Up until this year, Australian fans of geeky media in its various forms had to book a flight over to America if they wanted to visit Comic-Con.
That won’t be the case for long, however; starting next year, Australia will be getting Comic-Con event of their very own. The recently announced two-day event is said to start in Adelaide on Saturday, March 31 of next year.
Comic-Con over in America is one the largest conventions in the nation, attracting a crowd of over 130,000 last year. “Oz Comic-Con”, as it’s called, may not attract that number on its first go, but it is expected to bring in roughly 10,000 people.
“This is a good example of South Australia tapping into a niche market to deliver broad economic benefits,” Tourism Minister Gail Gago told AAP. “Comic-Con in America is the premier pop culture consumer and entertainment trade event of its kind. The event showcases everything that’s new and exciting in the realms of science fiction, gaming, comics and more.”
Guests at Oz Comic-Con are said to include Jewel Staite (Serenity, Stargate Atlantis, Teryl Rothery (Stargate SG1), Nicola Scott (Teen Titans) and Stewart McKenny (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). As the event nears closer to kicking off, more and more celebrity appearance will be announced.
No word just yet on ticket prices, so you’ll have to stay glued to the official Oz Comic-Con website for more on that.