Comicpalooza 2015: Not Just for Nerds

June 2, 2015

Phew! You guys, it’s good to be back. Things look a little different at the moment, and that’s because I’m under construction! I finally made the jump over to WordPress. While the blog isn’t completely back 100%, I at least wanted it to be available while I’m working behind the scenes. Hoping to have it beautified by the end of the week.

TARDIS Doctor Who Dalek Comicpalooza Houston, TexasTank: Jordandene / Cardigan: Target / Jeans: Old Navy / Shoes: Old Navy / Backpack: TOMS

Over Memorial Day weekend, Nick and I spent two days at Comicpalooza in Houston, basking in the glory of Houston nerds. We’ve attended before, back in 2013, because the con was in conjunction with Galacticon. This year we were so excited to attend the con because of quite a few special guests in attendance.

I was probably most excited to see Jason Isaacs, who most people know as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movie franchise. Apparently this was his first ever appearance at a convention like this, so his Q&A session was absolutely fabulous! He totally took control of the mic and gave us everything he wanted and more! He told us that he actually came up with the concept of the long blonde hair and flowing robes that Lucius wore, and improvised much of what he did in “Chamber of Secrets.” This “Potterhead” girl was freaking out, y’all.

Jason Isaacs Comicpalooza

We also had the chance to attend a Q&A with Cobie Smulders, who played Robin on How I Met Your Mother and Maria Hill in The Avengers/Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’ve been obsessed with Cobie since 2011 and couldn’t believe I was actually seeing her in person! If you saw my tweets this weekend, you’ll know that she’s just as witty as she is gorgeous. I’m sure that’s not hard when you’re married to an SNL cast member! You could tell that she loved interacting with those fans asking her questions. I wish I had the chance to talk with her one-on-one!

Cobie Smulders Comicpalooza 2015 Houston Texas

We finished our day on Saturday popping into a panel with Dan Starkey, who plays Strax on Doctor Who. He was hilarious and kept getting into character. Everyone in the panel loved it. Being able to be in the same room with these actors who had such a big impact on my life was such an awesome experience.

Stan Lee Comicpalooza 2015 Houston, Texas

Sunday we took some time to walk around the main hall to check out vendors and autograph signings before getting in line for the panel with Stan Lee. This guy is the father of modern comics, you guys, and the creator of the entire Marvel Universe. And can you believe he is 92 years old?! He was so witty and really loved talking about his characters. With being around for so long, you might expect him to seem bored but he didn’t at all! My favorite part was his answer to the question of his favorite Marvel villan: “Doctor Doom because all he wants to do it take over the world. That’s not really a crime!”

Gotham Panel Sean Pertwee Donal Logue Comicpalooza 2015 Houston, Texas

The second panel of the day was with some members of the “Gotham” cast. I’m a huge fan of the TV show and it was great to hear so many others who loved the show talk about it too!

We finished Sunday with the George Takei Q&A. It was much different than what I expected, but I loved hearing him talk about Leonard Nimoy, who recently passed away. It made me tear up hearing him talk about what a great friend he was. Takei is also a huge social justice/gay rights advocate, so Nick called the panel “Legislative Affairs with George Takei.” We’re political nerds too so obviously we were all over it. Takei is such a charismatic guy!

Before we left the con we had a chance to walk around a check out some of the booths and costumes in the main hall. I’m always so impressed by the cosplayers who create and wear these intricate costumes! The best part is, they don’t have to necessarily be particular “nerdy” costumes. I think that’s a misconception of cosplay. You can be anyone! Do you know the movie that the characters pictured below are from? (Hint: It’s one of Jim Henson’s lesser known movies!)

Overall the entire weekend was pretty awesome. I definitely enjoyed going back to Comicpalooza after two years and seeing how things have changed. I would most definitely go back next year!

Dark Crystal Comicpalooza Houston, TX

Jurassic Park Jeep Comicpalooza Houston, TX

Harley Quinn Joker Batman Comicpalooza Houston, Texas

If you were to attend an event like this, who would you dress up as?

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