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NEWS & UPDATES: HOUSTON TEXAS COMIC BOOK CONVENTION

Get a big look at the upcoming convention weekend in this preview of the Comicpalooza 2012 Program! Not enough fun? Well not to worry — more events will be announced at the convention, so don't miss out. Register today!

May 24th, 2012

FUNimation will be holding several events and providing costume contest prizes for Comicpalooza 2012! ...more info

May 23rd, 2012

Due to a scheduling conflict, Eric Basaldua will not be attending Comicpalooza this year.

May 22nd, 2012

Due to overwhelming popularity, Comicpalooza is now offering two (2) additional Jedi Training Seminars with veteran Star Wars stunt coordinator Nick Gillard himself!

Join us on Friday, May 25, at 4 pm or on Saturday, May 26, at 11 am to get in on the action. These two additional classes are on-site registration only, as online pre-registration has already ended. Sign-up at the door (before the scheduled class) with your $150 registration fee.

*Please note that $150 class registration fee does NOT include admission to Comicpalooza, which must be purchased separately.

Nerd Speed Dating at Comicpalooza Friday night! Spread the word, bring your pals and come mingle IRL! There will be prizes and who knows? You may me your OTP. Register using our online form!

Did you miss the deadline for submitting an application for portfolio reviews? You're in luck! Gabriel Dieter will be open to walk-in applicants on Sunday from 2-4 pm in Panel Room 3. You'll be reviewed on a first come, first served basis, so show up early to get face time with one of Houston's own zine editors and for a chance to see your work in print!

Join professionals from Houston-based developer TimeGate Studios for lessons on the industry and what it takes to make the cut. These events will be held on Saturday only, so don't miss out! ...more info

Join the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Houston for a slew of wrestling matches throughout the weekend in Comicpalooza's central hall Wrestling Ring area!
See more info here...

Due to scheduling conflicts, writers Leigh Lane and Paul Black will not be attending Comicpalooza this year.

May 20th, 2012

A multi-talented actress, writer, producer and director,
Anne Lockhart is best remembered for her starring role as Lt. Sheba in the spectacular series Battlestar Galactica. She has had recurring television roles on the series BJ and the Bear ...more

Eisner-nominated and New York Times bestselling artist
David Marquez is currently drawing The All-New Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (featuring the new Spider-Man, Miles Morales) with writer Brian Michael Bendis. ...more

May 17th, 2012

Due to family obligations, Joe Eisma will not be attending Comicpalooza this year.

May 10th, 2012

Jacob Film Screening
Lonely and disturbed, Jacob Kell loved his little sister more than anything on Earth. When she is tragically murdered by their stepfather in a drunken rage, Jacob retaliates the only way he knows how… ...more info

Comicpalooza is pleased to announce that we will be holding a blood drive in conjunction with the
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
. The blood drive will be located just inside the main entry doors and will be on-site both Friday and Saturday. ...more

22Veins is looking for interested contributors, and editor-in-chief Gabriel Dieter will review as many portfolios as a two-hour time block allows on both Saturday and Sunday at Comicpalooza! ...more info

May 9th, 2012

Born in the small Texas town of Alvin, Larry Carrell's passion for entertaining began very early in life. By the age of 10 he was a talented guitarist, performing all over the state. Naturally, his love of music led to an interest in movies ...more

Born and raised in Houston, Dylan Michael Horne has always had a love for entertaining. Since starring in his first play in the third grade, Horne has been active in theater and choir (the highlight of his high school acting was a role as the King in ...more

A 13 year old Houstonian who loves to perform, Grace Powell is a natural in front of the camera. She began performing early on and has spent a great deal of time studying and honing her craft, lauded for her role in the short film Kidfellas. ...more

Creators of the original Singing Tesla Coils, the crew of ArcAttack uses their high-tech wizardry to generate a truly "electrifying" performance. Two custom-engineered, hand-built Tesla Coils throw out electrical arcs up to twelve feet long ...more

The International Quidditch Association (IQA) is a magical nonprofit dedicated to promoting the sport of Quidditch and inspiring young people to lead active and socially engaged lives. Quidditch is derived from the Harry Potter series. ...more

May 8th, 2012

Due to a scheduling conflict, Reality of Wrestling will not be attending Comicpalooza this year; come see the NWA Houston talent show-off in the squared-circle live!

