Brisbane Oz Comic Con
Over the weekend myself and my lovely assistant Cara went to Oz Comic Con at South Bank in Brisbane to check out all the fun and shenanigans going on there.
The people at Oz Comic Con were nice enough to provide Six Months Later Gaming with some media passes for the convention, so we were immediately ushered into the media room to get the low down.
From there we set about seeing all that the convention had to offer. We saw SO MANY hugely talented artists and cosplayers and made our way through all the stalls without buying too many things (later on in the day was another story).
We were walking up and down the aisles for what seemed like ages when it dawned on me that I hadn't seen any actual video game related things besides the merchandise that was on sale. I've never been to Oz Comic Con before so I didn't really know what to expect, but we kept making our way through the hall nonetheless.
Then we struck the mother load. Finding exactly the kind of thing we were after, there was a panel about to start with guest speakers that included Anais Riley from Spunge Games, Kim Allom and Anna Zou from Defiant Development, and one of the top tier figures in the Australian gaming industry, Luke Muscat from Prettygreat (you know, that guy who worked on Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride during his Halfbrick days. That's all...).
The awesome foursome spoke in detail about getting into the industry and it seemed like a lot of the younger members of the audience got a lot of good information out of the panel. Topics covered included women in gaming, the game design process, getting a good education, and the realities of the industry.
After a brief chat with those guys after the panel (more to come on that later, winky face), we were off again to see what else was at Oz Comic Con. After walking past even more tempting items we eventually found our final destination. The holy gaming mecca of Oz Comic Con, the Gaming Zone. I was just annoyed that we missed the Sushi Go tournament. CHOPSTICKS!
The Brisbane convention marked the end of the national Oz Comic Con circuit for 2016, but keep an eye on the Oz Comic Con website for more details leading into 2017!
Thanks again to Oz Comic Con for allowing us to cover the convention!