Crimotaku here, known as the Otaku Trooper. Bringing to you not-exactly-no-longer LIVE .. Supanova Sydney 2010! Preview Night.
Thanks to connections of the local Sydney 501st Legion members, this otaku managed to get a special pass to allows me to “teleport” all over the event … pass the lines, making it possible for me to do this post! Giving people and inside view of one of Australia’s biggest conventions! Some say that Melbourne has bigger conventions compared to Sydney (Syd being 2nd) .. and i think i have to agree with that.
This preview night was set on the 18th June 2010.
More pics @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/crimotaku/sets/72157624367057558/
Otaku Trooper packed and ready!
Preview Night on the 18th June
The massive queue of people!
Not all of them were people tho ..
The 501st Legion SCG of Sydney setting up the booth. Responsible for getting me in ^^
This is the size of the Dome
Look sir, droids!
Angel Beats reference?
You can find old school toys for sale too!
The SCG guys having fun. Most troopers call their helmets buckets, but these were really buckets!
This is one of Sydney's Otaku Loot distributors
Cosplayers came as well on the preview night
Kingdom Hearts, Watchmen and the list goes on!
Why so serious, Mr J?
Two cute pikachus! ^^
Umbrella Corps made sure security was tight!
Buffy Stars are coming to this event!
The original Hulk actor and the voice machine from Police Academy!
Initial D showing after the MCs gave the opening speech and such, which i missed coz i was mingling with the 501st and cosplayers
In Australia, cosplayers take the train too! The happy schmuck in the background happens to be DC Reader, Major Gravy ^^
Personal Blah-Blahs: Well thats the Otaku Trooper Report for Preview Night of Supanova Syd 2010! Two more days of report to type up! One thing i like about Australian conventions is there is a balance between western Sci Fic Fanboyism and eastern Otakuism. But just by looking at the convention, Fanboyism and Otakuism is the same thing. There is no OR .. just AND! Fanboyism and Otakuism is the same thing, it just happens the Japanese term, Otaku, didnt pop up before Fanboyism. The Otaku Trooper is the middle link of both these cultures of the two worlds, loving them both equally. If i cover a convention, i try to capture the whole convention with all its content, but this is only possible if i have my brother (personal photographer) with me. >.< Why? He is my brother, he can sense all the kinds of mischief i can do, with just a word from me, and he’d click immediately ^^
For Supanova Sydney 2010, i was doing both Meito Anisawa cosplay from Lucky Star and a Stormtrooper. As i was the Stormtrooper i was reporting to 501st Legion duties (hard to take pics in armor and carry a DSLR), i like to pay off the favors and debts the moment i owe people something. Its not my way to take things for granted! =3 If you otakus out there ever do something awesome for me, i will make sure i return the awesomeness with some interest ^^ After double cosplaying, i pretty much understand why cosplayers dont bring their own cameras. However, thanks to DC Reader, Major Gravy, who saved the day, the Otaku Trooper was able to cause some mischief in the last two hours of Sunday 20th June! Whew! And i thought i would never get any pictures done!
But after this convention, i learnt something. I will only put full effort with a trustworthy and skilled photographer, that way i wont need hold back posing and doing all the talking, while my photographer take the pics. ^^ In short, i dont think i’d fly to a convention without a wingman … ever!