Library staff dressed in costumes such as superheroes and pirates.

Dandy-Con

Dandy-Con, an event like no other

Join us on Saturday 27 April 11am-4pm for a day filled with excitement and imagination at Dandenong Library and Harmony Square.

Festival guide

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Dandy-Con 2024 Festival Guide - 9MB

Welcome to a world where library meets fantasy, where heroes and villains leap off the page and come to life. Join fellow bookworms and pop culture experts for a day of adventure, as fantastical characters and amazing stories come together in a celebration of all things quirky.

From graphic novels to cosplay contests, merchandise vendors to artist showcases, tabletop gamers to live performances, immerse yourself in a universe where imagination knows no bounds.

Whether you're a comic con veteran or discovering the magic of fandom, Dandy-Con promises an unforgettable experience for fans and soon to be fans alike.

Collections

Explore the libraries' exciting collection of graphic novels and everything you need to become a pop culture expert

Find graphic novels and comics as eBooks in OverDrive

Find graphic novels in the library

Find books on cosplay in the library

Find books on drawing manga in the library

Please note that due to space requirements some collections and services will not be available on the day.

Find out more about what's moving during Dandy-Con

For more information about this event or how to be involved phone the library on 1300 630 920 or email dandy.con@cgd.vic.gov.au

Stallholders and Stage Performers

The following wonderful stallholders and stage performers will be attending Dandy-Con.

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Stallholders

Alternate Worlds Comics and Collectables

Explore comics and collectables, including comics, magazines, graphic novels, manga, toys, games, cards (trading, sport and game such as Pokémon and One Piece), t-shirts, posters, novelties, both vintage and new.

Contact

Go to the Alternate Worlds website

Find Alternate Worlds on Facebook

Bil + Bot Comics

We love comics, writing, reading, drawing and teaching beginners to create their own. Our comics make us laugh and we hope they’ll make you laugh too.

Contact

Discover Bil + Bot on their website

Visit Bil + Bot on Instagram

Black Rabbit White Rabbit

Black Rabbit White Rabbit is a Melbourne-based environmentally conscious small business with a focus on original animal themed art, stickers and pins as well as pop culture inspired fanart, jewellery and accessories. Everything is hand-designed and hand-crafted in our Melbourne studio.

Contact

Black Rabbit White Rabbit is creating on Etsy

See Black Rabbit White Rabbit and their art on Instagram

Clockwork Colt

Find unique and beautiful steampunk accessories, including hats and jewellery, inspired by your favourite pop culture.

Contact

Experience Clockwork Colt on Facebook

Connected Libraries

Excitement is in the air as we gear up to promote our pop-culture programs like Manga Club, Lego Club, Friday Night Games and D&D adventures. But that's not all, we're taking it up a notch by bringing our badge maker to create unique badges from recycled magazines.

Contact

Visit the Connected Libraries website

Visit Connected Libraries on Facebook

Critical Hit

Critical Hit is a specialist importer of licensed anime and gaming collectables with a strong focus on titles from Japan. We sell officially licensed collectables locally sourced as well as Japan exclusives from our Melbourne city store or online.

Contact

See exciting exclusives at Critical Hits website

Headspace

Unleash your inner hero with headspace Dandenong at Dandy-Con. Discover free support for mental and physical health, work, and more at our booth. Let's conquer challenges together.

Contact

Headspace is here for you on Facebook

See how Headspace can help on Instagram

Pop Couture Bazaar

Pop Couture Bazaar is your one stop shop for all things fun. Featuring a unique line of handmade accessories, including clay jewellery, hats and sustainable bags that embody all things pop culture. Our items are perfect for kids and also adults wanting a hit of nostalgia.

Contact

Drop by Pop Couture's Instagram

SCAR Studios

SCAR work in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy and horror, usually bent into a surrealist and satirical angle. Together they have produced graphic novels, award-winning screenplays and esoteric electronic music with their experimental band TeknoSadisT, which can be sampled on Bandcamp.

