The Comicpalooza 2016 Official Blogger Campaign

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This year New Creative Media joins Comicpalooza and Houston First for the fourth year. In prior years we have been part of the blogger program and in 2015 was the coordinator for the Podcaster and Blogger Program. This year we again returned as a Social Media Consultant, Blogger Campaign Coordinator and Press Junket Organizer.

About Comicpalooza

Comicpalooza convened on Father’s Day weekend – June 17-19, 2016 – at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Comicpalooza is Texas’ largest pop culture event, catering to a wide variety of interests, including anime, fantasy, science fiction, art, film, fashion, high profile guest appearances and more.
It reaches a multi-generational audience with 2,000 hours of programming.
Over the past six years, Comicpalooza has grown to become one of Houston’s largest consumer conventions.
In 2015 alone, Comicpalooza hosted more than 40,000 attendees and booked 16,000 hotel rooms and generated a $20 million economic impact to the City of Houston.

Fun Facts
• First ever US appearance of the Aliens cast, including three-time Academy Award nominee Sigourney Weaver and Bill Paxton, marking the 30th Anniversary of James Cameron’s hit blockbuster film (1986).
• Reunion of Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery and the cast of the cult classic, The Boondock Saints.
• Norman Reedus will also be joined by fellow The Walking Dead star, Lennie James.
• Other notable appearances include Underworld star, Kate Beckinsale, world-renowned wrestler Ric Flair, Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Eliza Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Walter Koenig (Star Trek), David Prowse (Darth Vader, Star Wars) and Carl Weathers (Rocky, Predator, Happy Gilmore).

FX Series Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is returning to the Lone Star State to meet with fans at Comicpalooza, Texas’ largest comic and pop culture event.  Hunnam is scheduled to appear on both Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 at the event. Hunnam is honoring the Sons of Anarchy VIP ticket holders from Space City Comic Con, offering them free autographs Wolf Studios will honor unredeemed VIP photo op vouchers from Space City Comic Con. In addition, Comicpalooza will issue one free adult 3-day pass to each of those SoA VIP ticket holders. Space City Comic Con and Comicpalooza are separate entities and are not connected to each other in any way.

Beyond the Comic Book
• 1,000 hours of tabletop and video gaming including an “Indie Gamer Alley” featuring a select group of entrepreneurs beta testing their games with a public audience and the Hearthstone Fireside Gathering and Tournament presented by Microsoft.
• Largest literary festival in Texas featuring more than 100 authors and 3 New York Times best sellers.
• Comicpalooza Film Festival to showcase 1,200 short films and 10 hours of feature films submitted by directors from around the world. Program will include exclusive Q&As with directors and select cast members.
• The Comicpalooza MakerSpace will showcase engineering marvels in interactive booths.
• Houston Community College presents CodeFest 2.3, challenging participants to create an entire website from scratch during the event. Students who participate will receive credit.
• Live sports, including professional wrestling matches, roller derby bouts, Quidditch matches and Monster Energy BMX stunts.
• Comicpalooza’s “Artist Alley” will host more than 200 local and regional talents and a PTSD expert artist will educate guests on art as therapy. Comicpalooza will host an art auction, raising money for the Ronald McDonald Charity House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston.
• Japan’s first and largest “J-Fashion” house, Baby the Stars Shine Bright, will host a fashion show to display their creations for Comicpalooza attendees.

Comicpalooza partnered with Growtix, an event management software company, to create an app where attendees can download important event information including celebrity profiles, maps and the latest schedules. The Comicpalooza app can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play.

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Pre Con Content


Post Con Content


Comicpalooza 2016 Twitter Party #CPHou

Additionally this year was the Comicpalooza first every Twitter party including special guest Ming Chen, with official blogger participants and hosted by New Creative Media.

Find all coverage of the event by using the #CPHou on your favorite social media channels.


Press Junket and Bloggers Meet and Greet

A big thank you to SkyHouse Houston for providing the beautiful rooftop lounge for both the Press Junket and the Blogger Meet and Greet. Celebrity and Talent Guest included Eva Bella and Livvy Stubenrauch, Ming Chen, Anita Long (the CEO, of Long Films Studio and President of Women in Film and Television Houston), James Morrison – FBI Cyber Crimes, Lou Ferrigno, Chuck Huber, Sandra Joseph Taylor  – Author The Scholarship Guide and CEO and Founder of EDU Funding Guidance, Dr. Linda Seger –script consultant, seminar leader, and author of four books on spirituality and nine books on screenwriting includingWhen Women Call the Shots: The Developing Power and Influence of Women in Television and Film and Ravi Brahmbhatt  – Director of Student Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Adjunct Faculty
Houston Community College. 

