This year Comikaze was much busier on Saturday than last year, Sunday was more reminiscent of Comikaze 2011 as far as attendance. Saturday was chocked full of amazing panels, and the larger celebrity names, Sunday was a little light on panel content and celebrity power. Nevertheless, it was another amazing experience at Comikaze. Saturday was very busy, with a ton of things to see and do. I enjoyed Sunday equally, because there was more room to move around, time to appreciate the booths (without feeling rushed), shop, and take everything in.
I was only able to attend three panels, one for The Guild, the Max Landis panel (of Chronicle fame), and the Intellivision panel (what great memories). All of the panels were well put together and very organized. On the main stage I was able to see the great Stan Lee, and Kevin Smith with Adam West. There is so much to take in, I am not sure two days is enough. I saw a lot, but wish I had enough time to see more.
Taking pictures takes up a lot of our day, thanks to my wife and our new Canon DSLR for all of them. I know the pictures are the best part, and are what most people want to see when searching up this type of convention. As always the costumes were amazing, much better than last year.
There wasn’t much along the lines of gaming for the most part, except for the retro gaming aspect (which I really enjoyed). I love new games too, but I have a special place in my heart for all of the arcade games from the 80′s and early 90′s. They even had a booth on the floor with classic Intellivison consoles with games like Burgertime, plus other late 70′s and early 80′s classics. I love the fact that Comikaze paid homage to early gaming with the Intellivision panel. Without those game designers, who knows where we’d be today as far as gaming is concerned.
If you have any projects that would relate to Comikaze in some way, it’s an amazing place to promote as well. My daughter and sister worked very hard at passing out bookmarks for my wife’s new book, “Who Is Audrey Wickersham?”, and I am extremely thankful for that.
I have to say, Comic-Con San Diego has a bit more “glitz and glam”, but I enjoyed myself more at Comikaze. Even though things at times were a bit hectic, I never felt like I was packed in a sardine can (like I was at the SDCC). The staff at Comikaze were very courteous. I encountered several rude employees last year at Comic-con, but everyone was completely pleasant at Comikaze.
There were so many families, and Comikaze is VERY family friendly. All kids 12 and under were free, and I hope Comikaze keeps it that way. It’s awesome that a family with multiple children can have a great time on limited funds, and it shows that Comikaze wants to make things a little more convenient for those with children.
A shout out to Jade Cresko over at Comikaze, thanks for an amazing time. I have been telling family, friends, and co-workers to head out to Comikaze for a few months now…I know quite a few of them did. Keep doing what you are doing, because it’s amazing! I can honestly say, I LOVE COMIKAZE!
See videos of Comicaze 2012 on their Vimeo channel:
Until we meet again,
On another note:
I should have another pico projector in the next few days to review, the AAXA P4X. I am looking forward to reviewing it!
I may have to re-scale the pictures, and I will do that soon! I just wanted to get them up ASAP. ENJOY THE PICTURES!