I had a BLAST at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo last year and was really excited when they finally made the announcement of the show dates for this year a few weeks ago. This year’s event is going to be Oct. 31st thru Nov. 2nd at the Los Angeles Convention Center and tickets went on sale June 6th, so you can get yours now!
Cosplay was in full swing last year, I’m seeing it more and more at every convention I attend. If you like seeing people dressed up I can only imagine how HUGE it will be this year given that the 1st day of the show is a Friday and it’s actually Halloween, Oct. 31st!
Seeing the huge line waiting to be unleashed on the dealer floor on day one of Comikaze 2013 was a wonder to behold. The enthusiasm of the fans was contagious. A great feature of Comikaze is the large “main stage” in the middle/rear of the main show floor. It was kind of loud but it kept a great buzz going and a high level of energy on the show floor as most of the big guests appeared right there on that stage.
The biggest thing about Comikaze is, of course, Stan Lee himself. He has such name recognition that I talked to a bunch of people at the con who were there solely because of Stan’s name being associated with the show. Some were getting into comics for the first time, some were getting back into comics after a long absence. The common thread was that Stan’s name drew them into attending the show.
Comikaze in 2013 was reflective of the way many conventions have been going: Very heavy on pop culture and less so on actual comic books, though comics that have tie-ins to TV/Movies still get a lot of attention. Don’t take that to mean that there are no comics. Comics were definitely there; you have to look around for them a bit, but when you do, you’re definitely rewarded with some good stuff. And there were some great artists and writers there too. I was able to meet and talk to current favorites as wekk as classic creators from my early days of comic collecting.
I was standing talking to classic artist Herb Trimpe (and getting a sketch of The Hulk) when Stan Lee himself wandered by to say “Hi!” to one of his favorite Marvel artists. It was quite a thrill to be standing about 3 feet away as they reminisced about the “old days” for a couple of minutes as cameras recorded gigabytes of photos.
As a huge fan of comics & pop culture and an unabashed fan of Stan Lee, he’s the reason I’m reading comics today, I got my start on Stan Lee written comics over 40 years ago. I can’t think of a better way to spend Halloween weekend than attending Comikaze Expo. They attracted 45,000 fans last year and if the current trend of almost all conventions growing in attendance 2014 over 2013, there should be a very healthy crowd attending. I’m very anticipatory of the panel schedule for this year’s show. Hopefully we’ll get some great panels this year.
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