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Toowoomba Comic Con 2016 - Review

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I am a chief writer for Weekend Notes, a copywriter, published poet and Editor of poetry magazine ‘Fruit Salad’ (on hold). I also write children's fiction and inspirational pieces.
Where else could you meet Gandalf & Superman?
Wonder Woman Comin Con Toowoomba QR scavenger hunt
A scavenger hunt for $600 worth of prizes was announced by classic super heroes.

Toowoomba's inaugural Comic Con promises to BOOM! and POW! into the future, given the crowds in attendance and in costume. The Toowoomba Regional Council were expecting a cavalcade of superheroes, villains and famous faces from popular culture to gather in the Library Precinct and they were not disappointed. Comic book devotees and followers of pop culture were invited to dress up as their favourite characters and this they did with enthusiasm.

Time Lord Toowoomba Comic Con 2016
A Galifreyan Time Lord and a mythalogical goat.

The Designer Markets on the green hosted exciting boutique wares such as goat's horns hats, corsets with top hats, fantasy jewellery and other comic themed items. Corsets were fitted over outer garments, children's faces were painted and cosplay characters were photographed. Guest comic illustrators and cosplayers helped to create a surreal and entertaining atmosphere. Adults and children alike were eager to have their photo taken in the Batmobile with Batman. A scavenger hunt for prizes worth $600 could be downloaded from the Actionbound app by scanning the QR barcode in the speech balloons of action heroes. Gaming Goddess presented a talk on Advanced and Cosplay Fabric Techniques.

Comic Con Toowoomba 2016 costumes
Awesome costumes can be admired in the Toowoomba Library Precinct.

The program for the day included an Anime Lab and trivia competition; a Zombie Makeup Booth; Minecraft Lab with Hackerspace; Cardfight Vanguard Demo; Kid's Craft Station; meet and battle the Junior Pokémon Champion; Q & A panel; photo ops; console and tabletop games with original artwork, trading cards; pop culture markets from Kaboom Comics! and Neo Tokyo at pop-up shops. Giveaways were comics, masks, badges, Superman paper toys and colouring in by DC Comics Fan Family (Aquaman) and Marvel (Wolverine and the X-Men).

The City Librarian, Carmel Stuart, was the passionate spokesperson, ready to inform about the Comic Con. Friends of the Library and a council grant made the event possible, along with the expertise of Youth Connect's Librarian Angela Morgan and the library team. The library gardens were part of the attraction as part of the Carnival of Flowers festival. The Library café served The Original Mix coffee.

Comic Con Toowoomba 2016 Batmobile
Batmobile photo ops.

This was the Spring Comic Con and we can look forward to the Summer Designer Markets on 15 October 2016. Stay tuned to the Library's Facebook page, this festival could even see a change to the city's cultural landscape.

Comic Con Toowoomba 2016 Designer Markets
Excitement and good vibes in the Designer Markets.
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Why? Cosplayers, comic con, collections, games, designer markets.
When: 8am-1pm
Phone: (07) 4688 6680
Where: Toowoomba City
Cost: Free entry
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