oz comic-con melbourne 2017
Oz comic-con melbourne 2017. Source: Herald Sun.

This is what’s in store for you at Oz Comic-Con Melbourne.

In case you didn’t know already, Oz Comic-Con Melbourne is now open at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre for this weekend only (1st and 2nd of July). If you missed out on day one because you knew as much as Jon Snow, there’s no need to worry, just head on down tomorrow!

For details about special guests, activities, pricing and more, be sure to check out the Oz Comic-Con Melbourne website!

What’s Comic-Con like?

As a veteran of Oz Comic-Con, having gone since the convention first began in 2012, I’d like to think that I’m an expert on what it’s like (obviously I’m not, but work with me). My preliminary thoughts about this year’s Comic-Con are that it’s pretty much the same as every year.

Now that’s not a bad thing at all! It’s quite wonderful in itself and as always, has an amazing atmosphere. More importantly, it’s an event that you can feel free to take the entire family, and be sure that everyone will enjoy.

With drop-in Tattoo Parlours, a new Anime Station, Marvel’s Silent Disco, a Game Zone, a Family Activity Area, panels of your favourite actors, Cosplayers, and pop-vinyl collectibles as far as the eye can see, you can easily get lost in the exhibition centre for hours and still not have discovered everything.

If I were to personally advise you of anything, I’d recommend that you check out the local artists who make amazing prints of spectacular superheroes, uncanny villains, Pokémon, and so much more.

A quick Harley Quinn Commission.
Lach Hamilton & Jess Southey Art. Source: Lach Hamilton & Jess Southey

One particular stall which really caught my eye was the ‘Lach Hamilton & Jess Southey Art’, who can be found at Stall 96 in the Artists Alley. Some of the prints they both have to offer are truly terrific, simplistic and ultimately captivating. Be sure to check them out on Instagram @lachhamiltonart and @jesssouthey_.

Cosplays

Remember how I said that this year’s Comic-Con was the same as every year (once again, that’s not a bad thing)? Of course you do, I only said it 300 words ago. Anywho, one constant about these sort of events is that they tend to draw in a LOT of cosplayers.

Some of the more common cosplays which I spotted this year were Kakashi Hatake from Naruto (honestly surprised to see so many), Avatar Korra and Kyoshi, characters from Overwatch, Storm Troopers and Sith Lords, a few Star Lords on the side, some Wolverines, a single Yondu, a couple of Sailor Moons, Supergirls and Wonder Women, our friends from Melbourne Transformers, and of course Groot!

What to expect at Comic-Con
Me and my two best friends (who could kill me). Source: Elli Izrailov

But while there may have been many Avatars, Vikings, Stormtroopers and more, there was one character who ruled over them all… and that was:

Harley Quinn

If you will remember all the way back to August last year, you’ll remember a lot of people becoming fairly concerned that everyone would cosplay as Harley Quinn following the release of Suicide Squad. Now having just come out of Comic-con, I can tell you with full authority and confidence… that those people were absolutely right.

Because. Harley. Quinn. Is. Literally. Everywhere.

And I mean everywhere. I was waiting for a friend of mine to finish talking to someone about graphic design courses, and naturally I went around a block of stalls waiting for him to finish up. In the 15 seconds I was buying myself some time, I found not one, not two, but at least five Harley Quinn cosplayers!

Now there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad was memorable, and accurate to the mythos as she was first introduced into the DC universe.

So today, it was my mission to find and take photos with as many Harley Quinn cosplayers as I could discover. Having said that, I was quite shy, so I didn’t take as many photos of the Harleys as I would have liked.

And without further ado, allow me to present to you, Galleria dell’Harleria!

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Writer Man. My love for telling puns is only rivalled by my love for procrastination.