The Cyber Siren meets ROTFN… again!

Just as I have posted two days worth of posts on the Gamestraders Blacktown first birthday, the Cyber Siren has done so as well.   Myself and Bride of Film Nerd feature again, though I think this video does a lot to capture the fun of the day.   I echo Lauren’s sentiments here, I want to live in that store!!


Gametraders Blacktown First Birthday – Sunday July 31st

Click here for our Saturday post

Click here to view Cyber Siren’s video report of Saturday

Bride of Film Nerd and I headed back to Gametraders Blacktown today for a day that was even more fun than yesterday.   Not only were there more people in store to help celebrate, but between 12-2pm, the store held its cosplay competition.   The prize being a $100 voucher for the store, I felt compelled to compete!!

Unfortunately for me, Westpoint security was not happy with my costume, and asked for me to remove my mask.   The friendly people at Gametraders jumped to my defence though, and I was allowed to wear the costume inside the store.   I just was unable to cross the threshold to the outside…


There were a few good costumes around, and I think we managed to get photos of almost all of them.   I put them below here, starting with an image of myself with our new friend Lauren, the Cyber Siren, as Emma Frost.

Film Nerd with The Cyber Siren

Film Nerd with new mate Adrian

Film Nerd with new mate "Logan" Luke

The results for the cosplay competition will be decided after close of business today.   May the best costumes win 🙂

I had a blast this weekend.   I would highly recommend Gametraders Blacktown to anyone, both on the basis of fantastic merchandise and really friendly staff.   I intend to make myself a regular at the store from this point forwards!

The Cyber Siren meets ROTFN

Following up from our post earlier this evening on Gametraders Blacktown’s first birthday bash, The Cyber Siren has posted her video of today, including an interview with myself and Bride of Film Nerd.   Check it out!


Gametraders Blacktown First Birthday – Saturday July 30th

Ever since Sydnova 2011, ROTFN has been following a fellow con attendant on YouTube, The Cyber Siren (see links at the end of the post).   Earlier this week she advertised the event being reported in this post, so Bride of Film Nerd and I decided to head over to Blacktown for ourselves and check out the store.   Unfortunately for us, we discovered a store in which we would happily depart with many of our hard-earned dollars in.

All weekend, there is a stocktake sale so you can get many exciting goodies for cheap.   For ourselves we picked up Mario themed candies (3 for $10!!), a Doctor Who coffee mug (The TARDIS moves to the other side of the mug when hot), and a Pacman Ice tray, for Pac and ghost shaped ice-cubes.

We also observed some cosplay on offer during the event today, but that I think really take off more tomorrow, Sunday, July 31st, as from 12-2pm the store is holding a cosplay competition, the winning male and female both getting a $100 Gametraders voucher.   Yes, I will be dusting off one of my costumes tomorrow.   One of today’s cosplayers was the previously mentioned Cyber Siren, whom was rocking a very cool female Duke Nukem costume.

The Cyber Siren

So if you are into games, or just interested in picking up some geek memorabilia, check out Gamestraders tomorrow.   You can find more details on the Gametraders Blacktown Facebook page.   Just please don’t too many of you come in cosplay….. I want that voucher!!

The Cyber Siren on Facebook

The Cyber Siren on Twitter

The Cyber Siren’s YouTube channel

San Diego Comic-Con Cosplay Gallery Round-Up

Being a resident of Sydney, unfortunately the price of attending geek-mecca event Comic-Con becomes exceedingly expensive, and, frankly, beyond my budget.   I can live vicariously through the internet though, so since this weekend’s event, I have been trawling the inter-webs for all the best cosplay galleries so that you don’t have to!!

Image taken from Comic Vine's San Diego Comic-Con cosplay gallery, linked below.

Comic Vine

Easily the most exhaustive gallery, with over 1100 pics to browse.   You can kill a few good hours checking this album out.

Now Public

A small gallery of under 20 images, but there are more than few decent cosplay efforts here.

Yahoo Movies

Another very decently sized gallery, currently sitting at 115 images.

The Guardian UK

Under 20 images, but mostly professional shots including some celebrities.


135 more pics here, and some real gems!   This link takes you to the first page of 6, or you can also view them all in a slide show. “Hotties” focus

Two galleries from the same site.   There is some repetition, but I link both here so you can choose the gallery of your preference!


UPDATE 26.07.11


Another 74 images, with a focus on particularly impressive costumes.

Adrianne Curry’s banned Aeon Flux costume

Superficial Adrianne Curry Gallery

As presented on personal favourite blog Blastr, followed by a gallery by The Superficial.   I am inclined to agree with the Blastr columnist… in comparison to all the slave Leias, this costume is relatively tame!!


Most of these are seen elsewhere, but this is another “sexy costume” compilation.   This one has both guys and girls, though.

UGO Masquerade gallery

Photos from contestants in the annual masquerade.

Rolling Stone

A few fresh images here, smaller gallery of 34 pics.

