Faqs

About the Show

Planet Comicon Kansas City is the region’s largest premier comic book and pop culture convention with a 17-year history.  It has grown to be the largest show in the Kansas City area.

The 2016 show will be held at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City.

Show dates and times:

Date Hours
Friday, May 20, 2016 Noon – 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 22, 2016 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Date Hours
Friday, May 20, 2016 Noon – 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 22, 2016 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Planet Comicon Kansas City is promoted by Chris Jackson.

Admission

Bring cash. Some vendors, artists, and celebrities cannot accept credit or debit cards. If you run short on cash, ATMs will be available in the exhibit hall.

You will be able to use debit/credit cards for some things, including admission, concessions, and and many (but not all) vendors.

Advanced Ticket sales will be open to the public on October 29th 2015. Advanced tickets will be part of a Planet Comicon Kansas City membership with additional benefits. To get the latest news about Planet Comicon Kansas City admissions; subscribe to our email updates. Tickets will also be for sale at the door.

Yes, we offer a discount for active military, teachers and librarians on advanced purchases only.  You can find these for advance purchase on our Buy Passes page. Please present your qualifying ID upon request when you pick up your wristbands at Will Call. Additional family members who do not qualify must purchase their membership at the standard price (pre-purchase or at the door).  This discount will not apply to memberships purchased on site.

When you purchase advance admissions, you will receive a confirmation email that you use to access a QR code. Bring that QR code message (or a version that you have had sent to your phone) to the Will Call desk where you will receive wristbands. The wristband is your credential for admission to Planet Comicon Kansas City.  Once attached, it cannot be removed.  If you have a three-day admission, the wristband must be worn all three days. It cannot be removed and reattached.  A wristband that has been removed is void and not valid for admission.

The Will Call booth will be open during these hours (subject to change):

Will Call Booth Hours Open Close
Thursday, May 19th, 2016 11:00 AM 6:00 PM
Friday, May 20th, 2016 10:00 AM 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 21st, 2016 8:00 AM 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 8:00 AM 7:00 PM

Yes, someone other than the person who made the purchase can pick up their wristbands. Just be sure they have your confirmation email (paper or a version that you have sent to their phone) when they come to the Will Call desk. The wristband is your credential for admission to Planet Comicon Kansas City.  Once attached, it cannot be removed.  If you have a three-day admission, the wristband must be worn all three days. It cannot be removed and reattached.  A wristband that has been removed is void and not valid for admission.

Will Call hours are posted above.

Yes, you can split you order wristband pick up. Just be sure each person has the confirmation email (paper or a version that you have sent to their phone) when they come to the Will Call desk. The wristband is your credential for admission to Planet Comicon Kansas City. Once attached, it cannot be removed. If you have a three-day admission, the wristband must be worn all three days. It cannot be removed and reattached. A wristband that has been removed is void and not valid for admission.

Will Call hours are posted above.

Yes. The wristband is your credential for admission to Planet Comicon Kansas City. Once attached, it cannot be removed. If you have a three-day admission, the wristband must be worn all three days. It cannot be removed and reattached. A wristband that has been removed is void and not valid for admission. The wristbands are water resistant and stronger than they appear, strong enough for regular wear and tear over the course of  three days.

Lost wristbands will not be replaced. Should you damage your wristband, bring it to the Will Call desk with your identification and we will confirm your purchase and replace it.

Yes, the wristband are water resistant and stronger than they appear. The wristband is your credential for admission to Planet Comicon Kansas City.  Once attached, it cannot be removed.  If you have a three-day admission, the wristband must be worn all three days. It cannot be removed and reattached.  A wristband that has been removed is void and not valid for admission.

Autographs/Photos

Bring cash. Some vendors, artists, and celebrities cannot accept credit or debit cards. If you run short on cash, ATMs will be available in the exhibit hall.

You will be able to use debit/credit cards for some things, including admission, concessions, and and many (but not all) vendors.

Comic book creator guests generally do not charge for autographs. In an effort to keep the lines moving, many creators will place a limit on how many autographs will be given to a single individual at one time. After that time, they may begin to charge or ask that you get back in line. Be respectful of the guests and your fellow convention attendees.

All media guests will be charging for their autographs. Prices for autographs are at the guest’s discretion. Autograph and photograph pricing will be posted on the Celebrity Autographs and Photos page when it is available.

Concessions

Bring cash. Some vendors, artists, and celebrities cannot accept credit or debit cards. If you run short on cash, ATMs will be available in the exhibit hall.

You will be able to use debit/credit cards for some things, including admission, concessions, and and many (but not all) vendors.