Gamers know Claire Hamilton as Zatanna or Huntress in DC Universe Online, Gandrayda in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, or as Professor Moolinda Wu, Koko Smokesign and others in Wizard 101. Anime fans know her from Tekken the Motion Picture ...more

Bill Hughes began his career in visual storytelling as an artist and writer producing his own comic titles in the early 1990s. Hughes quickly graduated to penciling Star Wars Droids comics and eventually moved on to Star Wars childrens books ...more

May 6th, 2012

Samantha Inoue-Harte co-founded Animetropolis, a transmedia production company, through which she is producing Tailchaser, an independent, 3D CG-animated feature film adaptation of Tad Williams’ best-selling fantasy novel Tailchaser’s Song. ...more

May 4th, 2012

George Giordano, best known for his work in grindhouse special effects and stunts (Toxic Avenger, Deadly Manor, Wild Thing and The Bronx Wars) has also turned his talent towards his hobby — video game-based fan films. ...more

May 3rd, 2012

If you're an aspiring artist and want to have your portfolio reviewed by Ape Entertainment editor Weldon Adams (Strawberry Shortcake, Pocket God, Dark Axis and Helldorado) — he’ll review as many portfolios as a two-hour time block allows on both Saturday and Sunday at Comicpalooza! ...more info

May 2nd, 2012

Brent Peeples started his career with penciling a creator-owned book for Arcana comics in 2007. Shortly after wrapping up work there, he began his journey with Zenescope Entertainment, penciling several works for their Grimm Fairy Tales title ...more

April 23rd, 2012

Elliott Serrano is the writer of horror-adventure comic Army of Darkness from Dynamite Entertainment. He first broke onto the comics scene as a critic on his web-series Comic Culture Warrior and as the co-writer of Xena and Army of Darkness Vol. 2. ...more

TV host, model and cosplayer, Maria Ramos has been working in the entertainment industry for over 3 years. Within that short time she has already been featured in numerous online and magazine publications and is widely known as an avid video gamer ...more

Keith Baker is a novelist and game designer best known for creating the world of Eberron, a fantasy setting that serves as the foundation for over thirty novels, a host of D&D books, and two computer games including the MMORPG D&D Online. ...more

Weldon Adams has worked in and around the comic book industry for over 30 years. As an Editor for APE Entertainment, he is responsible for Strawberry Shortcake, Pocket God, Dark Axis and Helldorado... so a ‘crossover event’ is not in his future. ...more

Stop by Artist Alley and have your portfolio reviewed by Ape Entertainment editor Weldon Adams (Strawberry Shortcake, Pocket God, Dark Axis and Helldorado). Visit his table for additional information! ...more

April 20th, 2012

Heroes for Heroes: The Badass Celebrity Smackdown is a charity event to be held at Comicpalooza that benefits Impact a Hero, a non-profit organization that provides emotional and financial support to severely wounded veterans from post-911 conflicts. In addition to the heroes event, there will be a villains event as well. ...more info

April 19th, 2012

Due to health issues, Jeffery Agussoekarno will be unable to attend Comicpalooza this year.

April 18th, 2012

One of the most talented and passionate artists in the game, Rod Thornton's remarkable attention to detail and his captivating storytelling breathe vivid life into his creations. The character development and technology implementation ...more

April 17th, 2012

Due to a scheduling conflict, David Prowse will not be attending Comicpalooza this year.

April 16th, 2012

Come and check out lots of live roller derby action at Comicpalooza! This year, Houston Roller Derby will host two full-length bouts, a comic book themed tournament, races, and strong (wo)man contests! ...more

Best known as the character Asuka from Evangelion,
Tiffany Grant
has been working in anime since 1994. Her 1000+ voice credits include roles in Noir, Chrono Crusade, Blue Seed, Golden Boy, Azumanga Daioh, Full Metal Alchemist ...more

Veronica Taylor has been a part of Saturday morning cartoons for some time now, probably best known for playing the voice of Ash and May on Pokemon and of April on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. ...more

April 13th, 2012

Lana Marie has been active for over ten years in the Texas community as an actress, voice actor, model, brand ambassador and cosplayer. Comic books and video games have been a part of Marie’s life for as long as she can remember ...more

April 12th, 2012

Houston native Sean Patrick Flanery has indeed led a storied life. After finding fame in Powder, Flanery found adventure in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, found danger in Suicide Kings, did battle with the iniquitous in The Boondock Saints ...more

If you like super-cool action flicks, then you probably know
David Della Rocco for his portrayal of the highly entertaining “Funny Man” Rocco in Troy Duffy's The Boondock Saints. A classically trained actor ...more