Rotten Tomatoes

Another big gallery, close to 200 pics.   I don’t recognise from this one, though after Comic Vine’s gallery, many of the cosplayers are recognisable.

Nerd Reactor

A blog with numerous SDCC posts, with a gallery for each day.


This is a huge list already, and more galleries are popping up by the hour.   Any good ones I have missed please feel free to leave in a comment below.

What we wasted our money on at Supanova 2011…….

1. Spiderman Snuggie (Gifts for the Geek):

Its dorky, in questionable taste, and probably the only thing that we can say makes us both warm and cool at the same time (hehe). And it was the last one so of course I had to grab it!!! There was also an elmo version of this for sale too.

2. William Shatner “Shat Happens” Tee (Gifts for the Geek):

Probably sums up Shatner’s attitude to the fate of his latest television venture “$h*! My Dad Says

3. Dr Who sonic screwdrivers (Popcultcha):

Ok I think I know what film nerd is planning for his next costume……..

4. Potty paper rolls (Global Gear):

Ok my main reason for buying this is to keep guests occupied while they are…umm..occupied, therefore preventing the inevitable peek through our bathroom cabinets. Ok I’m kidding, really I thought they was funny.

5. Pop tarts in cherry flavour (Kings Comics [we think]):

(no picture available…. long since consumed)

Mmm artificial goodness……..ok still too sweet for me, but like an addict, I can’t help buying some whenever I see them on sale. Maybe a psychological response to my mother denying these to me as a child? Who knows?

6. 4 pack of Tru Blood (Popcultcha):

This stuff just tastes goods, bought before, will buy again.

7. Batman – Year One:

A graphic novel Film Nerd has wanted for some time… was sold out by Sunday morning!

Ok, that is it (aside from photos)!!  Time to start saving for next year!

Elisabeth Sladen (1948-2011)

I have just read the very sad news that Elisabeth Sladen, who was most famous with audiences for playing Sarah Jane Smith in Doctor Who and The Sarah Jane Adventures, passed away yesterday morning, reports indicating that this was following a battle with cancer.

I don’t think that many would argue that Sarah Jane was easily one of the most popular companions to ever feature in Doctor Who.   She started in the role in 1973 alongside Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor, and continued on after he left the role to star alongside Tom Baker’s regenerated Fourth Doctor.   After leaving the role, she was to return for the pilot of spin-off series K9 and Company, a series that was not picked up.    She again returned to the role in the 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors, starring in this case as the Third Doctor’s companion.

The story of her popularity to Whovians does not end there though.    With the reboot of the series in 2005, she appeared again alongside David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor.   This led to Sarah Jane’s own spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures, which to date has enjoyed four seasons.   Subsequently, Tennant has guest starred on this series, Sarah Jane appeared in the season finale two parter for Doctor Who’s fourth season in the renewed series, and Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor has also guested in SJA.    SJA also enjoyed guest appearances from recently passed Nicholas Courtney and the still with us Katy Manning.

Elisabeth Sladen therefore is perhaps just as significant to the Who universe as any actor that have bourne the title of the Doctor.   It is ironic in my revisiting the old series, the I only have her final regular appearance episode left to view, that being “The Hand of Fear”.   I shall watch it with a greater sense of sadness now.

Supanova Melbourne 2011 – Fourth Verse Report


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.

KB: What?

FV: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will be at Melbourne!

KB: Let’s go to Melbourne!

FV: Done!

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.

The highlight:

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’


(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.


Nicholas Courtney (1929-2011)


Image taken from



I had heard rumours throughout the web today that Nicholas Courtney passed away yesterday at the age of 81.   However, it was only in the last 10  minutes that I have discovered concrete reports of this;


The preceding links could provide all the details you could wish of this man, but I hear detail why I feel this is an event significant of note on this blog.   In the last year, after having enjoyed the 2005 series of Doctor Who, I had the urge to play catch up and watch all the classic series.   This is no easy task, with there being 26 seasons of the classic series, the first 6 of which contained over 40 episodes each.   This journey has now taken me from season 1 and William Hartnell’s first Doctor, now leaving me on Season 12 with Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor.

Nicholas Courtney played Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, at first a Colonel whose path Crosses that of Patrick Troughton’s second Doctor, and whom we meet again shortly before the regeneration to Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor, now promoted to Brigadier and commanding the newly formed unit, or United Nations Intelligence Task force.    From this time he often works closely with the Doctor, whom he finds useful despite the fact their ideologies often clash.   He is sometimes painted as a villain, but overall, he is a man motivated by his duty.   No matter what his flaws may be, he honestly believes his actions are the best for the safety of the human race.

In the seasons I have seen him in, he is a brilliant character, both well written and well-played.   I believe that as I discover the classic series, I will observe te character grow right through to the final season, making him perhaps the most stalwart actor of the entire franchise, clearly with the greatest longevity of any of them, including Doctors and companions.   He has made no appearances in the recent series, but did cameo in an episode of the Sarah Jane Adventures.   It is a real shame that we shall not see him alongside the Doctor one last time.