After the news last year that Oz Comic Con would no longer be holding conventions in Perth and Adelaide, cosplayers and other con-goers have been waiting for news on the smaller event that had been promised to replace it. Today Oz Comic Con announced Press Play, an 18+ event to be set in local bars, which will also host the regional rounds of Oz Comic Con's Championships of Cosplay.
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Oz Comic Con Melbourne may have been two weeks ago, but the amazing cosplay photos are still pouring in. As one of Australia's bigger cosplay communities, it's no surprise that Melbourne is constantly full of talented costumers, not to mention those who have travelled interstate. Check out some of the best of them right here!
You may not have heard of it, but one of the world's biggest international cosplay competitions is happening this week, hosted by C2E2 in Chicago -- the Crown Championships of Cosplay. Among regional champions from eight different countries, and a host of local American competitors, Australian cosplayer Henchwench is there gunning to be the one to bring the crown back down under.
Last month one of the first rounds of Oz Comic Con's Championships of Cosplay was held in Adelaide and the winner was Lilla Bee with her March Hare costume. Since then she's taken advantage of the gorgeous Autumn colours down in South Australia to create some incredible photos.
While Australia has been sending representatives overseas to compete in international cosplay comps since 2009, this year is the first year we've brought home the crown -- and in the first year of C2E2's huge international competition, what's more. Brisbane's Major Sam Cosplay competed against a number of incredibly impressive cosplayers from all over the world, ultimately taking home first place for the Aussie cosplay community.
This weekend, C2E2 in Chicago hosts one of the largest and most prestigious cosplay competitions in the world -- the Crown Championships of Cosplay. This year, the Championships are going international, with entrants from the US, China, Austria, Singapore, Indonesia, India, France and of course, Australia battling it out for over $10k in prizes -- and of course, the crown. With barely a week until the competition, Australia's representative has been showing off a very impressive costume in the works.
Competitions are one of the cornerstones of the cosplay community. Whether they're high-stakes national competitions like Madman Nationals or Oz Comic Con's Championships or just your local games store's cosplay weekend, there's a lot of them around. Entering them can be a great experience, but judging them is whole other ballpark.
Oz Comic Con's national cosplay competition has been some time in the making. It started in April in Perth, travelled to Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane, finally landing in Sydney this past weekend. Along the way they gathered the best talent to be found in each city, bringing them all to Sydney for the final. It all culminated this past Sunday when a winner -- the best of the best of the best -- was finally crowned.