We scoped out Comicpalooza for you today and although there's a ton of things to see and do, we're pointing out a few things that we think are worth seeking out.
10. Basketball-Playing Robots
High school robotics students were charged with the task of creating mechs that can catch a ball, toss it to their "teammates" and put it in a basket while keeping it away from their opponents. In other words, these robots are essentially playing basketball.
9. People Who Wear Their Nerd On Their Sleeve
Some of the best parts of a convention are the unexpected delights, like this lady who turned her wheelchair into Davros, creator of the Daleks. (That's a Doctor Who reference, by the way, just in case you're not into that, but maybe you should check it out? It's only been around 50 years...)
In what will probably be their only Texas appearance this year, The Doubleclicks have journeyed to Comicpalooza and will be giving a concert on Saturday at 2:30 pm. Admission is free with your Comicpalooza ticket. Check out some of the songs from this geeky sister duo. http://www.youtube.com/user/thedoubleclicks
7. Four Doctors and a Captain
As reported earlier in Jef With One F's post, when it comes to Doctors, Comicpalooza has an embarrassment of riches. Specifically, Doctors Five (Peter Davison), Six (Colin Baker), Seven (Sylvester McCoy) and Eight (Paul McGann) are all here. As if that wasn't enough, John Barrowman (aka Captain Jack Harkness of Doctor Who and Torchwood fame) is here, too. Whovians in Houston had better not miss this. You'll be the envy of Doctor Who fans everywhere. While there are Who-themed panels all weekend, the grand finale is "Meet the Four Doctors" on Sunday at 3 pm in the General Assembly area.
6. Monday Cons hardly ever run on a Monday, but thanks to Comicpalooza being over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, that typically blue day suddenly looks fun again.
There are a small percentage of people who spend hours, weeks and months making wondrous costumes by hand and then they come show off their work at pop culture conventions. You never know what you might on the exhibit floor.
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4. Awesome Things To Buy Or Just Look At
There are rows and rows of handcrafted and unique items. As just one tiny example of the things we covet: these hilarious tees.
Among the things that perhaps go too far: this religious-themed Darth Vader statue.
3. The original Power Rangers
The original Red (Austin St. John), Black (Walter Jones) and Blue (David Yost) Power Rangers are in town this weekend, so this is your chance to get three autographs off your wish list.
In case you are wondering where the other original Rangers are, the Green/White Ranger (Jason David Frank) is currently at Puerto Rico Con (but visited both Comicpalooza and Space City Con last year) and the original Yellow Ranger (Thuy Trang) was killed in a tragic car accident. We don't know why Pink Ranger (Amy Jo Johnson) didn't visit. *sniff*
2. Agents of Shield
In love with this super series from ABC? Watch actors Brett Dalton, Clark Gregg, Elizabeth Henstridge, J. August Richards, Glenn Morshower and Ming Na Wen talk about the series at their panel on Saturday at 1:45 pm in the General Assembly room. (You get bonus points from us if you know that Ming Na Wen was also the voice of Disney's Mulan.)
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1. Stan Lee
The last-minute announcement of Stan Lee's appearance at Comicpalooza has been rocking Houston over the last week, leaving fans across town plotting on how they're going to get a chance to meet him.
Arguably, one of the fathers of modern-day comics, Lee will be at Comicpalooza on Saturday and Sunday. We can't find a panel for him in the schedule, but you can bet there will be autograph and photo opportunities... for a price. But how many more chances do you think you'll get with Stan the Man?
(By the way, Mr. Lee, I have been informed of a few places (*cough* El Big Bad and Charity Saloon *cough*) that would like to give you free drinks, should you be interested and thirsty. I also know of a bartender at Bad News Bar who would literally pass out if you happened to walk in the door. Personally, I'd pay just to see that.