With Stan Lee’s Comikaze: 2012 being right around the corner, I have decided that I, like Sam, should do a post about my expectations, hopes, and general thoughts about the upcoming convention. But before I dive into Comikaze 2012, I feel it’s only fitting to first go back about one year and describe my experience at Comikaze 2011 and what went both right and wrong at the convention.
Comikaze 2011 was an experimental Comic Book Convention, funded in part by Stan Lee, taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC hereafter), in September 2011. The convention lasted 2 days and was incredibly cost-efficient, being only about $35 for both days. This was my very first convention that I attended, so I did not know what to expect other than the fact that I wouldn’t be considered odd for wearing my “Link” Cosplay from The Legend of Zelda in a public area.
Getting the negatives out of the way first, I want to get into what I did not enjoy about the con. For those who are not aware, the LACC is a huge building with many theaters, stages, auditoriums, etc. making it an amazing place, if not the perfect place to hold a convention. This potential aside, Comikaze 2011 took place in the parking structure of the LACC. Let me go over those two concepts again: “funded by Stan Lee”. ”Parking structure” something’s wrong with this picture. And even though the parking structure was very spacious, only about 60% of the space was used, leaving a surplus of empty space, giving a slightly awkward asymmetry, but maybe that’s just me. I wasn’t particularly impressed by the vendors and I heard many people saying the same.
Onto the positives, I want to say that overall it was an amazing first convention for me, and it definitely left a good impression. A giant “meeting of the nerds” as Sam put it (at least I think he said it, maybe it was Jassi, or maybe one of the graphic designers for My Geek Review, ANYWAY). To be surrounded by so many people who you know have common interests, and to know that even if they don’t like the exact same anime, games, comics, etc. as you, that they’re still family, is an amazing feeling. Going to the All-That Cast Reunion and seeing all the actors I loved as a kid, now all grown up, was a great dose of nostalgia. I got to meet many new friends in the Cosplay, gaming, and just general nerd community that I left there very satisfied with my experience overall.
Well, now that Comikaze 2011 is covered in detail, moving on to 2012, I’m not sure what’s changed but I’m hoping for much more space being used. (The convention center, not just using the parking garage).
The chance to meet Stan Lee is amazing to me because sadly I failed to meet him at last year’s Comikaze. Hopefully he won’t be charging a fortune for autographs again, but if he does, oh well, it’s Stan Lee, so I won’t be surprised.
I’ll just go over the actors and actresses I’m excited about:
Tara Strong is probably the person I’m most excited about seeing given she was basically the female voice of my childhood. Now if only I could get passed all the bronies that will be in my way…
According to Sam, Adam West will be there, if this is true I doubt there’s any way I’ll get to meet him given the guaranteed giant line to him but I will definitely try.
Matt Hill, the voice of Ed from Ed, Edd, n Eddy. I don’t know his other credits but the fact that he’s there is awesome to me as Ed is one of my top 5 favorite cartoon characters.
Kirby Morrow, while not the best Goku, was the “Kai” version of Trunks and seeing as DBZ is the best anime ever (this is fact proven by science, sorry) I am excited to meet a man who has been both Goku AND Trunks.
Jessica Nigri, not sure if she’s an actress but she’s a very famous cosplayer who I’m super hyped to meet…if I can fight off the other fanboys…
Catherine Sutherland, the original Pink Ranger.
Quinton Flynn, the voice of Raiden from Metal Gear Solid, Henry from No More Heroes, and Axel from Kingdom Hearts.
Last but not least, probably the male actor I’m most excited to see:
MARK HAMILL. Don’t call him “Luke Skywalker”, this man is Fire Lord Ozai from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Captain Stickybeard from Kid’s Next Door, as well as the person to voice The Joker in the most media including Arkham Asylum/City.
For anyone going to Comikaze 2012, I’ll see you there!