When Kick Ass writer Mark Millar announced the launch of Kapow Comic Con on April 9-10 2011 in London, stating his desire to “bring the San Diego experience to Central London," it felt like a game-changer in the world of comic book conventions. And the news that there would be a Stan Lee Awards ceremony at Kapow promised to shake up the comics award realm as well.
The first annual Stan Lee Awards is described on the official Kapow Comic Con website as “a fantastic platform to reward the cream of comic book talent for all their creativity and imagination throughout 2010, which has brought us so much entertainment and inspiration.” Stan Lee Award categories will include Best Writer, Best Artist, Best Superhero or SciFi Movie, Best Trade, Best Game or Toy, and Man or Woman of the Year.
When we asked Stan "The Man" Lee how he felt about having an award named after him, he said, "It's a great feeling. The only problem is -- now that my name is on it there's no chance of me ever winning one!"
While Lee might not win his own award, he will be soon receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. How does having not only a single award, but an entire awards show compare to that honor? "An honor is an honor. I've been fortunate enough to have a number of them over the years and each is something rare, unique and wonderful to me -- and I'm indescribably grateful for every single one."
Finally, we just had to ask: why no Best Cameo category? Though the win might be admittedly awkward, there's nobody who deserves that particular award more than Lee with his many guest-appearances in Marvel movies over the years! "It would be fun if it really were a category! I could handle the awkwardness with ease. The problem is, I'd have too many people to thank in an acceptance speech and they'd have to drag me away kicking and screaming from the mike!"
Though Stan said he wouldn't be able to attend the Stan Lee Awards in person, he would "certainly be there in spirit."
Kapow Comic Con will be held at the London Business Design Centre, and boasts a stellar line-up of comic creators such as Frank Quitely, Dave Gibbons, Brian Bolland, Steve Dillon, Bryan Hitch, John Romita Jr., Kevin O’Neil, and many more. Tickets are available now for purchase at the website: £15/$24 for one day, £25/$40 for a weekend pass, and VIP tickets at £175/$275.