The first Comicpalooza was held on 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. The event drew 500 people with next to no advertising or promotion. It was apparent that Houston was ready for a major comic convention.
The following year Comicpalooza 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 fan base. Comicpalooza featured guests like David Mack, Terry Moore, Steve Scott, Tom Hodges, Mat Johnson, Andy Kuhn, and others, and added special screenings, Q&A sessions, and the charity Live Art benefit. The event was so successful, it drew more fans than any other Houston comic convention had in 15 years.
In 2010 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, fantasy, horror, steampunk, films, and gaming of all types.
The show has become one of the largest conventions in Houston offering its thousands of annual attendees diverse programming and 1.1 million square feet of space featuring exhibits, panel discussions, cosplay, literature, anime, gaming, and much more.
Today, Comicpalooza is Texas’ foremost comic and pop-culture event. We invite you to join us at this year’s show!
In 2020 we made the difficult, but responsible, decision to cancel the event due to COVID-19. Although 2020 was The Lost Year, we couldn’t let the year pass without helping our exhibitors and staying in touch with our fans. Shortly after our cancellation, we launched our exhibitor shopping portal that gave our 2020 exhibitors some additional exposure and the opportunity to feature and sell their merchandise on our website. Then, a few months later, we debuted CP Presents. This virtual series of interviews brought CP alumni and new guests to your screen, for some casual and fun talks covering an array of topics including anime, comic books, and more.
- July 19, 2008
- May 2-3, 2009
- March 26-28, 2010
- May 27–29, 2011
- May 25–27, 2012
- May 24–26, 2013
- May 23–26, 2014
- May 22–25, 2015
- June 17–19, 2016
- May 12-14, 2017
- May 25-27, 2018
- May 10-12, 2019
- May 22-24, 2020 - The Lost Year