Calling all science fiction and fantasy fans – you cannot miss ComiXpo, the science fiction and fantasy pop culture toy fair on Sunday 28 February.
One of the largest events of its kind in the southern hemisphere, ComiXpo will showcase exhibitions from the top four sci-fi fan clubs in Victoria: Star Walking Inc (Star Wars), Transformers Collectors Club Australia; The Doctor Who Club of Victoria, and Oz Trek (Star Trek).
There will also be more than 60 stall holders including two of Victoria’s biggest collectible stores, Just Collectables and Comics R Us. There will be bargains galore, plus MAYBE the chance to get your hands on that very rare piece you’ve been scouring eBay for…
“We’re fully subscribed with stallholders so the Collingwood Town Hall will be full to capacity and we expect visitors will have a great time discovering some hidden treasures,” says Brad Webb, one of the organisers and a lecturer in Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Writing and Publishing, who is running the event as part of his doctorate studies.
Brad teaches a range of publishing disciplines, including the 3rd year subject Web and Digital Publishing, while the Writing and Publishing degree also embraces the comic and graphic novel industry through subjects such as Writing for Illustrated Text. Brad believes the pop culture genre has been taken much more seriously in recent years thanks to blockbuster Hollywood movies from Marvel and DC, as well as the more grass-roots movements from indie publishers, many of them hidden away in the back streets of our capital cities.
“We wanted to create an event for fans by fans. Something local and fun but also relevant for serious collectors and enthusiasts,” he says. “There really hasn’t been anything like it in Melbourne since the late 1980s. We're going very retro here from the cheap ticketing price to the traditional Sunday market fair. Despite the ubiquity of online fandom, I think people really like the chance to meet face-to-face and talk about their passions. It will be geek heaven.”
Cosplay (‘costume play’, AKA dressing up as your favourite sci-fi or fantasy character) is encouraged, and if you crack out your Darth Vader costume (or Deadpool, or Wonder Woman, or Dr Smith, or Black Widow, or…) you have a chance to win one of the great giveaways supplied by our many stall holders and eOne Entertainment, including movie passes and merchandise.
They will also have a replica 'Star Car' which will be parked out the front of the Town Hall on Hoddle Street. It's based on Brian O'Conner (aka Paul Walker's) amazing Supra — the '10-second car' he ripped up the streets with, racing Dom, from 'The Fast and The Furious'.
Date/time: Sunday 28 February, 10:00am to 5:00pm
Venue: Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford (next to the Collingwood railway station).
Entry: Tickets are only $5 for entry, children 12 years and under admitted FREE.
DID YOU KNOW? Due to recent changes by the Victorian government, people who were not previously eligible for government training subsidies due to existing qualifications may now be eligible. Find out more by contacting Melbourne Polytechnic
on 03 9269 8400.
Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1496122537e.cin1496122537hcety1496122537lopen1496122537ruobl1496122537em@ai1496122537dem1496122537
Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.
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