Storm troopers and daleks coming to Hawera

Move over San Diego because Comic Con is coming to Hawera this Saturday.

South Taranaki district mayor Ross Dunlop is reassuring residents not to be alarmed if they see daleks or storm troopers roaming the Town’s CBD, as they are all part of the fun that is South Taranaki’s Free Comic Book Day.

Dunlop will be just one of several hundred comic book enthusiasts who will participate in the day’s activities – which range from manga portraits to gaming sessions, galaxy rock hunts, illustration workshops, face painting, a costume parade, and activities for the kids. There’s also 600 free comics to give away.

This dalek will be making a guest appearance

“This is the fourth year the event has been running and it continues to go from strength to strength,” Dunlop says.

“In past years we’ve had around 450 to 500 people come along and this year we’ve had to expand into the town square because the library is not big enough to accommodate everyone and all the activities.

“We have people coming from as far away as Te Awamutu in the north and Wellington in the south. Many people dress up and really get into the spirit of the day, it’s just a lot of fun.”

Dunlop will be the first to have his portrait drawn in anime style by manga portrait artist, Brittany Piper, followed by the Council’s chief executive, Waid Crockett.

The gaming zone is being held at local coffee shop and key event supporter, Caffeinate; while the costume parade will be taking place at 11:45am in the town square.

Bizlink Hawera co-ordinator Cara Hayes, says the local business association is getting in behind the event.

“Free Comic Book Day has really grown into something quite significant and certainly brings a number of people, colour and vibrancy into the town centre. I can see this event really growing into a major fixture on Hawera’s event calendar,” she says.

The Free Comic Book Day is on May 4 from 10am till 12:30pm, starting at the town library. To find out more, check out the South Taranaki LibraryPlus Facebook page or contact event organiser Pam Jones on

Manga Portrait Artist – Brittany Piper
Illustration Workshops – Moa Comic Creator, James Davidson
Comic Cartoonist –  John Carr
Gaming @ Caffeinate
Galaxy Rock Hunt
Face Painting for Children
Costume Parade
Children’s activities in the library: Create a lightsabre card, and superhero finger puppets.