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Houston Comicpalooza 2024

One of the largest comic cons in southern United States

Dates: May 24–26, 2024

Houston Comicpalooza
Houston Comicpalooza

Comicpalooza is the annual pop culture convention held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The popular event is dedicated to comic books, fantasy, sci-fi, anime, gaming, literature, cosplay, and more. It promises a weekend filled with entertainment, special attractions, programming, and celebrity appearances. Catering to a diverse array of fandoms, Comicpalooza offers something for everyone, whether you're a dedicated collector, an avid anime enthusiast, an aspiring cosplayer, or simply looking to create lasting memories with loved ones.

Activities and Entertainment

Comicpalooza boasts a jam-packed schedule featuring panels discussing various fan topics, an expansive exhibition floor showcasing unique art and handcrafted goods, and opportunities to meet and greet celebrities from the realms of comics, TV, and more. Comicpalooza's main highlights include cosplay costume contests, autograph sessions, and photo ops. Past guests have included a diverse array of personalities such as Emilia Clark, Michael Chiklis, and Lance Henriksen, among others.

The convention kicks off with the impressive Comicpalooza Launch Night on Friday, featuring thousands of fans showcasing their elaborate costumes and participating in the annual Cosplay Contest. For those interested in gaming, Comicpalooza offers a range of activities, from classic tabletop games to video game tournaments featuring popular titles like Tekken 8 and Street Fighter 6.Literature enthusiasts can enjoy panels and workshops covering a variety of genres, while families can partake in kid-friendly programming and activities in the Kidtopia area, including the annual Kids Cosplay Contest.

Dusk and After-Dark

In addition to the daytime festivities, Comicpalooza keeps the excitement going after dark with a lineup of dusk and after-dark activities. From Friday Night Raves to retro gaming tournaments and live comedy shows, there's no shortage of entertainment options to keep attendees engaged well into the night.

Dates and Hours

On Friday, May 24, attendees can explore the show floor from 2 pm to 8 pm, with programming running until 2 am. The excitement continues on Saturday, May 25, with the show floor open from 10 am to 7 pm and programming from 10 am to 2 am. Concluding the adventure on Sunday, May 26, the show floor welcomes visitors from 10 am to 5:30 pm, with programming from 10 am to 5 pm. VIP pass holders enjoy early access to the show floor 30 minutes before opening each day.

Admission Passes

The Adult Weekend Pass is priced at $105, while single-day passes range from $50 to $74. Children aged 6-12 can join the fun with the Children's Weekend Pass for $6, and those aged five and under enjoy complimentary admission. For the ultimate experience, the VIP Pass grants access to the entire weekend of festivities, along with exclusive perks like a VIP badge and concierge service for $280. Additionally, those seeking expedited access and special privileges can opt for limited specialized speed passes, such as the Anime, Flashback, Horror, John Cena, and Sci-Fi Speed Passes, each priced at $139 or $150.

Parking and Transportation

Optimal parking near the George R. Brown Convention Center includes nearby options such as the Avenida North, Avenida South, Avenida Central, and the Toyota Tundra garages, ensuring walkable access to the event hub. To secure hassle-free parking, visitors are encouraged to book in advance through SpotHero, offering affordable rates and up to 50% off drive-up prices.

Additionally, METRORail provides a stress-free alternative to Houston traffic, whisking attendees directly to the convention center. For those preferring taxi services, Houston boasts a fleet of over 2,400 taxis, with a flat fare of $6 for downtown trips. Alternatively, Zipcar rentals and the Houston B-cycle bike-sharing system offer flexible transportation options for short trips in and around downtown Houston.


Comicpalooza began modestly in 2008 as a small signing event at a local theater, dedicated to the release of "The Dark Knight." It quickly grew into a two-day festival, drawing significant crowds and paving the way for Houston's vibrant comic convention scene. Over the years, it expanded to become a multi-format celebration of pop culture, finding its home at the George R. Brown Convention Center and attracting thousands of fans annually.

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