Live in the Los Angeles area and looking for something to do this weekend? You should check out Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con (formerly Comikaze Expo), which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday, October 28, through Sunday, October 30! Read on for more details.
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Friday, October 28, 5:00pm-9:00pm (Exhibit Hall ONLY; no panels)
Saturday, October 29, 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, October 30, 10:00am-4:00pm
3-Day Pass $70.00
Friday One Day Pass $25.00
Saturday One Day Pass $35.00
Sunday One Day Pass $30.00
VIP Lounge Pass $670.00
Kids 12 and Under: FREE (with paid adult admission)
Click here to buy tickets! Use promo code IRONMAN for 12% off admission!
If you went to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo last year, you may remember that it took place in both the West Hall and part of the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. However, this year, the show takes place in South Hall, as there are other events going on in West Hall, so if you’re driving in, keep that in mind when you park at the convention center.
Note that due to the Rock ‘N’ Roll Half Marathon taking place in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, October 30, there will be many road closures that morning, lasting from 6:00am to 11:30am. Click here for road closure information.
Will you be cosplaying? Make sure to read the Weapons Policy so that you know ahead of time what is and is not allowed.
If you’ve never been to this event 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 LA Comic Con Survival Guide for other important information.
Friday, October 28
You can pick up your badge as early as 9:00am, though attendees will not be allowed to line up until 2:00pm. Unlike past years, this year Friday is more of a “Preview Night,” in that there will be no panels that day, and attendees will only be able to shop on the Exhibit Hall Floor. Click here for the list of Exhibitors, and see below for the Exhibit Hall floor plan.
Also that night is the 21+ Club Comic Con after party at the Globe Theater, about a mile away from the convention center, with DJ Rufio (yes, the guy that played Rufio in Hook). General Admission tickets are $20.00, while VIP tickets are $30.00. Click here to buy tickets for Club Comic Con.
Saturday, October 29
This is definitely going to be the busiest day at Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con. Badge pickup starts at 7:00am, though the show doesn’t open until 9:00am. Saturday will have talent available for autographs (click here for the autograph schedule) and photo ops (click here for the photo op schedule), including Stan Lee himself, Cary Elwes, cast members from The Flash, and many 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. Note that some stars are only available on Saturday, while others are only available on Sunday, so plan accordingly.
At the end of the day, all 18+ Saturday and 3-Day badge holders are invited to Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con Halloween Cosplay Ball, the FREE official after-party taking place at Club Novo (formerly Club Nokia), next door to the convention center. The Flux Capacitors will be rocking the hits of the 80’s and 90’s, with special guest performances by Farscape’s Gigi Edley, and some AMAZING special guests (last year DMC of Run DMC made an appearance on stage)!
Here are some of Saturday’s programming highlights:
10:00am – 10:30am, Hot Topic Main Stage – Stan Lee – The Reflection
10:00am – 10:50am, Room 403 B – For the Love of Harley Quinn: Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
11:00am – 12:00pm, Room 403A – Swipe Studio, a New Creative App & Neal Adams! Here is your chance to witness design history in the making as legendary artist Neal Adams and master software architect Satoshi Nakajima unveil the eagerly anticipated…Swipe Studio!!
12:00pm – 12:30pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Kings of Con: Rob Benedict and Richard Speight of Supernatural fame talk about their hit web series.
12:30pm – 12:55pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Marvel’s Newest Hero: Luke Cage: Mike Coulter talks about Season 1.
1:00pm – 1:50pm, Room 403 B – Wonder Woman 75: A Retrospect of an Icon: Comic book writers, artists and voice actresses of Wonder Woman – Susan Eisenberg, Christie Marston, Cat Staggs, Shannon Farnon, Albert Ching, and Marc Andreyko.
1:30pm – 2:00pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Cast of The Flash: Join cast members Candice Patton, Teddy Sears and Shanel VanSanten as they spill the beans on the hit CW show, The Flash. (Although Danielle Panabaker is not listed, we would assume she’ll be on the panel as well, since she is listed as a guest on Saturday).
1:30pm – 2:30pm, Room 408 AB – Spotlight on Barb from Stranger Things: Shannon Purser.
