Live in the Los Angeles area and looking for something to do this weekend? You should check out Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday, October 30, through Sunday, November 1! Read on for more details.
|What:||Stan Lee’s Comikaze
Comic, Anime, Gaming, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Expo
|Where:||Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
|When:||Friday, October 30, 1pm-7pm
Saturday, October 31, 9am-6pm
Sunday, November 1, 10am-4pm
|Price:||3-Day Pass $75.00
Friday or Sunday One Day Pass $30.00
Saturday One Day Pas $35.00
Kids 12 and Under: FREE (with paid adult admission)
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If you’ve been to Comikaze in the past few years, you’ll know that the show has taken place in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. However, this year, the show takes place in Hall K of the South Hall, and has expanded to include the West Hall, Concourse Hall, and Petree Hall. The Hot Topic Main Stage, autographs, and photo ops will be located in the South Hall, while vendors, Artist Alley, Stan Lee’s Mega Museum, and the Spooky World of Elvira will be located in the West Hall. If you’ve never been to Comikaze before, you should know that the Hot Topic Main Stage has very limited seating, and is mostly standing room only, so that anyone can walk up and watch whoever is on stage. Check out the Comikaze Survival Guide for other important information.
Friday, October 30
You can pick up your badge as early as 10am, though doors to the show don’t open until 1pm, and panels don’t start until 3pm. Friday is more of a half day at Comikaze. Only a small number of people will be available for autographs (click here for the autograph schedule), and it doesn’t look like any photo ops are available. Be aware that there’s usually a fee for autographs, so make sure to allot extra money for that. This would be a good day to walk the exhibit hall floor, as it most likely won’t be very crowded.
Here are some of Friday’s programming highlights:
3:30 pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Stan Lee Welcome and Reflection
5:00 pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Le Geek so Chic Fashion Show
5:00pm, Room 515B – Heroes Reborn: A Q&A on the Tie In Media: Q&A with Heroes Reborn writers Peter J. Wacks and Kevin J. Anderson
6:00pm, Room 511ABC – Supermansion: Creators, Writers, and Executive Producers Matt Senreich and Zeb Wells will discuss their brand-new stop-motion animated comedy
Saturday, October 31
This is definitely going to be the busiest day at Comikaze. Badge pickup starts at 7am, though the show doesn’t open until 9am. Saturday will have a full slate of talent available for not only autographs (click here for the autograph schedule), but photo ops as well (click here for the photo op schedule), including Carrie Fisher, Summer Glau, Casper Van Dien, Stan Lee, and more. Just a reminder that there is usually a fee for autographs and photo ops. You can pre-purchase autographs and photo ops for a few of the stars when you order your tickets online, but for most, you’ll have to purchase on site.
Kids 12 and under are invited to trick-or-treat at vendor booths in the West Hall 12-2pm.
At the end of the day, all 18+ Saturday and 3-Day badge holders are invited to Comikaze Expo’s Halloween Cosplay Ball, the FREE official Comikaze after-party taking place at Club Nokia, next door to the convention center, starting at 8:00pm.
Here are some of Saturday’s programming highlights:
10:30am, Hot Topic Main Stage – Adventure Time Cast
12:00pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Spotlight on Summer Glau
1:30pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Legends of Comics-Part 1: Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Stan Lee
1:45pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Legends of Comics-Part 1: Marc Silvestri & Rob Liefeld
2:00pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Rob Liefeld
2:00pm, Room 515A – BLOOD, SWEATERS & TEARS: GETTING IN DEEP WITH BOJACK HORSEMAN: Join creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, series designer Lisa Hannawalt and supervising director Mike Hollingsworth for an in-depth journey into the making of the smash-hit Netflix series. The first 50 people at the panel will get free BoJack horse heads, and the next 50 people will get BoJack Season 2 posters.
3:00pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Kid’s Costume Contest
4:00pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Cosplay National Championship
4:00pm, Room 515A – Pete & Pete: Catch up with the stars of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Danny Tamberelli and Mike Marrona
Sunday, November 1
Doors on the final day of Comikaze open at 10:00am. Many of the stars will still be around for autographs (click here for the autograph schedule), and photo ops (click here for photo op schedule), but some will not, so make sure to check the schedule and plan accordingly. It’s a shorter day than Saturday, with the show ending at 4:00pm.
Below are some of Sunday’s programming highlights:
10:00am, Room 502A – Babylon 5 Reunion
10:30am, Hot Topic Main Stage – 2001: A Space Odyssey Cast Reunion: Keir Dulea and Gary Lockwood
10:30am, Room 515B – Sons of Anarchy Cast Reunion
11:00am, Hot Topic Main Stage – William Shatner’s Man O’ War: Cinematic Graphic Novel: William Shatner and executive producers premiere Season 2 of a new type of digital comic book.
11:30am, Hot Topic Main Stage – Spartacus Cast Reunion
12:00pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – All That! Cast Reunion: Kel Mitchell, Danny Tamberelli, Katrina Johnson, Alisa Reyes, Angelique Bates, Lisa Foiles, Jack DeSena, Christina Kirkman, Ryan Coleman
1:00pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Star Trek’s Walter Koenig
1:30pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – DMC (Yes, of Run DMC)
2:00pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Prop Making National Championship
This post doesn’t even begin to cover the massive amount of pop culture and comic book icons that will be at Stan Lee’s Comikaze, so check out Comikaze’s website to make sure you don’t miss anything! Also be sure to read Comikaze’s Survival Guide to help you through the details of the weekend.
Click here for our coverage of Comikaze 2014!