AVCon, with national ISP Internode as the principal sponsor, kicks off this Friday, 18 July at the Adelaide Convention Centre and is expected to attract more than 20,000 people for the three-days, concluding on Sunday.
Internode’s ‘Powered by Brains’ invites attendees at AVCon to don a sensor-rich helmet that uses electrical energy from their brainwaves to generate music. More than 130 people took advantage of Powered by Brains when Internode launched it at the Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide.
AVCON PR coordinator Dustin Wilson said AVCon this year had already set records. “We’ve already exceeded last year in terms of booth bookings.”
As well as colourful costumes and booths selling anime and video games merchandise, Wilson says AVCon features special guests from the industry, including games designer and comic book writer Chris Avellone (Fallout 2; Neverwinter Nights 2; Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II), and anime voice actor Cherami Leigh.
Internode is also hosting international guest Jon St John, the actor who gave voice to Duke Nukem in the Duke Nukem video game series.
Wilson said this year, AVCon aims to throw off the misconception that it attracts only “loner geeks” by revealing attendee demographics from last year, including the fact that of more than 18,000 people at AVCon 2013, half were female, about 85%attended with a friend or group and more than 70% took part in cosplay, which involves dressing up as a character from a film, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga or anime.
For more details on AVCon visit the event website.