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Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo and Diamond Comic Distributors Join Forces

This morning marked another milestone for Los Angeles’ fastest growing comic book and pop culture convention, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo!  The creators behind the LA convention have forged an alliance with Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide.

For full details on the new partnership, please see the official press release below.


Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo and Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Announce New Strategic Partnership –
LA’s Fastest Growing Comic and Pop Culture Experience Makes Strategic Alliance
with World’s Largest Comic Book Distributor to Turbo-Charge Growth

(Baltimore, MD) – (October 2, 2013) – Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels and related pop-culture products, announced today that it will partner with Comikaze Entertainment Inc. and Advanstar Communications in a strategic alliance that focuses on expanding the growth of Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo LA’s comic and pop culture convention.

To be held November 1-3, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo promises an incredible experience for fans of comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and anime. This year’s event will feature an amazing line-up of attractions from vendors and exhibitors, interactive contests, celebrity autograph signings, screenings, renowned panel sessions and gaming tournaments. Diamond is a leader in the comic book specialty market and has exclusive arrangements with all major U.S. comics’ publishers.

Diamond, with its unrivaled connections in the comic industry, plans to help attract thousands of new fans to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, making the 2013 show an event for the history books. “We enjoy and support pop culture fandom as all of its exciting forms expand rapidly around the globe,” said John Parker, Vice President, Business Development from Diamond. “Even in a highly connected and socially digital world spanning from New York to Tokyo, Dubai to Toronto, Shanghai to Sao Paolo, Mumbai to Los Angeles, fans want to personally gather to interact with their favorite characters, experience the latest story developments, cosplay and perform, and purchase related merchandise. We are thrilled with our new Comikaze Expo alliance and look forward to contributing to the growth of their innovative Los Angeles event.”

“My partners and I are committed to creating a unique, one-of-a-kind fan experience that will be enjoyed by all,” said Regina Carpinelli, Founder and CEO, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. “Part of fulfilling that goal is to partner with industry giants. Diamond Comics is the one of the most precious gem in the pop culture world. We have no doubt that together we can achieve our prime objective to create one of the world’s largest, most diverse Pop Culture conventions.”

“Diamond is unique in the role they play uniting comics and fans everywhere,” added Chris DeMoulin, EVP Worldwide Customer Development at Advanstar. “Truly, Diamond is a fan’s best friend.”


Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo, November 1-3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, is the largest multimedia pop culture convention in Los Angeles. Partnering with comic legend Stan Lee and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Comikaze brings together the best in comics, gaming, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, anime and all other pop culture programming.

Advanstar Communications Inc., the largest producers of trade shows and events in the U.S., is a leading worldwide media company providing integrated marketing solutions for the Fashion, Licensing, Life Sciences and Powersports Industries. Advanstar serves business professionals and consumers in these industries with its portfolio of 147 events, 68 publications and directories, 267 electronic products and Web sites, as well as educational and direct marketing products and services. Market leading brands and a commitment to delivering innovative, quality products and services enables Advanstar to “Connect Our Customers with Theirs.”

Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world’s largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at

Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief




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