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.

 

Planet Comicon 2014 Tony Moore
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Tony Moore, co-creator of The Walking Dead, and his sideburns, co-creators of raisin' hell.

 

Planet Comicon 2014 Andrew Robinson
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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.

 

Planet Comicon 2014 Chris Grine
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Chris Grine, writer-artist of the thrilling and hilarious Chickenharebeing thrilling and hilarious.

 

Planet Comicon 2014 Darwyn Cooke
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Darwyn Cooke, probably thinking about how kickass his next Parker adaptation is going to be.

 

Planet Comicon 2014 Darwyn Cooke 2
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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.

 

Planet Comicon 2014 Jill Thompson
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Jill Thompson of Scary Godmother fame, fighting a ghost.

 

Planet Comicon 2014 James Robinson
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James Robinson, writer of Starman and Fantastic Four. He wasn't asked to look British, but he obliged anyway.

 

Planet Comicon 2014 Joshua Cotter and Hector Casanova
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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.

 

Planet Comicon 2014 Joshua Cotter
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Pages from Cotter's upcoming 1200-page(!!) graphic novel, Nod Away. For a better look, visit his tumblr page.

 

Planet Comicon 2014 Greg Rucka
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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.

 

Buster Moody Planet Comicon 2014
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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.

 

Bad Karma Planet Comicon 2014
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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.

 

Jai Nitz Greg Smallwood Planet Comicon 2014
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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.

 

Chris Sebela Planet Comicon 2014
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Christopher Sebela, writer of High Crimes, wearer of hats.

 

Dennis Hopeless Planet Comicon 2014
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Writer Dennis Hopeless (Avengers Undercover), pretending not to be unconscious.

 

Brian Hurtt and Cullen Bunn Planet Comicon 2014
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The creative team behind The Sixth Gun, Brian Hurtt and Cullen Bunn. No flash on the camera, btw.

 

Matt Kindt Planet Comicon 2014
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Writer-artist Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) smiles while working on four comics simultaneously, off-camera.

 

Steven Sanders Planet Comicon 2014
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Artist Steven Sanders, who successfully Kickstarted his art book SYMBIOSIS, trying not to look devious.

 

Travis Fox and Daniel Spottswood Planet Comicon 2014
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Cartoonists Travis Fox (Foxymoron) and Daniel Spottswood (disquietville) during a temporary ceasefire.

 

Jason Aaron Planet Comicon 2014
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Thor: God of Thunder scribe Jason Aaron. Thinking of ways to end you.