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Comicpalooza Day 1: Ron Paul Endorses Ghostbusters

Check out our second day at Comicpalooza and Day 3, then head over to our slideshow to see more Comicpalooza action and cosplay.

Former or current presidential candidate -- depending on your level of optimism -- Ron Paul was just roaming the halls of Comicpalooza. Obama I would've expected, he's a notorious nerd, but Paul? If I hadn't taken this picture, none of you would believe me.

For the second time I'm braving the halls of the George R. Brown Convention Center for the annual Comicpalooza convention. Last year was a treasure that led me to many of the best geek-centric stories I've ever had the chance to write. Would this year live up to to expectations?

"Come see the strange thing" was the first thing I heard shouted at me. I turned because I'm more used to that sentence being shouted about me, but this time it proved to be a member of the Braggart Family SideCircus. During the convention, they put on impressive displays of juggling and driving nails into their skulls. Apparently they run a freak show in between performances.

The press badge got me out of the $1 fee for seeing the so-called strange thing, which I was told was given to them by a mysterious man from California. Upon opening the ornate box, I was gifted with the sight of something that looked like a cross between a monkey, a fish and a dollar-store candle that had been left in the sun for a couple of hours. As far as Fiji mermaids go, it wasn't really spellbinding. I'd have been more impressed with a pickled punk or a Yeti foot cast.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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