So, after several years of experience attending conventions and not-so-meticulous-planning, we were after all not ready for Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2012. But we made do, with Andre Owens holding down the fort much of the day at booth 618 with his capes in space book, Force Galaxia while I traipsed around the show looking for new indie comics and meeting awesome, new and interesting talent. Amazingly enough, even though Comikaze Day 01 was a much more populated show, in a bigger hall and functionally interactive, DWAP Productions sold very few books but we did find some amazing indie comics and very talented creators.
Our list of collected books includes but is not limited to
- Regalia by Eliza Frye
- Kodoja Terror Mountain Showdown by Foster and Smith
- Identity Thief from Fanboy Comics
- Omega 1 by Lewis and Javier
- Burger Force 1 by Jackie Ryan
- God Told Me to Draw These by DeSalvio
- Crossover 1 from JBSK Comics
- Midwestern Cuban Comics by Odin Cabal
- Tinius and Salina’s Doctor Muscles
- Nobodies volume 01
- Drawist Indie Artist Magazine from Taco Comics
Indie Comics creators permeated Comikaze this year. Even in our immediate area, we had wonderful design from Space Camp and beautiful images of dogs with funny-titled books from Tomorrow John Press.
It was of course awesome to see some old friends like Miss Sheika Lugtu and Ginger Rabbit Studios.
I also ran across JBSK Comics who have sent us their Penguins vs. Possums book but we also picked up their new title, Crossover.
Other BuyIndieComics.com favorites included seeing Austin Tinius, the writer of Holli Hoxxx and Doctor Muscles. An especially exciting find was Regalia from Eliza Frye.
Overall, the show was very populated. So much so that several hours into it, there was still a line outside the building in LA heat – I heard the line was an hour long.
There was even some interesting aspects of the show – not things you’d normally see at a comic book convention. Including a Quidditch Pitch area for the kids (this would be all of them) that are familiar with Harry Potter and his various book titles.
Like any good multimedia experience, Comikaze even had its own downloadable mobile phone app. I’m really into digital geekiness but I have yet to download this app. It just does not seem necessary.
Comikaze also had a massive gaming area which took up a good bit of real estate. As I write this, I wonder how they are monetizing this area. Probably through fees to play in the various tournaments.
All not yet read and done, Comikaze 2012 is big – there were a lot of people zombie-walking outside the hall to get in but sales did not seem to be worth the spend so far. However, as I said before, there were a lot of great creators to talk to and buy comics from. Among these creator-exhibitors, there is lots of talk about why there are so few purchases being made but it’s hard to tell. Some talk about the cost of the show – last year it was $12 to get in for the weekend and this year it’s apparently $30 for the weekend. While it’s “only” $18 more, it’s $18 that could be spent buying comics. The show also seems to have too much space – there is huge amounts of walking area between each booth with means attendees are not “forced” to walk near the booths, see the work and engage the exhibitors. It’s hard to say what the difference between last year’z Comikaze and this year is but things are not so bright after this first day.
Well – there’s always tomorrow. As always, anyone that mentions this post gets something free from DWAP Productions at booth 618, Comizaze 2012.
Never Enough Said.