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Comikaze 2015
Photograph: Gil Riego Jr.Comikaze 2015

Stan Lee's Los Angeles Comic Con swoops into town this weekend

Brittany Martin

This weekend, you’re sure to see plenty of caped and costumed characters wondering around Downtown—but they won’t all be on their way to Halloween parties. Superhero superstar Stan Lee will be hosting his own Comic Con from October 28 to 30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Formerly known as Comikaze, the gleefully geeky pop-culture expo will feature vendors, panels and events focused on comic books, science fiction, fantasy, horror and the like in a family-friendly environment. So family-friendly, in fact, that kids aged 12 and under can attend for free—and they’ll probably want to, if for no other reason than stuffing their candy sacks at a giant indoor trick-or-treat; the vendors and exhibitors will be handing out candy and offering free activities for kids, and it's billed as the "largest and safest indoor trick or treating experience in Los Angeles."

Celebrity presenters at the convention will include actors Adam West, Dita Von Teese, Kevin Smith and many more. Those wanting to get answers about what happens behind the scenes of their favorite shows or comics will be delighted by extensive panels of creators, from illustrators to film directors. Oh, and Mike Tyson will be there, too.

A centerpiece of the event is a cosplay ball on Saturday night at the Novo by Microsoft (formerly Club Nokia), set to feature some pro cosplayers with huge followings. If you’re planning to attend that 18+ event, be sure to scroll through some of our favorite past cosplay photos for inspiration, because, while costumes are not technically required for entry, that seems like kind of the point, right?

In between scheduled events, hundreds of vendors and presenters will be on site to provide for all your super-fan needs.

Stan Lee, the 93-year-old who more or less built the Marvel brand around his beloved comic book creations—most famously Spider-Man—lends his fame and fan-oriented spirit to the event, the largest of its type in Los Angeles. In honor of Lee’s contributions to culture and his adopted home of L.A. in particular, the city council has proclaimed the opening day of the convention as Stan Lee Day, sure to be a new city holiday we look forward to celebrating.

Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con takes place October 28 to October 30 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Tickets are available online; prices range from $25 to $670.

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