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Dec. 08, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

‘Marvels & Monsters’ exhibit explores comics’ portrayal of Asians

Marvels & Monsters exhibit (featured image)
With his slit-like eyes, spiky nails and Fu Manchu mustache, this Chinese mastermind’s appearance was about as subtle as his name — the Yellow Claw. Evil, exotic and bent on ruling the world, he made his debut in 1956, looming ominously on an Atlas Comics cover as a headline gasped, “Who … or what … is he??!” The Claw belongs to a “rogues’ gallery” of characters featured in an exhibition looking at Asians and Asian Americans in almost half a century of American comic books. The show, drawn from the collection of sci-fi writer William F. Wu, is visiting the Japanese American National Museum through Feb. 9. “Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986” examines eight main archetypes: the Alien, the Brain, the Brute, the Guru, the Kamikaze, the Lotus Blossom, the Manipulator and the Temptress. “The […]
Nov. 12, 2013 | 1:05 p.m.

WonderCon 2014: Comic convention returning to Anaheim April 18-20

WonderCon is returning to Anaheim for a third year in 2014. The pop culture expo is slated for April 18-20. WonderCon is run by the organizers of San Diego’s Comic-Con International, which announced the WonderCon dates on its blog Tuesday morning, and is in many ways a smaller version of that mega-convention. More than 56,000 sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comics fans and professionals descended on Anaheim for this year’s event, which offered panel discussions for blockbuster films, popular television shows and comics creators, not to mention portfolio reviews for aspiring professionals, book signings, a cosplay masquerade, video game demonstrations and geek-friendly shopping on the convention floor. Next year’s expo, to be held over Easter weekend, marks WonderCon’s third engagement at the Anaheim Convention Center after renovations and scheduling conflicts at San Francisco’s Moscone Center forced the convention from its Bay […]
Nov. 04, 2013 | 9:22 a.m.

‘Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ fan celebration: Watch it live at 2 p.m.

J.R.R. Tolkien fans who can’t attend today’s global celebration for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” can watch the satellite transmission right here on Hero Complex, using the live stream video below. The event is set for 2 p.m. PST, with director Peter Jackson and several cast members gathering at satellite-linked theaters in Los Angeles, New York, London and Wellington, New Zealand, to screen scenes from the Dec. 13 release and answer questions in front of a live audience. Audiences in Brussels, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Paris, Rome, Toronto, Hamburg, Germany; and Sydney, Australia will be able to buy tickets to watch the scenes and interviews live in theaters, and the event also will be streamed live online, in the video below, though with an edited version of the scenes from the film. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will host the […]
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 […]
Aug. 21, 2013 | 11:47 a.m.

Exclusive: Stan Lee serenades Geekie Awards with ‘geek hymn’

Stan Lee Geekie Awards (featured image)
Stan Lee brought his singing voice to the Geekie Awards. Lee, who received lifetime achievement honors at the inaugural event Sunday, serenaded the audience at Hollywood’s Avalon Hotel with an ode to geekdom. “I’m very thrilled to get this whatever the hell it is,” Lee said, accepting the trophy — a blue phaser he promptly tucked in his waistband. “I was thinking to myself, you probably want a speech…. I have written a geek hymn, and since I have a captive audience, it’s a song.” Then, to the tune of “Yankee Doodle,” Lee sang: “Let us praise those who are geeks / And pity those who aren’t. / We’re a very special clique. / All else is just abhorrent. / Only geeks know what is in – / That’s why we’re so admired. / You could hear geeks speak all […]
July 05, 2013 | 2:29 p.m.

Cosplay parade in full swing at Anime Expo 2013

Princesses, warriors, robots and all manner of fantastical creatures poured through the doors of the Los Angeles Convention Center Friday morning for the second day of the 22nd annual Anime Expo, a celebration of Japanese cartoons and comic books that includes gaming, comics, concerts, fashion shows, lectures and more. More than 50,000 people are expected to turn up for the weekend event — most of them dressed as a favorite character or in trendy Japanese fashions, and ready to pose for photographers. High school senior Allison Martin was the subject of a number of shots Friday — clad as Princess Euphemia from “Code Geass,” she wore a long, elegantly styled pink wig and a white ball gown. “It’s sort of like I really hope no one from my school sees me here,” said Martin with a nervous laugh. “I don’t […]
July 03, 2013 | 6:30 a.m.

