Comikaze 2012 Con Report!

On September 15-16, 2012, Los Angeles was home to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, the joint venture between the successful Comikaze Expo from the previous year, and the legendary Marvel creator. Following an unexpected but successful show in 2011, I had a feeling that Stan’s involvement would only heighten publicity and draw more fans, and I was happy to see the massive crowds that surrounded the Convention Center on that Saturday morning.

I’m not sure how to attribute Comikaze’s success in a LA market that has seen repeated attempts at a comic convention in downtown met with constant failure, but co-founder Regina Carpinelli utilized social media to its fullest in spreading the word about the show. From Livingsocial deals to advertisements in the paper, to spreading the words in schools to attract kids and twitter, Carpinelli’s efforts were met with a record number crowds in their sophomore show.

The show itself was a lot bigger than its inaugural year. Moving from the underground parking lot to the main floor, the show was definitely more spacious. With artist alley scattered throughout the floor, plenty of space for vendors, along with a huge stage for Q and A’s from special guests and even a huge space towards the back for a zombie obstacle course, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo had something for everyone. With the amazing progress from year 1 to year 2, I can only see a bright future ahead for Comikaze. In time, I can see it perhaps becoming one of the premiere comic cons in the US. And now, here are some pics from this year’s show!

Welcome to Comikaze 2012!

The line for tickets went out the door!

More fans waiting to get in!

Welcome to Stan Lee’s Comikaze! Excelsior!

Gaming demonstrations set up for interested guests.

People playing quidditch (yeah, it’s a thing).

Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus greets a fan!

Todd McFarlane and Stan “The Man” Lee share a moment at Comikaze!

Wall-E hanging out with R2-D2s.

Fans waiting to run in the Zombie Obstacle Course.

Walking Dead and Venom artist Tony Moore hitting the drawing board at Comikaze.

Stan Lee’s personal memorabilia collection on display!

One of the biggest Magic Card tournaments I’ve ever seen.

JT Krul and Peter Steigerwald chatting at the Aspen booth.

And what good is a comic convention without some great cosplay? Here’s some of my favorites from the show.

Runaway bride.

The Bat family posing at Comikaze.

Batgirl feeling left out.

An adorable Supergirl having a super time at Comikaze.

A lovely and lethal Red Sonja.

Team Cobra wants you!

Nothing brings the family together like cosplay.

Thor Girl in a silly mood.

Harley and Robin also feeling playful.

Hawkgirl wants in on the fun.

Spidey shooting up some webs for guests.

One of the creepiest costumes seen at any comic convention I’ve ever seen.

Best costume of the show. Great Scott!

See you next year in November!

Scene and Heard: Resident Evil Retribution

In honor of being the number 1 movie in America, here’s a look back at the interviews conducted with the cast of Resident Evil: Retribution from Comic Con!

Scene and Heard: Elementary at SDCC 2012

The executive producers and stars of Elementary were interviewed at Comic Con in San Diego, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.

Elementary stars Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller at Comic Con (photo taken by Francis Specker).

Scene and Heard: Beauty and the Beast at SDCC 2012

The executive producers and stars of Beauty and the Beast were interviewed at Comic Con in San Diego, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.

Kristin Kreuk & Jay Ryan at the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Press Conference at Comic-Con 2012. (Photo by Francis Specker)

SDCC 2012 Con Report!

San Diego was home to the biggest pop culture event of the year on July 11-15, 2012, with the 43rd annual Comic Con taking place. In my 8 years of attending the show, I’ve never seen the convention halls that packed! With lines for everything, from the infamous Hall H, to the new autograph line system, as well as Ballrooms with various panels, including a 10 year reunion panel for Firefly, Comic Con definitely made me feel as if it finally hit capacity and rumors rumbled around that perhaps Comic Con might have outgrown San Diego.

There were definite ways to improve comic con, including controlling the flow of people going in and out of the show floor, but over all, it was yet another very fun con, with amazing guests, and tons of things to do or buy at the show. With the final Twilight panel in San Diego, Henry Cavill’s surprise appearance for Man of Steel, along with fan favorite shows such as Big Bang Theory and Dr. Who, as well as the Walking Dead Zombie Run at Petco Park across the street, Comic Con had something for everyone! While I wasn’t on the show floor as much as I’d like to have been, here are the things I saw and experienced at this year’s show. And a hello to all the readers I met at the show who loved our site!

Welcome to Comic Con International!

Guests waiting for doors to open. Most frustrating part of Comic Con was trying to figure out which doors were entrances or exits. Can someone please put signs up?

And they’re off to the races!

What goodies did you pick up?

Charlie Adlard signing copies of the Walking Dead 100, released on preview night!

After hitting up artist alley and signing up for some commissions, I had a meeting with the Disney Store booth, showing me the latest in vinylmation figures for sale at the show and online!

To win a limited edition So Tasty hat, please comment below or RT the con report with the hashtag, #DisneySDCC.

The So Tasty line that debuted at Comic Con that smell just like the snacks they represent!

Amazing 3′ vinylmation figures, including the beloved Carl and Ellie figurines!

The following morning, Gentle Giant showed me the latest in their product line, including the amazing Darth Maul figure announced the night before!

The details on the Darth Maul are unbelievable. Just an impressive figure.