April 9th, 2012

Sword master, international stuntman and Star Wars stunt coordinator Nick Gillard and his apprentice will be hosting
Jedi Training Seminars
at Comicpalooza! You certainly do not want to miss this unique opportunity ...more

April 7th, 2012

After the Dealer's Room closes on Saturday night, watch the artists in action as they create one-of-a-kind works at the
Live Art event. At the end of the evening, you can bid on your favorite pieces in the silent auction. ...more

Julie Caitlin Brown comes to writing and producing after a 25 year career as a performer for stage, television and film. Among her most memorable credits are Grand Hotel on Broadway and a series regular role as Na’Toth on Babylon 5 ...more

April 5th, 2012

Performer Addisyn Madd is captain of the Landship Dead Betty, musician agent of obscure enterprise and a soldier of paranoia. He believes he is constantly falling in all directions through Wyrmholes that lead him through ...more

April 4th, 2012 - Guest Additions

Professor Elemental has created a unique neo-Victorian blend of hip hop and comedy, and is the man behind the world's first steampunk rap album. His music charts subjects such as steam-powered flight ...more

April 3rd, 2012 - Guest Additions

Starting in 2005, superstar Booker T brought professional wrestling back to his personal beginnings in Houston with monthly shows presented by the Pro-Wrestling Academy (PWA). Now with a revamped name and look ...more

Doomsday Wrestling is the most ferociously funny wrestling show to ever claw its way through the ropes! Voted “Best Comedy Show” by Houston Press ...more

April 2nd, 2012 - Guest Additions

Known for playing multiple games, Stone Nguyen has been competing in fighting game tournaments since 2001. He first gained attention after the release of Guilty Gear XX when he started traveling around the country to compete ...more

Nathan Guerrero is a tournament organizer for Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering, but is best known for his video game tournaments. Guerrero has been playing fighting games on the professional level for over 15 years ...more

One of the older players in the Houston fighting game scene, Jan-Michael Del Rio has been playing competitively for the last 9 years. He started by playing Marvel vs Capcom 2 in local arcades and eventually became a regular at the Stargate Arcade ...more

March 29th, 2012 - Guest Additions

In the Dagorhir Battle Game, Tolkien’s Middle Earth meets history’s Dark Age Europe. This action-focused game gives everyone a chance to live the dream of being in the epic wars of both history and fantasy. ...more

The Houston Area Ghostbusters is a fan-based group focused on community events and charity work. Founded in 2009, their main goal is to make a positive impact on the world through their love of movies, costumes and prop making. ...more

March 28th, 2012 - Guest Additions

TimeGate Studios, Inc. has been creating exceptional, award-winning games in beautiful Sugar Land, Texas since 1998. ...more

Monster’s Arcade is a gaming center located in North Houston and offers an easy-going atmosphere and a lounge setup for the enjoyment all of the newest console games ...more

March 26th, 2012 - Guest Additions

David "Dave" Prowse found a passion for bodybuilding and weight training in his early teens, eventually winning the British heavyweight weightlifting title and gaining status as a highly regarded and respected member of the fitness community. ...more

A natural-born, multi-talented performer, Claudia Christian began acting as a teenager. After establishing a solid career in television, Christian made her first foray into the world of genre with her role in The Hidden, a cult favorite among sci-fi fans. ...more

Breandán Ó Ciarraí has authored a succession of fantasy short stories as well as articles on technology, criminal justice matters and Gaelic cultural issues. He combines his interests in cutting-edge science and futurism ...more

After Midnight is a traveling "shadow" cast based out of Houston, Texas. With a dedicated and versatile troupe of players they perform a variety of musical shows all over the United States.Some of the shows they perform include ...more

The Braggart Family SideCircus is a troupe of performers whose repertoire includes juggling, fire manipulation, acrobatics and other similar sideshow feats. In addition to the aforementioned acts of daring, they feature clowns ...more

Chanson de Vie (CDV) dance troupe, based out of League City, Texas, is a bellydance performance group that is unbounded by specific bellydance styles. The troupe mixes styles such as Egyptian, Gypsy, Steampunk, Gothic ...more

Blending rock, electronica, metal and classical music give Midnight Carnival their one-of-a-kind, signature sound. Unique fashion, art and narratives backed by an energetic live show make Midnight Carnival an audio ...more

March 25th, 2012 - Guest Cancellation

Due to a scheduling conflict, Joe Lansdale will not be attending Comicpalooza this year.

