Sunday, June 27, 2010

Supanova, day 2

Day 2:
  • Got my Lorne tribute comic signed my Mark Lutz, had a bit of a chat to him about how Perth is to the rest of Australia kind of like Canada is to America (and Tassie is Alaska, haha).
  • Picked up The Example from the Gestalt booth, chatted to Justin Randall while I was there.
  • Read The Example while waiting for the Marianne de Pierres writing session. LOVED it, and have added it to the "must review" list.
  • Went to the Dichen Lachman session. She was sweet, funny and wonderfully geeky.
I had a bit of disappointment today: because the SupaStar sessions were running late, I had to choose between sitting in on Eliza Dushku's freaking packed session or going along to Marianne's talk about writing. The boyfriend said I would have loved Eliza's session, she talked a lot about feminism and the entertainment industry which I am really interested in, but I don't regret my choice - Marianne has a lot of experience and she's really approachable. I got a lot out of her talk and got to ask her some questions afterwards. Eliza's session was so full, I don't think I would have been able to get out in time to see Marianne! I got most of the highlights from the boyfriend, who stood in line for about an hour so he could get a seat in Eliza's thing. Hopefully she'll return in the not-too-distant future and I'll be able to actually see her.

I really enjoyed Dichen and Mark's sessions, which weren't packed - they should have been, but it was a nicer atmosphere for us anyway. I think a lot of people were deterred by the time. Mark's session was at 10.40am on Saturday, when I think nearly 3/4 of the convention attendees were still in line outside. Dichen's was at 4.10pm on Sunday, when a lot of people had gotten worn out and were going home, or were getting last-minute photographs and autographs (those lines were IN-SANE, especially for Charisma, Summer and Eliza). Hopefully next year the Supanova organisers will plan the space a bit better. They had the wrestling arena next to the food area. Not only did they NOT have enough food vendors, but the lines were totally confused and congested with all the people standing around watching the wrestling. They kept changing which exits we were and weren't allowed to use for the seminars, the space was waaaaay too small (people hand to stand, and some were even turned away during several sessions). The theatre where all the anime/manga, comic and book stuff was happening was ridiculously cold, as well as being far too big for the turnout those had. Hopefully they'll sort out all those kinks next year, now that they know what kind of numbers to expect!

Honestly, I'd love to go to WorldCon in September, but it's just not an option for me at the moment. It's going to be a pretty long time before it's back in Australia, which is sad - the last AussieCon was in 1999, so I'm looking at about a ten-year wait. Sigh. Hopefully I'll win the lotto and be able to take myself and the boyfriend to WorldCon in another country :P

I have my blurb and my title for JulNoWriMo now, I'm pretty darn excited. I'm hoping to be able to get some serious reading done in my last four days of leisure, then it'll be all write, all the time until the end of July!

Hope your weekend was as good as mine ;)


  1. Omg Dichen, Summer and Eliza? D: SO JEALOUS

    I'm so bummed I couldnt go to the Brisbane one because of uni, but I dont think the guest list was that good. I went last year mostly bc of my girl crush on Hayden Panettiere ;D

  2. It was le epic. I couldn't go last year either, I can't remember why... I think I was away? But yeah, I have a feeling next year's line-up will be totally sah-weet.

    Btw, I have just taken photos for my Concrete Minerals primer review and it will be posted in... roughly 12 hours time! xD


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