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Nov. 02, 2014 | 5:59 p.m.

The talk of Comikaze: Stan Lee, ‘Game of Thrones,’ Deadpool

Katrena Woodson as Valkyrie of the "Thor" comics. (Jenna Schoenefeld / Los Angeles Times)
The convention is called Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo for a reason. “It wouldn’t be ‘Legends of Comics’ without this man right here, Mr. Stan Lee,” announced Mike Zapcic of the AMC series “Comic Book Men” as the annual event’s namesake crashed a panel discussion Saturday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “I heard they were here,” Lee told the audience, referring to the panelists on the main stage — comic book creator Rob Liefeld, artist John Romita Jr. and creator and Top Cow Chief Executive Marc Silvestri. “They’re the greatest, they’re good friends of mine and I wanted to make sure you treat them OK.” Such were the moments fans soaked up at Comikaze Expo, which brought together so many facets of the pop culture community — the talent behind comics, cosplayers posing for photos, exhibition booths with artist prints […]
Oct. 31, 2014 | 12:46 p.m.

Comikaze lures ‘Thrones’ cast, Batman, cosplayers to downtown L.A.

Daniel DesVoigne, from Paso Robles, Calif., cosplays as Jack Skellington from Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas" during Comikaze 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
More than 60,000 sci-fi, fantasy and comics fans are gathering at the Los Angeles Convention Center downtown this Halloween weekend for Stan Lee’s Comikaze. The home-grown pop culture expo, now in its fourth year, features panels, screenings, game tournaments, merchants and guest speakers from the genre entertainment world, not to mention costume contests and trick-or-treating — a dry option in case rainy weather predictions are correct. The convention kicks off this afternoon and runs through Sunday. Among Comikaze‘s featured guests this year are Gwendoline Christie, who plays lady knight Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” and who will star in “Star Wars: Episode VII” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2″; “Game of Thrones” actor Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy); classic “Batman” stars Adam West and Julie Newmar; John Barrowman, of “Doctor Who,” “Torchwood” and […]
Oct. 28, 2014 | 1:31 p.m.

Captain Marvel, Black Panther get stand-alone films; Twitter rejoices

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Captain Marvel will headline her own movie in 2018, Marvel announced Tuesday, and Black Panther, Doctor Strange and the Inhumans are on deck. Marvel’s new lineup was announced at a special event at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre, and comics creators took to Twitter to celebrate the news. Perhaps most compelling among the online reactions was that of longtime “Captain Marvel” writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, whose fans tweeted their support using the hashtag #CarolCorps — a reference to their informal network of admirers of cosmic hero Carol Danvers, the Air Force pilot formerly known as Ms. Marvel. Oh! Wow. — Kelly Sue Demonic (@kellysue) October 28, 2014 Did not see that coming. — Kelly Sue Demonic (@kellysue) October 28, 2014 That’s right before my birthday. Can you preorder movie tickets…? — Kelly Sue Demonic (@kellysue) October 28, 2014 Uh… so is […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 5:27 p.m.

New York Comic Con cosplay gallery: On the scene at the pop culture expo

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George Clooney kicked off New York Comic Con with a surprise appearance at the pop culture expo to promote his upcoming adventure, “Tomorrowland,” directed and co-written by Brad Bird. But the actor was hardly the only special guest attending the four day pop-culture expo, taking place at Manhattan’s Javits Center from Thursday through Sunday. Over the course of the next few days, stars from a number of fan-favorite series — including AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Fox’s “Gotham” and Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” — along with such genre icons as Patrick Stewart and Adam West, are expected to participate in panel discussions, Q&As and signings. In all, New York Comic Con is expected to draw some 130,000 fans to the convention that come to rival the West Coast’s Comic-Con International in San Diego in size and scale. Fans on the floor […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 1:02 p.m.

New York Comic Con: Batman, ‘Daredevil,’ more in weekend panel picks

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New York Comic Con kicked off Thursday with an Adam West Batman tribute, a spotlight on “Doctor Who” actor Arthur Darvill and Disney’s previews of “Tomorrowland” and “Big Hero 6,” among other panels. The pop-culture expo, held at Manhattan’s Javits Center today through Sunday, is expected to draw some 130,000 fans for a four-day convention that has come to rival the West Coast’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. If your schedule for this weekend’s events is still up in the air, consider these must-see NYCC panels slated for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FRIDAY TNT’S “The Librarians“ 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Empire Stage 1-E The upcoming series (based on the TV movies) follow a group of librarians on their adventures to protect mysterious, ancient artifacts. This panel features a sneak peek of the first episode, which premieres Dec. 7, and […]
Oct. 09, 2014 | 11:45 a.m.

