Friday, 1 July 2011

Supanova: A Love Story

Have you ever had that dream? You know the one I'm talking about. The one where life size Pokemon are grazing all around you, and then the Tenth Doctor walks by in the middle of a heated conversation about World of Warcraft with Gandalf the Grey. If you attended the Sydney leg of the Supanova Pop Culture Expo, then chances are this wasn't a dream, and if you didn't attend...well...I would definitely reconsider snacking before bedtime. I hear this can have some pretty weird effects on your subconscious.

Supanova is an annual weekend long convention that visits Australia's capital cities. This year's Sydney leg of the event was held at the Dome in Sydney Olympic park and boasted an endless maze of stalls and displays packed to the brim with merchandise to delight fans of all things gaming, anime, manga and sci-fi. For those who had the self control to abstain from shopping (which was a very small percentage of attendees judging by the ATM queue outside), there were cosplay competitions, celebrity talks, photo/autograph sessions but most importantly, a sense of unity amongst the fans. Year by year Supanova continues to prove itself as a place where nerds, geeks, dorks, fangirls and fanboys can come together, throw aside their inhibitions and well…geek out.

There were tears for Harry Potter bad boy, Tom Felton. There were marriage proposals to I Dream of Jeannie star Larry Hagman, and in my case, an extremely dorky hugging photo with Sean Maher, who played ship’s doctor Simon Tam in Joss Whedon’s short lived sci-fi series Firefly (my favourite tv show). This photo is now proudly displayed as my facebook profile picture and I am neither confirming nor denying the fact when my cousins in Indonesia ask if he is my boyfriend. I simply inform them proudly that he is a handsome, wealthy doctor. Which is….kind of like the truth if you squint and tilt your head a little.

I left Supanova with shopping bags full of ironic t-shirts, comic books,and that warm and fuzzy feeling that you can only get after being surrounded by an entire hall full of people who get you.

I would recommend Supanova 2012 to anyone, though be sure to get there early to avoid the lines, and pack plenty of water!

Written by Emma

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  1. Books, ironic t-shirts and geek hugs. Lucky girl! You two make a cute couple :) (I still cry myself to sleep over Firefly.)

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