Supanova in Sydney

This past weekend I was privileged to attend the Sydney Supanova Pop Culture Expo as one of the author guests. It was my first Supanova, and even if I weren’t also appearing in Perth this upcoming weekend, it wouldn’t be my last. What a hoot! What an experience!

Let me tell you more …

First of all, I’ll extol the praises of my fellow author guests. What a line up! Hugo-nominated Kevin J Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, NYT bestseller Kevin Hearne, plus local stars Keri Arthur, Dr Karl, C.S. Pacat, Wanda Wilshire, David Henley, and Donna Maree Hanson. Delightful people all, so diverse in their storytelling styles and genres, and so interesting to talk with. I am honoured to be included in this group, and am really looking forward to catching up with K.A. Bedford and Bevan McGuinness in Perth.

I’ll give a particular shout-out to Kevin Hearne. Being woefully behind on, well, everything, because of the stupid spine issues, I hadn’t caught up with his bestselling Iron Druid series. I rectified that omission by purchasing Hounded, the first book, from the wonderful guys at the Galaxy Bookshop booth next door, and read it overnight. If you like urban fantasy and Irish mythology, I expect you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. So if like me you’ve missed this delightful series, now you have no excuse!

And then of course there are the media-type guests. So many fabulous, fascinating people! This year’s headliner is Nathan Fillion, and he worked so hard in Sydney. I can’t imagine he’ll have it any easier in Perth.

Of course, they all work tremendously hard. I was staggered at the number of people who came out to Homebush over the weekend. Thousands and thousands. It was actually a bit overwhelming. And don’t think for a moment I’m deluded enough to think I was any real kind of drawcard. No, the drawcards were Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Jason Isaacs, Liam McIntyre, Danielle Panabaker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Kristin Bauer, Graham McTavish … and that’s only a mere handful of the amazing media guests.

For the record, here are some of my impressions:

Adam Baldwin is wonderful. Generous, super smart, thoughtful and mischievous. A great guy. Danielle Panabaker is so sweet, so not affected by her success in The Flash. She started acting very young, yet there’s no hint of cynicism about her. I nearly fell over when I first spoke to Kristin Bauer. She sounds nothing like Pam in True Blood, doesn’t carry herself like Pam either. It has to be one of the most astonishing transformations in acting. And she is truly lovely and kind. Perhaps the biggest surprise was Graham McTavish. I recognised him from the bits of Outlander I’ve seen (totally not from his performance as Dwalin in The Hobbit. All that makeup!) so he wasn’t particularly on my radar. My mistake. What a guy! So funny, so engaging. Also his beard is magnificent and he has very good knees.

I also had some great conversations with Eric Stuart, musician, voice actor and audio-book narrator; Dean Rankine, comic book artist; Greg Van Borssum, stunt guru for Mad Max Fury Road.

Honestly, it was an amazing experience. I’m not good with that level of noise or crush of people, so I’ve never even been to Supanova as a spectator. I consider myself beyond lucky to have been allowed behind the scenes to meet and chat with some of these wonderful performers.

Finally, I must express my appreciation to the wonderful readers who dropped by Writers’ Alley to say hi and have a book signed. It means the world to me, and I think to all of us. Also huge thanks must go to the tremendous Supanova team. They looked after us like we were royalty, kept us on schedule, fed us, watered us, and made sure we wanted for nothing. Ineke is a rock star. I can’t even imagine what it takes to run a phenomenon like Supanova. They did an amazing job.

Now I’m panting for Perth. As well as a couple of panels, I’m doing a Writing Masterclass there. I love doing writing workshops. If you can make it, I hope to see you there!

Details for Perth Supanova can be found here.

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