Comicpalooza 2011

Jeff Hughes, owner of the independent comic book publishing company Comic Book Divas, debuts his latest book, Goldilocks in Zombie Land, during Comicpalooza 2011, a three-day frenzy of all things comics and sci-fi, horror and fantasy films and games. The plot for Goldilocks in Zombie Land is fairly simple. Goldilocks and her band of zombie-hunting friends Bo Peep, the Woodsman and Jack from the Bean Stalk fight, hack, slash and shoot their way through a horde of fairy-tale zombies in order to reach Castle Tower, the last safe haven and the home of Queen Rapunzel.

Goldilocks seemed an odd choice to us as the head ghoul killer, but as Hughes points out, there is a lot more courage to her traditional tale than we’d ever considered. “In the story, Goldilocks literally breaks in and enters a house, eats the food, makes herself at home and even goes to sleep in a bed,” said Hughes. “On top of all that, she does it in a house full of bears. That is pretty gutsy.”

Other comic-book artists who will be making appearances at Comicpalooza are Arthur Suydm (the Marvel Zombies series) and Alejandro Garza (Aspen Comics), along with trading-card artist Jon Hughes. Celebrities Edward James Olmos (Admiral William Adama on Battlestar Galactica), Meaghan Rath (Sally on Being Human), Sam Trammell (Sam on True Blood) and many others will also be in attendance.

For fans who want to sit in the dark, there’s the Comicpalooza Film Festival hosted by Splatterfest, with more than two dozen films screening over the weekend (Killer School Girls from Outer Space is among the three world premiers on the schedule). There are also workshops and live entertainment and, of course, a dealers’ room with mountains of collectibles and show merch. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenidas de las Americas. For information, visit $20 to $150.
May 27-29, 2011