L.A. Comic Con
|L.A. Comic Con|
Former logo as Stan Lee's Comikaze
|Venue||Los Angeles Convention Center|
|Location(s)||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Inaugurated||November 5, 2011(as Comikaze Expo)|
|Attendance||91,000 in 2016 (October 2016)|
L.A. Comic Con, formerly Comikaze Expo and then Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo and then Stan Lee's LA Comic Con, is a three-day event held during the fall at the Los Angeles Convention Center, located in downtown Los Angeles, California. L.A. Comic Con encompasses several genres, including comic, horror, sci-fi, anime, gaming, and pop culture, with a particular focus on the Los Angeles community.
Regina Carpinelli and her two younger brothers, fans of geek culture from Temecula, California, were regular attendees of San Diego Comic-Con International. After moving to Los Angeles, Regina Carpinelli decided that the city needed a large-scale comic book convention. The three Carinellis set up Comikaze Entertainment Inc. and started out to organize one.
The first event, called Comikaze Expo, was held on November 5–6, 2011 in the Kentia Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. The large exhibitor space featured local artists, tattoo artists, comic book dealers, comic book publishers, press vendors, designers and collectibles merchants. There was an Artists' Alley where celebrities and artists signed autographs and sold portraits. Traditional contests and gaming tournaments included the Cosplay Contest, the Masquerade, Magic The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh, Warhammer, and several original Nintendo games. There were also panels featuring various celebrities, reunions, and upcoming feature films. Among the events was horror icon Elvira's last convention appearance. There were about 35,000 attendees throughout the weekend.
In 2012, veteran creator Stan Lee and his company, POW! Entertainment, as well as Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira), formed a partnership with Comikaze Expo, and the convention was rebranded as Stan Lee's Comikaze. the group enlisted trade show producer Advanstar to expand the Comikaze show and brand to other locations.
The 2012 show was held in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, and featured about 600 artists and vendors, including gaming publisher Activison, who launched several new games. New activities included a 75,000 sg ft Zombie Apocalypse obstacle course, a Quidditch pitch, and a NERF dart battle hosted by Max Landis. Panel discussions were displayed on a 14 ft jumbotron, including Kevin Smith, a live version of Fatman on Batman with Adam West, a version of the Dating Game with Adrianne Curry, and a Q&A with Stan Lee and Todd McFarlane. That year the show had about 50,000 attendees.
In September 2013, a reality show, Fangasm, premiered on SyFy. The show followed the experiences of seven pop culture fans as they lived together in a Los Angeles apartment building and interned at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, vying for his attention and approval. The show was hosted by Regina Carpinelli and Cassandra Peterson, and aired on Titan TV.
In 2018, Comikaze ended its relationship with POW Entertainment and Stan Lee, announcing the change of name to Beyond Fest Expo LA.
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