First Timers Guide

Welcome To Liftoff: Planet Comicon KC 2024

Welcome to Planet Comicon Kansas City 2024! Whether you’ve been with us since the very first Planet in 1999 or you’re making your first trip, pre-launch planning will allow you to make the most of your experience. Please use this guide to help plan a fun, safe and out-of-this-world galactic adventure at Planet! We look forward to seeing you at Bartle Hall for Planet Comicon Kansas City, March 8-10 2024!

Please see all information below. You can also click the link HERE for a video.

1.) Show Hours  (Exhibit Floor Hours)

Planet Comicon KC 2024 happens at the Kansas City Convention Center (Bartle Hall)

301 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64105

Friday March 8: 1:00PM-8:00PM (Weekend Fast Pass Holders & VIP 12:30pm)

Saturday March 9: 10:00AM-7:00PM (Weekend Fast Pass Holders & VIP 9:30am)

Sunday March 10: 10:00AM-5:00PM


2.) Pick up your Credentials 

Tickets for Planet Comicon Kansas City are available at the door but purchasing advance admissions will expedite your takeoff to Planet Comicon. When you purchase advance admissions, you will receive a confirmation email that you use to access a QR code. Bring that QR code message to the Will Call desk where you will receive your Planet Comicon admission wristband. Planet Comicon will also have two early pick up locations in 2024 so you can get your wristband in advance and be ready to go! 


Elite Comics, 11842 Quivira Rd #1300, Overland Park, KS 66210

Thursday, March 7: 11:30AM-6:30PM 


Reroll Tavern-2368 Armour Road Kansas City, MO 64116

Thursday, March 7: 4:00PM-7:00PM


Bartle Hall, 2200 Lobby, Kansas City, MO

Thursday, March 7: 4pm-7pm

Friday, March 8: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (two hours prior to show open)

Saturday, March 9:  8:00 am – 7:00 pm (two hours prior to show open)

Sunday, March 10:  8:00 am – 5:00pm (two hours prior to show open)


Get your wristband early and be ready when the doors to Planet Comicon Kansas City open. 


3.) Download the Planet Comicon App

Be sure to download the Planet Comicon Kansas City mobile app. The Planet Comicon Kansas City App will be the Chewie to your Han as it helps you navigate your way around PCKC. Whether you want to buy tickets, find locations of your favorite comic book creators or celebrities, have the full weekend schedule at your side, or just space walk the exhibit floor, the Planet Comicon Kansas City app is your place for the most updated information. Don’t forget to have notifications turned on for Planet Comicon Kansas City weekend. 

The app is available for Apple here and Google Play store here. 


4.) Check out our Panels and Programming

Planet Comicon Kansas City panel programming is open to Planet Comicon attendees at no additional charge on a first come, first served basis. Any exceptions will be clearly noted. PCKC’s panels are a huge hit throughout the weekend as fans with common interests gather together to listen to featured celebrity and creator guests tell their story and answer your questions, learn cosplay costume tips, offer industry advice and insight, and much more. Sitting in on panels is a great way to kick back during a busy day of exploring the massive show floor. Check out the panel programming schedule and keep an eye on the schedule to plan your sessions!


5.) Plan your trip to Planet Comicon

Centrally-located in Downtown Kansas City, Bartle Hall (301 W 13th St, Kansas City, MO 64105) is surrounded by over 40,000 parking spaces. Parking information and the opportunity to reserve parking is available on our site. Attendees should also consider the FREE KC Streetcar, which operates on a 2.2-mile route throughout downtown, serving many of Kansas City’s most popular attractions, destinations and parking areas. Many of our hotels and after-hours events are within walking distance of Bartle Hall! 


6.) Grab a Locker

Bought too much loot? Carrying a bag clashing with your Cosplay? Securely store your things with Pop Up Lockers! Lockers are $40 for the entire weekend or $15 a day (cash, card or electronic payment). You get your own key to come and go as you please! Lockers are staffed the entire time and cameras are in place to keep your stuff extra secure. Pop Up Lockers will be located in the Lobby of 3500 just off the exhibit floor. 


