Comicpalooza, 2016. Houston, Texas

Hey all!

Over the weekend, my husband and I attended Comicpalooza. The main attraction for us was the 30th reunion of the Aliens cast, but there were tons of other things to do and see. This thing was massive!!

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That picture doesn’t capture it, but it was fantastic. My feet are still sore from walking  through it all.

Anyway, let’s start from the beginning. So, we flew out Thursday night. We had two flights – Rochester to Charlotte, NC and then Charlotte – Houston, TX.

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We were supposed to leave NY around 5 and land in Houston around 10. Well, if you’ve ever flown, you know you have a very good chance of getting delayed. Our flight from NC to Houston got delayed…and then delayed again…and delayed a-fricken-gain.

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We sat in the airport playing SKIPBO. We didn’t depart for Houston until midnight. Side note, I have anxiety when flying, and I’ve never flown at night…but we were so exhausted, I wasn’t even scared.

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We landed in Houston around 2a.m., and made it to our hotel around 3a.m. (UGH). The hotel was beautiful!! I’ve never stayed in such a fancy place. That made up for it a little.

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The next morning was a little rough. We didn’t get much sleep, but we wanted to get down to the lobby for breakfast, and get to the convention center (connected to our hotel by a skybridge) to get our passes.

So, we went to the restaurant in the hotel and paid wayyyyy to much money for breakfast, but we were on a mini vacation, so whatever. It was good, though.

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We eventually made it into the convention center, which I have to admit, was very confusing. They needed more signs and the volunteers didn’t always have the answers to simple questions…and later, I will talk about the obnoxious lines for things and how they all merged together so you never knew if you were in the right spot. That’s a story for later.

We were there early, so we didn’t wait long to get our passes.

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We got the Alien Speed Pass, which was VIP and let us into the “shorter” VIP lines. Such a cool design too.

It was finally time to enter Comicpalooza!

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As I said earlier, this thing was massive. My husband and I took some video, which I believe we will be turning into a YouTube later that shows the place better.

So, once we were in and walking around, we decided to head to the Photo Ops line because it was short at that point. We planned to get a photo op with Sigourney Weaver, and I planned to get a photo op with AJ McLean  (from the Backstreet Boys!!) and Chris Kirkpatrick  (from NSYNC!!). While in line, I made a decision that I would purchase the Sigourney Weaver and AJ McLean that for that day, and I would come back for the Chris Kirkpatrick Saturday. It was a lot of money, and I wanted to make sure I really wanted the pictures.

It was 12:30, and the photo op with AJ McLean was at 1, so I wanted to get in line. Paul waited back because he didn’t want to be in the picture and I got in line. I was the 5th person in line, and there were only about 15 people behind me.

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During my conversation with one of the girls in line, I found out AJ and Chris had signs at their booths that said $20 for a selfie…I was a little peeved because I spent the $40 for a photo op, but I figured it would be a better photo, since it was pdofessional. But, I made the decision to spend the 20 later on Chris Kirkpatrick, instead of the 40 for the photo op.

The lady running the lines for the photo ops split the lines up, so VIP was in one line and regular pass holders were in the second line. I went from 5th place to the first person in line!

When AJ showed up, I was told to walk in through the curtain and there he stood, in all his glory! I was freaking out like a 12 year old fan girl inside, but I tried to keep my cool. I was told I could walk up to him, so I did. HE GAVE ME A HUG! 😍…and then I stood next to him, the photographer shot the picture, and then I was rushed out…which I knew would happen. They didn’t want people bugging him, they had a schedule to keep.

I walked around the corner, and followed the lines on the floor to the printers where they were instantly printing the pictures. The guy handed me mine, and I was all excited. Paul met me around the corner and we looked at my picture. UGH!!!! I literally looked like I gained 80 lbs. It was awful. I was so upset. I’m not even posting it here, because I’ve gotten over it, but it still peeves me a bit.

Thankfully, I have the best Husband ever, and he let me get the $20 selfies with both AJ and Chris. While I didn’t want to spend extra money, I wanted to have a keepsake that I was happy with.

So I got in Chris’s line first. His was super short – AJ’s line was quite a bit longer. I paid for my selfie with Chris and waited while he spoke to the guy in front of me. When it was my turn, we shook hands and talked for a minute. Then I got two pictures, and we talked a bit more. He was SO NICE. Really genuine. I don’t know what I expected, but I wasn’t expecting a conversation for so long. We spoke about NSYNC being my first concert, snow in Rochester NY, and me writing my novel! It was great! He made my day.

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We jumped right into AJ’s line after. Didn’t take very long to get up there. He talked for less time, because his line was longer, but he was still very nice and appreciated the fact that I wanted a better picture with him. It made up for how upset I had been earlier, for sure.

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The rest of the day was spent walking around the place, checking out different booths.

Paul met Michael Beihn who played Hicks in Aliens. The man was incredibly nice. They spoke for a good amount of time and Paul got his autograph and a picture.

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Saturday was our last day in Texas, and although we were exhausted, we were determined to make the best of it. We had the photo op and autograph ticket with Sigourney Weaver, and autograph ticket with  Bill Paxton. We had a plan to try to get as many autographs and pictures with the rest of the Aliens cast before the photo op with Sigourney Weaver.

Paul got right in line to meet Bill Paxton. He couldn’t get a picture because Paxton had an expensive photo op, so the selfie option wasn’t available. Paul still got the autograph, so, it was great…and the line was short, so Paul could ask him the question he wanted.

Paul got in the lines to meet William Hope, Mark Rolston, and Janette Goldstein. He got pictures and autographs with all three, and he got the questions he had, answered. I was so happy for him!!

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Eventually, we had to make our way over to the Sigourney Weaver photo op. The line was obnoxious, expectedly. Once we found the line (it was meshed in with the line to meet Charlie Hunnam), it moved pretty quickly. When it was finally our time, we went in, shook Sigourney Weaver’s hand and got our picture. As per usual, we were rushed out and then we picked up our photo.

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Is this real life?!?!?! 😁

Later in the day, was the Alien panel. The entire cast answered different questions. So cool to see them all together.

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The last thing we had to wait in line for was the Sigourney Weaver autograph line. It was insane. Nothing to exciting happened in line, other than us waiting 2 hours. Like the photo op, it was a very quick autograph and then we were shooed away. But it was totally worth seeing Paul meet her.

There aren’t many more stories to tell, but I have some other pictures. Like I said, Paul and I will more than likely be making a YouTube video. We had a fantastic time. I would definitely do it again!!!!!

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