Houston! Comicpalooza In Two Weeks! See Who's Coming!
As far as comic book/science fiction/fantasy/horror/movie conventions go, obviously the king is San Diego Comic-Con. But there are various other conventions around the country that are awesome as well, for those of us who just can't make that trip to Geek Mecca every year. There's CONvergence in Minneapolis, which is actually run by some friends of mine and I've been dying to go for years; there's DragonCon in Atlanta, another event I've been wanting to cover, and I'm sure there are many others in your local area. I urge fellow geeks to attend those events and take part in your local communities - it's events like these that bring us fellow geeks together and it's just a lot of fun to go to.
In Houston, on Memorial Day weekend (May 25th through May 27th), we have Comicpalooza, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. I went last year, and I met some amazing people, including one of my favorite authors, Tad Williams. This year looks to be exceptional, with special guests like George Takei, Michael Biehn, Ernie Hudson, Peter Mayhew, Richard Hatch, Kevin Sorbo, and many others.
Plus, there's going to be a special event for charity - the Badass Celebrity Smackdown will feature some of your favorite actors playing laser tag for Impact A Hero, an organization that helps provide emotional and financial support for severely wounded troops back from Iraq and Afghanistan. Celebrities like Michael Biehn and Kevin Sorbo will be taking aim at those willing to donate, and there will also be a raffle for spots in the tournament.
And for all those STAR WARS fans out there who want to train like an actual Jedi, Nick Gillard, the fight coordinator, will be throwing a Jedi training seminar for those willing to test their Force against him. informaton on those events can be found by clicking here.
And then, there's ArcAttack, as anyone who went to Fantastic Fest a couple of years ago can attest:
ArcAttack will be performing at Comicpalooza this year, and I can't wait to see them.
It's going to be a great weekend; I'll be hosting a panel or two, and there's something for everyone there. You can check out the various guests, events, and activities at Comicpalooza's website, or follow them on Twitter for special announcements. Hope to see you all there Memorial Day Weekend.
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May 12, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST
May 12, 2012, 8:30 p.m. CST
by PRESIDENT BALTAR
May 12, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST
Has he recovered?
May 12, 2012, 9:35 p.m. CST
the swanky arm pit of America--and the worst city in America to visit.
May 12, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST
You may continue.
May 13, 2012, 12:29 a.m. CST
Way Back in '81,'82,'83, and '84. Good times. I saw RAy Harryhausen and Forrest J Ackerman.
May 13, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST
I could of not said it better myself. Why the hell would anyone want to actually go and visit Houston. That place is a shit hole.
May 13, 2012, 2:04 a.m. CST
Never been there. I had always thought it would be a cool place to visit for a couple of days.
May 13, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST
It is. It just has a bad reputation because the people who live there don't give a shit what people think about the city. It's not desperately trying to be NYC. Ps: grendelgrendelgrendel, I don't think you know what swanky means. Perhaps you meant swarthy? PSAT is coming!
May 13, 2012, 5:02 a.m. CST
May 13, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST
But then I pointed my gun at him and set him straight. 'Wrong, commie! It's Houston!!' Stupid communists.
Also known as the houston hatchback convention
May 13, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST
Very cool...I went to the Atlanta Fantasy Fair about the same time as well. I remember the Harryhausen and Ackerman panels and presentations...magical times for an early teen.
May 13, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST
Well maybe doesn't have to be but El Paso is pretty bad. But it is more dry desert and Houston has that shitty humidity so tough to say. I don't want to visit either one though.
May 13, 2012, 6:57 p.m. CST
If Asperger's fan boys isn't enough for you, go to the George R. Brown next week to get your hard on for sniper rifles, Nazi memorabilia, and Obama conspiracies.
May 14, 2012, 12:46 a.m. CST
I remember William Shatner bringing down the house at the Special Events Center in 1996 shortly before First Contact released. Was pretty awe-inspiring to see Captain Kirk up on stage, live-in person. They also re-named the planetarium out there after Gene Roddenberry. It was a huge event with just about every member of every cast appearing.
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