Australian Ringers will be excited to learn that a giant SF/Anime convention that’s kicking off at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane next weekend will have a distinct LoTR theme to it.

Pop-culture convention Supanova is making its first venture into Queensland, and LoTR fans will enjoy the chance to meet Bruce Hopkins (Gamling) and Gino Acevedo, (award-winning senior prosthetics expert from WETA who helped give Lord of the Rings’ characters their super-real look). Both Gino and Bruce will be giving presentations on each day.

Additionally, Brisbanites will get Australia’s very first look at EA’s forthcoming Return of the King game. Since EA have been known to slip film teasers into their cutscene sequences, we may even see some new film footage. Here’s hoping, anyway.

There’ll also be heaps of Trading Card Game stuff, as well as piles of collectibles from Sideshow and Hasbro to ogle and paw. And that doesn’t even begin to touch on the non-LoTR guests and attractions.

TORn will be there to report on the event, and maybe we’ll even score an interview or two. Stay tuned. In the meantime, check out the full list of guests and attractions here.

The Supanova Pop Culture Expo 2003 Brisbane

RNA Showgrounds, (Commerce Building) Gregory Terrace, Brisbane.
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 10.00am – 6.00pm

Two-day Pass (only available from Ticketek)
Adult: $25.00
Child*: $15.00 (under 5 free)

Single-day Pass (through Ticketek or at the door)
Adult: $15.00
Child*: $10.00

Family Pass (2 Adults, 2 Children aged 5-12)
At the door: $40.00