Over the weekend, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown L.A., I got to attend Stan Lee’s Comic-Con (called Comikaze). Unlike Comic-Con in San Diego, Stan Lee’s convention is geared towards indie dealers and less towards corporations. Now before you start to think I’m knocking SDCC, I’m not! I love Comic-Con. I love the way it mixes in artists, big corporations, TV networks and movie studios, along with indie dealers. It’s the only show in the country that has such an eclectic mix of dealers on the floor.
But I’d be lying if I said I don’t miss the days where you could walk around the convention without worrying you’d be run over by a collector that has to buy the latest exclusive. SDCC is a madhouse. Stan Lee’s Comic-Con is not. While the show was busy on Saturday afternoon, it was never too crowded that I couldn’t walk up and down the rows of dealers. In fact, it was really cool to see families all dressed up as superheroes and looking at the latest toys and comics.
One of the things I really like about comic-cons outside of San Diego are the indie dealers. You never know when someone will show up to sell what’s been building up in their garage or when a group of friends will get a table to sell off their collections. While I was careful this weekend with what I bought, I’ll admit the show had a lot of great surprises in terms of toys, comics and clothing. If you’ve never been I’d try and go next year.
Of course as I walked around the show I took plenty of cosplay pics. I don’t know if it was because it was Halloween weekend, but the percentage of people doing cosplay was massive. I only attended the show for about two or three hours and got over 100 pics. If I’d been there all day I can’t imagine how many photos I would have snapped.
Check out the pics below and let me know your favorites in the comment section.
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