2:00pm – 2:30pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Guest of Honor: Cary Elwes
2:30pm – 3:30pm, Room 408 AB – Batman 66 Reunion: Watch this LIVE podcast of Fat Man on Batman featuring Kevin Smith, Ralph Garman, Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar.
3:00pm – 3:30pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Spotlight: Star Trek 50th Anniversary: Join Star Trek alumni including Walter Koenig, Denise Crosby, Robert Picardo, and more.
3:30pm – 4:20pm, Room 408 AB – Voices of the DC Universe: Kevin Conroy, Greg Cipes, Hynden Walch, and Phil LaMarr.
3:30pm – 3:55pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Guest of Honor: Dominic Purcell
4:00pm – 5:00pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – L.A. Comic Con Fashion Show
5:00pm – 6:00pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Cosplay National Championship
5:00pm – 6:30pm, Room 408 AB – Freeform Presents New Sci-Fi Series Beyond: See the premiere episode of Freeform’s new original drama “Beyond.” Panelists include executive producers Tim Kring, David Eick and Adam Nussdorf , and series star Burkely Duffield.
Sunday, October 30
Doors on the final day of Comikaze open at 10:00am, but you can pick up your badge as early as 8:00am if you haven’t gotten it yet. Stars will be signing autographs (click here for the autograph schedule) and doing photo ops (click here for the photo op schedule), but remember, some guests are only available on Saturday, while others are only available on Sunday, so check the schedule and plan accordingly. It’s a shorter day than Saturday, with the show ending at 4:00pm.
Children 12 and under are invited to participate in LA’s Ultimate Trick-or-Treat 1:30pm – 2:00pm. All vendor booths will have candy!
At 3:00pm, on the Hot Topic Main Stage, a Gibson Flying V guitar signed by Stan Lee will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefitting the Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, a downtown Los Angeles center that teaches the comic arts free of charge to local youths.
Below are some of Sunday’s programming highlights:
10:30am – 11:00am, Hot Topic Main Stage – Chris Hardwick Interviews Stan Lee
10:30am – 11:20am, Room 304 ABC – Concept Art of the MCU: The Marvel Report welcomes you to enjoy a conversation with the team of talented artists who are responsible for the amazing concept art from Marvel movies. Learn how they take the characters, costumes and stories of the MCU from the comics to the big screen.
11:00am – 11:25am, Hot Topic Main Stage – Guest of Honor: Gerard Way
11:30am – 12:50pm, Room 406 AB – I Am Batman: Spotlight on Kevin Conroy
12:00pm – 12:30pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Spotlight on Rob Liefeld
12:30pm – 1:30pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Kids Halloween Costume Contest (Registration begins at 11:00am)
1:00pm – 1:50pm, Room 406 AB – Super Natural Sci-fi Episodic Writing Workshop: Brandon Schultz heads a workshop filled with some of TV and Films most diverse writers, including Aaron Rashaan Thomas (Sleepy Hollow), Jesse Alexander (Heroes), Aron Coleite (Heroes), Pat Charles (Bones), and Damon Lindelof (Lost), who discuss the craft and do a “Whose Line is it Anyways” style writing exercise live with the audience.
1:00pm – 2:00pm, Room 408 AB – Con Man Productions: Alan Tudyk is on-hand to talk all about his hit series, Con Man, along with PJ Haarsma and Casper Van Dien.
1:30pm – 2:20pm, Room 409 AB – Visualizing Heroes and Villains – Masters of VFX: Join us for a master class with visual effects industry experts. Learn how the visual effects masters bring your favorite heroes and villains to life in television shows such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Preacher, as well as movies the likes of Sucker Punch, R.I.P.D, Tron Legacy, Pirates of the Caribbean and others.
1:30pm – 2:30pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Prop Making National Championship
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Room 408 AB – Power Rangers: Austin St. John, Walter Jones, David Yost, and Karan Ashley.
2:30pm – 3:30pm, Hot Topic Main Stage – Makeup 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 Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con website to make sure you don’t miss anything! Also be sure to read Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con Survival Guide to help you through the details of the weekend.
Click here to see all of our past coverage of Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, dating back to 2013!