Yes, attendees will have access to multiple food and beverage options.

Cosplay/Costuming

Yes, Planet Comicon has always welcomed costuming. See the Cosplay page for the most complete information about cosplay, costume rules, and costume contests. More details about our costume contest are available here.

Sharpened instruments and firearms are prohibited. While many of the characters people portray carry weapons, keep the safety of your fellow attendees first and foremost in your thoughts when choosing accessories. While we have additional room in Bartle Hall, there are still times when you are in close quarters, and we want to prevent any injuries.

We are a family-friendly show. Clothing and costumes should not exceed PG-rating standards;no nudity, profanity, or abusive content. Use common sense. You must wear shoes at all times (no bare feet).

Entrance

The entrance to Planet Comicon Kansas City is through the 2200 Lobby of Bartle Hall, which is located on 13th Street between Central and Broadway. Enter through the doors on the south side of the street and follow the signs to ticketing.

Exhibitors/Artists Alley

You can order your vendor or Artists Alley space online. See our Exhibitors page for more information. All of the information related to exhibitor space can be found there. If the Artists Alley spaces are still listed there, then there are still tables left.

Check our Exhibitors page. We try to list all the attending vendors. If there’s a vendor you’d like to see at the show, let them know about us; tell them you’d like to see them come to Planet Comicon Kansas City.

You can order your vendor or Artists Alley space online. See our Exhibitors page for more information. All of the information related to exhibitor space can be found there.

Family

We encourage people of all ages to come enjoy Planet Comicon Kansas City. Comic books, cartoons, anime, video games and pop culture have appeal for all ages. However, in order to make Planet Comicon Kansas City a safe and enjoyable environment for all, we require that all attendees under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is a registered attendee of Planet Comicon Kansas City at all times. Please direct all specific inquiries to the Will Call staff at the convention.

Our paging system is for Show communications and emergency use only. We suggest you designate a meeting place once at the show, so if you are separated all family members will know where to find each other. Cell phones will work within the exhibition area and we encourage you to carry them.

We are a family-friendly show. Clothing and costumes should not exceed PG-rating standards;no nudity, profanity, or abusive content. Use common sense. You must wear shoes at all times (no bare feet).

Gaming

There are major tabletop and electronic game events at Planet Comicon Kansas City. More details will be provided as they are finalized.

Guests

All guests will be present at Planet Comicon all three days unless otherwise noted. Check the media guests, comic creators, and cosplay guest’s pages for information about a particular guests or attraction. See a chart of autograph and photograph pricing on the Celebrity Autographs and Photos page.

Harassment

Planet Comicon Kansas City is dedicated to providing a safe and fun environment for all fans. Toward that goal we have adopted guidelines for respecting the feelings and personal space of others. Please see the Anti-harassment Standards page for our policies and procedures.

To report harassment please find the nearest Planet Comicon Kansas City volunteer or security personnel. They will direct you to an information desk or security center. If you feel your safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy please contact the Kansas City Police Department at 911 if an emergency.

For your own safety, if you feel that you are being harassed in a non-emergency situation please report your problems to us before anyone else.

If you cannot find a staff, crew, or volunteer member to assist you, please go to the information desks located near registration or just inside the entrance of the exhibition floor. Please report to us before taking matters into your own hands (such as personally confronting the aggressor or posting on social media). We have professional security and they are properly equipped for these contingencies.

Hotels

There are plenty of hotel rooms available in the Kansas City area. Refer to the Hotels page for the most complete information about hotels and other accommodations.

Location

Planet Comicon 2016 will be held at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. See the Convention Center map for details.

Other Questions

Bring cash. Some vendors, artists, and celebrities cannot accept credit or debit cards. If you run short on cash, ATMs will be available in the exhibit hall.

You will be able to use debit/credit cards for some things, including admission, concessions, and and many (but not all) vendors.

If you didn’t find an answer to your question, contact questions@planetcomicon.com. We will do our best to respond quickly. Questions that are asked frequently, will be added to this page.

Parking

There are a wide variety of parking garages and lots in downtown Kansas City. You should be prepared to pay for parking. See the Parking page for a detailed map of downtown parking options.

Pets/Service Animals

No. Only service animals are allowed in the venue.

Photographs

Up to two adults and two children (ages 16 and younger) can be in a photo with Stan Lee.

Yes, you can… however, there are some rules. Please use common sense. If someone doesn’t want their picture taken or put on video, please respect their wishes. The same holds true for our guests. They are our guests, and have a right to their privacy, so be nice. Many of our vendors in the Dealer’s Room don’t like to have people take pictures of their set ups, so be sure to ask first. And some of our guests charge for photos, so be sure to ask first!

