Sometime in the early 2000s after the advent of the DVD player and the awesomeness it provided, my brother picked up Ghostbusters 1 and 2 and we spend the night rewatching the movie and I think it was there that it rekindled my love of the movie. I eventually got my own copies off my parents for Christmas and it would become a semi-regular view, even to the point where it’s becoming a tradition for me to watch it if I’m at home on New Year’s (or at least it seems that’s what happens when I am). During the next few years I’d read up on GB related things and would eventually find the website what was to become GBfans.com, and was even researching a little about making a Proton Pack.
It wasn’t until early 2010 that I finally decided that I
wanted to make a go at this whole Ghostbusters thing and my goal was to get a
uniform and proton pack ready for Supanova Perth. Funnily enough as I was starting
to piece together my first uniform my friend Tammy told me about this
Ghostbusters screening in Leederville as part of a comedy night. So throwing
together my newly constructed Ecto goggles and my horribly dyed flight suit (I
tried to bleach a black to grey and it turned orange, then I tried to dye it
back to black and it turned brown) with GB2 patched and hastily constructed
belt with shitty fobs, I went to the screening and naturally was the only one
there in costume. That being said it was enough that people recognised what I
was supposed to be and was very appreciative of the effort. I pretty much knew
at that point that I wanted to keep going with this and decided to go forward
with a proper costume.
I knew that the first step in getting this together was registering
with the GBfans community as I would need to use their trading area to get the
parts I would need or at least be able to find links to source several things.
Posting on the dedicated Australia welcome page that I met Charlie Richter (aka
Brenton) and Davros (aka Dave) who I would eventually meet up for the first
bust at Supanova Perth 2010; it would also come a complete shock when it turned
out that Dave lived in the same suburb and only a couple minutes away. These
guys had both build their own Proton Packs from scratch so they were able to
help me with organising my own, and I had plenty of con experience to help them
into that scary world. Let’s just say we got mobbed more so then even I was
expecting, although it certainly didn’t prepare us for the next year when we
started to expand our ranks...