For years and years and years the term “Comic Book Convention” has been synonymous with the San Diego Comic-Con. Los Angeles has had little to say about it until 2011, when Stan Lee’s Comikaze was born!
I didn’t know about the ‘Kaze until last year, when I went up with my roommate and we met another friend there. It was pretty decently sized in 2012, and there was a lot to see. There was too much to see in one day, which was all we had time/money for.
2013 had so much to do/hear/see. There was a reunion of The Adventures of Pete & Pete. There was a Nerdist Writer’s Panel: Comics Edition. There was an Axe Cop panel, Elvira, Stan Lee, and even Lou Ferrigno (Yeah, I imagine the Ferrig is leaving conventions with a bag over his shoulder, hitching down the road to the next).
I ended up shaving my head, completely, for Halloween and Comikaze was, conveniently, the next day. I was Walter White…Heizenberg. It was my first time every doing a costume for any convention and the response was pretty amazing. I heard whispers as I walked by. People approached me and asked for pictures. I even waited in line to meet some people who were promoting their stuff, and they asked for photos with me. You can go ahead and judge the costume for yourself.
Dressing up was half the fun. The other half was the sea of nerds in a collective conscious of awesome culture. So many people don’t even know. When you tell someone that you’re going to a comic convention and they give a weird look…that someone is lost. These conventions are a convention in our freakin’ sweet melting pot of geek and jock alike. It’s a unifying group-think that lets us all be the same for a time. There’s no “king nerd,” just a bunch of nerds having a good time.
In conclusion: Stan Lee’s Comikaze was, is, and will continue to be a huge success. From brand new vendors who started their companies a couple months ago, to Troma celebrating 40 years of entertaining the crap out of people (sometimes literally). The next chance you get to go to a comic convention…do yourself a favor and go. It will be worth it.