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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.