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The weekend before last, I went to Supanova in Sydney. I thought it would be a pretty low-key year - my only goals were to check out two panels and say hi to whoever was around - but I ended up chatting with quite a few people. It was nice.


Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations: Seeing Ourselves in Popular Culture )

Brandon Sanderson )

Shopping )

Photos )
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Last weekend, I went to Supanova in Sydney. It was a pleasant and relaxing day: attended a couple of panels, saw some of the cosplay competition, and wandered the stalls.

Juliet Landau )

John Noble )

Shopping )

Photos )
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So a couple of weekends ago, I went to Supanova in Sydney. It was a whirlwind of a day, catching up with friends and checking out panels and browsing the stalls.


Jason Isaacs and Bonnie Wright )

Behind the Scenes of Mad Max: Fury Road: Greg van Borssum and Mark Sexton )

Lady Creators Assemble! Alisha Jade, Samantha Calcraft, Komala Singh, Karen Beilharz, Alana Bruyn )

Shopping )

Miscellaneous )

Photos )
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Normally at Supanova, there might be one or two guests I'm keen to see. This time, there were five. Which meant lots of queuing, but it was totally worth it.


Jamie Bamber )

Stan Lee )

Michael Rosenbaum )

John Barrowman )

Ming-Na Wen )

Shopping )

Photos )
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I went on the Saturday, it was crowded and energetic as usual, and it was great to catch up with friends.

Chris Claremont )

Shopping )

Other cool discoveries )
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I went on the Sunday this year, which, sadly, meant I missed the friends who went on the Saturday. Then, also sadly, Hayden Panettiere cancelled. So it was a kind of low-key Supanova for me this year.

(It was good to catch up with you, [livejournal.com profile] fluffyduck!)

David Mack )

Steampunk )

Shopping )

Photos )
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My somewhat belated report.

I went on the Sunday. I'd never been there early enough for the doors opening before, but I didn't want to miss any of the talks I was keen on, and I wasn't sure how long it would take to get inside. But for some strange reason, the EFTPOS queue was shorter than either the cash queue or the prepaid queue. Sweet.

James Marsters )

Tom Felton )

Shopping )

Photos )
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The one convention I go to every year. Sometimes there are guests I want to see, and sometimes I just want to go hang out.

Eliza Dushku

This year, I was keen on seeing Eliza Dushku, aka the very cool Faith from Buffy.

Which is why it was incredibly disappointing when I couldn't.

I spent an hour and a half navigating trackwork to get to Olympic Park, and queued for another quarter of an hour to get inside. Only at the door to the panel room did I find out that her panel on Saturday was restricted to VIP pass holders only.

I was told that Sunday's panel was the one open to everyone. But that doesn't do much good to someone who has already set aside the day, made the trek, paid $25 entry, and has made other plans for the next day. In the five minutes I hovered near the door, I witnessed several other people turned away with the same message, so clearly I wasn't the only one. It was particularly galling since it appeared that the room was half-empty.

The program on the website and in the showbag said only that this event was a "Whedonverse Exclusive", which could mean anything. I had to dig around in the other sections of the site when I got home to find out exactly what this was. In contrast, one of the writing workshops was clearly labelled "ticketed event". In all my years of attending Supanova, this is the first time that I've missed out on a guest talk because of something like this. Probably because the organisers usually label VIP pass holder events with something like "VIP pass holder event". This is my biggest gripe, the poor communication.

Summer Glau

On the other hand, I did get to see Summer Glau's panel, and she was absolutely lovely. Although it wasn't her first visit to Supanova, it was the first time I'd heard her speak, and she was very genuine and generous and talked about how science fiction had become a wonderful home for her. Firefly was her first show, and she seemed still really connected with River.

During the Q&A, someone mentioned that Nathan Fillion had, at a convention in Melbourne, talked about all the stuff he stole off the set when Firefly ended. What did Summer take? She answered that because she was new, she was a goody two shoes and obeyed all the rules, so she didn't take anything. And afterwards, everyone else talked about this they had stolen and that they had stolen, and she was sad, because she had wanted her combat boots.

Nathan Fillion, by the way, sounds as scary as Caleb. You know when people steal garden gnomes and take them on holiday around the world and send photos back to their owners with the Eiffel Tower in the background ? Well, Nathan did the same to the propmaster's toy monkey, and everyone thought it was pretty funny - until one day Nathan *cut off the monkey's thumb* and sent it to the propmaster. And then it was "kind of sad", and not so funny anymore. Argh!

Summer's upcoming projects: a TV series called The Cape, and a movie called The Knights of Badassdom.

Shopping

I picked up Pirotess's Follow My Lead and Pete Townshend and J Marc Schmidt's Psychoderelict, but apart from that I was very restrained this year.

Cosplay

I didn't sit through the cosplay competition this year, which means I missed out on seeing [livejournal.com profile] kawak's group take the prize for their Berserk entry. However, I did catch the Sailor Starlights skit later, which featured a very memorable live transformation scene. And there were lots of cool cosplayers wandering around.

