Geeked Out

A By-the-Numbers Look at Last Year's Comicpalooza

Step aside, Comic-Con.

By Laura Furr Mericas March 2, 2020 Published in the March 2020 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Attendees look at a booth at Comicpalooza. 

Timed with the release of The Dark Knight, Houston held first Comicpalooza in 2008 at an Alamo Drafthouse Theater in Katy. Two years later, the Con moved to downtown’s George R. Brown Convention Center. There were only about 500 attendees at the inaugural Con, but by 2019, that number had swelled to 45,923 people, representing 46 states and 16 countries. 

Here's a by-the-numbers look at last year's Comicpalooza:


Game of Thrones stars who headlined: Emilia Clarke and Nathalie Emmanuel 

Students compete in the ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship. 


College teams that competed in the inaugural ESPN Collegiate Esports Championship at Comicpalooza, for titles in Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and Street Fighter V


Comic series creators in attendance, from X-Men writers to My Little Pony artists 


Prominent actors, voice actors, artists, authors, and other creators who greeted fans at the event

The cosplay contest

Image: Eugene Lee


Cosplay competitors seeking the Best in Show crown, which went to a fan dressed as a Tekken-inspired Yoshimitsu warrior


Tabletop gaming tournaments 

1.1 million

Square feet of space at the GRB for exhibits, panels, gaming, cosplay, and more

2 million

Approximate streams of the ESPN Esports Twitch feed during the championship event


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