The world of comics continues to inspire youth culture and adult fans globally and with the plethora of superhero movies being re-produced over the past few years, the idea of growing a massive comic expo in Los Angeles makes complete sense. Who better to take things to the next level than the Godfather of comics himself, Stan Lee.
Yesterday, Comikaze Entertainment, the producers behind the mega multimedia pop culture, comic book, horror, anime, and gaming convention, announced a partnership with Stan Lee and his company POW! Entertainment. To provide a sense of the scope of this expo, in i’s debut year in 2011, 40,000 people attended with 300 exhibitors, and named Best New Convention by LA Weekly.
The partnership with Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment, to be re-branded the Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, running from September 15-16, 2012, promises a larger experience with more vendors, movie screenings, autograph signings, panel sessions, and on-site gaming tournaments. “The inauguration of Comikaze Expo demonstrated the mighty appetite and eager response from fans to experience a Los Angeles-based event that provides a variety of comic book and pop culture entertainment,” said Stan Lee, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment. “We saw an opportunity to creatively take this event to new heights through our partnership and we seized it!”
Regina Carpinelli, Founder and CEO of Comikaze Entertainment Inc. commented: “Stan is one of the greatest entertainment icons of our generation and the godfather of modern comics. We expect him to be instrumental in developing the Los Angeles Comikaze Convention. We have partnered with one of pop cultures most celebrated figures and we plan to wow not only LA but also the world. Audiences can anticipate a highly interactive experience at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, unlike any other show. We want to change the way conventions are created and make an ultimate fan experience year round. Besides, it’s about damn time Stan had his own convention!” An additional twist for the upcoming convention is a unique ticket offering that enlists fans into the Stan Lee’s Comikaze Army. This interactive ticket includes a weekend pass, armband, dog tag, military id for discounts on merchandise and select vendors as well as collector’s edition posters.