Planet Comicon proves Big 12 tourney isn’t the only draw to KC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Big Twelve Championship isn’t the only thing keeping Kansas City jumping this weekend. Planet Comicon drew thousands of fans Friday, with many great things promised to those coming back Saturday and Sunday.

Crowds of people waited in long lines Friday, anxious to get in the doors of Bartle Hall.

11-year-old Elsa Bone said with an impatient giggle, “The waiting is… waiting. It’s not that fun. But it’s pretty cool so far!”

Alexis Bone said she waited with her sister. The two were dressed as Marvel super heroes.

“Once you finally get in there, it’s so fun and you just get to look at everything,” Bone said.

Roger Krauser, who said he came with a game plan marked out on a program, was the first person in the VIP line.

“I’ve mapped it out, I’ve got a list in my backpack, highlighted in yellow of people that I want my picture taken with and those that I want the autographs,” Krauser said.

Krauser said basketball was the least of his worries for the weekend.

“I don’t do college basketball, Comicon all the way.” Krauser said. “All you have to do is look around at all the people here and know no, it’s not overshadowed.”

Cynthia George said she was a Planet Comicon first timer. She brought her mom and kids, and she said she was hoping to pass along something she loved as a child.

“I have comic books everywhere," George said. "I have action figures everywhere. I watch all the shows. Batman is my favorite.”

An illustrator for Marvel Comics, Tim Townsend, said Hollywood movies wouldn’t exist without the comic books, and  events such as Planet Comicon are critical in expanding the comic industry. Townsend served as an illustrator art for X-Men, The Amazing Spiderman, and Wolverine, according to the Planet Comicon program.

“It’s all about bringing in new readership and trying to bridge the gap between the popularity of the movies now and the books," Townsend said. "Let people know this is where all that’s coming from.”

To learn more about Planet Comicon, such as hours and tickets, click here.