My first experience at the third annual Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo

Comikaze-Expo-Logo1This past weekend I had my first experience with the third annual Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles California. What is Comikaze you may ask? Well if you are new to the nerd realm, it is another pop culture convention with nerdy stuff ruling the entirety of exhibits and celebrities. What makes this different than the dozens of other cons that take place around the US? Well first it takes place in California which already makes it the best, but more importantly, it is produced by the man, Stan Lee himself, and run by Regina Carpinelli, one of the hardest working and awesome people in the industry.

If you have seen the show Fangasm which I implore you to watch due to its “amazingness”, then you would know that the entire show was about seven people competing to become an intern for Stan Lee’s Comikaze. We even did a podcast with 2 of the members, which can be enjoyed HERE! But what was the event like, some of you may ask?

The way that I would describe it would be to think of the size of the LA Convention Center, then add a much more intimate experience with the things you love compared to San Diego Comic-Con and the others which we enjoy so much. It could be described as smaller than the others, but it sure as hell impressed the hell out of me! I walked into the grand lobby and was completely surrounded by famous cosplayers, professional videographers, photographers, and press like my friends here at Nerd Reactor. Inside the main hall were tons of stores, displays, and booths showing off art, cosplayers, and everything you could ever hope and dream to see.

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I immediately went to the right where I ran into many members of the cast of Fangasm who were so nice and appreciative of being loved and recognized. From there I went to meet with Louie Anderson, a childhood hero because of Life with LouieI told him how my brother, sister, and I loved that show and even my mom quoted it. He asked me how my mom was and seemed genuinely appreciative of the comment. Weird Al Yankovic then walked up to say hi to him, and then Elvira. I was completely surrounded and unsure what to do as they took pics together. So after Elvira walked away I said hi to Weird Al and asked for a picture with him and Louie Anderson, which they gladly said yes too. If I could travel back in time, I would tell the 12-year-old version of myself this would happen someday, but doubt he would believe me.

From there I walked around and saw so many familiar celebrities including Michael Rooker, Bruce mother fucking Campbell, Alyssa Milano, Ron Jeremy, Stan Lee, and Edward James Olmos. Having been there as a press attendant, I had to get to work and help out my crew work on creating a video based on our infamous hula cam, which was present at both Dragon Con and New York Comic-Con.

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I didn’t get to visit any panels that I wanted to check out, but I heard Fangasm’s Andrew Duvall killed it along with members from his hilarious web series, The Apartment. I wish I would have had more time to visit other panels but seeing awesome movie props, merchandise, and a Nerd Machine booth made it all perfect.

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As I said earlier I would consider it to be one of the best cons around due to the ability to do so much, see so many people you like and admire, and experience your favorite nerd media culture merchandise/props. I look forward to visiting again next year and applaud them for their ability to grow so quickly and make it an enjoyable experience for people of all ages. check out the gallery below!

Pictures by Arvin Santiago and Robert Galvan

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For as long as he can remember, Robert asked the questions that others wouldn't about love, life, and death which brought about his interest in the human psyche and moral compass, resulting in an infatuation with comics, zombies, and movies leading to a long standing relationship with his imagination.