Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Comicpalooza, New Writing Media & Houston First
This past weekend – June 17th to June 19th – Houston housed one of the coolest events I ever had the pleasure to cover. Comicpalooza! Texas largest comic con and pop culture event.
The event brings out the inner eclectic, nerdy, awesome and weird in each and every one of its attendants! Comicpaloza is a true display of magic and wonder, acceptance, and diversity. It also represents an opportunity for many talented independent artists in and around Houston to display and sell their artwork.
An array of illustrations, hand-made jewelry, clothing, paintings, and toys made their way into the hearts and houses of supporting and excited customers during the whole three days the convention lasted.
Discussion panels and workshops are also an important part of the convention. Aspiring writers, artists, podcasters, filmmakers and enthusiasts had a chance to get up close and personal with professionals and celebrities. I had the chance to attend to the Steampunk 101 workshop in which I learned how to make my very own steampunk inspired clothing in full victorian style. Hey! It might come in handy! Other panels included: Photography Basics, Story Telling and Creative Writing, Character & Creature Design, and Independent Film Making among others.
Then of course cosplay is a fundamental part of the convention. Thousands of people spend hours preparing for the grand event. Their costumes come in all forms, sizes, budgets, and shapes.
It really doesn’t matter how old or how young you are. The effort put in every one of the costumes is mesmerizing. People are also in full character, it is more than just dressing up, it’s being that character completely and down to the core.
And then, you have the non-profits. Yes! amazing non-profits take the stage at Comicpalooza. One of these fantastic and uber cool non-profits is the 501st Legion Charity. These guys are dedicated StarWars fans bringing joy to everyone who comes near them!
While the 501st was initially founded to unite costumers with a penchant for Star Wars villainy, one of our real-world missions is to bring good to our communities through volunteer charity work. The 501st is always looking for opportunities to brighten the lives of the less fortunate and to bring awareness to positive causes on both a local and global scale.
Whoa speaking of Starwars! Biggest collection of custom made lightsabers imaginable with the guys at Ultra Sabers Check them out below or visit their webpage for a coplete description of their products and availability.
Overall Comicpalooza is fun for the whole family. The event is a must see! wether you are into the celebrities that attend or into the magic of the cosplays, there is something here for everyone to enjoy! Speaking of celebs, many recognized celebrities were at Comicpalooza this year spending some time with their fans! Among the must recognized we had Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead & The Boondock Saints) Kate Beckinsale (Underworld films) Lou Ferrigno (title character of the hit ’70s TV show The Incredible Hulk) Sigourney Weaver (Alien anthology and Ghostbusters) and Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints)
I will be writing a few other posts about Dos and Dont’s with kids at Comicpalooza and some awesome behind the scenes/interviews with Ming Chen and Lou Ferrigno! Stay tuned!