I went to the Supanova Pop Culture Expo in Sydney again, on 27th-29th October
Last year, I shared a table (Table Eeeeeee) in Artists' Alley with Xmung of
Loxie and Zoot,
and Rahball (formerly Timmerryn) of
This year, we were pigs. We got ourselves TWO tables so that we had plenty of
room to spread out all our crap. We were up and ready on Friday night, while
the slackers next to us didn't stagger in until Saturday morning.
Rah was the absolute queen of retail over the weekend. I think she sold more
than everyone else on Artists' Alley put together. Rah knows stuff.
Like, "What do people like to buy?" Seriously, her furry table was a crowd
magnet! Check out her stuff! Cre'atures.
I wore my Rupert hat again. It was made by Rah, and a lot of people kept asking
about it. We're seriously going to have to sell them next year. Anyway, here's
the obligatory shot of me, Rah and Xmung. Xmung wore his own hat this year, so
that we couldn't force him to wear silly colourful things, like last time.
We got ourselves a proper sign this year, officially calling ourselves
"Webcartoonists Anonymous". We figured that most people have never heard of us,
OR this new-fangled thing called "The Internet". Plus, it sounds like an
addiction in need of a cure. I think that's pretty accurate.
It still amazes me how print comic artists won't go on the web, or haven't
thought about it. Many of the other "indie" artists are happy to sell a handful
of copies of their comic at a convention like this, and sell a few through
comic shops, while Zeera gets 100-200 unique visitors every day (and
it's only a weekly), and Magellan gets a couple of thousand. Print people are
Okay, I don't have a lot of photos, but I'm lazy when it comes to cameras. So
you'll just have to believe me when I say that there were two fantastic Bender
costumes at Supanova, an army of realistic stormtroopers (one kept cruising by
on a Segway), and a woman who was Amidala on the Saturday and Professor
McGonagall on the Sunday. I saw a security guard stop a Tuscan Raider on the
way in to check that this weapon wasn't too sharp.
(A real Tuscan Raider wouldn't stand for that!)
I saw Summer Glau of "Serenity" and Clare Kramer who played Glory in "Buffy the
Vampire Slayer". Both of them were fun, especially Clare, who is very outgoing
and just seems to like people. (Apparently she wasn't mean to her minions in
real life.) On my way to see Summer, I followed a small group of guys who'd
just been to MacDonald's, and fashioned outfits (I use the term very loosely)
out of the takeaway bags. Basically, they wrote "Ewok" on their bags, put the
bags over their heads, and tore little windows in the front to see through.
They stood at the back of Summer's talk session. Someone asked Summer, "What's
the weirdest fan experience you've ever had?" Just at that moment she looked
up, and saw the small army of McEwoks. She said, "What... am I looking at?"
If you want loads of crazy Supanova photos, you can find them
Sydney Olympic Park was a nice venue with plenty of space, but I kind of miss
having so much within view of our table like last time. Last year, we could see
the main stage so we could check out the cosplay and a lot of guest speakers.
This year, I was more interested in staying at my table and flogging Zeera
comics to people before they could get away. I sold 19 books this year, and
handed out 300 flyers (I'm hoping they know what an "Internet" is, and look up
Zeera online). And I met a couple of definite "repeat customers" who bought
Volume #1 last year, and came back for Volume #2. That always gives me warm
I'll certainly be at Supanova again next year, so if you're in Sydney in
October of 2007, toodle on down and say hello! Oh, the books are much cheaper,
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