CapriCon Pop Culture Convention is back with a vengeance

Published on 21 July 2022


On Saturday 27 August thousands of pop culture enthusiasts will feel the magic as they step foot into the largest single day pop culture convention in regional Queensland, CapriCon.

Celebrating its 5th anniversary the CapriCon Steampunk and Pop Culture Convention will see international celebrities, major cosplay guests, comic artists and authors descend on Rockhampton for the biggest CapriCon our community has experienced.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said it’s great to have such a significant event back on the calendar with a stellar program after two years of COVID cancellations.

“While event organisers weren’t able to snag Chris Hemsworth or Robert Downey Jr., the program line-up for 2022 is impressive to say the least,” Mayor Williams said.

“Attendees can expect to be wowed by the full line-up of guests from movie stars to comic artists, 60+ trade sites, pro-wrestling shows, light saber training academy, kids cartoon workshops and three full stage programs.”

Communities and Heritage Councillor Drew Wickerson (and avid cosplayer) is excited to see the huge interest already from our local cosplay community in preparation for CapriCon.  

“Pre-registration is currently open for the junior and open categories and the addition of a Cosplay Parade to the program this year will be a great opportunity for cosplayers of all skill levels to get involved. Game of Thrones and Doctor Who cosplayers might spot a prop or two at CapriCon for some great photo opportunities.” Councillor Wickerson said.  

Advance Rockhampton Executive Manager Greg Bowden is proud to see Advance Rockhampton deliver the largest single day pop culture convention in regional Queensland.

“With Aussie leading man Dan Ewing, Simpson comic artist Dean Rankine and top notch professional cosplayers gracing the CapriCon stage this is the must-attend pop culture event this August,” Mr Bowden said.

“Showcasing all things cosplay, comics, collectibles, anime, movies and gaming the countdown to CapriCon is officially on. With entry only $5* - secure your tickets today at”


Dan Ewing | Actor from Home & Away and Occupation

Aussie leading man Dan Ewing rose to fame as the iconic ‘Heath Braxton’ on channel 7’s Home & Away. Since then he has been nominated for multiple AACTAS and Logie awards including “Most Popular New Male Talent” 2012 & “Most Popular Male Actor” in 2014.

A global movie star on the rise, Dan can now be seen as lead antagonist 'CAP' in Paramount's critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated  'LOVE AND MONSTERS'. He also reprised his leading role of 'Simmons' in US chart topping  sci-fi blockbuster OCCUPATION RAINFALL opposite Ken Jeong, Jason Issacs and Temuera Morrison for LIONSGATE. 

Roxas Wind | Cosplayer

Roxas has been a competitive cosplayer for over a decade, proving himself with incredible armour builds and multiple award winning titles. He continues to push the limits of his abilities with more ambitious projects year after year while setting his sights on both the national and international stages.  

Dean Rankine | Comic Artist

Dean Rankine is a Ledger and Stanley Award winning comic book artist, illustrator and writer best known for his work on Simpsons Comics and The Riverdale Diaries : Starring Veronica graphic novel (Archie Comics/Buzzpop).

Dean is the illustrator on the Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony series - written by Magda Szubanski. And illustrated the Funny Thing Happened to Simon Sidebottom series and On The First Day of School (Scholastic), The Mad Scientist (Pearson), the Stuff Happens series, A Lot of Stuff Happens omnibus and Morris Gleitzman's Extra Time and Help Around the House (Penguin Random House) Pac-Man : The First Animated TV Show Based Upon a Video Game (BearManor Media) and Superhero Therapy For Anxiety and Trauma (Jessica Kingsley Publishers).  And (would you believe) he's one of the massive group of artists who currently hold the Guinness World Records for the 'Most Contributors to a Published Comic Book' and ‘Most Contributors to a graphic novel’.

Aimee Smith | Voice Actor
Aimee Smith is a full-time Voice Actor based in Sydney, Australia. She has recorded for animated shows such as FriendZSpace on ABC ME on TV, Unicorn Girls on Binge, Lil Wild on Netflix and a number of Funimation and Crunchyroll anime dubs including Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, Dragon Goes House Hunting and Show By Rock!! Stars!! She has also worked on hundreds of games, some of which include SMITE, Mobile Legends, Freedom Planet and Dislyte.

CapriCon is proudly brought to you by Rockhampton Regional Council, presented by Advance Rockhampton and supported by major event partners Stockland Rockhampton, Virtual World, Stanwell Corporation, Funzone Entertainment & Laser Tag Centre, Hit FM CQ, Channel 7 and CQ Today. If you are interested in sponsoring CapriCon please email

The CapriCon Steampunk and Pop Culture Convention is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.

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*plus booking fees.