The Indigenous Comic Con began in 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In our first year, we had more than 1200 people in attendance. After that successful first event, we began to have discussions about other potential locations and reached out to our network of Indigenous peoples to see about locations where we could expand.
So here's the news: we're heading to Australia!
That's right, in 2019, we are planning on hosting the first ever Indigenous Comic Con in Australia as we seek to engage a global audience in changing perceptions of Indigenous people at home and abroad. It's going to take a lot of work but never fear because we have some great folks who are going to help us make this vision a reality.
Please welcome Cienan Muir to the team! He will be serving as our Australian IndigiCon Coordinator as we look to 2019 to launch in Melbourne!
We are so excited to have Mr. Muir working with us to see how we can expand the Convention to the Indigenous communities in Australia. We'll be posting more updates over the next few months, so stay tuned.
And here's a little more about Mr. Muir!
My name is Cienan Muir, I am a Yorta Yorta/Ngarrindjeri man from South-East Australia. I am a Melbourne based cosplayer, comicbook reader, Blerd, and Gamer.
I started reading comicbooks at a young age. It wasn’t until my university years where I started to analyse what I was reading and thinking about the content that was in them, this led me thinking about what sort of man I want to be, what characteristics do I hold?
I also love the role of storytelling within the comicbook world and how it is utilised to often reflect real-world events, such as Marvels Civil War, showing the common theme with all wars, politics.
I believe as First Peoples, storytelling is something which comes naturally to us and it is something that I want to keep alive for generations to come, using this new medium to speak about our journey.
Soon after I started attending ‘pop culture’ events where I found like-minded people to talk with, soon after this I started to cosplay, I decision I’m glad I made, it has taught me so much about self-confidence and self-worth which has helped me with my self-esteem. The very act of cosplay shows that a person can dismantle the concept of shame, suspend judgement and eliminate intimidation, and as Aboriginal people, we must do this as these concepts weren’t even concepts in our culture.
Cosplay has taught me not to be too worried about what others think and to express myself as a First Nations person, however I see fit.
It has also encouraged me to learn new skills which you need in building your cosplay, such as sourcing materials and prop making. These are things I’m still learning, but they all contribute to my passion of cosplaying, which is how I express my identity and my culture.
Of course, we will continue to host the IndigiCon right here in the US as well for the foreseeable future. We have more awesomeness coming soon, including several guest announcements and some great surprises! Be well and check back soon!