Bendigo Comic-Con organisers were in a rush to reassure visitors after noted cosplayer William Dangles was arrested by police for public indecency.
Arresting officer Andy Cuffs said “Look, you can’t walk around with just body paint, especially with kids around. And we’ve some additional questions on his claim he was ‘re-applying body paint to that area’ with regards to some of the charges as well.
Mr Dangles, whose costume consisted of light blue body paint with a darker blue circle of paint and a dot on his forehead, protested that he was an accurate representation of Dr Manhattan from noted 1986 graphic novel “Watchmen”.
Mr Dangles explained, “it’s a perfect copy of the character from the Graphic Novel, or snort the 2009 Zach Snyder movie.”
Bendi-Con organiser Mylar Sleeves gave his view. “Yeah, ok, there is a lot of Dr Manhattans dong in the Watchman comic. But there are also several scenes where he’s wearing these blue, like, winged speedos. There’s a whole chapter where he’s mostly rocking a three-piece suit. You could have made a costume from those parts, no-one wants to stand up from leaning at a comics table and get an eyeful of the whole Wang-Dangle.”
Bendi-Con hopes to remain suitable for all ages.