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Whether your interest lies in setting up your perfect Instagrammable celebrity photo opp with an action hero, attending a female-centric robotics showcase or shopping collector merchandise, Houston’s Comicpalooza will deliver. The eleventh annual event takes place May 10-12 this year at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

If you’re into comics and gaming and know what cosplay is, Comicpalooza is for you. Otherwise, you may want to steer clear of downtown Houston that weekend, because gamers will rule the streets of downtown Houston.

Gaming at Comicpalooza

From the low-tech charm of Dungeons & Dragons to high-tech games involving myriad HDMI cables, all gamers are welcome at Comicpalooza. People of all ages (with parental permission for the youngsters, of course) can play table and electronic games. Top-level gamers compete in tournaments. Non-competitors enjoy playing for fun. Comicpalooza depends on volunteer gamemasters to keep everything rolling. If you’re an expert with a favorite game, consider volunteering.

Film Festival

Comicpalooza’s film fest is a big deal. Filmmakers from around the world submit their work, hoping to be chosen to participate in the festival. Audience members may find themselves sitting next to an international filmmaker in town for Comicpalooza. Judges give awards for best feature, animated feature, director, actor, screenplay, high school film project, and other categories. Expect genres like horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action and fan films.

Maker’s Space

Comicpalooza is about more than passive entertainment. Attendees have the chance to interact with and take workshops from leading makers groups. Meet well-respected engineers, artists, scientists, and mathematicians. This is the place to get your hands on a 3D printer and other cutting-edge tools.

Celebrity Appearances

The celebrity list includes actors, voice actors, comic artists, comic writers, authors, and even a few wrestlers. Here are just a few of this year’s guests:
Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao and other award-winning science fiction books
Wrestler Trish Stratus, three-time “WWE Babe of the Year”
Artist Janet K. Lee, whose graphic novel Sea Sirens recounts the adventures of a girl named Trot and her surfing cat who visit the mermaid kingdom
Mira Furlan who starred as Ambassador Delenn in Babylon 5

Getting There

Did we mention that about 40,000 people will be attending Comicpalooza? So don’t even think about parking in downtown Houston. Instead, your group can book comfortable, hassle-free transportation with AFC. Imagine how good it will feel when your driver drops you off and you walk right in, rather than spending hours looking for a place to leave your car. You can count on AFC for the easiest Comicpalooza transportation possible. Call us today.

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The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival has brought games, rides, entertainment, and circus acts to delight children in downtown Houston for more than 30 years. This year’s children’s festival runs March 30 and 31. Events take place in the area surrounding City Hall, Hermann Square, Houston Public Library Plaza, Sam Houston Park, and Tranquility Park.

But the country’s largest children’s festival is about more than just fun. It raises money for the thousands of Houston children suffering from abuse or neglect. To date, the McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival has raised more than $5.6 million for Child Advocates, an organization that trains volunteers to advocate for the best interests of children.

Celebrities!

Every year, the festival invites celebrities who are popular with the younger set. This year, kids will thrill to meet Anthony Gonzalez, the actor who voices Miguel, the animated character in the moving and popular Disney film COCO. Gonzalez will attend both days of the festival, performing onstage and signing autographs. Children will have opportunities to take free photographs with Gonzalez.
Other 2019 celebrities include costumed characters like Princess Presto, Missing Link and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. McDonald’s standbys Birdie, Grimace, the Hamburglar and Ronald himself will also interact with the kids.

Ride in Style

With 50,000 people attending the children’s festival each year, you know downtown Houston is going to be crowded. Parking your car could prove a major hassle, and cut into fun time with your kids. Depending on where you live, riding Houston’s METRO bus could be a better option. But if you’re planning a trip to the children’s festival with your youth group, church or other organization, why not charter an AFC bus and arrive in style? Our clean, comfortable buses and professional drivers take the hassles out of what can otherwise be a hectic transportation experience. Call us today to discuss how your group can arrive in style on one of our premium buses.

The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival runs from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm each day. You can buy tickets online for $12, or at the gate for $14.

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If your schedule allows it, autumn is a prime time to travel. Tourist crowds thin, airfares drop, and even cold places haven’t gotten too cold yet. Here are a few alluring fall getaways to tempt you into taking a few days off and boarding a plane to fun.

