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Ten Years Of Comicpalooza And Its Impact On Houston’s Economy And Image

Houston Matters learns how events like Comicpalooza affect the local economy and help draw other major conventions and events to the region.


Cosplayers dressed as comic book characters Dark Phoenix and Rogue at Comicpalooza 2013.


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Houston's annual comic book/pop culture convention Comicpalooza is celebrating ten years.

In an interview live from the George R. Brown Convention Center, Michael Heckman and Leah Shah from Houston First tell Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn about the history of the event and how it – and other large conventions like it — affect Houston.

Joshua Zinn Interviews Michael Heckman
Mark DiClaudio
Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn (right) interviews Michael Heckman of Houston First at Comicpalooza on Friday, May 25, 2018.