The Supanova Pop Culture Expo went off with a bang in Perth on the weekend with the 2016 version bigger and better than ever.
Thousands of fans flocked to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre over the weekend to immerse themselves in their favourite cult fandoms and maybe meet a celebrity or two. Showing off their skills in the art of cosplay and feverishly trying to find a bargain piece of memorabilia to add to a hard built collection, the colourful and friendly throng strutted the aisles of a packed PCEC stopping only for the myriad of photo requests from fellow fans or when lining up for a pop culture purchase or superstar signature.
The big name guests this year included devotee favourites Travis Fimmel from the tv series Vikings and new movie release Warcraft, Sean Astin from The Lord of the Rings and the Goonies, James Marsters of Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame, the TV series Charmed was well represented with Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause rounding out the magical trifecta, Peter Facinelli(Supergirl, the Twilight Saga), Tyler Hoechlin(Teen Wolf), Brianna Hildebrand and Stefan Kapicic(Deadpool), John Noble(Fringe, The Lord of the Rings), Eugene Simon(Game of Thrones) and so many more I could not possibly list them all here. I will give a quick shout out in particular though to Peter Facinelli and Brianna Hildebrand for being so nice while I was taking their photos for the media. Apart from all the photo ops and signings the celebrity guests endured they also gave portions of their time to Q and A panels, seminars, masterclasses and general fan meets, all of which were greeted with a thunderous roar from the adoring crowd. It is this amiability from the celebrities and their legitimate love for their fans and the expo circuit that makes events like Supanova so successful.
Stallholders at Supanova were many and varied in nature. Numerous Cosplay costume and prop sellers lined the walkways alongside comic and cult books stands, gamer products, artists, authors and performers. No one seemed to be walking away from any vendor dissatisfied. Numerous free photo opportunities with characters from cult classics like Star Wars, Dr Who and, surprisingly, a wrestling team were also on offer for those running short of funds with a couple of large sections also set aside for on site gaming battles and card trades.
The fans however can also not be forgotten in the success of Supanova. Their passion in embracing the event, in particular the Cosplayers ability to create inspired and eye-catching costumes, leads to an exciting group atmosphere which reflects their self-confident, intelligent, respectful and positive nature. From movie, gamer and anime characters, superheroes, horror villains, gamer roleplayers and genre interpretations, there was a costume that represented all categories of pop culture. Supanova is a weekend to live a little outside the box, to dress-up, have fun, meet idols, mix with the like-minded and, at least for some, to become somewhat of a celebrity themselves.
Supanova Pop Culture Expo was held in Perth Western Australia June 24-26.