Supanova Expo announces new Supa-Star guest David Hasselhoff
for upcoming Melbourne and Gold Coast expos
Supanova Expo has delivered a Christmas gift to pop-culture fans, announcing a brand-new Supa-Star guest in the expo’s celebrity line up for April’s events in Melbourne and on the Gold Coast. David Hasselhoff, star of Baywatch, Knight Rider and countless TV specials, is a veritable small-screen institution. In recent years, his popularity has grown with Generation Y audiences due to his reputation as an Internet meme, (or viral online superstar), known simply as ‘The Hoff’. The Hoff incarnates in many forms; whether you know him as the driver of K.I.T.T. the intelligent crime-solving car, or jogging along the beach in his tiny red Speedos with Pamela Anderson, or flaunting those cheeky bedroom eyes on the cover of one of his may solo CDs, David Hasselhoff is a ubiquitous pop-culture icon.
A testament to the power of persistence, Baywatch was cancelled after its first season but was later resuscitated by its star, Hasselhoff, and went on to become one of the world’s most watched TV shows over ten more seasons (as noted by the Guinness Book of World Records). As an investor and executive producer, Hasselhoff receives royalties from the re-runs.
Recently he has appeared as himself in cult movies referencing his celebrity, and judged talent shows such as Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent, and Britain’s Got Talent. His single, Looking for Freedom, can be heard on the soundtrack of the upcoming Wachowski epic, Cloud Atlas.
Supanova is a celebration of popular culture, encompassing TV & film, geekery, gaming and gadgetry, collectibles, comics, cosplay and much more. To date, guests already announced include:
Eliza Dushku [Dollhouse, Angel, Tru Calling, Bring It On, True Lies]
Natalia Tena [Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, ‘Molotov Jukebox’ band]
Sam Jones [Flash Gordon, Ted]
Vic Mignogna [anime actor from Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach and dozens more]
Garry Chalk [voice actor, Optimus Prime from Transformers]
Dave Gibbons [artist of the seminal comic book, Watchmen]
Greg Cipes [cartoon actor from Ben-10, Ben-10 Alien Force, Roseanne’s Nuts, Bones, ‘Cipes and the People’ band]
SUPANOVA BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The Supanova Pop Culture Expo was established in 2002 in Sydney by Daniel Zachariou and is a completely independent Australian production, run by a passionate team of young professionals with backgrounds in private industry and the creative sector. Since Supanova’s inception, the expo has expanded to six cities (Melbourne, The Gold Coast, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide) and gone from strength to strength to become the nation’s largest event of its kind. Supanova is Australia’s only Australian-made, independently produced national pop-culture expo.
Over 120,000 patrons attend Supanova annually to meet their favourite stars from film, TV, anime, comics and geek culture, and to enjoy the bustling atmosphere of the trading floor, where fun commodities and rare collectibles can be snapped up by savvy buyers. International pop-culture celebrities come to Supanova to meet fans, give behind-the-scenes talks, pose for photos and sign autographs at the family-friendly expos. Both kids and adults can also enjoy movie previews and screenings, gaming demonstrations, competitions, the spectacle of AWF Wrestling, and the opportunity to shop for must-have pop-culture items including comics, DVDs, figurines, accessories and clothing. Many fans enjoy getting into ‘CosPlay’ (costume roleplay), whether it’s to compete in the Madman National Cosplay Championships or simply to enjoy a fun day of dressing up.
The Supanova expos are a celebration of pop culture created by the Supanova family for your family, and for fans of all ages.
Melbourne April 13 & 14, Melbourne Showgrounds
Gold Coast April 20 & 21, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre