Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

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.

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