Flashes From The
Past - notes from 2010
2010 - KC FAN CON #28
Very interesting show. We had the largest
opening we've ever seen at ANY of our shows. Soon
after lunch, things seemed to mellow out, and we rounded
out the day with a slight drop in overall attendance.
Was it due to the recession? Was it the Chiefs
game that started at 3pm? We may never know, but
it is clear that those who stayed home missed an awesome
opportunity to meet our special guest
Brent Engstrom, and get a
sketch (or custom
Garbage Pail Kids card) hand-drawn on the spot!
Thanks to Brent and Tracy for being awesome and coming
all the way from Manhattan to be with us. We also
had another fantastic experience with our Sketch Box
incentive. These were only the second editions,
but they had all been snapped up within the first 25
minutes of the show opening. We will soon be
examining this phenomenon and possibly tweaking the way
the sketch boxes are delivered, in order to make it more
fair to those who show up later in the day. It's
not that we don't like the mad rush to get into the show
when we open, but at the same time it is very important
that all fans who attend the show have a chance to get a
sketch box - regardless of when they arrive at the show.
Stay tuned to our
Sketch Box page on
where we will be discussing this and getting fan and
dealer input before making any decisions. Next up:
scheduling our slate of shows for 2011.
© Brent Engstrom
2010 - KC FAN CON #27
Chalk up another victory for the FAN CON.
Thanks to our comic creator guest
KYLE STRAHM for his
laid-back coolness and not getting mad at me for the
moist towelette incident. Really, it was an honest (yet
hilarious) mistake! This convention introduced the
fans to our latest and greatest addition to the KC FAN
incentive sketch box!
edition was a run of 10 boxes, all hand-drawn by
Mario Mora of Kansas City. These were given
away to the first 10 fans who spent $40 or more with one
of the vendors. They had all disappeared within
the first 45 minutes of the show! Thanks again to
all who came, be you a buyer or seller, a helper or
friend. For those fans and dealers who are
interested in leaving feedback about any aspect of the
show, please use the
Kansas City Fan Conventions forum on Facebook.
We want to utilize that forum as a place for fans to
leave want lists
about the shows.
Next up: November 7, Daylight Savings "Fall-Back"
day for KC FAN CON #28.
© Kyle Strahm
2010 - KC FAN CON #26
Official attendance came in at 279, which makes this
one of our best-attended KC Fan Con shows. We all had a
great time! There were many new faces in the
crowd, both in front of AND behind the dealer tables.
Our old friend Spud has sold his business to our new
friend Peter Fintel. He came to our convention rather
than spend his first day as owner of 2nd Act Comics in
Ottumwa at his new shop! And we also had dealers such as
Mike Wileman from Colorado Springs and Eric Meyer from
St. Louis come and join us at the Plaza Hotel.
Which brings me to the subject of the Plaza Hotel.
About two months before the show, our venue changed its
name from Wyndham Garden to Plaza Hotel. So even
though there will be no more "Wyndham shows" the fact is
that nothing has changed. The Plaza Hotel is and
will continue to be our venue of choice for the KC FAN
CON shows. In closing, I'd like to thank all of the
fans who came, our special guest
Mario Mora, and of
course the eleven dealers who made the show happen.
Without you guys, we got nothing! Up next,
September 26, 2010 at the Plaza Hotel for KC FAN CON
© Mario Mora
MAY 22, 2010 - 2010 FREE STATE FREECON
Great show everybody! As usual, we had a lot of the best
comic fans this side of the Mississippi come out for the
Freecon. Yeah, attendance was down from last year. But
does that really matter that much? While I'd have
liked to see more fans come to the show, it is sort of
understandable why many could not. Graduations and the
best weather day of the year are not conducive to
getting folks into a comicon. Okay, lesson
learned. Regardless of the outcome, I think all
who attended had a good time. I received a lot of
very positive feedback and thanks from fans and guests
alike. Thanks to all the guest creators who did
their thing with their usual style, pizzazz, and fun
funkiness. Y'all are great and some of the friendliest
guys and gals around these parts. You're my
personal heroes! And even though the show was
physically exhausting for myself, it would have been far
worse for me had I not had such a great crew of helpers.
So, hurrah for the set-up crew and the registration
staff! Will there ever be another Free State
Freecon? Yes, once the appropriate tweaks are
made. We are now considering a change of venue and/or a
different timeframe for the show. Stay tuned to
kcfancon.com for details.
NEXT UP: our first summer show of 2010 - KC
FAN CON #26 at the Wyndham! August 1, 2010.
© 2010 Wes Wedman
2010 - KC FAN CON #24
2010 has started with a big bang as our 24th show
came and went. Thanks to fans for the super attendance,
and to all others who helped. It was our third
late-winter show over the last three years to feature
the amazing comic book artist
Jeremy Haun. Special thanks go out to Jeremy
for making the long trip up to Kansas City to help out
and make it happen for all the fans who came to see him.
Jeremy's star is still rising in the sphere of comic
book creators, so we can't stress enough our thanks to
him. Also going on was a promotion for the new film THE
CRAZIES, and a taste of the upcoming promotion for the
comic book film KICK-ASS. Thanks go to Allied Integrated
Marketing for their help with that end of things. Next
up for Kansas City Fan Conventions: The 2010 Free