ARTSPEAK RADIO – Kansas City Comic Con, Anthony “AO” Oropeza, and Steven Curtis

Wednesday November 8, 2017
Host/producer of ARTSPEAK RADIO Maria Vasquez Boyd talks with Kansas City Comic Con Cindi Rogers & Barry Poole, artist Anthony “AO” Oropeza, and community acitvist/organizer Steven Curtis.

Kansas City Comic Con Cindi Rogers Co-Founder and Barry Poole– Kansas City Comic Con is back Friday, November 10 – Sunday, November 12 at Bartle Hall, 301 West 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105. Kansas City’s hometown comic convention is open to all ages and dedicated to featuring local and national creators, vendors, cosplayers and media guests alongside activities for the entire family. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at or
KCCC is excited to announce a special 40th Anniversary celebration of Superman: The Movie. 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of this classic movie that today is considered the best incarnation of the character since his creation in 1938 and an inspiration for all modern Superhero movie directors. As the first official stop on the 40th anniversary tour, KCCC is pleased to welcome panel hosts Derek Maki (Coolwaters Productions LLC) and Jim Bowers ( for a very special two- hour Superman: The Movie 40th anniversary reunion presentation/panel, featuring celebrity guests Margot Kidder (Lois Lane), Sarah Douglas (Ursa), Jack O’Halloran (Non), Aaron Smolinski (Baby Clark Kent) Jeff East (Young Clark Lent), and via SKYPE, a special rare live video appearance by actress Valerie Perrine (Miss Eve Teschmacher).Join our two hosts as they showcase rare behind-the-scenes imagery from the CapedWonder Collection, and delve deep into the memories of the celebrity guests who will share fascinating first-hand stories and knowledge of facing and overcoming endless challenges to bring this ground- breaking movie to life. And… the celebrity guests will be there to take questions from audience members too!
“We are thrilled to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Superman: The Movie with fans of the movie,” said Kansas City Comic Con owner, Matt Driscoll. “We’re equally as thrilled to give Kansas City area comic creators a chance to show off their skills by providing them a complimentary table.”
As a way to support local comic creators, Kansas City Comic Con will provide free tables for Kansas City area comic creators who have created at least one full-length comic book. Complimentary tables will be provided on a first-come, first served basis to creators in the following 16 counties: Jackson, Johnson, Douglas, Clay, Wyandotte, Cass, Platte, Leavenworth, Miami, Lafayette, Franklin, Ray, Clinton, Bates, Linn, and Caldwell. Please visit the website for a complete list of rules and application submission.
Show dates/times:
Friday, November 10 1 – 7pm
Saturday, November 11 10am – 7pm
Sunday, November 12 10am – 5pm
Ticket prices:
SUPER VIP EXPERIENCE $265 (includes panel, autographed posters plus much more – visit website for details) Adult 3 Day Pass – $60
Adult Friday Pass – $25
Adult Saturday Pass – $35
Adult Sunday Pass – $30
Youth (Ages 11 – 16) – $20 (youth pass is valid all 3 days) Children ages 10 and under are FREE

Kansas City Comic Con is a pop-culture fan convention that showcases artists and products from all entertainment genres, including comic books, gaming, movies, television, anime and cosplay. It features a large array of exhibits with several companies demonstrating their wares and a shopping experience like no other, aimed at fans that are looking for games, t- shirts, comics, toys, statues, DVDs/Blu-rays, replicas, and more collector items.
In addition, fans have the opportunity to meet their favorite creators from the world of comics, get their autographs, commission a sketch, or than them for their work. Additionally, they can meet the personalities behind their favorite TV shows and movies. Celebrities participate in autograph sessions, photo opportunities and Q&As that can accommodate hundreds of fans.
Fans are encouraged (but not obliged) to come dressed as their favorite pop culture characters, whether from movies, TV, videos games or comics. Fans will also be able to participate in a costume contest and other activities.
Over the course of three days, fans are treated to several different panel discussions that help further promote comics, costuming, gaming and pop culture in general. This is an event to bring the fans closer to the things they love and celebrate fans in all shapes, sizes and ages. Kansas City pride and passion brought this event to life, and it is the ultimate vision of these like-minded individuals to continue to provide a platform for everyone to embrace the fan in all of us.
For more information or to volunteer, please visit or follow us on our social media outlets.
Facebook: @kansascitycomiccon Twitter: @KCComicCon Instagram: @kansascitycomiccon
Kansas City Comic Con Unveils “Super Mayor James”
Created by Local Artist Anthony “AO” Oropeza

Anthony “AO” Oropeza- Kansas City Comic Con is proud to be in Kansas City and to offer local emerging artists, as well as established artists, the opportunity to showcase their talents. KCCC worked with Kansas City, KS artist Anthony “AO” Oropeza on this bigger than life-size comic replica entitled “Super Mayor James” as a representative of KCK. Anthony is known for his work in the community and schools throughout the U.S. for his bilingual comic book “Amigo Man”! Amigo Man was created to promote reading in both English and Spanish; with kids, parents, and teachers in mind. Super Mayor James, and Amigo Man will be spotted throughout the city encouraging pride and a superhero attitude all week leading up to Kansas City Comic Con.

“I love comics. I love to draw comics. I love the challenge of drawing the many different styles that are out there,” said creator Anthony “AO” Oropeza. “It was an honor to be commissioned to design this piece for Mayor Sly James and Kansas City Comic Con.”

The following guests will be in attendance at the unveiling:
• Mayor Sly James
• Artist Anthony “AO” Oropeza
• Kansas City Comic Con Owner/Operator Matt Driscoll

About Anthony “AO” Oropeza
Anthony Oropeza has over 20 years of design experience in graphics, web, publishing, storytelling, illustration and painting. Anthony fought to get into school and get an education even after being rejected from art school. He preserved and received two associate degrees from Kansas City Community College and then went on to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Rockhurst College. He now gives back to his community and is a speaker, teacher, author, KC Comic Book creator as well as creator of Amigo Man.

For more information please visit or follow us on our social media outlets.

Facebook: @kansascitycomiccon
Twitter: @KCComicCon
Instagram: @kansascitycomiccon

Steven Curtis former Director of Community and Building Engagement (CHWC) recently celebrated the amazing CB&E programs that he and his team have developed over the past 7+ years! Excited to see what is next as Steve moves on to new opportunities and adventures!


Share This Episode