The events that led to me visiting Melbourne for the first time for Supanova can truly be labelled as the epitome of ‘impulsive’. About a month ago, I was talking to fellow PhD colleague KB about my experience at Armageddon 2011. To keep it simple, the conversation eventually led me to check out the Guest Star line up for Supanova, and lamenting about how the Guest Star line up for Melbourne was always infinitely more awesome than Sydney – and then –
I saw two names:
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
This was my face:
And this is roughly what happened afterwards:
FV: Oh. My God.
FV: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will be at Melbourne!
KB: Let’s go to Melbourne!
KB: It’s going to an adventure!
FV: An Adventure to spend our Sparkling Time of Youth!
KB & FV: *arms in the air * WHOO HOO!
Within days, our tickets were all booked and ready.
(And yes, Tom Felton of Draco Malfoy fame was also there but – meh.)
It was going to be a no- brainer anyway – the Melbourne Guest Star line-up was very impressive. In addition to Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, there was of course Tom Felton and also a very nice lineup for Fantasy fans, with amazing authors Isobelle Carmody and Robin Hobb being there.
Plus, I just wanted to go to Melbourne.
I know this blog post is about Supanova so I’ll keep my waxing poetical about Melbourne to a minimum, but I have to say -something- because it’s impossible not to mention anything about this lovely city.
On the first night, KB and I took a tram (a tram!) into the Melbourne CBD and took a walk along the Yarra River and enjoyed the sights. The night lights were beautiful, with even a ferris wheel in the distance. I was looking longingly at the various banners promoting the Melbourne Comedy Festival, which had kicked off a week prior.
During the three days I was there, I did a bit of everything – I walked through the Royal botanical gardens, saw flinders st station, went to the famed Rockpool Resturant, ate an Spanish doughnut, saw the Lord of the Fries store, walked everywhere. Went to chapel street, visited the arts centre Sunday markets. It was quite a bit stuffed into technically two days. The city is such a place of heritage, and was beautiful. There were also still horse carriages operating, which induced a childhood glee in me.
SUPANOVA! (9th April)
Me being the duffer that I am, I told KB that Supanova started at 9am (It was actually 10:00am). So we were up at 6:30 and were at the gates by 8:00, in Arctic like winds. I felt terrible but in hindsight, it worked out fine, considering how the line absolutely exploded at 9:00 and there was limited entry into the Simon and Nick event. After hearing about UrbanFantasist’s unfortunate experience at the Brisbane Supanova, I was a bit apprehensive as to I knew from the Star line-up there was going to be more people.
It was a lot of chaos and confusion in the beginning, but that was more the issue from Security, who refused to open the massive gate of the Melbourne Showgrounds to let the volunteers to organise us into lines. The Melbourne volunteers did a wonderful job controlling the crowds. If you guys remember saying that Supanova Sydney had an -anaconda-of a line? Well, Melbourne was a virtual -leviathan-of a line. Even after 12, there was still a line that stretched out into the distance. It was insanity.
These are pictures from when I was already inside the grounds:
The line goes on and on and on.
I think I would have coped with being in the freezing winds a bit better if there wasn’t 5 pre-teens who were quite clearly Tom Felton fangirls right behind me. Look, generally I have no problems with fans AT ALL. There is something quite special being part of a fandom and sharing that love with other people. There’s nothing quite like the geek-out moment of sharing fav movie scenes or even wax poetical about the wonderful performances by certain actors/actresses. I do it ALL THE TIME (I regret nothing! XD)
BUT when those girls who did NOT stop squealing into my ear for two hours:
Fangirl 1: OMG, I saw him at the game (AFL) last night he had his hair down. It was slicked back in Brisbane, I like it better down. He was sooo hot. SQUEEEE
Fangirl2: I am going to show him my nails! (I saw: It was D and M alternating on each nail…)
Whenever the line moved an inch – they were screaming and almost hyperventilating. I do understand their enthusiasm, but… my god… ahaha. There was so much more moments but I’ll spare you. I do have to thank them for making this visit unforgettable.
It was awesome though– and I had the greatest time. I wore my technicolour Rex T shirt with pride. Sample: is it NOT AWESOME. Come on, T-Rex breathing rainbows.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Exclusive Q & A PAUL session
For those who are not familiar with whom Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are, they are two best mates who are co-stars in the popular ‘ZOM ROM COM’ ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’, prior, they starred in the series ‘Spaced’, which was a popular series with frequent movie homages and references. Both are also self-confessed geeks. Yeah, that’s it, and they get paid for it. Lucky sods.
Nick and Simon’s roles in the aforementioned media have cemented them in the Sci-fi/ geek fandom as major popular figures. Come on, Zombie movie with Queen music, you MUST be a genius. ‘Shaun of the Dead’ is easily one of my top 5 movies, and ‘Hot fuzz’ is hilarious. They play off each other easily, and the humour is very natural – it also helps when said co-star is your best mate and also a ‘ex roommate’.Simon Pegg is probably more known in general from recent blockbusters as ‘Scotty’ in the new ‘Star Trek’ Movie (Reboot universe) and also as the voice of Reepicheep from ‘Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader’.
