Wow! Supanova certainly has grown since I went to my first one (maybe) 5 years ago at the Sydney Shipping Terminal. It is now a truly massive and impressive fan convention attracting big star talents & a wide variety of activities; from cosplay contests to live wrestling matches and talks by authors. Of course we had 3 of our own Voyager stars there, including the legendary master of Midkemia and author of the 30-volume spanning Riftwar Saga, Raymond E Feist all the way from California! Despite the lousy weather all weekend in Sydney both days were packed affairs with it almost being hard to move at times on Saturday! K.J. Taylor came all the way up from Canberra to attend and she signed a few copies of book one in her latest series The Shadow’s Heir for us to giveaway while she was there!
Raymond had several book signings and meet/greets over at the Kinokuniya Bookstore shop just opposite our own Voyager stand and each had a massive queue that ran most of the way along the wall of the Dome building! Our other authors Traci Harding and Kylie Chan both enjoyed great signings at the Kinokuniya stand too with loads of fans eager to the meet them.
On Saturday Kylie had her own session with artist Queenie Chan all about their illustrated collaboration, Small Shen. Then Kylie, Traci and former Voyager author Trudi Canavan took part in a panel on creating kick-ass characters. On Sunday Kylie & Raymond were on a panel about creating epic fantasy as well.
The special effects and artist wizards behind The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit movies, Weta Workshop, had their own stand too, complete with props from the movies and author Daniel Falconer, who has written several of Weta’s behind-the-scenes art books .
There was quite an emphasis on cosplay at the show- with the number of people creating costumes probably at around 40% of the entire audience! I was quite impressed by many of the costumes, but there were WAY too many people in Pokémon onsies for my liking! Many of the shop stands also were selling specialised costume elements, props or accessories- one stand specialised in custom contact lenses ( correctly violet Targaryen eyes anyone?)! The 501st Legion, who specialise in creating and wearing costumes from the bad guys of the Star Wars universe, were there in force and collecting money for charity. There was a stand advertising their local roller derby league. Our once resident book designer ( and artist in our Art Gallery ) Matt Lin had his own art stall with fellow artist Sarah.
Although I was too busy at the Voyager stand or running around taking photos there were loads of great big guests too, including renowned comic-book, and upcoming Man of Steel, movie director Zack Snyder, Whedon-verse staple Alan Tudyk, Merlin‘s own King Arthur Bradley James and a truckload more. They even had the Tim Buton batmobile parked in the foyer!
Check out some of the great Lord of the Rings & Game of Thrones cosplayers below ( and a smattering of other neat costumes too!)
If you went along, let us know what you thought!