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Armageddon retreats, Supanova follows

June 14, 2007

In the war of the pop-culture conventions the most important battle will be over before the gates even open.

I have strong reasons to believe the majority of income from both conventions is from their attendance, but from what I’ve been reading and hearing for years is that people attend these conventions because of the vendors. Thus begins the battle for sponsors and (more importantly) vendors.

Sometime around 1 June someone from the Armageddon crew posted in a forum that they were moving their October convention to Melbourne instead of Sydney. This news spread like wildfire among the Supanova fans that were following this chain of events. Sometime after it was updated on Armageddon’s Australian event website: http://www.armageddonexpo.com/

Supanova’s response was rather positive, announcing they will reschedule their events next year to avoid a clash:

as I promised both Bill in an email months ago and Rob on the phone just last week, that if Armageddon chose not to clash with Supanova in Sydney this year we would give them their desired October dates in Sydney annually with a guaranteed two month prior unobstructed window (calculated from their Labour Day October holiday dates in Auckland annually). I’ll even add a one month after window so that everything can be as smooth as possible.

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Most vendors will not have the resources to attend both events on the same weekend and now that they are in different cities this isn’t going to make it any easier. Some groups such as OzTaku and Pulp Faction may have enough staffing to attend both events (in separate cities).

Madman is probably the only (anime related) vendor who can afford the time and staffing to attend both events. You can pretty much guarantee they’ll be at Supanova (one of Madman staff is also a Supanova staff), and with Armageddon in their home town they can’t miss it.

I expect over the next few months the other vendors will start picking sides however there is the possibility that now the events are in different cities fans will attend both events regardless of the vendors.

Perhaps this has moved from a lose-lose to a win-win situation for both events?

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Supanatopism

May 15, 2007

Word of the Day: Anatopism. Go look it up in a dictionary (I did), then take another look at the picture below. Do you agree, or do you see it differently?

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Supanova Brisbane 2007 feedback

May 8, 2007

April 13-15 RNA Showgrounds.

It appears that Supanova is still going strong in Brisbane, they have moved to a larger venue and continue to draw in the crowds.

In trawling through the forums and blogs I unearthed a few interesting reports that I will detail here.

Firstly, there was the massive lan-party (computer gaming) that was going to be a major part of the competitions.

The LAN will accommodate 63 computers per day, with 3 major comps to be held on each day.

They had their share of problems though, none of them compare to the complete lack of interest showed by attendees.

Ka-LAN was suppose to run a lan party with computers but we only had one person register and attend i thank him so to ensure we can entertain still we have less than a week to setup the consoles and after suffering massive headaches and lack of sleep and with the help of so many people we pulled it off.

Continued further:

I do hope you enjoyed the consoles and the event. but with the lack of forsight not to mention the wall were were placing the projectors on when we planned it ….. was indeed glass lol but i assure you our hindsight has 20/20 vision

A common complaint with Supanova events is that Pre-Paid and Door sales all start at the same time, so even if you paid weeks in advance you may still be waiting in line whilst people who pay on the day go straight in.

I, personally, felt the queues to get in were a debacle. I’m forced to wonder, given that I didn’t attend the Preview Night, and that the queue to buy tickets at the door moved faster than the pre-paid ticket line, what, other than preview night, was the incentive for pre-purchasing? Honestly, more than one volunteer was needed to be checking peoples tickets and placing on the wristbands.

I could say there is a direct involvement of Madman in the running of Supanova but I don’t want to step on any toes, so I won’t. Nevertheless it is quite obvious that some of the Supanova event staff are also Madman staff, which leads on to my next point.

Considering the close ties there was not much surprise when Supanova announced in 2006 that videos entered into the AMV competition needed to comply with OFLC regulations. The rules from 2006 are no longer online, but a thread detailing the AMV rules is on the Madman forums.

The restriction to use OFLC rated videos was mentioned a few times by the AMV Coordinator, but when it came to the results – that restriction went out the window.

And finally, the most surprising of all comments was the turnout for the screening of Sunshine (2007). This was a Free screening for anyone who had pre-purchased Supanova tickets, yet amazingly only a handful of people attended. Considering that the amount of publicity that movie has had in the recent weeks I cannot come up with any comprehensible reason why so few people would attend.

I’d just like to thank Supanova for holding the Sunshine screening last night.

It was a good movie. Only about 20-25 people showed up though.

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Armageddon smashes Supanova

April 6, 2007

Supanova has announced a rather short looking list of special guests for their upcoming Brisbane event. The only name I recognise Billy Dee Williams, you may remember him from such movies as Star Wars: Episode V. 27 years after the movie and he’s still doing the rounds… that’s impressive!

Also coming is Doug Jones, famous for playing “Dead Iraqi Soldier” in Three Kings. I hear he’s moved onto even bigger things now. Oh and not to forget the usual anime dub “actors” from USA, this time from Naruto. You can bet all the anime fans will rejoice with that exciting news.

However I think Supanova has bigger things to worry about… first a little bit of history:
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