Comicpalooza, Texas’ largest comic and pop culture event, is celebrating the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s blockbuster hit movie “Aliens” by welcoming three-time Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver and fellow castmates Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Jenette Goldstein, Lance Henriksen, and Mark Rolston to the Comicpalooza 2016 guest lineup in the first ever U.S.“Aliens” cast reunion.
Comicpalooza will host other stellar talent, including “Underworld” star Kate Beckinsale in one of her first comic con appearances.Comicpalooza will be held June 17-19 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
“Last year someone asked me how we were going to top Comicpalooza 2015,” said John Simons, founder of Comicpalooza. “This is our game changer.”
Comicpalooza also welcomes other notable guests including Lennie James (The Walking Dead), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel), Walter Koenig (Star Trek), Kel Mitchell (Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers), David Prowse (Darth Vader), New York Times best-selling authors Mercedes Lackey, Leslie Klinger, and Sherrilyn Kenyon as well as comic book greats Adam Kubert, John Ostrander, and Mike Zeck.
In only six years Comicpalooza has become one of the premier pop-culture cons in Texas, featuring performances, art shows, writers’ conferences, cosplay contests, anime, a Japanese fashion show, roller derby, professional wrestling, games, robots, smoking hot science, cool tech, a huge film festival, and enough entertainment and activities to fill more than a million square feet of event and exhibit space.
Driven by community and industry involvement, Comicpalooza has grown to become one of Houston’s largest consumer conventions. In 2015 alone, the convention hosted more than 40,000 visitors and booked 16,000 hotel rooms, which led to an overall economic impact of $20 million. In addition to its steady growth, Comicpalooza has strengthened its ties to Houston by partnering with the Greater Houston Conventions and Visitor’s Bureau (GHCVB), showcasing the city’s quirky culture and commitment to community events.
“Working with the Convention Bureau opens doors for us,” said Simons. “It allows us to build stronger relationships throughout the community so that we can serve the artists, writers, film makers, publishers, industry professionals, and most importantly the die-hard fans from the youngest to the oldest. We can now think about how to serve not just the fans of Houston or Texas, but of the entire United States.”
While traditionally scheduled for Memorial Day weekend, Comicpalooza 2016 will be held on June 17-19 due to Houston’s convention schedule.For the most up to date information on guests, admission prices and schedules, visit www.comicpalooza.com.