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John Simons | May 17, 2013

Published on May 16, 2013

John Simons, Comicpalooza founder and chairman, stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss about what's in store for the 2013 Comicpalooza, slated for May 24-26.

On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on the growing popularity of comic conventions with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.

As crowds of superhero, sci fi and fantasy fans prepare to fill the George R. Brown Convention Center May 24-26 for the sixth annual Comicpalooza, they’ll be showing that comic conventions aren’t just for a niche market anymore.

Comicpalooza Founder and Chairman John Simons visited Bauer Business Focus recently to talk about how the marketplace has changed for comic-con and what’s in store for the 2013 Comicpalooza.

“We’ve expanded tremendously,” Simons said. “It gives us the ability to do a lot of things other conventions can’t do. You’re not going to see a roller derby game at any other comic-con. Not many are going to have concerts, or an archery range, or other things that we’ve brought in that are fun activities or entertainment.”

As Simons and his team prepare for one of the biggest Comicpaloozas yet, a big contributor to its growing popularity is an acceptance of the genre by the public, according to Simons.

“The marketplace has seen a huge fundamental change. More people accept comic based movies and are interested in them more than ever before. Even if they don’t read comics or play the games, they’re watching the movies, and they like them.”

Click here to hear the full interview.

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