It just doesn’t get better than this

Green Arrow

Green Arrow

Blood thirsty zombies, a leather-clad Batman, Chewbacca dressed to the nines and an almost life-like Bumblebee from Transformers; if it’s possible to get a better calibre of dedicated cosplay fans at an Australian venue, then I’d say you’re lying because this year’s Oz ComicCon in Perth was a fantasy, sci-fi, comic book and costume lovers delight and it was a blast! 

Originally my main reason for going was to meet and greet with Kevin Sorbo (Hercules) and Michael Hurst (Spartacus), however they were unable to attend due to other commitments but that certainly didn’t stop me from checking out other lead guests like Dean O’Gorman (The Hobbit trilogy, Young Hercules), Corin Nemec (Stargate: SG-1), and Stephen Hunter and John Callen both from The Hobbit trilogy. As a platinum pass holder all the fun started on Friday night at a VIP event where all the celebrities attended and I got chatting with the latter three as well as illustrator Stewart McKenny. Two hours was too short to try and chat with everyone over a drink or two!

Probably a “most embarrassing moment” was introducing myself to Corin. “Hi, Corin Nemec,” was the suave hello he gave to everyone but when I shook his hand, what came out? “Hi, I’m married.” What in the world was that all about?! But we laughed, he joked, it was cruisy. Dean and Stephen told stories of getting lost on the road in New Zealand with Aiden Turner (and that between them, not to ever rely on Aiden for navigation if I get into a car with him…umm, okay…) and Stewart chatted all things The Walking Dead and Xena comics as well as his time as an illustrator with a major newspaper corporation.

Bumblebee

Bumblebee

Organisation for this year’s event was an incredible vast improvement on last year with no waiting lines, no cramming to collect photographs or autographs, and much more room for movement (definitely pram friendly!). Secondly, Oz ComicCon was just full of fantasy fun and whether you’re into gaming, cosplay, sci-fi and all that or not, it’s worth just coming along for the crazy crowd!

Sadly I spotted no Xena or Hercules merchandise, which is bizarre because a lot of “old skool” comic characters and television shows are still strong on the walls of illustrators and comic artists. Some personal requests were made so I’m hoping they’ll stay true and I’ll get to continue my collection of memorabilia but it’s certainly difficult to get my hands on anything related to those two shows these days.

And fingers crossed some Xena cast members come along to next year’s Oz ComicCon in Perth as I’ve been hoping for the past two years…Hercules was close enough. But darn the cancellation!

When it came to the costumes, the effort of detail and imagination was unbelievable. You can really see how much time and money and love goes into the creation of these projects and their wearers wear them with such pride, it boasts through the ceilings. Two guys dressed as Captain America and Ironman spent six months making their costumes, built out of foam and I don’t think they got to walk around the floor very much getting stopped for photos continuously.

If I were a Cosplay judge, Bumblebee would be my winner. That is not a prop, people. It’s a costume, with a real live breathing, talking and walking person inside. And the best part? Everyone who is dressed up is incredibly friendly and charming, happy to pose for pictures, engage with children and do selfies with random strangers.

Some of my favourites were the guys dressed as Stormtroopers (Star Wars), a Dementor (Harry Potter), Green Arrow (The Avengers), a Man in Black (Men in Black) and Batman.

Despite it’s size already, here’s to hoping for a bigger Oz ComicCon in 2015.

Batman

Batman

Stewart McKenny

Illustrator Stewart McKenny

Dean O'Gorman

Dean O’Gorman at panel

Man in Black

Man in Black

A Dementor

A Dementor

Spiderman

Spiderman

A Stormtrooper

A Stormtrooper

(If you would like a high res raw image of any of these images, get in touch with me through the contacts page)

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Comments

  1. Great writeup – it sure was brilliant this year. Having that second pavilion made it so much better.

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