Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2017 Ticket Giveaway!

*** THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED ***

Hey peeps, Oz Comic-Con is coming to Melbourne on July 1 and 2!

Thanks to the awesome folks at Oz Comic-Con, we are thrilled to be giving away two double 2-day passes. So what do you need to do to win this fantastic prize?

Simply subscribe to our newsletter, then email us at [email protected] to confirm your entry. We’ll be choosing the two lucky winners at random on Monday, June 26 (entries close at midday)! Oh yeah, one final bit of info, you will need to find your own way (and accommodation) to Melbourne.

CLAIMING TICKETS
At the conclusion of the giveaway, the winners details will be provided to Oz Comic-Con. The winners names will then be placed on the door list at the Media Check-In Desk, where they will be able to collect their wristbands for entry. If the winners are outside of Melbourne, then they are responsible for their own transport and accommodation.

If you need any convincing, just check out the highlights from Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2016.

image source: Oz Comic-Con

 

Supanova Comic-Con and Gaming 2017: Melbourne

Can you believe that Supanova is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017! Since it started in Sydney all those years ago as comicfest! entertainment expo, Supanova (as we lovingly know it these days) gets bigger and better every year.

This past weekend, Supanova Comic-Con & Gaming Expo came to Melbourne and it definitely did not disappoint. This year’s event at the Melbourne Showgrounds was markedly bigger than the last, which meant there was lots more to see and do, and a lot more space to move around in and meet up with fellow attendees.

We were wowed yet again by the brilliant cosplay on show and for the first time in Melbourne, we even got to play some retro games in the Epic Retro Gaming Lounge. And for those Supa-fans that wanted to check out some cool foam-based toy blasters, the Hasbro’s NerfHQ area was the place to be at to sample the Accustrike, their most accurate Nerf dart!

There were also lots of exciting screenings in the AnimeLab Theatre from hit shows like Sailor Moon Crystal, Terra Formars, Attack On Titan and Beyond the Boundary to name a few. There was also a special event screening of The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One at the Film Ink Theatre on the Friday. If you preferred to check out the seminars, then you weren’t let down, with a myriad of topics from well known artists and actors.

Oh yeah, Supanova always tends to pull in the big name film and TV actors, and this year they went all out by having David Boreanaz of Bones, Angel and Buffy The Vampire Slayer fame in attendance. For us, we were quite chuffed to see our childhood hero, Lee Majors – the Six Million Dollar Man.

If you didn’t get the chance to attend Suponova in Melbourne, then check out some of the pics we took from this most awesome event!

Michael Lanzer – The Puppet Creation Lab

First time Supanovians: Phil and Kristy!

1951 Queen of Hearts by Veldrath Custom Embroidery and Cosplay (Bree Frost)

Ms and Mr Ausretrogamer – we hope to see you all back at Supanova in 2018!

Fury Fingers: Ghost Recon Wildtime

Fury Fingers are back with a new action comedy film based on ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands’ – sanctioned and supported by Ubisoft.

Featuring wrestling, gun fights, fight choreography, car chases, drone filming, parkour and VFX, the film follows Iron, Atlas, Grimm and Beak are on a stealth mission in Bolivia (cleverly re-created in the South Australian outback), but party music, dead bodies, poor intel and general bad luck are ruining their chance of success…


Source: Fury Fingers on YouTube

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

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Street Fighter III – The New Generation: In Real Life

El Gamer Cosplayer, known for his popular live action videos of The King of Fighters, has given his
signature cosplay treatment to Street Fighter III – The New Generation featuring Dudley, Sean, Yun and Ibuki!

FIGHT!!!

Street Fighter III – Cosplay Edition

Street Fighter III – Mexican Cosplay Edition

source: El Gamer Cosplayer

 

Supanova Brisbane 2016 Cosplay

As one of the longer running pop culture festivals in Australia, Supanova was one of the first events to really give our nation’s cosplayers a place to get together and show their amazing talents to the world. 2016 marks the 13th time the Expo has been on in Brisbane, and this year saw a massive turnout of some amazing costumes. My good friend David was on hand for all 3 days of Supanova, and was kind enough to share some of his cosplay photos from the show.

