Comic Con the ever vigilant torch bearer shining it’s brilliant light on everything nerdy, weird and truly wonderful. The one place that Movies, TV Shows, Games, Artists, Crafters and Cosplay enthusiasts are at peace with each other. It is both inspiring and awe inducing to see the scope of the work that not only the professionals put in but the every day attendee.
Oz Comic-con Sydney 2015 was a very special year for us here at In and Around the Box as our first year attending as a website, and for some it was their first year all together (heresy, trust me I know). So it was with excitement and wonder in mind that we entered the Sydney Exhibition Centre on Glebe Island.
Day One: Saturday; today we decided not to come dressed up instead we came in our site uniform (we actually have one how crazy). Our intent was to scope out the lay of the land so that we’d have a better idea of where to go and what to do the following day. One of the first things that struck me was the amazingly talented artists that had shown up. I personally am a fan of deep dark art – think HR Giger – and I was not disappointed to find many artists had just what I was looking for. There were many artists also willing to commission drawings on the day. We got there very early so the crowd was very thin and it was easy to navigate our way around. We spent a lot of time talking to the 501st Legion and checking out the brilliant Star Wars costumes (Side note: The have almost convinced me to join. Storm Trooper of course). While I personally didn’t choose to get any autographs or photos taken on Saturday – A couple of our Staff Members did, and it all went really well except for the extremely long wait time for the finished photo. But I can’t really even call that a complaint it was more of a slight annoyance. We met a whole bunch of amazing people dressed up in some of the craziest and really well made costumes; a testament to their dedication and passion. To sum up, we left that day tired but excited for the next day to come. I was especially excited as I was going to meet some of my childhood heroes.
Day 2: Sunday; What a day this was, Dressed up in my Storm Trooper outfitting, rocking around with my sexy Storm Trooper counter part… to be fair she looked a lot better than I did. Dressing up made a world of difference to the experience, we didn’t even go all out, I mean we looked good, but not to the level of some costumes and still we were stopped and asked for photos. I went to get an Autograph from Tim Rose (Star Wars – most notably Admiral Ackbar), seeing as there was no one in line behind me I got to spend some time talking to him. The first thing I have to say about Tim Rose is he is the most down to earth person ever, such a great guy. I asked him if he ever got sick of writing “It’s a trap” (because you know that’s exactly what I wanted him to write for me) and he said not at all! He loved that the fans picked that line “It’s a lot easier to write than “We have no choice, General Calrissian! Our cruisers can’t repel firepower of that magnitude!”” I could not agree more. This is sadly where our day took a turn for the worse. Richard Dean Anderson was another person a few of the Staff were dying to see and his autograph was at the top of the list. We waited 4 hours in line to get his Autograph – I say worth it, but it really took away from the day.
I talked to the volunteers on both days and apart from the rare few they were all really friendly, knew what they were talking about and were really helpful. It was really the icing on the cake to a great event. If anything people who had to wait in line could be a lot less abusive to the volunteers who took it like champs.
Overall it was a great day, we can’t wait to go next year and get you even more quotes and pictures. Even better we hope we’ve convinced you to come join us!