This article was originally published at The Nerd Cave on March 21, 2014.
Kansas City’s premiere comics convention Planet Comicon concluded its first three-day show on Sunday. For many the primary attractions were the media guests with all of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast assembled in one place minus Patrick Stewart. Yet the collection of comics talent was incredible. Lines were few and far between, allowing attendees to discuss comics with some of their favorite creators or to commission a sketch.
Conventions like Planet Comicon have very little in the way of official announcements or reveals, which are typically saved for San Diego or New York. The best part of small and medium sized shows is the interaction between professional creators and the fans who love their work. The diversity of those fans was immense. Children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly all came to re-experience classic stories and discover new ones.
In order to share some of that enthusiasm, The Nerd Cave will be publishing some exclusive material from the convention. Greg Rucka (Lazarus, Veil), James Robinson (Fantastic Four, The Saviors), and Dennis Hopeless (Avengers Undercover) all gave interviews which will be published in the coming weeks.
In addition to those interviews, The Nerd Cave commissioned a series of portraits from some of the most talented artists at the convention this weekend. There was a simple theme to all of the drawings: The artist had to select a character created by Jack Kirby which inspired their imagination. This would connect the history of American comics to the exciting, new creators of today.
The results were astounding. The following eight pictures represent some of the best talent in the comics medium ranging from Eisner award winning veterans to rising stars. Every picture depicts a distinctive voice taking an idea created by Jack “The King” Kirby and turning it into something new. Together they are a testament to the imaginative possibilities of the medium.
Mister Miracle by Matt Kindt
Big Barda by Brian Hurtt
The Thing by Andrew Robinson
Orion by Ryan Browne
The Destroyer by Dave Johnson
Medusa by Tim Sale
Captain America by Cat Staggs
Darkseid by Freddie Williams II
Please visit these artists’ websites and consider purchasing some of their work at your local comic book store.