Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2013 Con Report!

On November 1st-3rd, 2013, the Los Angeles Convention Center was home to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo! After an extremely successful first year, the guest list was even better, the show moved from the parking lot to the main floor, and even added an extra day to maximize the con! Although it was primed to be better than ever, the show this year was a bit flat compared to the previous year.
The show floor seemed a bit out of sorts, with artist alley scattered all over the place, and it lacked the charm of the first show. Friday also didn’t seem to work out for the expo, as it was mostly empty. The crowds were definitely better during the weekend, but still lacked the excitement of the inaugural show. It was still a good show, with some cool panels and some great guests, but I think the appeal with the groupon deal last year was a huge part in why families flocked to the show. And I think Friday isn’t necessary in LA, especially when people have to battle Friday and Laker game traffic. I’m looking forward to next year’s Comikaze to get better as they adjust to the growing pains of a new show, and know that the best is yet to come!

Now, on to some photos!

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Welcome to Comikaze 2013!

 

 

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What good is Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, without the man himself? Here he is signing autographs!

 

 

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A shot of the special stage reserved for the main panel!

 

 

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Have you seen Eee vah?

 

 

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An awesome Masters of the Universe display!

 

 

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The Aspen booth set up and ready to go!

 

 

 

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Nerd Machine representing at Comikaze!

 

 

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One of the best exhibits at Comikaze. Old school arcades and video games!

 

 

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Fan favorite artist Marc Silvestri interacting and signing for fans.

 

 

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Spiderman artist Humberto Ramos drawing one of his many commissions during the show!

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Who you gonna call He-Man?

 

 

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Ecto 1 was the coolest car on display….

 

 

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… Or was it???

 

 

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Thor and Iron Man 2 exhibits!

 

 

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Along with Iron Man armors from all 3 movies!

 

 

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If you’re tired, take a seat next to Iron Man!

 

 

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Artist Noa drawing live at Comikaze!

 

 

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Comic Book Men strike a pose! A never ending line all show!

 

 

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John Romita Jr. greeting his long line of fans!

 

 

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But not long as the line for Bruce Campbell!

 

 

And now, onto some cosplay pics!

 

 

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So shiny.

 

 

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WHERE IS THE PRINCESS???

 

 

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Awesome dark helmet.

 

 

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Battle of the Planets!

 

 

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Amazing Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn!

 

 

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Go go Power Rangers!

 

 

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Game Over.

 

 

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April O’Neill posing with the TMNT book from IDW!

 

 

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Links Unite!

 

 

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Where’s Bebop?

 

 

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You have failed this city!

 

 

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Six shooter.

 

 

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Got a light?

 

 

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Are we in the new movies?

 

 

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Pretty awesome Wolverine and Rogue!

 

 

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Cutest cosplayers of the show!

 

 

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The best costumes of Comikaze!

 

 

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Stay classy Los Angeles! See you next year!

UPDATED: Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo Partners with Advanstar Communications

June 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Comic Books, Convention News

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UPDATE:

According to Regina Carpinelli, CEO of Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo , the relationship between the convention and Advanstar is that of a partnership, not an acquisition. Carpinelli and her team are “very much involved with the business end of the show.”

Original Article:

In April the Comikaze Expo got a new name, going from Comikaze Expo to “Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo presented by POW! Entertainment”, but now it has a new owner as well. According to Folio, Advanstar Communications, a media company and event organizer, has purchased the convention for an undisclosed sum.

According to the article, the current staff will continue to handle publicity and promotion while Advanstar handles the “back end” and “business side of things.”

Their goal is “to be one of the largest pop culture conventions in the world,” and they are projecting attendance of “over 100,000 attendees by 2013.”

Comikaze Expo Rebrands Itself as Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo for September 2012

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Press Release:

Los Angeles’ Only Comic Convention Comikaze to rebrand as Stan Lee’s Comikaze presented by Pow! With This Year’s Much Anticipated Annual Event In The Fall

Beverly Hills , Calif. (April 11, 2012) – Comikaze Entertainment Inc., the operator behind the largest multimedia pop culture, comic book, horror, anime and gaming convention in Greater Los Angeles, has announced a strategic partnership with world renowned pop culture icon Stan Lee and his company POW! Entertainment. With a staggering 40,000 attendee turnout and over 300 exhibitors during its 2011 debut, this one-of-a-kind-expo was promptly recognized and embraced by attendees, the comic convention industry, and the greater LA area. In fact, LA Weekly named Comikaze Expo the “Best New Convention”.

Hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 15-16th 2012, ‘Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo presented by POW! Entertainment,’ promises a larger premier experience for attendees this year with an amazing line-up of attractions from vendors, exciting interactive contests, tons of celebrity autograph signings, the addition of movie screenings, incredible panel sessions and all new gaming tournaments. Comikaze Expo will also join other major Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment endeavors such as the release of Lee’s dedicated digital hub “TheRealStanLee.com” with EQAL, 1821’s “Romeo & Juliet: The War” and “Stan Lee’s Kids Universe,” A2 & Archie Comics’ “Stan Lee’s Mighty Seven,” and “Stan Lee’s World of Heroes” YouTube channel with Vuguru.

“The inauguration of Comikaze Expo demonstrated the mighty appetite and eager response from fans to experience a Los Angeles-based event that provides a variety of comic book and pop culture entertainment,” said Stan Lee, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment. “We saw an opportunity to creatively take this event to new heights through our partnership and we seized it!”

Regina Carpinelli, Founder and CEO of Comikaze Entertainment Inc. commented: “Stan is one of the greatest entertainment icons of our generation and the godfather of modern comics. We expect him to be instrumental in developing the Los Angeles Comikaze Convention. We have partnered with one of pop cultures most celebrated figures and we plan to wow not only LA but also the world. Audiences can anticipate a highly interactive experience at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, unlike any other show. We want to change the way conventions are created and make an ultimate fan experience year round. Besides, it’s about damn time Stan had his own convention!”

Gill Champion, CEO of POW! Entertainment, said: “Live events are an important element supporting POW!’s brand extension. Where else to better start this program then in our own back yard here in LA and with a proven venue and association.”

Further announcements around Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2012 will be revealed leading up to the convention. Tickets are now available through pre-sale at $12 in honor of their inaugural 2011 show prices. Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo presented by POW! is also offering a unique ticket that enlists fans into the Stan Lee’s Comikaze Army. This interactive ticket includes a weekend pass, armband, dog tag, military id for discounts on merchandise and select vendors as well as collector’s edition posters(children under 12 enter for free) through www.comikazeexpo.com/

For more information, please visit comikazeexpo.com, facebook.com/comikazeexpo or twitter.com/comikazeexpo.

About Comikaze
Comikaze Expo is the largest multimedia pop culture convention in Los Angeles. The brainchild of Southern Californian Regina Carpinelli and her siblings, this unique event brings together the best in comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime and all other cult programming. Comikaze takes place September 15-16 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and offers a slate of innovative programming, panels, contests and other activities that provide fans access to their favorite artists and creators in this adventure-packed weekend. For more info, visit www.ComikazeExpo.com.

About POW! Entertainment
POW! Entertainment, Inc., (OTCQB: POWN), a multi-media and entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book and entertainment figure Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the entertainment industry encompassing the creation, production and licensing of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is capitalizing on this combined expertise to create and develop both the legacy and digital media components of the entertainment industry. This includes animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, multi-media, merchandising and related ancillary markets. POW! has established partnerships across the entertainment industry, including studios and networks, for the creation, licensing and distribution of new POW! character franchises. For further information visit www.powentertainment.com