Sidekicks storm Oz Comic-Con Melbourne: Daniel ‘Podrick Payne’ Portman and Arthur ‘Rory Williams’ Darvill join the guest list

Press Releases

Sidekicks storm Oz Comic-Con Melbourne: Daniel ‘Podrick Payne’ Portman and Arthur ‘Rory Williams’ Darvill join the guest list 

Game of Thrones and Doctor Who are two of the most beloved shows in the pop-culture realm and fans of both can rejoice, with the announcement that Daniel Portman and Arthur Darvill are heading to Oz Comic-Con Melbourne on July 5-6.

Better known for his role as Podrick Payne, loyal squire to both Tyrion Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, the Scottish-born Portman has been a recognisable face on the series since its second season. His appearance at the convention is welcome news that follows quickly after confirmation that Game of Thrones’ other fan-favourite sidekick, Kristian Nairn (Hodor) will also be at the event.

For three years on Doctor Who Darvill brought to life the loveable Rory Williams, a companion to Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor. One of the most well known stars of the long-lived show, Darvill is also a talented musician and stage actor, currently staring in Once on the West End.

Portman, Darvill and Nairn are just three of the guests who will be wowing crowds at Oz Comic-Con Melbourne, with other celebrities attending including television icon Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver, Stargate SG-1), acclaimed actorTom Skerritt (Alien, Top Gun, Picket Fences) and awarded actress Veronica Cartwright (Alien, Resurrection). 

The event will feature celebrity Q&A panels and professional photograph and autographs will be available with all guests, with Portman and Nairn teaming up for a photo option for Game of Thrones die-hards. For those looking for something a little bit special, limited seats are currently available for an exclusive dinner with both Portman and Nairn on July 5.

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne is set to boast an amazing range of celebrities from the realms of film, television, animation and comic books. Guests already confirmed for the event are:

TV and Film:

Richard Dean Anderson – MacGyver, Stargate SG-1

Tom Skerritt – Top Gun, Alien, Picket Fences

Veronica Cartwright – Alien, Resurrection, The X-Files

Kristian Nairn – Game of Thrones

Daniel Portman – Game of Thrones

Arthur Darvill – Doctor Who, Broadchurch

Shawn Ashmore – X-Men franchise, The Following

Aaron Ashmore – Warehouse 13

Aron Eisenberg – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Max Grodenchik – Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Wilson Bethel – Hart of Dixie, Generation Kill

Gary Jones – Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, SGU Stargate Universe

Voice Acting:

Dante Basco – American Dragon: Jake Long, Avatar: The Last Airbender

Olivia Hack – Hey Arnold!, Avatar: The Last Airbender


Adam Nichols – Art Director at The Binary Mill (Mini Motor Racing for mobile and Mini Motor Racing EVO for PC/Mac, Gun Club). Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Hellboy: The Science of Evil, Clonewars: The Republic Heroes, BladeKitten, TY The Tasmanian Tiger.

Comic Book and Publishing:

Fil Barlow – Zooniverse

Wayne Nichols – F.V.Z.A., Ryder on the Storm (Radical Publishing); Church of Hell (Berserker Comics); Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Dark Horse Comics); Afterburn, Giant Size Hulk, Exiles (Marvel Comics)

Jason Franks – Bloody Waters, Sixsmiths, McBlack, Lady McBlack, Ungenred

Paul Bedford – The List

Paul Abstruse – The Cyst, Witch King, The Big Burlesque Variety Show, Zombie Cities

Justin Randall – 30 Days of Night (IDW), Eben & Stella (IDW), Silent Hill (IDW), Changing Ways (Gestalt)

Wolfgang Bylsma – Gestalt Publishing Editor-in-Chief

Andrew Constant – Torn, Broken Line

Tristan Jones – Ghostbusters (IDW), Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage Studios), Infestation: Teenage Mutant Turtles (IDW)

Paul Mason – The Soldier Legacy

David Yardin –Marvel titles Thunderbolts, X-Factor, Astonishing X-Men, Storm, District X; DC titles Injustice: God’s Among Us, Joker’s Asylum: Killer Croc, Wonder Woman Secret Files; Image Comics’ Aria and Wicked

Jon Sommariva – Go Boy 7 (Dark Horse), Gemini (Image Comics), Free Realms (Wildstorm/DC)

Doug Holgate  – Planet Tad (Harper Collins), Case Files 13: Zombie Kid (Harper Collins), The Amazing Joy Buzzards (Image Comics), Zack Proton (Simon and Schuster), the Zinc Alloy series (Stonearch Books), Super Chicken Nugget Boy (Hyperion)

Jason Palmer – Illustrator best known for his work on Firefly and Serenity

Nicola Scott – DC titles Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Teen Titans, Earth 2

Stewart McKenny – Super Friends (DC), Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures (Dark Horse), Captain America (Marvel), Star Wars Tales (Dark Horse)

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne will be held on July 5-6 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, with doors open from 9am to 6pm both days. Tickets to Oz Comic-Con Melbourne are on sale now through Showclix ( For more information please visit

About Oz Comic-Con

Oz Comic-Con produces pop culture expos across Australia that celebrate TV shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels, anime and gaming. The events feature multi-genre content from across the spectrum – – appearances by film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors; gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions; creative workshops and master classes; and hard-to-find merchandise. Oz Comic-Con proudly supports local Australian talent and businesses in many areas, providing a platform to showcase Australian creativity and endeavours. Oz Comic-Con was created by Sydney-based company DCA Enterprises, who now work in partnership with international event organisers ReedPOP to produce the Oz Comic-Con shows. The ReedPOP portfolio includes New York Comic Con, C2E2, PAX (Prime, East and Australia), Star Wars Celebration and the UFC Fan Expo.

Play Hard Or Don't Play At All!

Lost Password