Enjoy!

Rory Mercury from the Gate Manga and Anime series
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The Batman with a classic, and a modern Harley!
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Keeping on the Batman theme, here’s Armoured Bats!
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Janna from League of Legends (Beke Cosplay)
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Black Cat and Captain Marvel (Heroine for Hire)
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Lilith from the original Borderlands
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Marianne from Lucasfilm’s Strange Magic (Toreo-o Cosplay)butterfly

Not cosplay, although you won’t see a balloon Shenron from Dragonball Z every day!
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D.Va from Overwatch, sans Meka
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Eleven from Stranger Things (Twerkin Gherkin)
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Suicide Squad Joker
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A Game of Thones trio: Melisandre, Dany, and Jon Targ.. sorry, Snow
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That’s not Margot Robbie, it’s none other than The Infamous Harley Quinn!
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Aloy from the upcoming PS4 game Horizon Zero Dawn (The Winter Sirens)
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Jessica Rabbit
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Suicide Squad’s Killer Croc (Leon Julius) and Katana
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Fai from Tsubasa Chronicle (Kisimul Kat)
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Leon Julius again, this time playing canvas for a fantastic Muppets Christmas Carol mural
(art by QLD Body Artists Society)
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Feeeeed me Seymour! Little Shop of Horrors duo (Audrey II, Twerkin Gherkin, and ggthesnail)
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Majora’s Mask Link comparing ranged weapons with The Infamous Harley Quinn
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Marceline from Adventure Time (Nichameleon), with Poro from LoL (Winter Sirens)marceline

Mileena from Mortal Kombat
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Mortal Kombat group (Cassie Cage, Shang Tsung, D’Vorah and Kotal Khan), along with Jaylah from Star Trek: Beyond
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Negan posing with Lucille
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Some more Overwatch – this time Roadhog, along with Mercy in her Valkyrie outfit
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Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head (Connor Rainbow), along with Sailor Ariel
(Sailor Moon meets Little Mermaid – by Phishee Cosplay)
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Jinx from League of Legends with Fishbones (Pinipy Cosplay)
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The Avengers!
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Thor of Oz as Thor!
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World of Warcraft’s Tarecgosa, of the Blue Dragonflight (Lunadust Cosplay)
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All photos taken by David Smith and used with full permission. Thanks Bro!

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blahjediAaron Clement
Tassie based retro gaming guy. Father of 3 and married to the very tolerant Kellie Clement. Coffee powered!

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PAX Aus 2016 Cosplay

featuredWe spotted heaps of awesome cosplay this weekend at PAX Aus 2016 – we were so impressed by the creativity and technical skill. There’s no need to say more – we’ll simply let the pictures do the talking!

Jigglypuff, I choose you!
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An adorable Pikachu – and is that a Crabbens (Quarries of Scred) plushie??
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Pikachu, Catbus and pinball – too much awesome for on photo!
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Homemade Mimikyu – so cute
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Family cosplay
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Groovy baby
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Jinkies!
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Dr. Horrible
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Donkey and Diddy Kong
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We love a good Chell cosplay (I’m making a note here: huge success!)
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LOL – Centre Link
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Bowser!
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Overwatch was very popular this year – many excellent costumes. Here are McCree and Ana
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Genji
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Amazing, enormous Reinhardt costume – wow!
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A beautiful lady McCree
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Overwatch group shots
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Mr. Game & Watch – very clever!
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Mortal Kombat
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The obligatory Boba Fett
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Splatterhouse by ‘Jason Takes Omegle
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Gotta go fast!
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Solid Snake
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A smegging great Arnold Rimmer cosplay
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Stunning Fallout 4 cosplay made by the talented guys from Combustible Props – wow!
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More Fallout 4
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Just cosplay
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Gorgeous Sith
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Retro Lara
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Modern Lara
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Lollipoppy
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And so many more…
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archer

borderlands

fairy

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iron-man

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Photos by ms ausretrogamer and Alan Ly.

