www.comicpalooza.com Comicpalooza will hit the George R. Brown Convention center the last weekend in March. The folks running this want to establish a ComiCon or Dragon Con size event that will be an annual fixture in the Houston and national fandom scene. They have gotten the support of the City of Houston, who would love to see a big annual convention bring thousands of people to the city each year and have given Comicpalooza well over 30,000 square feet of space at the GRB. The organizers are really keen to have a bunch of Star Wars fans and costumes in attendance. I have been coordinating 501st participation and it looks like general Star Wars participation as well, though I am happy to take any and all help I can get. Here are some things we are lining up: *panels for "501st meet n greet", "Lightsaber Academy", "Houston Fan Force meet n greet", prop building and collecting, R2 building, and more. *Star Wars booth for all Star Wars fan groups; 501st, Rebel Legion, and Fan Force. We'll have a 10x10' booth in the dealer's room with power and we have plans to set up a green screen photo booth where folks can pay a little for a photo with some Star Wars characters and we'll photoshop in a SW background. All funds will go to a charity, likely Texas Children's Hospital. *Lazer Tag for TCH There will be a Lazer Tag arena set up in the dealer's room available throughout the weekend to the general public. A couple of time throughout the weekend, people will pay a little extra to play Lazer Tag against Stormtroopers, with the "extra" (probably $5/head) going to the charity of our choosing. It looks like a HALO costume group may also do something similar, and the organizers want to see about maybe doing a HALO vs Star Wars event for spectators at some point. There will be a lot to do at Comicpalooza, and a lot to do to prepare. Please PM or email me at bullseyetie<at>yahoo<dot>com if you have any questions, suggestions, or would like to volunteer yourself to help out. If you make it to Houston for this convention, please be sure to come by the Star Wars booth and introduce yourself!