Fittingly nestled between the big-screen launch of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars Day, was the 2015 Hawaii Comic and Toy Expo. A spectacular follow-up to , the May 3rd event offered attending cosplayers, comic book collectors, and toy buffs an even vaster assortment of special guests, vendors, and collectible loot.
Returning to the Ala Moana Hotel in grand fashion, the 2015 Hawaii Comic and Toy Expo was bursting at the seams; expanding to pack an entire wing of the Honolulu venue with double the number of vendors and at least thirty percent more of the eager comic and collectible enthusiasts that made last years event so successful.
To the delight of fans, the 2015 Hawaii Comic and Toy Expo was a showcase for even more featured artists and guests. Back were famed comic and superhero artists Andy Lee, and Theo Lee who returned to the expo to give fans the opportunity to snap up their work and enjoy live demonstrations of their artistic gifts. Also displaying his talent this year was local comic artist, Free Isabelo, who presented his uniquely stylized art for purchase while also offering sketches at no cost.
Legendary inker and comic artist, Joe Rubinstein, who has provided artwork for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse Comics for over thirty years was an exciting presence at the 2015 Hawaii Comic and Toy Expo. In addition to displaying volumes of his artwork, he signed comic books, and worked on pieces live while interacting with fans. While Mr. Rubinstein is credited for inking many of the comic book worlds iconic heroes and villains he admitted that two of his favorites to ink were The Hulk and Wolverine.
In addition to the artists, there were plenty of other electrifying guests at this years Hawaii Comic and Toy Expo to captivate the crowd. Celebrated local chef, Lanai Tabura of Aloha Plate , and winner of The Food Networks Greatest Food Truck Race, was available to sign the Funko Aloha Plate Collectibles that he and his team inspired. Zack Crittenden, whose visage influenced the look of Dack Fayden from the popular trading card game, Magic the Gathering, was also in attendance, as was the crew from S.A.N.D.Hawaii displaying their exciting line of wearable artwork. In addition, several armor-clad members from the Pacific Outpost of the 501st Legion were on hand for photos along with an equally convincing costumed duo dressed as a Cobra trooper from G.I. Joe and the vintage Captain America.
Despite the increase in scale and attendance of the Hawaii Comic and Toy Expo in its second year, the founders have no plans of expanding its duration beyond a single day. The expo’s founders value the intimate, one-day experience focused on uniting pop culture collectors looking to buy or sell that cherished, hard-to-find item. That said, the event is likely to continue its growth as more island comic book and toy enthusiasts hear about it.
Whats certain is that the Hawaii Comic and Toy Expo has affirmed its place as a top-tier pop culture show for avid collectors. Given the expansive variety of collectibles, talented featured artists, and swell of enthusiastic attendees at the 2015 show, island fans will want to keep their eyes peeled to see what surprises the organizers have in store for next year.