Comic fans, geeks and loyalists have a number of events that are festive, fun and downright genius. All in one place you can find heroes and villains, sidekicks and a nemesis to complete your day. Thousands of enthusiasts unite under the banner of their favorite comics while paying tribute to the creators, the character and each other. Cosplay is not a typical Halloween style of costumery. Cosplayers take it to the next level with ultra-realistic ensembles. Some even have gadgets and futuristic additions that will make you feel you have taken a portal to another dimension. Thousands of active comic goers exist in the disguised world we live in. Conventions and expos bring them together with true fanfare. Out of the hundreds available, there are a few that stand out making them a must on your comic to do list.
The largest gathering in the world is a comic market dubbed as Comi-Ket. With almost 600,000 attendees, the event is held twice a year in Tokyo. One of the greatest draws is the sale side holding rare items, self-published manga, comics and related items. You will find a line waiting outside for several days before opening. The event has been running for over four decades with tremendous growth and success.
An impressive 240,000 plus attendees flock to Paris for the famous Japan Expo. Branches have moved to California in the United States with the same popularity as the main show. Cosplayers have a field day at the expo showing off their hard work and expert level characterizations. Celebrity line ups, games, shows and multiple tables are scheduled annually. The Japan Expo lasts for 5 entire days leaving no comic stone unturned.
This Event may not produce the most numbers at a single location , yet combined it is the mothership for all of Geekdom. Several countries, states and places have numerous scheduled shows that have become the “it” event of the year. There seem to be a melody of walks that meet at Comic-Con. Collaborating cosplay into a variety of Comic Characters, Anime, Fantasy and Science Fiction has thrilled fans from all around. Celebrity visits are common with meet and greets that can be scheduled in advance.
An up and coming contender in the world of Comic events is the growing Comikaze. Focused on comics, cartoons and the other side of the galaxy, the new Ccmic kid on the block is rising to its own fame. Classic celebrities such as McFarlane and Adam West make a trip to this event a memorable experience. Located in Los Angeles, the grouping has added horror and anime genres to its roster for a dynamic itinerary.
Several other Events take place that have masses of visitors every year. It will typically take many months to get ready for such a comic celebration. Cosplayers will represent their genre in full gear and details. Attending comic events is more than an average day out… it is a lifestyle.