Geek It! Spotlight: Supanova Pop Culture Expo Sydney


Comics, cosplay, anime, gaming, celebrities, TV, film, geekery…SUPANOVA POP CULTURE EXPO is one of the most highly-anticipated comic conventions in Sydney every year.

This year, it will be a MASSIVE three-day convention to be held once again at Sydney’s Olympic Park from June 13-15. supanova_aust_logo

This year’s convention seems like a real treat for all geeks out there, especially Otakus. First of all, there will special AnimeLab screenings by Madman Entertainment at the event, featuring hit anime series such as Attack on Titan, Lagrange, Robotics; Note, and Psycho Pass. 

Hanabee is also bringing a themed Maid Cafe to this year’s convention as a way of bringing Japanese popculture to Supanova, and it’s none other than a RWBY-inspired Maid Cafe. Here at CtrlGeekGirl, we are big fans of Hanabee’s popular title RWBY. With RWBY-inspired maid and butler outfits, plus a menu of yummy crepes, drinks and maid performances, it is a hotspot that we must visit!

In addition to this, there is also anime trivia, cosplay competition, cosplay chess, and believe it or not, there will be an Anime Game Show‘ as well. If you’ve ever wanted to be part of those crazy Japanese TV game shows, this is a great chance to battle it out for fame and glory. Don’t worry, it will be tame – we think.

And we certainly can’t forget about the guests. This year’s Supanova Sydney guest list is looking incredible more than ever with exciting guests attending such as STAN LEE (aka the creator of Spiderman, X-Men, Hulk, Thor); MICHAEL ROSENBAUM (Smallville, Justice League); KATE CASSIDY (Arrow, Gossip Girl, Supernatural) JOHN BARROWMAN (Arrow, Doctor Who), MING-NA WEN (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) and many more. 

But how on earth could we not give a shoutout for Supanova Sydney’s voice-talent lineup?! Probably one of its finest lineup yet, here are some of the superstar guests that we absolutely cannot wait to see in a few weeks!



Vic Mignogna – Edward Elric from Full-Metal Alchemist, Tamaki in Ouran High School Host Club

Considered ‘King’ of the dubbed anime world, Vic Mignogna’s fanbase began to grow after he performed the roles of Broly (Dragon Ball Z) and Vega (Streetfighter II) back in the 90s when anime ignited as a household name.

Since then, Vic has been in more than one hundred shows, and is known for such roles as the fiesty Edward Elric (Full-Metal Alchemist), the swoon-worthy Tamaki Suou (Ouran Highschool Host Club), Fai (Tsubasa Chronicle), Dark (DN Angel) and many more. Besides being a voice-actor, Vic is also a professional composer, singer and producer who has written and produced hundreds of songs for TV and radio, including theme songs for One Piece & DragonBall GT. 

Maile Flanagan – Naruto Uzumaki in Naruto and Naruto Shippuuden 

Believe it, Naruto fans! You might know Flanagan as Principal Perry (Disney X D’s Lab Rats), Geri O’Flanagan (3Way), and Janet (Yes Man) but for us, she is best known as none other than the voice of our shonen hero, Uzumaki Naruto.

The most notable aspect of Flanagan voicing Naruto is that she has not listened to Junko Takeuchi’s version of Naruto as Flanagan wanted to create her own version of his voice. As you may or may not know, CtrlGeekGirl is obsessed with Naruto, and while we are #1 fans of Junko, we find Flanagan’s take on Naruto quite interesting…so naturally, we can’t wait to see Junko’s alter ego!

 Yuri Lowenthal – Ben 10 in Ben 10: Alien Force, Ultimate Alien and Omniverse 

We’re super happy to see that Yuri Lowenthal — aka Ben Tennyson (Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien and Ben 10: Omniverse) — will be coming to Supanova. He’s not just our Ben though. Anime fans may also know him as Sasuke (Naruto), Suzaku Kururugi (Code Geass), Keigo Atobe (Prince of Tennis), Barnaby Brooks Jr (Tiger and Bunny). Lowenthal is also an award-winning actor of stage, screen and has worked on over 200 video game titles with his notable role as the Prince in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones.

Tara Platt – Temari from Naruto, Wonder Woman in MK vs DC 

Tara Platt has dabbled in film, TV, animation, and theatre but in the voice-acting world, she is best known for her work as Temari (Naruto), Wonder Woman (DC vs. MK), and Dream Girl (Legion of Superheroes).

Anime fans may also recognize her from animated series such as Digimon: Island of Lost DigimonBuso Renkin,RaveMaster, FateStayNightRozenmaidenBleachDearSBoys Be; and video games including Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Soul CaliburFinal Fantasy, Tales of SymphoniaTales of the Abyss, and Persona 3.

Jessica DiCicco – The Flame Princess from Adventure Time 

Jessica’s break into the entertainment world began at an early age when she was cast in the movie ‘Free to be… a Family’ (starring Robin Williams and Jon Bon Jovi). She eventually tried her hand at voice-acting which ultimately saw her receiving an Emmy nomination for her role as Malina in The Emperor’s New School. 

Some of Jessica’s other voice-acting credits include Over the Hedge, Gravity Falls, Pound Puppies, and the ever-popular hotheaded Flame Princess in Adventure Time. She’s also provided her voice for video games including Lumina in Final Fantasy XIII, Franke Athens in Psychonaughts, and Olette in Kingdom Hearts II.

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