Once again, Supanova fever has hit Australia. Kicking off in Melbourne on the 13th April and finishing on the 15th, the pop culture event made it’s way up to the Gold Coast at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 20th to the 22nd. This was the first time Supanova had been held on the Gold Coast, as previous years have only seen it in the state’s capital, Brisbane.
Supanova always lives up to the hype and this year was no exception. It was a massive and star-studded line-up of international superstars. The highlight of this event was James and Oliver Phelps, from the Harry Potter series. It also saw Morena Baccarin and Summer Glau, from the cult-classic series, Firefly, Peter Facinelli from Nurse Jackie and Twilight, Thor’s Jaimie Alexander, everyone’s favourite Admiral, Edward J. Olmos, self-professed Geek, Wil Wheaton and Stargate’s Cliff Simon and Rainbow Franks, just to name a few. Also too, a host of artists, authors and voice actors including Richard Horvitz from Invader Zim (he signed my shirt, but it washed off in the machine).
The signing line(s) for the Phelps twins were enormous (not as long as the one for Tom Felton the year previous, mind you). However, if you were lucky (or unlucky, however you would like to put it) enough to be in this line, the upside to it was that they were directly next to Morena and Summer. Us fangirls were flailing inside… it was fantastic. They are just so stunning and Summer is ridiculously cute, sweet and adorable… she can’t be human – wait a minute! Now I know why she was in The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Every guest was amazing. Even little Chandler Riggs from The Walking Dead was awesome, always happy to chat with the people who came up to get something signed. Cliff Simon and Rainbow Franks were a duo not to be messed with, always looking for a laugh. From what I heard, their Q & A panel was hilarious, Rainbow showing up late as Cliff had misplaced him the night before. I think this is the part where I should tell you that Cliff decided to flick a rubber band at myself and another girl from a distance, just for kicks; it missed.
I didn’t get a chance to see any of the panels (I really wanted to see Summer’s and Morena’s but I was just so busy… so much to see), however I did get my photo with Wil Wheaton, Summer and Morena. When I went to get my picture signed by both the girls (I use the term loosely as I don’t want to keep having to use their names), a large signing war started, with Morena signing over Summer’s side, just to be funny. Apparently it escalated and by the time it had gotten to about the third or fourth person’s picture, there was almost no picture to be seen. I just love how much flack they give each other.
However, I think the best and most consistent of the guests, when it came to signing, was Rainbow. His were like works of art. He was a great guy to talk to and always took his time with each of his guests.
Supanova is a massive event for us Australians. When conventions come, us up in Queensland often get missed, so for us to have two Supanova events a year is pretty amazing. Everyone knows about it and it is hard to go a day at one of these events without bumping into someone you know… or avoiding them as it sometimes may be. I was told that the line to get in was huge and it was a two-hour wait for people to get inside the venue. It just shows how popular this event is. Inside, the product stalls were constantly crowded and it’s always about ducking and weaving to get through the congestion, but we love it. We got to stock up on all our nerdy and geeky apparel (I’m so glad my parents don’t ever ask me how much I spend at these events).
The ingenuity and uniqueness of the different costumes is always fascinating to see. The Cosplayers have some of the best costumes ever. I think this year we even had a Sonic the Hedgehog and someone in an air-conditioned Totoro costume. The 501st Division is a hit with the crowds as they have official Star Wars costumes and to top it off, they always collect donations for the Starlight Children’s Fund.
Below is just a small collection of a few of the costumes that were there.
So, as you can see, it was a fantastic weekend for all. Fingers crossed for another Gold Coast Supanova event next year.