Our friend at Comikaze, Regina Carpinelli, has sent us this press release… guess who’s coming to Comikaze, LA this September… I’ll give you a clue, she’s tall, sexy and a little bit scary…
Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo Presented by POW! Entertainment, the largest multimedia pop culture, comic book, horror and gaming convention in Los Angeles, has set the date for its 2nd annual show at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
After rebranding and joining forces with Stan Lee and Pow! Entertainment, Comikaze Expo has brought in a great new business partner- Cassandra Peterson, best known for her character, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Like Stan Lee, Cassandra Peterson was a Guest of Honor at 2011′s inaugural Comikaze Expo. Impressed by Comikaze’s success (as well as Stan Lee’s role), Peterson wanted to be involved. The Elvira creator is taking a very active role in the planning of the largest pop-culture expo in Los Angeles. Peterson and Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo plan on creating interactive content unlike any other convention.
“I’m thrilled to join forces with the great Stan Lee in becoming a part of Comikaze Expo! Finally, a first class pop culture convention in my hometown of Los Angeles! ” says Peterson. Stan Lee’s Comikaze CEO Regina Carpinelli stated, “Elvira is part of our pop culture history. Not only is Cassandra Peterson a pretty face, but she is also brings so much to the table. She’s one of the most brilliant businesswomen of our time, and has some fantastic ideas. I am so proud to call her our Partner. I like to think of her as Mistress of the Board” Peterson, who retired from appearing at Conventions as Elvira. Will be dressing as her famous character for Stan Lee’s Comikaze. “Stan Lee’s Comikaze, is the only convention in North America where you can get a photo or meet with Elvira. How cool is that?” says Carpinelli.
Peterson and the Stan Lee’s Comikaze team are launching an interactive webseries/film festival for the show taking place September 15-16th. Elvira and Peaches Christ’s Horror Hunt will be akin to American Idol-and Mystery Science Theater 3000. Aspiring and amateur filmmakers will submit their videos to Comikaze. A team of judges will evaluate them, and the top 10 will be picked-or panned by Elvira and her co-host, Peaches Christ on the hilarious new web series, Horror Hunt. A final winner will be chosen and flown out to LA. The winner will also receive a red carpet premier at the historic Vista Theater, as well as an official screening at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. They will also be featured as a guest at Comikaze.
Elvira and Peaches Christ’s Horror Hunt will revolutionize the way film festivals are seen.
In conjunction with Horror Hunt, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo has also launched The Search for the Next SuperHero and Villainous Villain, an art contest promoting creativity and budding artists. They have also announced a partnership with Star City Games, Americas largest Magic The Gathering tournament company. Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo will hold a Magic The Gathering tournament, with over $20,000 in cash prizes. All contests and competitions are open to the general public and more info can be found at www.comikazeexpo.com
Renowned comic creator, Todd McFarlane has also been announced as a Guest of Honor. The Spawn creator will be signing books and taking part in select programming. As well as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic voice actress Tara Strong.
Further announcements around Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2012 will be revealed leading up to the convention. Tickets are now available through pre-sale at $15 . Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo presented by POW! is also offering a unique ticket that enlists fans into the Stan Lee’s Comikaze Army. This interactive ticket includes a weekend pass, armband, dog tag, military ID for discounts on merchandise and select vendors as well as collector’s edition posters (children under 12 are free) through www.comikazeexpo.com/.
For more information, please visit comikazeexpo.com, facebook.com/comikazeexpo or twitter.com/stanleecomikaze.
Comikaze Expo is the largest multimedia pop culture convention in Los Angeles. The brainchild of Southern Californian Regina Carpinelli and her siblings, this unique event brings together the best in comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime and all other cult programming.
In 2012, Carpinelli partnered with comic book legend Stan Lee and horror icon Cassandra Peterson to rebrand as Stan Lee’s Comikaze Presented by POW! Entertainment.
Comikaze takes place September 15-16, 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and offers a slate of innovative programming, panels, contests and other activities that provide fans access to their favorite artists and creators in this adventure-packed weekend.
For more info, visit www.ComikazeExpo.com.
About POW! Entertainment
POW! Entertainment, Inc., (OTCQB: POWN), a multi-media and entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book and entertainment figure Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the entertainment industry encompassing the creation, production and licensing of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is capitalizing on this combined expertise to create and develop both the legacy and digital media components of the entertainment industry. This includes animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, multi-media, merchandising and related ancillary markets. POW! has established partnerships across the entertainment industry, including studios and networks, for the creation, licensing and distribution of new POW! character franchises. For further information visit www.powentertainment.com
About Cassandra Peterson
WHEN YOU HEAR THE NAME ELVIRA, ONLY ONE PERSON COMES TO MIND – Halloween icon and quintessential symbol of all things spooky, the one and only Mistress of the Dark.
Elvira was the first horror host ever to be syndicated throughout the US on national TV. She produced, wrote and starred in the feature films Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira’s Haunted Hills. Her most recent projects include the reality series Search for the Next Elvira, the 2010-2011 return of Movie Macabre and the new web series Elvira’s Horror Hunt.
Played by actress-writer Cassandra Peterson, she has spent over three decades solidifying the Elvira brand and has carved out a niche in popular American culture that is sure to endure for decades to come.