With a superstar guest list, colourful exhibitors and interactive activities, the Supanova Pop Culture Expo drew thousands for its Sydney stop.
The annual event allows fans and celebrities to come together – often in cosplay – for a celebration of iconic comic books, cartoons, science-fiction, movies, toys, console gaming and trading cards.
Australian actor Bob Morley said the expo provided the perfect opportunity to connect face-to-face with fans.
“The fans are so responsive, so passionate, and it actually kind of revitalises my passion for work,” The 100 actor told The Newsroom.
“Having that one-to-one is an important aspect [of Supanova].”
The importance of networking at the event is also key for the celebrity guests.
“I’d like to meet Nathan Fillion, but I haven’t had the chance to say hello yet,” Morley said, who admitted he was a fan of Dragon Ball Z and X-Men.
Morley said he was a fan of everyone at Supanova especially Dragon Ball Z and X-Men
“I’m as much of a fan as anyone else here,” he said.
Morley was a guest at the two previous events in Melbourne and Brisbane earlier this year, and attending the Sydney expo was not only an opportunity to meet fans but to be back in the city, to see ex-cast members of Home & Away.
Heidi Brooks, 25, travelled from Melbourne to attend Supanova in Sydney, and cosplayed as a character from The 100. She was one of the many fans who purchased tokens to meet Bob Morley, and waited in line for his panel on Saturday morning.
“[Supanova] is a good chance to meet the guests, and the guests this year are amazing,” she told The Newsroom.
Culture Shock Events organiser Robbie Buonaccorsi said bringing out guest Rekha Sharma of Battlestar Galactica was extremely popular.
“Rekha is out here to meet her fans, and really, my enjoyment is from seeing the smiles on the faces of the people who come and see her,” Mr Buonaccorsi said.
“Come to the conventions, have fun and meet people who have the same interests as you.”
People attending the Friday preview night spent hours in a queue at the Supa-Store to purchase tokens for autographs and photographs with the guests for the weekend.
“[The queue] took two hours, but I did it all on Friday, so I could spend the weekend enjoying the event,” Lucy Edwards, 28, told The Newsroom.
The weekend event was hosted at Sydney Olympic Park, with crowds queuing up from as early as 6am to be one of the first to enter when the doors opened at 10am on Saturday morning.
Supanova will now travel to Perth until the end of June, before moving on to Adelaide and Brisbane later in the year. – Nicole Katipunan
Top photo taken by Nathan Davies