Comicpalooza, the Texas International Comic Con, Announces 2013 Expansion, Guests, and Plans to Share Space with GalactiCon
Comicpalooza the Texas International Comic Con Announces Expansion Plans & 2013 Guest Lineup
HOUSTON, TEXAS – Comicpalooza once again posted high growth for their 2012 event, with over 10,600 attendees and an 88.5% increase in paid registration over 2011, which was up from a 55% growth rate the previous year. The high growth makes Comicpalooza one of the fastest growing comic & pop-culture conventions in the south. Attendance for 2013 is expected to top 20,000. Comicpalooza has begun attracting high-profile sponsors including McDonald’s, Best Buy, TimeGate Studios, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Houston Community College, and Bedrock City Comic Co. (7th largest comics retailer in the US) and has led to ambitious expansion plans. These are among their plans for next year:
- It’s so BIG! - Exhibit and event space will increase from the 380,000 square feet available in 2012 to over 500,000 square feet for 2013. This increase will allow more programming, including educational seminars, workshops, and panel discussions as well as entertainment such as concerts, film screenings, and other events.
- Level up! - Comicpalooza 2013 will double the amount of vendor and exhibit space that was available in 2012, including adding a large number of booths for tech and video gaming companies. The tech and video gaming area in Comicpalooza 2012 was very successful and demonstrated the vibrant interest Texas has in those fields.
- Comicpalooza & GalactiCon III – GalactiCon III is the once-every-five-year Battlestar Galactica anniversary celebration. It is the largest BSG fan event in the world and already features almost a dozen celebrity guests from the BSG universe. In 2013 Comicpalooza and GalactiCon will be sharing space and guests to create the largest sci-fi fan event in the Texas/Louisiana region.
- Austin Spotlight – In 2013 Comicpalooza will be spotlighting Austin and its amazing selection of artists, writers, and innovative companies in the fields of comics, film, animation, and video gaming. Companies like Samantha Inoue-Harte’s Austin-based animation studio Animetropolis will be working with Comicpalooza to show off some of the awesome projects brewing in the Texas capitol.
- Guests - Comicpalooza’s initial guest list includes more than one legendary artist: Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Michael Golden, Mark Texeira, and Joe Jusko. It also features actor Peter Mayhew (Star Wars), voice actor & animator Samantha Inoue-Harte, and Tesla-powered musical group ArcAttack! The current list of participating GalactiCon III guests is Edward James Olmos, Michael Hogan, Alessandra Torresani, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict,Herbert Jefferson Jr., Anne Lockhart, Aaron Douglas, Leah Cairns, Luciano Carro, and Jack Stauffer.
The Comicpalooza 2013 website goes live on Aug. 3, 2013!
The Museum of American Illustration is proud to announce an exhibit featuring the top fantastic artists from around the world as seen in the annual Spectrum. Created in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner to showcase fantastic-themed art work, Spectrum is now the leading resource for art directors, art buyers, and fans of the genre. Selected pieces are chosen by top jurors in the field and images are produced in the full color book printed annually.
The Spectrum exhibit features a selection of over 120 works from both legendary artists and talented newcomers from the last four annuals. Divided into seven categories, the exhibit showcases multi-media works including original art in both traditional and digital medium, video, 3D, comics and graphic novels. Artists include Julie Bell, Kinuko Y. Craft, Eric Fortune, William Basso, Brom, James Gurney, Tony DiTerlizzi, Terese Nielsen, Yuko Shimizu, Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, John Jude Palencar, Phil Hale and many more. The artwork will be on display from September 1 through October 17, 2009. In conjunction with the exhibit the Society will hold an Opening Reception on Friday, September 11, 2009. Tickets are $40 for non-members and $35 for members, and are limited. A percentage of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.
In conjunction with the SPECTRUM exhibit the Society will host ART OUT LOUD. Saturday, September 12 from 1-5pm. James Gurney, Sam Weber, Charles Vess, Donato Giancola, and Gregory Manchess will demonstrate their skills and techniques in an open forum. Refreshments included. $10 students, $20 members, $25 non-members.
Founded in 1901, the Society of Illustrators is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to “the promotion of the art of illustration- past, present and future.” It has over 1,000 members worldwide and is headquartered in an 1875 vintage carriage house in New York’s Upper East Side.
Light the Night is a nationwide two- to three-mile evening fundraising walk. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. During this highly visible event participants carry illuminated balloons: white for cancer patients and survivors, red for family, friends and supporters, and gold in memoriam. Participants will “Light the Night” as they walk to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. For more information about Light the Night, visit www.lightthenight.org/nyc
To join the team or donate money, please visit http://pages.lightthenight.org/nyc/Manhattn09/SocietyofIllustrators.
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