New! The Planet Entertainment Zone features activities, interactive displays and demos along with a cosplay-oriented Makers space. Watch for our event schedule with extensive programming in the P.E.Z. space.
Features and Interactive Exhibits
The P.E.Z. Performance and Demonstration Stage
The Planet Entertainment Zone Performance Stage will be alive with demonstrations and performances throughout the convention weekend. Demonstrations by master cosplay crafters, Mesner Puppet Theater, Shari Smith FX Makeup artist, Hammerspace Community Workshop, Science City and performances by Clearly Guilty, Mesner Puppet Theater, Magicians including Tom Burgoon, Terry Magelssen and Gene Turner. Enjoy Jedi Light Saber Exhibitions, a children’s storytime reading with Abby Dark-Star and many other entertaining features scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for the complete schedule.
Legoland Discovery Center
Legoland Discovery Center is bringing brick pits filled to the brim with LEGO® bricks so that kids of all ages (you too, Mom & Dad) can show off their building skills! Meet Kansas City’s own Master Model Builder, & sign-up during Planet Comicon to participate in LEGO® build challenges for all ages throughout the weekend! You might win a prize, and you will definitely have fun!
National Wrasslin’ League
Come meet the warriors of the NWL! The National Wrasslin’ League (NWL) is reviving the historical roots of the business. Fueled by intercity rivalries, the NWL prides itself on family-friendly, storyline-driven programming that delivers thrilling athletic action and entertaining characters. Learn more at our website: http://www.nwleague.com/.
Worlds Of Fun
Worlds of Fun & Oceans of Fun, one park, one price, twice the thrills where guests enjoy all 235-acres of thrill rides, family rides and water slides including 7 world-class rollercoasters. Snap a selfie drivin’ a taxi, or screamin’ with a Halloween Haunt characters, the PEANUTS™ Gang or our special WinterFest surprise. Join the team at Worlds of Fun #FunJobs. Come See the Words of Fun & Oceans of Fun walk thru photo-op display in the Planet Entertainment Zone!
Tapcade is a retro video game parlor, craft beer bar and a movie theater to boot! Free beer sampling will be available in the Tapcade lounge in the PEZ along with a variety of free old school arcade games for everyone to play! Check out their sixteen foot big screen which will be displaying Mario Kart and other great games! You’ll see it a mile away!
Planet Comicon Photo Stage
This year we have a dedicated riser stage with Planet Comicon Banners positioned near the Cosplay area in the PEZ. This will be a gathering point for the many cosplay meetup groups and will be a target rich environment for amateur and professional photographers alike! Attendees will be able to pose with Cosplayers and we will even have some fun movie backdrops provided by Alamo Drafthouse and Clint’s Comics to add a little ambience.
Missouri Movie Cars
Sometimes the most memorable parts of your favorite shows and movies involved some amazing vehicles! We got ‘em! Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, The General Lee, Blues Brothers and more! Come get a picture and talk to the owners of these fun replica vehicles!
Walkin’ and Rollin’ Costumes
One of the most creative and interesting displays will be this effort by Walkin’ & Rollin’ who specialize in building cosplays for disabled youngsters. Come by and see and learn how creativity turns a wheelchair into an amazing costume! Our favorite is Antman riding his ant Antony!
The Edge Of Beyond
The Edge of Beyond is an independently owned and operated Sci-Fi/fantasy multimedia franchise presented by R.A.W. Productions in a unique and interactive way to attendees free of charge! Meet the sole visionary/author Raz Wickham and have him and his production team sign the first and second books in the series, The Edge Of Beyond: Rise Of The Fallen and The Edge Of Beyond: Wings Of Destruction. After grabbing your copy of either books along with a piece of various related memorabilia, the team welcomes you to get a picture taken with them in their customized TEOB director's chair behind their interactive booth. Wickham's production team that helped bring this profound concept to life visually and scientifically will be present to discuss the methodical creative process behind TEOB.
Toothless The Dragon
John Marks of Brazen Monkey has built a wonderful Toothless the Dragon from How to Train Your Dragon! For a reasonable fee you can ride toothless and take a pic!
Star Trek USS Valiant Ncc-74210
Star Trek fans will love this interactive exhibit which includes Star Trek Crewmen and models of Star Trek ships! The crew will be on hand for pictures and to answer all things Trek! These Trekkies have a goal to raise 500lbs of food for Harvesters so please be sure to bring nonperishable food items to donate and you will receive a special reward!
Gamers Quest Virtual Reality Arcade
Virtual Reality is here and people are amazed at how they are drawn into the visual landscape. You will not only play the game you will be in the game! The next level of VR is HTC Vive Room-Scale Virtual Reality Gaming! You don’t want to miss this!
