COMICPALOOZA: The Texas International Comic Con
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston Texas
Friday May 25, 2012 12:00-7:00
Saturday May 26, 2012 10-7
Sunday May 27 10-7
Exhibitor: Stephen Andrew Missick
Stephen Andrew Missick, an Iraq War Veteran, is the author and illustrator of the Hammer of God, a comic book series that tells the story of Judas Maccabee and the first Hanukkah. He is also the author and illustrator of The Ennead: The Story of Osiris, Isis and Horus from ancient Egyptian mythology, and wrote and illustrated Christ the Man. Stephen Missick grew-up and currently lives in the Houston area.
Comicpalooza's mission is to provide the best and biggest annual multi-format pop culture convention in the southwest region of the United States, serving not only the fans of comics, science fiction, fantasy, video and table top gaming, anime, music and film, but also as a trade show and showcase for the studios, publishers, and manufacturers in those industries.
Comicpalooza was first held July 19, 2008 in the lobby of the Alamo Drafthouse Theater in Katy, Texas. It wasn't a comic convention; it was a simple signing event set to coincide with the release of "The Dark Knight." Comicpalooza was conceived as a means of helping local comic creators reach the media and the public. It was fun for all dozen or so comic creators who showed up. We had no idea what it would rapidly grow into.
Comicpalooza 2009 was re-imagined as a two-day comic book festival set in a local mall, again with a strong emphasis on promoting creators, connecting with the media, and fostering new growth in the fanbase. We featured guests like David Mack, Terry Moore, Steve Scott, Tom Hodges, Mat Johnson, Andy Kuhn, Dirk Strangely and others, and added events like special screenings, Q&A sessions, and the charity live art benefit. The event was so successful we drew more fans than any other Houston comic convention in 15 years.
2010 saw Comicpalooza re-invented yet again, this time hosted at the George R. Brown Convention Center as a multi-format convention celebrating not just comics, but also sci-fi and fantasy, horror, steam punk, New Media, movies, film, and gaming of all types.