Supanova Comic Con & Gaming is Australia’s longest-running pop culture convention, aimed at “fans inspired by imaginary worlds emanating from comics, sci-fi, fantasy, anime, gaming, nostalgia and literature”. It has enjoyed tremendous growth since the first event was held in 2002, and the event is now held annually in 6 cities across the country (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Adelaide, and Perth)!
Lovingly nicknamed “Goldnova” by fans, Supanova Gold Coast has been held annually at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre since 2012. This year, the show made a comeback on March 13 and March 14; although its third day of activities was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, the two-day schedule was packed to the brim with film screenings, panels, and cosplay-related events. The event was a BLAST for all attendees involved – whether they were cosplayers, photographers, artists, or fellow pop culture fans!
Supanova Gold Coast’s Vendors Hall
One of Supanova Gold Coast’s biggest attractions is the Vendor’s Hall, which is lined with a variety of exhibits from vendors and sponsors. This year’s highlights included the Marvel booth, where attendees raced against the clock to complete an obstacle course in exchange for tickets to see Black Widow; the Mountain Dew booth, which gave out complimentary cans of fizzy goodness; and the Singer World of Cosplay booth, where fans could marvel at creations by Australian seamsters while learning about the world of sewing machines!
Of course, there was also a huge variety of other stalls, which sold wares ranging from pop culture merch and fashion accessories to 3D lights and exotic candy.
Over at The Alley, more than 130 artists – both local and international – displayed and sold their works to adoring fans. The attendees were even given opportunities to meet some of their favorite comic book Supa-Stars, including Marvel artists Wayne Nicholls and Alejandro Barrionuevo!
Supa-Star Guest Panels!
Perhaps the biggest feature of Supanova was its star-studded guest lineup, which included Leah Clark (the English voice of Himiko Toga from Boku no Hero Academia), plus Neon Genesis Evangelion voice actors Spike Spencer (Shinji Ikari), Tiffany Grant (Asuka Langley Soryu) and Amanda Winn Lee (Rei Ayanami). Fans were given several opportunities throughout the event to see these Supa-Star guests up close, including photo sessions and Q&A panels!
Cosplay at Supanova Gold Coast
Last but not least, no pop culture convention would be complete without cosplay; every year, cosplayers flock to Supanova dressed as their favorite anime, manga, video game, comic, or movie characters. Because Supanova kickstarts Australia’s “convention season” after a long break during summer, many cosplayers tend to craft more intricate costumes for this specific event. Their efforts were heartily celebrated at the cosplay competition at the end of each day, where entrants got to walk on-stage and talk to the audience about their crafting progress and the costume parts they were the most proud of!
Despite it only being a 2-day event this time around, Supanova Gold Coast 2020 was a blast as usual and we can’t wait to return in 2021! If you’re in Australia (or plan on visiting) and want to experience the event for yourself, check out their official site for more details – more shows are scheduled between June and November in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane!
Supanova Comic Con & Gaming Gold Coast 2020
|Dates and Time||March 13-14, 2020 (Fri: 12pm-8pm, Sat: 10am-6pm)|
|Venue||Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (Cnr Gold Coast Highway & TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218 Australia)|
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