Episode 161 – John Simons – Comicpalooza 2015

John Simons, chairman of Comicpalooza (@comicpalooza on twitter) speaks with host Craig Price about putting a comic-con together. The two discuss the modest history of Comicpalooza from it’s humble beginnings in a movie theater lobby to the juggernaut can’t miss festival that boast 60,000 attendees (more are expected this year!). John explains how he had hoped to grow into a hotel ballroom type of space only to see his comic-con jump into the cavernous George R Brown Convention Center. He talks about how he plans ahead (sometime up to 3 years in advance) for upcoming conventions, who they decide to ask and what type of programming you can expect this year. Craig goes on and on about how great John Barrowman was at Comicpalooza 2014 (It’s kind of embarrassing), the diversity of programming available (it’s really like 10 small conventions happening at once) and the love of beer while waiting in line.

Comicpalooza’s mission is to provide the best and biggest annual multi-format pop culture convention in the southwest region of the United States, serving not only the fans of comics, science fiction, fantasy, video and table top gaming, anime, music and film, but also as a trade show and showcase for the studios, publishers, and manufacturers in those industries.

This year Comicpalooza is happening on May 22nd through the 25th. You can learn about all the guests currently scheduled (Craig is excited to see Haley Atwell and Henry Winkler) at http://www.comicpalooza.com 

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Episode 147 – Reeve Hamilton – 2014 Texas Elections

Reeve Hamilton (@ReeveHamilton on Twitter) with the Texas Tribune joins host Craig Price to talk about the 2014 Texas elections. When it comes to politics, Craig knows just enough to get himself into trouble, so instead of just relying on himself to figure out what’s happening this mid-term election, he reached out to the host of Texas Tribune Tribcast to help set him straight. Reeve is a reporter for the Tribune and the two discuss the recent Texas Voter ID law controversy and if voter fraud is really a concern, will Texas ever “flip” to a blue state, why the Lt. Governorship is important here in Texas and why so many races are not even close. There’s something for every voter, even if you don’t live in the Lone Star State!

You can hear Reeve host the Texas Tribune Tribcast which features a rotating cast of Tribune reporters, editors and special guests. The TribCast is an informal – and at times amusing – discussion of Texas politics and policy. on Soundcloud or on  iTunes and read his articles at http://TexasTribune.org

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