Planet Preflight 2022

Planet Preflight 2022

Welcome to Planet Comicon Kansas City 2022! 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 will allow you to make the most of your journey. Please use this guide to help plan a fun, safe and out-of-this-world galactic adventure to Planet! We look forward to seeing you at Planet Comicon Kansas City, April 22-24! 

1.) Masks Are NOT REQUIRED

There will NOT be a mask mandate for Planet Comicon Kansas City unless required by ordinance per the City of Kansas City, Missouri. There is no mask mandate currently in place for the city. Planet Comicon Kansas City comes with enhanced health, safety and hygiene procedures in place. Please note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. All persons present at PCKC, including but not limited to, attendees, guests, exhibitors, volunteers, contractors and staff voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Planet Comicon is looking forward to welcoming all of Planet nation to the show. 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.

The app will be available soon via Apple and Google Play.

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 to plan your sessions!

4.) Plan your trip to Planet Comicon

Centrally-located in Downtown Kansas City, Bartle Hall 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! 

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 2022 so you can get your wristband in advance and be ready to go! 

U.S. Toy, 12070 Metcalf Avenue, Overland Park, KS

Thursday, April 21, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (early pick up only)

Bartle Hall, 2200 Lobby, Kansas City, MO

Thursday, April 21 – 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (early pick up)

Friday, April 22 – 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (two hours prior to show open)

Saturday, April 23 – 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (two hours prior to show open)

Sunday, April 24 – 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. For the official show hours and will call hours, visit PCKC’s FAQs page: https://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 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 3800 just off the exhibit floor. 

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 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 triple photo ops with certain guests. Some guests will have a plexi barrier in their photo op. We do our best to keep our photo page up to date with the most current information. For more information and to purchase Photo Ops, please visit the Planet Comicon Photo Ops page. 

Proper etiquette and rules on autographs and photos is available here

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!

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 the biggest cosplay contest 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, April 23, 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 Flaire. 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 U.S. Army, FlipSwitch VR, Cosmosphere, Oklahoma Tourism, Boulevard Brewing Company, Unified Esports Association, Old School Gamer Magazine, B&B Theatres, Solid State – Pinball Supply, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Bordner Home Improvement, MINDDRIVE, Bethany Bonson Realtor – Keller Williams Key Partners, LLC,, and many 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.) Experience a comicon first – the historic Liberty Bell 7 lands at Planet Comicon

When we say that there is plenty to see and do at Planet Comicon Kansas City, we aren’t kidding. Over the years we’ve had unique exhibits and displays on the Planet floor during the event but in 2022 we’ve got a first for any comicon. In partnership with the Smithsonian-affiliated Cosmosphere, Planet is thrilled to have the historic Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft on exhibit during the show. Planet will be the first comicon in the country to exhibit a flown, crewed spacecraft. 

Piloted by Gus Grissom, one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts, the Project Mercury spacecraft’s sub-orbital flight lasted 15 minutes in 1961 and was a textbook mission until splashdown, when the hatch door prematurely ejected off the craft, filling it with seawater. While Grissom was rescued by helicopter, the LB7 craft sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and stayed there for 38 years before an expedition led by the Discovery Channel and the Cosmosphere recovered it from its resting place at a depth of more than 16,000 feet. On loan from the Hutchinson, Kansas-based Cosmosphere, the Liberty Bell 7 will be available for attendees to view for the duration of Planet Comicon 2022.

15.) Get Your Game On

Esports offers an ever-expanding universe of entertainment at PCKC. All weekend long, PLanet will be hosting a variety of tournaments and gaming activations with our partners at Unified eSports. 

Unified eSports provides the ultimate gaming experience at Planet. There will be dozens of games, several top tournaments and thousands of dollars in prizes on the line. Main Event tournaments will include popular games like Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11, Street Fighter V, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, and more! Unified eSports will have a one-of-a-kind festival set-up in the downstairs arena so be sure to join thousands of attendees for some fully-loaded gaming goodness!  Tournament entry requires a $10 ticket upgrade but that upgrade enables attendees to join as many of the tournaments as they like. 

Console and freeplay zones will also immerse Planet fans into the gaming world. There are . Immerse yourself in the Planet Under Siege Esports adventure and visit PCKC’s gaming page for more info!

16.) 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!  

17.) 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!

18.) 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
  • Boozy Broomstick Pop Up Bar at B&B Mainstreet Theatre
  • Planet Drink and Draw with the “Stars” at Loews Hotel
  • 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. 

19.) 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! 

20.) 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 to the event. This is the 22nd year for Planet and we strive to make each show better than the last. Enhanced health, safety and hygiene procedures remain 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! 

We’ll see you at Planet Comicon Kansas City, April 22 – 24 at Bartle Hall! 

Friday, April 22, 2022               1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, April 23, 2022          10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Sunday, April 24, 2022             10:00 am – 5:00 pm