Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and among nerds in and near Houston, Texas, that means it’s Comicpalooza time! The event has taken place at the George R. Brown convention center for several years, and continues to gain traction each year with its impressive guest list and an artist alley full of Texas’s finest comic book creators and creatives.
This year’s Comicpalooza guests include Stan Lee, Mike Mignola, Jason Mewes, the cast of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nichelle Nichols, Billy Dee Williams, and many more. We can’t be at this convention this year, but will be experiencing it vicariously through the social media correspondence of some of our geekiest friends.
Here are our recommendations for who not to miss in artist alley:
•Jim Ferguson has tons of amazing new prints, and will be taking orders this weekend for large prints (which sounds AWESOME, considering they’re usually only 5×11″) of his cinematic fan art, to be delivered the next day. Ferguson is planning to get his licensed Princess Bride prints signed, one of which is pictured here.
•Emily Rose Romano is set up at table 1540, and she’s got 4 brand new prints available this weekend, plus several more recent works of fan art since last year. Emily is also participating in the charity live art auction fundraiser on Saturday (details further down at the end of this post). Check out more of her art and shenanigans on Instagram: @texaswolf.
•Jessica Grundy will be at table 1001 with her incredibly beautiful art prints, celebrating the third anniversary of her very first convention appearance as an artist. I snagged a copy of this Batgirl print she did back in March at Staple!
•Dan Price and Bonn Adame have a new Masters Of The Obvious collection available, including a Visible Woman page! They’ll be speaking on panels throughout the weekend with Jeremy the Artist, the Stan Lee Foundation, and a group of fellow webcomic creators.
•Jeremy (the Artist) Martinez can be found around the convention passing out buttons to promote his new comic (Snake Bite- the tale of a demon/ghost hunter with a that for vengeance) and stickers promoting his new collaborative web series on YouTube, enititled Broken Led. In each Broken Led episode, Jeremy and FiveLine Graphics’s Paulo Hernandez banter and collaborate on drawings, entertaining the heck out of you in the process.
•Comics Consumption for a Cause (because I heart both giving and alliteration)- The Charity Live Art Auction, to be held Saturday night, will be on the 3rd floor balcony area of the convention center. There will be over 50 artists doing live art that can be bid on, and the proceeds will be going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
That’s it! Have a blast everyone! I can’t wait to see all of your awesome photos and hear about your comic book and art haul after Comicpalooza comes to a close. Who are you most excited to see there this year?