CINDI ROGERS, who handled all of the PR for our show. Cindi was amazing at getting the word out to all forms of media, both large and small.
ELITE SUPERGIRL (JESSICA MEDITZ-PORTER), quite possibly the most selfless individual we've ever met. Always on the move. Always looking for the next group or individual she can help. If you see this woman, give her a hug. If you don't already owe her one, you most likely will at some point in your life.
ABBY DIMALANTA, our department head for media guests. Not only did she give up her birthday weekend to assist us (HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ABBY!), but made sure that everything ran smoothly for both our celebrities and the attendees looking to meet them.
KATE COOKE, LAUREN CARMACK, AND DANIELLE POOLE - The Triple Threats and life blood of our show. These three ladies may have signed on to take care of artist alley, but were ultimately responsible for making sure that the entire show stayed on track.
BARRY POOLE AND DENISE POOLE - our panel managers. Meticulous. Well-organized. Unflappable. Should you ever need to take over a small country and want to do it over a weekend, these are the people you want on your side.
LIZ NELSON, the host for our adult costume contest for the second year in a row and always the first person to offer up her time.
COLLECTOR'S CACHE, the runners of our gaming room, offering up one more great entertainment opportunity to our attendees.
ELITE COMICS and the ELITE FLIGHT CREW, for always being there in a pinch.
DAMONT JORDAN and CW COOKE, for guest recruitment.
ERICA BATTON, for not only making that beautiful artwork but letting us use it on literally everything.
KRISTI DALBERG (MACARONI KID DOWNTOWN & SOUTH KANSAS CITY), for planning and running Macaroni Kid Superhero Training. One of the fan-favorite attractions from last year that only became bigger and better this year. Thank you for all your hard work on behalf of parents and kids alike.
WORST COMIC PODCAST EVER - John, Jerry, and Cullen make things look so easy, you would never suspect the hours of preparation that go into what they do. We salute you, gentlemen. That being said, there are sometimes a few perks. Right, John?