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Comicpalooza: How Houston’s Comics Convention Came Back From the Dead to Become One of the Best in the Country

One of the best comics conventions in the nation is here in Houston

James Bedward agrees. He said he attends Comicpalooza to see the wealth of creative energy around him.

"I love the bringing of the culture together to have a good time," Bedward said. "That's what I look forward to. People to talk shop with. See all the creativity that's around. It's opened up a new world."

After making a splash with his Green Arrow costume, Bedward met an acquaintance of Robert "Clutch" Boudwin, the mascot for the Houston Rockets. Boudwin is actively involved with charity work and was looking for costumed heroes to invite to a special event at the Houston Zoo for terminally ill children. Bedward has been asked to be one of those heroes.

Heyoo! It’s Steve the Bandit Raider and mascot for the Borderlands video games posing in the dealer hall at Comicpalooza.
Chuck Cook
Heyoo! It’s Steve the Bandit Raider and mascot for the Borderlands video games posing in the dealer hall at Comicpalooza.
J. August Richards, Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg from the hit television Avengers spin-off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. watch as legendary Marvel comics creator Stan Lee takes the microphone at a panel discussion.
Chuck Cook
J. August Richards, Ming-Na Wen and Clark Gregg from the hit television Avengers spin-off Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. watch as legendary Marvel comics creator Stan Lee takes the microphone at a panel discussion.

"This is something I've wanted to do since I started cosplay," said Bedward, who works for a medical warehousing company by day. "Helping out others, bringing joy to their eyes. I want to help these kids forget about things for a while."

Bedward is hard at work adding as much characterization from the show as possible to polish up his act for the upcoming young audience. He's looking forward to more chances to help and has begun the process of crafting other costumes to add to his repertoire. His current project is The Scarlet Spider, Peter Parker's flawed Spider-Man clone who managed to overcome his villainous origin story and come to Houston as the city's first costumed protector in the Marvel universe.

"Kaine [The Scarlet Spider's real name] isn't like Spider-Man," Bedward said. "He didn't really want to be a hero, but he can't help being a hero. He can't help but help people. That's something I admire. He's perfect for Houston."

Thanks to Comicpalooza, now the people who play heroes have reason to come to the city to meet the people they inspire. And the people they inspire? They have a reason to get together and play heroes.

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larryn75
larryn75

Any of you reading this who WERE at the "Con of Wrath" in 1982—please get in touch with me on The Con of Wrath Facebook page! The doc is mine, and we're about to come back to Houston to shoot more stories and check footage & research.

The legend of "Con of Wrath" is actually based on some very important missing dots we have found out about to connect, and we look forward to not only preserving the con/show story but also looking at fandom, and cons and actors in 1982, pre-Internet and pre-social media.... franchises, actors, dealers, and the fact women have always been a force in fandom—at least, Trek fandom.

I think the '82 fiasco may have hurt Houston fandom for 10-15 years at most, but the generations turn over quickly just as media tech and franchises have. The comic-con reinvention, to be more than just comics, and embrace the media people (actors & designers & writer-producers) has been a nationwide phenom since Comic-Con San Diego went that way in the 90s. Comic-cons all over have been exploding, and it's due to Hollywood big and small screen, not comics. The smaller, traditional, more personal one-niche franchise cons, including old-style lit cons, are still out there --and a bit less insane as the others grow huge.


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thenightgalleria

Being the Sound Engineer for the Ultimate Fantasy as well as the AV guy at the Shamrock Hilton at that time, I would now like to extend my personal apologies to the city of Houston and the cast and crew of Star Trek:The Wrath of Khan for us completely destroying the convention scene here in Houston for the last 30 years. It makes me very happy to know that our city has finally recovered, and that Comicpalooza is doing so well now to erase all the bad memories that we caused. I pray that Comicpalooza goes on to live in this city forever. and I hope you all forgive us for the mess we made. We were trying to do something amazing. As they say... the best laid plans, etc. It was a fun time though, despite what happened. Memories I wouldn't trade for anything. To Houston and Comicpalooza I say, Live Long and Prosper.

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