AUTHORS: selling books at Conflux 8

Coming to Conflux 8? Let Nicole Murphy know, and she can tell the bookseller so there will be some of your books on sale (note – the bookseller will only be present on the Saturday).

Email with the title, publisher and ISBN of all your books by September 4.

If you’ve not yet joined, but are coming don’t worry – you can still let Nicole know. You might also want to contact Conflux chair Jane Virgo on so she can factor you into the programming.

See you there!


Oz Comic Con – Cathryn Nagle hangs out with Willow Shields

Last month Conflux committee member Cathryn Nagle escaped to Melbourne for Oz Comic Con where she spent the weekend taking care of 12 year old actress Willow Shields (“Primrose”, The Hunger Games) .

Here is Cathryn’s report on Oz Comic Con.

Cathryn and Willow


On Friday, July 29th, I jumped on a plane and headed for Melbourne to help out at Oz Comic Con for the weekend.  After heading straight to the venue I spent the afternoon assisting with “Bump-In” and set-up, then it was off to the Oaks on Market Street to check in and get ready for Friday night’s festivities.

Friday evening was spent attending the VIP Function where attendees with Platinum Passes were able to rub shoulders with actors such as Patrick Stewart, Armin Shimmerman and Jason Momoa as well as comic artists and writers, and Anime voice artists. In fact Canberra’s very own K J Taylor was an Oz Comic Con guest author.

As my main task for the weekend was looking after 12 year old actress Willow Shields (“Primrose”, The Hunger Games) who did not attend the function, I was able to relax and enjoy myself, catching up with friends and chatting with attendees.

The weekend started bright and early at 6.30am with a walk to the venue. We were amazed at the number of fans already lined up when we arrived.  The doors opened at 9am to an unprecedented and unexpected influx of people. The organisers were overwhelmed by the support shown for the event with almost 40,000 attendees over the two days.

The weekend was a whirlwind of onstage appearances, photograph and autograph sessions.  There were plenty of merchandise stalls for attendees to part with their hard earned cash, as well as an amazing artists alley where comic artists were displaying and selling their artwork. Youngsters, or those young at heart, could play laser tag, or compete in LAN- and card-gaming.

There were some amazing costumes worn by hundreds of attendees, with the line for the Cosplay Competition snaking out of the staging area. The 501st Legion were in attendance which meant that we had plenty of Storm Troopers and Imperial Guards keeping an eye on the proceedings.

I think most will agree that the highlight of the weekend was the appearance of Stan Lee, best known as the co-creator of Spider-Man, The Hulk, The X-Men and many other fictional characters. Stan will be turning 90 in December but you wouldn’t know it, the man was a dynamo, signing over 1000 autographs each day, attending his own photo sessions as well as “Marvel Duo” sessions with Patrick Stewart, and appearing onstage each day. He even attended a special dinner with fans on Saturday night.

Even though I spent most of the weekend working, I had a blast and spoke to many people with the same experience. Willow was a delight and it was such a pleasure to meet spend time with her, her mother and publicist. I’m now looking forward to February next year when I’ll be jetting off to Perth and Adelaide for the next Oz Comic Con events.




Change to virtual mini-con timetable

Please note that due to unforseen circumstances, we’ve had to do a swap. Cat Sparks will now be appearing at 4pm on Saturday, and Phill Berrie will be appearing at 1pm on Sunday. Sorry for the inconvenience, please notify anyone and everyone!


Invitation to dinner

Conflux 5 invites you to the Wonderfully Warm Home-made Casserole dinner, to raise money for the convention. The dinner will take place on Saturday, August 16 at 6pm at the Robertson Room, St John’s Church Hall on Constitution Avenue in Reid. It costs $12 and for that, you get three courses – nibblies and soup to start, then a smorgasboard (yes, you heard right, a smorgasboard) of casseroles, ending with hot apple pie and your choice of cream or icecream. BYO drinks. People can, if they wish, then saunter next door after to see and take part in historic dancing with Earthly Delights and the Bordonian Dancers, or stick around and chat. For bookings, call Karen at Richardson Support House on 6291 8009. Hope to see you there!


Conflux virtual mini-con – Prepare to Dream

Conflux will again be holding a virtual mini-con on the weekend of August 2 and 3. What’s a virtual mini-con, I hear you cry? Well, it’s an online convention, a gathering of friends and fans that follow a program to spend an hour chatting with a special guest. Best of all, it’s completely free!

This year, the virtual mini-con will run from midday on Saturday until 6pm on Sunday, with a six hour break early Sunday morning (so we can get some sleep). Current Conflux guests Jack Dann, Cat Sparks, Gillian Polack and Bruce Gillespie will be taking part, along with past Conflux guests Maxine McArthur, Karen Herkes, Ellen Datlow, Kaaron Warren, Jonathan Strahan, Sean Williams, Kevin J Anderson and Jackie French. Conflux workshop presenters, international and Australian writers and members of the Conflux committee will also be part of the fun and ready for a grilling.

Book the dates and times into your diary, and at the appropriate time go to the forums, sign in, find the topic featuring the guest you want to chat to and join the fun. There will also be a lounge, for general conversation in between spots. There will be a special membership for the physical convention available during the weekend, so come along and join the fun. If you have any more questions, contact Conflux 5 programmer Nicole R Murphy on

Saturday August 2

12pm – Glenda Larke
1pm – Chris Barnes
2pm – Gillian Polack
3pm – Bruce Gillespie
4pm – Phill Berrie
5pm – Stephen Hunt
6pm – Peter Strong
7pm – Karen Miller
8pm – Fiona McLennan
9pm – Maxine McArthur
10pm – Sharyn Lilley
11pm – Karen Herkes
12am – Ellen Datlow
1am to 6am – break
7am – Sherwood Smith
8am – Nicole R Murphy
9am – Jonathan Strahan
10am – Kaaron Warren
11am – Sean Williams
12pm – Kevin J Anderson
1pm – Cat Sparks
2pm – Jackie French
3pm – Jack Dann
4pm – Simon Haynes
5pm – Marianne de Pierres

Note all times are Australian Eastern Standard