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msausretrogamerMs. ausretrogamer
Co-founder, editor and writer at ausretrogamer – The Australian Retro Gamer E-Zine. Lover of science fiction, fashion, books, movies and TV. Player of games, old and new.

Follow Ms. ausretrogamer on Twitter

 

 

Conquered: EB Expo 2016

ebexpo16_titleAs the old saying goes, time flies when you are having fun. This year’s EB Expo has come and gone, and yep, we had fun, lots of it!

A highlight for us was being invited by our Weird and Retro friends to assist in their awesome Retro Gaming section in the Freeplay City area. With 64 classic gaming systems to play, EB Expo attendees were not short on getting their nostalgia fix! From the ultra-rare Philips CD-I development kit, to the Commodore, Sega, Nintendo, NEC, Samsung and Atari wares, there was plenty to reminisce about.

While in the main hall, we got to sit on the Iron Throne, gawked at Optimus Prime, bumped into awesome cosplayers, played on PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox’s latest gear and shopped at EB Games’ massive Mega-Store! No need for more words, we’ll just leave some of our photos from EB Expo 2016 to speak for themselves…

With the sun shining, it was time for EB Expo 2016!
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First stop, Hall 6 and straight to the Weird and Retro Freeplay classic gaming area
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Time for a Hewson classic! Go Pogo!
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The new generation enjoying some old generation gaming!
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Whoa, a Jaguar in the wild!
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Attendees wowing at the 16-bit computing wonders!
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Freeplay City Mario Kart 64 4P Showdown!
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More 4P shenanigans on the Nintendo GameCube!
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Whoa, a rare beast – the Philips CD-i dev kit!
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Which classic system to play first?
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Difficult decision: go straight for Hotel Mario or play Transylvania on the Apple IIe?
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We weren’t aware that Deadpool was on the C64. And is that Stunt Car Racer on the Amiga? Whoa!
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The decision of what to play on next just keep getting harder!
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Doing the math on the Jaguars!
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The dark side of Sega. Oh wait, look at that beautiful Atari ST!
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Busted! Weird and Retro’s Serby blowing bubbles all the way to his own PS4 Pro!
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What’s this, an Atari sign and some old wares? Time to shop!
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Cosplay heroes!
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Time to hit the Great (Main) Hall Of EB Expo 2016
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Aha, a chill session may be in order!
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The Iron Throne rules this hall!
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Anyone want a test drive?
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Hang on, we want a test drive in Optimus Prime!
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Hulk Smash!
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Lego Xbox!
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Lego Kong Ride and some sweet Poke Balls!
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A work of Lego art!
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We found Pikachu! Quickly, where are our Poke Balls?
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Shop till you drop at the EB Games Mega-Store!
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The temptation is strong in these ones!
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Stocking up on a few goodies *wink*
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We’ve hit the motherload of retrogaming goodies!
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Surely we can squeeze this beauty in our checked luggage…
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Scarily beautiful!
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Bumped into the famous Nintendo brothers…
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Mind blowingly cool!
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Of course we had to go here too!
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Woohoo, just dance!
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Jump on the tractor!
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Gonna grab a seat at Nintendo-land
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Let’s all play! Got lots of streetpasses here *winks*
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The Nintendo posing podiums!
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Another posing podium!
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Heading over to Xbox
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Forza Horizon 3 was quite popular!
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Dr. Curlytek conquered the VeloDrone!
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Waiting their turn patiently for some VR
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Aha, there they are! 
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The unmissable PlayStation exhibit!
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Wowing the masses with PlayStation VR
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Dare to enter!
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Driveclub VR = WOWSER!
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A well deserved award!
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All  good things must come to an end. Till the next EB Expo…
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