Planet Comicon fans will arrive at 2018’s pop culture extravaganza two months earlier than expected, and they won’t even have to build a Tardis to do it.
Chris Jackson, owner of Planet Promotions, announced this week that the 20th Planet Comicon will take place Presidents Day weekend — Feb. 16-18, 2018 — at Bartle Hall, less than 10 months after 2017’s event, which was just a few weeks ago in late April.
Jackson said the city gave him just a handful of dates from which to choose for next year’s event, so he went with the February weekend.
“These convention centers are much harder to book than many people understand, and different shows have different priorities,” he said. “I like it in the sense that it moves us earlier in the year, and we can become the first major show in the country.”
This will be the 20th event; the first was in 1999. When Planet Comicon moved downtown several years ago, it generally was held around Big 12 Tournament time in early March. But as demand for hotel rooms has increased, it has became harder to have the convention at the same time as the big basketball tourney.
“It’s hard to grow a show when you have about a 10th of the hotel rooms you need,” Jackson said.
Guest invitations and planning have begun, Jackson said, and organizers plan to pay tribute in some way to Clint’s Comics owner James Cavanaugh, who was killed in May trying to stop a theft at his Westport store.
“We do plan to have a tribute of some sort,” Jackson said. “In fact, I’ve already talked to somebody about that.”
Info and future guest announcements can be found at planetcomicon.com.