by Andrew Charlton
Supanova is here again! Perth’s pop culture expo has returned another year, with guests, cosplay and a great many exhibitions displaying all the best pop culture has to offer. Also stalls, lots and lots of stalls.
Every year I go, and every year I find something to be excited about. This year, it was the chance to try out the HTC Vive for the first time, the next step in virtual reality head-sets. I wanted to know if it would work for me, since I’m blind in one eye.
Not only did it work great, but I scored the second highest in the game on display, Space Pirate Trainer, of all guests that day. It was definitely the highlight of my day.
What wasn’t though, was the two and a half hours I spent waiting in line for it. With only a single machine, it was a struggle to get through. With just one more this could have been rectified, but the large screen to show passersby the players view took up so much of their allotted area.
Let me tell you, after two and a half hours of listening to the techno lyric “I AM THE ROBOT” I was ready to wage war on every last robot. But hey, queues are kind of part of the con experience, so maybe I’m just a whiner.
The show floor itself seemed a tad lackluster this year though, there were some fantastic guests, such as Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Negasonic (Brianna Hildebrand) from Deadpool, and Goku (Sean Schemmel) and Vegeta (Christopher Sabat).
But the shops themselves seemed less-than abundant this year, likely due to the controversies about the founder of Supanova and his opinions on trans people.
I did pick up a nifty set of paired short swords though, which I’m very happy with.
The last things I attended, were the Kamehameha contest. I participated, but with a Goku cosplayer next to me, I was screwed.
Like a few other things this year, competitions felt kind of dull, there were some beautiful cosplays certainly. The stand out to me being a beautiful recreation of winter wonderland Orianna and Lulu from League of Legends. But there weren’t all that many cosplayers who took part, it felt like a reduced turn-out compared to previous years.
Though that sums up my opinion of Supanova as a whole this year, it was underwhelming. Cons in Perth have been on decline for a while now, and I could definitely feel it today.
Images by Tiffany Kennedy