Comic Cons

5+ Comic Events in Australia You Should Go To Now

5+ Comic Events in Australia You Should Go To Now

Comic Cons

6 Comic Events in Australia You Should Go To Now
One of the perks of being a nerd and a comic fan these days are the many conventions. The advent of comic conventions in the US paved the way for more comic events in Australia. We Aussies love our comics, so it’s only natural that we get a few ourselves.
Most of the comic conventions started small. A few mates going together, then getting a more prominent group involved. As these events grew, so did the scope and the number of fans in attendance.
From small toy fairs came the big events that garnered a national following. Which ones should you go? Which ones are the best? We have a full list of the five biggest Aussie comic events comic your way.

  • Supanova Expo
    Supanova is one of the most significant comic events in Australia. It’s been the home of pop culture since 2000 when a group of Aussies started Comicfest!. The first Supanova Expo began in the Sydney Showground, and it hasn’t looked back since.
    The Supanova Expo then opened its first Brisbane convention in 2003. It extended to Melbourne and Perth, back to back with their Brisbane and Sydney conventions. Now, the event goes as far as Gold Coast and even Adelaide.
    This all-Australian event is an excellent place to enjoy by yourself or with friends. Directed by Daniel Zachariou, it has everything you could ever want in a comic convention. It has games, comic books, anime, manga, and even merch.
    What sets it apart, however, is the guest panel.
    Much like your US Comic-cons, the panels interview guest stars. Some guests include actors like Billy Zane and even John Travolta.
  • Oz Comic-Con
    If you want the full Comic-Con experience but don’t have time to go to New York or San Diego, Oz Comic-Con is the one you want. Oz Comic-Con is the official local counterpart of the US Comic-Cons. It’s also one of the most anticipated out there.
    Oz Comic-Con has everything under the sun that you can expect from a comic convention. It has a full artist alley for local indie artists to show their stuff. They have comics, games, cosplay, merch, and everything nerdy you can get your hands on.
    Why go to Oz Comic-Con? If you’re the type who likes big events, this is it. They have everything here, and the limit is how far your legs can bring you.
  • Indenous Con – Comiccon
    One of the unique things about Australia is its thriving Indigenous community. To celebrate their creativity in the mordern world, Indigenous Comic Com came to life. It’s a goto comic book and pop culture event everyone would love.
    What makes Indigenous Comic Con special is the representation it gives to the native Australian. It honours the lifework of many indigenous creatives, many of whom contributed their talents for their art. From illustrators, designers, TV stars, and even indigenous cosplayers.
    Indigeous Comic Con is not only a great event, it show off some of the up and coming artist with indigenous roots, giving them a space to have fun. It’s a fun time that brings indigenous and non-indigenous people together.
    Indigenous Comic Con runs around November every year.
  • Madman Anime Festival
    Madman Anime Festival is a relatively new player in the events industry. MadFest deals at most with anime and Japanese culture but you would still see a lot of the usual fair in it.
    MadFest has a lot of cosplay, manga, and anime at every corner. It also has a superb amount of exhibitors that sell almost every merchandise available.
    What’s great about MadFest is they also have a corner for indie creators and artists to show their stuff. It’s something we’re sure any fan will enjoy.
  • PAX AUS
    One of the most well-known events when it comes to game conventions is Penny Arcade’s PAX. It’s one of the biggest places for manga, games, anime, and content creators. PAX Aus is the Aussie counterpart, and it’s as fantastic as you’d think.
    PAX Aus was the first time the expo happened outside United States in 2013. Since then, PAX became one of the most significant events in Oz.
    Games from indie devs and big AAA companies. Comics and local indie artists. Guest panels that underscore what Aussie geeks love.
    PAX Aus is here to stay. We love it.
  • ComiXpo
    ComiXpo is one of the newer all-Aussie local expo and convention around Australia. It started in 2016 and enjoyed a following about comic fans and geeks alike. It’s a comic expo from top to bottom and it’s hard to deny the love is overflowing for it.
    ComiXpo houses over 70 stalls, with a lot of comic book sellers and presentors. There are cosplayers from top to bottom and overflowing food and drinks.
    If you’re looking for a nice day to buy a lot of comics and enjoy with your fellow geeks, ComiXpo is the place for you.


