Comikaze 2013!

logoA ComicCon in L.A. is an interesting thing. You’d THINK there would be more celebrity culture at a show here in the heart of the entertainment world, but actually its just the opposite.

Or, as one of the great organizers of the show told me “Chances are I can see these people on my way to lunch.”

Because of that Comikaze is jammed full with the weird and the wonderful; this was a much more horror, steam-punk, and gothic show then I am used to seeing. While at the same time the panels are packed with attendees looking to go “mainstream” as they learn the ins and outs of writing and creating from Hollywood vets who generously give their time to help the next generation make magic with their minds and fingers.

And of course there were tasty food trucks. L.A. is the MECCA of food trucks, I wish I had been thinking properly – I could have given you all in-depth views of all the tasty street food I’ve been partaking in. Maybe in my next update – as I’m here for three more days before I wing my way back to Toronto.

All in all Comikaze is on the cusp of some pretty intriguing things. The show was well-organized, with a central stage that really tied the floor together. In previous years fans had apparently had some complaints about knowing what was happening when and being able to get into the show easily, but this year all the kinks had been ironed out. Impressive in that Comikaze started THIS decade (I know, no comic show in L.A.? Weird….)

As mentioned the panel hosts were impressive, including development execs from some of the top production companies in the city, the art was top notch and I even got to mingle with my good friends from IDW — Kahlil, Mike, Rosalind and Chris — listening to them banter about sneaking up on Kill Shakespeare editor Tom Waltz to scare him as a Hollywood prank had me pining for the camaraderie of a great office.

We couldn't ask for a better team of publishers than IDW.

We couldn’t ask for a better team of publishers than IDW.

So a huge thank you to IDW for helping support us logistically at the show and also Keith, Teddy, Regina and Sadie at the show who all worked tirelessly to make our experience and so many others — special.

Also a big thank you to Robert Elrod, the super amazing horror illustrator who served as my Square mule for the show, and Ambrose & Ambrose – the father-son art team that kept me stocked with lollipops, lemonade and also learned my sales pitch well enough to cover for me during panel and bathroom breaks (my bladder REALLY thanks you, guys)

Thanks to this man I was able to take plastic!

Thanks to this man I was able to take plastic!

Is this the face of a man tired of being bothered to register sales for a total stranger?

Is this the face of a man tired of being bothered to register sales for a total stranger?

 

Ambrose V and Ambrose IV - together

Ambrose V and Ambrose IV – together

Ambrose V rocking his Bear t-shirt!

Ambrose V rocking his Bear t-shirt!

And of course I also had the chance to meet some great creators like Kit Kendall….

"Kit Kendall and the Staff" - Southern Utah University's foremost comic rock band... or something...

“Kit Kendall and the Staff” – Southern Utah University’s foremost comic rock band… or something…

and DJ Kirkbride the co-creator of the fabulous Amelia Cole series (published by IDW and Monkeybrain), as well as Eisner winner for his work on the Popgun anthology.

Reviewing another creators work is always a delicate dance involving sensitivity and kindness...

Reviewing another creators work is always a delicate dance involving sensitivity and kindness…

And because all those photos weren’t enough — MORE PHOTOS (head to our FB page to see the whole set).

Our first sale of the show was magic!

Our first sale of the show was magic!

Shakespeare, actually being killed by a bear.

Shakespeare, actually being killed by a bear.

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Conor's long lost left-coast children? You decide

Conor’s long lost left-coast children? You decide

 



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