Comicpalooza 2017!

May 12-14, 2017 George R. Brown Convention

Since 2011 the Houston Public Library has participated in Comicpalooza. In case you were unaware, Comicpalooza is Houston’s very own comic-con. Now you might shrug and say, “What’s the big deal? Every city these days has a con.”

Unlike the San Diego Comic-con which sprawls through several different buildings, Comicpalooza is a smaller affair held in the George R. Brown Convention Center. And unlike most cons, Comicpalooza features educational panels put on by librarians from both the Houston Public Library and the Harris County Public Library.

Topics range from the history of American comics to how to obtain the latest e-comics. Plus you can enjoy some fun panels on topics such as Buffy fandom or discuss your favorite anime and manga series. If you have kids or are just interested in cosplay, please come to one of the Superhero Storytimes conducted by library staff. Or just feel free to stop by the libraries booths located on the first floor of the convention center in the Maker’s Space section. A full schedule of library sponsored activities is listed below. Tickets may be purchased online from the Comicpalooza website.

If you are attending Comicpalooza, please visit one of our panels or stop by the table to say hi. We are fans just like you!


Check out the lineup of 2017!

Date Time Panel/Idea Description
Friday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Little Mavericks Graphic Novel List: Great GNs for Your Kid SO MANY GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR KIDS! SO LITTLE TIME! How to choose the best ones? The Little Mavericks Graphic Novel Reading List is a recommended reading list of graphic novels designed for children in grades K-5 compiled by Texas librarians. Join us for a presentation of quality graphic novel titles for the kids in your life!
Friday 12 PM - 1 PM Westworld is the Bestworld Have you spent countless hours reading Westworld fan theories, listening to Westworld podcasts and dissecting Westworld episodes frame by frame? Have you tried repeatedly to convince friends, family and coworkers ride the train to Westworld, only to be told to "go away" because you're "being obnoxious?" So have we! Join four Houston Public Library librarians for a lively discussion of the aesthetics, philosophy, cultural context and psychology of Westworld! Seriously. We're SUPER into Westworld.
Friday 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM History of American Comics Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, Copper Age, and Modern Age--what do these labels mean when applied to the history of American comic books? When did they begin and end, and what were the major events and catalysts that occurred during these time periods? A Houston Public Librarian will discuss the events which brought American comics to where they are today.
Friday 3 PM - 4 PM E-Comics From Your Library: Ask Us How! Comic books and graphic novels at your fingertips! How? It's not hard when you use your library card! Librarians from the Houston Public Library will demo how to access electronic comics from your library.
Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Pitch Perfect Join two librarians from Harris County and Houston Public Libraries for a high energy face-off to figure out once and for all, the greatest graphic novels of all time! Panelists and audience members will have 90 seconds to pitch their picks for the comics guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, think, fume, stay up all night—plus the One Comic Everyone Should Read Before They Die. Audience members will vote for the winning pitch.
Saturday 1 PM - 2 PM Superhero Storytime WHAM! BAM! POW! Grab your cape and mask, and join the Houston Public Library for a thrilling superhero storytime! Recommended for children ages 4-8.
Saturday 3 PM - 4 PM Buffy: 20 Years of Fandom For 7(ish) years, she was the one(ish) girl in all the world who stood against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. Join four Houston Public Library librarians as we celebrate 20 years of fandom and delve into the cultural impact of Buffy and the whole Scooby Gang.
Saturday 4 PM - 5 PM Superhero Storytime WHAM! BAM! POW! Grab your cape and mask, and join the Houston Public Library for a thrilling superhero storytime! Recommended for children ages 4-8.
Saturday 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Beyond Shounen and Shoujo Come geek out with Houston Public Library over anime and manga genres such as Josei, Yaoi, Yuri, Shounen Ai, Shoujo Ai, Seinen, Harem, Horror and possible even Ecchi, Hentai, and Doujinshi. This will be an informal but informative panel of utmost Otakuness. We will also discuss the development of these genres, plus titles you can find at your nearest Houston Public Library! 18+
Sunday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Superhero Storytime WHAM! BAM! POW! Grab your cape and mask, and join the Houston Public Library for a thrilling superhero storytime! Recommended for children ages 4-8.
Sunday 4 PM - 5 PM Superhero Storytime WHAM! BAM! POW! Grab your cape and mask, and join the Houston Public Library for a thrilling superhero storytime! Recommended for children ages 4-8.

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