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Oz Comic-Con Pop Up a success – and a sure sign bigger things are to come for 2021

Brought to you by the team behind Oz Comic-Con, the OCC Pop Up went live last weekend at the Sydney Showground. With a focus on pop culture communities, including cosplay, gaming, comics, art, and anime, there were plenty of interactive activations, scheduled events, and displays to keep everyone engaged.

While the unavoidable social distancing rules and time-based sessions led to a quieter event, this meant there were absolutely no lines to get in on the fun.

Of note, you could have a go at escaping zombies in ‘Resident Evil’ while riding an animatronic horse in virtual reality. Punters also got to challenge one another in some quick tabletop gaming, playing Decrypto, Funfair, Draftosaurus, and more.

There was also some console gaming on hand, including chances to watch professionals complete speed-runs of well-known games, as well as opportunities to take souvenir photos with Godzilla and King Kong in celebration of the movie mash being released in cinemas soon.

A number of notable guests in the comic world also took to the stage to discuss their art, including tips on how to break into the industry for those so inclined. And other artists displayed their impressive wares in Artists Alley – including self-made original and fan art, jewellery, clothing and other trinkets.

If OCC Pop Up is a sample of what is to come with Oz Comic-Con later on in the year, fans ought to be excited. There’s no doubt the organisers will be able to run many more successful events with this marking their first live event for 2021.

Sarah Nader

Oz Comic-Con will also be on in the following cities:

  • Adelaide, June 26 to 27
  • Melbourne, July 3 to 4
  • Sydney, September (details TBC)
  • Brisbane, September (details TBC)

Visit www.ozcomiccon.com for all details.

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