This year Planet Comicon is again hosting the PEZ MAKER SPACE which had been exclusively oriented towards cosplay creation activities. Over the last several years this area of the floor has really developed into a true Maker Space and now offers a variety of maker space activities that are not just aimed at cosplay! THE PEZ MAKER SPACE is located in the Planet Entertainment Zone in Hall A. Each schedule description below provides a booth number. Come see true artists at work demonstrating methods for creating costumes, props, pottery, sewing, LEGO, metal working, and a lot more. Listed below are our feature maker partners this year! To see this year’s schedule of PEZ Maker demos, Select PEZ Maker Space Venue in the programming schedule which will is found HERE!
HAMMERSPACE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP P22
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 and much more. Come watch and learn how you can join in the fun and creativity! See a schedule for their demos throughout the weekend here.
FIGMENTS AND FILAMENTS P12
Figments and Filaments is a cooperative of artisans and crafters that come together every year to provide demos and displays and activities that will delight and inspire. This year, their demos include: Making a PVC form for displaying your cosplay, Crocheting Amigurumi (Porgs and/or Grogu), Crocheting pieces to look like Armor, weaving a Viking style belt demo, a chain mail demo, a decorative metalwork demo, and a sewing simple garments demo. For kids, try the cosplay scavenger hunt, mask making and designing a superhero. These events will be running all three day of the convention. Come to this booth for Cosplay Repair by Mary Morris!
Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center P36
The Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center returns to Planet Comicon this year. They will have timed fine arts and theatre tech demos as well as (free) hands-on make and take activities throughout the day each day as well as a photo op featuring one of our indoor theatre shows in the PEZ.
Kansas City R2 Builders Club C2
These ARE the droids you are looking for! The KC R2 Builders are a local maker group that specializes in building droids inspired by the Star Wars franchise! The Kansas City R2 Builders Club was founded in 2012 and has over a dozen members. Several members have complete R2 droids, some are in the build process and yet others are just starting to do research. If you’d like more information, or you would like to join, please Contact Us. Contact | kcr2
COSJOY COSPLAY – RACHEL WELCH P25
CosJoy Cosplay is the brainchild of Rachel CosJoy. From first cosplaying in 2013 to learning how to sew for herself in 2016, Rachel loves to encourage all individuals to experience the joy of sharing the love of a character through the craft of cosplay. She first challenged herself to build a costume from start to finish at a convention in 2017. Showcasing step by step how to construct pieces and acknowledging that mistakes can (will) happen, she makes attempting a costume build seem less daunting. Her passion for projects is fueled by bad puns, caffeine, and by celebrating the days she doesn’t sew herself to her projects or glue her fingers together. “CosJoy is about ENJOYING the cosplay process each step of the way, and learning how YOU want to cosplay.”
WALKIN’ & ROLLIN’ COSTUMES P10
Since 2015, Walkin’ & Rollin’ Costumes has provided incredible costumes for kids in walkers and wheelchairs, free of charge to the families. Come see our latest creations, and sign up to become a builder for upcoming costumes for kids later this year. Our costumes have been featured on multiple news stations, international magazines and news articles, and numerous websites for our innovative designs that help create something unique and inspiring for the kids. See why these kids will have the best costumes on their block and why so many of these kids light up and become the stars of the lives. Check the PEZ Entertainment and Demo Stage schedule to see what they will be doing this year.
FORGD IN FOAM – BRUCE HOLT P15
Bruce Holt, owner of Forged in Foam is an EVA foam master. He has multiple Master Class wins and has been featured on http://cosplayculture.com/2018/05/07/asgard-armor-building-lady-sif/ . Bruce has spent most of his life building costumes — the bug hit him at the early in his teens at which time he started making his own, off the wall Halloween costumes to school play designs. After years of building costumes for fun and challenge, he started competing in the late 80’s, realizing there were prizes to win. He then decided to be a little more inventive with his craft, making elaborate costumes out of leather, plastic, fabric, and just about anything he could find, trying to replicate his favorite characters and top the creation from the year before. With EVA foam as his medium of choice, the construction process involves, designing the costumes on a torso mold before transferring the designs digitally, printing and cutting them out of foam. From there, it’s a matter of creating the right patterns before finishing it off with airbrushing.
