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Oz Comic-Con, Warrior Princesses and Noisy Dwarves

RAD LIFE

Oz Comic-Con, Warrior Princesses and Noisy Dwarves

Andrew Gurr

Oz Comic-Con has come and gone for another year, taking place on April 9 and 10 at the Adelaide Showgrounds and bringing with it some great exhibits, fantastic cosplayers and highly entertaining celebrity panels.

"Daleks must acquire currency!"

"Daleks must acquire currency!"

The exhibits on offer included a huge Doctor Who section, provided by the Doctor Who Club of Australia, while the famous Star Wars cosplaying organistations, the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion were present also. Both of these exhibits can only be described as what dreams are made of, with all shapes and size of Daleks causing trouble, R2-D2 rolling around and masses of Stormtroopers in formation.

Our writers Andrew and Harrison with a Stormtrooper at the event.

Our writers Andrew and Harrison with a Stormtrooper at the event.

Meanwhile, several shops such as Gametraders Marion had stalls up selling various paraphernalia appealing to every attendee around. People showed generally high enthusiasm around the pavilion, with a buzz in the atmosphere every time a new cosplayer entered the scene. Oz Comic-Con was nothing short of a place of passion.

So many board games!

So many board games!

Meanwhile, some of the greatest attractions at the event this year were Lucy Lawless of Xena: Warrior Princess fame (starring at the titular character), John Rhys-Davies, who starred as Gimli in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Karl Urban, who also starred in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as Eomer as well as Dr. Leonard McCoy in the newest Star Trek films. Joe Flanigan who played as John Sheppard in Stargate: Atlantis also made an appearance at Oz Comic-Con this year as well as many other actors, directors and artists.

John Rhys-Davies entertaining the crowd.

John Rhys-Davies entertaining the crowd.

John Rhys-Davies graced the stage in efficient fashion, with his first words upon entry being "Right, questions!" Of said questions, many addressed the welsh actor's experience as a dwarf, with Rhys-Davies breaking into Gimli's accent to answer in the most amusing way possible. Rhys-Davies also touched upon his experience working with Steven Spielberg in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the joys of being paid to do something one loves and a hilarious story about how he thought he had gained the role of Hamlet, but had instead been cast into Macbeth due to a mistake by his manager.

"When's the Stargate reboot Joe!?" says the crowd

"When's the Stargate reboot Joe!?" says the crowd

Meanwhile, Joe Flanigan of Stargate: Atlantis fame took to the stage in a much more casual manner, with a wry American accent to charm the crowd. "The best part of staying here is that I haven't had to listen to Donald Trump for two weeks," he said, drawing a laugh from the audience." He then went into detail about the cancellation of Stargate: Atlantis, the beginnings of Stargate Universe and the cancellation of a planned movie. Of  course, he was asked if a reboot of Stargate was coming, to which he said no. Sorry guys.

A full house for Lucy Lawless pushed me to the back

A full house for Lucy Lawless pushed me to the back

Finally, Lucy Lawless made it onto the stage, drawing in an overwhelmingly huge crowd, including many cosplayers dressed as Xena herself. Of the many questions, including what her favourite film is, which of her characters would win in a beauty contest, and what her favourite part of filming was, Lucy was also asked about the status of a Xena: Warrior Princess reboot, to which she said it wasn't happening. Sorry again guys!

Overall, Oz Comic-Con was nothing short of a good time for everyone involved, with magnificient exhibits, cosplayers, celebrity panels and an atmosphere of fantasy that anyone could get lost in. 

If you would like to see more photos or information about Oz Comic-Con, you can check out the website here. Until next time!

Images via This is Radelaide