Friends

Had a great time catching up with lots of people, including [livejournal.com profile] _leareth, [livejournal.com profile] fluffyduck, [livejournal.com profile] evilhayama, [livejournal.com profile] mrtang, [livejournal.com profile] kawak, [livejournal.com profile] maikero, and Ronin. I even stopped by the AnimeUNSW table for old times' sake.

After

I ended the night with dinner and karaoke with the gang, a wander through the lights of Vivid Sydney, and hot chocolate at the Guylian cafe. All's well that ends well.

Photos )

And that's it, until SMASH!
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I went on the Sunday. This year, for the first time since I can remember, there wasn't anyone among the guests I particularly wanted to see. So I mostly wandered around the stalls and chatted to people and took photos of cosplayers. I was astonished to discover that a novel based on the old Australian Realms campaign world, The Fall of Ossard, is coming to bookstores in August. And I was pleased to learn that the new Studio Ghibli movie, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is coming to cinemas in September.

Conventions are often like carnival - there is so much shiny stuff on display, it's a real temptation to go wild, and you have to stop and ask yourself, do I actually need an inflatable Dalek or a Dexter bobble-head or a t-shirt saying "... and then Buffy staked Edward. The end."? I managed to limit myself to filling in some holes in my manga collection, and picking up some cool new stuff from Artists' Alley. I ended up with the latest releases from FIGHT!! Comics, the first issue of The Pantheon by Rahball, the new full colour Generation anthology, and a very delectable BL artbook from Poshua, Caleyndar, Pirotess and RAE. (And now I am hanging out for the special edition of Adventures of an OG Addict by Libbie and the third Dylan Bradley comic by FIGHT!! Comics, both due out at SMASH! in August.)

I also sat through the entire cosplay competition, which reminded me why I rarely do that anymore. The costumes were fine, but the skits--! If I was liveblogging the event, there would be a great deal of "Please no!" and "*facepalm*" and "I'm too old for this". I'll say again what I said last year: (1) risque banter sounds better on the page than on the stage, and (2) acting really is hard to do without sounding fake, wooden or cheesy.

However, the groups that prerecorded the audio track to their performances came across much better. Highlights included Howl versus Howl-in-Bird-Form, the Dance Dance Avatar group, Penelo of FFXII playing an oboe to the end song, and the Absolute Obedience group, featuring [livejournal.com profile] kawak as you have never seen him before. I was also impressed by the KISS cosplayer wandering around the convention, and by the trio of little kids playing Indiana Jones (8), a Stormtrooper (6), and Zelda (4).

Photos )
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Man, where on earth did the week go? Anyway, here is my rather belated Supanova report.

Day 1 - aka Nichelle Nichols Is Made Of Win )

Day 2 - aka Jared Padalecki Day )

Photos )
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So, yeah, Supanova is the one convention I attend every year, because I am totally a pop culture geek, and it doesn't even matter who the guests are, though I've gotten to hear and meet some pretty awesome people in the past.

Anyways, Hayden Panettiere was the major guest headlining the list this year, till she had to pull out because of overtime filming. It didn't faze me that much, because my big burning love of Heroes has faded to the warm embers of yesteryear, and I was far more interested in seeing Nichelle Nichols, who is an icon and a pioneer and seems like she would have a wealth of fascinating stories to share.

So I'm browsing online and come across the announcement of the guest who is replacing Hayden.

JARED PADALECKI.

I burst out laughing in front of the computer. Seriously.

I found my own reaction a little surprising, actually. On reflection, I think I reacted like that because Heroes and Supernatural were the two shows I was completely obsessed with all of last year, and yet the most recent seasons have sapped most of my interest in them. So it's kind of like, man, ironic timing.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still interested in checking out his talk, except he's only doing a Q&A session on the Sunday, which isn't the day I'd planned on going. So would it be lame to switch days, considering the place will probably be packed out with Supernatural fans, and I might not get a spot in the auditorium? But if I don't even try, isn't that even lamer, considering the likelihood of him setting foot on this continent again?

Actually, the lamest thing is probably me worrying about something like this and then posting it for everyone on the net to see. Oh well.
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Supanova is the one convention I never miss. Highlights this year were the talks by Nicholas Brendon and Lani Tupu, and the amazing Tsubasa cosplay group. Got to catch up with friends, and also picked up a bunch of comics from Artists' Alley. My absolute favourite is Jessica McLeod's Ghost Farm, the story of a lonely vampire who goes to a ghost farm to obtain a companion. Simply adorable.
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It's been almost a month now since I went to Supanova, so I guess it's past time that I said something about it.

To sum it up, I had a blast. I've been going to Supanova and its earlier incarnation, Comicfest, for years. It's more of a commercial convention than a fannish one, and the main draw for me is the shopping - dozens of vendors selling comics and SF merchandise and gaming stuff and, in more recent years, anime and manga.

There's usually a fair line up of special guests as well - in the past, I've gotten to meet some really cool people like Virginia Hey, David Mack, J G Hertzler, Robert O'Reilly, and the guys from Team Red Star. This year, there were a couple of guests I was pretty excited about, the main one being George Takei (SULU!!!).

My adventures at Supanova 2004 )
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Spent yesterday at Supanova, which was on this weekend at Darling Harbour. I'd been looking forward to it for a while - there aren't that many conventions in Sydney, and this is one I never miss.

My day at Supanova )

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