Thursday, 21 July 2011

SupaNova 2011 (Perth) - Day 3

This is a relatively short post and is the last one in my three part series on my SupaNova weekend in Perth. Please find the links to my previous posts below:

My third and last day in Perth is very James-Marsters-centered. I planned to attend the James Marsters panel, get a photo and autograph with him and then later that night attend the SupaNova afterparty, which James would also be attending.

I hadn't mentioned this earlier, but I had taken my Gothic Lolita outfit to Perth with me. Hearing how there are more cosplayers on the Saturday than the Sunday, I wore that outfit on Saturday. Which leaves me wearing casual clothes on the Sunday. Which is just fine - as much as I love the fashion, I didn't want to take a photo with James Marsters in it.

But first things first, the James Marsters panel.

I woke up at 10:30am thinking, "What time was the James Marsters panel again?"

It starts at 11am.

Of course I wasn't going to just run out of the apartment without proper grooming - photo taking, remember? - but I swear it was the quickest I've ever put on make up.

I didn't miss too much of it, luckily, and got a few snapshots while I was at it.


Look at that smile, who wouldn't swoon?


Then, while I was waiting for James Marsters' photo op session, I went to watch the anime game show.


Yeah, even John Robertson was a bit gobsmacked about this performance.


I love this pair's cosplay. Even though I'm not too sure which anime it's from (more my fault than their's), I thought their's was the prettiest out of the two days worth of costumes I'd seen.


More cosplays.


And finally, my picture with James Marsters.

 

I was going to tell you how my mind went completely blank when he shook my hand and said, "hi," but I think you guys have had enough of me swooning in the past three entries. XD

Oh, and the after-party?

It was unnerving to see how much more fan-girly other people could be - I mean, I thought I was bad. But everyone behaved, to a degree. I even got to meet Gareth David-Lloyd (aka, Ianto Jones in Torchwood).
He's quite a unique individual - for a lack of better words - and I'm now watching Torchwood, to compare the actor and the character. It would be interesting to watch a show after meeting the real person (as opposed to the opposite).

As I have warned, this is a fairly short entry. Unfortunately I took so long to get all the photos sorted out that the impressions of the trip is no longer fresh in my mind.

I'll have to keep in mind to actually write the entries while on future trips, and then edit and publish them when I get back.

Since I have a Hong Kong/Tokyo trip planned for September, this is a good tip to keep in mind. ;P

Monday, 18 July 2011

SupaNova 2011 (Perth) - Day 2

Well here is part 2 of my 3-part series on my SupaNova weekend a few weeks back. If you haven't read the first post, you can find it here.

After my text-intensive post last time, I'll let the pictures do most of the talking in this post.


You should hear the amount of "aww..." when this kid-Vader walked up to the 501st Legion.




I usually won't post fuzzy photos, but I thought their pairing was fantastic.


This Tardis has certainly seen better days, but I loved the effort they put in it. Go Doctor! (Oh, I saw this guy who did a great Doctor, but I was in line for food and couldn't get a picture. Then I couldn't find him again, boo...)


Cross-Universe?

 So cute... if I could ever get my cat to behave, I'd dress up as Kiki Delivery service.

Shameless plug of my cat.

This poor guy was about to go on break when I asked to take his picture. He had to do up all those little buttons on his vest again - then undo them again when I was finished. But you've got to admire his tenacity for perfection.


That was not the scariest thing I saw at the event... does that tell you something?


Okay, here's where the limits of my dad's Canon 24-105mm lens are most obvious. It might be an okay lens if you have bright lights and subject matter which is not all that far away. But when you're 1/3 way across a large room and trying to take photos of an unlit stage, you get a lot of blurry photos.

As such, I don't have as many photos of the Cosplay competition as I would have liked.


Let me just say that John Robertson was great up there. He's funny, and he knows most (if not all) mainstream anime/games - I'd hate to have to listen to a MC who doesn't know what he's talking about.

He managed to smooth over some fairly awkward moments (e.g. where amatuer Cosplayers get onstage without being prepared to "flaunt their wares", and instead stands in one pose awkwardly for 1 minute) - and no, none of these cosplayers I posted up are of those awkward cosplayers.

