Some of you may know that April and November are big months at Ouroborus Books. Does anyone want to tell the rest of the class? Yes…? Nice work reading the title – ten points to *insert your selected Hogwarts house here*! The Force is clearly with you.
Yes, April and November for south-east Queenslander nerds are big months because that’s when Supanova comes to the Gold Coast and Brisbane, respectively. Ouroborus secures a good-sized spot in the Indie Press Zone with the other authors, illustrators and comic writers to sell our fantasy, paranormal, dystopian and horror themed books, as well as fandom and fantasy art by Sabrina RG Raven. If you’ve somehow never noticed us raving about Supanova before, here are a few reasons – provided by some of our authors – as to why you might want to check your schedule on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 of April this year and perhaps pop on down to the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre for a looksie.
“I love the environment of Supanova. Connecting with other artist and authors. For the weekend I feel a part of a community.”
“I love Supanova because it’s such an incredible event where everyone from all walks of life can come and be encapsulated in the nuance of pop culture. I love how there’s something for everyone. And it’s such a FUN event!!”
“I really didn’t know what to expect the first time I went to Supanova, but I knew from that first day that I never wanted to miss one again! So much colour and fun, and so much acceptance. I love how everybody can enjoy themselves – families, young people, couples, older people; proper nerds, casual nerds, mums of nerds – without having to compromise on the integrity of the event. It’s such a lovely crowd and a very multi-faceted event.”
“I remember my first Supanova, being blown away by the people. All my life I’d been isolated in enjoying the things I enjoyed. I never really shared my pop culture loves with other people. So, to suddenly be in a giant haul with hundreds of other people all there to see the same things I was there to see. Loving the same things I loved, wanting the same things I wanted. It shook me up in a delightful way.”
“I was introduced to Supanova back in 2012 by my cousin. At the time, I was looking forward to meeting Masakazu Morita, voice actor for Ichigo Kurosaki, and I still have his autograph in my car. It was also one of the few times I didn’t feel like an outcast. I never realised I would like a social interaction until then. However, it was also the first time I caught con-flu. That was a bummer for me.”
“My first Supanova was back in the days it was at the RNA Showgrounds (at least 12 years ago) and it felt like coming home. These were my people. And back then it was so hard to get collectables at a decent price because they all were double the price from imports.
As an exhibitor, my first ‘Nova was Gold Coast ‘Nova in 2014 so that makes this Supanova number 11 for the company. We started with two titles and no idea what we were doing, and I’m pretty sure I nearly had a heart attack from the sheer level of stress I put myself under getting everyone organised. That ‘Nova was a biggie for me because not only was it our first time as exhibitors but I also got to meet one of my top 5 (living) authors, Mr Jim Butcher. I fangirled and I’m pretty sure I clapped like a seal after he told me a secret about a character that I had guessed correctly. I was lucky enough to speak to him for about 30 mins about writing and I even scored a photo (while dressed as Totoro). But my main takeaway from ‘Nova is the sheer love from complete strangers, people who come back year after year to say hi and see what’s new. And they’re my people. The nerds, the geeks, the dreamers and the freaks.”