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Supanova Pop Culture Expo Gold Coast on this Weekend!

posted on by Jon Hayward
The start of Supanova's yearly tour begins in Queensland this weekend at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre from Friday the 4th to Sunday the 6th of April 2014. Their special guests include Eric Stuart, Veronica Taylor and Neil Kaplan and this is Queensland's chance to catch the Sword Art Online Exhibition.


  • When: Friday the 4th of April (Supanova Preview Night), Saturday the 5th to Sunday the 6th (Main Show).
  • Where: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, Cnr Gold Coast Highway & TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach, Queensland 4218.
  • How Much: Weekend Pass - $47.50 online $57.00 at the door. Day Pass - $27.50 online $32.00 at the door.


Neil Kaplan

Having recieved his start as a political impersonator in the late 80's, Neil Kaplan went on to form a impressive resume of work over the years. Having voiced several villians in Saban's Power Rangers (Including the PR movie, Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue and Time Force) he went onto making a name for himself in the Digimon franchise starting with Hawkmon in Digimon Adventure 02 with roles in every Digimon series since. He has also voiced Optimus Prime in Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai in Bleach, Saber Tiger in Blue Dragon and Obito Uchiha in Naruto Shippūden. Most recently you would recognise Neil as Tychus Findlay from StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.

Neil will be speaking from 1:30 on Saturday and 12:00pm on Sunday in the Supanova Seminars room.

Eric Stuart

Brooklyn born and raised, Eric Stuart is an accomplished voice actor and performer having released six albums with his band and has opened for several notable acts including Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Chicago. However you would most likely know Eric as the original voice of Brock and James from Pokémon (alongside a pile of Pokémon including Squirtle), Seto Kaiba from YuGiOh, Metaknight from Kirby: Right Back At Ya! and Gourry Gabriev from Slayers. Eric was also responsible for voice direction and ADR on Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monster GX.

Eric will be holding a concert during Friday's preview night at 7:30pm in the Madman National Cosplay Championship Theatre and a panel with Veronica Taylor from 3:30pm on Saturday and 1:00pm on Sunday in the Madman National Cosplay Championship Theatre.

Veronica Taylor

Veronica Taylor is kind of a big deal, having voiced not only Ash Ketchum but his mother Delia Ketchum and May, his travelling partner from Hoenn in Pokémon (from the start until the end of the 8th series Pokémon Advance) she has voiced Yukino Miyazawa in His and Her Circumstances, Aoi Matsubara in To Heart, Miyabi in Ninja Nonsense, Megumi Hisakawa in Alien 9 and Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun in Slayers. Veronica has also voiced April 0'Neil in the 2003 TMNT series, had roles in L.A. Noire, Ape Escape 2 and Dissidia Final Fantasy. She has additionally worked as Kathleen McInerney to voice Yuki Kaionji in Kurokami The Animation, Reiko, Sakonnosuke and Yaobikuni in Phoenix and as B Simpson to voice Gentoku Ryuubi in Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny and Kurai in Angel Sanctuary..

Veronica will be hosting a panel with Neil Kaplan from 3:30pm on Saturday and 1:00pm on Sunday in the Madman National Cosplay Championship Theatre.

Sword Art Online Exhibition

The Sword Art Online exhibition will give fans an inside look at the show by showcasing original artwork pieces covering character designs, storyboards, animation frames and more. The exhibition will also include a photo area for fans to take photos with the heroes of Sword Art Online, Kirito and Asuna, and ‘Lisabeth's Smith Shop’ where official Sword Art Online merchandise will be available with everything from plush toys to keyrings and even Sword Art Online thongs (click here to view the merchandise).

The exhibition has been organised in conjunction with Aniplex of America and will be touring select cities across Australia in 2014. If you want to visit the Sword Art Online exhibition you simply purchase a ticket to attend the partner event (Wai-Con and Supanova) and entry to the exhibition is then free.

If you would like to know more about the exhibition please click here.


Here's a few of our highlights for Supanova over the weekend;

  • Saturday

    • 10:30am - Anime Trivia sponsored by Anime at Abbotsford - Cosplay Theatre.
    • 11:30am - Madman National Cosplay Championship - Madman National Cosplay Championship Theatre
    • 2:00pm - Gundam Building Workshop by Zombster - Imagineer's Playground Workshop.
    • 4:30pm - Madman Cosplay Competition - Madman National Cosplay Championship Theatre
    • 5:00pm - Advanced Gundam Building Workshop by Zombster - Imagineer's Playground Workshop.
  • Sunday

    • 11:00am - Anime Gameshow sponsored by Hanabee - Supanova Seminars.
    • 2:00pm - Gundam Building Workshop by Zombster - Imagineer's Playground Workshop.
    • 4:00pm - Madman Cosplay Competition - Madman National Cosplay Championship Theatre
    • 4:00pm - Advanced Gundam Building Workshop by Zombster - Imagineer's Playground Workshop.

And we will be following Hanabee and Madman during their panels and reporting on any new acquisitions over facebook and twitter (Remember all times are AWST).

  • Saturday 3:00pm - Hanabee Panel with Zi - Madman Anime Area.
  • Sunday 11:00am - Madman Panel - Madman Anime Area.

You can find the schedule for Supanova Gold Coast here.

Full information on Supanova Gold Coast including location and directions and ticket prices are simple to find. But you can visit Supanova's website or facebook page for further information.

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