L.A. Comic Con, formally Comikaze Expo, and then Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, and then Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con brung in fans from all over to celebrate Halloween weekend and fun filled with comics, cosplay, guests, panels, horror, and pop culture. This year it was held from the 26-28 of October. The doors opened on the 26th to welcome excited fans into the exhibit hall. The difference this year I that Stan Lee is not there due to his recent set of medical illnesses, which a legend like him deserves time to rest and take care of himself.
Still, there was more attendees this year, there were still much to celebrate like Halloween being that Tuesday. Also, with a main stage live panel of Marvel’s Agents if S.H.I.E.L.D and Runaways.
At 12:30pm, the Cast of Steven Universe hit the main stage voice actors Michaela Dietz (Amethyst), Jennifer Paz (Lapis Lazuli), Shelby Rabara (Peridot), Grace Rolek (Connie Maheswaran), and Kimberly Brooks (Jasper). The cast really touched on interesting points on each character, personalities, and touching on real life issues. The lapis character is a personality I can relate myself dealing with anxiety and depression. As she said, Lapis had to learn her way or earn the trust.
There was was a the Comic Book Men panel on the main stage but Kevin Smith was unable to attend. He did apologize for not being there sadly. We all sent a message (directed by Kevin Smith) to Stan. “We love you Stan, Excelsior!” I am willing to bet that cheered him up.
*By the way, if some of you all don’t know “Excelsior” is his trademark motto since 1960’s. He likes to sign off with catchphrases.
On the last day of the con, I had the pleasure of interviewing the president of Legion M, Jeff Annison talking about the fan base, Mandy, and the purpose of Legion M. Also, I did have some help from The Steel Shark as well. [Actually video footage will be available soon]
Overall, I believe the con before Halloween was a success. Next year, it will be on October 11-13, 2019.
*If you haven’t figured it out buy now, I also am an avid cosplayer. Here are a few shots of my cosplay.