|Elvira and LeeAnna Vamp (Facebook)|
This year, organizers made some changes to the layout of the Expo. Instead of situating everything in the cavernous South Hall, only a small portion was used for invited cosplayers, celebrity signing, gaming and the main stage. West Hall was the main venue with exhibitors, comic vendors, indie publishers, and artist's alley.
|Mike Mignola (Comikaze Expo)|
It appeared artist's alley was thriving this year with a constant flow of fans but if you wanted to get to the stage you'd have to trek over to another hall altogether to see guests like Liam McIntyre (Spartacus) or Manu Bennett (Arrow). Comikaze made a concerted effort to draw bigger guests and of course who's bigger than the show's namesake, Stan Lee.
|Stan Lee and Grumpy Cat (Comikaze Expo)|
|Darryl McDaniels and Taj Jackson (Comikaze Expo)|
Despite being under the weather, Carrie Fisher was a trooper and kept her appearance to a wild ovation from fans in attendance and signed every last autograph request. Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels performed at the Comikaze Halloween party at Nokia Theater on Saturday and spent the weekend promoting his graphic novel, 'DMC.' And it wouldn't be Comikaze without the Mistress of the Dark, Elvira (and convention partner) on hand.
Over the years, Comikaze organizers have adapted and learned what works and what doesn't so they're not afraid to make changes in an effort to make the convention even better. By the looks of the diverse crowds, the flow of the floorplan and the uptick in cosplayers, Comikaze is likely to surpass last year's attendance by a wide margin, perhaps even reaching 80,000. Comikaze keeps growing and improving which makes 2016 even brighter for L.A.'s premiere pop culture event.