Thursday, 26 June 2014
Supanova Pop Culture Expo 2014
One of my favourite pastimes growing up in Perth was attending Supanova, a pop culture expo that happens in different states of Australia throughout the year (kind of like our smaller version of Comic Con). I've been lucky that since I've lived in London, I seem to have come back for a visit around the time that the expo graces Perth each year (end of June). Supanova is the ultimate place for everyone to let out their inner nerd and fangirl with like-minded enthusiasts. Each year they bring over some famous faces from well-loved film franchises and television series, authors of novels and comic illustrators, and host panels, Q&A and signing sessions throughout the day. The rest of the showroom floor is filled with lines upon lines of stalls selling merchandise, artists' booths, gaming areas, and food. On top of all this, many people attend dressed up as their favourite fictional characters and the costumes really are spectacular (many of them are handmade too)! I was so inspired by all the creative outfits over the weekend, I'm definitely thinking of cosplaying if I end up going again next year.
Even though I didn't have a full-on costume I had to bring a bit of my love for Game of Thrones into my outfit so on the Saturday, I wore a Black Milk skater dress printed with the sigils of the great Houses of Westeros and my Sansa Stark tote bag that I got off Society6. My cropped cardigan is from ASOS and my shoes are by Vagabond.
On Day One, Emily, Jess & I headed to the venue (Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre) at 9.30am and as soon as we arrived we were greeted by a throng of people waiting for the doors to open at 10am. Lining up is definitely not so bad when you're amidst a sea of colourfully dressed, excited fellow expo-goers. Already spotting familiar cosplays around me, I made a point to photograph as many as I recognised inside. As soon as we got in, it was time for the morning photo sessions with the guests and I got one with John Barrowman (Captain Jack Harkness from Torchwood & Doctor Who). He was so lovely and hugged everyone so tightly, I could hardly breathe. I was originally most excited to see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones) but unfortunately he had to cancel at the last minute due to filming commitments. After the photographs were taken and collected, we had a wander around the stalls. It was a lot more crowded than I previously remembered in the past despite the expo moving to a bigger venue for the first time this year, so it was a little difficult to maneuvre around the showroom floor. It also made it harder to find people, for example when I was in line for the photo with John, I saw a girl dressed as my all time favourite female character Sansa Stark walk past (but obviously couldn't duck out of the queue) and afterwards I thought I would never be able to locate her again in the crowds. Fortunately around lunchtime I spotted her at the cafe alongside 'Joffrey' and can I just say, how awesome do they look? My friend Emily was cosplaying as Ciel Phantomhive from the manga Black Butler so she got stopped for lots of pictures. After a few hours of walking around, shopping and eating, we decided to rest our feet and headed to the Anime Lab which was screening all sorts of popular Japanese shows and Emily introduced me to one called Attack on Titans (Shingeki no Kyojin) and just two episodes in and I was already hooked. Soon afterwards we called it a day.
Day Two's outfit was a little more impromptu, I chucked it all on just before I left the house but I liked how it turned out despite my struggles with living out of a suitcase. I wore my Black Milk Littlefinger leggings (they're covered in all his quotes from the books and tv show) and to go with the theme, a Mockingbird pin I actually picked up from a Game of Thrones stall at last year's Supanova. My collared dress is by Topshop, the fluffy jumper over it from Primark (similar options here), and I have Limecrime's Velvetine in Wicked on my lips.
I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be less crowded on the Sunday. We decided to watch John Barrowman's panel that day since we had missed the previous one. He was really great at interacting with the fans and was absolutely hilarious, telling stories about having to keep fixing his favourite pair of pants because they constantly split, and the entire suitcase he had dedicated to bringing home all the flavours of Tim Tams that ever existed. After the panel we took another walk around the showroom space (much easier this time around as I could actually see where I was going) and I found some more awesome cosplays to photograph. Which ones have been your favourites? Of course mine was the girl dressed as Sansa Stark but the Howl get up (Howl's Moving Castle) comes a close second. I was glad I went to Supanova this year despite initially not being too entranced by the guestlist, I ended up having heaps of fun with my friends and I think that's the best part about it! Next year I hope to go in a cosplay of my own too.
Have you ever been to a pop culture expo like this?