Basically, the answer is, Ask First!

Remember, trying to take a picture of one of our guests from a distance may seem harmless to you, but they may not want you to do it. Also, when taking pictures of people in costume, or your friends, please be sure to angle yourselves so that you are not taking a picture across an aisle. When you do that, everyone has to stop and wait for you to take the picture. If you move so that you are both on the same side of the aisle and take the picture in the direction of traffic flow, then people can move past you and you don’t stop the flow of traffic.

Filming is prohibited during any film screenings, but all other events are generally okay to film. We do reserve the right to limit filming of an event based on a specific guest’s wishes. If you do take some great pictures and video, let us know. Send us a copy and we’ll put it on our website for the world to see.

Portfolio Reviews

Yes. We know many of you aspiring creators have been preparing for having your portfolios reviewed at Planet Comicon Kansas City. Representatives from several publishers will be available. See our Portfolio Review page for details

Programming

Yes! We will post the panel programming schedule 4 to 8 weeks prior to the show.

Most of the events at Planet Comicon are included with your general admission ticket. There are a very few workshops or special events that require an additional fee. Any events that require an additional fee will be clearly marked on the schedule and event announcements.

We accept programming applications from guests, artists, vendors, and the public. We will include a link to that application when it is available.

We receive more programming applications than can fit in our schedule. Once the application period closes, our programming committee will review all applications to determine which events will be added to our schedule.

Programming content is subject to approval by the convention.

Stan Lee

Up to two adults and two children (ages 16 and younger) can be in a photo with Stan Lee.

We will announce specific times for all sessions as the show approaches, however let’s look at that question by day of appearance.

Friday May 20 — Mr. Lee is scheduled to arrive in the late afternoon on Friday May 20. He will have at least one autograph and photo op session on Friday. There may not be time for more than one session of each that day.

Saturday May 21 – Mr. Lee plans to be at the show most of the day on Saturday May 21. There will be at least 2 autograph and 2 photo op sessions announced. He may have time for just two sessions, as he also has his panel that day.

Sunday May 22 – There will be at least one autograph and photo op session on Sunday May 22. We do not know when Mr. Lee will be departing Kansas City, so at this time we do not have a good idea of whether a second session will be possible. Please watch our web-site (the FAQ and the guest pages, as well as social media) for more information on the Sunday schedule. We will post information as soon as it is available.

Yes, in fact for the in-person autograph the fan must provide the item or items to be signed. The item or items will be handed to staff at Mr. Lee’s booth, who will then place them in front of Mr. Lee. Staff will take the item or items, after they have been signed, and return them to the fan.

The additional items included with the B package (litho, 2 comics and t-shirt) will be picked up by each package purchaser directly from Stan Lee Collectibles, using a voucher that will be provided by Planet Comicon Kansas City. Stan Lee Collectibles will have a booth on the exhibit hall floor. You may discuss the options regarding your Stan Lee pre-signed item with the staff at the Stan Lee Collectibles booth.

Yes, however you will have to have an admission for Saturday to attend the panel, as well as the admission for Friday or Sunday. We recommend that you purchase a 3-day membership, which includes the 3-day admission, as this is the allows you the opportunity to take advantage of all the convention offers over all three days at very little more than the cost of any two days admission.

The short answer is yes, we hope so.

It will depend a bit on Mr. Lee’s availability and time commitments, however we believe there will be plenty of time to accommodate at least some autograph and photo ops for those who do not purchase a Stan Lee VIP package. We plan to open up sales of individual autographs and photo-ops to the general public at some point before the show. These will be priced at $100 per autograph and $100 per photo op (plus taxes and fees). We also hope to have them available for sale at the show.

Volunteers

Sure! We invite people 18-years-old and above to apply for our volunteer team. We will include a link to the volunteer application when it is available. That page will include all of the details about our volunteer program. 

Completion of the volunteer application does not guarantee that you will be accepted for volunteer efforts. Our Volunteer Coordinator will follow up with you after we received your application. Applicants are subject to a background check.

No. We do not assign first-year volunteers to work with celebrity guests. The personnel who sit with celebrities are the celebrities’ own professional staff and established “handlers” who specialize in providing assistance to celebrity guests.

Also, any Planet Comicon volunteer tasks that require close interaction with the celebrity guests are assigned to trusted multiple-year volunteers. The best way to earn this type of assignment is to join the volunteer crew and knock our socks off with your maturity, attitude, and trustworthiness.