SFAL and Planet Comicon Kansas City Announce an Exciting New Collaboration!


programming on the main floor behind the east booths

Special events will be announced over the P.A. system as they pop up.

Friday, April 21, 2:00pm - 6:00pm • Exhibit Hall, Artist Alley and Programing

Saturday, April 22, 10:00am - 6:00pm • Exhibit Hall, Artist Alley and Programing
Sunday, April 23, 10:00am - 5:00pm • Exhibit Hall, Artist Alley and Programing

No video or audio recordings are allowed during panels, presentations, or ceremonies. Photos and videos on the exhibit floor are permitted as long as doing so does not obstruct traffic in the aisles; some exhibitors may not be comfortable having their work photographed, so please ask first and respect their preferences.

Exhibit Hall set up and breakdown

Show Hours

Set Up: Friday, April 21: 8:00am - 2:00pm (There will be several workers from Liberty to help unload vehicles for several hours in the morning. Load-in from vehicles will be at the Municipal Auditorium dock at 14th & Wyandotte.)

Breakdown: Sunday, April 23: 5:00pm - 9:00pm


3:00pm-3:50pm • Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea World Premiere
Gary Gianni will talk about his new graphic novel in collaboration with Mike Mignola, followed by sales and autographing in the Flesk space. Limit one copy per attendee.

4:00pm-5:00pm • The New Art Economy: Living Off Your Dreams
Art has been has been revolutionized by digital creation and distribution, and that has completely disrupted the business, taking away some jobs and opening up others. James Gurney’s illustrated lecture examines the technical, economic and social forces in practical terms for working artists, with suggestions on how creatives can adapt to them. He’ll explore the pros and cons about working for others vs. working for yourself, how to turn people who steal your content into your biggest allies, what happens when you cut out the middleman, and share tips for making social media work for you.

7:00pm-11:00pm • Opening Night Party.

Free hors d’oeuvres (while they last) and cash bar. Location: the Alamo Drafthouse (Power & Light District, 1400 Main Street).

10:00pm-1:00am • Late Night Life Drawing sponsored by the Illustration Academy.
Late Night Life Drawing on the top floor of the Aladdin Hotel. Free hors d’oeuvres while they last and cash bar. Models will be nude: this is intended for artists with a mature sensibility. Minimum age requirement is 18. Attendance may be restricted due to space limitations. Sponsored by the Illustration Academy.


10:20am-11:20am • Terryl Whitlatch: Beyond Anatomy: Creating Creaturely Characters One Can Believe In
The legendary artist talks about the challenges of designing unique and other-worldly characters for everything from Star Wars to Brother Bear.

11:30am-12:20pm • Wendy and Richard Pini: Elfquest & Beyond
Wendy and Richard Pini discuss their groundbreaking Elfquest series as well as other projects in publishing and the entertainment industry.

1:00pm-3:00pm • Someone Else’s Shoes: Storytelling Workshop with Iain McCaig (Karla Ortiz will stand in)
Join the renowned artist and film designer for a class on Visual Storytelling. For this two-plus hour workshop, students will be divided into three groups to explore the visual storytelling process for a classic Fantasy-Horror Tale from three distinct points-of-view: the Hero, the Villain, and the Monster. Seating limited.

3:00pm-3:50pm • Guest Signings in the Flesk Publications Space
Line up to get your books signed by our special guests!

4:00pm-4:50pm • Intertwined: Brom and Laurie Lee Brom
Accompanied by a visual presentation or their career paths, Brom and Laurie discuss working together towards their respective artistic goals, as well as the challenges facing a married couple trying to find a balance between art, life and family.

5:00pm-5:50pm • Education = Careers
John English, Bill Carman, Ed Binkley, George Pratt, and Jon Foster discuss the various education options and opportunities that can help students improve their skills and achieve sustainable careers in the arts.

Live Drawing & Painting Demos at the south end of the Mezzanine
11:00am-12:00pm: James Gurney

1:00pm-2:00pm: Frank Cho
3:00pm-4pm: Dan dos Santos

8:00pm • Spectrum 24 Awards Ceremony

Spectrum 24 Awards Show at the Folly Theater, 300 W 12th St Doors open at 7:00pm; the ceremony begins at 8pm and includes performances by Voler–Thieves of Flight. Comedienne Maeret Lemons serves as Master of Ceremonies. Doors close at 11:00pm. Cash bar. The awards show is open to exhibitors and all ticket-holders.



10:30am-11:20am • Fight Club

Cathy & Arnie Fenner [M] with Lauren Panepinto
Cultural appropriation, sexism, censorship, language, gender, politics, humor: you name it, somebody is mad about it and nobody listens to anybody. So let’s sit around and have a chat about uncomfortable topics. Civilly.

11:30am-12:20pm • Comics: Choices

Frank Cho, Wendy Pini, Richard Pini, Terry Dodson, Aaron Lopresti, with John Fleskes
What’s better, being a well-paid freelancer for hire or an entrepreneur who owns your own properties? Some comics creators experienced at doing both discuss the pluses and minuses.

1:30pm-2:30 • Intertwined II: Kristine & Colin Poole
Join the renowned Fine Artists for a candid conversation about the rewards and challenges of two unique talents painting, sculpting, and living under one roof.

Live Drawing & Painting Demos at the south end of the Mezzanine
11:00am-12:00pm: J.A.W. Cooper

1:00pm-2:00pm: Jon Foster
2:30pm-3:30pm: George Pratt

7:00pm-11:00pm • Closing Night Party

Free snacks (while they last) and cash bar.

Location: The Alamo Drafthouse (Power & Light District, 1400 Main Street).