This weekend is the annual Planet Comicon here in Kansas City. As they state with pride on their website, it indeed is KC’s largest pop culture and comic book convention. No, it’s nowhere near San Diego-sized, but a convention is like a penis: It doesn’t really matter how big it is, so long as you can have fun with yours.
As it happens, the con does attract a rather respectable contingent of media guests each year, and 2012 is no exception. Receiving top billing for this year’s show is Admiral Adama himself, the incomparable Edward James Olmos. I had a chance to meet Mr. Olmos at Shore Leave a couple of years ago, and the man is a true class act. He’ll be joined by Billy Dee Williams, Gil Gerard, Erin Gray AND Felix Silla from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Jake Lloyd and Adrienne Wilkinson of Star Wars fame, Amy Okuda and Robin Thorsen from The Guild, and KC native Blair Butler from G4TV’s Attack of the Show. Check out the full guest details at the con’s website.
One of KC’s big secrets is that a number of top-notch comics professionals live in the region, or close enough to be enticed to make the trip to the con. This show always manages to gather an impressive group of such folks, including local guys-done-good Phil Hester, Ande Parks, Freddie Williams, Kevin Mellon and Dennis Hopeless just to cover the tip of the iceberg. Again, see the guest list for the full roster, and pray you don’t get tapped to provide refreshments.
The show also will have panels, a costume contest, gaming, demos, photo ops, and all sorts of geeky goodness. Kevin and I will be there, showing off our wares. We’ll also be on a panel Saturday afternoon, along with comics pro and novelist Alex Grecian, where we’ll talk about writing. Or, strippers. Or, bacon. Or, maybe how all three come together in perfect harmony. I’m sure Kirk Chritton will have a game plan, because you see what can happen when you leave me in charge. Stay tuned for details.
So, if comics, gaming, collectables, SF movies and/or TV and other pop culture stuff is your bag and you’re in the area, come check out the joint, whydontcha?