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The Comikaze Expo Hits Los Angeles

Written By: Abel S.

November 1st, 2011

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Now that you’re coming down from your Halloween candy sugar rush, it’s time to jump back into all things cool and head back out on the convention circuit.  On November 5th & 6th, the first ever Comikaze Expo (http://comikazeexpo.com/) will be taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  According to the website, this is the kind of convention that Los Angeles has long deserved.  Looking at the schedule of events and the list of celebrities attending, I’m inclined to agree.  This looks to be one jam packed weekend of fun.

For starters there will be gaming tournaments held all weekend.  I’m not just talking about TCG and Warhammer. I’m talking about Mario Kart, Super Mario World and Super Mario Brothers 3. A small entry fee gets you into the tournament.  Score the most points in five minutes and you advance! This is a great opportunity or all you Mario fans out there.

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What’s that you say?  What about celebrities?  Comikaze has got ‘em by the boatload!  The Godfather of Comics himself, Stan Lee will be there to kick things off with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  If you’re an Elvira fan then you’ll definitely want to head to the Expo as this promises to be her very last in costume convention appearance!  That’s right kids; the Expo’s official ‘spooksperson’ is hanging up that famous black dress after this weekend. 

Who else will be there?  Oh, let’s take a quick gander at the list: Mark Hamill, Ernest Borgnine, Judd Nelson, Noah Hathaway, Tony Todd, Richard Hatch, Chase Masterson, Betsy Russell, Tim Russ, Richard Roundtree, Sybil Danning, Erik Estrada, Morgan Fairchild, Marina Sirtis, Robert Picardo….the list goes on. 

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What about panels you say?  Well let me just tease you with a few highlights.

DISCUSSION PANELS:

Check out Steampunk 101 and get an introduction to this fast growing widespread community.

Darkness Rising: New Voices in Horror:  Come to this panel and learn the process of writing horror comics.

Speaking of, there will also be a panel titled, “Tales of Breaking into Comics” where you’ll hear stories from some notable comic writers about how they got their start…and how you can, too!

At the Zombie Books panel, you’ll learn about the explosion of zombie literature over the last ten years and possibly what the future holds.

If you were ever a fan of the Nickelodeon show “All That” then don’t miss the first ever reunion of the cast at 1pm! 

Sushi Girl:  See footage from this all new independent crime drama starring Tony Todd and Mark Hamill.  I had a chance to see some of this footage at San Diego Comic Con and I was stoked by what I saw already.  I’m hoping to see even more this time.

Anime 201:  At this panel, you’ll learn a brief history of Japanese animation as well as its fandom and a few tips on what you should be watching.  This would be a great panel to attend if you were ever curious about this subculture.

The Future of Digital Comics:  In this panel, several different professionals from all aspects of comic books will be discussing the evolution and future of comic books.

Finally, what would a convention be without a Star Trek Q & A?  Well, come and find out!

This is just a tease, mind you. For a full schedule of events please visit: http://comikazeexpo.com/schedule-of-events/

So how much would you pay for all this? $20 dollars? $30 dollars? $50 dollars? Well are you sitting down? It's only $12 dollars each day. You read that right. Twelve bucks. Naturally, parking is a separate fee. Ample parking is available at the convention center, and there are many options for public transportation including DASH and Metro Bus & Rail. 

$12 is a great deal for all this conent.  Per the website, “We don’t think having fun should cost an arm and a leg.  It’s important to us to put on a great show that’s affordable to ALL!”  That to me is the best bargain I’ve found in quite awhile.  And trust me; I’m always looking for a bargain.  Further information can be found on their site.  Hope to see you there!

For More Information Please Visit:

Comikaze Expo Home Page

Comikaze on Facebook