SISTERS IN FUN KEEP IT FANCY
TWO Townsville sisters are masterminding a pop culture convention that they hope will attract thousands of people to celebrate everything from science fiction and fantasy to comics and cosplay.
Inspired by the crowd at Cairns’s first pop culture convention Tropicon last weekend, Kirra and Tiffanny Hone plan to hold a similar event in Townsville next July dubbed MagnetiCon.
The duo’s plan has already attracted hundreds of supporters on Facebook.
Tiffany, 23, has travelled the country, dressing up as pop culture icons, with Kirra, 26, often joining in.
Kirra studies event management at James Cook University and said Tropicon made them want to bring the fun home.
“We thought, why not Townsville?” she said. “We’re hoping to sort of get the crowd from the show and the V8s and turn July into a complete party month.
“This will be something we’re looking at being quite big.”
Kirra said she was also inspired by a university assignment that required her to create a mock event.
“I thought ‘ let’s turn the fake event into a real event’,” she said. “I work in hospitality so I’ve been around events for a while, weddings and expos.”
Kirra said most people were not aware of Townsville’s pop culture scenes, which includes a board games club, comic shops and even a Stars Wars- based charity. “You don’t realise it’s there,” she said. “It’s about finding the local talent. In Cairns, first and third place in the cosplay competition were Townsville girls.” The Cairns event attracted 2000 people and the Hone sisters are hoping for similar numbers to attend the Townsville nsville event.
COLOURFUL CHARACTERS: Tiffany ‘ Yoko’ Hone and her sister Kirra ‘ Anna’ Hone are organising Townsville's first pop culture convention.