Words by LACHLAN MACKENZIE
Photography by BRYCE THOMAS
So like, Supanova right?
Vertigo went to Supanova, and I’m not sure we did it right. We went with a vague plan to just see what comes and let the magic of Supanova paint us with its experiential fun-paint. That’s a shit plan. But here’s what we learnt:
Lesson 1: You need a plan for Supanova
Get a plan, get a costume, join a fandom, join a line, have friends. That’s your convention checklist. We entered the hall in two groups, lost each other before the Batmobile, searched around the Star Wars cosplayers, found the entirety of Supanova in the Stan Lee line and eventually found each other at the Wrestling Ring. In that search we found that if you wanted to see anyone who had been advertised you’d have to have an affinity for standing in awkwardly close proximity to other people and not moving for hours on end. Lineapalooza.
Lesson 2: The big personalities are why Supanova exists
As you walk through the stalls in the hall, you realise that the only people talking to the smaller exhibitors (local comic book artists, game developers, artists and authors) are the other exhibitors, and that the guy (not) selling strips of sugar is only there to make everyone really aware of the fact that so few people are engaging. As a social failure, the task of talking to someone at a desk about their work is deathly frightening to me, and the problem was that Supanova was populated with people exactly like me. I felt bad for the exhibitors, but not bad enough to talk to them, and that would be fine if everyone else wasn’t doing the exact same thing. On Friday at least, people wanted to see what they already loved; the rest slipped through the cracks.
Lesson 3: People want you to take photos of them but won’t initiate it
Some of the cosplayers saunter around kind of aimlessly, not seeming like they necessarily want to but gladly stopping to have their picture taken with random strangers. It was weirdly exhibitionist in a hall of uncomfortable hyper self-awareness, and I still don’t get it. BUT those people were also kind of cool, so we said words at them and took words back.
And here, is Supanova 2014 in pictures – enjoy.
This year’s SUPANOVA pop culture expo took place at Sydney Showground, Olympic Park on Friday, June 13 – Sunday, June 15.
LACHLAN MACKENZIE is a guy – and flame-retardant. He does things. He writes, drinks, occasionally studies, and Twitters @lachlanm93.
BRYCE THOMAS is a freelance photographer. He took photos for Vertigo at Supanova, but he’ll take yours too if you want! More at brycethomasphotography.com. Or follow him on Facebook, Bryce Thomas Photography, and on Instagram @brycethomasphotography.