Comikaze

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 […]
Nov. 03, 2013 | 10:10 a.m.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze cosplay: Thor, Loki, Disney, Batman and more

Des Grisham, of Los Angeles, works on the finishing touches for her Wonder Woman costume in the women's restroom at the Los Angeles Convention Center during Comikaze 2013. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Thor, Loki, Captain America and Iron Man cosplayers mill around the escalators in the Los Angeles Convention Center lobby on Saturday morning during Stan Lee’s Comikaze. A group of X-Men gather on the stairs, and a dozen people dressed as “Star Wars” bounty hunter Boba Fett pose together, wielding their blasters for the cameras. Thousands of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book fans gathered in downtown Los Angeles this weekend for Comikaze, the homegrown pop culture expo that wraps up Sunday. The convention, now in its third year, featured panels, screenings, game tournaments, merchants and guest speakers from the genre entertainment world. Comikaze began as a passion project for Regina Carpinelli, chief executive of Comikaze Entertainment, and her siblings after ticketing complications kept them from attending San Diego’s Comic-Con International. “We were terribly bummed,” Carpinelli told Hero Complex. “We thought, ‘There needs to be a show that […]
Oct. 30, 2013 | 11:52 a.m.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze brings sci-fi, fantasy, comics fans to L.A.

Stan Lee's Comikaze (featured image)
Tens of thousands of sci-fi, fantasy and comics enthusiasts, many in costume, are expected to take over the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend for Stan Lee’s Comikaze. The homegrown pop culture expo kicks off Friday, bringing a slate of panels, screenings, game tournaments, merchants and guest speakers from the genre entertainment world to downtown Los Angeles. Comikaze, now in its third year, began as a passion project for Regina Carpinelli, currently chief executive of Comikaze Entertainment, and her siblings. “It’s been our family tradition for nearly 20 years — and I’m the only girl — that the one thing we all agree on is we all loved San Diego Comic-Con,” Carpinelli said. “A couple of years ago, when they had their online ticket process change, we couldn’t get tickets. We were terribly bummed…. We thought, ‘There needs to be […]
Sept. 16, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.

Comikaze cosplay: Catwoman, Wolverine, Zelda and more

Comikaze 2012 (featured image)
Frodo Baggins, Batman, Power Girl and Street Fighter’s Chun Li were in attendance at Stan Lee’s Comikaze — or at least their look-alikes were. In classic comic convention tradition, many attendees of this weekend’s expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center arrived in costume. Spotted Saturday were the Doctor and his TARDIS, “Jurassic Park’s” Dr. Alan Grant and a T-Rex driving around in Power Wheels Jeeps, X-Man Rogue, “Adventure Time’s” Finn and Jake, several Stormtropers and a slew of other characters from anime, film, video games, television and comics. Click through the gallery above for a quick look at some of Comikaze’s creative cosplay. – Noelene Clark RECENT AND RELATED Comikaze: Stan Lee unveils mobile game Verticus Comikaze: Elvira, Quidditch, zombies and more Comic-Con alternative Tr!ckster — a brand new bag Cosplay photos: Anime Expo 2012, a look back Holly Conrad puts costumes in the […]
Sept. 15, 2012 | 10:00 a.m.

Comikaze: Stan Lee unveils trailer for mobile game Verticus

Verticus (featured image)
Verticus, an upcoming mobile game from comics icon Stan Lee, enlists anyone with an iPhone to save the Earth from alien invaders. Lee and the game’s developers debuted a trailer for Verticus during a Saturday morning press conference at Comikaze, the homegrown pop culture convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The trailer opens with a view of Earth from space as Lee’s distinctive voice narrates: “The world is in peril. An evil alien race known as the Obliterators has infiltrated the Earth’s core, where they’re constructing a horrific doomsday device… No weapon or ordinary human has any hope of reaching it in time, except for our hero.” The hero is Verticus, a new character created by Lee for the game, which is slated for an October release. Verticus was developed by Moonshark, a fledgling publisher backed by CAA and Qualcomm. The […]
Sept. 13, 2012 | 12:07 p.m.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze: Elvira, Quidditch, zombies and more

Stan Lee's Comikaze (featured image)
A legion of zombie fans, comics geeks, wizard wannabes and gamers are expected to converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center for a weekend of panels, exhibits, video games and live music at Stan Lee’s Comikaze. Now in its second year, Comikaze began as a passion project for Southern California siblings Regina, Fabiano and Mario Carpinelli, who sought to create a convention focused on (and affordable for) local sci-fi, fantasy, horror and gaming fans. Despite some logistical hiccups in its freshman year, the pop-culture convention’s turnout of about 30,000 last November exceeded expectations — a success that enticed comics icon Stan Lee and horror hostess Elvira to come on board as business partners, Regina Carpinelli said. The convention was rebranded Stan Lee’s Comikaze presented by POW!, and organizers estimate it will draw 60,000 fans — double last year’s attendance. The […]
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