Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo returns Friday to the Los Angeles Comic Convention Center with a guest list headlined by the likes of John Romita Jr., Jhonen Vasquez, RuPaul and, of course, Lee himself.
It’s the third year for the pop-culture convention, which began in 2011 as Comikaze Expo before it was re-branded through a partnership with POW! Entertainment. It was purchased last year by trade-event organizer Advanstar. The first installment attracted about 35,000, a number that increased last year to more than 50,000.
Among the other comics creators attending this year’s event, which runs through Sunday, are Chris Burnham, J. Scott Campbell, Camilla D’Errico, Kevin Eastman, Ethan Nicolle, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri and Herb Trimpe.
There’s a healthy programming schedule, too, with panels that include “Geek Girls: Sexism Within the Geek Subculture,” “Full-Time Creative on a Part-Time Schedule,” “Making Comics Great for Kids” and publisher presentations by IDW Publishing, Aspen, KaBOOM! and Action Lab Entertainment.