March 10th, 2012 - Guest Additions

With over 100 film and television credits on his resume, Ernie Hudson has always been a unique screen presence capable of inhabiting any role. After founding Actors’ Ensemble Theater while attending Wayne State University ...more

February 24th, 2012 - Guest Additions

Terry Naughton worked for Walt Disney Feature Animation for 17 years as an animation assistant and storyboard artist. He worked on all the recent classics, including The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Beauty and the Beast (the Beast) ...more

February 22nd, 2012 - Guest Additions

You may know the lovely Rachel Luttrell from TV shows such as Charmed, Touched by an Angel or the Anne Rice miniseries Feast of All Saints; perhaps you own her wonderful debut CD, I Wish You Love. ...more

Preferring stuntwork that is woven into the fabric of the film rather than paraded for the sake of spectacle, veteran stunt coordinator Nick Gillard guided actors Ewan McGregor and Liam Neeson through training ...more

February 18th, 2012 - Guest Cancellation

Due to a scheduling conflict, Ryan Stegman will not be attending Comicpalooza this year.

February 12th, 2012 - Guest Addtions

Chandler Riggs made his professional theatrical debut with Theater of the Stars at Atlanta's Fox Theater in The Wizard of Oz and got his first big acting break in the 2009 movie Get Low as the character Tom. ...more

February 11th, 2012 - Guest Addititons

Joe Kubert has worked in comics since the beginning of the business. In his seventy-plus years of working in the medium he has produced countless stories for countless characters, including DC Comics' Hawkman, Tarzan, Enemy Ace, Sgt Rock ...more

Chris Yost is probably best known as writer of Marvel Comics’ new hit, Scarlet Spider, but he’s been kicking around the Marvel Universe for several years. After starting as an intern at Marvel in 2002 ...more

Timothy Zahn has been writing science fiction for over thirty years, and in that time has published forty-two novels and ninety short stories and novelettes. Best known for his nine Star Wars novels ...more

February 10th, 2012 - Guest Additions

As one of the investigators on the hit Syfy series Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International, Britt Griffith has been investigating paranormal activity around the globe since 2008. When he’s not busy busting ghosts ...more

Michael O. Varhola is a freelance writer who founded and runs game company Skirmisher Publishing LLC, with which he has published more than 100 books, games, and other publications, including the d-Infinity multi-platform game magazine. ...more

February 9th, 2012 - Guest Additions

Although he’s acted in various sitcoms, television series and sketch comedy groups, Richard Horvitz is best known for his voice work as the title character Zim from the show Invader Zim, as the original Alpha 5 in TV’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers ...more

Rosearik Rikki Simons is a voice actor, writer, and artist most famous as the voice of the robot in a dog suit, GIR from Invader ZIM. He is also a background painter in animation, most noted for his color design on Invader ZIM. ...more

February 8th, 2012 - Guest Additions

Jennifer Blanc, also known as Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, first appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs at the age of 13. Blanc later appeared in the television series Hull High and in The Mommies. ...more

Michael Biehn is an American actor best known for his roles in James Cameron’s science fiction action films The Terminator, Aliens and The Abyss. Biehn was given his first role in a 1977 pilot called James at 16. ...more

February 7th, 2012 - Guest Additions

Richard LeParmentier is a British actor best known for his role as Admiral Motti, the arrogant Imperial officer who is choked by Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ...more

Angus Oblong is creator of Adult Swim's The Oblongs and writer/illustrator of the books Creepy Susie and 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children as well as 13 Other Tragic Tales for Ugly Children. ...more

February 6th, 2012 - Guest Additions

Award-winning actor Richard Hatch has enjoyed international recognition for more than three decades, starring in such series as Dynasty, All My Children, The Streets of San Francisco and, of course, Battlestar Galactica. ...more

February 3rd, 2012 - Guest Additions

Soon after his giant seven-foot-four frame landed him an offer to appear in Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger as the Minoton, Peter Mayhew interviewed with George Lucas to play the lovable Chewbacca the Wookiee. ...more

Known for his ability to meet difficult deadlines and for his unique, etched-metal trading cards, Tommy Phillips has penciled, inked and colored many projects, including his own Kullen. ...more

Paul Maybury is an Award-winning artist and writer whose work has been featured by Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Heavy Metal, Ubisoft, Metro, Image, Criterion and Fast Company. He previously collaborated with writer Mark Andrew Smith ...more