The next figures in the Star Wars line, including a Jar Jar Binks, which apparently the fans have asked for.

Storm Troopers, including a figure with interchangeable heads and arms!

Star Wars Clone War figures, including an extremely detailed Dewback.

Gentle Giant’s own line of women inspired from past iconic females!

Gentle Giant’s Marvel line, featuring a Hawkeye with interchangeable arrows!

The Ghost Rider figure lights up! Makes a great gift!

Walking Dead Zombie Army figures. GENIUS.

Cosplayers rejoice! The top left sheriff badge is a replica of Rick’s badge from the Walking Dead!

The designers at Gentle Giant looked back at their own collections just to make sure of the figures released that reproduce the Cantina bar scene!

The last of the Harry Potter figures feature Harry and Voldemort at the apex of their powers.

Comic Con exclusives! Who got the awesome Thanos bust?

After the awesome meeting with Gentle Giant, I had press conferences all day (audio will be posted later this week). Here are some pictures!

At the Beauty and the Beast press roundtables.

Tim Burton and crew discuss Frankenweenie!

The cast and crew for Oz The Great and Powerful.

The cast and crew for Wreck-It Ralph!

After roundtables and press conferences, it was party time!

Taking a pedicab around the Gaslamp District!

Got to attend the TV Line party at Nerd HQ and meet Michael Ausiello!

Awesome backdrop for the Dexter party.

Meeting the lovely Yvonne Strahovski was one of the highlights of SDCC 2012!

Partying all night was not conducive to an early morning, but I managed to wake up to my alarm, and make the autograph ticket lines, scoring a Game of Thrones sign pass.
On the agenda for Friday was the Resident Evil 5 press roundtables, Firefly press conference, as well as the Game of Thrones signing!

Taking a quick pic with the amazing Milla Jovovich after our roundtable interview!

Nathan Fillion getting emotional talking about Firefly at the press conference.

Firefly reunion photo op!

Game of Thrones!

In between all that, I got to check out the awesome Batmobiles on the lawn outside the convention center! (All pictures of Batmobiles taken by Gary Deocampo)

Adam West Batmobile!

Michael Keaton Batmobile!

Val Kilmer Batmobile!

George Clooney Batmobile!

Christian Bale Batmobile AKA Tumbler!

And for those Superman fans, here’s the costume from the movie (Picture taken by Gary Deocampo)!

AFter the excitement from the past 3 days, what else could Comic Con possibly have up their sleeves?
How about Breaking Bad, Robert Downey Jr., Walking Dead Zombie Run at Petco Park, and an awesome exclusive print by Mondo?

The insane line on Saturday morning!

With my con luck kicking into overdrive, I managed to get in line for the cast of Breaking Bad at the 10 AM signing at the Sony booth! The whole cast was very generous with their time, signing, taking pictures, and was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had at Comic Con!

The cast of Breaking Bad greeting fans!

Walter White!

Don Cheadle and Shane Black signing at the Marvel Booth for Iron Man 3!

The kids dressed up as Iron Man gather at the front of the Marvel booth for a photo op.

Wait, who’s that?

Yep, it’s Tony Stark!

After thrilling kids and fans alike, I went across the street to Petco Park, where I participated in the Walking Dead Zombie Run! Here’s some pics from my run.

Zombies locked up in cages looking at the runners.

Such an awesome set up. The make up artists did an amazing job dressing the volunteers as zombies.

Climbing up rope ladders to get to the next stage of the run.

Crawling around to avoid more zombies.

And more crawling…

Spectators galore cheering the survivors on!

FEMA gives me the all clear!

Elijah Wood admiring the amazing Olly Moss Dark Knight Rises print released at Mondo!

After all that, I managed to stick around to see Nathan Fillion signing at the Marvel booth!

Nathan Fillion signing at the Marvel Booth!

Be as happy as Kristin Kreuk and come to Comic Con next year!

Scene and Heard: Frankenweenie Press Conference at SDCC 2012

The Frankenweenie Press Conference.

The Wreck-It Ralph press conference took place at Comic Con in San Diego, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.

Scene and Heard: Oz The Great and Powerful Press Conference at SDCC 2012

Oz Press Conference.

The cast and crew of Oz The Great and Powerful spoke to the press at Comic Con in San Diego, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.

Scene and Heard: Wreck-It Ralph Press Conference at SDCC 2012

The Wreck-It Ralph Press Conference.

The members of Wreck-It Ralph spoke to the press at Comic Con in San Diego, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.

Scene and Heard: Firefly Press Conference at SDCC 2012

The cast of Firefly spoke to the press at Comic Con in San Diego regarding their 10 year anniversary, and Convention Scene’s own Richard Oh was there. Listen to the audio below.

Anime Expo 2012 Report

On June 29-July 2, 2012, Los Angeles was home to the 21st annual Anime Expo. The lobby seemed packed with more guests than ever before, and artist alley was expanded by almost double the size as the previous year. With any Anime Expo, the emphasis as usual was on Cosplay. With Comic Con only a week away, it was a perfect convention to check out, enjoy the anime genre, and take in the amazing costumes! While I won’t pretend to know the characters, here’s the pictures I took at the show of the costumes, along with the other sights that Anime Expo offered. Which was your favorite costume?

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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