Comikaze has quickly become one of the most talked about conventions in America, it was easy to see why at this year’s phenomenal celebration of pop culture.
Comikaze lasted from Friday October 30 – Sunday October 1 and had various guests and exclusives on each day of the convention. According to Comikaze Expo’s official newsletter the event had a record attendance this year of over 76,000 people. This is 20% higher than last years turn out.
Comikaze’s massive success can partially be attributed to the diversity of entertainers there. The special guests included not figures in the comic book industry but actors, comedians, musicians, and internet celebrities.
Several exclusive items were available at the event, including a variety of Funko POP! Figures modeled after the convention’s founder and guest of honor Stan Lee. Stan Lee was present at the convention to take photographs with fans and sign autographs throughout the day.
In addition to Stan Lee several other legendary comic character creators were in attendance including Rob Liefeld (Creator of Deadpool), Todd MacFarlane (Creator of Spawn), Mike Mignola (Creator of Hellboy), Bryan Lee O’Malley (Creator of Scott Pilgrim), and numerous other respected guests who took time to meet with their adoring fans.
Saturday concluded with a concert at Club Nokia, a music venue close to the convention center, which featured performances from The Flux Capacitors, a band themed after the film Back to the Future, as well as Hip-Hop Pioneer Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run – D.M.C. who was also a Guest of Honor at this years convention.
Sunday featured numerous festivities including a panel for the beloved sketch comedy series All That which reunited the majority of the shows cast including fan favorite Kel Mitchell. This reunion became the most trending topic on social media. After the panel the cast stuck around to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans.
Some of the other media related guests for the weekend included Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Wendy Schaal (American Dad), Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), and various other fan favorite celebrities.
There were also some surprises for fans including unannounced guests such as Tommy Wiseau (The Room), Dian Bachar (BASEketball), and Rob Liefeld (Deadpool) making an additional unscheduled appearance on Sunday.
In addition to viewing panels, purchasing collectibles, and meeting celebrities, many attendees also partook in cosplaying at the convention. While some guests wore costumes simply for fun others wore them to compete in Comikaze’s 2015 Cosplay National Championship. This years winning costume went to Justin Davidson who dressed as Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon.
The Comikaze staff has already expressed his satisfaction in his convention by posting a banner to the homepage of the Comikaze website that reads “Thank you for making Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2015 a HUGE success! We can’t wait to see you in 2016”