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So, you know the title of this blog, right?  “Budgeting in the Fun Stuff”…and what’s more fun than geeking out for 3 days?!  That’s how I am justifying spending about $100 this year on a 3 day outing to Comicpalooza…

They Talked Me Into It

I don’t read comic books.  Sorry, they just don’t interest me.  So when my friends, Ivy and Isabelle, suggested we go to Comicpalooza in downtown Houston this year, I agreed just to spend time with them.  I had no idea that you could have a fantastic time even if you never read a comic in your life!

Seriously, it was geek nirvana.  I can only imagine how Comic-Con International is now that I’ve attended a watered down version.  I will start saving for that right now so I can get to San Diego in the next 5 years with my friends.  Anyway here’s what to do at a comic convention if you are anything like me…


Okay, so I knew George Takei was going to be there (Sulu in the original Star Trek), but I was more of a Chekov fan myself.  Since I didn’t research any further than that, I did not know that Kevin Sorbo (tv’s Hercules), Christopher Judge (Teal’c on SG1), Ernie Hudson (Winston in Ghost Busters), and Britt Griffith (Ghost Hunters on tv) would be there too!

Let’s me explain my excitement a little more – Kevin Sorbo was my main crush for 4-5 years in my teens.  I always loved a guy with a nice butt and a great sense of humor.  And I can vouch that he still has both.  I also thought that Hercules was one of the few feel good shows that made life more fun.  When you are a teenager, angsty shows are just not good for you.  Hercules was all about the good guy winning, a great sense of humor, and hormones.  That’s just good tv.

Christopher Judge is absolutely hilarious and I LOVE STARGATE.  My husband and I have watched every single episode of SG1 and SG Atlantis.

Ghost Busters has always been one of my favorite movies ever, so meeting Ernie Hudson was cool!

I only met Britt Griffith at Comicpalooza but he is really a funny, down-to-earth guy!  I have actually started watching Ghost Hunters now just because I met him.  He even promised that what happens on the show is never faked, but he is a skeptical believer none-the-less.  He definitely knows that something is happening, but he doesn’t know if it’s ghosts, aliens, an alternate dimension that is just on a different wave length than us, etc.  I thought that was a very good point…even if something is happening right in front of you, it may not be attributable to the source you think.

All of that said, here are my celebrity photos.  🙂

Hercules, Hercules!!!Teal'c at Laser TagGhost BustersGhost Hunters


There are dozens of fantastic artists at these events!  I should have known since obviously comic books have artists, but there were just tables and tables of great artists.  If you’ve ever wanted that perfect picture of The Enterprise or a super hero or villain, these sorts of events are made for you.

Given that I am not really into that, I was surprised how excited I was to have my friends and I turned into Care Bears!

Without further ado, may I introduce from left to right, Blogger Bear (me), Hippie MacGyver Bear (Ivy), and Ninja Bear (Isabelle)!!!  And yes, Ninja Bear is attacking us with what we’ve decided is a garden spade, hahaha!

I Love My Friends

People Watching

If all else fails, there is always people watching.  The panels and stuff were drowned out by events like roller derby, wrestling, laser tag, and Quidditch tournaments.  SO, instead of getting way too frustrated at not being able to hear all of the Stargate Q&A that I wanted to hear, I started really getting into people watching.

I also started planning my own costume for next year.  Here are the two I loved the most.  I am leaning towards the Jawa and figuring out how to make a brown cloak that may be a little more flattering to me…

How cool is that?!Sexy and Kick A$$!

Budget Breakdown

I attended Comicpalooza all 3 days and bought my ticket a couple of weeks in advance.  Here were the final numbers:

  • 3 Day Event Pass – $38
  • Downtown Event Parking (one day, each of us covered one day and carpooled together) – $12
  • A slice of pizza and a water on Friday (before I knew we could bring outside food and drink) – $8
  • Picture with Kevin Sorbo – $20
  • Picture split with Isabelle with Britt Griffith – $10
  • Care Bear Souvenir (we split the cost) – $5
  • Sandwich makings and snacks for Saturday and Sunday – $5
  • Grand Total = $98

Overall, I think it was completely worth the cost and will totally be attending next year!  To be completely honest, I am just so happy it was so cheap for me with all the cost splitting with friends!  Thank you Ivy and Isabelle for talking me into this!!!

Have you ever attended something like this or Comic-Con?  Worth it to you?