Showing posts with label supanova. Show all posts
Showing posts with label supanova. Show all posts

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Supanova 2017

Catherine and I have just got back from Supanova in Sydney, an annual expo of all that is good and nerdy. Aside from the obligatory cosplay, there are artists, guest from the world of film, TV, comics, video games and beyond, traders selling all kinds of goodies and ... more cosplay. There's even some games.

The expo has expanded from previous years, moving into a second hall at the Sydney Olympic Park site. This also had the effect of opening up a large outdoor space within the ticketed area as well, which meant there was a lot more space to move, breathe and to take photos. A great improvement.

I didn't take as many photos as I should have done, and what I did take were all cosplay. Here's some individual outfits which caught my eye.

I loved this classy Snow White look. If I did Snow White I'd want a frock like that.

Marvel Girl is on my to-do list as well, but I certainly won't carry it off as well as this. I had a nice chat with her about where she got the boots. 

This Lego Batman was a highlight.

But I think this was my favourite single costume - The Thing.

The bravery award went to Ultra Boy and his skimpy outfit.

This was my favourite group. Simple but effective.

And here's the obligatory Disney princesses (plus Peter Pan). One of the many groups of Disney princesses (including the one my daughter was part of). I took a photo of this one because one of the ladies had come as Megara (from Hercules) and I don't think I've ever seen her done before. The photo doesn't show it, but her hairpiece was magnificent (you'll have to look up a side view of the original character to see what she was aiming for, and achieved).

 Once again Catherine and I did Jessica Jones and Kilgrave (but not in that order). We hoped we'd get more recognition than we did at Comic Gong back in May. We didn't, really. I think most people thought I was just a transvestite on a day out, which strictly is true, but wasn't the only effect was going for. And certainly wasn't true for Catherine who went full purple and watched a 20 minute tutorial on how to do hair like David Tennant's.

I say we didn't get much recognition; we did get asked for photos by one of the professional photographers who do the rounds at these events; the first time this has happened in the four years we've been going.

We trawled a lot of stall, had a great time chatting to random strangers, and bought very little; some cheap steampunk goggles because ... well, always useful, and a few prints. But we had a fantastic day and will be back there next year with new costumes.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Supanova and Clobberin' Time!

I was stupidly busy this weekend, with Supanova on Saturday and the Waterloo refight on the Sunday. But I did find time to pull together the various notes I'd been making regarding changes to the current draft edition of Clobberin' Time.

Some of the changes have been tested and, I'll freely admit, some of them haven't. But I have been excited to discover, in recent weeks, at least two other people playing these rules, and they have suggested ideas which I thought were worth introducing into rules and putting out there for further testing and discussion.

Draft 0.3 of Clobberin' Time is now available on my FREE STUFF page. In it you will find improved rules for lifting and throwing, new rules for knockback, optional rules for making use of the Jokers in activation and for engaging multiple targets and a number of new abilities - Boost, Regeneration, Tactics, Heavy and more. Get into that phone-booth, ditch your everyday identity and fight some villains. It's Clobberin' Time!

I mentioned Supanova above as well. Catherine and I had a grand day out there on Saturday, but I ended up taking no photos aside from our own cosplay.

Here's Catherine as Fireball XL5's Dr Venus:

And here I am as Crack Comics' 1940, Madam Fatal - Maybe a sweet little old lady ...

Possibly a daring crimefighter ...

But definitely a dedicated transvestite!

Now we've got to start thinking about costumes for next year.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Supanova Sydney 2015

The main hall at lunchtime
Off to the left is another space, at least as big
Yesterday Mrs Kobold and I went up to Sydney Supanova. We went lasy year, as reported on this blog, and enjoyed it so much we decided a return visit was in order. And, once again, we cosplayed.

Our family really enjoys the series Orphan Black, so that's what the two of us did. Spoilers may follow, depending on how far you've watched it ...

Catherine went for the endearing Ukrainian psycho clone, Helena. She already had all of the clothes needed to pull this one off; all that was required was the makeup and a scraggy blone wig. And a model scorpion (not pictured).

