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'Comicpalooza' 2014 is a fun fantasy event

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Looking for an awesome experience? Well it’s not too late to attend the Texas International Comic Con, ‘Comicpalooza’ being held Memorial Day weekend (May 23 – 26, 2014) in the Houston George R. Brown Convention Center.

(L-r)  Sky Marshall Arewe' Thereyet and A.D. Cruize. Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.
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Since its inception in 2006, ‘Comicpalooza’ has grown into a major event where fans gather to indulge in their fantasies and experience an event of a lifetime. This is a family friendly event offering a variety of interest from fan groups of Cosplay to Steampunk, interactive games, music to vendors and Q&A’s and photos with their favorite celebrities.

This year, ‘Comicpalooza’ had the honor to host one of the all-time greatest masters of the comic book genre, Stan Lee co-creator of ‘Marvel Comics’ whose influence as a writer, editor, publisher, media producer is responsible for the highly successful comic book series, ‘Spider-Man,’ ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Hulk,’ ‘X-Men,’ etc. This is the ultimate achievement for this event as Stan Lee is highly regarded as father of the Super Hero and movies based upon his brilliant characters are highly successful.

Other fan favorite celebrities in the Sci-Fi genre include the cast of the 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ a television program based on Marvel Comics series of the same name. The cast appeared on a panel to discuss their show with fans. Members of the cast included, Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson), Elizabeth Hestridge, (Jemma Simmons) J. August Richards (Mike Peterson), Glen Morshower (General Jacobs), and Ming Na Wen (Melinda May).

As the cast discussed story lines and characters, the panel was interrupted by the surprise appearance of Stan Lee the creator of the series and Lou Ferrigno, the original ‘Incredible Hulk ‘character. When the screams died down, Lee discussed his approval of the television show and asked noted that the ratings shot up after he had a cameo on the show. He suggested that he should have a supporting spot on the show to the delight of the audience.

Another great actor and trailblazer on television is Nichelle Nichols of ‘Star Trek’ fame. She regaled the crowd with stories from her illustrious career. As you might know, she is credited with the first inter-racial kiss on television. Ms. Nichols who is African-American discussed the controversy and ultimate approval of the legendary scene between her and William Shatner (Captain Kirk). Her first-hand narratives were witty and enlightening.

Not only was she the first actress to break color line on television, she was also responsible for breaking the glass ceiling for women to become astronauts. It seems the government space agency , NASA was impressed by her work as Lt. Uhura on the series. They asked for her help in recruiting females for the space program. Working with NASA, she came up with a criterion for possible candidates and as a result, she exceeded expectations by finding six female recruits for the program.

Fans are also able to take photographs and obtain autographs with their favorite stars. For example, legendary actor Billy Dee. Williams (Lando Clarissan/’Star Wars’), ‘Torchwoods’ John Barrowman (Capt. Jack Harkness), Nicholas Brendon/Zander and James Marsters/Spike (‘Buffy Vampire Slayer’), and stars of ‘The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ (See ‘Comicpalooza’ website for complete list).

‘Comicpalooza’ is an fantastic outing suitable for the entire family this holiday weekend. If you haven’t taken advantage of this great event, it is not too late to attend. There even is a free ‘Comicpalooza’ app for you to download. The last day to experience the fantasy adventure is May 26.

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