Marvel Experience: Tour dates revealed for live-action domed attraction

Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk are hitting the road. Hero Ventures, the company behind the new live-action road show featuring favorite Marvel comics characters, revealed the first four stops on their “Marvel Experience: The World’s First Hyper-Reality Tour” at New York Comic-Con on Thursday. Designed with the aid of concept artist Aaron Sims, who worked on “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “X-Men: First Class,” the show covers more than two acres and encompasses seven colossal domes, a life-size Avengers Quinjet, the world’s only 360-degree, 3-D stereoscopic full-dome attraction and a state-of-the-art 4-D motion ride. The “Experience” will preview in Phoenix from Dec. 12-Jan. 3, 2015, before officially premiering in Dallas on Jan. 9. The attraction will come to California in February 2015, opening Feb. 7 in San Diego at the Domes at Del Mar Fairgrounds, where it will […]
Oct. 08, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.

J.K. Rowling teases fans, tweets riddles about ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Sorry, Potterheads. Harry isn’t getting another novel, despite enigmatic tweets from author J.K. Rowling that led some to believe book No. 8 was in the works. Rowling enchanted her online fans Wednesday with a series of riddles and hints about her current projects. She posted an anagram, “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.” Magic-loving Muggles on Reddit tried to decipher the cryptic clue and came up with, “Harry returns! Won’t say any details now. A week off. No comment.” Sadly for Potter fans, Rowling debunked the theory, calling another book about the Boy Who Lived “wishful thinking.” FULL COVERAGE: Harry Potter through the years Instead, fans eventually figured out, the anagram’s solution was, “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours…” — the first line of a synopsis for the […]
Oct. 01, 2014 | 5:44 p.m.

DC Entertainment to revisit licensing deals following T-shirt uproar

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DC Entertainment will reevaluate licensing agreements after the comics giant was criticized for lending its name to perceived sexist T-shirts for children, the company said Wednesday. Upset parents and other fans recently took to social media to hammer away at the company after shirts for children were found on store shelves with what they called sexist messages. One shirt in particular for girls that drew ire read, “Training to be Batman’s Wife.” Other shirts for children have various but related slogans and sayings, including pajamas for girls saying: “I Only Date Superheroes.” A shirt for boys has a picture of Superman kissing Wonder Woman saying: “Superman does it again” and “Score!” DC Entertainment agreed with its critics. “All our fans are incredibly important to us, and we understand that the messages on certain T-shirts are offensive. We agree,” the company said […]
Sept. 28, 2014 | 7:51 p.m.

Long Beach Comic Con: Cosplay photos, from Deadpool to Pinkie Pie

Waylon Wilkerson, 33, poses as the Wolverine at the Long Beach Comic Con at the Long Beach Convention Center. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Photographer Genaro Molina headed down to Long Beach this weekend to capture the cosplay on display at the 2014 Long Beach Comic Con. Click through the gallery above for a look at some of this year’s more colorful Comic Con attendees. In its sixth year, the convention featured a showroom floor filled with booths offering clothing, toys, artists’ drawings and comic properties, movie item replicas and numerous cosplay how-to sessions for fledgling costumers. Panel discussions and in-depth conversations with creators — including in the convention’s 104 A auditorium, which this year was redubbed the “Hero Complex” theater for the weekend — were also a part of the convention’s programming. Discussions of race and gender in comics and spotlight sessions devoted to “Hellboy” mastermind Mike Mignola, Man of Action Studios, 75 years of Batman and the zany minds behind “Robot Chicken” […]
July 28, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Hollywood stirs fan fervor to the very end

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If Hollywood seemed a tad quieter than normal this past weekend, there was a good reason: Like moths to a porch light — or Batman to the Bat Signal — film and television creators, executives and stars were drawn en masse to downtown San Diego in an effort to drum up excitement for their upcoming wares at the annual Comic-Con International pop-culture expo. The unveiling of the first footage from the highly anticipated superhero mash-up “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and an extended early glimpse at “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” may have sent the biggest reverberations through the four-day film, television, video-game and comic-book fest. But there was plenty of other news to stir the excitement of the 130,000 or so convention-goers who descended upon the San Diego Convention Center, many decked out in costume, to watch exclusive […]
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