Participating sponsors who made everyone’s day with delicious food and drink include YourPie Houston, Cadelaris Washington Ave., Karbach Brewing and Dripping Springs Vodka.

Each event yielded millions of social media impressions and hundreds of thousands in social media reach. Please contact New Creative Media for more details and to arrange your next Twitter Party, Press Junket, Interview or Blogger/Social Media Influencer Campaign.


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Products and Prizes Twitter Party! Focus on Health and Beauty 4/2 at 9 pm ET

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Like to learn about new products? We do too! Come join us for the Products and Prizes Twitter Party on Apr. 2 at 9 pm ET for over $350 in prizes and learn about new products!

Now is the perfect time to check out (no pun intended) these health and beauty products. With spring here and summer around the corner we are all thinking about looking and feeling better as we get out and about.

But you won’t just be finding out about these products you will be learning about coupons to buy them and have a chance to WIN them! We have each one of these products available to win, coupon codes for purchase and TWO $50 AMAZON GIFT CARDS for you to use to get whatever you like from Amazon.

What do you have to do?


ATTEND: Join your host @moneysvgparent and co-hosts   and  and follow the hashtag #bloggers4amazon to join the coversation and your chance to win one of these amazing Amazon prizes.

TIME: Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 9 pm. ET, 8 pm CST and 6 pm PST.

RSVP below! Either leave a comment with your Twitter handle or add your Twitter link so we can say hey to everyone! After all it’s rude to attend a party that you haven’t RSVPd for and;

SHARE: Tell your friends you are coming and bring them along for the fun. All you have to do is ReTweet the image below!


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Twitter Audit: How fake are your Twitter followers?

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There has been a great deal of discussion about fake followers, whether it’s on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Bloggers, brands, businesses and events are frequently offered a “special offer to help them get more followers.”  Translation, paying for your followers as opposed to the good old fashioned way of organic followings. Twitter has decided to help you find out how fake are your followers.

How to do an audit of your Twitter followers

Head over to Twitter Audit, which is not affiliated with Twitter and simply type in the name of the Twitter user you are auditing. For this example we used the Twitter account from our blog GreatBeerNow. A “timer” will start. We were first told it would be approximately 20 minutes for our results to appear, however it was really about 6 minutes.

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So there we have it! Our audience on Great Beer Now is 96% “real” with only 105 “fake” followers. You can audit as many Twitter accounts as you like, however, if you decide to “re-audit” there is a charge (as of time of writing) of $3.99 and a request for your email and credit card information.

It also provides links and information to other recent audits, not just your own, in case you are curious.

What are fake followers according to Twitter Audit?

First, Twitter Audit is not a tool owned by Twitter. It is independent of the Twitter brand. According to the service their results are determined by:

Each audit takes a random sample of 5000 Twitter followers for a user and calculates a score for each follower. This score is based on number of tweets, date of the last tweet, and ratio of followers to friends. We use these scores to determine whether any given user is real or fake.

So basically they are taking the engagement and involvement on Twitter of your followers and using it to determine if they are real or fake. For example, a “fake” follower maybe one that, according to this service, which is not actively involved on Twitter according to their particular calculations.

My question is, what if it’s a “real” follower, but they just aren’t that active on Twitter. There are those that just use it for fun and rarely use it on a regular basis.

Why is it important to know about fake followers?

As bloggers our “value” is often seen in our numbers (the discussion on how that really works we will save for another day). However, if our numbers are inaccurate then it is possible that we are kept out of certain opportunities. Add to that, we just like the social media tools we rely on, also want real engagement and interaction with our readers. Lastly, if we can find out how “fake” our followers are, we can be sure that social media savvy brands can too. That being the case, we can end up again losing out on opportunities because no one wants a fake friend, or in this case – a fake follower.

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Tweeter party to benefit Starlight Children’s Foundation

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This is one event I’m so proud to be a part of. It’s am amazing event featuring the Starlight Children’s Foundation as well as the charming and talented Bailee Madison, as their newest ambassador.

The Starlight Children’s Foundation “partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world.”  Their work include social media services and support, tablets, games, wish lists and mobile entertainment units to assist children in – well being children as they deal with illness and injuries in the hospital. They bring play to children who may not have much of it in their lives.

More about the Starlight Children’s Foundation

Bailee Madison is a teen celebrity, actress (star of “Trophy Wife), Pete’s Christmas (Hallmark Channel), Parental Guidance (with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler), and The Wizards of Waverly Place, just to name a few.  I’ve had the opportunity to interview her and am looking forward to a fun filled Twitter party event (Pete’s Christmas Interview).

Here’s our chance at bloggers to do something really special and support an amazing charity too.  See below and I hope to see you all at the party!

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