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Comic Book Stores Australia

5 Reasons We Love Comic Shops In Australia

5 Reasons We Love Comic Shops In Australia

Comic Book Stores Australia

5 Reasons We Love Comic Shops In Australia
Comic shops in Australia are some of the most iconic locales. There’s nothing that can beat in-shop experience, even with digital distribution becoming the norm. The truth, however, is that it’s easy to go under if you’re a local comic store.
With Amazon and other digital bookstores using their digital storefronts, why should you buy from local comic shops? We have five reasons why.

  1. Finding Indie Titles
    Comic book stores are not only about Marvel and DC. Sure, the super hot comics come from the MCU and DCEU storylines. Who doesn’t like a great Spiderman story, right?
    Even then, there’s more out there than the big American comicbooks. Local Australian artists tend to sell their creations through local comic shops. Many indie artists do so not only to earn money but to create a community for themselves.
    If you’re an indie artist, one of the biggest obstacles is stirring people’s interest in your work. There’s social media, but getting to sell your graphic novels and prints is different. Enter local comic book stores.
    Comic book stores are always more than happy to carry local indie artists in their shops. Indies help pique the interest of passersby and customers looking for new stories. If you love a good story or want a beautiful illustration, indies in local stores are a great pick.
  2. Like-Minded People You Can Share Your Hobbies
    Another reason why buy from local comic stores is the community. Even if you’re not a comic book fan, a lot of comic shops try to create a community around them. They can hardly compete with the predatory pricing of Amazon, so how do you keep your audience energetic?
    You let them connect with people they can share their hobbies.
    Many local stores double as hobby shops. Many host board game nights and even trading card games on the side. Some also have Dungeons and Dragons and other tabletop RPGs!
    If you’re not a games guy, comic book stores also host comic book clubs. If you’re looking to expand your collection by trading with other guys, comic shops are the right place.
  3. Better Browsing Experience
    A good reason that people should go to comic book shops is the discovery. When you buy online, shops present you with stuff you already like. Your method of discovery is likely buzz from reviews and video essays on Youtube.
    Even then, you don’t get the best of the best. Many of what you will see online are the mainstream stories. How many will offer you great story without much buzz?
    This is where comic book shops come in. Most shop staff are connoisseurs themselves. They will have something new to offer according to your tastes.
  4. Superb Pull Lists
    The beauty of the comic book store is what we call the pull list. If you’re even, at least, a semi-regular buyer, you likely will have titles that you buy every month. It can come from indie graphics artists or major titles, but you will have one.
    Every week, you’ll get a stack of fresh comic books and graphic novels. Having a pull list helps you keep up with comic titles as they come out. You can even have some shops reserve a copy for you!
  5. Supporting Local Businesses
    It’s no secret that the comic book shops are a dying breed. We love them, but online stores and big name providers are competing with crazy low prices. Our favorite brick and mortar shops are having a problem trying to stay afloat.
    For people like us who want actual people sharing our hobbies, supporting local businesses is vital. It contributes to the beauty of your local community. It feels right that your dollars are going to people who care about the craft.
    Go To You Local Comic Stores Now
    Local comic stores in Australia are the last frontier for comic fans. If you love your comic books, protecting this front is essential to all of us. It’s all about the experience!
    Why not say hi to your local comic book shop today? Pick up a few new titles. We’re sure you’d love your time there.

