It may be raining in Houston at present, but even a mother of a storm can’t break the wills of those seeking to meet the Mother of Dragons this weekend. At the time of this writing, Comicpalooza 2019 is still on pending future emergency weather announcements. That isn’t to say that the con commencement shouldn’t negate common sense. Obviously, if you’re in a flooded part of the city or in a part that’s at risk of flooding don’t be a hero. Seeing a rushing deluge filled with cosplay remnants, Rick wigs, TARDIS cogs and other assorted con fare is definitely not something that the good folks heading up Comicpalooza want to see. Sources close to Comicpalooza inform that the best source of up-to-date information about emergency situations will be the Comicpalooza social media accounts.
Now that the emergency details have been addressed, lets get on with what we all came for, Comicpalooza 2019. As in previous years, Comicpalooza 2019 boasts an enviable roster of special guests, headed up by some Game of Thrones greats. The Mother of Dragons herself Daenerys Tagaryen, brought to fierce and fiery life by the incomparable talents of Emilia Clarke, will grace guests on Saturday and Sunday and Daenerys’ loyal right-handmaiden and friend Missandei, portrayed exquisitely by the multi-talented Nathalie Emmanuel, will – in true Missandei fashion – be by her friend’s side for both days.
Also appearing on the all-star roster is Dan Fogler of Fantastic Beasts and The Walking Dead fame; Wilmer Valderrama, best known for his portrayal of “Fes” on the mega-hit “That 70’s Show;” Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wilson Cruz, and Erick Avari from the Star Trek franchise; Jeremy Davies, Andrew Divoff, and Mira Furlan from the J.J. Abrams juggernaut “Lost;” John Wesley Shipp and Grant Gustin of “The Flash;” and almost the entire cast from the sci-fi/comedy “The Tick,” including Peter Serafinowicz, Griffin Newman, Brendan Hines, and Scott Speiser. One of the only omissions to the Tick cast being actress Yara Martinez, who was scheduled to appear but had to cancel. Other “non-tick” cancellations to this year’s con include Billy Zane and con alum John Barrowman, with Barrowman leaving a heartfelt apology on Facebook for his fans.
Celebrities in front of the camera aren’t the only draw to this year’s con, though, as an impressive array of voice actors will also be in attendance. Talents including legendary artists such as Maurice Lamarche, Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Tress Macneille – of Animaniacs and Pinky and the Brain fame – along with a sizable offering of “My Hero Academia” and “Sailor Moon” talent headed up by the voices of Monica Rial, Alexis Tipton, J. Michael Tatum, Josh Grelle, Brittney Karbowski and Jamie Marchi for “Academia” and Linda Ballantyne and Katie Griffin for “Moon” all of which are sure to treat fans. Voice artists are plagued with a criminally over-looked craft, so do make time to stop by and let them know how much their hard work and talent is appreciated. As a plug to my hard-working artists, right now Amazon Prime is running a wonderful voice artist documentary titled, “I Know That Voice,” which is an insightful and candid look into the underappreciated and riveting art of voice over work. I urge everyone to tune in, it will be time well spent.
Keeping underappreciated and unsung heroes in mind, we come to our last con offering, those of the sensational starving and comic artists. After all, without comics there would be no “comic” conventions. This year Comicpalooza has once again amassed a wonderful offering of talented artists, both known and not-so-much. Artists of note include Neal Adams (Batman/X-men), Dan Jurgens (Superman/Batman Beyond), Bob Layton (Iron-Man), Jae Lee (Batman/Superman), Tyler Kirkham (Green Lantern Corps), Mark Texeira (Ghost Rider), and Sam De La Rosa (Venom/Spider-man). There are far too many great artists to mention here, but fans are urged to visit the Comicpalooza main site to see the full lineup of impressive artist offerings. And while it goes without saying that Comicpalooza 2019 has the potential of being the best convention in the history of its creation, just one glimpse at this year’s impressive dais should be enough to make fans brave the elements and head on down for some memory-making fun.
So while the weather might have you lagging, it’s no match for walkers and dragons, as Comicpalooza 2019 kicks off its weekend-long run.
Comicpalooza is the largest annual, multi-genre, comic book, science fiction, anime, gaming, and pop-culture convention in the Southern United States and is held in Houston, Texas.
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