This year’s Comikaze at the Los Angeles Convention Center kicked off with the usual snappy flourish with familiar celebrities making their appearances, tons of enthusiastic cosplayers, and elaborate exhibits from Iron Man, Star Wars, and many things retro.
On Saturday, the Hot Topic Center Stage (the back end of the Exhibit Hall) showcased celebrities and their upcoming products and events, including Q&A with such favorites as Stan Lee, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Alyssa Milano.
Alyssa Milano introduced her upcoming passion project, a comic book miniseries called Hacktivist, about a group of activist programmers/hackers attempting to bring about social change in various parts of the world. Also present at the panel were the writers of the comic, Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly.
“I really wanted to have [the control to be able to make] anything go,” Milano said, when asked about her reason for choosing the comic book medium. “So often, when you pitch ideas to film and television studios, there are always millions of reasons why they can’t or shouldn’t be done–I felt like a graphic novel was a way to really accomplish [bringing] the story… I wanted it to really [express] our voice and vision rather than just selling it to a studio and have it changed and molded to a very mainstream thing.”
In regards to where the inspiration for her story came from, she said, “I was impressed at how social media was almost a tool for the uprising that we were seeing around the world…this effective organizing tool to get everyone together and fight for what they believe in.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, producer Scott Mednick (upcoming Ninja Turtles), and Randall Lobb (Turtle Power documentary) appeared for the panel called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the Big Screen—World Premiere of TMNT Documentary.
The trio mainly discussed and showed a clip of the upcoming 94 min. documentary, Turtle Power: The Definitive History of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which will feature never-before-seen footage and interviews. They also revealed that there may soon be an alternate cut of TMNT brewing, and also talked more about the progress of the upcoming Ninja Turtles feature reboot produced by Michael Bay, and starring Megan Fox as one of the major characters, April O’Neil.
To calm the negative rumblings amongst fans ever since the reveal of Fox’s casting, the trio reassured everyone that Megan Fox had always been a huge fan of the Turtles and that “when you see her you will be pleased and amazed” and to “hold your opinions until you see it” and not to trust “all the rumors that you have heard.” Whoopee Goldberg will also cameo in the film. They also noted that today’s technology will greatly add to the quality.
For Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 Panel, Stan Lee introduced and showed a clip from his upcoming animated cartoon series on the HUB Network–Stan Lee’s Mighty 7— along with Andy Heyward (producer) and Ted Biaselli (of HUB Network). The cartoon series features Stan as a cartoon version of himself, who meets seven space aliens with special powers. He decides to guide and mold them to become good superheroes here on Earth (akin to Professor X from X-Men). Voice actors include Sean Astin, Christian Slater, and Terri Hatcher.
In one of the Q&A questions, Stan was asked, “Amongst your creations, who is your favorite supervillain?”
“Doctor Doom!” Stan answered, as the fans reacted with cheers. “Here’s why. I don’t really consider him a villain. He only wants to take over the world! For example, if he went up to a police officer and the officer asked, ‘What do you want to do for a living?’ and if he answered, ‘I want to take over the world,’ would the officer then arrest him? Nope!”
When asked which cameo appearance of himself (in the Marvel films) he personally liked the most, he answered:
“I believe it was one of the Spider-Man films–I say this one line: ‘You know, I guess one person really CAN make a difference. Nuff Said!'”
Comikaze 2013 will continue on at LA Convention Center until Sunday, 5:30pm. For more information go to: http://www.comikazeexpo.com/