Martin Bright

Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2012 has come and gone and I have had a few days to recover from two sunny days in downtown Los Angeles and think about my adventure. There were good times and bad times at the con. For a show in its second year, it was big; but did you miss out on much by not going? Yes and no and here’s why.

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I had so much fun yesterday, had to come back for another helping of Comikaze on Sunday! Even though my friend and I had walked the entire exhibit hall, seen a list of movie screenings, and walked away with SWAG, it still felt like there was more to see at the Los Angeles Comic event; and we were right. There were more cosplayers, more gamers, more chances to talk with vendors and artists. Day 2 of Comikaze was as good as the first, if not better!

Cosplayers at Comikaze

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Comikaze Day 1 was great. There were a few small problems as the day started but the show was still fun overall. Considering it was one of the hottest days on record in Los Angeles I can’t imagine a better place to be than an indoor, air conditioned comic expo. Stan Lee made several appearances, the exhibit hall floor was huge, cosplayers were out in force, panels were packed and people seemed to be having a generally good time.

Los Angeles Convention Center for Comikaze

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The back cover of the book states that Jacob Mars “…isn’t a bad guy by nature, but out of necessity.” The graphic novel, WHORE, released this week from Zenescope Entertainment follows a recently laid-off CIA assassin that now has several “private sector” jobs and even more sexual encounters. There’s plenty of nudity, violence, and somewhat humorous references to modern-day celebrities.


WHORE graphic novel from ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

It has been three days since Comic Con International came to a close. My “Con Hangover” or “Con-lag” or whatever term you like to use has been fixed. But as I go through all the photos, SWAG, and exclusives I still have a strong “high” from walking the exhibit hall floor or sitting through a panel in Hall H, even the feeling of being lemmings in a crowded line. This year’s Con was bigger than ever and the SWAG & Exclusives were over the top. I would like to share some of my best of’s and worst of’s from the geek-a-palooza.

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By the fourth and final day of San Diego Comic Con word had gotten out that to get a seat in Hall H one must camp out in line hours before the panels begin. And with no panels in Ballroom, Hall H was the biggest stage for Sunday. I was up and in line by 3am and still ended up waiting down by the marina behind the convention center. Why was I so committed to Hall H after four long days? The Doctor Who cast was appearing in Hall H and talking about the 50th anniversary season starting this Fall (plus I have a huge crush on Karen Gillian). And after a few panels I set out to explore the exhibit hall and Gaslamp Quarter one last time before ending another amazing weekend at San Diego Comic Con.

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Day three of Comic Con was so big I couldn’t fit it all in one post. The final part of the day and one of the most anticipated panels of the weekend, was the Marvel Studios presentation on Iron Man 3 and other franchises. Kevin Fiege did not disappoint the fans and brought the properly dubbed Phase 2 of Marvel Films to Hall H. There were updates on sequels to Captain America, Thor and Iron Man as well as two new titles confirmed in development, Guardians of the Galaxy and Antman.

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The third day of Comic Con’s panels was probably the biggest of the weekend. Between Hall H and Ballroom 20, the lines ran out the backside of the convention center and down to the beach shore; at one point the backs of the line bumped into each other. Fortunately, Con Safety Buddies, Guy and Paul, were able to get in line early and get us great seats for the Hall H’s day of big programming. Hall H hosted Django Unchained, Warner Bros. and Legendary Studios films, and Marvel’s Phase 2 of films. Read on for details for some of the biggest films coming our way in the next year (and then some).

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After 12 hours of Hall H the day before, I needed to stretch my legs around Comic Con. I spent day 2 walking the entire exhibit hall floor, exploring the gaslamp district and drooling over Batmobiles. The floor was alive with excitement and lines from open to close. This year, the outside of the convention center and the Gaslamp District were filled with Comic Con related activities. Finally, next door to the Con, Warner Bros. brought the Batcave to San Diego to show off the six movie Batmobiles. It was a lot to take in and totally worth the SWAG pulled in.

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The annual pop-culture-palooza has begun! And Day One already packed in HUGE moments. Panel room were filled beyond capacity, the exhibit hall had lines wrapped around booths, and offsite fans were doing their part to alleviate the convention crowding. I spent the day in Hall H to see Disney and the Expendables 2 panels. It was a long day but well worth it.

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