See & Do

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2014

I made it to Oz Comic-Con again this year. It was at the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building. It was as good or even better than last year, but it was also more expensive and crowded.

General admission for one day was $30 if you purchased tickets online or $35 at the door; it was $22 at the door last year. That’s for the basic event with access to vendors and panels. There are a lot of extras you can buy. If you want to meet your favourite celeb and get an autograph or photo, you have to buy tokens. There are also passes for various up-close experiences and extras ranging from $200 to $600. My geekness has limits and I’m satisfied with a general admission ticket.

The vendors are set up inside the building. The stages were in large tents outside. Once we entered the event, my friend Graeme and I headed out a side door to one of the tents, Stage 1, for our first panel.

 

Actors Daniel Portman and Kristian Nairn.
Daniel Portman and Kristian Nairn.

At 10am, we saw Daniel Portman and Kristian Nairn who play Podrick and Hodor on Game of Thrones. Nairn was delightful – sweet and funny and, yes, quite a big guy. It was funny listening to him describe the challenges of delivering different emotions. His character only ever speaks one word, “Hodor”.

Actors Max Grodenchik and Aron Eisenberg from Star Trek.
Actors Max Grodenchik and Aron Eisenberg.

At 11am, we saw Max Grodenchik and Aron Eisenberg who play Rom and Nog on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I’ve seen two episodes of Star Trek in my life. I didn’t know these guys, but Graeme is a fan. They were in costume because few people would recognise them otherwise. Entertaining and funny, they slipped in and out of character as they engaged with the audience. You could tell that they love their fans.

I wanted to stay for the 12pm panel with Jennifer Morrison. She plays Emma on Once Upon a Time, but the the Comic-Con crew made everything leave. We would have had to go to the end of a long queue with no guarantee we’d make it back inside. We decided to check out the vendors and get some lunch instead.

Inside, it was packed. We moved slowly, dodging swords, staffs, and fairy wings, and careful not to step on Princess Elsa’s train. We inched up to the vendor tables glimpsing all the cool stuff – clothes, toys, books, DVDs, art, autographs. I bought a TARDIS-inspired Doctor Who scarf.

 

Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Exterminate!
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
No self-respecting Comic-Con lacks Star Wars.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
A classic scene from Star Wars.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
K9 from Doctor Who.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
A TARDIS from Doctor Who.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Edward Scissorhands cosplay.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
A Weeping Angel from Doctor Who. This was my favourite cosplay this year. She nailed it was a good sport posing with a lot of people.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Mario.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Impressive Planet of the Apes cosplay.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
I love this guy.

When lunch time came around, the queues for the eateries stretched for what seemed like miles. There was nowhere to sit and enjoy your lunch. Superheroes sat on the floor eating overpriced sandwiches. We went across to the Melbourne Museum and that was better, but we decided to bring our own lunch next year.

Actor Arthur Darvill.
Actor Arthur Darvill.

After lunch, we went back to Stage 1 to see Arthur Darvill who played Rory Williams on Doctor Who. Sometimes celebs like to tell stories and talk about themselves. He went straight to audience questions. Darvill was interesting, funny, and charming. He picked up his guitar and closed by singing a melancholic cover of Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”. That was the highlight of the day for me.

After Darvill, we stayed at Stage 1 for the cosplay competitions. The kids went first and then the adults. The kids were very cute and the adults were clever, funny, and creative. Some them performed with their cosplay. I love seeing what people come up with. The cosplay is my favourite part of Comic-Con.

Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Kids cosplay competition.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Oh hey, look, they’re from Frozen.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Loki.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Elsa from Frozen.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Wolverine.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Sasha Kaidonovsky from Pacific Rim.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Anna and Elsa from Frozen.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
These young women were excellent. They lip-synced Lily Allen’s catchy feminist anthem “Hard Out Here”.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Kristoff from Frozen.
Cosplay at Comic-Con.
Elsa from Frozen.

Have you ever been to Comic-Con?

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  • This looks like so much fun! And much more low key than San Diego Comic Con or NY Comic Con. I went to NYCC last year courtesy on a 4 day “professional pass”, I work in the industry these Comic Cons are built around. The cosplay at NYCC was intense, there were a lot of Daenerys Targaryens/Game of Thrones characters (no Frozen since NYCC was in October and the movie didn’t come out until the holidays though I’m sure there will be plenty this year). I’ve already signed up for a pass for this year too. It is very crowded and a bit out of the way to get to and I won’t be dressing up. There’s a lot of walking involved because the complex where the convention is held is HUGE so I dress for comfort rather than cosplay style. Definitely invest in a pre-paid ticket next year! I don’t even think NYCC sells tickets at the door, mostly for crowd control since the event is so popular.

    • Cosette Paneque

      I’ve never been to Comic Con San Diego or NYC, but I imagine they are much bigger. I wonder if they’ll move to pre-paid tickets only here too as the event grows. It makes sense. Since it’s cold here when it comes around this way, I dress for comfort and warmth. All those folks in skimpy cosplay must be freezing!