Comikaze Logoby RJ Ryan-Seutter, contributing writer

Stan Lee has come to be fondly referred to as the “father of the modern comic era.” Having played a pivotal role in the development of Marvel, both in the printed and cinematic spaces (among numerous other types of media), this elderly mogul has endeared himself to fans through his cameos and willingness to take on a seemingly endless onslaught of interviews.

In November of 2011, Lee created a veritable stomping ground for geeks of virtually any persuasion with the founding of Comikaze, a relatively new con based in southern California. Its main focus is the appreciation of comics’ past and the analysis of what the future of comics is or might be. In the few years of its existence, Comikaze has managed to draw a monumental following, even for its considerable size. Every year features a different cast of celebraties (and Stan himself comes every year.)

Cassandra PetersonIn this fourth year of Comikaze, it’s sure to have its own unique theme and crew, given that the first day of the con takes place on Halloween. Guests can expect visits from such icons as Cassandra Peterson, also known as the ever-lovely mistress of dark, Elvira; as well as notable speakers like Kevin Smith (Comic Book Men), John Barrowman (Doctor Who, Torchwood), James Hong (virtually everything); and many, many more.

Tickets are still available ($70 for multi-day pass, $30 for single-day pass, age 12 and under free), and so are most of the VIP add-on packages ($30-100, in addition to your basic pass), which offer fans opportunities like photo and/or autograph sessions with Jewel Staite, John Barrowman, or Gwendoline Christie, and other exclusive events.

Comikaze will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles. Parking can be reserved online in advance (highly recommended) for $10-20 per day. Parking in the South Hall lot will be available on a first-come, first-served basis during the convention ($20/day). If you’d prefer to avoid the parking situation altogether, the Metro Blue Line has a stop very close to the Convention Center, and free parking at many Metro stations all over Los Angeles County. The convention will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. n Friday, October 31, 2014; from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1, 2014; and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

I will be attending, talking to vendors, taking in the magnificent costumes, and (hopefully) catching a word of two with one of the most venerated guests. We’d love to see your photos from the con! Tag us (#kryptonradio) on Instagram or Tumblr, or post up on our Facebook page. Keep tuned, listeners. Comikaze just might be as explosive as the name implies!