Planet Comicon 2014 Guest: Marc Shank

Marc Shank photoMarc Shank is a Kansas City, Mo. artist whose work consists of large-scale acrylic and ink paintings as well as silk-screen prints. His creation, “Scurvyville” is an art/comic character series that immerses visitors in the day-to-day lives of the oddball residents of a small but plucky fictional town. Piece by piece, the series walks viewers through a fly-on-the-wall tour of the town’s streets, alleyways and mysterious hangouts, revealing the quirky and sometimes humorous inner lives of Scurvyville’s residents. timthumb.phpComplete with backstories and bios for Shank’s ever-growing community of characters, each painting exists as a location on the town’s expansive hand-made map, showcasing the broad, evolving scope of Scurvyville and its story.

His work has been showcased at various galleries and publications throughout the Midwest and was recently the focus of a two-month, one-man exhibition at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Mo. In 2012, his work received national attention on the the MSN Travel Video Series Re:Discover.

Shank started drawing at the age of three, and took particular inspiration from his grandmother, who was a painter. A native of Liberal, Kan., Shank’s creative abilities are diverse, including degrees in both graphic design and illustration from the University of Kansas, certification in Web and multimedia and experience as a photojournalist with the nationally published newspaper USA Today.
Shank’s work relies heavily on the interaction of his viewers, as they are at the center of each piece as the voyeuristic observer. As such, he enjoys engaging the public in the process of his work and discussing their insights and deductions regarding the subtle visual cues that run through each piece.

Planet Comicon 2014 Guest: Eric Scott

Eric Scott PhotoCartoonist Eric Scott, creator of “Back In The Day,” has been drawing comics for most of his life, and considers himself lucky to be able to do it for a living. Scott is a member of the Andrews McMeel Universal/GoComics family twice over. His full-time job is drawing greeting cards for Andrews McMeel Publishing, requiring him to work in a variety of design styles.

Creating “Back In The Day” on GoComics since March 2010, Scott  likes that his comic strip’s focus on dinosaurs allow him the freedom to explore humor that might be limited if his characters were human. He thinks of his audience as being young, but his strip also appeals to grown-ups.bid140312

Scott describes his comic as “… a different world back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. There were as yet no sugar substitutes, so hyperactivity was rampant. And brains were small, so “I’m with stupid” T-shirts were hot. It was a time of abundant flora and verbal fun-a, a rough and beastly world in which sometimes the flaky survived, and, fortunately for us, hungry, doomed life forms spoke perfectly good English.”

An active member of the National Cartoonists Society, Scott has been a Mad Magazine contributor since 2008. He won his hometown’s (Wichita, Kan.) Riverfest poster contests in 1999 and 2012 and has also designed restaurant packaging for children’s meals. A graduate of Wichita State University, Scott currently resides in the Kansas City area.

Planet Comicon 2014 Guest: Charlie Podrebarac

charlie podrebarac photoCharlie Podrebarac’s cartoons have appeared in newspapers around the world as well as in magazines such as Business Law Today, Nickelodeon, Playboy, The New York Times Book Review, Kansas Alumni Magazine and Veterinary Medicine. His two comics “CowTown” and “FatCats” appear daily on and its mobile app.

cow140312CowTown is a single-panel comic drawn for the Kansas City Star Magazine since 1984. It shares the stories of pigs, poultry, cats dogs, ninnies, aliens, Elvis impersonators, Bigfoot, clowns and a guy named Bob interacting in museums, bars, coffeehouses, homes, offices, zoos, aquariums, casinos, hot tubs and yes, barbecues. FatCats is about a family of feline blue bloods who thrive on excess wealth, power and catnip.

Planet Comicon CoverIn addition, Podrebarac produced thousands of greeting cards, calendars and promotions for companies such as Hallmark, American Greetings, Paramount, Current, the Kansas City Chiefs, Black & Veatch, Polsinelli, Boulevard Beer, WireCo WorldGroup, the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the City Market (Kansas City). He has also created advertising art for clients including Sprint, MasterCard, Book of the Month Club, Westar, Kansas City International Airport, the Las Vegas International Airport, MetLife, SkiBikeFun and MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream Treateries.

