Top 10 Things Not to Miss at Comicpalooza
5. MechCorps: Did you know that Houston has a place where you can step into a pod and control giant robots in an all out online battle? We do, and it's called MechCorps. Even in a world of constant online play and HD graphics the you still can't beat the thrill of personally piloting battle mechs like a freakin' Robot Jock. It's totally worth every dime.
4. Star Warz: Unscripted: Sometimes it's easy to forget that when you boil it down Star Wars isn't really a very good movie. Its plot is very unoriginal, and the dialogue sounds like it was written against its will. But could you do better? That's what this improvisational comedic workshop from Comedy Sportz will find out by using audience suggestion to reinvent everything about A New Hope in order to make it funnier. Warning, not for kids. It gets raunchy.
3. Bard Fiction: And on a similar note... do you like Pulp Fiction? Of course you do, now imagine Tarantino's celebrated work as written with all the fuckless eloquence of one, William Shakespeare. That what Bard Fiction from the Classical Theatre Company is, and there is no way it's not going to kick Bottom. Now if anyone asks you what the opposite of Baz Luhrman is, you can tell them before they get unfriended for being the kind of lunatic who would ask that question.
2. Cosplay Chess: You might have seen human chess before, where real people stand in for the pieces on a giant board. Sometimes the games follow traditional rules, sometimes they're staged, choreographed events, and sometimes it's a mixture of the two. The Official Texas Cosplay Chess Group (Please tell me there's an unofficial one that they feud with over legitimacy!) ups the ante even more by replacing kings and bishops with anime and video game characters. I have to declare here and now that this is the single nerdiest thing I have ever heard of, and I'm a guy that wrote a detailed article comparing the strength of the Hyrulean rupee to the Mushroom Kingdom's gold coins.
There's also an opportunity to use cosplayers in a Pokemon battle... OK, that's the nerdiest thing ever.
1. Turn That Movie Into a Book: This might just be me and my personal obsession with novelizations, but I can't wait to hear Kevin J. Anderson and Alan Dean Foster, two of the greatest novelization artists ever, explore just what it takes to turn a script into a beach read. Foster alone is responsible for some of the finest literature ever to come out of the form, including Alien and Star Wars: Splinter of the Mind's Eye. Comicpalooza is actually a sci-fi/fantasy writer's wet dream this year, with one of the largest collections of authors ever for a convention offering dozens of forums dedicated to teaching their craft to the next generation.
There's so much more I haven't even scratched the surface. Keep an eye out all week for our build-up to Houston's biggest geek event of the year.
We weren't kidding about that article comparing video game currencies. Nor were we missing the opportunity to remind you of the Top 10 Novelizations That Are Actually Worth Reading.