Planet Comicon 2012 forced to reschedule

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Planet Comicon is Kansas City's largest comics and pop culture convention.

Planet Comicon 2012 will not be held April 14-15 of next year as originally announced. The new dates for the show have not been announced yet. Promoter Chris Jackson is scrambling to determine the best weekend for Kansas City’s largest comics and pop culture convention after Chicago’s huge C2E2 convention rescheduled its event on the original Planet Comicon dates.

“WonderCon announced on September 1, 2011 that they have selected March 16-18 as the dates for their 2012 show,” Jackson said. “C2E2 in Chicago, which was originally scheduled for March 16-18, has now moved their show to April 14-15, stepping directly on the announced dates for Planet Comicon.”

Jackson says that he will definitely reschedule the show, with the new dates to be announced by September 10th. “It is quite difficult to obtain dates and many factors have to be taken in to consideration,” he said. “We did a lot of research when selecting the original dates to make sure there was no major conflicts and, at this late date, options for dates are very limited. We will do the best we can and hopefully the fans, exhibitors and guests will support the new dates when selected.”

The dominoes began falling when WonderCon — a major San Francisco convention — shifted to Anaheim on March 16-18. “It’s traditionally held in San Francisco at the Moscone Center, but that venue is undergoing major renovations and dates were not available,” Mark Evanier wrote on his NewsFromME blog. “So things don’t get crowded [in Anaheim], Wizard World will postpone its April 2012 show and ReedPop’s C2E2, which had been planning a March show in Chicago, will have it some other time.”

The shuffle of so many major events has left some Kansas City creators in a bind. As the news of C2E2’s conflicting date broke, writer/artist Kevin Mellon tweeted, “You’re [bleeping] kidding me. C2E2 is now the weekend of Planet comicon here in KC. Thanks.” That brought a Twitter response from Iowa’s Phil Hester of “!!!! That is a nonstarter.” Hester has been a fixture at Kansas City conventions for more than 20 years.

Planet Comicon has been at the center of the Kansas City comics scene since the 1990s, growing larger each year. Guests already announced for the 2012 show include Stan Sakai (creator of Usagi Yojimbo), Dan Parent (artist for Archie Comics), and Skottie Young (artist of Marvel Comic’s acclaimed Wizard of Oz adaptations). It is not yet known if the date shuffle will affect these scheduled appearances.

Damsels of Dorkington invite fans to “Meet and Eat”

The Damsels of Dorkington
The Damsels of Dorkington, Jeff, Blythe, and Rissy

The Oklahoma-based musical comedy troupe The Damsels of Dorkington have invited their Kansas City area fans to an informal “Meet and Eat.” The group members, Jeff , Blythe, and Rissy, will all be at the event. The gathering is planned for July 2nd from 8:00 – 11:00 PM at Fred P Ott’s Bar & Grill at 6700 College Boulevard in Overland Park.

The Damsels of Dorkington are a regular feature at Kansas City’s Planet Comicon. They last appeared at Planet Comicon in March.

Interested participants can RSVP for the gathering at a Facebook event linked from The Damsels of Dorkington fan page.

Planet Comicon 2012 Dates Announced

Stan Sakai
Stan Sakai is the creator of Usagi Yojimbo.

Planet Comicon promoter Chris Jackson announced the dates for next year’s event on Facebook. Kansas City’s largest comics and pop culture convention will be held April 14 and 15, 2012.

So far, two special guests have been confirmed for the show. Stan Sakai, creator of Usagi Yojimbo will return to Kansas City for Planet Comicon. Sakai most recently appeared at the 2008 Mo-Kan Comics Conspiracy show. Skottie Young, illustrator of Marvel’s acclaimed Wonderful Wizard of Oz adaptations, is also on the Planet Comicon guest list. Young’s last Kansas City appearance was at the 2009 Planet Comicon.

Jackson has promised other guest announcements will be coming soon. “We have a lot of additional potential guests whom we are confident will confirm soon,” Jackson said. “Lots of surprises. Lots of new faces for Planet Comicon 2012!”