Professional badass, fitness shaman and sometime actor Chuck Norris is the latest eminence to sign on to Houston’s annual sci-fi/fantasy festival, scheduled for May 12-14 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This year’s other guests better bring their A game; not live up to their autograph obligations, and they’re likely to get a roundhouse upside the head.
Last seen in public being named an honorary Texan by the state legislature, the Oklahoma-born Norris is now best-known as the star, executive producer and title-song vocalist of the long-running CBS action drama Walker, Texas Ranger (though “action” may be putting it mildly); the subject of prototypical Internet meme “Chuck Norris Facts”; and chief beatdown administrator of gangbusters ’80s movies like Code of Silence, Delta Force and Lone Wolf McQuade. As of today, he also appears in the mobile-phone game for iOS and Android, Nonstop Chuck Norris.
So he should have a lot to talk about at Comicpalooza, where Norris will appear May 13 for a Q&A panel with fans, an autograph session and assorted photo opportunities, the festival announced Thursday. Other guests this year include Marvel Universe star Anthony Mackie (a.k.a. Falcon); Finn Jones of Netflix’s Iron Fist; author Lev Grossman (The Magicians trilogy); and four current or former cast members of AMC’s The Walking Dead.
“He hasn’t been a guest at a show like ours in more than 40 years, so bringing him to Houston’s Comicpalooza is a significant honor,” Comicpalooza founder John Simons said in a press release. “In fact, knowing Chuck Norris, he’s probably moving the Earth to bring Comicpalooza to him."
Surely. Adult Comicpalooza passes start at $30 (single-day, Sunday) and expand to $70 (three-day GA) and $275 (VIP). The “Nightmare On Elm Street” pass is sold out. Children’s passes are $10-$15; all are on sale now at comicpalooza.com.