Campbelltown Library was a vibrant hub of activity on its annual Comic Book Day, held on May the 4th (Star Wars Day)! Costumes were donned and lightsabers were out as locals of all ages enjoyed a day full of activities with their families and friends.

Aussie television actor Matt Doran was there, chatting and bonding with dedicated Star Wars super-fans.

Doran has starred in a variety of films and television shows, such as The Matrix and Home and Away, but is most well-known for his role in Star Wars Episode II.

He said, “I’ve had the opportunity to do a few of these meet and greets now and I love getting the chance to talk to the general public. It’s nice to talk to people who appreciate the work I’ve done… As a huge film fan myself I always have heaps in common with the fans I meet. It reminds me that I’m actually really lucky not just to have been involved in one of these projects, but all of them!”

Food and refreshments were on offer outside, and hot coffee, fresh donuts and a sausage sizzle were all available for attendees throughout the day.

There was free face painting for the little ones, a glitter tattoo stall, arts and crafts tables where kids could make their own lightsabers, K-Pop dance classes, a gaming lounge, Star Wars themed trivia, live music, and of course, the cosplay competition where participants could register and have their costumes judged for the opportunity to win a variety of prizes.

Cosplayers took pride in their outfits, posing for group photos and laughing with their friends as they made their way to the registration table for the competition.

Samantha, one of the competitors, dressed up as Padmé Amidala. She was up early doing her makeup and had been planning her costume for months. She said, “This is my second year in a row competing. I came as Ahsoka last year and wanted to change it up a bit this year.”

‘Geek Pop’ singer Meri Amber performed a two-hour set that included some of her original songs, like the hilarious ‘Baby Get me a Tardis,’ inspired by the cult classic sci-fi show Doctor Who.

She is a huge self-professed fan of the show, and much of her work is inspired by other elements of popular culture that have shaped her witty personality and self-deprecating sense of humour.

Amber said, “I absolutely love this event. It has grown bigger and better every year and is just such a fun, accepting and colourful gathering. I love that I can share songs inspired by pop culture… And the audience just gets it!”

She is super grateful for the opportunity and the effort put in to organising the event each year. “The library staff really do such a fabulous job pulling it all together every year,” she said.

It was a fantastic day for the fandom community in Campbelltown, and a great opportunity for pop-culture lovers to express their passions in a safe, family-friendly space while having the chance to connect with other like-minded fans.

And until next time, may the forth be with you!

–  Emily Kaine

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