The pop-culture extravaganza known as Comicpalooza will return to the George R. Brown Convention Center from July 15 – 17 this summer with a dynamic celebrity lineup, pop culture programming, retro gaming, and other exciting experiences!
Cosplayers, pop culture fanatics, and beloved geeks unite! The multi-format convention celebrating all things comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and horror is returning to Houston with 1.1 million square feet of exhibits, shopping, and fun.
Known to bring in a cast of A-list celebs, Comicpalooza 2022 will feature a variety of fantasy, sci-fi, and all-around stars. The list includes, among others: Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Dune), Terry Crews (needs no introduction), Karen Fukuhara (The Boys), Anthoni Starr (The Boys), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, The X-Files), Alice Cooper (Wayne’s World), Lance Reddick (John Wick movies), Mark Dacascos (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Drive), Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica), and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen, A Nightmare on Elm Street).
Other guests include AEW wrestlers, Adam Cole and “Hangman” Adam Page, as well as anime voice actors: Zach Aguilar (Demon Slayer), Emily Neves (My Hero Academia), Justin Cook (Yu Yu Hakusho, My Hero Academia), and David Matranga (My Hero Academia, Attack on Titan), and more.
Additionally, the festival will include action-packed entertainment not limited to full-on knight fights, fire breathers, magicians, and gaming competitions. Of course, no Comicpalooza would be complete without cosplayers. On Saturday night, the convention will hold its cosplay contests in four categories: beginner, intermediate, advanced, and skits.
There will be a variety of exhibitors and shopping opportunities throughout the convention, in which a kaleidoscope of artists, creators, and vendors will be showcasing and selling artwork, merchandise, and rare collectibles on festival grounds. For a list of vendors, see here.
Comicpalooza will also include special attractions to include 501st Legion, a dedicated Star Wars costuming group that has over 13,000 members worldwide; Battlefield Houston – a mash-up of paintball, airsoft, and laser tag; full-scale replicas of He-Man Cats; Itasha Showdown car runway competition; and more.
Tickets to the event start at $22 for an adult one-day pass. Weekend passes are available for $90, while true fans can geek out on their VIP Pass for $200 that includes admission to the two-day festival as well as early admittance to the Exhibit Hall, a VIP swag bag, and priority line for panel sessions, autographs, and photo ops.