The first 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. The event drew 500 people with no advertising and no promotion. It was apparent that the 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 fanbase. Featuring 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 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.
The show has become one of the largest conventions in Houston offering its 40,000 annual attendees more than 2,000 hours of programming and 1.1 million square feet of space featuring exhibits, panel discussions, anime, gaming and much more.
Today Comicpalooza is Texas’ largest comic and pop culture event. We invite you to join us at this year’s show!
May 27–29, 2011 George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, Texas
10,000 in Attendance
May 25–27, 2012 George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, Texas
11,000 in Attendance
May 24–26, 2013 George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, Texas
21,000 in Attendance
May 23–26, 2014 George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, Texas
33,000 in Attendance
May 22–25, 2015 George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, Texas
42,000 in Attendance
June 17-19,2016 George R. Brown Convention Center Houston, Texas
43,800 in Attendance