Look at Penguin's nose...

This guy yanked a head off a teddy bear and stuff it on a baseball helmet... scary...

Do you really want to know?


After the cosplay competition, the day was far from over -->> James Marsters Live Performance!

Unfortunately photography and any sort of recording was not allowed.
Truth be told, when you forget about aiming your camera and actually sit and experience an event, it's actually more memorable.

Before nearly every song James would tell us the story behind the lyrics - apparently he wrote quite a number of songs to get back in his girlfriend's good graces XD

The night was a blast, and it went a long way to making up for the disappointments I've experienced the night before.
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Monday, 11 July 2011

SupaNova 2011 (Perth) - Day 1 (well night really)

So finally, here is part 1 of my 3-part series on my trip to Perth a few weeks back. Sorry for the text-intensive post, I promise more photos in later entries ;P

The trip did not start off well.

It all started while I was on the bus from the long-term parking to Melbourne Airport. I get a call from Foxtix. They were calling to let me know that the presenter for the two-days writing seminar was stuck in New Zealand due to the volcanic ash. As such SupaNova would be cancelling the writing seminars. The Foxtix employee assured me that I would be refunded in full - as if the cost of the seminar tickets would be all I cared about!

If I was going to Perth purely for the writing seminar I'd be screwed, was Foxtix going to refund me my airfare, lodging and car hire?

Luckily my reasons for going to Perth was three parts, 1) attend the two days writing seminar; 2) go see Wicked, the Broadway musical; and 2) see James Marsters.

It's okay, I thought as the Foxtix employee arranged for the refund back to my card, on a positive note I wouldn't have to wake up at the crack of dawn to make it to the 8am seminars.

I arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare, so while waiting to board I started watching Durarara! on my iPad.

For an hour.

Apparently there was a mechanical fault with the plane and JetStar was trying to get it fixed.

For an hour.

In the end they still had to change planes for us.

It's still okay, I thought. I had given myself two hours leeway between arriving in Perth and getting to Burswood Theatre to watch Wicked. I had checked online that the Burswood Entertainment Complex wasn't that far from the airport - I just wouldn't have much time to eat beforehand.

Whilst boarding the plane, the attendants told us that the pilot will be trying his best to make up for the delay in the flight time.

Which is useless when they won't let you land.

Apparently since we've failed to arrive on time, we had to wait in "queue" for a slot to land. Who knew Perth experienced such heavy air traffic?

In the end I didn't get off the plane until 7:45pm, the show starts at 8pm. Even though I didn't have any check-in luggage, I still had to collect my rental car and drive to the theatre.

Did I also mention it was pouring? Like cats and dogs, with the occassional kangaroo? It was one step away from raining drop bears.

I arrived at Burswood Theatre at 8:40pm, rainwater practically running off me in rivulets. I think the theatre ushers took pity on me, because they let me in even though it wasn't intermission yet.

I was riverted for the next two hours - I wasn't as impressed by the music as I was by Love Never Dies - but I thought the story was very clever. Although I didn't miss *that* much of it because the show was so long, I would still have liked to have watched the thing in it's entirety.

The rest of the night was relatively uneventful.

Oh except for this.

There was a car crash outside my apartment window. I was reading a book and getting ready to sleep when I heard a loud long screech then....*crunch*. By the time I got to my window, I see the car bouncing off the side rails before coming to a stop. One of the guys, I think it was the driver, jumps out of the car and just runs off. His friends get out of the car a bit more slowly, but they just wander aimlessly around the car. I think the bunch of them were drunk off their heads. Later the driver wanders back and they just stand around on the side of the road.

Luckily it seemed that nobody was hurt, and they didn't crash into any other cars.

Also the ambulance and police arrived very quickly; I think it took no more than a few minutes. I took my camera out for the first and only time that day - to snap that photo above.

And that concludes my post for the first day of my weekend trip to Perth.

My trip did not start out well I'm afraid, but head over to my next post to see how it proceeds.
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