Geeks of Australia unite! The annual Supanova pop culture expo has finally arrived, exciting fans of anime, comics, gaming and sci-fi all over the country.
Supanova kicks off this weekend at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane, presenting a rare opportunity for pop culture fans to meet industry icons and stars of the silver screen all while participating in cosplay and getting the inside scoop on all things anime, gaming and more.
As with previous years, Supanova 2011 has a stellar line up of guests and guest speakers including Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), Tom Felton (Malfoy from Harry Potter), Charisma Carpenter (Buffy), Colin Baker (Dr Who), a host of Neon Genesis Evangelion voice artists and comic artists.
Sydney and Perth visitors will be able to catch up with Cary Elwes (Robin Hood: Men in Tights), James Marsters (Buffy), Luke Perry and Sean Maher (Firefly).
Back To The Future’s own Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) was also due for a meet and greet this year but had to pull out at the last minute. Other cancelled guests that I originally planned to see include Shawnee Smith (Saw) and Julie Benz (Dexter).
Christopher Lloyd has been confirmed to attend next year’s Supanova as well as in a special event in November to coincide with the National Madman Cosplay Championships in November.
As far as gaming goes, Supanova is partially sponsored by GAME, so not only are they likely to be flogging their wares, they are also providing a chance to play Duke Nukem Forever five weeks before it’s official release in May (May 6 for those who haven’t marked it in their calendar).
Additionally there are gaming competitions and giveaways, with featured sections housing 2K Games (Borderlands, NBA2K11, Mafia II) and Ubisoft (Splinter Cell: Conviction, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood). For some reason if you want to play Just Dance 2 you can but you’ll most likely be laughed at.
There’s plenty more to do such as listen in on a number of panel discussions, roam the stalls for games, comics and anime or watch live wrestling (why I’m not sure but whatever floats your boat). You can even take part in the Madman Cosplay Competition for your chance to win Madman online store vouchers.
Supanova is on this weekend in Brisbane, next weekend in Melbourne followed by Sydney and Perth in June. Tickets start from just $20 for a day pass, $60 for a weekend pass and children under 12 are free.
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