What better way to celebrate Halloween than spending the weekend with a bunch of folks who loves dressing up all the time. Talk and buy costumes and other facets of geek and pop culture at Stan Lee’s Comikaze this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Back in 2011, the first year it started, we took a chance and bought tickets. That was before Stan Lee was on board and the event was small with 35,000 total attendees and held the first weekend of November at Kentia Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Stan Lee and Elvira joined in 2012 and things have never been the same. The show has expanded. Last year, about 65,000 people attended.

Of course, the hosts will be there:

  • Stan Lee: All weekend (Booth #962)
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark: Saturday and Sunday (Booth #1162)

Star Wars and Star Trek fans can rejoice with these two special guests:

  • Carrie Fisher: Saturday only at South Hall.
  • Nichelle Nichols: Saturday and Sunday, South Hall (Booth #1650)

Other guests include:

  • Manu Bennett, Arrow,  Spartacus: Saturday and Sunday, South Hall
  • Summer Glau, of Firefly and Terminator: Saturday only, South Hall (Table #10)
  • Grumpy Cat
  • Greg Grunberg, Heroes, Star Wars VII,: Saturday only, South Hall (Table #6)
  • Phil Lamarr: Saturday and Sunday, South Hall (Table #17) of “Futurama”
  • Jim Lee, comic legend: Saturday only (Booth #561)
  • Rob Liefeld, creator of “Deadpool” and “X-Force”: West Hall (Booth #261)
  • Todd McFarlane, comic artist: Saturday only in West Hall (Booth #361)
  • Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy: Friday and Saturday, West Hall (Booth #251)
  • Grant Morrison, Comic Artist: Saturday and Sunday, West Hall (Booth #352)
  • Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of Scott Pilgrim: Sunday only (Booth #252)
  • Marc Silvestri: Saturday and Sunday, Top Cow Booth (#803)

Don’t miss your chance to pose with a borg or stand in the TARDIS or how about the Flintstone car? Visit the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum and its sister, the Hollywood Horror Museum (South Hall, Booth #2042).

SATURDAY: Cosplay National Championship and Kids Halloween Party

This year also includes the first ever Cosplay National Championship and includes all genres (film, television, theater, comics, video games, sci-fi, anime, horror and original creations). Entries are closed now (closing date was Oct. 1). The contest begins on Saturday October 31st, at the Hot Topic Main Stage 4:30 p.m. Check-in and pre-judging will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. in a designated area to be announced. The show must start at 4:30 p.m. and there will be NO LATE ENTRIES allowed once pre-judging ends.

The categories separates the professionals from the amateurs (masters and journeyman). The prices are as follows:

First place, individual in the Stan Lee’s Comikaze National Championship in the Master category: $5,000, one decorated trophy representing “Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo Cosplay National Championship – Master/Expert Category”, and one weekend ticket for Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2016.

First place, ensemble in the Stan Lee’s Comikaze National Championship in the Master category: $2,000, each member of the ensemble also receives a medal of achievement and one weekend ticket for Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2016.

First place, individual in the Stan Lee’s Comikaze National Championship in the Journeyman category: $2,000, one decorated trophy representing “Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo Cosplay National Championship – Beginner/Apprentice Category”, and one weekend ticket for Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2016.

First place, ensemble in the Stan Lee’s Comikaze National Championship in the Journeyman category: $1,000, each member of the ensemble also receives a medal of achievement and one weekend ticket for Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2016.

Second place runner up for these two categories: each member of the group gets one weekend ticket for Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2016 and a medal of achievement.

Third place runner up for these two categories each member of the group gets one weekend ticket for Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2016 and a medal of achievement.

First place, individual in the Stan Lee’s Comikaze National Championship in the Junior/Youth Category: One decorated trophy representing “Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo Cosplay National Championship – Junior/Youth Category” and a medal of achievement.

Disney-Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” is sponsoring a Kids Halloween Costume Contest. Registration is on Saturday on a first-come, first-serve basis.

– The contest is open only to attendees 12 or younger, and must have a parent or guardian with a 1-day or 3-Day badge.

– Registration for the contest will take place Saturday at 1:30pm next to the Hot Topic Main Stage, on a first-come, first-served basis.

– Entry will be limited to no more than 80 entrants.

– All registered contestants must be at the Hot Topic Main Stage no later than 2:45 on Saturday.

– Contestants will be brought up in groups of 10, and the top 3 from each group will move to the semifinals.

– The semifinals will the top 24, and will be brought up in groups of 12. The top 6 from each group will advance to the finals.

– In the final round, the top 6 will be chosen; all finalists will receive prizes from Disney-Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, and the top 6 will receive additional prizes.

– Costumes may be anything: cosplay self-made, store-bought, made of cardboard – whatever.

– Judging is based not just on the costume, but also enthusiasm and energy.

– Contestants may be accompanied by an adult.

At 1 p.m. in room 411, check out the screening of “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?”

SUNDAY: Prop Making National Championship 

There is also a Prop Making National Championship. The top 25 entrants will show off their props in a LIVE stage show during Comikaze’s first Prop Making National Championship on Sunday, November 1st, with special guest judges, trophies, and amazing prizes. All entries must be made from a majority of scratch-built parts (not kits) and will be on display all weekend.

Star Trek fans have a chance to see the original James T. Kirk. William Shatner will be promoting his “William Shatner’s Man O’ War: Cinematic Graphic Novel” on the Hot Topic Main Stage as part of the panel that includes Gary Laird, Mariano Nicieza, Scott Liggett and Ed Lang.

There’s also a 25-minute cast reunion bringing together Keir Dulea and Gary Lockwood from “2001: A Space Odyssey” at 10:30 a.m., also on the Hot Topic Main Stage.

What would make this perfect would be takoyaki or some roasted octopus on a grill, but there are sure to be gourmet food trucks.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze is at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. A 3-day pass is $75. Friday only is $30. Saturday is a bit more: $35. Sunday is $30. You can get your tickets online or on site. Kids 12 and under are free.
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
 Los Angeles, CA 90015
Friday: October 30th, 2015, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday: October 31st, 2015, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: November 1st, 2015, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
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