Linus Lam Network News
convention coverage report of
Comikaze Expo 2014!
Welcome to another edition
of Linus Lam Network News for 2014! This news report covers our trip
to Comikaze Expo 2014 for a huge weekend of comics enjoyment and
a whole lot more! Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California
over the weekend of October 31-November 2, 2014, Comikaze Expo 2014 saw lots of attendees ready to party on with a bunch of
dedicated artists, live performances, gaming events, cosplay fun, and plenty of opportunities to hang
out with fellow comic book fans. Our exciting trip to Comikaze Expo 2014 starts here! Coverage you can count on, here at Linus Lam
|Highlights: Various live programming events kept the attendees well-covered throughout the weekend.
Guests of Honor included Alfie Allen, Andrea Libman, Ashliegh Ball, Brian Michael Bendis, Burt Ward, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Dita Von Teese, Edward James Olmos, J. Scott Campbell, Jim Lee, John Romita, Julie Newmar, Koike Kazuo, Marc Silvestri, Pater Facinelli, Rob Liefield, Tabitha St. Germain, Tara Strong, Gwendoline Christie, Howie Mandel, Jewel Straite, John Borrowman, Cassandra Peterson, and of course Stan Lee himself.
Main Events included Halloween Costume Contest, Geek Fashion Show, Up and Close with Stan Lee, Battlestar Galactica 10th Anniversary Cast Reunion, Game of Thrones Interview with the Stars, True Blood cast, Comic Legends Spotlight, NBC's Constantine, My Little Pony full cast reunion, Cosplay Contest, Yoshiki with Stan Lee, and much more.
Panels and Workshops included How to Stage a Film Sword Fight, Geeks Get Published and Paid, Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum, The Writer's Journey, The Posthuman Project, Posing for Cosplay Photography, Kaiju Kingdom, How to Make and Market a Board Game, Steampunk, Cosplay Filmmaking 101, Battle of the Bonds... James Bond, YouTubing Like a Boss, Art of Horror Hosting, Marketing to Fanboys, Godzilla Fallout, Golden Age of Gaming, Geek Girl Fashion, Giant Kaiju Monsters vs. Men in Suits, Being Fashionably Nerdy, Publishing eBooks, Battle for Multicultural Heroes, Why Female Fans Matter, 20th Anniversary of Power Rangers, Creating Crowdfunding Sorcery, Federation Fitness, Pop-Culture Parenting, Geek Fashion Week, Developing and Selling an Animated Series, Black Fantasy/Sci-fi Writers, Women of the Web, Super Nerd Trivia, Awkward Conversations, Paranormal Adventures in Television, Doctor Who, Macabre Fantasy Radio Theater, Sketch Fighter, Anime Theater 3000: Sailor Moon, Super Single Geeks, Geeks Keeping it Hot!, Kings of Cosplay Comedy, East and West Media Connection, Boy Who Built Batman, Event Photography and Cosplay, Stunt People of Your Favorite Movies, Men of Cosplay, Looking Your Best During Cosplay, Weekend Warriors, 8-Bit Kingdom, Creating Your Own Novel, Nerd Living, Self-Publishing Symposium, Publicizing Your Project, Writing for Animation, and much more.
This year's trip to Comikaze Expo
saw lots of inspired costumes from numerous comics characters and more! Chart-topping displays for this year included characters from
Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Maleficent, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Attack on Titan, League of Legends, Green Arrow, Captain America, Agents of Shield, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Final Fantasy, and more.
Please check out more cosplay photo coverage from our Comikaze Expo stock convention archives!
Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo entered its fourth year with an even larger presence in downtown Los Angeles. Adorned with colorful banners, a collection of top Guests from Hollywood’s new comics scene, and a huge inflatable Big Hero centerpiece statue inside the convention center, over 55,000 fans attended the event with lots of great expectations and lots of excitement. This was my first time attending this event, so does it deliver?
The Registration system was extremely quick. Online pre-reg was fast and easy. Using the Scan-and-Go barcode system but with no print-out labels to attach, long lines for Pre-Registration badge pickup churned out attendees within a short 10 minute wait in the morning and by the rest of the day, no wait at all. Staffers dutifully and politely ushered attendees to keep vital areas clear and for the most part, no issues of weapons policies gone out of control. You were able to bring in whatever you wanted (provided it complied with California law), get it discretely tagged and be off on your way.
Even with such a large attendance, Saturday’s big crowd didn’t seem to overwhelm the massive Events Hall located in South Hall, though it only got a bit squeezed in near the Hot Topic staging area when big events started up like big guest interviews and Saturday evening’s Costume Contest. Dealers varied from Japanese to Western vendors. Brave Frontier was still in their big promotion push from the summer’s SDCC and NYCC. Pop Vinyl was all the rage this year with plenty of booths dedicating walls of these affordable collectibles to the avid collectors. The usual assortment of comics-related T-shirt, posters, and geek accessories filled up the rest. The Artist Alley filled in spaces on the sides and included plenty of indie comics vendors, local artisans, costuming society fan booths, and popular cosplay guests. Other areas were dedicated to autograph sessions and Marvel statues from Avengers. Also included were replica star vehicles from Knight Rider and Back to the Future and lots of vintage arcade gaming machines from the 80’s.
Probably the biggest draw of this particular convention was the amount of actual comic book booths attending the show. I counted quite a few and most of them fairly packed with comic book collectors I’ve not seen at the bigger shows. Comikaze was certainly a pleasant vacation to relax and fulfill your hours of rifling through the large boxes and stacks of vintage comics, artbooks, and graphic novels. I am guessing Comikaze’s title is a play on words that helps synergize the fans from the DC/Marvel comics scene and anime/manga, especially with notable attendance of Yoshiki and Stan Lee on the Hot Topic stage. It's clear that this convention could do very well for attendees feeling tired and broke from attending the larger, more hectic and more expensive summer conventions. Not too big and not too small, it hits the sweet spot for everyone involved.
Superhero-sized fan momentum still raged on well into the fall season and it definitely goes to show Stan Lee’s big top Comikaze event reaps huge benefits if it can keep up the amazingly fast registration system and freedom to wander the halls in a more relaxed atmosphere. The Los Angeles Convention Center is a good home for now so we’ll see how it fairs next year.
Be sure to visit the next Comikaze Expo!