POW! Comic book icon Stan Lee joins forces with LA Comikaze convention
Two superheroes face off at least year's convention.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Downtown L.A.'s one-year-old Comikaze convention is joining forces with comic book icon Stan Lee for two days of gaming, horror, anime, pop culture and of course,comic books, at the Convention Center this fall.
Comikaze had it's inaugural year in 2011, created with the bare hands of three young entrepreneurs, says Regina Carpinelli, one of the founders. She described the event as, "as cool as Comic-Con but totally affordable and made for fans like us."
In Comikaze's first year they had 40,000 attendees, said Carpinelli -- four times what they originally expected. One of those participants was Lee, who was so impressed he soon asked Carpinelli if he could invest in the event and put his name in the title; Carpinelli and her partners said yes.
"Of course! Who says no to Stan Lee?" she said. "Stan is the Walt Disney of our generation."
So Comikaze Entertainment Inc. and Lee's company, POW! Entertainment, joined forces, putting Lee primarily in the roll creative director. While the upcoming Kamikaze will have all the standard convention features, from discussion panels to speakers and celebrity appearances, Carpinelli said the emphasis is on interactive aspects.
There will be an assortment of contests in addition to a specially created cell phone channel that will allow attendees with smartphones to communicate with each other throughout the event.
Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for $12, in addition to an "interactive" ticket that comes with a weekend pass, armband, dog tag and military ID that gets participants discounts on merchandise.