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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Pop Culture Fans Assemble

Prepare your costumes, Mackay, for Mack PopCon is back in 2023.

This year’s event is shaping up to be another great convention full of pop culture, cosplay, celebrity guests and entertainment.

President Matthew Perna said there’ll be something for everyone, with cosplay workshops and competitions, games, virtual reality, exhibitors and market stalls, a photo booth and panel discussions.

“There’s a lot more to pop culture than just dressing up,” he said.

Special guests include Comic book artist Jesse Dracman of Freek Productions, cosplay guests NIX_COSPLAY and Slightly Villainous, and actors Clayton Watson from The Matrix and Lincoln Lewis from Home and Away.

Celebrity cars have also become a staple of Mack PopCon, with KITT from Knight Rider and Tow Mater from Cars on display waiting to take a photo with you.

The family-friendly event comes at a family-friendly cost, with tickets available online or at the door for $5 and children 9 and under free.

“We rely on a lot of community support to fund getting the guests and that sort of stuff,” said Mr Perna.

“The support this year has been really good, from Council and local businesses,” added Funding Coordinator Kristy Harper.

The convention is marked on the calendars of pop culture fans throughout the region as one of few platforms to network, but the Mack PopCon team hopes to grow these opportunities in the future.

“The pop culture community in Mackay is definitely there, but it’s very quiet,” said Mr Perna.

“This gives them the opportunity to get along to an event, meet others and hopefully make some friendships.”

Doors will open at 9:00am for people with sensory needs and disabilities, with general admission open from 10:00am.

“We want the whole community to be able to enjoy it,” Mr Perna said.

Visit to find more information about the cosplay competition, volunteering, tickets and guests.

WHAT: Mack PopCon 2023

WHEN: Saturday, July 22 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

WHERE: Mackay Showgrounds


Mack PopCon organisers held a cosplay promotion at Caneland Central recently. Photo credit: Marty Strecker Photography

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