Covid-19 has interrupted just about every aspect of life as we knew it. Thursday, the Houston geekdom became its latest victim when both Comicpalooza and the Fandemic Tour announced their cancellations.
Billed as the largest pop culture convention in the Southern U.S., Comicpalooza was expected to draw 50,000 attendees from across the country during Memorial Day Weekend. This will be the first time since its creation in 2008 that the event has not occurred.
According to Comicpalooza’s official statement, organizers considered alternate dates and venues, but the unpredictability of the ongoing pandemic proved too much to move forward. “Instead, we will turn our attention to creating a superior Comicpalooza fan experience in 2021,” according to the release. Full refunds will be given to those who already purchased tickets.
While Comicpalooza hadn’t revealed this year’s headliners, it had announced appearances by comic book writers and artists including Kelly Sue DeConnick and Christopher Priest as well as actors including Andrew Robinson and Nana Visitor of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Past featured guests have included Tom Holland, Emilia Clarke, and Levar Burton.
A more recent addition to the Houston market, the touring convention Fandemic, which was scheduled for September 25–27, has gained a local following thanks to its stellar lineup of pop culture heavy-hitters from properties including “The Walking Dead,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and the “Harry Potter” films. No official statement or information on refunds has been released at this time; according to its website, Fandemic will return to Houston in 2021.
As of now, the popular yet controversial Anime Matsuri, scheduled for July 9–12, is still moving forward.