Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo Teams with Diamond

Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo and Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Announce New Strategic Partnership

BALTIMORE, Oct. 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."

ABOUT STAN LEE'S COMIKAZE EXPO - 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.

ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD) - 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