#update

(interim) Meetup Venue!

For years we have met at the Wig and Pen – it’s quiet, cool, clean, has a good selection of beverages, easy to find, and big enough for a few of us or dozens of us to show up without needing to RSVP every time. (Also, the staff don’t get mad if not everyone is buying drinks every time!)

But for better or worse, the Wig and Pen is moving to its new venue at ANU’s Llewellyn Hall. They’ve closed their doors, and construction (of the bar and the microbrewery) is in progress – updates will be on their Facebook page when a firm timeline is available.

So where do displaced comic fans go when their pub closes? More specifically, where do we go that ticks all the boxes?

The first month we realised that we were without venue, there were four of us who trudged up and down, trying to find somewhere for a beer, a cup of tea, a drink of water. Nothing nearby was open. Ben suggested hotel hotel, and at 3pm, we were lucky enough to get a table for four in the popular (crowded) Monster.

We planned to go back the following month – and we did – but no tables were available, and we couldn’t even tell the waitstaff how many people we would need to seat. So we walked down the steps to the almost completely empty Max Brenner.

The airconditioning was on, the ice-cream was cold, and there was plenty of room to spread out and catch up.

Is it an ideal spot for drink-and-draws? Perhaps, perhaps not. But rather than change venues every month, we’re going to hunker down and wait out the time until the new Grand (re-)Opening of the Wig and Pen.

After all, they previously (boldly) estimated it would only take a few weeks

Max Brenner New Action – Nishi is located across from the Palace Electric Cinemas, and downstairs from Monster. There lots of parking options nearby, or New Acton is a short walk from city bus stops.

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OTAKUFEST

We will have a table in Artists Alley at OtakuFest, a free, outdoor con in Civic (Canberra city centre)!

Some details from Impact Comic’s website:

OtakuFest is Canberra’s (Australia’s?) favourite outdoor, free entry, all welcome cosplay event.

OtakuFest is really simple, head down to Garema Place in costume, meet some friends and maybe win some some sweet prizes supplied by MADMAN or grab some manga or anime on sale at IMPACT!

2014 is IMPACT COMICS’ 10th birthday so we thought we’d make OtakuFest even bigger!

OtakuFest 2014 is going to run from 10am -4pm on Saturday 15th of November, 2014 in Garema Place, Canberra City.

We’re also going to be doing free character sketches for well-behaved kids (and offering paid commissions/con sketches for well-behaved adults).

Want to get involved? Want to help staff the table on the day? Want to sell your work on the table*? Contact EmmJ at actcomicmeet@gmail.com

* We have some (limited) space on the table for people who are/have been involved in ACT Comic Meet anthologies and projects, and for Meetup attendees. If this is not you, you may still be able to book your own table on the Impact Comics website.