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 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, Dirk Strangely and others, and added events like 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 and fantasy, horror, steam punk, movies, film, and gaming of all types.

The show has become one of the largest conventions in Houston offering its over 50,000 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!

Event History

  • 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