November already? Where the hell have the last two months gone, and where have I been?
Good questions, some of which I may be able to answer…Seems like only last week month that I moved to Los Angeles from the Bay Area, but it’s been like two—Almost two and a half. Some of that time was spent unpacking, some of it getting my new, and totally awesome, apartment together, some of of it recuperating from the whirlwind move, some of it looking for Editing and/or Pipeline gigs, some buying the rights to a play that I want to turn into a web series, some on training in new visual technologies, and the rest spinning on a ridiculous amount of activities which, although necessary, just seem to suck time, and life, out of me like crazy. But time sucks are a subject for another blog, and another day. Right now I’m wanting to talk about a little bit of much-needed geekyness that has kickstarted my social life for the Fall season, and brought some much needed relief from, well, reality. This bit of sunshine is Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo.
Cons are becoming more to me like period opportunities to connect with friends that I’m usually connected to 24×7 through the Internet, but in an up-close and personal IRL way. Also to revel in the work of brilliant cosplayers, and keep in touch with what’s going on in the Geek Community. I’d been hearing about Comikaze expo for a few years (I think this year was year three for the event), and haven’t had a chance to make it down to L.A. for the Con until now—And I’m really glad I did, ’cause it was a blast!
The con floor was pretty large, not San Diego Comic-Con large, but well-represented by an assortment of Artists, Vendors, and geek icons making personal apppearances and doing signings—In other words ‘the usual’. There were a lot of really interesting panels, the lines for which, unlike Comic-Con, were reasonable, well-managed, and accessible. My favorite panel was on how to write your own novel, featuring a breath of fresh air called The Winner Twins.
The twins, Brianna and Brittany, are a pair of 18 year-old women who have written, and published, four novels for which they have won numerous awards. In short, they are impressive, brilliantly so, and Brianna is a helluva motivational speaker. They are both articulate, thoughtful, and incredibly smart. Check out their web site and follow them on Twitter.
Also managed to do a bit of cosplay photography…There was some truly great stuff there, including a positively wonderful Black Widow cosplay from Genevieve Marie.
Oddly, a lot of my friends, the ‘usual suspects’ if you will, decided not to come this year, which was a bit disappointing. Los Angeles needs more great cons, Comikaze has the potential to become one of them. It seems like 2014 will be the break out year for the event.
Comikaze represents a totally different experience from the logistical headache that is Comic-Con. This is a con where you can go and connect with people at a relaxed pace. I’d highly recommend supporting this event and helping it grow.