Contact

Stop by SCAR Studios website

Investigate SCAR Studios on Facebook

School Student Broadband Initiative

The NBN team will be providing information to families and answering any questions about the Australian Government School Student Broadband initiative that is providing up to 30,000 eligible families who have no broadband internet at home, a free National Broadband Network (NBN) service. 

The period in which a family can nominate to receive a free service is up to 31 December 2024 with the free service continuing until 31 December 2025.

Contact

Get more information about the NBN 

See what you're entitled to today

Scrunchie Mania

Scrunchie Mania specialises in handmade bags, pencil cases, scrunchies and totes bags made from fabric that features popular movie, tv and cartoon characters.

Contact

See Scrunchie Manias creations on Instagram

More from Scrunchie Mania on Facebook

South East Gaming

Embark on an epic journey. Join South East Gaming at Dandy-Con for the ultimate Dungeons & Dragons experience. Whether you're a seasoned adventurer or new to the game, dive into thrilling quests. Our friendly game masters await to guide you. Don't miss out, start your adventure today.

Contact

Introduce yourself on South East Gaming's inclusive Discord

Squishface Studio

Squishface Studio are a comic creator collective and publisher. We will be showcasing all our graphic novels, including our latest Squishbook and teaching kids how to make their very own.

Contact

Squishface is waiting on Instagram

STARFLEET USS Southern Cross Melbourne Chapter Fan Club

Join Starfleet, the ultimate Melbourne Star Trek fan club. Embrace cosplay, explore the universe and boldly go where no fan has gone before. Enlist at Dandy-Con and become a member.

Contact

Sign up for Starfleet on Facebook

Live long and prosper with Starfleet on Instagram

The Tray Tinker

We create handcrafted tabletop and boardgame accessories as well as handcrafted jewellery, keyrings and trinkets.

We're a small business based in Gippsland where we try to source products locally to create our items.

Contact

See what the Tray Tinkers are creating on their website

The Tray Tinker is active on Instagram

Victorian Discworld Klatch

The Victorian Discworld Klatch are fans of the British fantasy author, Terry Pratchett. We want to bring the writing of Terry Pratchett to current and future fans. We will have merchandise from Australian Discworld Conventions for sale on the day.

Contact

Take a look at Victorian Discworld Klatch on their website

Join Victorian Discworld Klatch on Facebook

Wistful Empire

My cute and pastel gaming and K-pop accessories, like enamel pins and stationery help you decorate your belongings so you can fly your geek high with pride.

Contact

Get a taste of Wistful Empires on their website

See new accessories from Wistful Empire on Instagram

Stage Performers

Emily Jane Parties

Experience the magic as the Snow Queen enchants Dandy-Con with her icy powers and beloved songs in a fantastical performance followed by a meet and great.

Contact

Come visit Emily on her Instagram

Fun Arts Creative Entertainment

Join Cyril Cyborg, the robot extraordinaire and master of ceremonies, as he brings a futuristic spark to Dandy-Con both on and off the stage. 

Contact

Find Cyril on his website

Drop in and visit Cyril on Facebook

Hoka no Tea Time

Hoka no Tea Time is Melbourne's local anime cover band. This group of friends has been taking the stage together at local conventions and festivals. From fiery shounen openings to sparkly idol songs, and everything in between, come raise your light sticks and rock out to songs from your favourite series.

Contact

Hoka no Tea Time has more to see on their Instagram

Theres more to sing and dance to on Youtube

Hustle Dance Crew

Come along and join an all-girl K-pop dance crew.

The K-pop dance crew has covered many different K-pop dances since 2015. Hustle has performed at numerous events throughout the years, including many Greater Dandenong events so you might recognise their familiar faces.

Contact

Hustle Dance Crew has all their newest dances on Youtube

For even more videos find Hustle Dance Crew on Instagram

Kala Vidhya Dance School

Experience Bharathanatyam, an Indian classical dance form performance depicting a graceful dance dedicated to Lord Shiva, embodying the divine essence and cosmic energy of the deity.

Contact

Pop in on Kala Vidhya Dance School’s website

See Kala Vidhya Dance School latest news on Facebook