As the buzz from the weekend winds down and Adelaide Oz Comic-Con comes to an end, I can't help but think of all the great, unique memories I'll keep from this exciting experience.
Oz Comic-Con was held this past weekend April 18-19 at the Adelaide Showgrounds, attracting all walks of life. The general atmosphere of the convention was welcoming, positive, and lively. Whether a die-hard fan of all that is Star Wars/Trek/Gate, Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings, or you saw few films or television series in the genre, Oz Comic-Con was the place to be this weekend.
The general crowd were dressed in cosplay, hence no judgement on who dressed as what, or if there was a some extra skin showing here or there; everyone was free to express themselves in a non-threatening environment. It's almost as if punters were reverting back into their childhood, regressing into the days of dressing up in costumes and pretending to be a mystical character. The people we came across wore their cosplay proudly, as most of them made it themselves, taking many weeks, sometimes months, on their outfits which were brilliantly portrayed.
Apart from the fact that children and adults alike were dressed immaculately, the convention was family-friendly with an area for kid's activities. Many families wandered around together either in separate costumes or as a theme. The children of Oz Comic-Con were mainly dressed in super-hero outfits, but there were some mini Darth Vaders walking around too. There were also plenty of things for adults to do, including having professional stage make-up done at the Media Make-Up stalls, purchasing odd and unique souvenirs, stocking up on fan merchandise, playing laser-tag and video games, and chasing down autographs and photos taken with the celebrities.
For the adults, the most popular outfit of choice for females this year was Maleficent and Poison Ivy. For the males, it was Super Saiyan Goku, with a few Guardians of the Galaxy characters too.
The main attraction for Oz Comic-Con on Saturday and Sunday was definitely Star Wars: The Force Awakens, panel and teaser trailer live from Anaheim; featuring director/producer/writer J.J. Abrams, and Producer and President of Lucas Films, Kathy Kennedy. Throughout the panel and teaser trailer, the team revealed the original R2-D2, a new circular bot BB-8, new human additions to the cast, alongside the original cast including Mark Hammil (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fischer (Princess Leia), and Anthony Daniels (C3-PO). With more female actors added into the saga and Abu Dhabi as the set location (as J.J. Abrams wanted to "go retro"), there are high expectations for the release in December. Kathy Kennedy says, "the fans are everything" whilst J.J. Abrams admits, "you're more than just fans, you're family".
Exclusive teaser: Finn is a stormtrooper (you didn't hear it from me).
Over the weekend, we attended some panels where many celebrities came down to Adelaide to speak. Billy Boyd (Pippin from LOTR), Finn Jones and Daniel Portman (Game of Thrones), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), Sonequa Martin-Green and Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead) graced the stage, alongside many other actors, writers and directors.
Robert Englund said ever-so-charmingly about our city, "Adelaide is the secret gourmet food scene of Australia" and he couldn't be more accurate! Sonequa and Chad were also very charming and comical (pun intended), while discussing the death of Chad's character 'Tyreese', and their experience being cast into a show they were already fans of.
Billy Boyd was easily the funniest celebrity to touch down in Adelaide for Oz Comic-Con, as his hour-long panel was more of a stand up comedy show than Q&A. While starring in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he also wrote two songs for the LOTR and the Hobbit franchises, as well as having his own band, Beecake. He also admits he auditioned for the role of Mark in Rent the musical. Desperate for the part, he was almost cast but ultimately unsuccessful. Two weeks later, the LOTR cast auditions, landing Boyd the part of Pippin. "Everything happens for a reason", says Boyd.
Overall, Oz Comic-Con Adelaide was a huge success, with more to see and experience in two days than you could handle. With celebrity encounters, almost-too-real-it-was-scary cosplay characters, so much merchandise and too many comics to lay your hands on, Oz Comic Con was exciting, fun and a good time for all.
If you attended the convention and would like to see your photos, you can visit the Oz Comic-Con website here, like Oz Comic-Con on Facebook and follow @OzComicCon on Instagram or Twitter.
For more Oz Comic Con coverage, read our Humans of Oz Comic Con article.
Oz Comic-Con, we bid thee farewell, we shall see you next year!
All images taken by Alexia Frangos and Rachel Darling.