7.) Meet Your Favorite Comic Book Creators and Celebrity Guests

Planet Comicon Kansas City offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with your favorite comic book creators and celebrity guests. Don’t be nervous, that’s why they are here. Whether you consider yourself a Potterhead, honorary member of the Coruscant Guard, or simply a pop culture fanatic, you can come face to face with the stars and creators of your favorite comic books, TV shows, movies and sci-fi world. We do suggest you bring cash if possible as many creators, celebrities, crafters and vendors only accept cash. If you run short, ATMs will be available in the exhibit hall. Planet also offers photo opportunities with guests. Check out the full list of Planet Comicon Kansas City guests!


8.) Understanding Photos with Guests

Part of the experience in meeting guests at PCKC are the photos you take with them. There are two different types of photo opportunities with Planet’s celebrity guests. 


Celebrity Tables: Guests may offer photo opportunities at their autograph table, using the fan’s camera/phone. These are often cash transactions and are at the guest’s discretion. This will vary by guest and be at the discretion of the guest.


Photo Ops: Photo Ops, taken by a professional photographer, are taken in our Photo Ops Area behind Celebrity Row. These will be available on a specific schedule and may be purchased in advance and at the show. In addition to single guest photos, there are opportunities for duo and cast reunions involving certain guests. 


Please follow all directions given by staff at the Celeb Photo Ops booth. The experience moves fast and we want you to enjoy your moment with your favorite celebrity. 


While most of our Photo Ops with celebrity guests are available to purchase on-site during the convention, fans can pre-order before the convention weekend by visiting our site


9.) Prepare to Shop Comics, Collectibles, Merch and PCKC Exclusives

With nearly eight football fields worth of exhibit space Planet Comicon Kansas City is a collectors dream. There are hundreds of creators and vendors for you to peruse and plenty of opportunities to add more comics to your collection, pick up your favorite collectible, or snag something you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re 3-years-old or 93-years-old, there’s something for everyone at Planet. 


10.) Commission an Artist

Yep, even that’s possible. There is nothing more unique than an original illustration from a Planet Comicon Kansas City guest so while you browse artist alley, see which guests are doing commissions for custom work created on the spot at Planet Comicon! Commision prices vary by artist as well as time needed to create. We advise those looking to get on commission lists to drop by their favorite artist’s table early as spots are limited. 


11.) Plan an Outfit 

While the celebrity and creator guests get a lot of attention, oftentimes Planet Comicon Kansas City’s cosplayers steal the show. Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, comic or video game. Live characters from your favorite movies, comics, games and shows will roam the Cosplay Showcase amidst realistic sets and backdrops which provide a wealth of fun photo opportunities. Planet Comicon Kansas City will also host internationally known cosplayers.


Planet Comicon Kansas City is dedicated to providing a safe and fun environment for all fans and while most cosplayers love it when you want to take a picture with them, Planet Comicon Kansas City reminds fans to ask politely first. Do not touch a cosplayer, their costume, or their props without permission.


And as a reminder, for the safety of all Planet Comicon Kansas City guests, all prop and costume weapons are required to be inspected and tagged at the check-in desk inside the convention center lobby.


Not feeling up to a costume for Planet Comicon? No problem! Planet Comicon Kansas City welcomes you just the way you are! 


12.) Cosplay to a New Stratosphere

Planet Comicon Kansas City is the biggest cosplay event in a six state area. Planet hosts one of the biggest cosplay contests in the midwest, plus there are cosplay photo meet ups, a cosplay showcase, masquerade parade, and a young fans cosplay showcase. Planet encourages anyone who wants to attend in a costume to do so! Most importantly, Planet is dedicated to providing a safe and fun environment for all fans. We have strict anti-harassment standards and guidelines geared toward respecting others. 


Attendees can also enjoy the PCKC Cosplay Contest held Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 pm in Grand Ballroom Room 2501! Costume contestants will compete for their share of more than $10,000 in prizes from Nebraska Furniture Mart, 3DHQ, and B&B Theatres! The contest will be hosted by Ming Chen and Luna Flare. In addition to the contest, there are top notch cosplay guests at Planet who are ready to meet their fans PLUS some incredible partners with cosplay tips, ideas and inspiration. Planet Comicon Kansas City is a place for all cosplayers to gather and celebrate. Whether you’re a novice or a Master-level cosplayer, all are welcome. 


For more information on all things cosplay, visit the Planet Comicon Cosplay page! 


