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Comic Gong returns to Wollongong this weekend

Wollongong’s original pop culture festival celebrating a love of comics, graphic novels, gaming and cosplay returns this Saturday.

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Comic and cosplay fans in the family will be treated with loads of activities and competitions throughout the day.

There’ll be plenty of opportunities for the little ones to meet their favourite characters and heaps of learning and exploring with pinball machines, face painting, Green Screen Photo stands, Lightsaber demonstrations, badge making, art classes.

Taking place over 4 different locations, all within walking distance; Wollongong Library, Town Hall, Arts Gallery and Arts Precinct. All locations are within walking distance of each other.

You can have a suss of each of the acitvities that the four different venues are putting on below;

​ ​WOLLONGONG CENTRAL LIBRARY

​Ground Floor

Kids Activities - with Early Start

Face Painting

Pinball Machines and Arcade Games

Graphic Novel Collection

Battlecry: LARP

Green Screen Photo Stand - with Wollongong Youth Centre

Transformers Club Display

First Floor

Virtual Reality

Board Games

Video Games

Badge-making

​Project Bucephalus: Lego Robots

ARTS PRECINCT​ ​

​Sword fighting demonstrations & medieval re-enactment - by Society for Creative Anachronism

Rock 'n' Roll Wrestlers

Lightsaber demonstrations - Sons of Obiwan

​Music - by The Con

ART GALLERY

Comic Gong Cosplay Competitions
(All-Day) Bluescope Gallery

With categories for 0-12, 13-17, 18+ and Group Cosplay, there is something for everyone! Make sure you register early to secure your place. Find out more via the Cosplay Competition Page

Heroes off the Page - Panel 
(10.30am) Education Centre

With the death of industry giant Stan Lee, we’ve been thinking about our Comic Book heroes. Not the ones in tights! The ones behind the page.

PANELLISTS: Queenie Chan, Matthew Groom, Darren Koziol and Julie Ditrich. 

Draw-Off! Queenie Chan vs. Marcelo Baez
(12.30pm) Education Centre

Come see artists Queenie Chan and Marcelo Baez do a live character drawing, followed by a battle of art and wits as they show who is faster with the pen! Who will you cheer for, whose side will you be on? Team Marcelo or Team Queenie?

Living the Fandom Life - Panel
(2.15pm) Education Centre

A son of Obiwan / A cosplayer / A medieval re-enactor / A LARP enthusiast and A wrestler give an insider’s look into what it takes to live the fandom life.
PANELLISTS: Jason Zimmerman, Bess Gilmour-Lim, Luke Boyton, and Luke  Potter, Tadd Lyons. 

​TOWN HALL

​Exhibitors & Artists Alley

Find something unique to make your Comic Gong extra special! Full list of exhibitors will be released closer to the event.

Quiet Space

It can be difficult to enjoy large events. Crowds and noise might be a problem for you. The Quiet Space is for anyone who needs a break when at Comic Gong. The Quiet Space will be open at Comic Gong from 10am-4pm.

The Quiet Space will have:

Chairs to sit

Maps of the event layout and accessible points of interest

Tepee with sensory toys

Magnifying glass

Ear defenders to borrow

A ‘social story’ is a resource that has been created to provide information on how to access Comic Gong. Download the Comic Gong 2019 Social Story.

People who might want to visit the quiet space:

Older people

Adults and children who need a break from crowds and noise

People affected by glare

People who want to borrow equipment

Image courtesey of :  Comic Gong FB Page