Denver, Colorado

October is the best month for fall foliage in Denver. This outdoorsy city lends itself to sightseeing by bike. Admire the yellow cottonwood trees from the Cheery Creek Bike Trail. those who like some suds with their holiday will enjoy the Great American Beer Festival, Denver Beer Fest, and Denver Oktoberfest.

San Diego, California

You might hear a Beach Boys song playing in your head when you read the name San Diego, or envision surfboards and summer sun. But guess what? San Diego is still plenty warm in fall. With an average October high of 74, you can still enjoy strolling the beaches, dining at outdoor restaurants, and spending a day exploring fabulous Balboa Park. And when the temperature dips down to 60 degrees at night, you can build a bonfire on the beach.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

New Mexico is beautiful in every season. But the big draw in October is the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the biggest hot air balloon festival in the world. Seeing hundreds of colorful balloons float through a bright blue sky is an unforgettable sight. While you’re there, you can decide whether you’re a red or green chili person. New Mexico is famous for both.

Chicago, Illinois

Are you more into culture than the outdoors? Chicago always has a lot going on, but here are a few October cultural highlights:

  • International Film Festival, October 10-21. Think of how many interesting films you can see in 11 days!
  • The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago. From October 13-14, the public can access 200 buildings around Chicago. Behind-the-scenes tours for free!
  • Arts in the Dark, on October 20, is a nighttime parade of artists celebrating Halloween. Think giant puppets and bizarre yet family-friendly floats.
Portland, Maine

You didn’t think we were going to leave New England’s famous fall foliage off the list, did you? Everybody should experience fall in New England at least once in their lives. Leaf peepers will be taking over Maine in October, the height of the state’s fall foliage. Best weeks? For central Maine, visit October 6-11. Western and southern Maine should peak the following week. October 20-25 is the top leaf color time for coastal Maine.

These are just a few fun ideas for a fall getaway. As Americans, we’re lucky to live in a country with so much beautiful landscape to experience, and so many different regional cultures.

Airline Transportation


AFC is proud to be closely tied to the airline industry. We’ve shuttled airline pilots, flight attendants and crew to airports throughout Texas for the last 20 years. Our main fleet of executive vans, SUVs and coach buses are located only 10 minutes from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). We have additional branches that easily access the San Antonio, Austin and Dallas and airports.

Our airline services include scheduled crew transfers, emergency flight diversions and evacuations and courtesy pick up for first-class business travelers. We also have daily drop-off and pickup arrangements between airports and hotels.

For more information about what we can offer your airline crew, or if your leisure group needs to charter a bus to get to the airport, give AFC a call today.

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It’s hard to believe we’re already in the long, hot and lazy days of July, but most children will be returning to school next month. Classes in the El Paso Independent School District start August 13. Dallas resumes August 20, while Houston kids don’t report for duty until August 27. But however you look at it, August is the month to start that new school year.

Field Trips

At AFC, we always look forward to kids going back to school. For us, it means having enthusiastic students aboard our buses. We love to drive kids on field trips and to transport sports teams to their away games. Whether it’s an educational trip to Galveston’s Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum, sheer fun at Arlington’s Six Flags Over Texas or a much anticipated away game at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, we’re ready for a bus full of excited kids.

School Buses

In addition to these special occasions, AFC also contracts with school districts to provide regular school bus service. We’re committed to offering safe and reliable transportation for school students throughout the state of Texas. Our managers and drivers are highly-trained and we have programs designed to support your district’s routes and schedules throughout the school term.

We have a dedicated school bus fleet. Our school buses are equipped with the latest standards in safety, comfort, and technology. We closely monitor driver performance to make sure we provide students with the safest ride.

Your Needs

What does your school need for 2018-2019? Whether you’re looking for a ride to that special field trip or football game or reliable everyday transportation to and from school, AFC is ready to help.  For year-round contract transportation service in your school district, private charter uses, or extracurricular activities, AFC can help you design an efficient, reliable program based on your specific needs.

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This will be the 41st year dog lovers have flocked to the Houston World Series of Dog Shows. It’s coming up July 18-22 at NRG Center.

If this is your first time attending a dog show, you might wonder what to expect, besides a lot of beautiful dogs and their nervous owners, competing for best-in-show. In addition to the standard judging of most perfect specimens of each breed, the show includes fun and entertaining activities for people of all ages. Here are a few top reasons to go to the show.