COLLEEN’S GUERRILLA FX P17
Colleen’s Guerrilla FX will tickle all of your FX fancies! We will have a variety of special effects magic to share, including molds, prosthetic application, cuts & bruises, airbrush FX makeup, face painting & temporary tattoos. Colleen Coffman will be performing many demonstrations and have a ton of good information to share with you! Colleen’s Guerrilla FX specializes in airbrushed makeup and special effects, but we actually airbrush anything we can get to hold still long enough! I also sculpt, paint murals, create portraits, author websites, design ads and print layout, write a lot and dabble in set photography. I have many other projects come and go, usually in commercials, Indie Films, opera, ballet and theater, which includes the FX(effects) creation of monsters, fiends, ghouls, character makeup and practical effects.
THE POTTER’S COTTAGE P34
New this year, the Potter’s Cottage is bringing a new maker activity to the PEZ Cosplay Maker Space. The Potter’s Cottage, LLC is an inclusive art studio where individuals of all ages and abilities can paint pottery, fuse glass, create holiday art, participate in classes and special events, and host their own parties. We have skilled artisans working in our studio, so no experience is needed for any of our activities. COme check out their special make and take activity designed especially for Planet attendees!
THE MAKER STUDIO AT SCIENCE CITY P20
The Maker Studio at Science City returns for another year at Planet Comicon Kansas City!
The Maker Studio offers the opportunity to not only observe but also interact with different methods and materials of Making.
From two-dimensional to three-dimensional, traditional methods to cutting edge technologies, using things from the junk box to innovative new materials, guests who visit the Maker Studio will experience taking their ideas and bringing them to life.
This year guests can participate in three various activities scheduled for forty-five-minute sessions each day at our PCC booth. A guide with visuals and instructions will be provided for most activities. Educators and facilitators will also be available to assist and explain. All projects are a make-and-take for guests! The schedule of activities can be found at this link.
ANIME COSPLAY MAKERS BOOTH P26
This year the PEZ Anime Cosplay Makers Booth will feature a field of three award winning Anime Cosplay crafters working on their latest projects from costuming to prop building. In this booth you will see demonstrations running all three days of the convention. On Friday come say hi to Bad Ash Cosplay. BadAshCosplay is a Kansas cosplayer with 15+ years of experience in the convention scene. BadAsh has taught herself to make her own cosplays, earning her 30+ cosplay awards throughout the Midwest. Come check on her progress as she works on her current project, Sakura Miku Hatsune! She will pattern the whole outfit and show basic sewing, ruffles/bias tape, zipper, and adding elastic. Saturday you can meet Adonis Cosplay. Adonis Cosplay is a Kansas City cosplayer who has been on the scene for over 10 years. Dylan has been working on spreading cosplay to others through social media and YouTube tutorials. Cosplay has allowed Dylan to travel the country and given him the opportunity to make lasting friendships across the nation. Currently, he has been working on creating more content to help young cosplayers learn faster and more efficient methods of making their own cosplays. On Sunday, from 10am – 2pm Come watch Dingus Dang Heck Cosplay work on her latest Anime dress from the Manga series, Spy x Family! From 2pm-5pm on Sunday you can come watch a special presentation by cosplay contest judge, PaisleyandGlue Cosplay. PaisleyandGlue Cosplay has been working professionally as a costume cutter/draper for theatre and tv/film for nearly 15 years in the Chicagoland area. She has been a staff draper and freelancer for several regional theatre in the area. She is currently the interim Head of Costume Technology at The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago. She will demonstrate some of her skills in the maker booth. We are very proud to present this accomplished line up of cosplay crafters this year.
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March 8 – 10, 2024
Kansas City Convention Center
Kansas City, MO
Fri: 1PM – 8PM
Sat: 10AM – 7PM
Sun: 10AM – 5PM
Note – There will be After Hours Programming on Fri and Sat. Times TBD