Comic-Con comes to Melbourne Australia in 2012

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Comic-Con comes to Melbourne on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July

Patrick Stewart and Stan Lee head stellar line-up

Melbourne will be hosting Australia’s own version of the world’s top pop culture event, Comic-Con, in 2012, with legendary actor Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and comic icon Stan Lee (original creator of Spiderman and other comic icons such as The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Thor) heading a stellar line up.

Reflecting the entertainment industry powerhouse San Diego Comic-Con International ( – globally recognised as the world’s leading pop-culture event – Oz Comic-Con will be a pop culture expo like no other. Melbourne fans will be among the first to experience the event in Australia, with Adelaide hosting the debut event in March. Oz Comic-Con will expand further into Australia throughout 2013 and 2014.

Patrick Stewart and Stan Lee will be joined by other international and local comic, film and TV guests, including Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary, Stargate Atlantis, Falling Skies), and Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity), with many more to come.

In an Australian first, aspiring comic creators will be able to submit their work for professional review, with Scott Allie (Dark Horse Comics, Senior Managing Editor) in attendance at Oz Comic-Con Melbourne and scouting for new talent.

There will also be comic book and anime artists, gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions (a unique type of performance art in which participants don costumes to reflect cultural ideas and concepts, often from Japanese popular fiction).

“Oz Comic-Con will be more than just a gathering place for Melbourne fans of the various arms of pop culture,” said Carissa Avenhouse, of event organisers The Hub Productions. “It will celebrate and educate – it will be the place for fans to share their love of pop culture, get up close and personal with celebrities, enter contests with fantastic prizes, or learn how to break into the industry.”

Oz Comic-Con is brought to Melbourne by The Hub Productions (, a company that specialises in popular culture events, bringing some of the world’s most loved stars to Australian shores. Recent Hub Productions events include Twilight 2008, 2009 and 2010 (featuring Taylor Lautner, Kellan Lutz and Nikki Reed), Star Trek 2010 (featuring William Shatner and Scott Bakula), Gleek-On 2010 (featuring Kevin McHale) and Stargate 2010 (featuring Richard Dean Anderson and Chris Judge).

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