Nov. 03, 2013 | 10:10 a.m.
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.
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 […]
Oct. 18, 2013 | 1:02 p.m.
The celebration of the X-Men’s 50th anniversary continues next month as Marvel releases “X-Men: Gold,” a comic featuring stories from prominent creators in the mutants’ history. The 64-page “X-Men: Gold” No. 1 centers on a feature-length, in-continuity story by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, spotlighting Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Wolverine, Cyclops and Nightcrawler. The one-shot also includes a new X-Men story from series co-creator Stan Lee and Louise and Walt Simonson (“X-Factor”), as well as stories from Len Wein, Jorge Molina, Fabian Nicieza, Salvador Larroca, Roy Thomas and Pat Olliffe — all creators who have helped guide X-comics throughout their first 50 years. Thomas had two well-regarded stints on “X-Men” in the ‘60s before its years-long break in original stories, and Nicieza was a major player in ‘90s X-comics. Wein wrote “Giant-Size X-Men” No. 1, which revived the franchise with […]
Sept. 04, 2013 | 12:00 p.m.
A correction has been added to this post. See below for details. The X-Men’s 50th anniversary arrives in the inimitable style of Marvel’s uncanny mutants, with a comics crossover event, “Battle of the Atom,” that involves team members from past, present and future. As “X-Men: Battle of the Atom” No. 1 lands today, Hero Complex takes a look back at the first 50 years of the mutant franchise’s evolution, with 50 images and detailed captions (which you can turn on and off) in the gallery above. There are major moments here across multiple media — classic story lines, key introductions, hit movies — but also a few notable false starts. It’s a journey that begins with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s “X-Men” No. 1, dated September 1963, and follows the “Strangest Super-Heroes of All” from their important but low-selling early […]
Aug. 31, 2013 | 9:00 a.m.
Say, Lou Ferrigno, did you happen to have any interesting celebrity encounters back when you were starring opposite Bill Bixby on “The Incredible Hulk” TV show? “When I was doing the third season of the show, I was sitting in my trailer in full makeup and there’s a knock on the door. An older guy walks in with glasses and gray hair and a kid with him. He said, ‘My name is Cary Grant — can I please take a picture with you?’ I was floored.” Decades might have passed since Ferrigno’s encounter with the legendary actor, but for many fans, Ferrigno, in all his massive, green-body-paint glory, remains the physical manifestation of Marvel’s big mean machine. The character looms large for the actor as well. “It began with me as the Hulk,” Ferrigno said in an interview with Hero […]
Aug. 21, 2013 | 11:47 a.m.
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 […]
March 20, 2013 | 4:41 p.m.
PERSPECTIVE It’s probably no coincidence that television reached a new level of critical respectability after its most serious shows embraced serialized storytelling, both as a way to hook audiences and a way to develop more novelistic depth. It’s an approach Marvel Comics already had figured out in the 1960s. When writer-editor Stan Lee and his bullpen of artists started introducing cliffhangers, romantic melodrama and long-simmering subplots into superhero comics, Marvel suddenly became hip and popular, and was even written about in mainstream publications, long before the “comics aren’t for kids anymore” headlines of the 1980s. Yet even more than Lee, the Marvel writer who best played to the strengths of serialization was Chris Claremont. In 1975, when Claremont was still in his mid-20s, he took the assignment to write for Marvel’s revival of “The X-Men”: a team of superpowered, socially […]
Jan. 11, 2013 | 1:44 p.m.
Stan Lee. (POW entertainment) Just two weeks after celebrating his 90th birthday, comics icon Stan Lee shows no signs of slowing down. For his latest venture in a decades-long career that includes co-creating Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, Lee will launch a new family-friendly multimedia imprint, Stan Lee’s Kids Universe, on Feb. 2 at an event in Los Angeles. A joint venture between 1821 Comics and Lee’s company POW Entertainment, the imprint will publish print and digital formats, including graphic novels, picture books, e-books and games tailored to children. Aiming at a younger audience than the usual fanboy demographic, the imprint “was created to provide children with big imaginations an entirely new universe to explore, with the aim of telling stories that they haven’t read before yet provide educational value as well,” Lee said in a prepared statement. […]
Sept. 15, 2012 | 10:00 a.m.
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.
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 […]