Kansas City's Planet Comicon has steadily grown into what may be the biggest comics and pop culture convention in the Midwest. After spending several years in the Overland Park Convention Center, a mid-sized facility in a suburb of Kansas City, last year Planet Comicon moved to Bartle Hall, a much bigger facility in the heart of downtown. This year, the convention doubled in floorspace, drew cosplayers likes flies to vinegar, and brought in a litany of television and pop culture stars, including legendary rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, pretty much the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the puffy one himself, Sir William Freaking Shatner.

But this site is called ComicsAlliance, and what we really care about are the comics and the creators who make them. Click onwards for a sometimes-blurry Blackberry camera gallery of guests, friends, and artist alley residents of one of the fastest-growing cons in the country.

 

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Tony Moore, co-creator of The Walking Dead, and his sideburns, co-creators of raisin' hell.

 

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Andrew Robinson, artist of the The Fifth Beatlethe only book in the world where Gretsch guitars and Hofner basses look like they should.

 

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Chris Grine, writer-artist of the thrilling and hilarious Chickenharebeing thrilling and hilarious.

 

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Darwyn Cooke, probably thinking about how kickass his next Parker adaptation is going to be.

 

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Cooke at work on a Daredevil commission. What would you sacrifice to see him paired with Mark Waid on a Daredevil series? That's right. Everything.

 

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Jill Thompson of Scary Godmother fame, fighting a ghost.

 

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James Robinson, writer of Starman and Fantastic Four. He wasn't asked to look British, but he obliged anyway.

 

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Joshua Cotter (Driven By Lemons) signs a book while Hector Casanova (Screamland) makes a point about something -- either Tom Waits or polyamory.

 

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Pages from Cotter's upcoming 1200-page(!!) graphic novel, Nod Away. For a better look, visit his tumblr page.

 

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Greg Rucka holding a Lazarus badge and my copy of Stumptown. And by the way: I was right about innuendo in Batwoman. Eat my analysis, internet.

 

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Artist Buster Moody taking a moment away from hawking Task Force Rad Squad to thank the big man upstairs, a Blob cosplayer suspended from the ceiling.

 

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The Bad Karma crew representin' -- Jeremy Haun, B. Clay Moore, Seth Peck, and Alex Grecian. I wanted to take a better photo, but was afraid Moore, Peck, and Grecian would stomp me while Haun smiled pleasantly.

 

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Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood, the team behind the arresting Dream Thief. The second volume is on its way this summer, and yes, we will be talking about it.

 

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Christopher Sebela, writer of High Crimes, wearer of hats.

 

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Writer Dennis Hopeless (Avengers Undercover), pretending not to be unconscious.

 

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The creative team behind The Sixth Gun, Brian Hurtt and Cullen Bunn. No flash on the camera, btw.

 

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Writer-artist Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) smiles while working on four comics simultaneously, off-camera.

 

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Artist Steven Sanders, who successfully Kickstarted his art book SYMBIOSIS, trying not to look devious.

 

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Cartoonists Travis Fox (Foxymoron) and Daniel Spottswood (disquietville) during a temporary ceasefire.

 

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Thor: God of Thunder scribe Jason Aaron. Thinking of ways to end you.