Visionary Entertainment, Inc Halo Drop Pod
If you love Halo, you have to come ride this one of a kind VR experience! This Halo Drop Pod landed on the convention floor and is operational for missions!
State Farm Video Game Lounge
Have a seat, relax, and get your game on at the State Farm Video Game Lounge! Here you can come and play a few video games and talk with the nice folks at State Farm.
Korso the Magician
Join Korso as he wows you with his hilarious comedy and grand illusions. Korso claims to be a descendant of the Zatara family, and he'll try to prove it to you with help from his assistant, Zatanna. Watch and be amazed as objects appear and vanish, and things change shape before your very eyes. Become captivated as he mixes his razor sharp wit with a touch of danger, and watch as Korso attempts the "Great Zatara Escape" to prove he belongs in the family tree! With a little bit of help from some other DC heroes, come see if he's the real deal, or just another phony. Korso is a Kansas City-based illusionist who likes like moonlit walks in other dimensions.
Features and Interactive Exhibits
Sci-Fi Speed Dating
Ladies and Gentleman, are you single and tired of looking for love in Alderaan places? Are you ready to Terminate your single life? Look no further, the best in the business, the original guru's of Geek Love are coming back to Planet Comicon! Sci-Fi Speed Dating is ready to fix your love life! Schedule is Friday: 6pm; Saturday: 11am(LGBTPQ), 1, 3:30, 6pm; Sunday: 11am (LGBTPQ), 1, 3:30
Kansas City Renaissance Festival
One of Kansas City’s most beloved traditions is the Renaissance Festival! Come interact with the King and Queen and their court and maybe they will let you sit on the Throne! Get your medieval on in the Planet Entertainment Zone and be sure to ask about meade and turkey legs! The Ren Fest will be here before you know it but we will have a piece of it right here in the PEZ
Kansas City Zombie Walk For Hunger
Who said zombies were bad? These zombies understand hunger more than most and therefore felt a need to give back! The Kansas City Zombie Walk for Hunger is an annual event that raises money to help feed the less fortunate. This year in the PEZ they will organize an undead march through the convention so watch your six! You can participate in the walk yourself if you bring 5 non -perishable items or a cash donation is also welcomed. If you want to participate as a Zombie dress the part and watch for details coming soon!
Cosplay Costume Gallery By Figments And Filaments
For the first time ever at Planet Comicon, Figments and Filaments will present a curated Cosplay Gallery of fabulous costumes that you can see up close. Learn about the creators and the techniques they used to create these amazing costumes.
Kansas City’s Premiere Nerd Band! There is only one word that describes Clearly Guilty's music: Nerdy. And Purdy. Two words. There are only TWO words that describe Clearly Guilty's music: Nerdy and Purdy. And Dirty. Three words. Clearly Guilty: Nerdy, Purdy, and Dirty. (Also Geeky, Funny, Science-y, Absurd, Delightfully Inappropriate, and Rutabaga)
Community Blood Center
Here’s a great interactive activity you engage in right at the convention. Give blood and help another to live! Community Blood Center needs 500 donors each day to meet area hospitals' needs. Community Blood Center collected approximately 13,000 units of blood in its first year of operation, 1958. Community Blood Center has collected nearly 2,000,000 pints of blood since opening in 1958. Community Blood Center sends out almost 3,600 units of blood components each week to treat patients in nearly 60 area hospitals. Since opening in 1958, over 800,000 people have received blood donated at Community Blood Centers.
This year Planet Kids will be bigger and better than ever. It is a wonderful place for our youngest fans 8 and under to come to craft and play. We will have kids book readings and visits from special guests. There will even be a face painting station. All children must be accompanied by an adult. US Toy Costume Shop is a sponsor of Planet Kids.
Macaroni Kid is a free, weekly publication and website for families. We tell you what's going on in your community! Visit macaronikid.com, select your community and subscribe! Stop by our booth for a fun, free superhero craft!
Kansas City Public Libraries
The libraries are going to be providing several fun activities for PEZ attendees. Come make a button using old comics! For the younger fans they will provide readings in the Planet Kids area. For older kids and adults the library will provide interactive and stimulating opportunities to learn more about how the library can fit into your life in the information age.
Planet Comicon will be featuring Laguna Mermaid! She has traveled from the grottos of the deep blue sea to visit with YOU! Available at the space will be treasures for perusing, pirates for ARRguing with, special treats for everyone, and you can even pose for a photo with Laguna herself, and have it signed right there on the spot! Bring your children to come and share in the wonder that is a real live mermaid! What a treat!
