It’s the day after Memorial Day, which means another Comicpalooza (Houston’s largest comic convention) has come and gone. This year’s convention was packed with nerdy goodness as always. I love that Comicpalooza continues to grow and bring in more and more exciting guests, vendors, cosplayers, and fans.
(Sidenote: If you’re interested in checking out the con next year, I suggest reading Jason’s blog post on How to Prepare for a Comic Book Convention.)
This year, one of my highlights of the convention was meeting the amazing George Takei!
Our time together during our photo op was very brief. I shook his hand and told him something like “It’s so nice to meet you. You are such an inspiration.” He turned to my sister and said “You’re wearing red – you know what that means.” Because who doesn’t love a little red shirt humor?
I am so inspired by George Takei’s activism in racial and LGBT equality. Hearing him speak in his Q&A was emotional and encouraging. Several of the fans who came up to the mic to ask a question specifically told George how his openness about his life encouraged them to come out themselves. Cue the feelings.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from George Takei at Comicpalooza 2015:
“Star Trek was about diversity” – George Takei
“When I look up at the stars in the sky, I feel his spirit.” – George Takei,on the passing of Leonard Nimoy
“The rumor that I’ve heard is that they are considering a gay character in the new Star Trek movie.” – George Takei at Comicpalooza 2015
“We live in a rapidly changing world. I am astounded at the progress that’s being made.” – George Takei
Live long and prosper!