On the 18th of March 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the Goulburn Comic Con event. As a first-time attendee, I didn’t know what to expect from a cosplayer or patronage standpoint but was pleasantly surprised. The competition had the option for a pre-registration. Through the convention’s website, it took a lot of the stress away for myself and others on the day, allowing the freedom to enjoy the con and wander as I pleased. I hadn’t seen this pre-registration method utilized before but it definitely works.
Upon entering, I was surprised by the lack of a weapons check-in area but fortunately it wasn’t needed. The atmosphere was very welcoming, friendly and supportive – something I have come to know and love from attending other regional NSW conventions. Efficiently, I found the registration stand and got my number in the form of a sticker. I found it quite easy to remove when getting photographs from one of the convention’s many photographers.
The staff were nothing but friendly and polite. They managed the hiccups that can come with a cosplay competition (missing contestants and time constraints) very well and didn’t missed a beat running four cosplay categories: back to back. The marshalling was handled superbly which kept the competition running smoothly. It can be exceedingly difficult at times dealing with many cosplayers of varying styles and ages.
The quality of the cosplay work at this convention was awe inspiring which I’m sure made the judges job very difficult. Even some of the younger contestants displayed incredible resourcefulness and ingenuity. Many making their whole costumes themselves or utilizing household items in the crafting process. I remember thinking to myself, “This is the future of cosplay” and it made me so happy to see these kids rocking their costumes and getting into character. The judges – Kitty Cosplay, Thor of Oz and Scarlet Moth Cosplay – and hostess Rae Johnston: were all lovely, fair and kept the competition fun, light and flowing smoothly.
The overall feel and atmosphere of the convention itself, from start to finish, had an unmistakable community feel about it. I could tell this event wasn’t just for the cosplayers and vendors but for the whole community. The level of support and positivity were just admirable. The vendors – while few , but will grow in due course – were very attentive, knowledgeable and reasonably priced. The Rock and Roll wrestlers provided comical and exciting entertainment. They even interacted with the attendees while summoning Thor Of Oz into the ring and having Spiderman wrestling much to the kids and comic fans delight.
All in all, from a Cosplaying attendee’s viewpoint, Goulburn Comic Con is a family-friendly, supportive cosplay event that is highly enjoyable and one I will definitely be attending next year and further into the future.
Contributor: Sharingan Siren Cosplay