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History of Comics in Australia - Ginger Meggs

History of Comics in Australia

History of Comics in Australia

History of Comics in Australia - Ginger Meggs

Aussies love comics. Much like our fellow fans from the United States, we love it as much, if not more. Have you ever wondered why is that?
We have one of the richest comic book histories in the world. The history of comics in Australia is so deep in us that we’ve got a lot of local history to tell. Not everything is unique to us, but it shows a lot of our culture here down under.
Here’s what happened.
Early Days Of Aussie Comics
The history of comics in Australia started in 1908, with newspaper sources referring to Vumps. Vumps published with the subtitle “pure Australian fun.” The publication, however, only lasted for a single issue.
By the 1910s and 1920s, there are a few small but regular publications of newspaper comics. These include The Golden Age of Australian Comics in 1916 and You & Me by Stan Cross in 1920. At this point, Australia’s longest running comic strip, Ginger Meggs, came into fruition under the pen of Jimmy Bancks in 1921.
The Growing Local Comics Scene In Australia
The real start of Australia’s love for comic books started in 1931. The first Aussie comic book, the Kookaburra, featured full-fledged characters. After a few years, Syd Nicholls’ Fatty Finn came into publication too.
At around this decade, the Aussie market flooded with reprints of US comic strips. These include Felix The Cat, The Phantom, and Buck Rogers. There were also many Sunday pages in newspapers, including Tarzan and Dick Tracy.
As World War II came in, the Australian Government banned comic book imports from the US. This gave the local comic book industry a boom, having cornered the market. This Golden Age of Australian comics gave way to the current love for everything comic books.
During this age of Post-War Australia, Ginger Meggs became a national publication. It represented everything that Australia Comics was.
Creations like Captain Atom, Yarmak, The Lone Wolf, and The Phantom comic book by Frew Publications became staples in the market. This continued as the on to the 1950s as the import ban still held up. The comic censorship started to crop up, and American comic imports began to come back in 1969.
Australian Comics Now
By the time the 70s came, the local comic book creators in Australia coexisted with reprints of major publications from Marvel and DC. Many were unable to compete in the local market. The comic loving Aussies had to put their attention to the two comic book giants.
Gerald Carr became active in the comic book scene again. His stories like Brainmaster and Vixen became smash hits. Local companies resorted to an underground scene to publish their comics.
By the early 80s, the Aussie market is now doing direct imports of the comics we know and love. Even today, we still have a burgeoning local comics industry. We still love our Marvel and DC lines, patronizing comic books for their fantastic stories.
Looking At The History Of Comics In Australia
So, why do Aussies love comics? With our rich history of comics in Australia, it’s hard to deny that we have a special relationship with them. We Aussies loved our stories even from the early days of our formation.
Our unique connection with comic books harkens back to a time where it was all we had. Whether it was the good old days or the trying times, we had a comic book to make us happy. Even now, a comic book is a secret buddy to all of us – one that brings us to astounding worlds we’ve never seen before.


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Our Mission

Our Mission


I’m creating Australia’s Home of the Local Comic Store (LCS) and Comic-related events, as well as our work in progress: the Comic Creator Portal that will showcase Australian Comic creators. Use our directory to find your new local store, get notified about comic-related events, and explore the vast local talent in Australia. We share your love of comics. If you can’t find your local comic shop on the list, feel free to submit the details and we’ll get in touch with the owners and add them. ComicScape is a community, and fanboys & fangirls like you and me can make this the best darn comic site in Australia. Thanks again for dropping by. Excelsior! 
Help me help Local Comic Shops not just survive, but thrive.  Let’s empower Australian Comic Creatives with a site dedicated to promoting their awesome skills.  I love comics with a passion and I want to tap into that passion and spread the joy over Australia.  I’d say the sky is the limit, but there are footprints on the moon…. the stars are the limit.  Help us boost the Australian Comic industry.

The other goal is to create a community of like-minded individuals all with a passion for the Australian Comic Industry.  People who want to work together to grow and nurture the Australian Comic landscape. And then connect these fans with the creators.  ‘Nuff said.


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