By Chris Furguson
Stan Lee, the creator of many of Marvel Comics’ famous heroes and villains, joined the San Diego Comic-Con 2013 to celebrate the anniversary of his YouTube channel “Stan Lee’s World of Heroes.”
Stan Lee’s World of Heroes, or “SLWOH” for short, has received over 220 million views and earned more than a quarter million subscribers over the past year, thanks to Lee’s presence and shows like “Stan Rants” and “Adrianne Curry’s Superfans.”
This year, SLWOH brought several new and returning content providers to the convention. Among them are:
* Cosplay Piano: Professional pianist Sonya Belousova performs original arrangements of superhero-themed movie, television and video game scores with a touch of cosplay thrown in. Belusova is known for her cosplay rendition of scores from the “Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones.”
“The arrangements are mine,” said Belousova, “but the costumes are made by a professional costumer in Los Angeles.”
* How it Should Have Ended – Stan Lee Edition: Collaborators Tina Alexander and Daniel Baxter, creators of the “How It Should Have Ended” YouTube channel, have joined Stan Lee for a six-episode project.
“How It Should Have Ended” takes a satirical look at movies, particularly the endings, and re-animate how they should have finished. Each project takes around three weeks to complete.
“They’re all his ideas,” said Alexander of the collaboration.
* HardWired – Internet vlogger (video blogger) iJustine, in collaboration with AOL On, demonstrates wearable gadgets and how they simulate superpowers. iJustine, one of the most subscribed female personalities on YouTube, also wore a costume based on the gadgets she wears, including a Google Glass prototype she brought to Comic-Con.
* Bad Days – The animated series “Bad Days” returns for a second season at the San Diego Comic-Con. The show is about heroes and villains who deal with everyday annoyances on their worst days. Created by Junaid Chundrigar, the show returns for a second season on SLWOH.
For more information about the channel, visit www.youtube.com/worldofheroes.