Los Angeles Comic Con Draws Thousands

Los Angeles Comic Con

It is no secret that much of the entertainment industry is dominated by the rich world of comic books. Beginning as a cheap and accessible working class art form as far back as the 19th century, these heroes and their stories have grown into a massive industry in the United States particularly, as well as other parts of the globe. Marvel, one of the largest comic book manufacturers, rakes in billions each year with blockbuster movies and television series, elevating the medium out of its ink and paper origins. Casual fans and serious collectors of the genre are currently meeting to celebrate both the history and future of the beloved art form.

Los Angeles Comic Con is one of the most important industry events for the world of superheroes, both for comic creators and their legions of adoring fans. First held in 2011, the festival was originally founded Regina Carpinelli, a resident who hoped to recreate the magic of San Diego's annual comic festival after moving to Los Angeles. In 2012, Carpinelli garnered support for the event from none other than Stan Lee, the creative mind behind countless legendary superheroes including Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, Dr. Strange, Iron Man, and many other characters that form the foundation of Marvel's comic universe. Initially called Comikaze Expo, the first event drew in a massive group of 35,000 fans.

Since the involvement of Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment, his company, Los Angeles Comic Con has grown into a nationally important event that draws in not only massive crowds, but also many others from the comics and entertainment industries. Stan Lee himself is set to appear and sign autographs, along with other artists and celebrities like Spawn-creator Todd McFarlane, Paul Reubens of Pee-wee Herman fame, and legendary wrestler and Hollywood star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Fans themselves often show up in costume as their favorite superhero characters, wait in long lines for coveted autographs and photo opportunities, and browse booths for merchandise, much of it specifically created for and exclusive to the convention. Well over 50,000 attendees are expected to fill the Los Angeles Convention Center throughout the course of the three day event. Tickets range from about $40 for a single basic day pass to about $500 for an all-inclusive, ultimate fan experience, so there are plenty of options available for casual hobbyists all the way up to the most serious comic book enthusiasts. The event is schedule to run from October 27th through the 29th.