Houston's quickly becoming a capital of geek culture in America, as evidenced by Comicpalooza 2013, the ever-growing convention. The show attracts vendors and stars from around the globe to H-Town for a feast of cutting-edge geekdom. Star Trek/X-Men star Patrick Stewart is in town, as are bad girl Michelle Rodriguez, wrestler Scott Steiner, Cary Elwes, and one of the largest collections of sci-fi and fantasy authors ever assembled for a convention. Convention founder John Simons has promised over 300 hours' worth of programming, everything from fan forums to workshops on medieval weaponry, Dr. Horrible sing-alongs to zombie survival techniques. There's even an exceedingly promising discussion on novelizing movies with Alan Dean Foster and Kevin J. Anderson.
Doctor Who fans make out especially great this year as the 50th anniversary of the story looms in November. The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison) and the longest-running companion Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines), as well as Gary Russell, who has written loads about the show and knows more Doctor trivia than perhaps anyone else on the planet, will all offer insights and take questions.
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Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 pm. Sunday. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. For information, visit comicpalooza.com. $10 to $175.
May 24-26, 2013