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Comicpalooza: Space City Nerd Invasion

Comicpalooza: Space City Nerd Invasion

by SamuRYMay 30, 2012

Over Memorial Day weekend, the Space City found itself in one of the largest geek invasions Texas has ever seen, Comicpalooza! A three-day celebration for comic books, video games, movies, anime and more, Comicpalooza took over Downtown Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, filling it up to the brim with all things geek.

I found myself in the middle of it all for the whole three days with one question in mind, who’d win in a fight? Hawkeye or Green Arrow? My money’s on Clint, but then again I’m no foolish betting man. In search of the answer, I walked through Artist Alley, watching important industry luminaries like Dave Johnson, artist of 100 Bullets, and legend Joe Kubert, who has held more jobs in the comics industry than I had fingers in my hands. I don’t think Joe heard my question, I decided to leave before the man next to me, who was wearing a rickety Iron Man outfit, explodes.

On to the Dealers area of the con, it’s more a kick in the wallet than in the pants. Making my way through the cosplayers, occasionally taking a picture of a pretty girl or two in costume, I knew I wouldn’t make my way out of the Dealers area without taking a hit to my bank account. With rare comics and figures around me, I was lucky to get out of there with only an Ayanami Rei figure in my hand. Against all rules, I took her out of the box and placed her on my desk.

Out of the Dealers room, I then found myself among people bigger than me. Figuratively, of course, I’m a pretty tall dude. In the back, I saw Sean Patrick Flannery, of Boondock Saints fame, gunning down photographers with a Nerf gun. I managed to escape the fray only to hear a fan of Richard Horvitz praising his work in Invader Zim. Did you know that guy was also Alpha in the first Power Rangers series? Now I do. I managed to wave at George Takei when I left the area, he didn’t see me.

A loud cacophonous noise drew me away from the celebrities and towards the stage. Austin group group, ArcAttack was playing a Doctor Who theme with the help of Singing Tesla Coils. In the middle, three hapless dancers swayed their hips to the music inside a Faraday cage. Light repeatedly struck the cage, but the dancers inside were relatively safe. I think. I’m not exactly a physicist.

As the music quieted down, I followed the trail of tabletop gamers. Moving past them, I found the maze of panel rooms, where I found the folks over at Timegate Studios critiquing portfolios and giving general tips for getting a career in gaming.

It’s an epic weekend that can barely be described. It didn’t even mattered that my question wasn’t answered. If you missed Comicpalooza, Space City Con is coming up this August. If you’re into anime, Onicon takes place during the weekend before Halloween.

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  • Monique Spalding

    False advertisement alert!!!! don’t go to the George R Brown convention center in houston set up this weekend JAN. 2-4 its a scam set up to steal your money and you get nothing for it. fill in the blanks. Don’t be wronged.

  • Marcie Thach

    I was hoping that we could volunteer at the Christmas Eve feast held at the George R Brown Convention center but the minimum age requirement is 10 and my kids are 8 and 4.

  • Patsy Herring

    What’s the cost of admission and parking? There’s a tournament that i want to go to today but i need to know the cost.

  • jag43216

    *******MEDIA ADVISORY*******



    WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver remarks at the NAACP National Convention during the plenary session on TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012, at 12:00 p.m. EDT/11:00 a.m. CDT.

    WHO: Attorney General Eric Holder

    WHAT: Remarks at the NAACP National Convention

    WHEN: TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012
    12:00 p.m. EDT/
    11:00 a.m. CDT

    WHERE: George R. Brown Convention Center
    1001 Avenida De Las Americas


    NOTE: All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials. Members of the media must RSVP to receive press credentials at For security purposes, media check-in and equipment set up must be completed by 9:45 a.m. CDT for a 10:00 a.m. CDT security sweep. Once the security sweep is completed, additional media equipment will NOT be permitted to enter and swept equipment will NOT be permitted to exit.

  • John

    Any fantasy, action, romance-based (preferably a mixture of the three) comic books you know of that you enjoyed and would recommend, I’d really appreciate. Thanks a million in advance!


    i was wondering what i should use to draw,and make comic books?like my own made up doom,house of the dead,resident evil,left for dead,silent hill,etc story’s but drawing them out,and showing them to my friends,and impressing any suggestions?any will be totally appreciated,and thank you.

    i mean like writing tools that have to do with ink,and please do not offer me the names of ones that make tiny ink spills,and if they get lighter then dark,and then lighter again.

  • Jason M

    my husband wants his comic books up how do i make it look pretty?my house is decorated with brown and beige colors.

  • Caltel T

    I have always been a big fan of comic book characters – watching movies, television, and video games – spending hours on end researching the back stories, but have never actually read comics. I find it very intimidating with the realm of possibilities to chose from. I have become a fan of the marvel universe rather than others and would like to start there. The only experience I have with comic books was during the Civil War era, when I downloaded a torrent to make ready all comics within the event.

  • soccermaster1

    Like many people, the new Marvel movies (especially the Avengers) have really gotten me excited about the whole Marvel superhero series. I’m particularly a fan of Thor, since I love Norse mythology. I would love to start reading the comic books, but being completely new to the world of comic books, I have no idea where to start. Which books do I read and where do I get them? I’m enthusiastic but very clueless, and I would appreciate some direction!

  • Le Pwner

    What’s the cost of admission and parking? There’s a tournament that i want to go to today but i need to know the cost.

  • Squall Leonhart

    Either that or what books should I look for that will help me draw good people? I want to draw like whoever illustrates the Catwoman and/or Batman comic books. Where did he/she learn?
    I’m not looking for someone to do it for me yet, and I only will if I have to. No way am I tracing someone else’s work into my comics.
    I would really appreciate help.

  • rashest_hippo

    I have the entire collection of Tintin comic books in near mint condition, all in paper back from when I was young. I now find myself desperately needing money and and wondering how much the books would be worth.

  • Dana G

    I’m new to comics and find that I’m thinking of them as books – i’ve starts Avengers vs X-men and find myself stopping at the middle page breaking it down, don’t feel natural but I feel I need to savour the comic.

    How are comics meant to be read?


    I am a little out of the loop of comic books but want to get back in. I have just got the Watchmen graphic novel thanks to the movie hype but what else should i get? Really interested in stuff that is less obvious and would be nice if it is current. I miss this stuff.


    I’ve noticed people getting annoyed when Manga gets grouped in the same genre as comic books, or when bookstores sell anime alongside western animation.