COUNTDOWN TO SUPANOVA!
The latest updates from Australia’s premier pop culture expo
Supanova’s organisers have provided updates regarding their imminent expos on the Gold Coast (April 5 & 6) and in Melbourne (April 12 & 13). These include some new Supa-star celebrity guest appearances, a schedule change and a postponement. Tickets to Supanova are currently available at Moshtix.
Supanova is delighted to announce the participation of…
Freema Agyeman: ‘Martha Jones’, companion of the 10th Doctor Who, who also appeared in Torchwood
James Callis [Melbourne exclusive]: ‘Dr. Gaius Baltar’ in Battlestar Galactica, plus Bridget’s bestie in Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. James has also recently appeared in Merlin, Eureka, Arrow and The Musketeers.
Further, as a Melbourne-only exclusive, Lucy Lawless’ Xena stunt double Zoe Bell will personally introduce a free screening of her film Raze [R] for Supanova fans at 6:15pm on Saturday evening (April 12) while chatting about her career in general on Sunday (April 13). This respected stuntwoman also doubled for Uma Thurman in Kill Bill 1 & 2, Diane Kruger and Melanie Laurent in Inglourious Basterds, and various characters in Grindhouse and Iron Man 3.
Due to the shooting schedule for Arrow being extended to April 18, actor Manu Bennett (‘Slade Wilson’ and Spartacus’ ‘Crixus’) has postponed his appearance at Supanova until the June expos in Sydney and Perth.
Affecting Melbourne only, Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) will only be attending the Preview Night (Friday April 11) and the Saturday (April 12) of the expo due to unforeseen circumstances.
The Supanova team has already announced the following Supa-Star guests:
Peter Mayhew: The gentle giant behind Star Wars’ ever-popular Wookiee, ‘Chewbacca’
Verne Troyer: ‘Mini-Me’ – the only person who could “complete” Dr Evil, Austin Powers’ nemesis
Lucy Lawless: not only ‘Xena’, the classic warrior princess, but ‘Lucretia’ in Starz series Spartacus
Michael Rooker: stars as ‘Merle Dixon’ in the cult TV zombie hit The Walking Dead
Lindsay Wagner: The original Bionic Woman, ‘Jaime Sommers’, heroine of the classic ‘70s TV series
Gigi Edgley: Farscape’s courageous ‘Chiana’, from the Jim Henson Company / Nine Network TV series
Finn Jones: Renly’s lover and rockstar jousting babe ‘Ser Loras Tyrell’ in Game of Thrones
Alexander Ludwig: ‘Will’ from The Seeker: The Dark is Rising and ‘Cato’ from The Hunger Games
Tom Lenk: The mischievous ‘Andrew Wells’ in Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel
Gary Lockwood: Best known as ‘Dr. Frank Poole’ in Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Keir Dullea: ‘Dave Bowman’ in 2001: A Space Odyssey. When H.A.L. said, “I’m sorry, Dave, I can’t do that”, this is who it was talking to!
Emmanuelle Vaugier: ‘The Morrigan’ in Lost Girl, ‘Dr. Helen Bryce’ in Smallville, ‘FBI Special Agent Emma Barnes’ in Human Target, ‘Addison Corday’ in Saw II and Saw IV
Mark Hadlow: ‘Dori’ the Dwarf from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit
William Kircher: ‘Bifur’ the Dwarf from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit
Mark Ferguson: ‘Gil Galad’ in Lord of the Rings; also featured in Hercules and Xena
Ron Glass: This popular TV actor of 40 years’ standing is best known to Supanova fans as ‘Shepherd Book’ from Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity.
John DiMaggio: Not only Futurama’s notorious ‘Bender’, but also Adventure Time’s ‘Jake the Dog’!
Jeremy Shada: Jeremy Shada is ‘Finn the Human’ in Adventure Time, and “His hat is awesome!”
Hynden Walch: Adventure Time’s ‘Princess Bubblegum’, The Batman’s ‘Harley Quinn’, and more!
Veronica Taylor: ‘Ash’ from Pokemon and ‘April O’Neil’ from the 2000s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Eric Stuart: ‘Brock’ and ‘James’ in Pokemon, ‘Seto Kaiba’ in Yu-Gi-Oh!
Neil Kaplan: Affable star of dozens of video games, animés and cartoons, including StarCraft II (Tychus) and Transformers (Optimus Prime).
Michael Golden: Legendary co-creator of X-Men’s ‘Rogue’, ‘Spartan X’ and ‘Bucky O’Hare’
Jim Cheung: British comic-book artist of Avengers, New Avengers, & Marvel Comics Presents
Mike McKone: Veteran British artist of JLA, L.E.G.I.O.N., Punisher, Amazing Spider-Man, and many more.
Jill Thompson: Critically acclaimed illustrator of Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Black Orchid and the legendary Sandman (with Neil Gaiman).
Ben Templesmith (MEL only): US-based Aussie illustrator of Choker, Wormwood and 30 Days of Night
Tom Taylor: DC comics’ bestselling writer of Injustice: Gods Among Us, Earth-Two, and The Deep
Colin Wilson: Illustrator of Judge Dredd, 2000 AD, Headshot, Star Wars: Invasion.
Jim Butcher: This New York Times-bestselling author created The Dresden Files
Traci Harding: The Ancient Future, The Alchemist’s Key, The Timekeeper Trilogy
Trudi Canavan: The Black Magician Trilogy, Age of Five
Isobelle Carmody [Gold Coast Only]: Obernewtyn Chronicles, The Gathering
… Plus many more, listed at Supanova’s guest page.
SUPANOVA BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The Supanova Expo was established in 2002 in Sydney as a completely home-grown Australian production showcasing sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, animé, manga, games and much more. Run by a diverse and passionate team of independent professionals with backgrounds in private industry and the creative sector, Supanova has expanded to six cities (the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane). Supanova is now Australia’s premier event of its kind, with over 160,000 fans attending in 2013.
International pop-culture celebrities come to Supanova to meet fans, give behind-the-scenes talks, pose for portraits and sign autographs at the family-friendly expos. Both kids and adults can also enjoy movie previews and screenings, gaming demonstrations, competitions, spectacular 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 and bringing their favourite characters to life.
The Supanova expos are a celebration of pop culture created by the Supanova family for your family, and for fans of all ages.
Gold Coast: April 5 & 6, 2014 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.
Melbourne: April 12 & 13, 2014 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.