Hey El Moochadores! This last Saturday, Chudd and I were able to pull off the near impossible feat of aligning our schedules (and getting the time off from work) to attend this years Comikaze Expo 2013! Okay, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2013! That’s better.
Now in it’s second year, Comikaze Expo had over 45,000 attendees in 2013 with well over 500 artists and vendors displaying their stuff! Though, Chudd and I were only able to arrange for one day at the con (which means we both saw a lot in that one day, but also missed alot…) this years Comikaze had a bunch of geek affiliated celebrity guest including; Bruce Campbell, Alyssa Milano, Edward James Olmos, Cassandra Peterson (aka Elvira), Weird Al Yankovic, Kevin Smith, and of course Stan Lee. Also, there in attendance were several comic book industry professionals like J. Scott Campbell, John Romita jr., and Kevin Eastman and dozens more! In addition to the celebrity and comic industry professionals, Comikaze had range of panels and screenings to inform and entertain attendees. I thought it was great how they included the “Hot Topic” main stage on the exhibit hall floor so that all attendees could watch celebrity interviews (and a costume contest) without having to wait in line for access to some packed ball room.
Okay, so here’s where I get to say what I liked about this event. First: both Chudd and I want to sincerely thank the organizers for allowing us into the con as press. It was an incredible experience and it meant a great deal to us. Second; it was great to see some of our prior Atomic Moocast interviewees like Nicole Brune, The Winner Twins (who also ran a great panel on creative writing and selling your works to Hollywood!), and we even ran into Mandy Realistikk while in line to meet Weird Al! I should also apologize to the ladies. I’m much more awkward and shy in real life than I am over the internet… d’oh. Third: we’re huge fans of independent work and Comikaze was brimming with independent artist and creators. By going to this event I was able to pick up dozens of indie comics to review here. As well as information on fine art pieces, original graphic works (and their artist), and even geek related charities! Comikaze may not be the biggest event in Southern California, but that also worked in it’s favor! Chudd and I attended on it’s busiest day and we still got access to everything we wanted to see! Don’t get me wrong, I love larger events like San Diego Comic Con, but in recent years it’s become kind of a beast. By attending Comikaze we had time to talk with artist (and writers!) and time to look at their works! So maybe you didn’t get into last years San Diego Comic Con, but that shouldn’t bother you, because Comikaze is here now and it’s a blast!
Below I’ve posted some of the photos Chudd and I took while in attendance on Saturday! There was some very cool cosplay and art at the con and below is just a meager sampling of it all!
Our Pics from Comikaze Expo 2013!