What’s new at Comicpalooza this year? See the new, returning attractions worth stopping by

A group of cosplayers showing love to beloved Marvel character 'Spider-Man' (KPRC 2 - Ana Gonzalez)

HOUSTON – With Comicpalooza just weeks away, the convention announced new and returning events for this year.

Happening from May 26-28, attendees can bid on fresh artwork, watch a BattleBots tournament, or even become a mech machine and defeat opponents in a battle, among many other attractions.

See the list of fun events attendees can expect when they arrive at the George R. Brown Convention Center!

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This list will be updated up until the main event.

NEW FOR 2023:

Comicpalooza Photo Scramble

Houston Public Library Planetarium

Go on a journey through space without leaving the city! Participants will learn about the wonders of the night sky in HPL’s inflatable planetarium dome. The exhibit also includes information about the library and table activity.

Mysterious Collection

A mysterious collector is coming to Comicpalooza to show off their impressive wares for attendees to inspect and take photos of.


Friday Night Bash

It’s back and better than ever! Enjoy exclusive live performances, parties, podcasts, and more.

Friday Night Wrestling

Let’s get ready to RUMBLE. The champion is crowned during our second annual Texas All-Star Wrestling competition.

Full Steel Combat

Knights are a part of the fantasy psyche as much as dragons and tyrant kings. Have you ever wanted to watch knights participate in melee combat, to hear the ringing of steel and the clashing of swords? Watch Full Steel Combat all weekend and root for their favorite knights!

Robotica: The Robotics Experience

It’s the ULTIMATE BattleBots tournament in Houston! All-new for 2022, cheer alongside robotics teams from all over the world as they enter their creations. Tournaments will be held all weekend with the finals scheduled for Sunday at the U.S. Navy Battle Zone.

To learn more and to sign up, click here.

Fandom Court

“Star Wars is better than Star Trek!” “Iron Man can beat Superman with one punch!” Want to state your case in front of a judge? Now you can, with Fandom Court!

Returning for its second year, attendees sign up to “argue” against opponents in this pop culture-themed mock trial featuring a wide variety of topics.

Sign up here.

Battlefield Houston

Battlefield Houston is a fan favorite every year! According to the group, the game is a cross between paintball, airsoft, and traditional laser tag in a video game. Play with friends -- or against them in this fun and memorable game.

Battlefield Houston at Comicpalooza (KPRC 2 - Ana Gonzalez)

Itasha Showdown: A Car Runway Experience

Returning for its second year, come check out the coolest cars in H-Town! From anime to superhero-themed, you’ll want to snap a few pics with these fun rides.

NEW FOR 2023: Bring your RC cars to the show! Learn more here.

Itasha Showdown: A Car Runway Experience (KPRC 2 - Ana Gonzalez)

Brazen Monkey

Meet the artist behind the largest sculptures of your favorite characters! Attendees can stop by and snap a picture with full-size replicas of their favorite shows, such as “He-Man” and “How to Train Your Dragon.”

"Brazen Monkey" featuring characters from "How to Train Your Dragon". (KPRC 2 - Ana Gonzalez)

Pecos Pete’s

Dripping Springs-based Pecos Pete’s is a fan-favorite drink stand that allows you to purchase a fountain drink with unique soda and tea flavors. Take home a commemorative cup and purchase a pass for free refills throughout the whole weekend.

Pecos Petes at Comicpalooza (KPRC 2 - Ana Gonzalez)

Learn more about Pecos Pete’s here.

Ultimate Werewolf

It’s a game of “whodunit.” Ultimate Werewolf is a popular party game where you and your friends are divided between werewolves and villagers. The goal is simple: villagers must survive, werewolves eliminate all villagers to survive...until they remain.

Star Wars Alliance (The 501st Legion, etc)

The Star Wars Alliance group is a group of Star Wars fan clubs that promote interest in the Star Wars fandom. Many fans cosplay as their favorite characters, and can also stop by and check out the props and costumes on display.

The 501st Legion is a Star Wars group that helps support charity. (KPRC 2 - Ana Gonzalez)


Hop aboard a MechCorps pod, where you’ll experience adrenaline-pumping action and more! You’ll act as a 30-foot, 75-ton walking tank taking on opponents in battle!

Learn more about MechCorps and how to play here.

Live Art Auction

The annual Live Art Auction is an evening event (usually on Saturday night) where Comicpalooza artists donate time and creativity to produce unique art in an effort to raise money for Fresh Arts Houston, which supports the local art community. Attendees can also silently bid on fresh pieces of art for them to potentially take home.


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About the Author:

A graduate of the University of Houston-Downtown, Ana moved to H-Town from sunny southern California in 2015. In 2020, she joined the KPRC 2 digital team as an intern. Ana is a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur, a catmom of 3, and an aquarium enthusiast. In her spare time, she's an avid video gamer and loves to travel.