A resident of the Kansas City area and a University of Kansas graduate, Podrebarac is very active in his community. In 2013, he was chosen to produce a mural for the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arts Program, which is displayed at Arrowhead Stadium. Charity work includes Back in the Swing (breast cancer awareness), Wayside Waifs, the Kemper Museum of Art, the National WWI Museum, the Strawberry Hill Museum, St. Luke’s Northland Hospital, the American Cancer Society and various charity auctions. On a tasty note, Podrebarac co-founded Cowtown Barbecue Products with his wife, Alicia, and the owners of Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue Restaurant in Kansas City.

Planet Comicon 2014 Event: Femi Taylor

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Sunday, March 16th
11:00 – 11:50 AM

The delightful Femi Taylor is best known for playing Jabba the Hutt’s Twi’lek slave dancer Oola in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. She is a Nigerian-born British dancer and actress who spent years training with the London Contemporary Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. In addition to RotJ, she appeared in the original London cast of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical Cats! – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Planet Comicon 2014 Event: David Yost

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Sunday, March 16
Noon – 12:50 PM

The Blue Power Ranger has arrived! David Yost played Billy Cranston, the Blue Ranger, on the international television series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Power Rangers Zeo, and the film Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: the Movie. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Planet Comicon 2014 Event:Eddie McClintock

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Sunday, March 16
Noon – 12:50 PM

Eddie McClintock is best-known for his role as Secret Service agent Pete Lattimer on the Syfy series Warehouse 13. But, the actor is also an artist, who was inspired to purse his passion by comic books. He says, “It all started with Herb Trimpe and The Incredible Hulk.” Now is your chance to meet Pete Lattimer and learn the answers to your Eddie McClintock questions. – ROOM 2505 (Lower Level)

Planet Comicon 2014 Event: Lee Majors

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Sunday, March 16th
1:00 – 1:50 PM

An actor of international importance, Lee Majors has  continually proven himself to be a favorite of audiences worldwide. Lee Majors’ performances and personas have made an indelible impact on television programs. From his initial role of Heath Barkley on The Big Valley to the Men From Shilo to Owen Marshall Counselor at Law to The Fall Guy and Raven. It was his starring role as Steve Austin on the overwhelmingly popular The Six Million Dollar Man that Lee became an icon and part of the American culture. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)

Planet Comicon 2014 Event: DMC: Comics and Hip Hop

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Sunday, March 16th
2:00 – 2:50 PM

As a founder of Run-D.M.C., Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is a pioneer of hip hop culture. Now he’s turned his creative passion to comics! Already a hero to his millions of fans around the world, DMC’s accomplishments read like a laundry list of musical and cultural accolades: Grammy nominated musician, multi-platinum recording artist, Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame inductee and rap/rock pioneer who’s influenced music since the first time he’s ever touched a mic. Adding to his long lists of firsts, DMC is teaming up with some prominent fixtures in the comic book and music world to craft the first 100% authentic, unapologetic, indie, hip hop comic book. – ROOM 2505 (Lower level)


Planet Comicon 2014 Event: TREKtacular Sar Trek: The Next Generation Cast Reunion

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Sunday, March 16
4:30 – 6:00 PM

The Planet Comicon 2014 TREKtacular is a 90-minute, separately-ticketed event, which will take place as Planet Comicon 2014 comes to a close. It features a lively discussion with main cast members of Star Trek: The Next Generation, hosted by Star Trek original series legend William Shatner. The event will be held in the Great Hall of the Kansas City Convention Center (Ballroom 3501 of Bartle Hall) at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Featured celebrities for TREKtacular include Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton and Marina Sirtis plus host William Shatner.*

This is a separately ticketed event.


Planet Comicon 2014 Event: Wil Wheaton

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Saturday, March 15
11:00 – 11:50 AM

Wil Wheaton: He’s back! One of Planet Comicon’s favorite guests has returned. You know him from ST:TNG, The Big Bang Theory, Stand By Me, and much more. – ROOM 3501 (Upper level)


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