Nov. 02, 2014 | 5:59 p.m.
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.
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 […]
July 24, 2014 | 4:46 p.m.
Fans hoping for a chance to meet Stan Lee at Comic-Con International in San Diego were disappointed to learn Thursday that the Marvel icon was forced to bow out of his scheduled appearances at the pop culture expo. The culprit? A case of laryngitis. In a statement released Thursday, the first full day of Comic-Con 2014, a spokesman for Lee said, “Unfortunately, Stan Lee has lost his voice due to laryngitis and is unable to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and has regrettably had to cancel his appearances. Stan is otherwise well and in good health, though he is disappointed to miss the event and wishes everyone a great time.” FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 Lee, 91, had been set to attend the convention on Friday and Saturday. Marvel enthusiasts will, however, be able to catch a glimpse of the […]
June 23, 2014 | 5:06 p.m.
In October 1939, Marvel Comics (then known as Timely Comics) was born in New York City, from pulp magazine publisher Martin Goodman. This year, the little comics outlier will celebrate its 75th anniversary as a myth-making powerhouse. To commemorate the occasion, Marvel Entertainment will publish the “Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration” No. 1, a new anthology issue coming to comic shops and digital devices this October. The oversized collection will feature cover art from Eisner Award winner Paolo Rivera, who collaborated with his inker-father Joe Rivera on “Daredevil.” Inside, the collection continues to boast some of Marvel’s biggest names, including James Robinson and Chris Samnee, who will take readers back to the day when the Fantastic Four was born. Emmy- and Eisner-winning storyteller Bruce Timm will adapt “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge,” the very first Marvel Comics story from the legendary Stan Lee. The original text-only story from the former Marvel president was […]
May 02, 2014 | 11:47 a.m.
Free Comic Book Day arrives Saturday, with more than 2,000 participating comic book shops readying their annual blowout of gratis titles and in-store appearances across the country. Marvel’s planning to release a complimentary issue of “Guardians of the Galaxy” that will tease to a game-changing event for Spider-Man, while DC is launching a new series with “The New 52: Futures End” No. 0, which marks Batman Beyond’s debut in the New 52 universe. (The series will continue its weekly run with issue No. 1 set to hit stands Wednesday.) In all, more than 60 titles will be made available at no cost: among them, Dark Horse will release a complimentary issue of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”; Archie Comics will offer “Archie Digest” No. 1, which features a new introduction to the Riverdale gang; and IDW will offer a free issue […]
April 08, 2014 | 2:27 p.m.
This post has been corrected. See note below for details. Stan Lee has created countless heroes; with his latest project, he’s now joining their ranks. “Stan Lee’s Mighty 7: Beginnings” arrives as the first installment in a trilogy of animated films starring the comics legend on Blu-ray and DVD next week. The movie sees Lee tasked with helping out a group of aliens that has crash-landed in the desert and must learn how to become superheroes. Unfortunately, Lee’s battling a bout of writer’s block at the time. Hero Complex readers can check out an exclusive clip of Lee sharing his thoughts on the project below. The Marvel maestro, of course, had his own heroes growing up. Chief among them? Celluloid swashbuckler Errol Flynn. “To me he was the perfect hero in all the roles he played,” Lee said in the […]
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 […]