• When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009 and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, May 3
• Where: • West Oaks Mall, Westhemier and Texas 6, screenings at Alamo Drafthouse
• Admission: Free.
• Information: comicpalooza.com
Free screenings of Greg Jurls’ documentaries about comic-book creators will be shown at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema beginning at 1 p.m. each day. Panel discussions will follow most of the screenings. Terry Moore, creator of Strangers in Paradise, will take questions after the screening of Paradise Found at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The artists will donate work for an art auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the family of Leigh Boone, the executive assistant at the Houston Center for Photography who died after the collision of two firetrucks smashed the bicycle she was riding.
New York artist David Mack will contribute an original for the auction. Mack is enjoying the success of his latest hardcover volume Kabuki: The Alchemy, which made the New York Times’ new best-seller list of graphic books.
Comicpalooza organizer John Simon of Midnight Comics is pleased with the growth of the free showcase, which features many Houston-area artists/writers, including Mat Johnson, Dirk Strangely, Ryan Burton and Rodney Ramos.
“Last year it was some guys in the lobby of the Alamo Drafthouse. It was a great first step, but it just wasn’t enough,” said Simon, who started Comicpalooza as a way to strengthen the local comic-book community.