Watch athletic dogs

Sure, these dogs look good. But what can they do? If you’re action-oriented, you’ll appreciate the athletic feats of dogs competing in the canine Frisbee exhibition and in the game called flyball. The latter is a relay race in which two teams (with four dogs and two subs in each) compete side-by-side on a 51-foot-long course. They have to clear hurdles along the way. Once they reach the end, they push a spring-loaded pad with their paws, releasing a tennis ball that they must catch and present to their humans. Then the next dog in line does the same thing until one team wins. Flyball is always a show favorite.

See artistic dogs

If you’ve never seen canine musical freestyle, you’re in for a treat. Dogs and handlers perform this choreographed musical program together. These original dances showcase creativity, teamwork, costuming, humor, and style.

Appreciate creativity

The show features creative humans, too. A collection of deluxe dog houses dubbed the “Best Little Doghouse in Texas” will be auctioned off to benefit Houston’s Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP). Area school children compete in a pet art competition.

Learn about breeds

Considering adding a new furry family member? This is your chance to observe more than 80 different breeds at the Meet the Breeds event. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about breeds, behavior, care, health, and any other dog-related topic you can think of.

Go shopping

The McScotty Market features the country’s best vendors of pet-related products. Expect to find cute clothes and home goods adorned with dogs, clothes for dogs, specialty baked goods, and collars and leashes galore. While non-registered pets aren’t generally allowed at the show, the website assures visitors that they may bring their dog for special fittings of canine sportswear or collars.

Show off your own dog

Okay, the exception to the above rule: The AKC’s My Dog Can Do That! event. Anybody who buys a ticket to the show can bring their pet to participate in an agility course. Professional trainers will be on hand to help.

Dog show etiquette

If this is your first dog show, keep in mind that dog-handling pros are a tad different from your average pet owner. They are extremely particular about their dogs. So if you want to have a good time, follow the rules.

  • If you’re participating in an event or fitting that requires you to bring your dog, he or she must be at least six months old with up-to-date vaccinations, including the new strain of canine influenza.
  • Bring your own water bowl – pros don’t share. Cleaning up after your dog is mandatory. Flexible leads are prohibited.
  • If you see a really cute dog and you want to pet it, ask the owner first. No means no. Don’t protest, just move on.
Getting there

Organizers expect 20k spectators and 3k exhibitors this year. This means parking is going to be hectic. If you can find a spot in the North Fannin lot, it will cost $12, cash only. Trying to organize your large group into carpools will be a headache. Instead of hassling, why not let AFC drive you to the dog show? Give us a call, and we’ll set up your stress-free ride.

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Getting the generations of your family together will be worth the work. This week we’ll give you some tips for planning your Houston family extravaganza.

Plan ahead

If you want all those busy folks on your guest list to show up, you have to plan as far ahead as possible. Setting the date a whole year in advance is optimal. When choosing a date, consider how many school-age children are invited, and work around their schedule.

Who’s invited?

Try to be as inclusive as possible. Ideally, there’s room for everybody. If not, avoid hurt feelings by sticking with a clear parameter, such as immediate family up to first cousins.

How long should your family reunion last?

Leave them wanting more. If most people live in town, one long day together may feel right. Many guests coming from out of town? A three-day weekend could be ideal. Make the reunion long enough so that everybody gets a chance to visit, but not so long that people get too tired. And remember, the longer the reunion, the more complicated and costly the itinerary.

Venue

This is your biggest decision. Does your family like to hang out in jeans or cocktail attire? What do they like to do? Since you’re probably dealing with a wide age range and diverse interests, avoid venues with niche appeal. Cost is also a huge factor. On the easy end of the affordability scale, consider renting a shelter or pavilion in Alexander Deussen Park. This 309-acre site on Lake Houston has a duck pond, jogging trails, boat ramp, fishing pond and three playgrounds to keep guests entertained.  The 56-acre Oil Ranch in nearby Hockley is another affordable option with plenty of family entertainment. If your group has many small children, they’ll enjoy the Oil Ranch’s pony rides, petting zoo, and human-powered hamster wheels. Looking for something more upscale, with chandeliers, fountains and formal gardens? Consider an estate like Chateau Cocomar.

Many hotels also have space for family reunions, if you’d like to party where you’re staying. Whatever you do, be sure to reserve the venue and a block of rooms at an appropriate hotel as far in advance as possible.

