By Michele Brittany, SoCal Correspondent
The second day of Stan Lee’s Comikaze opened with a bit of confusion with respect to line management for West Hall where most attendees were waiting to pick up their badges and enter the main exhibition floor. Not wanting to spend several minutes standing in line, I headed over to South Hall and was able walk right in without any wait.
The South Hall contained the main stage, an autograph alley, the Hollywood Sci-Fi & Horror Museum, vehicles from Star Car, a collection of movie props, as well as some artists and vendors. Medieval Times provided an abbreviated story and tournament between four knights as the first program scheduled on the main stage. By the conclusion of the 30 minute presentation, I noticed there were more people roaming the hall, so I headed over to West Hall.
The exhibition floor was filling up quickly with attendees, and since it was Halloween, many parents and children were dressed up as their favorite characters. Vendors and artists had candy on hand to give out to the kids, providing them a safe and fun environment to enjoy the spooky holiday. There were lots of happy little smiles.
The con closed at 6 o’clock, however many of the cosplayers congregated along the front entrance of the convention center. As the sun set, several of them took turns dancing under the glowing street lights as the tune of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” blared on a boom box. The sense of community spirit could be felt amongst the lingering crowd.
Have a look at the photogallery below of images I captured on Saturday.
Michele Brittany is an independent popular culture scholar and semi-professional photographer. She has edited James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy (McFarland & Company) as well as the forthcoming book Essays on Space Horror in Film, 1950s – 2000s. Follow Michele on Twitter: @mcbrittany2014.