The Cosplay Showcase is a fan favorite destination for Planet Comicon attendees and this year fans will have even more to see. The Cosplay Showcase is your go to move to meet internationally known cosplayers and cosplay crafters. Here you will also find a wide array of fan groups who will bring your favorite characters to life! 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.
Cosplay Fan Groups
STAR WARS COSTUMING GROUPS:
Arguably the most popular group in the Cosplay Showcase is the Star Wars Universe which features several groups that are dedicated to replicating the look and feel of the popular movie franchise. These cosplayers are sanctioned by Lucasfilm and must comply with strict guidelines to achieve approval. The result is a fan experience that truly compares to a movie set with Jedi, Stormtroopers, R2 units, C3PO, Jawa, and many of your favorite characters from the movies! (Photo Courtesy of Angela Stokes) Here is the lineup of Star Wars Groups coming to Planet Comicon Kansas City.
The 501st Legion
is an all volunteer member organization of over 17,000 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 crew member work. The local 501st is represented by the 70th Explorers Garrison which proudly serves Kansas and Missouri.
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 8,000 members. Since the Legion’s inception it has been a volunteer member club of costume enthusiasts who can enjoy, express, and share their interest in costuming with others in the fan community. Rebel Legion is represented by Dantooine Base which proudly serves Kansas and Missouri.
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 crew member work.
The Dark Empire
The Dark Empire is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization 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 across the globe.
Saber Guild 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 almost 1,000 members in many countries across the globe. We are not only Lucasfilm’s preferred lightsaber performance group, but we are the largest recognized lightsaber club in the world. Saber Guild is represented locally in Kansas City by Yavin Temple.
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.
Other Fan Groups
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! ‘Hurry, get to the choppah!’
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!
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 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