Other activities

If you’re planning a multi-day reunion, you’ll need to come up with some additional activities to keep folks occupied. Consider the talents or interests of your family. Maybe a round of golf or a group entry into a local 5K would be fun. Karaoke, a trip to a make your own pottery store, watching a ball game or going to a spa could also be enjoyable bonding activities.

Transportation

Trying to coordinate a bunch of private vehicles – especially if out-of-towners aren’t familiar with Houston roads – can be a real downer in the midst of family reunion fun. Instead, let AFC help you out. We can pick your relatives up from the airport, and ferry them between activities. Let us focus on the driving, while you rekindle family connections and enjoy this special time together.

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We hold the following truth to be self-evident: because there are very few occasions in which chauffeured limousines are absolutely not appropriate, you really shouldn’t have to wait for a once-in-a-lifetime event to book one. As far as we’re concerned, “I wanted to ride in a limousine” is reason enough to make it happen.

With that said, there are some life events that limousines are particularly well-suited for. Sometimes, it’s for safety reasons. Other times, it’s a matter of logistics. And occasionally, it’s just for the “wow factor.” Here are our picks for the top five limo-worthy events:

Senior Prom

For many American teens, a major part of prom night is riding in a limousine—often for the very first time in their life. Prom night is all about dressing up and being fancy, so what kind of car could possibly be more appropriate for this experience? But renting a limo for prom isn’t simply indulgent; it’s also very practical. While teenage revelers can enjoy taking photos and feeling grown up, their parents and guardians can all rest assured that the youths will be transported by a professional driver in a well-maintained vehicle. It’s a simple trick for minimizing risks while still having fun.

Weddings

Despite being celebrations of love and happiness, weddings can be incredibly stressful for anyone with a role to play in the ceremony. When you’re a bridesmaid, an usher, or simply a proud parent of the bride or groom, it’s not uncommon to spend a substantial amount of time trying to make sure that the ceremony and reception go off without a hitch. But transportation issues have a real knack for derailing even the best-laid plans. What if the maid of honor gets stuck in traffic? What if the groom’s grandfather drives to the wrong venue? What if the best man leaves the wedding rings in a taxi? Limousines, which typically seat far more people than the average personal vehicle, can enable a whole wedding party to travel together, helping to prevent SNAFUS. Plus, they add some extra richness to the wedding experience.

Anniversaries and Dates

Now, although limousines are able to accommodate a handful of people, they’re not “reserved” for parties of six or more. If you’d like to spend a special evening with a special someone, there’s no need to make it a group outing—or even a double-date. Limousines, in addition to being fun and flashy, can be pretty romantic when it’s just you and your significant other in the passenger area. There’s something about the opulence of these cars that makes everything seem a bit magical! If you’ve got an anniversary coming up, a limo ride is one gift that’ll start the celebration off right. And if you don’t have an anniversary coming up, a limo will certainly turn an “ordinary” date night into an extraordinary date night!

Business Deals

Want to make a significant impression on a potential client or prospective commercial partner? Rent a limousine and take them for a ride. Whether you’re heading across town to your office, going out for an afternoon lunch meeting, or spending an evening “wining and dining” your work connection, a limo will give the whole affair a feeling of formality and sophistication. It’s an easy way to show that you’re serious about any potential deals or arrangements that your work contact might make with your company. Providing limousine transportation from the airport or train station may be an especially great opportunity to earn “brownie points,” as your guest will probably enjoy stepping into a luxury vehicle after spending hours on a tightly-packed bus or plane.

Party-Hopping

While some folks prefer to stay put during holiday parties and special events, others don’t like the idea of being “tied down.” And if you get invited to multiple shindigs on the same night, then the ability to stay mobile is especially important! In these cases, a limo can help you hit every event on your itinerary without having to worry about parking, navigating, or choosing a designated driver. If necessary, you can even roll up the privacy partition and change your outfit in transit! And don’t worry: if you arrive at a party 40 minutes late and in a limousine, people will only remember the limousine—not your tardiness.

Again, these ideas are simply suggestions; you shouldn’t feel like you can only reserve a limousine under very specific circumstances. If you want to take a limousine to a sporting event, you can. If you’d like to use a limousine to get to a family reunion, that’s okay, too! At AFC Transportation, we have limos for all occasions. So whether you’re trying to dazzle a single person or provide a comfortable, luxurious ride for a big group, you can count on us for a sensational, stress-free experience!

