Things To Do In Kansas City If You Like Comics – Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3

Untitled-1Carl V. Anderson writes for Bleeding Cool: 

Have you ever wanted to meet and spend time with your favorite comic creators? Now you have that chance!  Meet Frank Cho, Steve Rude, Mark Chiarello, Camilla d'Errico, Terry Dodson, Dave Dorman, Mark Schultz, Tim Bruckner and other world renowned creators as over 200 artists converge on Kansas City, Missouri May 10th and 11th, 2014 for Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 3.

On May 10 and 11th many of the world's most renowned creators of fantasy, science fiction, and comics art will converge on Kansas City for the third annual Spectrum Fantastic Art Live convention in Bartle Hall's Grand Ballroom. Described as "the Sundance of Illustration" and "the art fair with a sense of wonder," the event is open to the public with tickets on sale at the door.

Attractions include panels, workshops, lectures, and live painting and sculpting Demonstrations, along with an exhibit hall featuring over 200 artists selling original art, prints, posters, and books. Attendees will be able to meet the designers responsible for films like The Avengers, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, Star Wars, Pacific Rim, and others, along with artists who have illustrated Game of Thrones, Magic the Gathering, Wonder Woman, Batman, X-Men, Superman, Star Trek, Aliens, and much more. Art Directors from Tor Books, Orbit Books, DC Comics, George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic, Fantasy Flight Games, and Rockstar Games will be scouting for talent and reviewing portfolios while instructors from the Art Connection Academy will give presentations about higher and continuing art education opportunities. As a convention that honors creativity and the imagination, cosplayers are welcome.

Noteworthy exhibiting or attending artists include:

• Gregory Manchess (muralist for National Geographic's Pirates exhibition; painter of the Mark Twain commemorative stamp for the USPS)

• Iain McCaig (designer of the characters Darth Maul and Princess Padmé Amidala for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)

• Frank Cho (artist/writer of Savage Wolverine, The X-Men, and Ultimates: Thor for Marvel Comics)

• J. Anthony Kosar (Avatar make-up effects artist; winner of Season 4 of the SyFy Channel's reality series Face Off)

• Mark Chiarello (illustrator of Heroes of the Negro Leagues; Vice President & Creative Director of DC Comics)

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live is an outgrowth of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, the award-winning and internationally renowned art book series established by Overland Park residents Cathy and Arnie Fenner in 1993. A highlight of the convention will be the presentation of the Spectrum 21 Awards and the announcement of the 2014 Spectrum Grand Master at a gala ceremony in the historic Midland Theater on Saturday night, May 10th. Quixotic Fusion will perform.

Saturday, May 10th AND Sunday, May 11th on-site pricing is as follows: $20 per day at the door / Students $10 with I.D. / Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free.

For more information please contact any of the following:
Arnie Fenner, 913-707-3230,
Jeff A. Smith, 913-334-8042,
Carl V. Anderson, 816-799-6258, OR

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About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.
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