Comicpalooza Day 1: Ron Paul Endorses Ghostbusters

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Holy fuck! Ron Paul.
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Former or current presidential candidate -- depending on your level of optimism -- Ron Paul was just roaming the halls of Comicpalooza. Obama I would've expected, he's a notorious nerd, but Paul? If I hadn't taken this picture, none of you would believe me.

For the second time I'm braving the halls of the George R. Brown Convention Center for the annual Comicpalooza convention. Last year was a treasure that led me to many of the best geek-centric stories I've ever had the chance to write. Would this year live up to to expectations?

"Come see the strange thing" was the first thing I heard shouted at me. I turned because I'm more used to that sentence being shouted about me, but this time it proved to be a member of the Braggart Family SideCircus. During the convention, they put on impressive displays of juggling and driving nails into their skulls. Apparently they run a freak show in between performances.

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The press badge got me out of the $1 fee for seeing the so-called strange thing, which I was told was given to them by a mysterious man from California. Upon opening the ornate box, I was gifted with the sight of something that looked like a cross between a monkey, a fish and a dollar-store candle that had been left in the sun for a couple of hours. As far as Fiji mermaids go, it wasn't really spellbinding. I'd have been more impressed with a pickled punk or a Yeti foot cast.

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Nadya Anton as Zatanna
Still, it left me in a mood for more mysterious fare, and luckily the booth for the Pasadena Paranormal Research Team wasn't far away. The nonprofit group has been together less than a year, and specializes in investigating strange noises, mysteriously moved objects and a pervasive feeling of being watched. A spokesperson told me that though they've rolled out five investigative cases so far, they mostly function as a repository for people to share their paranormal experiences.

"These are people that believe the spirits that may be present in their houses or business are benign, even helpful," she said. "Most times, they just want to tell someone what they've seen, heard and felt."

She showed me some of the ghost-investigation equipment on hand, and as someone who is both terrified of ghosts and also a hard-edged skeptic, I was fascinated. Though I was assured that spirits could communicate through EMF readers, they were used more to detect faulty wiring and strange electrical fields that might be leading a person to believe they're being haunted. Amusingly, they also had a voice recorder for picking up electronic voice phenomena...the exact same model I use in journalism.

Heading through the dealers' area, I checked in with Red 5 Comic, publishers of the acclaimed Atomic Robo series, which is still going strong. Last year Scott Chitwood told me that the film rights to Robo had been sold, and a feature film was still in the planning stages. The book was nominated for an Eisner award this year, and a ten- to 15-minute animated short is also due to be released in the near future. A Kickstarter campaign for the project has a $12,000 goal, and closed at a ridiculous $75,000.

One of the conversations that we had with Chitwood last year was about his passion for digital comic selling. I was curious how that was working out for him a year later.

"Great," he said. "The thing that you discover when you are doing digital sales is that you're not actually competing with your own hard copies. It's two entirely different audiences, and both require their own different strategies."

He did admit that he feared for the brick-and-mortar comic shops' abilities to continue building audiences in the digital age.


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21 comments
eudemonist
eudemonist

Love me some Comicpalooza, but I will agree that there were some growing pains this year.  Communication with con staff, in particular, was difficult on many levels and there did seem to be an extraordinary number of cancellations.  One move I feel contributed to the communication difficulty was the decision by Comicpalooza to use their Facebook page as primary means of information dissemination.  Unfortunately, the con has not one, but three, Facebook pages, and Facebook really is a poor medium for posting information for people to repeatedly refer to.

It also seemed like there were some hangups regarding _internal_ communication--there was gaming scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Friday, but the con hadn't even started letting people in the front door.  Worse was the lack of electricity in our area...after multiple futile attempts to acquire the proper equipment through appropriate channels (con staff), we eventually had to hijack juice from the LARPers.  (Don't worry, they weren't using it.)

Naruto
Naruto

Arc Attach had a full crowd every time I saw them.  Maybe this writer viewed them during a warm up.  Sounds like he had bad time or something against this con. Oh said person pissed about losing there booth maybe should have set up during set up times.

Ljude
Ljude

Good to see Ron Paul with Ghost Busters! Ron Paul is still running so you comicpalooza people get out their and support a Constitutionalist! Ron Paul supports no censorship of the internet, no wars unless declared, End the Fed! Ron Paul or no one at all...

Supernevadasmith
Supernevadasmith

The only Ghost busting Ron Paul is doing is busting The Ghosts of Authoritarian Intrusive Nanny State Anti-Liberty Bureaucrats. Liberty and Freedom will be had by US All vote Ron Paul.

Snopes
Snopes

I hate to burst your bubble, but Ron Paul wasn't wandering around Comic Con. The UT-Houston Medical School graduation ceremony was in the GRB at the same time and his granddaughter was part of the graduating class. He was on stage and recognized during the ceremony.

Evan
Evan

Ghostbusters and Ron Paul have a shared enemy in that dickless EPA inspector.

Jef With One F
Jef With One F

I do not "have something against this con." I reported on what I saw. Like I did last year. As I likely will next year.

Stump Beefgnaw
Stump Beefgnaw

No, I'd rather vote for someone who isn't overtly hateful towards anyone who isn't a rich straight white Christian male.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Lizard Men 2012!

H_e_x
H_e_x

So what would that make Slimer? Department of Health?

Jef With One F
Jef With One F

Comicpalooza. It's being held in the same convention center as the UT graduation. 

Jef With One F
Jef With One F

Oh, you bastard. That's SO good. I should've said that. 

Supernevadasmith
Supernevadasmith

The Man who would be President Ron Paul : Now that's a comic-con adventure. Super Hero Ron Paul,his alter ego Dr. Ron Paul, fights Political apathy and inertia. The Paul,cape less as people don't even recognize him anyway,is in deathly combat with those twin Robotrons,Obamination and Romneydroid. I can't wait for the next action packed issue.

MadMac
MadMac

"If Ron Paul was comicized he would be a fighting Jedi knight,in a "Duel Of The Fates",against the two most awesome powers of the "Dark Force" : Darth Maul and Darth Vader."

The guy who said if the sick can't afford healthcare, they should die. A Jedi. Un huh.

H_e_x
H_e_x

What can I say, Bruce Wayne had daddy issues.

Supernevadasmith
Supernevadasmith

If Peter Parker aged,He would become an educated Dr. Ron Paul.If Ron Paul was comicized he would be a fighting Jedi knight,in a "Duel Of The Fates",against the two most awesome powers of the "Dark Force" : Darth Maul and Darth Vader.Alas.I always wondered why, a Bruce Wayne or a Tony Stark,wouldn't rather be the Ego,instead of the Alter-Ego.In Batman,I thought it seemed rather odd for Mr. Wayne to leap off a yacht that had twenty sexy ballerinas.Me,I'd let The Joker burn Gotham.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Nice, but it needs a twist. How about thins: In the end, Paul looks into a mirror and sees that he isn't some masked avenger,à la Batman, but is actually part of the problem and ends up destroying humanity, like the Watchman.

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