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Has summer stirred your thirst for adventure? Want to create more stimulating memories instead of hiding out in the mall or movies absorbing the AC? If you’re looking for a fun and adventurous group activity to do in Houston this summer, read on for five of our top picks.

Climbing Gyms

Okay, maybe you’re not ready to give up the AC but still want an adventure. Houston has several climbing gyms that allow you to safely build your rock climbing skills without going outside and tangling with actual rocks.

Momentum Silver Street is one of the biggest, with 43,000 square feet of climbing terrain, yoga and fitness areas, and places to hang out with friends. Momentum is a Utah-based chain that designs its gyms to resemble crags and canyons. So when it cools off a little, you’ll be prepared to take your skills outside. The space hosts events, parties, and large groups. You can schedule a two-hour session for your group to explore the climbing walls, or plan a Learn to Boulder class that includes a small competition with prizes.

Indoor Skydiving

We hear you. It’s hot. So one more indoor adventure: Skydiving. The invention of vertical wind tunnels means you can experience the thrill of flying without having to step out of a plane. At iFly Indoor Skydiving, a certified flight instructor trains you in hand signals and proper body position. Then you gear up in a flight suit, helmet, and goggles and enter the flight chamber. Flyers can be as young as three years old. There’s no upper age limit. iFly accommodates corporate groups, birthday parties, youth and scouting groups, bar mitzvahs, bachelorette parties, and other groups.

Wakeboarding

Wakeboarding usually means being towed by a motorboat while riding a shortboard similar to a surfboard. But at Wake Nation Houston, a system of cables allows riders to dispense with the boat. Instead, overhead cables pull riders around a 12-acre lake. Beginners can learn the basics, while experienced wakeboarders can practice their acrobatics on jumps and rails. Wake Nation Houston caters to church groups, corporate teams, bachelor/bachelorette parties, family reunions, or anybody else looking for a fun, wet time. Ages 8 and up.

Skating at Greenspoint Spring

Skaters will love the 78,000 square feet of space at Greenspoint Spring Recreation Area. This is the largest skatepark in the country, with a 10-foot bowl, 12-foot vertical ramp banks, ledges, square obstacles and all kinds of other good stuff. The recreation area also includes a wheelchair accessible park designed to engage kids who are sight or hearing-impaired, or on the autism spectrum. This is a great destination for your group of kids with mixed abilities.

Horseback riding

Cypress Trails offers beginner to advanced trail rides, ranging from one hour to all day. Some include a picnic lunch. They love to host weddings, corporate gatherings, reunions, and birthday parties. Scouting troops can arrange to complete their animal science merit badges. Children 8 and up can ride the horses. Younger kids can experience an unforgettable pony party.

We Take You There

Who wants to carpool to all these adventures? Coordinating transportation and driving home tired at the end of a long day is not the fun part of summer. Instead, let AFC handle the driving. Our highly-trained, professional drivers ferry you to and from your group activities. With us, you’re relaxed, and the good times begin as soon as you step aboard. Call us today and we’ll help you plan your summer adventure in Houston.

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At AFC, we have the honor of transporting many members of church groups around Texas. So this week we’ll take a look at five historic places of worship in Houston. Our city has so many spiritual places, it was difficult to pick just five.

Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral was founded in 1839 as Houston’s first religious congregation. It still occupies its original building. Colonel William Fairfax Gray, an early Houston citizen, led the effort to build Houston’s first church. It served as a multipurpose place of spirituality for early Houstonians, hosting weddings for the Jewish community, funerals for Catholics and catechism for kids. The Right Reverend Alexander Gregg, Texas’ first bishop, did not believe in segregated churches, so blacks and whites worshiped together, which was progressive for those days

People interested in religious history can tour the church. Group tours are available by appointment.

Antioch Baptist Church

Former slaves organized Antioch Baptist Church in 1866. The congregation shared space in two white Baptist churches until 1875, when African American contractor Richard Allen designed a red brick church. This new church became the first in Houston owned by African Americans.

The church provided many services to former slaves. In addition to feeding their souls, church leaders assisted their congregants with starting businesses, buying property and developing educational opportunities. The church was also a major social center.

During the 20th century, Antioch worked hard on the civil rights front. The city has grown up around Antioch – skyscrapers now surround the church. But it hasn’t forgotten its mission of uplift. Antioch assists the homeless and hungry in the neighborhood.

