parking on the South Dock for trailers and trucks; the south surface lot; and garage parking at Municipal Auditorium across from the KC Convention Center.  You may reserve parking at Municipal Garage now at kcmo.clickandpark.com

When purchasing multiple days, you may leave your vehicle in the garage overnight.  The garage height is 6’6”.

Parking for larger trucks and trailers will be available on the South Dock.

Dining

There are also many restaurants and other activities in the area, including all of the amenities offered in the Power and Light District.

Terms and Conditions

Bartle Hall and the Promoter have a number of terms and conditions. These will be posted to the website and a list provided to all exhibitors.

Directions

SOUTH DOCK for Bartle Hall

From the East: Take I-70 west, then ALT 70 West to the Broadway exit (Exit 2S). Turn left onto Broadway to 16th Street. Turn left onto 16th Street (on the corner is the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts) and then turn immediately left into South Dock.

From the West: Take I-70 east to I-635 east to the Central Street exit. Turn left (north) onto Central. Go to 13th Street and left lane to Broadway. Turn left onto Broadway. Turn left onto 16th Street (on the corner is the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts) and then turn immediately left into South Dock.

From the South (Kansas side): Take I-35 north to the Broadway exit. Turn right onto Broadway. Turn left onto 16th Street (on the corner is the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts) and then turn immediately left into South Dock.

From the South (Missouri side): Take 71 Highway north, and merge onto ALT 70 & I-670 West via the exit on the left toward Kansas, take the Broadway exit (Exit 2S). Turn left onto Broadway. Turn left onto 16th Street (on the corner is the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts) and then turn immediately left into South Dock.

From the North: Take I 69 south across the MO river bridge. This turns into Broadway. Turn left onto 16th Street (on the corner is the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts) and then turn immediately left into South Dock.

Exhibit Space Details

NOTICE: As of March 16th, all exhibit booths, artists alley tables, and crafter tables are sold out.

We expect some additional space to become available as we modify the room layout. Join the waiting list to be notified if additional exhibit space becomes available.

Order your exhibit space for vendors, crafters, or Artists Alley online now.

Space must be reserved and paid no later than March 31, 2017 to guarantee inclusion in the Program Guide.

Please note: by purchasing exhibitor space at Planet Comicon Kansas City you are agreeing to the terms and conditions, privacy policy and event specific disclaimers.

Electricity and Utilities

Exhibitors may order electricity and other utilities services, such as WiFi, hardwired internet. Green Wave Technologies, Inc provides these services for the Kansas City Convention Center.

  • IMPORTANT: You do not need to enter your booth number on the Greenwave application; enter your booth name as it was entered on your booth application.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  Due to changes in the floor layout for our 2017 show some exhibit spaces will not have access to electricity and some other utilities. For this reason, it is very important that in the application process you let us know whether you will require electricity, hardwired internet or other utilities.

Electricity pricing and PDF order form

Telephone and Internet pricing and order form

Utilities pricing and order form

Green Wave online order form

Decorating needs such additional tables, pipe and drape, carpet, trash cans, hanging of signage and other needs are provided by Viper Tradeshow Services.  We do not have the Viper information as yet, however that information will be coming soon. Write to us at planetexhibits@gmail.com with inquiries.

Program Guide Advertising:

Planet Comicon Kansas City will provide technical specifications by email after your order is received. Planet Comicon Kansas City reserves the right to reject advertising for any reason.

Corner Booth Space:

A Corner booth is one (1) ten foot (10’) x ten foot (10’) space, on a corner, and includes two (2) eight foot (8’) long x two and one-half foot (2 ½’) deep tables, one of which is topped and skirted, two (2) chairs and three (3) Exhibitor badges. The price of a Corner booth will increase to $825 on February 1, 2017 and to $900 on April 1, 2017.  The price will be higher on-site if space is available.  PLEASE NOTE:  All purchasers MUST indicate whether they will need electricity.  Electricity will NOT be available at all Booth spaces.

In-Line Booth Space:

An In-Line booth is One (1) ten foot (10’) x ten foot (10’) space, and includes one (1) eight foot (8’) long x two and one-half foot (2 ½’) deep topped and skirted table, two (2) chairs and three (3) Exhibitor badges.   We DO NOT recommend purchase of one In-Line booth, by itself, as booths on either side may result in limited visibility.  If you wish to purchase one booth, we recommend you purchase a Corner Booth. Several spaces configurations are available with two In-Line booths in a row.   These provide much better visibility.  A Corner booth and an In-Line booth is also a popular two-booth configuration.  There are very few locations in the Exhibit Hall that can accommodate more than 2 In-Line booths in a row. If you wish to purchase of more than two (2) In-Line booth spaces you MUST request permission to do so and we will have to determine if we can accommodate that request.  Any purchase of more than two (2) In-Line booths made without such prior approval is subject to revision.   The price of an In-Line booth will increase to $650 on February 1, 2017 and to $725 on April 1, 2017.  The price will be higher on-site if space is available. PLEASE NOTE:  All purchasers MUST indicate whether they will need electricity.  Electricity will NOT be available at all Booth spaces.

Artists Alley Space:

An Artists Alley Space is one (1) space that is six feet (6’) in length and approximately seven feet (7’) deep, and includes one (1) six foot (6’) long x two and one-half foot (2 ½’) wide topped and skirted table, two (2) chairs and two (2) Exhibitor badges.  This space will NOT be on a corner.  This type of exhibit space is designed for creators to showcase their own work.  It is primarily intended for comic book and comic strip artists, writers and authors, as well as fine artists and prose authors.  It is not designed for general retailing or for crafters.  An Artists Alley Space is designed to provide one table-top of usable presentation space and sufficient space behind the table for a display banner.   All displays in an Artists Alley Space will have a height limit of ten feet (10’).  Crafters who create their own products may apply for Crafter Space (below). We do not allow additional tables to be used within the Artists Alley Space (only the provided table) and display racks are not allowed unless they are on the provided table-top.  The provided table may not be turned on its side without permission from show management.  The six (6’) length of the provided table must remain on the aisle and in line with other tables in the row unless otherwise approved by show management.   Artists Alley Space applications will be examined to ensure that the purchaser qualifies for an Artists Alley Space.  A maximum of two (2) Artists Alley Spaces may be purchased.  The price of an Artists Alley space will increase to $250 on February 1, 2017 and to $275 on April 1, 2017.  The price will be higher on-site if space is available.

Crafter Space:

A Crafter Space is one (1) space that is six feet (6’) long and approximately seven feet (7’) deep, and includes one (1) six foot (6’) long x two and one-half foot (2 ½’) wide topped and skirted table, two (2) chairs and two (2) Exhibitor badges.   A CRAFTER MAY NOT SELL ITEMS NOT CREATED BY THEMSELVES.  THESE SPACES ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR T-SHIRT RETAILING.  This type of space is designed to  provide one table-top of usable presentation space and sufficient space behind the table for a display banner.  All displays in a Crafter Space will have a height limit of ten feet (10’).  Crafters must disclose the types of merchandise they will sell in the questions below.  Crafters may be placed in separate area of Artists Alley.  We do not allow additional tables to be used within the Crafter space (only the provided table) and display racks are not allowed unless they are on the provided table-top.  The provided table may not be turned on its side without permission from show management.  The six (6’) length of the provided table must remain on the aisle and in line with other tables in the row.  A maximum of two (2) Crafter Spaces may be purchased.  If more than two spaces are desired, the Crafter should purchase Booth space.  The price of a Crafter Space will increase to $300 on February 1, 2017 and to $325 on April 1, 2017.  The price will be higher on-site if space is available.