Fans and cosplayers, assemble!
Before the Thor: Love and Thunder costumes leave ACMI, we take a closer look at the relationship between superheroes and fans. Join our panel of pop culture aficionados, as they discuss the phenomenon of fandom, including the mainstreaming of fan culture, the popularity and activism of cosplay and its convergence with fashion.
Show your love for your favourite superhero in cosplay – there will be a fabulous prize for the best costume of the day!
Liam Burke is the Discipline Leader and an Associate Professor in Screen Studies at Swinburne University of Technology. He has published widely on comic books, superheroes, and fan culture. He was a chief investigator of the Australian Research Council funded project Superheroes with ACMI for which he co-developed Cleverman: The Exhibition, the VR experience Superheroes: Realities Collide, and the award-winning documentary film Superheroes & Me.
Cienan Muir is a Yorta Yorta/Ngarrindjeri man who grew up in Naarm and along the Dungulla River. Director of the Australian chapter of Indigenous Comic Con and Founder of the Indiginerd pop culture platform, Cienan is passionate about Aboriginal representation in media such as film, videogames and comic books.
For the past 11 years, Heidi (A.K.A HeidzDee) has been making costumes and competing in several competitions at Pop Culture Conventions in both in Australia and New Zealand. Having completed formal training in costuming, Heidi has worked for The Australian Ballet, Hamilton and now works full time on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Dr Naja Later is an academic tutor at Swinburne. Their research looks at the relationship between pop culture and social issues, with a focus on superheroes, monsters, and comic books.
Cazz Jennings AKA Nerd Burger
Cazz AKA Nerd Burger has been working in the comic book retail industry for over a decade. She also runs a YouTube channel where she shares her passion for comic books, toys and movies with people around the world. Cazz's goal is to get as many people reading comics as possible and is a firm believer that comics are for everyone.
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