Planet Preflight 2021
Welcome to Planet Comicon Kansas City 2021! Talk to anyone who has been to Planet Comicon over the years and there would be dozens of different ways to experience the event. Whether you’ve been with us since the very first Planet in 1999 or you’re making your first trip, preflight planning for Planet will allow you to make the most of your trip. The 2021 version of Planet Comicon Kansas City will look different for all of us. Please use this guide to help plan for and navigate Planet Comicon Kansas City so you can experience a fun, safe and out-of-this-world galactic adventure!
1.) Mask up!
Per directive of the Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, masks are mandatory indoors for all persons, vaccinated or unvaccinated, in the Kansas City Convention Center, including all attendees, guests, exhibitors, volunteers, contractors and staff at Planet Comicon Kansas City. Per the order, limited exceptions that allow for the temporary removal of the mask will be allowed:
- In designated dining areas (when actively eating and drinking); and
- During photo ops (masks must be worn while waiting in line and after the photo op, but may be temporarily removed for the photo itself); and
- Celebrity Tables (masks must be worn indoors at PCKC but may be temporarily removed if the guest is offering photo opportunities at their table; this information will be available at the guest’s table. This applies to celebrity guests and to creator guests and is at the guest’s discretion.); and
- Minors below the age of 5; and
- Persons who have disabilities where masks constitute a substantial impairment to their health and well-being based upon medical, behavioral, or legal direction
Face coverings or masks must fit properly, securely covering a person’s nose and mouth and remain affixed in place without the use of one’s hands.
Planet Comicon is looking forward to welcoming all of Planet nation back to the show. If you are cosplaying and have a question about a face covering or mask, please ensure that your face covering or mask securely covers your nose and mouth and effectively protects you, the wearer, and your fellow con-goers. We appreciate your efforts in helping us maintain a fun and safe environment for all persons at Planet Comicon.
2.) 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, search comic creators and featured guests, peep the weekend schedule, or just intergalactic moon walk around, the Planet Comicon Kansas City app is your place for the most updated information.
3.) 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 as more sessions are announced!
4.) Plan your trip to Planet Comicon
Centrally-located in Downtown Kansas City, Bartle Hall is surrounded by almost 40,000 parking spaces. Parking information and the opportunity to reserve parking is also available. 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.
For more information on getting to the show, visit our parking and transportation page and spend time to plan ahead!
5.) 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 2021 so you can get your wristband and be ready to go!
U.S. Toy, 12070 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS
Thursday, August 19, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Bartle Hall, 2200 Lobby, Kansas City, MO
Thursday, August 19 – 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, August 20 – 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 21 – 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 22 – 8:00 am – 5:00pm
Will Call is open early, starting August 19, from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Get your wristband early and be ready when the doors to Planet Comicon Kansas City open. For the official show hours and will call hours, visit PCKC’s FAQs page: http://planetcomicon.com/faq/.
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 of $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.
Please note: Standard coat check and bag check will be replaced by Pop Up Lockers in 2021
7.) Meet Your Favorite Comic Creators and Celebrity Guests
Planet Comicon Kansas City offers you the opportunity to get up close and personal with your favorite comic 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 Comicon Kansas City 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 PCKC’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. If the guest is offering photo opportunities, masks may be temporarily removed for the photo. 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. Masks must be worn while waiting in line and after the photo op, but may be temporarily removed for the photo itself. For more information and to purchase Photo Ops, please visit the Planet Comicon Photo Ops page.
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. There’s something for everyone at PCKC!
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!
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 and even a few screen-used classic vehicles from Supernatural!
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 no matter the outfit, please make sure that you are wearing a properly fitting mask whether you are cosplaying or not!
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. If you’ve decided cosplay is for you, don’t miss the chance to partake in the PCKC Cosplay Contest held Saturday, August 21, at 7:30 pm in Grand Ballroom Room 2501! Costume contestants will compete for a total of $7,000 in prizes from Nebraska Furniture Mart and U.S. Toy Magic and Costume Shop!
For prizes, rules, entry and more information, visit the Planet Comicon Cosplay Competition page!
13.) Visit the Planet Entertainment Zone (PEZ)
The Planet Entertainment Zone 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 and demos for the kid in everyone. There are over 60 different performances and demos throughout the weekend along with a host of partners and activity showcases! New additions include a retro arcade, classic pinball machines and more!
Interactive exhibits by U.S. Army, FlipSwitch VR, Oklahoma Tourism, FIRST Robotics, Boulevard Brewing Company, Unified Esports, Old School Gamer Magazine, Solid State Pinball Supply, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Bordner Home Improvement, Minddrive, and more will keep you immersed in fun!
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 Your Game On
Esports continues to grow and offer an ever-expanding universe of entertainment at PCKC.
Unified Esports will be powering PCKC’s Esports throughout the weekend, hosting Open Tournaments for League of Legends, Overwatch, Counter-Strike Global Offensive, Fortnite and more. College, high school and open bracket individuals and teams can compete for awards and/or a share of the prize money. Sunday will even feature a family-themed tournament.
Console and PC freeplay zones will include a ton of classics, like Mario Kart, Madden, Street Fighter, Minecraft and many more. Immerse yourself in the Planet Under Siege Esports adventure and visit PCKC’s gaming page for more info!
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 Space Camper Universe (SCU), which features Space Camper Cosmic OPA, 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 some fun games courtesy of LEVELUP Arena!
16.) Get Vaccinated by the KCMO Health Department
The Kansas City, Missouri Health Department will be operating a walk-in COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic during Planet Comicon Kansas City. Whether you are attending PCKC or not, anyone can walk up and get vaccinated thanks to the KCMO Health Department. It is FREE and no insurance is necessary!
Do your part and help be a superhero by getting vaccinated or encouraging a friend to do so. The COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic will run on Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21 at Bartle Hall.
17.) Planet After Dark – PCKC After Hours Fun
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. Check out the Planet Live! Dance Party & Bar Crawl at Kansas City Live! Or trivia nights with Boulevard Brewing Company and B&B Theatres.
Plus, Planet Comicon attendees can show their credentials all weekend and receive exclusive specials at KC Live! venues in the Power & Light District. Enjoy unique access, special deals and even benefit some great causes, all in the spirit of having fun!
- Boulevard Brewing Company Nerdy Trivia Night – Wednesday, August 18th (at Boulevard)
- Superhero/Pop Culture Trivia with B&B Theatres – Friday, August 20th (at Bartle Hall)
- Drink and Draw at Loews Hotel – Friday, August 20th (at Loews Hotel)
- PCKC Cosplay Costume Contest – Saturday, March 21st (at Bartle Hall)
- PCKC Dance Party & Masquerade Parade at Power & Light District – Saturday, March 21st (at Kansas City Live!)
A full list of after hours events are available here. And you thought the Star Wars Cantina looked fun…
18.) 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 on Sunday with an 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!
19.) Be Yourself and Enjoy Yourself
Ready to go? So are we. Planet Comicon Kansas City is about the fans and we’re excited to welcome everyone back to PCKC. Enhanced health, safety and hygiene procedures are in place. Please take care of yourself and be respectful of your fellow Planet people.
Remember, there are many ways to experience Planet Comicon Kansas City. Be yourself and enjoy yourself and you’ll be on your way!
Planet Comicon Kansas City’s is August 20 – 22 at Bartle Hall!
Friday, August 20, 2021 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 21, 2021 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 22, 2021 10:00 am – 5:00 pm