It is almost time to get your geek on as Oz Comic-Con hits Melbourne this June.
Oz Comic-Con 2014
For those unaware of what a Comic-Con convention really is, think of it as an exhibition that brings together pop culture fans; gamers, cosplayers, comic collectors, sci-fi followers, fantasy film and cult TV show fans as well as anyone else interested in the genre.
There is a gaming area where interactive video games can be played, cosplay competitions, celebrity meet-and-greets, and lots (and lots, and lots) of merchandise to buy.
Interactive video game playing
The first San Diego Comic-Con took place in 1970, and since then has grown to become one of the largest fan conventions in the world. Comic-Con covers a global scale with similar conventions taking place in India, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Romania, United Kingdom, Canada, all over the United States and now Australia.
Oz Comic-Con opened to Australian fans in 2012, with conventions held in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney Adelaide and of course Melbourne. Since its inception, Oz Comic-Con has attracted a considerable crowd that is growing year-on-year.
In 2015, Oz Comic-Con heads to a new location; the Convention & Exhibition Centre in Southwarf, which will be an interesting change to previous conventions held at the Royal Exhibition Hall in Carlton.
There might be two questions you may ask yourselves as a KidTown Melbourne reader;
1. Is Oz Comic-Con family friendly?
On the whole, yes.
You will see many, many kids and families wandering the isles of the convention wearing signature superhero and Star Wars outfits.
Kids love Comic-Con
Last year, for the first time, Oz Comic-Con introduced a kids cosplay competition that took place on the final day of the convention.
Do be aware though, there will be some cosplayers wearing very little (Google Nigri and you get the idea) and some which may fright little kids (e.g Freddie Kruger, The Joker, Hellboy). Mostly though, Oz Comic-Con is more of a fun dress-up show, with more than a handful of Where's Wally's to find, plenty of Elsa's from Disney's Frozen movie and possibly even a Kristoff or Olaf or see.
Kristoff cosplayer at Oz Comic-Con 2014
2. Must I dress-up?
No, not at all.
Around half of Oz Comic-Con visitors dress-up for the occasion with some individuals spending all year planning their outfits for the day, the other half merely spectate in this wonderful world of fantasy dress.
In the lead up to the most anticipated convention of popular culture in Melbourne, check out www.ozcomiccon.com for special guest announcements and to book tickets, and Oz Comic-Con on Facebook to follow all the latest news.
Where: Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006
When: Sat. Jun 27, 2015 - Sun. Jun 28, 2015
Cost: $30 general admission, includes 1x child entry. Additional child ticket $15.