Well, everyone, below is the latest press announcement from the organizers of Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, which I will have the privilege of covering for this blog as well as for Josh Olds over at LifeIsStory.com. Anyone that plans to attend this sure-to-be-awesome event that wants to meet up, let me know, as I’d love to meet some of my readers.
STAN LEE’S COMIKAZE EXPO PRESENTED BY POW! ENTERTAINMENT RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES THIS NOVEMBER 1 – 3
LA’s Ultimate Pop Culture Experience to Host Celebrities, Exclusives, Reunions, Gaming, Shopping and More
Santa Monica, CA – October 22, 2013 – Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo presented by POW! Entertainment, and co-owned by the largest producer of trade shows and events in the nation, Advanstar Communications, Inc., returns to Los Angeles next month. Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo kicks off this November 1-3, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and promises an incredible experience for fans of comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and anime. This year’s event will feature an amazing line-up of attractions from vendors and exhibitors, interactive contests, celebrity autograph signings, screenings, renowned panel sessions and gaming tournaments.
“I’m beyond excited for this year’s Comikaze Expo,” stated Stan Lee, Chairman and Founder of POW! Entertainment. “Comikaze continues to grow bigger and better every year and the offerings this year are going to be immensely enjoyable for all of our attendees. It’s great to have such a fun-filled expo that attracts the Hollywood crowd just as much as the geek, comic and gaming crowd and it’s all right here in our backyard – Los Angeles!”
This year fans can experience NERD Black Friday and also have access to geeky shopping, see all the new toys, games and movies as well as meet all of their favorite actors and celebrities. Fans can shop from retailers like Hot Topic, Toynamii, Mattel, Tokidoki as well as from new emerging artists and creators. These retailers have created exclusive items available only at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo.
“My partners and I are committed to creating a unique, one-of-a-kind fan experience that will be enjoyed by all. I am proud to bring Stan Lee’s Comikaze back to your great city. Comikaze is a show for fans by fans…it embodies everything that is LA,” said Regina Carpinelli, founder and CEO, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. “Part of fulfilling that goal is to partner with industry giants like Diamond Comics, Hot Topic, SyFy Channel and many others! Together we can create amazing and unique fan experiences to make Comikaze one of the world’s largest and most diverse pop culture conventions.”
Additionally, Stan Lee will be on hand to meet his fans, and share with them the largest collection of Marvel movie props and memorabilia ever assembled in one place. On site will also be amazing movie props that Stan Winston Legacy Studios created for hits like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. Additionally, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment will play a big role with several panels at Comikaze, including a special Slam 7 announcement, an unveiling from Mattel, and an introduction of a new app game, along with others. As always, Stan Lee may drop in on other panels as a special guest.
“Comikaze is part of the fan community. Our experience in events, licensing and entertainment will help them exponentially expand their reach and concept globally. We couldn’t be more excited to be part of the Comikaze team!” said Chris DeMoulin, Executive Vice President of Customer Development and President of Licensing for Advanstar.
Celebrities making an appearance at Comikaze include Stan Lee, Elvira, Bruce Campbell, Weird Al, LeVar Burton, Tara Strong, John Romita Jr, Marc Silvestri he entire cast of AMC’s Comic Book Men, and many more. Panel discussions run the gamut, with topics regarding new movie and television show premiers to in-depth comic discussions and workshops on how to become a voice actor to break into the comics industry. The full listing of panels will be available soon at www.comikazeexpo.com.
“POW! Entertainment will have a significant presence at this year’s Comikaze Expo,” stated Gill Champion, President and CEO of POW! Entertainment. “We are excited to host our own pop culture expo in our backyard to share with the fans and Hollywood crowd alike, and showcase Los Angeles as the center of pop culture.”
Take a look behind the scenes at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo by watching the SyFy Network’s new hit show “Fangasm,” which features seven super-nerd fan boys and fan girls who move into the same house in LA, and work as interns for Stan Lee’s Comikaze. New episodes of “Fangasm” air every Tuesday night at 10pm on SyFy.
Buy tickets at Comikazeexpo.com or at the door!
The Expo Basics:
WHEN: Friday, November 1, from 1p.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 2, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 3, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
COST: $25 per day, or $60 for 3-day pass
FREE for children under 12
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street, South Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90015
About Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo
Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, held November 1-3 , 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is the largest multimedia pop culture convention in Los Angeles. Partnering with comic legend Stan Lee and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Comikaze brings together the best in comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime and all other pop culture programming.
About Advanstar Communications, Inc.
Advanstar Communications Inc., the largest producers of trade shows and events in the U.S., is a leading worldwide media company providing integrated marketing solutions for the Fashion, Licensing, Life Sciences and Powersports Industries. Advanstar serves business professionals and consumers in these industries with its portfolio of 147 events, 68 publications and directories, 267 electronic products and Web sites, as well as educational and direct marketing products and services. Market leading brands and a commitment to delivering innovative, quality products and services enables Advanstar to “Connect Our Customers with Theirs.”
About POW! Entertainment, Inc.
POW! Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB: POWN), a multi-media entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book writer Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and the late intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the creation and production of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is utilizing Stan Lee’s historical background by perpetuating his legacy while creating and developing all new live-action films, television, digital games, merchandising, licensing and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with third parties and strategic alliances, including studios and networks, in the production and distribution of new POW! character franchises.