February 2nd, 2012 - Guest Additions

George Takei is known around the world for his founding role as Starship Enterprise helmsman Hikaru Sulu for three seasons of television’s Star Trek, a role he later reprised in six movies.
...more

Dave "The Reverend" Johnson is a comic book artist best known for his work on the covers for the title 100 Bullets. He has also done a number of covers for Detective Comics and earned the 2002 Eisner Award ...more

Andrew Robinson joined the army after high school to pay for art classes. In his senior year at the Savannah College of Art and Design, he began illustrating short stories for Dark Horse Comics. ...more

January 13th, 2012 - Guest Addition

While Larry Niven is many things — award-winning novelist, mathematics scholar, television writer and comic book creator — he’s perhaps best known as the author of the 1970’s Ringworld science fiction series. ...more

December 16th, 2011 - Guest Additions

American film and television actress Kristin Bauer is best known for her role as Pam, the vampire co-owner of Bon Temps' Fangtasia bar in True Blood.She got her start in TV portraying flight attendant Maggie Reynolds in the FOX comedy The Crew. ...more

Marcio Takara has been working in comics since 2006, on titles such as SpiderMan & Fantastic Four: Hard Choices (Marvel), Marvel Adventures Super Heroes (Marvel), Dynamo5 (Image Comics) and The Incredibles (Boom! Studios). ...more

December 15th, 2011 - Guest Additions

Working in the industry since 2003, Shane Davis illustrated the first issue of the JLA/JSA crossover storyline "The Lightning Saga," in 2007 and then penciled Superman/Batman issues #44–49. ...more

Chris Summers is a freelance colorist that has been working professionally for the last 7 years. He has colored various titles, including GI Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Superman, Nightwing, The Perhapanauts and Spartacus: Blood & Sand...more

December 14th, 2011 - Guest Additions

Kevin Sorbo has fought gods and monsters and traversed the stars — not bad for a guy from small-town Minnesota. Upon his arrival in Hollywood, Kevin jobbed around a while before eventually finding the ideal showcase for his particular combination of talents. ...more

Michelle Delecki is an American artist known for her paintings of women, often referred to as pinup art. ...more


Considered the most “commercially successful” artist in science fiction and fantasy, Bob Eggleton has been putting brush to canvas and board for over twenty years, and is winner of 9 Hugo Awards ...more

November 30th, 2011 - Guest Cancellation

Due to a scheduling conflict, Arthur Suydam will not be appearing at Comicpalooza this year.

October 7th, 2011- Guest Additions

Actor Christopher Judge has acted in a variety of films (House Party 2, A Dog’s Breakfast), television shows (Andromeda,), animated series (X-Men: Evolution, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) and video games (Def Jam Vendetta, Turok), but he’s undoubtedly best known for his work as Teal’c on the sci-fi series Stargate SG-1 ...more

Artist Howard Chaykin - Pioneering creator Howard Chaykin is among the most innovative artists and writers ever to work in the medium of comics. While he’s worked for all the major publishers on their biggest characters ...more

Artist Tyler Kirkham - Tyler Kirkham’s first paid art gig was drawing for a local newspaper, until he landed a job drawing indy book The Gift. Kirkham has since worked at Top Cow Studios (with artists like Marc Silvestri) and later on titles such as ...more

Artist Gerry Kissell - Gerry Kissell has worked on Xbox’s Alan Wake comic, IDW’s The A-Team, Army of Two, and the comic tie-in for the sci-fi film Iron Sky. He has also worked on Vanquish, Tim Kenyon's Endtime ...more

Artist Joe R. Lansdale - While he’s written graphic novels, sci-fi tales, mysteries and westerns, Joe Lansdale is probably best known for his horror work, such as the novella Bubba Ho-Tep, which was nominated for a Bram Stoker award ...more

Artist Dirk Strangely - Dirk Strangely is a conceptual designer, fine artist and writer of horror and fantasy. He is known for his newest published graphic novel, Dirk Strangely’s Graveyard Girl, as well as his children’s book ...more

Artist Ben Templesmith - Award-winning artist Ben Templesmith has risen to the top of the comic world with his work on such horrific books as 30 Days of Night, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse and Hellspawn ...more

Artist Thom Zahler - Thom Zahler is the writer and artist of the critically-acclaimed, fan-favorite superhero romantic comedy Love and Capes, currently published by IDW. Zahler is also a letterer (Claypool Comics, Stan Lee/NHL The Guardian Project) ...more

 


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