For comic, sci-fi-and fantasy fans, Houston is the place to be this weekend. Comicpalooza will be at the George R. Brown Convention Center this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Several local children’s and young adult authors will be participating in the many literary panels that will be presented throughout the weekend. I will be moderating two events. On Friday at 1:00, I will be interviewing writer, editor and producer for the Doctor Who franchise, Gary Russell on The How and What of Doctor Who. Then on Sunday at 1:00, I will moderate a panel titled, What’s Too Big for Kickstarter? Besides the literary events and the dozens of artists who will be showing their work, the weekend will be packed with fun events. Murder By The Book will be there selling books for the event.
In other news, we also have an author/illustrator visiting this week:
John Rocco will discuss and sign his picture book, SUPER HAIR-O AND THE BARBER OF DOOM. Every super hero gets his powers from somewhere. Rocco thinks his abilities come from his shock of red hair, and the longer it gets, the stronger he becomes. He even has a posse of super friends with wild hair of their own. Our hero is unstoppable–until the day he’s dragged to the super evil villain’s lair and robbed of his powers. How will he face his friends? Will he ever regain his super hero-ness? A girl who has been watching all along offers the gang a chance to save the day and get their groove back.
Events that may interest writers or illustrators include:
Comic Writing 101: Learn to write a script that is clear enough to be followed by an artist
The Good Habits of Good Writers
The How and What of Doctor Who—Gary Russell, writer, editor and producer of original novels, movie novelizations, magazines, audio dramas and TV series discusses the differences and challenges of writing for many mediums
Cut To The Bone: What Are Editors Really Looking For? Writers discuss methods for making their manuscripts “publisher ready”
Unexpected Heroes and Heroines: How Today’s Characters Are Changing…and What Is Driving That Change
You Wrote It, But Who Drew It: With Hayley Gompertz, Dotti Enderle, Mary D. Wade
It’s My Fantasy: Playing God and Building Your Won Fantasy World
The Challenges of Small comic Publishers: Join a frank discussion about how small comic publishers get distributed and get their comics into stores
Conundrums, Clues and Clever Killers—Oh, No! Focusing on the Mystery and Thriller genres
The Bumpy, Lumpy, No Good Road to Publication: With Deborah Frontiera, Dotti Enderle, Layne Riosely, Hayley Gompertz, Katherine Catmull
Indie and Small Press Publishing in the 21st Century: With Emily Evans, Jason Aydelotte, Rose Moriarty, Camelia Amiri
The Weird, Wicked and Wild West: Do you like your westerns mixed with a little horror, sci-fi or fantasy?
Time Travel: Fiction, Feasability, Science …and Fun!
Creating Online Comics: The technical aspect of going digital with comics
Emerging Sci-Fi, Supernatural and Fantasy Authors Roundtable
The American Heroic Ideal
Representations of Gender in Graphic Literature
Vampires and Shifters: Why do We Love Them?
Writing Kids Books Isn’t Child’s Play: Hayley Gompertz, Dotti Enderle, Mary D. Wade
Steampunk Tips for Writers and Readers: Camelia Amiri
What’s Too Big For Kickstarter?
Middle Grade: Caught Between
YA Fantasy Panel
Writing Comics vs. Novels
Genesis of Creation: Where We Get Our Ideas
Turn That Movie Into a Book
The Annual Live Art & Auction will be held Saturday night from 7:30-10:30pm in front of Hall D on the third floor. All proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston. Be sure to bid on all the art created by Comicpalooza’s contributing artists for an amazing cause!
Sean ‘Cheeks’ Galloway— Artist
Jolly R. Blackburn—Artist
Dirk Strangely<— Artist
Nathan Hamill— Artist
Scott Tolleson—Artist/Toy Designer
Sam de la Rosa—Artist
Michael Golden—Artist/Editor/Art Director
Joe Jusko—Award-winning Artist