It’s been quite a few years since I have gone to a convention, my days now are spent taking my kids out to fun places. But now it’s my turn to go to a fun place, Melbourne Comicon!
One of the first things to consider is transport, this year the convention is located at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). It is easy enough to get to for me because I live so close to the city, all I have to do is take the 96 tram down to Yarra River South Wharf. If you live further away I do recommend planning ahead, where you will park and what traffic conditions you may be facing. It can be a really expensive day if you don’t plan ahead. If you can park at a train station and take public transport in. For more info, you can head to the travel and accessibility.
I am not much of a merch nerd really, I like to be practical. But there are always some items that may come in handy. If you don’t have one already I suggest picking up a lanyard, it’s a great way to hold your badge so you don’t lose it, and it makes it easier to access for identification. If you’re a cosplayer or photographer you can get a clear pouch to carry business cards so you can keep track of the people who you have taken photos of or photos were taken of you. Sure you may have your phone on you, but if it runs out of battery and you need to grab contact details, the card is your fallback.
Another thing I like is hoodies, you can never have enough of them, my favourite is probably the camo print one, it kind of reminds me of the creepers in Minecraft.
You can see more in the Merch Store online or at the con on the day.
There are also separate sections to the convention so you can be sure where you are.
This is pretty self-explanatory, for the fans of comics, comic artists and more. There’s a colouring wall where you can contribute, a creative area where you can make your own comic, KINGS COMICS library where you can take a load off and read a range of comics at your leisure while relaxing on a beanbag, even a giant comic cover for the selfie lover. FATs Comics and Kings Comics have also curated a range of rare collectable comics on display, it’s worth having a look.
More info here.
For the fans of Anime and Manga, this section has a screening room with a full schedule of anime throughout the day, what’s really cool is you can have headphones to listen to the original Japanese audio or English dub when available, also a huge selection of manga titles to sink your teeth into while chilling out on the bean bags and a few anime games to play with your friends.
More info here.
If comics or anime aren’t your things there’s a gaming zone for things from table top to VR, with over 40 different games to choose from. Here are some:
- Smash Brothers
- Just Dance
- Ticket to Ride
- Zombie Dice
- Small World
- Red Dragon Inn
And of course, there are the special guests. It’s vital if you want to get a photograph or an autograph from your favourite celebrity guest. But there are some things you have to consider, other than the information they give you on the page found here http://ozcomiccon.com/tokens/
Always try to practice your pose or smile in front of the mirror, I know this sounds silly. But you’re only going to have a moment in front of the camera and you want to make sure you give your best. If you feel you need to, do your makeup and hair before lining up. If you’re planning to say more than a hello, thank you and goodbye it is worth rehearsing what you say. If you’re a dork like me you might end up saying something embarrassing, so this is the best way to be prepared. If you’re the emotional type, have a support person close by and some tissues. It’s ok, you’re only human. And most important, make sure you have fun 🙂
Here’s a list of the guests announced for Melbourne:
TV and Film
The main person I want to see is Leigh Whannell, he’s an Australian screenwriter, producer, director, and actor! Best known for writing films directed by his friend James Wan, like Saw, Dead Silence, Insidious, and Insidious: Chapter 2. His recent project UPGRADE stars Logan Marshal-Green as Grey Trace(often mistaken for Tom Hardy, you may know him as Dr Charlie Holloway from Prometheus).
Described as “Robocop-meets-The Long Kiss Goodnight” which are two films I really enjoy, full of body horror and comedy it is something you won’t want to miss. The movie is available in cinemas on 1 June 2018. And there is a range of opportunities to watch it and experience a Q & A session with the director himself.
Kj Apa, Joe Manganiello, Julian Dennison, Lauren German, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Katherine Mcnamara, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jes Macallan, David Ramsey, Andrew Lees, Clare Kramer, Vanessa Marshall, David Sobolov, Christopher Larkin, Tasya Teles, Corin Nemec, Matt Doran, Leigh Whannell.
The only artist I am interested in seeing is Tristan Jones, the local comic artist. He’s worked on Aliens Defiance, involved in character design and the beginning of the comic. He’s due for an interview with Yutani and a podcast but his schedule has been quite hectic, I hope I have the opportunity to catch up with him at the convention.
Wayne Nichols, Stewart Mckenny, Tom Taylor, Dean Rankine, Marcelo Baez, Jai Nitz, Andrew Griffith, Wolfgang Ylsma, Gary Chaloner, Katie Houghton-Ward, Matt Kyme, Michel Mulipola, Queenie Chan, Henry Pop, Paul Bedford, Tristan Jones, Alison Goodman, Ryan K Lindsay, Louie Joyce.
Of the cosplayers going to Melbourne ComiCon, I only recognise Andycam, I have been out of the loop in regards to the cosplayers. But I remember his fabulous Thranduil costume as I have seen it grace my friends facebook walls. It will be interesting to see what he decides to wear to the convention.
Andycam Cosplay, Miss Sinister.
Jurrasic Park the Fallen Kingdom Q & A
Muthur 9000 at ComiCon
I was thinking about having a fan booth, but I really want to walk to the convention floor and talk to people. I’ll be bringing my camera along and hopefully doing a convention floor live stream of the different areas and events going on. Don’t be afraid to come up and say hi! See you there.