Liz has just now penned an excellent op-ed for Cosplaynaut on the whole Tony Harris controversy entitled “Cosplay ain’t Comics - But Neither Is Misogyny.” I thoroughly recommend y’all read it: a whole passel of nails are hit on the proverbial head.
(As for why I picked this pic of her and Gin at Oz Comic-Con: yours truly was standing off to the left like a doofus when this was taken…)
My fellow Top Geek finalist Sandi as FBI Agent Dana Scully (as per The X-Files: Fight The Future) at Oz Comic-Con. Sandi is a bonafide true-blue fan of the aforementioned show, and knows more about it than I could ever hope to. (She’s even met Gillian Anderson!) This is why I get PO’ed when Tony effing Harris shoots his mouth off about cosplayers not being “real fans” - if only he knew the effort cosplayers put into what they wear, for the sake of screen accuracy!
My Lady Loki piece that I acquired from David Yardin at Oz Comic-Con now hangs over my computer desk; I quite enjoy the fact that the Goddess of Mischief is watching over me as I blog, like some bizarre patron saint.
I walked past this group of cosplayers at one point during Oz Comic-Con weekend and quipped at ‘em, “Going out for shwarma later?”
Black Widow replied “fuck yeah!”
That was a nice little moment (which I’d honestly forgot about until just now).
I got to see Stan ‘The Man’ Lee in full (if rehearsed) flight, and had two genuine rockstar moments on both days, having him ushered past me replete with minders. Panels with Nicola Scott/Francis Manapul & Mitch Pileggi were fun & informative (and a chance to rest one’s feet besides). I got to geek out with fellow comic book fans, and fanboy out over people whose work I’d admired for ages.
The resulting PR fallout, though, was nothing short of a fustercluck; attendees who had been turned away on Saturday were howling for blood on the Oz Comic-Con Facebook page, only to find comments rapidly deleted, citing ‘sensitivity issues’. Tweets from the official Oz Comic-Con Twitter account were more plentiful on Sunday and disseminated info quickly, but my opting to read out a tweet stating that the doors had been closed briefly – while still a ways back in the queue – was soul-crushing; people audibly groaned while others vacated the line with haste. No one likes to be the bearer of bad news.
If you want to read how an Australian convention with top-name guests turned out to be an utter disaster, click on the link above.
Yep, I done wrote a thing (if somewhat belatedly) about Oz Comic-Con and how badly it was run. Give it a squiz?
Been awhile since I posted a GPOY, so here’s one from Oz Comic-Con a few weeks ago. The photo was Tegan’s idea (she be Robin), while her housie Con took the pic; I just added the onomatopoeia.
Rainbow Brite (by brent-keane)
One of the few non-comics related cosplay pics I took over the weekend.
…Oz Comic-Con has probably been taken aback by the level of response in Melbourne. Either that or there was significant underestimation of the space and resources needed to service so many people. Rivals Supanova and Armageddon will have been watching this weekend closely, and I think will be realising that they definitely have someone else to compete with.
That said, unless next year’s event caters adequately to the numbers of people who buy tickets, as well as backing up with guests as big as Stan Lee and Patrick Stewart as headliners, they definitely won’t be sitting as pretty as the incumbents. Hopefully the wads of cash raised from cramming too many people into a small space this year will lead to a bigger venue next year. That would make this the Con the event it should be.
Uh-huh, and flying pigs will no doubt be launched from the bowels of a frozen-over Hades at around the same time.