Mar 02 2014

Oz Comic-Con 2014: Paul Bedford, Jason Franks and Gary Jones for Melbourne, Ryan K Lindsay for Adelaide

Oz Comic-Con 2014

Oz Comic-Con kicks off its 2014 in less than a month, and the roster keeps getting bigger for the national tour. Comics creators Paul Bedford, Jason Franks and actor Gary Jones have been added to the Melbourne leg this week, while Australian writer and artist Ryan K. Lindsay will make his Adelaide debut in April.

With Adelaide just over a month away, Ryan K. Lindsay is excited to be paying a visit to his first Adelaide Oz Comic-Con. Ryan is perhaps best known for his work on Ghost Town, Fatherhood and My Little Pony, along with an editing and contributing to a volume of essays, The Devil is in the Details: Examining Matt Murdock and Daredevil. Last year, one of our favourite pieces in Australia’s Home Brew Vampire Bullets was his Many Harold Holts of Space and Time, with some beautiful art by Louie Joyce.  His forthcoming comic Headspace can now be ordered through Monkeybrain.

Paul Bedford will be no stranger to regular readers and listeners of Behind the Panels. Author of The List graphic novel, the dark and haunting psychological thriller is soon to be turned into a major film, he has also produced a short work called The Day I Stopped with artist J. Marc Schmidt, soon to appear in an upcoming collection called The Light and Dark of it All. Appearing in his native Melbourne, the sometimes game-creator (including a game based on Road Warrior) is rapidly becoming a fixture of the local scene. We first met Paul at Supanova 2013, where he sat down with us for a short video interview, before returning to co-host an episode of our show where we discussed The List in greater detail.

Also appearing in Melbourne is Jason Franks, best known for his work on The Sixsmiths, the gonzo-SF-action-noir McBlack series and his novel, Bloody Waters, which was shortlisted 2012 Aurealis Award for Best Horror Novel. Specialising in “weapons grade fiction”, according to his bio his “protagonists are likely to be villains or anti-heroes and the Devil is a recurring figure in his work.”

Actor Gary Jones will also be at the Melbourne Oz Comic-Con. He will need no introduction to small-screen sci-fi fans, having played Sgt. Walter Harriman in Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate Universe. In addition to this recurring role, the Welsh-born Canadian actor has been seen in the likes of SlidersCold SquadThe Outer LimitsAndromeda and Dead Like Me.

Across the various cities, they will join a line-up that includes William Shatner, Billie Piper, Shannen Doherty, Brian Krause, Holly Marie Combs,  Bill Farmer, Booboo Stewart, Nana Visitor, David Nykl, Jason Momoa, Amanda Tapping, Gigi Edgley, Chris Judge, Robert Maschio, Corin Nemec, Eddie McClintock, Mike McFarland, Paul Eiding, Daniel Cudmore, Bobby Curnow, Freddie E Williams II, Tristan “T-Rex” Jones, Nicola Scott, Brad Walker, Wolfgang Bylsma, Andrew Constant, Justin Randall, Jon Sommariva, Doug Holgate, Paul Abstruse, Georges Jeanty, David Yardin, Dean Rankine,  Agnes Garbowska, Jim Cummings and Rodger Bumpass.

The 2014 Oz Comic-Con dates are:

  • Perth, WA – March 29 and 30 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Adelaide, SA – April 5 and 6 at the Adelaide Showground
  • Melbourne, VIC – July 5 and 6 at the Royal Exhibition Building
  • Brisbane, QLD – September 6 and 7 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Sydney, NSW – September 13 and 14 at the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island

You can find out more information about Oz Comic-Con by heading to their website at ozcomiccon.com. THEN come right back here as well, as we’ll be covering the various ‘Cons in full over the next year.