Beth Israel

Congregation Beth Israel is Texas’ oldest Jewish congregation. Jewish settlers arrived in southern Texas in the early 1800s. They established the first Jewish cemetery in 1844, and Congregation Beth Israel in 1854. Visitors interested in Texas Jewish history can browse a timeline with old photos on Beth Israel’s history walls and admire artifacts like a mezuzah that voyaged to the moon. Beth Israel has a library, meditation garden, and coffee bar.

Saint John Church

Swiss and German immigrant farmers built the Gothic Revival style Saint John Church in 1891. Congregation members constructed the cypress plank pews by hand. The altar – complete with black, white and gold pulpit – is oriented so that the sun rises over it. Visitors will notice the original tinted glass wall lights and a 1910 organ.

Services were conducted in German here until at least the 1930s. You’ll still see German writing on the wall that translates to, “Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.” Saint John is no longer consecrated but is used for events, weddings and an annual Christmas service.

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple

As Houston’s Indian-American population has topped 150,000 in the last few years, the Hindu community has built more temples. Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple, opened in 2004, is an impressive example of temple architecture. The temple includes more than 33,000 pieces of stone that were hand-carved in India and assembled in Texas. It was built by devotees of Swaminarayan, an ascetic and yogi who lived from 1781-1830.

The mandir, or place of worship, welcomes the public to learn more about Hinduism through its “Understanding Hinduism” exhibition. Visitors learn about India’s contributions to math and science, as well as important Indian religious figures. Audio tours and group tours are available. A souvenir shop sells books, herbal health products, CDs and DVDs.

We Get You There

We hope we’ve whetted your appetite for exploring Houston’s many fascinating places of worship. If you need transportation for your church group, or are attending an event at one of Houston’s religious sites, we at AFC would love to get you there safely and stylishly. Contact us if we can be of service.

 

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Where can you see – in a single weekend – a classic American heavy metal band, a master ice sculptor, a nerd-themed burlesque show and more than 40,000 excited fans, many of them in costume? Houston’s annual Comicpalooza is coming up May 25-27 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Comicpalooza is already Texas’ biggest pop culture festival. But organizers are expecting that attendance at this year’s 10th annual event will break records.

If you’re into comics and gaming and know what cosplay is, Comicpalooza is for you. Otherwise, you may want to steer clear of downtown Houston that weekend, because gamers will be taking over.

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Gaming at Comicpalooza

From the low-tech charm of Dungeons & Dragons to high-tech games involving myriad HDMI cables, all gamers are welcome at Comicpalooza. People of all ages (with parental permission for the youngsters, of course) can play table and electronic games. Top-level gamers compete in tournaments. Non-competitors enjoy playing for fun. Comicpalooza depends on volunteer gamemasters to keep everything rolling. If you’re an expert with a favorite game, consider volunteering.

Film Festival

Comicpalooza’s film fest is a big deal. Filmmakers from around the world submit their work, hoping to be chosen to participate in the festival. Audience members may find themselves sitting next to an international filmmaker in town for Comicpalooza. Judges give awards for best feature, animated feature, director, actor, screenplay, high school film project, and other categories.

Maker’s Space

Comicpalooza is about more than passive entertainment. Attendees have the chance to interact with and take workshops from leading makers groups. Meet well-respected engineers, artists, scientists, and mathematicians. This is the place to get your hands on a 3D printer and other cutting-edge tools.

Celebrity Appearances

Attendees can sign up to have their pictures taken with favorite stars. If your knees get weak looking at the following list, you’re a bonafide fan and should reserve your spot now. Here are just a few of the celebs appearing this year:

  • Brent Spiner, android Lieutenant Commander Data from Star Trek
  • Tricia Helfer, humanoid Cylon Number Six in the Battlestar Galactica television series and voice of Sarah Kerrigan in the Starcraft 2 trilogy
  • Erik Estrada and Larry Wilcox of the 1970s TV show CHIPS – yes, you can get your photo taken with both simultaneously
  • Krysten Ritter, superheroine Jessica Jones on the Marvel Cinematic Universe series
Getting There

Did we mention that more than 40,000 people attended Comicpalooza last year? So don’t even think about parking in downtown Houston. Instead, your group can book comfortable, hassle-free transportation with AFC. Imagine how good it will feel when your driver drops you off and you walk right in, rather than spending hours looking for a place to leave your car. You can count on AFC for the easiest Comicpalooza transportation possible. Call us today.

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