They were in Oz to promote ‘Paul’, a movie about two alien geeks who meet a real alien during their road trip.
I was impressed with how everything was so well organised and coordinated. There was a separate line for the session, and the event was in a completely separate room with only one entrance. Only 3000 people were allowed in and they were led in through groups and were allocated seats.
After much anticipation:
It was cool that we were all expecting them to suddenly appear onto stage and then they came running from the back suddenly. 🙂
The entire hour of the Q and A session was fantastic. In short – it was hilarious. Both didn’t hold back when answering questions and they were funny! It was rude at some points but I was loving every minute of it. Ahah, I know it seems weird to mention but yeah, they were funny. They didn’t take shit from no one and weren’t afraid to rib the question asker a bit.
Especially when the questions began like this:
‘I have a question for Simon’
Nick: Ok fine I’ll F*** off then (shuffles to one side)
‘So Nick just a question…’
Nick: Sticks finger up at Simon (Simon steps back)
There were a few people that asked questions who were just – odd to say the least. There was a person who was an ‘aspiring actor’, and one who reminded me of Sheldon A LOT started with ‘I’m a bit annoyed since my question was partially answered but I’ll press on anyway’ and another who said ‘I was thinking about how to make my question memorable so – PENIS’.
It’s quite clear that Simon and Nick are also fanboys and geeks who had managed to score the best job in the world and doing what they truly love.
There were a lot of funny moments which I’ll share called:
Simon getting asked who he would shoot shag or marry, two of them being Nick and Chris Pine.
Simon: Well, I could shag Chris Pine, because he’s so pretty, because you know, it’ll be worth it, plus, I’ve already done it with Nick.
Nick: Not all the way though, just fingers…
Simon and Nick’s favourite food on set
They looked at each other and Simon said ‘Together now, one two, three’
Both: SLIM JIMS
(I’m guessing it was a common question…)
How Simon knew Nick was going to be his best friend when they first met
Question: Um, can you please do the renactment of the mouse droid sound here?
S: Actually, there’s a funny story with that when I first met Nick, when I first moved in, we were there in a group of people just sitting around and then I started moving the salt and pepper shaker and making the noise the Mouse droid does from Star Wars and Nick was the ONLY ONE who looked at me, and said ‘I know what that is!’ And I knew that we were going to get along just fine…
Simon’s Guilty Pleasure
S: Hmm, hum… well, Nick once caught me drinking cream. No, I’m serious, it was the middle of the night and Nick came out and here I was at the fridge drinking cream with a straw (does hunched over deer in headlight impression over imaginary tub of cream). It was so… It would have been less embarrassing if Nick had caught me masturbating.
The merchandise stalls were all very standard and were pretty much the same as Supanova Sydney.
The cosplays (Costumes) were a definite plus. In terms of numbers, it’s about the same as Sydney, but the variety was… o.0. I didn’t get as many pictures as I’d hoped because my camera decided to cark it. But I got the ones I wanted most anyway. There was also a Flash cosplay that I wanted to take a picture of, but he was moving too fast. No, seriously. I went to get my camera and he was GONE.
Who is this through I see through the crowd?
It’s inspector gadget!
Including the gadgets~! Including a torch!
Aha the guy was like: Wait… there’s more!
Yoshi from game ‘Mario Brothers’
San from anime movie ‘Princess Mononoke ‘
Marluxia from the game ‘Kingdom Hearts 2’
Nina Sayers from movie ‘Black Swan’ – I was very impressed with this one. XD Very unique choice
Cinderella from the Disney Film
Red Ranger from ‘Mighty Morphin Power rangers’ – the original and BEST series. When i Saw him, I ran to him shouting ‘Red Ranger!’ and he stopped lol.
Pac Man + ghosts from the game
Cats from the Musical ‘Cats’ I’m guessing?
The car from Back to the future!
The TARDIS from Doctor Who! This was my favourite, HANDS DOWN.
Two face and Joker from Batman
Supergirl and THOR from Marvel and DC.
Mad Hatter from the 2010 Film adaptation of ‘Alice in Wonderland’
Na-vi people from the film ‘AVATAR’
Mine sweeper guy!
To finish off, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, signing autographs! Then they had to run off to do Filming for Good News Week, which is going to be aired like in…. 10 minutes… WHOO HOO!!
KB and I also had to see how long the Tom Felton autograph line was. It was insane. There were fans outside the cordon jumping up and down trying to see him. We then walked around looking at various goodies and taking photos.
Melbourne is a wonderful place, and I had a wonderful time at Supanova. I wouldn’t have visited the place if it wasn’t for Simon and Nick, since the only selling difference to Sydney was the Guests. But the atmosphere was well worth it. Yes, even the fangirls, I can say that rabid fangirls do exist in RL.
I’ll definitely visit Melbourne again. I’ve already vowed to go back for the Melbourne Comedy festival, another event, which I have watched religiously and taped on my dodgy VHS for 6 years on TV in Sydney and also there’s a Tutankhamen exhibition on now till November.
Not that I’ll need an excuse to go back to Melbourne.