Oz Comic-Con Sydney will be held on September 30 and October 1

Masked: Sarah Callan in costume as Bunny Splicer from the video game Bioshock. Picture: Steamkittens.
Masked: Sarah Callan in costume as Bunny Splicer from the video game Bioshock. Picture: Steamkittens.

If you combine the words costume and play, you get cosplay.

For those who haven’t heard of cosplay, it’s a big thing. It’s a place where culture, fashion and social interaction collide.

Cosplay hits fever pitch at Oz Comic-Con Sydney, which will be held this weekend at Darling Harbour.

Quite a few Novocastrians will be there, including Kotara’s Sarah Callan.

Sarah, 28, said cosplay was “creativity and escape”.

“I adore the process of making a costume and it’s taught me so many new skills in my years of dressing up,” she said.

“I make all of my own costumes, props and accessories.

“The other side of it is having fun with a character I love. Recreating them for a day is pretty special.”

Sometimes there’s a bit of pressure to get a costume made in time.

“When I get everything made on a deadline I feel triumphant,” she said.

“I love being able to embody characters I feel a connection to. I become part of the character.”

As for Comic Con, she loves its “epic costumes” and seeing and making friends.

“Comic Con happens to hold the cosplay championships, so we get to see some of the absolute best that Australia has to offer.

“I love going somewhere that you know you have something in common with almost everyone around you.

“You make friends so quickly when you meet someone that loves the character you're cosplaying, or vice versa.”

UFOs and Aliens

There was plenty of interest in our UFO story on Monday, including these responses.

Liz Pearson: “I believe. Eighteen years ago, my dad and I were getting out of the car after arriving home about 11pm. [There were] five to six lights in a straight line, hovering overhead for at least one to two minutes – then a flash of light and it was gone. What we saw was definitely the lights of a UFO. I’ve never seen anything like it again. Sceptics won't believe until they see something so extraordinary with their own eyes”.

Mark Rzuchovsky: “Most people unfortunately don't remember their encounter or abduction from malevolent aliens, as they clear our memories from the ordeal. The truth is the majority of the world population has been through this at a stage in their life. I only know so much because I work with benevolent beings who protect me from the reptilian lizards and greys [aliens].”

OK, then.

Literary Legend

Aussie author Richard Flanagan will be in Newcastle next week. Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom will chat to Flanagan about his new book and other things at 6.30pm on Tuesday at The Nex in Newcastle West. Flanagan is a big deal in the world of books. Tickets are now on sale through Eventbrite for $15.

Aliens known as "the greys" have been in popular culture for decades.

Aliens known as "the greys" have been in popular culture for decades.