Had you been walking the streets of Kansas City last Saturday, you would’ve spotted a wide variety of different groups. Between Big 12 basketball fans decked-out in their spiritwear, marathon runners in their racing gear, and parades of people wearing green for Snake Saturday, the blocks surrounding the GoComics headquarters were colorful, loud and bursting with excitement. No group, however, stood out quite like the fabulously costumed attendees of Planet Comicon.
Thanks to my continuously-getting-more-awesome internship at GoComics, I was able to cross “attend a comics convention” off my bucket list and experience it all firsthand for the first time! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into Bartle Hall on Saturday, but let me assure you, it was an experience unlike any other!
The 16th annual Planet Comicon in Kansas City was a giant success! Close to 40,000 people traveled from all over the country to dress up like their favorite comic/Sci-Fi characters during this three-day event, and KC officials estimate that the economic impact of the convention totaled $4 million. WOW.
After attending Planet Comicon myself, I definitely see what all the hype is about. I mean, where else can you find the entire costumed cast of Star Wars (I’m talking realistic light sabers and a working R2D2, people!), a life-size Incredible Hulk and Mystery, Inc. under one roof?
Other events included photo-ops with costumed characters from all your favorite comic books and films, panels with celebrity guests, a costume contest (I still have no clue how the judges were able to make a decision on that one), electronic and tabletop gaming and, of course, the chance to meet the GoComics crew and win some free swag at our booth!
Even though Kansas City’s calendar was packed full of events last weekend, no event paralleled Planet Comicon in uniqueness and fun! KCUR, a popular public radio station in KC, pegged Planet Comicon as the “No. 1 most fun thing to do in Kansas City” last weekend and, boy, were they right!
Thank you for a stellar experience, comic fans!