Cooper Hart Face Painting sponsored by Us Toy Costume Shop
US Toy Costume shop is providing a face painting studio right in the PEZ! Cooper Hart is a Kansas City face painter and body artist. Cooper's company Just Art Face Painting has been operating for three years, and provides face painting and body painting as well as airbrush tattoos, henna tattoos, and jagua tattoos for festivals, corporate events, and parties. Cooper cannot wait to bring your favorite comic book and movie characters to life!Come by and watch a pro at work and maybe even have that Deadpool logo put on your forehead like you always wanted!
Mesner Puppet Theater
The very talented staff of the Mesner puppet theater will be on hand to provide professional puppet shows on stage and demos of the steps involved in making your own puppets. For little fans there will be a table set up to make simple hand puppets and plenty of instruction to show you how to bring your creations to life!
Extra Life is a 24-hour gaming marathon that raises money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Every fall, gamers across the US play board games, video games, card games, role-playing games, and more for 24 hours in support of sick children and raise money to support their local hospitals. In Kansas City, gamers raise money for kids at KU Medical Center. In 2016, Extra Lifer gamers raised over $9 million! You can sign up online at extra-life.org or visit the Extra Life booth!
The International Brotherhood Of Magicians Kansas City Chapter
A top organization of magicians will be performing at the Planet Entertainment Zone! Members from the club have been featured on network television, cross country tours, at Presidential Inaugural festivities, in Las Vegas casinos, and at venues all over Kansas City. The PEZ stage will showcase some of our finest professional magicians! In addition, members will be performing magic close up and in your hands at our interactive booth near the PEZ stage. Don't blink or you'll miss something incredible. And...if you have an interest in learning or performing magic yourself, stop by the booth to learn a trick and learn more about the club.
Alamo Drafthouse Cosplay Photo Stage
Alamo is helping bring the movies to life at Planet Comicon Kansas City with several spectacular movie backdrops. Wear your favorite cosplay and get ready to strike a pose in front of some iconic movie backdrops. The Alamo Drafthouse is located on 1400 Mainstreet and has built a reputation as a movie lover's oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high-profile, star studded special events.
This year Planet Comicon Kansas City is proud to open a crafters space oriented towards cosplay creation activities. Come see true artists at work demonstrating methods for creating costumes and props. If you ever wanted to learn how to get started or if you are an advanced cosplayer you will find something here that will help you. The following organizations are helping to provide this interactive maker space both at their booths and on the PEZ demo stage.
Maker Faire Kansas City
Maker Faire Kansas City is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. It’s fitting that the first ever maker space at Planet Comicon KC be headlined by the pros of Maker Faire Kansas City. Maker Faire Kansas City is fast becoming one of the most engaging family venues in the city. Union Station hosts Maker Faire Kansas City every year and this year it will be June 24th and 25th. Makers featured in this space will include a Power Wheels Racer, Henna Makers, Marble Run Track Maker and the Belger Arts Studio. Belger Arts will be demonstrating how to "throw" on a pottery wheel.
Hammerspace Community Workshop
Hammerspace Workshop is home to Kansas City's awesome community of makers, crafters and inventors. It's where you go to exercise your creativity. It's where you bulk up your knowledge, and work out your designs. Hammerspace is another essential partner headlining the PEZ this year. Dave Dalton and his staff from Hammerspace will tackle beginner and advanced demonstrations of cosplay crafting and prop building. Come watch and learn how it’s done!
Science City’s Maker Studio And STEAM Team
Science City’s Maker Studio – a year-round extension of Maker Faire is bringing hands-on activities and demos to the PEZ. A special appearance will be made by Science City’s STEAM Team. STEAM Team makes learning EPIC. Science City is a place of wonder, where kids and adults can find something new with each visit. Throw the don't touch mindset out the window. There are no tests and no wrong or right answers, just a chance to explore with freedom and pure imagination.
Figments And Filaments
Kansas City Costume Convention will be providing lots of activities! A cosplay repair station to help with any wardrobe malfunctions you might have at the convention. Scrap Swap! Leave some scraps, take some scraps. Do you need a little piece of fabric to finish that outfit? Have you been looking for a small accent piece but don't want to buy a whole yard? Come check the Scrap Swap Table! It's free! Mask Making - come by and make a mask. You can use our scrap fabric and supplies and get advice and instruction. Bring your little ones or make one for yourself! (no unaccompanied children) Demo Area - There will be demos throughout the weekend showing how to do certain cosplay and costuming skills.
Butt Head Studios
Local cosplay crafter and prop builder Dennis Butt will team up with his friends and fellow professional cos-crafters Tony Ackerman and Jeff Shimek to provide a variety of cos crafting demos along with a very colorful array of finished projects for you to enjoy.