Welcome to the Monday following Kansas City Comic Con 2016. Is this not one of the coolest wedding photos you've ever seen? Congratulations to Ronald Stokes Jr. and Angela Diegel on their Saturday nuptials. We wish the happy couple a long and prosperous future.
We'd also like to offer congratulations to the winners of our kids' costume contest:
3rd Place - Annabelle, age 10, as Super Boston Terrier Girl
2nd Place - Noah, age 8, as Kid Flash
1st Place - Katie, age 9, as Rey and BB-8
We would also like to recognize those who won judges' awards (from left to right).
Emma, age 10, Little Girl
Lorelai, age 9, Speedy
Elise, age 11, Jillian Holtzmann
Riley, age 10, The Mighty Thor
Morgon, age 12, Moaning Myrtle
Thank you to all the participants of our adult costume contest on Saturday. These are the three winners of our KCCC 2016 shields from Shield Labs.
3rd Place - Joshua Caito as Kilgrave, recognized for exceptional tailoring and stage perfomance
2nd Place - Alexandria Fry as Sylveon from Pokemon, recognized for good use of different materials and the cohesion of those materials
1st Place - Laurel Tree Workshop as Morrigan from Dragon Age, recognized for outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail
For us, today is all about giving thanks to anyone and everyone who assisted us in putting on our 2016 show. First and foremost, we have to thank all of our attendees who came out this weekend to support our second effort. After that, we feel the need to make several more personal shout-outs.
Let's start with:
RAV POWELL, the hardest working man in show business. Not only was Rav a moderator for panels and a spokesperson for the show making TV appearances as early as 6 AM in the morning, but he also found the time to man his own booth at the show, selling music to the masses at GROOVES. Check out his brand-new business for yourself at his page.
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?
NOTES & NERDS (Eric and Nathan), for being our up-and-coming panel moderators. They tackled their first media guest panel at the show (Jeremy Howard) and by all accounts did a bang-up job.
IAN McGINTY AND SAMANTHA KNAPP, for returning to our show for the second year (their 7th anniversary, no less) and featuring the local children who inspired characters in their comic book, Welcome to Showside. Love you guys.
SEAN VON GORMAN, for being the most fun addition to this year's show and for not swearing when he was handed the mic. Thank you for not making us remove "family-friendly" from our show description.
ALI SMITH, for handling so many behind-the-scenes elements in regard to cosplay and cosplayers.
MUSICAL GUESTS (MC Chris, Tribe One, Second Hand King, Phee, Rachel Reese, Spencer Thompson, Weedin Squared, Freight Train Rabbit Killer) - Thanks to all of you for helping us take the show in new directions.
CREATORS. No matter whether you're a working professional in the industry or just working toward becoming one, we appreciate your participation in our show and wish you the very best on all your future projects.
VENDORS. Thank you for providing great merchandise for our attendees.
COSPLAYERS. Wow. We're willing to put the talent on display at our show up against any comic convention in the nation. You guys seriously upped your game this year and blew us all away.
VOLUNTEERS. There is absolutely no way we could have done this without you. Thanks to all the first-timers and those folks who were kind enough to come back for a second helping. You're the best.
This is by no means a final list of people who contributed to the show, but hopefully it's a good start.
As always, questions and comments can go in the box below, or you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.