13.) Visit the Planet Entertainment Zone (PEZ)

The Planet Entertainment Zone (PEZ) is the place to come when you are looking for something stimulating and fun to do! The PEZ combines creative, high energy activities, interactive displays, esports, sampling, giveaways and demos for the kid in everyone. There are over 60 different performances and demos throughout the weekend on the PEZ Stage, along with a host of partners and activity showcases! The PEZ includes a retro arcade, classic pinball machines, drone racing, photo ops,  and more! 


The PEZ features interactive exhibits from FlipSwitch VR, Boulevard Brewing, LevelUP Arena, B&B Theatres, Solid State Pinball Supply, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Bordner Home Improvement, Minddrive, U.S. Air Force, and more!


There is a lot to see and do in the PEZ. Check out all the entertainment, schedule of activities and more PEZ highlights on the PCKC website


14.) Get Graded with our Comic Book Grading Services

Planet is pleased to announce that several of the major professional grading services will be on site at PCKC. These include CBCS, JSA, and One Stop Comic Shop. Each will have booths in the exhibit hall and these companies will be taking submissions of comic books and other items for grading and will also provide a signature verification service for select creators at the show. 


Go through your collections, find those books you feel should be “slabbed” and bring them to Planet. In addition to having your books signed by prominent creators, you may also obtain witnessed signatures for creator guests and celebrity guests. Additional fees may apply. Get all the pertinent comic book grading information on our grading page!  


Note: For CGC Grading an active CGC account is required for submission processing. You can sign up for one by visiting


For CBCS, ​​Clan McDonald Comics & Signature Witnessing will be in attendance again this year to facilitate witnessing and CBCS Yellow Label grading.  Simply stop by their booth to get a witness prior to getting in line for your favorite creator or celebrity. There is no charge to witness and all submissions will be done on CMC’s dealer account and ship in approximately 4-6 weeks.


15.) Plan to Refuel at Planet Comicon

Staying hydrated and eating quality food is a must at Planet Comicon Kansas City! Drink plenty of water throughout the day and plan for a few stops at one of Bartle Hall’s food and snack destinations. You’ll find refreshments, light snacks, and full meals in our designated dining areas. 


Plus, for those 21+, Boulevard Brewing Company will continue to showcase the bold and adventurous world of the Space Camper Universe (SCU), which features Space Camper Cosmic IPA, the most popular IPA in Kansas City. Learn the origin story of Space Camper (did you know it begins at Planet Comicon?) and stop by Boulevard Brewing Company’s booth for samples while checking out their mission to save the Earth – the only planet with beer!


Food trucks will also be parked on 13th Street Saturday for additional food options. 


16.) Planet After Dark – PCKC After Hours Fun

No time for sleep Planet people! When Planet Comicon Kansas City’s doors close, the entertainment doesn’t stop. There is little to no time to sleep because the fun keeps going as the sun goes down. In conjunction with several incredible downtown Kansas City partners, Planet’s list of After-Hours events for 2022 includes:

  • Planet Comicon Blowout at NIGHTHAWK in the Hotel Kansas City
  • Planet Game Night at No Other Pub in the Power & Light District
  • PCKC After Party and Masquerade Parade and Dance Party at Kansas City Live! Stage


Planet Comicon attendees can show their credentials all weekend for free admission to these events (unless otherwise noted) and enjoy exclusive specials for Planet guests! 


The full list of activities, hours, and locations is available on our Planet After Dark page on the website. 


17.) Make Sunday a Family Day!

Any day at Planet Comicon is a great day to bring the family but Sunday is especially easy because Sunday is Family Day and Youth 12 & Under get in FREE with a paid adult admission. You can bring up to (4) youth/kids per each paid adult. 


Planet Comicon also offers discounted admission memberships for Active Duty Military, Teachers, Librarians and First Responders. Thank you to all the true superheros out there! 


18.) Tons Of Ways To Stay Up To Date!

In addition to the Planet Comicon KC app, we update all information during the event on our social media channels (Facebook:@Planetcomiconkc  Instagram:@Planetcomiconofficial  X/Twitter: @Planetcomicon). You can also sign up for our newsletter to receive emails with the latest updates on all Planet events. 


19.) Be Yourself and Enjoy Yourself

Even though you’ve just read through lots of information, the most important thing to remember is that  Planet Comicon Kansas City is about the fans and we’re excited to welcome everyone to the event. This is the 25th  year for Planet Comicon KC and we strive to make each show better than the last. Enjoy yourself and be respectful of your fellow Planet people.


We’ll see you at Planet Comicon Kansas City, March 8-10  at Bartle Hall!