Friday, September 21, 2018

Game On For Comic-Con

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It's that time of year again. 

Yes, while others on social media are sharing their first sighting of Christmas-related decorations and food going on display in stores, and others remind us that Halloween is just around the corner, at Maid In Australia Manor it is starting to feel a lot like Oz Comic-Con.

While Oz Comic-Con events are held around the country (and in fact the world), the kids and I eagerly wait for the Brisbane event, which is timed to coincide with school holidays. 

Attending has become a bit of a ritual for our family, and although I originally tagged along because of the kids, I probably get just as big a kick out of it as they do! (Okay, possibly more!)

Usually we take at least one friend with us, and meet up with a few more, so it's a really great occasion. There is also a really nice vibe too. People are happy to be there, and generally very accepting and tolerant of each other, which is something you don't always experience at large events.

Attending Oz Comic-Con is never a quick event. There's lots of stopping to take photos and take in the action, a lot of admiring of gear which is on sale, trying out new games, and loads of talking to exhibitors and other attendees. We usually stay until we drop, and return the next day for more! 

There is always lots of eye-rolling as Mum begs for yet another photo ...Won't anyone think of the children?

It's hard to explain the appeal to anyone who has never been, but Oz Comic-Con is basically a collection of everything to do with entertainment under one roof for a whole weekend.

There are appearances by film and television stars; panels by actors, actresses, writers, illustrators and designers; gaming demonstrations, cosplay competitions, masterclasses and more. Oh and so much exclusive and rare merchandise, collectables, art and clothing to choose from that you'll wish you were a millionaire. 

There is always something happening at Oz Comic-Con, even in the foyer outside!

Come to me, my pretties

Even if you can't spend up big, there are little things to suit all budgets

We could all use a Hello Kitty-style banana plush,right?

A rare political statement at last year's event

Just a pic of my boyfriend and I ... Cough.

Once you are in the door, there is loads of entertainment which is included in the price. One of the most fun aspects for the kids and I are the people who dress up like their favourite characters. So much thought goes into their costumes, and many even act in character. But they are always happy to pose for photos. The etiquette is to ask first however, and say thank you afterwards. 

Strike a pose

It all gets a bit overwhelming at times, so it's nice to take time out at one of the many areas to sit and play games, add your own masterpiece to art work, read manga, or watch anime. 

At last year's show one of the cosplayers was giving free tutorials and advice on how to make outfits. 

Forget the kids, can I have one?

With so much to see and do, we usually pick a place like Anime Station to meet and then split up and do our own thing for short periods. It's well located, and there are bean bags to lounge it, books to read, and there's a mini-cinema showing classics too.

I always enjoy the panels, especially when writers and actors talk about their work, while the kids love the artists who are really generous with their time and love to talk about how they got started, and how they get inspired.

Melbourne's Oz Comic-Con has been and gone, but the Brisbane event is being held at the Convention Centre tomorrow and Sunday. (September 22-23).

Guests include:

 Christy Carlson Romano of Kim Possible fame (and so much more. She's also an author. Is there nothing this woman cannot do?)

Phoebe Tonkin - The Originals, The Secret Circle,The Vampire Diaries, Tomorrow When The World Began

Nathanial Buzolic - The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Pretty Little Liars

Dominic Keating - Star Trek: Enterprise, Beowulf,, Jungle 2 Jungle, World of Warcraft

Oz Comic-Con will be held in Sydney on September 29 and 30. 

There is a Marvel Cosplay competition on Stage 2 at 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday in both cities.

Do you have school holiday rituals? Have you been to Oz Comic-Con before? Would you disown your mother if she insisted on having her photo taken with strangers?


Jo Tracey said...

I've heard a lot about Comicon but have never been. Is it too much information if I said that I probably wouldn't know the characters? Having said that, when I was back in Sydney over the weekend last year a Jessica Rabbit got off the train at Beecroft. I hope she'd been to Comicon - which was on at the time.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I've never been but I'm not really familiar with a lot of comics or the characters but the dress up element seems like lots of fun!

Unknown said...

You would be surprised how many you know, Jo and Lorraine. Basically if you've ever watched a movie or tv show, read a comic, loved a fairytale or have an interest in writing, design or gaming, you're going to know an awful lot. Even shows on Netflix and Stan are included now. It really is an event where there is something for everyone. By the end of the weekend, even shy teenagers - okay and parents - are asking for photos!

Jodie's Touch of Style said...

What a fun event, Bronnie!! I love that you include everyone!!

csuhpat1 said...

That is so cool. I love going to the comic-con here is San Francisco. Glad that you had a great time. #TeamLovinLife

Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit said...

Love that pic of your and your boyfriend! (cough) #teamlovinlife

Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid said...

I've heard a lot about Comic-Con and it looks so fun even though I'd probably have no idea who any of the characters were! Hubby is always eye rolling with embarrassment at my enthusiasm of having my pics taken with strangers - although Disneyland is more my style :)

Unknown said...

Oh thanks so much everyone. I think the thing I love about Oz Comic-Con and similar events is that people feel free to be themselves whether that's dressing up - or down. It may be exploring different identities, acting, cos-playing or getting into what they love, without feeling judged. And that makes people who may otherwise be shy or feel awkward, embrace who they are too. I love seeing some rather shy people come out of their shells and start asking strangers if they will pose for a photo, and then, asking to pose with them. I was actually waiting to take a pic of the Deadpool impersonator last year, when he grabbed me and did some cheeky photos. My daughter was quick enough to take our pic! It was such a silly moment, and something I'd normally never do. We still laugh about it! This year, one of our friends cos-played for the first time and I was so excited for her. Maybe next year it will be our turn.