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Comicpalooza 2012 was Geek-a-licious!!!

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?

19 thoughts on “Comicpalooza 2012 was Geek-a-licious!!!”

  1. Ivy Lane

    “geek nirvana” (or “nerdvana”) is an apt description. 😉

  2. Call Me What You Want Even Cheap

    I’ve never heard of this! Looks like you guys had a blast and hey you were “budgeting in the fun stuff!” 3 days for $98 and you met some celebrities, that’s a deal!

  3. Eric J. Nisall - DollarVersity

    I used to be heavily into comics. Not so much that I would attend Comic-Con (I stopped collecting in my teens), but enough that me friends would spend hours every weekend in our local comic book store. The only time I ever attended a show was when I was living in NY and my friend’s mom drove out to Manhattan and it was nuts (think The Big Bang Theory times 1000). We got autographs, and met the artists so that was well worth the money to attend, but not something I would be interested in anymore though. Not that I “outgrew” them or anything, just lost interest in spending the money and time on them.

  4. Well, that seems absolutely AWESOME! I never even thought of going to a convention like this, but now that I think about it, almost anyone (aside form those who get freaked out be people in costumes) could have fun. I love looking at artwork by unknown people because there are so many incredibly talented people out there who never get recognition. Its always fun to get a personalized drawing of you and your friends (even in bear form). And I have to say, I am very jealous that you met Kevin Sorbo! I’m always looking for fun and different things to do that are on the cheap side, and will leave me with a life-long memory. This seams like just that.

  5. david

    looks like a good time. My wife watches all of the Hercules reruns all of the time. I showed her the picture and it was interesting to see how different he is now.

    sounds like it was a super good time. Good for you and I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Financial Samurai

    We have Comicon here in SF and it is a wonderful experience! So fun to relieve old shows, memories, toys, and see stars. I highly recommend it to everyone!

  7. Retired and Budgeting

    Hercules. You met Kevin Sorbo, cool beans! Love the care Bears transformations. Seems like I watched a few of those with someone in a trailer with a rented VHS a few Saturdays in a row, lol. Ghost Busters too! Like a walk down memory lane with one of my favorite people in the world. Less than $33/day too. 🙂

  8. [email protected] dog ate my wallet

    This reminds me that I need to double check the ticket costs for the 2nd Annual Geek Girl Con here in Seattle and start budgeting for that. But $38 for your 3 day pass? That’s a bargain price.
    I know you’re not into comics, but I really, really suggest you check out Girl Genius (girlgeniusonline.com). I bet you’d love it.
    Also, you’re in Texas- go see some roller derby! The recent revival of women’s flat track derby started in Texas. Take advantage.

  9. Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager

    Nope, but I would totally go for the people watching.

    I like your shirt by the way!

  10. Christa

    I love Ghost Hunters, so it was interesting to hear that Britt is a skeptical believer. Although, now that I think about it, they all pretty much have to be to do the job so well. If they all believed that every bump in the night was a ghost, they could never debunk anything, huh?

    Glad you had fun — people watching there would be fantastic!

  11. Crystal @ BFS

    @Ivy Lane, I thought someone would like that. 🙂

    @Call Me, thanks!

    @Eric, lol, they got me good – I will be buying a ticket again next year for sure! 🙂

    @Kelly, hope you find something similar and inexpensive soon – it was definitely an upper!

    @david, I didn’t actually know how tall Kevin Sorbo is! Big guy! Tell your wife that he is funny. 🙂

    @FS, me too! It was great!

    @Retired and Budgeting, yeah, it was definitely a blast from the past. 🙂

    @shanendoah, I’ll check it out, thanks!

    @Jenna, thanks! It was a birthday present from Isabelle…those two know me well. 🙂

    @Christa, I was surprised too, but it was good to hear that he isn’t all about scaring the audience. And according to him, 98% of hauntings can be debunked. The other 2% is just what makes it on the show, lol.

  12. mycanuckbuck

    Okay, wow – you did so well! The price tag to get in is so reasonable compared to anything like that here (Toronto). And 20 bucks for a photo – that’s really cheap! And no cost for Ernie Hudson? I just rewatched Ghostbusters.. 🙂

  13. Looks like you had a blast. I always wondered why the ex celebs go to these things and how much money they end up making from them…

  14. Robert @ The College Investor

    The original Comicon in San Disgo is an experience. I’m not into comics, but it’s a lot of fun. Highly recommend you check it out.

  15. Bryan

    It is always a good idea to break up your normal routine with something new. Looks like it was a good investment in many ways to me.

  16. Kim

    I stood in line for two hours once at an optometry convention to meet Slash, who probably got paid $$$ to hang out with the eyeball nerds. Pretty geeky, but so much fun!

  17. Tonia

    Question…..I am going this year, tomorrow (Also, my 30th Birthday) and I want to know how much it costs to take pictures with the celebrities. I’m not an autograph kinda person, but I want pictures with a few people VERY bad!

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