The first Oz Comic Con shows took place in 2012 and some of the Retrospekt crew attended the Adelaide and Melbourne shows. The events provided us with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the stars. On top of that, Retrospekt was granted interviews with several of the stars, all of which can be found here.
We had an opportunity to talk Intellivision with Sean Astin, discuss Dragonball video games with the cast of the show and Stan Lee signed my Capcom CPS2 board of X-Men vs Streetfighter!!
I also got some SNES games signed by Sean Schemmel and Bill Farmer…
… and for the modern gamer I ended up with 4 signatures on my copy of Dragonball: Raging Blast 2.
Not to mention Tales of Symphonia, a Gamecube classic!!
The first shows for 2013 are coming up in less than a month!! The Perth events are on the 9th and 10th of March, with Adelaide on the 16th and 17th of March. Organiser Carissa Avenhouse had this to say about the 2013 events:
“We are thrilled to add Perth to the Oz Comic-Con lineup and excited for what our second year will bring. We have a wonderful selection of guests and without a doubt, there will be something for everyone. We are still adding to the line up of visiting talent and trust me on this one, Aussie fans are in for some real treats!”
“Something for everyone” including the gamer, both retro and modern!! Let’s take a look at that…
The first guest who has been involved in several Star Trek video game projects is the legendary William Shatner who declared he can “score anything” in the movie Fanboys.
Shatner has involved with Star Trek video games since the 25th anniversary game by Interplay.
Then there was his own creation “William Shatner’s Tekwar” which received a release in 1995 and which he provided narration for.
Other guests featured include Patricia Quinn.
While she hasn’t been directly involved in any video games that I could find, I do remember playing the “Rock Horror Show” game on the Amstrad CPC.
I could never finish it though due to the strict time limit.
Next up is MacGyver himself, Richard Dean Anderson:
Richard starred in the original Fallout game as Killian.
Of course there was also the Stargate game on Super Nintendo, which was based on the movie. While Richard wasn’t in the movie his character Jack O’Neill was, though played by Kurt Russell.
J.G Hertler has been involved in more than Star Trek games.
He provided the introductory voice over for Might and Magic 9
and also featured in Bioshock.
For retro anime fans Teryl Rothery has been involved in some of the biggest anime shows from the 90s and early 2000s, including Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha and Project A-Ko. Ranma has a rich history on Super Nintendo/Famicom with 5 games being released for the system. While there was very little voice acting involved, her character Kodachi “The Black Rose” Kuno did feature in the games.
Maybe the PC Engine is more your system…
Chris Sabat makes a welcome return, this time attending the Adelaide show for all you Dragoball fans!
We interviewed Chris during the Melbourne show last year, check it out here.
Dragonball has a very rich history with video games going right back to the SNES and NES eras.
Finally there’s Paul Eiding, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting at a previous convention.
Paul is a really, really nice guy and has been involved in a list of video games a mile long including the legendary Metal Gear Solid series inwhich he played Roy Campbell.
He also voiced the character in Super Smash Brother Brawl!!
He was the narrator
in Diablo and Diablo 2…
… and the list goes on… I’m already getting a list of video games ready to get autographed!!
Alongside celebrity appearances, Oz Comic-Con will also feature exclusive film screenings, an array of exhibitors and retailers selling unique collectibles and rare merchandise, comic books and anime, 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 2013 is brought to Australia by DCA Enterprises – the Sydney- based company also responsible for The Hub Productionsʼ intimate popular culture events (www.dcaenterprises.com)
Oz Comic-Con is an event like no other – and definitely not to be missed. For full details visit www.ozcomiccon.com. Day and weekend tickets will be available for purchase late November from Ticketmaster.