Behind the scenes at Comicpalooza in Houston

Houston’s ‘SABER GUILD’ and Itasha showdown give us a preview of all the action

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Comicpalooza is a convention with a little something for everyone -- beloved actors, talented comic artists and writers, pop culture legends, cosplay, shopping, and even autograph sessions and photo ops with your favorite stars.

The fun kicks off this weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Downtown Houston and we’re getting a little preview of the excitement from Matt Woodrome and Scott Morrison with Saber Guild.

They showed Houston Life’s Lauren Kelly how to channel the Jedi “Force.” You can check it out in the video above.

And we also got a first look at the coolest cars in town from Koriey Dixon from Itasha Showdown, who are bringing their anime and pop-culture-themed vehicles to this weekend’s Comicpalooza.

Check out their cars in the video above.

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  • Is a not-for-profit, LucasFilm-recognized Star Wars costuming group that specializes in choreographed lightsaber shows.
  • It is the largest recognized lightsaber club in the world.
  • Their mission is threefold: Focus on Charity, safe, exciting stage combat & Screen-Accurate Star Wars Costuming


  • They perform at charity and community events, as well as comic book and sci-fi conventions, all to raise money for charity and share the love of Star Wars with fans around the world.
  • Saber Guild started in 2006 with half a dozen people in California, members of established costuming organizations and unofficial lightsaber choreography groups coming together to have fun, serve the community and represent the Star Wars brand in a way that had never been done before.
  • Almost 20 later, Saber Guild has over 700 members in 35 temples and 8 countries.
  • They have a chapter in Houston with around 30 members.


  • Costumes are handmade and high quality. They strive for costumes that look like they just stepped out of a Star Wars movie and into the performance space.
  • They have guidelines and standards for both Jedi and Sith characters, as well as any force-sensitive, lightsaber-wielding named characters from the Star Wars universe.


Comicpalooza is a unique, multi-format pop culture event that features hours of diverse, interactive programming that spans anime, comic books, cosplay, gaming, and literature along with kid’s activities, entertainment, special attractions, exhibitors and more.


  • Hundreds of exhibitors from all over the nation
  • Entertainment includes the second annual Friday Night Bash, Ultimate Werewolf Comicpalooza Rumble, and dance performances by KLOVR and BNDT.
  • Special Attractions include an anime car show, Robotica, Full Steel Combat, and Star Wars Alliance.
  • Annual Cosplay Contest and Kid’s Cosplay Contest
  • Happening this weekend: May 26-28 at George R. Brown Convention Center


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Beatriz is a producer for Houston life. She’s a dog mom who enjoys traveling and eating her way through new cities and cultures.