Melbourne Oz Comic Con is on this weekend and I dropped by today hoping to get some photos of people in rad costumes and it turns out nerds do not disappoint. There were heaps of fat Spidermen and wonky looking Thors but it was pretty fun seeing how everyone dressed up (some pretty badly) and still feel comfortable to be out in public.
Lots of Star Wars fans out there so it wasn’t surprising that there were heaps of people in their Star Wars costumes posing it for the cameras.
This guy in his Captain Jack Sparrow costume really freaked me out because he REALLY looked like Johnny Depp in the movie and his mannerisms and speech almost made it seem like he stepped right out of the movie screens.
The best looking Thor at Oz Comic Con. The rest just didn’t look right with their fake muscle sleeves. This guy had the real deal. His blonde wig looks kinda weird though. LOL.
There’s something strange, in the neighbourhood. Who do ya call? A pity there were only two of them and not four like the actual Ghostbusters.
This guy dressed up as Pedo Bear and the best thing was, he was offering candy to anyone who took photos with him. #ISeeWhatYouDidThere
Toy Story representing with Buzz Lightyear and Woody (not sure who the lady in the middle is) and Ken, Chun Li and Ryu from Street Fighter.
A couple of Spidermen and Batmen. The last picture of the Spiderkid on his dad’s shoulders made me smile. The dad was real nice too, he was just walking along and when he knew I was taking a picture of them, he stopped and let me take the picture before he moved on.
Characters from The Avengers and that Loki really resembled the actual Loki from the movie played by Tom Hiddlestone. The Captain America shield was actually used in the filming of Captain America: The First Avenger.
A comic conference isn’t complete without having some celebrities attend the event. There were heaps this year from sci fi series (I wasn’t a fan), Willow Shields from Hunger Games and Jason Momoa from Game of Thrones. But the three that caught my eye were fairly huge stars and I even got a picture with one of them!
I was really excited to meet Julie Benz after I found out that she was attending this year’s Oz Comic Con. I’ve always been a fan of the Dexter series and any chance to meet any actors from that show is always going to be something I wouldn’t pass on. She was really pretty for a 40 year old and didn’t seem too happy about being killed off on Dexter but was really sweet during the 5 minutes I spent with her.
I didn’t get to meet Patrick Stewart and Stan Lee because EVERYONE wanted to get pictures with them It was impossible to get photo tokens for them without missing out on the rest of ComicCon because the queues for them were extremely long. I was contented with just some long range shots of them. Sci fi and comic royalty for sure but I’m happy with just meeting Julie Benz.
This was a bit of a bonus. I was waiting to collect my photo with Julie Benz when I spotted a familiar face. It was Bajo (Steven O’Donnell) from Good Game! Didn’t seem to see his co-host Hex around though. I watch the show religiously every week for game reviews and thought I got a sneaky shot of him but it kinda look like he knew I took a photo of him.
This was my first Oz Comic Con and I would say I had a fairly decent experience. I saw everything I wanted to see or could see (I almost bought a replica of Thor’s hammer for $250 but someone did it before me) and if there were any complains, it was that there was too much waiting and queuing around.
I had to queue to get into the venue. Then again (for 2 hours) to get photo tokens for Julie Benz. Then I had to queue again at the photo booth to get my photo taken with her at 11.45am. THEN I was told that my photo would be ready in 2.30pm (which threw me off a little because I wasn’t gonna to stay too long at the venue after lunch) and when I rocked up to collect it, I was told that photo printing was delayed and after much probing, they told me it was going to be ready at 5pm. And when I came back later…..I had to queue again to pick up my photo.
I could tell alot of people were frustrated with so much waiting and because the venue seems like it was too small for the crowd, everyone was on the edge having to barge through where they want to get to. Luckily most were distracted with browsing the stores for toys and memorabilia and taking photos with people in costumes.
I wouldn’t say I would definitely return next year but if there’s an interesting celebrity that I really want to meet, I might just bear with all the waiting.
And oh, sore feet of course.