Cosplayers expected in droves for Anime Expo

Andrew Olson from Las Vegas removes his oversized mask resembling anime character Corporal Kerero at the 2011 Anime Expo. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
With a character in mind, they set out. Yards of fabric in bright colors come together to resemble animated garb, accompanied by equally colorful wigs, accessories and makeup. The cosplayers and anime-lovers are getting ready for the second-largest anime convention in the country. This weekend, more than 50,000 people, many of them dressed as favorite characters or in trendy Japanese fashions, are expected to turn up at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the 22nd annual Anime Expo, a celebration of Japanese cartoons and comic books that includes gaming, comics, concerts, fashion shows, lectures and more. Event Organizer Greg Hignight said attendance has grown as the Internet has made the Japanese animated content more accessible to American audiences, along with exposure on the Cartoon Network. “Because the world is flattening, it’s a lot easier for people to discover international content,” […]
June 28, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.

‘Pacific Rim’: See it early, free with Guillermo del Toro

Most moviegoers will have to wait until July 12 to see “Pacific Rim,” but a few hundred Hero Complex readers will get to see the much-anticipated robots-vs.-kaiju epic early on Wednesday, July 10, at our free IMAX screening in Long Beach. The special advanced screening of the futuristic tale will include a Q&A with the film’s Oscar-nominated director and co-writer Guillermo del Toro, moderated by Hero Complex editor Gina McIntyre. “Pacific Rim” chronicles the battle between giant alien monsters who invade our world and the enormous robots — called Jaegers — which humans build and pilot to defeat the alien threat. (Click through the gallery above for some scenes from the movie.) The film marks Del Toro’s first directing gig since 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.” “Pacific Rim’s” cast includes Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Robert Kazinsky, Max Martini, Burn […]
June 27, 2013 | 5:19 p.m.

Comic-Con: Celebs to don ‘Star Wars’ costumes for lightsaber relay

Costumed participants in the 2012 Course of the Force relay. (Lucasfilm)
“Glee” star Chris Colfer and model Adrianne Curry will be among a dozen celebrities donning “Star Wars” costumes and joining the legion of runners in this year’s Course of the Force, a lightsaber relay leading up to Comic-Con International in San Diego. Thousands are expected to participate in the Course of the Force, an Olympic-style relay launched last year by Lucasfilm and Nerdist Industries to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This year’s relay kicks off July 9 at Skywalker Ranch, north of San Francisco, and follows the coast some 500 miles down to San Diego. (Last year’s 136-mile run began in Santa Monica.) The relay ends in San Diego on July 16, in time for Comic-Con International, which runs July 17-21 at the city’s waterfront convention center, drawing more than 130,000 professionals and enthusiasts in the realms of sci-fi, fantasy, video games, […]
June 27, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

Saturn Awards winners list: ‘Avengers,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ and more

Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), left, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in a scene from 2012's “The Avengers.” (Marvel)
Marvel’s blockbuster superhero flick “The Avengers” and AMC’s acclaimed series “Breaking Bad” led the 2013 Saturn Awards, winning in more categories than any other film or TV show, respectively. The Saturn Awards, held Wednesday evening at the Castaway Event Center’s Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, were presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, honoring genre entertainment released between Feb. 1, 2012, and Feb. 11, 2013.  (The academy was founded in 1972 by film historian Donald A. Reed to recognize films often overlooked by mainstream awards and has expanded in recent years.) The event, in its 39th year, was dedicated to Richard Matheson (“I Am Legend,” “The Twilight Zone”), the prolific sci-fi writer who died Sunday. Matheson had been slated to receive the academy’s Visionary Award for his contributions to literature, film and television. The award was presented […]
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