I went for something technically more difficult - the pro-clone Rachel Duncan. Specifically Rachel Duncan during her experience with a pencil in Series 2.

I solved the technical difficulty of walking around with a pencil in my left eye all day with a cheap plastic pirate eye-patch, a print-out of Tatiana-Maslany-as-Rachel's left eye, a pencil, some invisible elastic and lots of glue.

Here we are out in the wide world, waiting for the train to Sydney.

My costume got three responses, depending on the person - "Wow! Orphan Black is my favourite programme!", "Ewww! That pencil is gross!" and finally "Wait! Is that a dude?"

Once at Supanova we wandered round, talked to people and posed with stuff.

Whilst posing with the Tardis we ran into another Orphan Back cosplay - another Helena in fact. One so up-to-date that her costume was based on an episode shown only last week.

And then, just before we went home, we found what we were looking - two different cosplay clones - series main-character Sarah and science-geek Cosima.

We managed to do it right next to the BBC Enterprises stand. Since the series is produced by BBC America the staff were very excited to get such a haul, so we posed for them.

Orphan Black Clones - Rachel, Sarah, Cosima and Helena

And then we went home. We picked up a takeaway chicken and chips on the way back, much to the amusement of the staff.

Here's a few - very few - of the other great cosplays on display.

Dark Phoenix
Three Doctors. Like clones, but in time rather than space.
Mad Max: Fury Road Warboys
Perhaps the lady is Mrs Warboys*?
Steampunk Tardis
Crossplay Gandalf
Aztec Sun-God
And finally ...
Our purchases were light - we bought a small Orphan Back related print from an artist who was unreasonably excited to see us, and I added another car to my collection ...

And, again, the question remains - who to go as next year?

*Possibly obscure British sitcom joke.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Supanova Sydney 2014

Yesterday we had a family outing up to Sydney to attend the Supanova Pop Culture Expo. This is basically what it sounds like; a three day festival of film, TV, comics and, well, general nerdery. With cosplay. Lots of cosplay.

This is what it looked like at lunchtime yesterday

Busy, busy, busy.

But surprisingly easy to get around.

My daughter has been a couple of times before, and actually travelled up with some friends, as they were doing a group cosplay. But my son, my wife and I had never been before, so we decided not to get seduced by the special guests, who included George Lazenby, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, John Barrowman and even the great Stan Lee, and just spend the day soaking up the atmosphere and seeing what the event had to offer. And so we did, having a great day browsing the various stands and stalls, and revelling in the fantastic costumes that people wore.

Ah, the cosplay. If you follow this blog you'll know that I'm not averse to a little, shall we say, 'dressing up', but my daughter aside none of us had done cosplay before. But we decided to do our best.

My son (who wasn't feeling very well) went as Clark Kent, whilst his lovely girlfriend went as Dawn (from Pokemon, as any fule kno)

I can't remember what my daughter and her friends went from. They were characters from a podcast they all follow. Other people seemed to recognise them, and get excited, so they made a good choice.

She's the black-cloaked figure on the right.

On to Catherine. She and my daughter are fans of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series of DS games, so she went as the whip-wielding lawyer, Franziska Von Karma.

And what of me? Well, it was inevitable that it was going to involve a frock. And, after I was called out after a casual remark I made on Facebook, I ended up attempting ... this:

Something of an uphill struggle, you'll agree.

And the end result? This.

Yes, Kaptain Kobold - The Mother of Dragons.

It was the dragon that made it, apparently. It's a hand-puppet my daughter lent me, but people seemed genuinely amused by it as I kept it in operation a lot of the time we were walking around. There were quite a few other Daenerys Targaryens around, but as far as we know only one other had a dragon, and it didn't move.

Of course, Catherine and I had to pose with some of the props on offer. As Brits this was an obvious choice.

But I found some re-enactors to pose with as well.

Some other costumes on offer

I said that there were other people doing Daenerys Targaryen. Three of us posed for a group shot. As one spectator said, "One of these Targaryens is not like the others ...".

One of my favourite costumes - a Pikachu Space Marine.

We had a great, but very tiring, day. And we're going back next year. But what to wear ... ?

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