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Humans Of Adelaide: OzComic-Con

RAD LIFE

Humans Of Adelaide: OzComic-Con

Rachel Darling

Oz Comic-Con: A gathering of like-minded people, fans, retailers and stars ditching their usual weekend attires to don the costumes of their favourite pop-culture characters. While OzComic-Con is widely known for the unique opportunities that it brings die-hard fans (celebrity meet-and-greets, advance screenings, gaming products and merchandise, etc) it is also famous for its awesomely dressed crowds.

Walking through Adelaide OzComic-Con, it is no strange thing to see a Storm Trooper hanging out with Superman, or notice Goku making eyes at you over a bucket of chips in the food hall. After an hour or so, you’ll see more Pokemon characters than you can throw a comic book at and plenty of guys that bulk up to dress as Wolverine rather than to attend Stereo’s. Apart from all the elaborate costumes and highly serious devotees, you will also notice a great sense of security and welcoming. This is a place where people be who they want to be, where they encourage each other to go all out, where ‘freaks and geeks’ wear these titles with pride. But what is it that makes people dress up? What is it that makes them spend months- sometimes years- on costume design and production? What is it about this area of pop-culture that gets people so excited? This reporter wanted to go deeper into this eccentric and accepting atmosphere, to find the people behind the costumes. These are the humans of Adelaide OzComic-Con.

IRON MAN

  Do you feel you can relate to your character in anyway? "Tony stark kind of goes through some bad times and then redeems himself- he comes out if it a stronger and more well-rounded individual. That’s a really positive story." Can you sit down? "No. No I can’t sit down."

 

Do you feel you can relate to your character in anyway?

"Tony stark kind of goes through some bad times and then redeems himself- he comes out if it a stronger and more well-rounded individual. That’s a really positive story."

Can you sit down?

"No. No I can’t sit down."

SHADOW, SONIC AND TAILS

  What do you like about OzComic-Con? TAILS: "It’s a nice atmosphere. Everyone’s nerdy as well." Can you relate to your characters in anyway? SHADOW: "I’m perpetually grumpy. So yes."

 

What do you like about OzComic-Con?

TAILS: "It’s a nice atmosphere. Everyone’s nerdy as well."

Can you relate to your characters in anyway?

SHADOW: "I’m perpetually grumpy. So yes."

GIMLI

How long did it take to make your costume:? "I started last year." What do you like most about your character? "I love that he’s so big. He’s just a really cool character and gets to be in charge of a lot of things." Can you relate to your character at all? "No- I’m way too happy and girly!" Do you have a character quote? "I do... but you’re recording it- and I swear in it!" What are you most excited to do at Adelaide OzComic-Con? "Well...I’m really just excited to take off the costume!"

How long did it take to make your costume:?

"I started last year."

What do you like most about your character?

"I love that he’s so big. He’s just a really cool character and gets to be in charge of a lot of things."

Can you relate to your character at all?

"No- I’m way too happy and girly!"

Do you have a character quote?

"I do... but you’re recording it- and I swear in it!"

What are you most excited to do at Adelaide OzComic-Con?

"Well...I’m really just excited to take off the costume!"

BATDAD & STAR-LORD

How would you describe the atmosphere at Adelaide Ozcomic-Con? BATDAD "Easy-going and casual." Can you relate to your characters in any way? BATDAD: "Yeah..I think we can. I s’pose!"

How would you describe the atmosphere at Adelaide Ozcomic-Con?

BATDAD "Easy-going and casual."

Can you relate to your characters in any way?

BATDAD: "Yeah..I think we can. I s’pose!"

TAURIEL

Why did you choose to dress up for Adelaide Ozcomic-Con? "Because it’s fun- I mean how often do you get to wear your costumes out in public without people judging you?" Can you relate to the character you have chosen? "Absolutely. She’s a warrior and a healer, and so am I!"

Why did you choose to dress up for Adelaide Ozcomic-Con?

"Because it’s fun- I mean how often do you get to wear your costumes out in public without people judging you?"

Can you relate to the character you have chosen?

"Absolutely. She’s a warrior and a healer, and so am I!"

POISON IVY & THE RIDDLER

Do you feel like you can relate to your characters at all?  "He’s actually got natural red hair!"

Do you feel like you can relate to your characters at all? 

"He’s actually got natural red hair!"

FREDDY & JASON

Why did you choose to dress up for OzComic-Con? BOTH: "Because Robert Englund is going to be here!" Can you relate to the characters you have dressed up as today? BOTH: "No. We hope not!"

Why did you choose to dress up for OzComic-Con?

BOTH: "Because Robert Englund is going to be here!"

Can you relate to the characters you have dressed up as today?

BOTH: "No. We hope not!"

THOR & LOKI

LOKI: "With the brand new Avengers movie coming out soon, we thought Thor and Loki were the perfect characters to wear." How would you describe the atompshere? THOR: "Very fun, family friendly." Can you relate to your characters? LOKI: "She can-definitely! But yes, we probably are perfect for our characters." Are you comfortable? THOR: "Yes very, Flat shoes are the best things ever!"

LOKI: "With the brand new Avengers movie coming out soon, we thought Thor and Loki were the perfect characters to wear."

How would you describe the atompshere?

THOR: "Very fun, family friendly."

Can you relate to your characters?

LOKI: "She can-definitely! But yes, we probably are perfect for our characters."

Are you comfortable?

THOR: "Yes very, Flat shoes are the best things ever!"

MASTER CHIEF

"Mastercheif is honest and loyal... I’m none of those things. I’m about as loyal as a small puppy."

"Mastercheif is honest and loyal... I’m none of those things. I’m about as loyal as a small puppy."

BANE, MALEFICENT, WOLVERINE & HAWKEYE

"We love dressing up every year!"

"We love dressing up every year!"

BELLE

  "She's always seemed like the 'nerdier' princess out of all of them...and she was the only princess I could really look like."

 

"She's always seemed like the 'nerdier' princess out of all of them...and she was the only princess I could really look like."

So there you have it. Another successful, costume-covered OzComic-Con here in Adelaide - let the preparations for next years costumes begin!

 

All images taken by Rachel Darling