Panels

Ever wanted to learn more about streaming or looking to watch a bunch of highly talented cosplayers build a whole cosplay in an hour? AVCon 2024 and AVCon After Dark are running back-to-back panel programming of all types.

Stay tuned for the full schedule of panels, which will be announced before the festival. Keep an eye on our social media channels for updates and sneak peeks!

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Don’t Shoot the Cosplayer: A Live Cosplay Photoshoot

Date & Time: Saturday 29th June, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Panel Room 1
Panellists: Castleforge Photography, Shadinski, Grizzly Ghoul

Please don’t shoot the messenger, but you’re probably doing it wrong. Let Castleforge Photography, Grizzly Ghoul, and Shadinski Cosplay show you everything that could go wrong on a cosplay photoshoot. We’ll discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of Cosplay Photoshoots before demonstrating the dos and don’ts in a live shoot on stage. Finally, all your questions will be answered in a concluding Q&A. Don’t be that guy, and don’t miss this panel only at AVCon 2024.

Drawing Manga in Australia

Date & Time: Sunday 30th June, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Panel Room 1
Panellists: Queenie Chan

Queenie Chan is an internationally published manga artist who has been working for 20 years, who has done work with established publishers such as TOKYOPOP, Randomhouse Penguin, and Harper Collins (as well as her own self-publishing). Right now, her former TOKYOPOP series “The Dreaming” has been republished by a new Australian publisher IPI Comics, and she is here to do a Q&A about how to get your manga published too!

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Patch-It’s Con Crunch Challenge

Date & Time: Saturday, 29th June, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Location: Panel Room 1
Panellists: Captain Patch-It, Cosplay Coach, ReverseTibbers, Cardeas, Cossmidora

Four veteran cosplayers strive to work together and create a costume on stage.

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D&D&D: Dungeons and Dragons and Dating

Date & Time: AVCon After Dark, Saturday, 29th June, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Panel Room 1
Panellists: Let’s Roll For Dragons

Welcome to the ultimate mash-up of reality TV and fantasy! Our contestants will embark on romantic quests with iconic characters from pop culture. The audience holds the fate of our players in their hands through drinking games, voting, dice rolling, and more. Join us for laughs, love, and a whole lot of fun!

Let’s Roll for Dragons is an exciting and chaotic RPG Twitch stream based in Melbourne, featuring adventurers from across the continent. We specialise in thrilling D&D sessions where a dragon encounter is just a roll of the dice away. We bring our characters to life through immersive cosplay, fully engaging with the fantastical worlds we inhabit during our games. Join us for epic quests and dragon-slaying adventures!

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Cosplay Mystery Date!

Date & Time: AVCon After Dark, Saturday, 29th June, 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Panel Room 2
Panellists: Captain Patch-It

AVCon has entrusted Captain Patch-It with a 2-hour slot to fill, and he’s turned the whole thing into a game show!

Cosplayers take the stage in search of finding their perfect blind date! Come join Captain Patch-It on stage as he helps cosplayers find their one perfect match!

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Patch-It’s Cosplay Wheel of Chaos!

Date & Time: AVCon After Dark, Saturday, 29th June, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Panel Room 2
Panellists: Captain Patch-It, Rowenberry, WhereisDanielle, Scarlet Cosplay and Zaphy Cosplay

AVCon has entrusted Captain Patch-It with a 2-hour slot to fill, and he’s turned the whole thing into a game show!

Watch cosplayers go head-to-head and put their skills to the test, fixing a pile of costumes and props. Will they be able to fix the broken props? Or will the props break them? Chaos and shenanigans abounds?!

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The Great Cosplay Con

Date & Time: AVCon After Dark, Saturday, 29th June, 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Panel Room 2
Panellists: Captain Patch-It

AVCon has entrusted Captain Patch-It with a 2-hour slot to fill, and he’s turned the whole thing into a game show!

Three cosplayers with a bunch of absurd stories to tell – But only one is telling the truth. Can you work out who’s crazy story is legitimate?

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The AVCon Cup presented by Let’s Roll for Dragons

Date & Time: Sunday, 30th June, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Panel Room 2
Panellists: Let’s Roll For Dragons

Our team captains Ayvee, Switch, Juliette and Wayville are brought to life in this DND experience where you, as the audience, help tell the story and play to win the coveted AVCon Cup!

Let’s Roll for Dragons is an exciting and chaotic RPG Twitch stream based in Melbourne, featuring adventurers from across the continent. We specialise in thrilling D&D sessions where a dragon encounter is just a roll of the dice away. We bring our characters to life through immersive cosplay, fully engaging with the fantastical worlds we inhabit during our games. Join us for epic quests and dragon-slaying adventures!

PAiDA Idol Panel

Date & Time: Sunday, 30th June, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Panel Room 1
Panellists: PAiDA

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From Fiction to Fashion: Translating Cosplay Into Real Life

Date & Time: Sunday, 30th June, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Location: Panel Room 2
Panellists: Illustris Models

Have you ever looked at a character design and wondered how you’re ever going to achieve that not on a piece of paper? This is the eternal cosplay dilemma we’re here to help cosplayers tackle in our From Fiction to Fashion panel. Professional prop makers, IllustrisModels, give insight into the things they create along with the shortcuts they take along the way to make crazy character/prop designs work in real life on real humans. How many clothing layers are too many layers? How long/heavy would that Dragonslayer from Berserk be REALLY for you to carry it around a con and not destroy your shoulders? We’re here to help advise you on solutions to these cosplay challenges with personal experiences, funny stories, cosplay gameplans, tips and tricks and much more!

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