20th anniversary event will feature gaming tournaments and trio of Overwatch actors

Planet Comicon Kansas City, the largest and longest-running comic book convention and pop culture event in the region, is excited to share a brand-new gaming element for its 20th anniversary event, March 29 – 31 at Bartle Hall. The Planet Esports Arena powered by Midwest Esports, in cooperation with the National Association of College Esports and the High School Esports League, will immerse attendees in an extensive gaming area inside Planet Comicon’s Planet Entertainment Zone. Gamers will compete for $20,000 in prizes in Planet Comicon’s Esports gaming tournament, “Cataclysm: A Battle for Total Planet Domination!”, featuring the popular video games Counter-StrikeOverwatch and League of Legends. Attendees at Planet Comicon Kansas City will be able to sign up for the gaming tournaments in advance online or in person at the event. Pricing and additional details on the tournaments can be found online at midwestesports.com.  

The expansion of the Planet Esports Arena inside the Planet Entertainment Zone also includes the addition of three Overwatch actors joining the celebrity lineup. Voice actors Josh Petersdorf, known for the voice of Roadhog in Overwatch and Galio in League of Legends, Chloe Hollings, known for the voice of Widowmaker in Overwatch, and Lucie Pohl, known for the voice of Mercy in Overwatch, will all be attending the event. In addition, the Geek Culture and Gaming Podcasters from Kinda Funny will be onsite Saturday, March 30 and Sunday March 31.  Planet Comicon Kansas City is continuously announcing celebrity guests, comic creators, and events for their 20th anniversary show on its social media channels leading up to the event. A highlighted list of guests that have been announced to date is included below.

Planet Comicon Kansas City Celebrity Guests and Comic Creators (as of 2/6/2019)

Celebrity Guests

William Shatner (Star Trek)

Henry Winkler (Happy Days)

Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)

Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter Series)

James and Oliver Phelps (Harry Potter Series)

Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica)

Tom Welling (Smallville, Lucifer)

Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville)

Mick Foley (WWE Hall of Famer)

Rey Mysterio (WWE Superstar)

Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride)

Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride)

Danielle Panabaker (The FlashSky High)

Creator Guests

Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)

Doug Mahnke (Detective ComicsSuperman) Chris Claremont (Uncanny X-Men)

Afua Richardson (Black Panther, All-Star Batman)

Ian McCaig (Cover Artist, Star Wars)

Jason Aaron (Star Wars, Thor)

Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn, Justice League)

Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Painkiller Jane)

Freddie Williams (Batman/TMNT)

Phil Hester (Batman Beyond, Shipwreck)

Megan Levens (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Ande Parks (Batman Beyond, Daredevil)

FOUNDED IN 1999, PLANET COMICON KANSAS CITY IS CELEBRATING ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY as Kansas City’s largest and longest-running comic book convention and pop culture event. Past guests have included Stan Lee, Jason Momoa, Karen Gillan, William Shatner, Stephen Amell, George Takei, and Ric Flair. Not affiliated with any other event, Planet Comicon Kansas City is locally owned and produced and one of the region’s largest events of its kind. For more info about the 20th Anniversary of Planet Comicon, guest announcements and ticket details, visit www.planetcomicon.com; “Like” @PlanetComiconKC on Facebook and follow @PlanetComicon on Twitter.