A reminder for Australian ringers that Supanova begins in Brisbane tomorrow at the RNA showgrounds. Events kickoff at 10am, going through until 6pm, and then everything starts up again on Sunday the 14th at the same time.

Supanova – a pop-culture convention that has enjoyed a lot of success in Sydney – is making its first venture into Queensland and LoTR fans will enjoy the chance to meet Bruce Hopkins (Gamling) and Bill Hunt (a prosthetics expert from WETA who helped give Lord of the Rings’ characters their super-real look). Both Bill 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 be heaps of Trading Card Game stuff, including demonstrations, 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.

Full Guest list for Saturday

Seminar Room Upper Commerce Building

10.30 Bruce Hopkins – King’s Right Hand Man: Gamling
11.20 Peter Mayhew – Episode III: Return of the Wookiee
12.10 Mark Bagley – Spinning Webs on Ultimate Spider-Man
1.00 Sandi Finlay – The Empire’s Dealiest Woman: Sly Moore
1.50 Ashley Wood – Hellspawn to Popbot: An Artists’ Journey
2.40 David Prowse – The Villainous Darth Vader
3.30 Ben Templesmith : 2 Days of Supanova: Hollywood & Beyond
4.20 Bill Hunt – Lord of the Rings Prosthetics Master
5.10 Undead crew – Live at Supanova

Anime & Comic Book Room Lower Commerce Building

10.30 Matt Sloan : From Animatronics Supervisor to Jedi Knight
11.20 Chris Sabat : Super Saiyan! DBZ’s Piccolo & Vegeta
12.10 Anime Trivia Competition
1.00 Comic-Book Trivia Competition
1.50 Darren Dunstan : Yu-Gi-Oh!’s bad guy Maximillion Pegasus
2.40 Jon Sommariva : Rocketing in on Go Boy 7
3.30 Krome : The Latest : Greatest from the local gaming giant
4.20 Dillon Naylor : Gets Historical! In the Beginning, to Batrisha : Beyond
5.10 Eddie Campbell : Painting a Different Picture on Batman

TORn will be there to report on the event, and maybe we’ll even score an interview or two. Stay tuned.

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