Starting out as ‘that chick in the comic book shop’ in 2012, Amanda Bacchi was a part of a Youtube web series as the ‘girly geek’ host, interviewer, media liaison, podcaster and scriptwriter, discussing current TV series, movies, gaming, comics, books, and local events. Amanda’s crafty communication skills managed to wrangle the program onto 5 community TV channels across Australia and New Zealand for 2 seasons.
An interview about the series led to a permanent co-hosting gig with the weekly, variety/comedy program The Late Night Show LIVE on Brisbane’s Community TV channel 31 Digital as their pop culture correspondent. Amanda was a part of almost 80 episodes before the show wrapped in late 2014, but not before she hosted a whole episode of the LIVE program with voice actor guest Paul Eiding of Ben 10 fame, and the events manager and co-director for Oz Comic-Con.
After conducting some impromptu guest interviews for the Oz Comic-Con media team, Amanda was recruited to be a core staff member and Stage 3 Coordinator in September 2014. Her main role is the host/moderator for comic book artists/creators, voice actor, film actor, and writer/author/publisher guests for the Oz Comic Con popular culture conventions in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. This intensive role includes extensive research, volunteer coordination, time & stage management, and guest liaison.
Media opportunities at charity event Brisbane Zombie Walk in 2012/13 led to Amanda hosting their Main Stage, as well coordinating their Costume Competition in 2014. She is looking forward to Oct 2015 as she has been involved with core staff working with the Brisbane City Council on moving the event back into the city centre. In 2013, Amanda was crowned the Australian Zombie Walk Queen by FXTV Australia (who air ‘The Walking Dead’ on Foxtel) for her zombie cosplay at the event. She has also been a guest judge for the Brisbane Alternative Expo’s Cosplay Competition, on behalf of Drawn2Life in 2013/14.
Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Public Relations, minoring in Journalism, Media Studies, & Marketing through the University of Southern Queensland. Amanda is a Library Assistant for Brisbane City Council Libraries, commencing a Masters in Information Studies (Community Infographics) through Charles Sturt University at the end of 2015. She is passionate about pop culture, comics and youth events, and has been involved in the creation and facilitation of Fandom Haven, Lord Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council library visits, and helps facilitate monthly Comic Book Meetup events since October 2014 with Dr. Paul Mason, an Australian comic book writer/illustrator, and lecturer at the Queensland College of Art.
When she is not involved in Pop Culture events and hosting, she can be found at the Chaos farm; the home base for Bawden’s Cockatoo Chaos, a mobile wildlife educational facility for which she has been an animal trainer and presenter at shows, schools, and conventions for many years.