Supanova 2008 Report
6 April 2008
So there hasn't really been many updates lately. Sorry about that. I actually forgot about the website for a while.
This weekend was the Supanova convention in Brisbane. Much like Easter it sort of snuck up on everybody this year. This perhaps could explain the lower cosplay numbers.
In brief, it wasn't that different to years previous. As always, places with rare merchandise were ridiculously crowded, while everyone else mostly just twiddled their thumbs. There were a couple of guests; Spike Spencer (Shinji Ikari of English dub Evangelion and Akito Tenkawa of Nadesico) being the most notable of attendees for the anime crowd. There wasn't even elbow room on the convention floor, and the exits outside were like a river of molasses, except that the molasses was made of people. Given the heat (especially in the parts of the line exposed to the sunlight in the morning), it was rather amazing that there wasn't a crowd of fainters.
The atmosphere seemed flatter this year. Normally there's quite a lot of energy and good vibes at Supanova - one of the best reasons for attending - but it has deflated substantially, even if the number of attendees continues to swell. It is difficult to predict why this is so, but I would place bets on the continual convention emphasis on the comic, gaming and sci-fi crowds. Word on the street is that most of the anime fans (probably about 70% of the attendance) walked away a little disappointed.
I could go on about the convention lifecycle and the possible rise of a proper Brisbane Animania, but we all know that what everyone really wants is cosplay pictures. I scoured the convention floor like some sort of angel of death, stealing bits of people's souls with deadly camera flashes. These aren't all of the photos, but they're a selection of the better ones.
Hats... um, masks... um, helmets... off to the crazy cosplayers who love their hobby that much. You make me feel just a tiny bit better about my terribly large collection of paraphernalia.