Review Scene: Supanova – Pop Culture Expo, Melbourne Showgrounds, April 15-17 2016

Click to see the full gallery by Mary Boukouvalas
Jack Gleeson. Click to see the full gallery by Mary Boukouvalas

What time is it when you see an army of storm troopers waiting at Southern Cross station? Of course it’s time for one of the most well-known pop culture expos in Australia, Supanova!

This year there were a number of drawcards for all the dedicated gamers, geeks and nerds. Whether you wanted a picture or signature of someone famous, to shop at the market style Exhibition hall, watch anime to your heart’s content at the theatre, game till your blisters popped, show off your best cosplay costume or become seriously clued-up at the seminars, there was something for everybody.

Not everything cost money. Once you paid the entrance fee it was possible to have a full day’s ‘free’ entertainment, but let’s face it – serious cosplayers and film, manga and anime fans spend big bucks on their interests (and for some; lifestyle).

Stars at this year’s expo were Jack Gleeson, who played Joffrey in ‘Game of Thrones’, Gareth David-Lloyd from the likes of ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’, Bonnie Wright who played Ginnie Weasley in ‘Harry potter’, Manu Bennett from ‘The Hobbit’ and Trina Nishimura, voice actor from the very popular ‘Attack on Titan’ T.V. series. Surprisingly queues were quite short and those who wanted to get up close and personal with the stars didn’t have to wait an age.

The Cosplay Competition was a little like Crufts with the categories being: Best in Show, Best Cosplay, Best Craftsmanship, Best Performance and so on, with the finals being held in Brisbane in November. The costumes are always awe inspiring, with many looking and dressing just like their heroes. Much goes into the planning to appear in this event.

Really, Supanova is about a few days of dressing up, gaming all day in an environment where that’s considered cool, and spending copious amounts of money on a new costume item to wear at the next pop culture expo or on a display piece to take a collection to the next level.

No matter what you may think of the celebration of all things pop culture, it really is a bit of harmless fun, but just remember that sometimes what’s been seen can never be unseen.

About Sharon Brookes 66 Articles
Sharon is a freelance music journalist with 20 years experience writing for street press, web publications and blogs. She specialises in reviewing gigs, books, CD’s, and theatre productions.

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