Close Encounters Of The “Supa-Star” Kind! Supanova To Need A Bigger Boat In Sydney And Perth This June!


Two Hollywood greats lead the latest June “Supa-Star” announcement, with cinematic icons Richard Dreyfuss and Kathleen Turner confirmed for Supanova Comic Con & Gaming’s Sydney (15-17 June) and Perth (23-24 June) events.

Starring in two seminal Spielberg films in the ‘70s, Jaws and Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Dreyfuss is one of the most establish and prolific talents in the industry; while Turner has dominated both film and TV equally, from launching into the spotlight with Romancing the Stone, to voicing the infamous Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

But that’s not all… Supanova have also announced further guests to their June lineup, including one of the most harrowing and haunting villains of all time, Star Wars icon Ian McDiarmid, aka Emperor Palpatine.

Appearing in both the original and prequel trilogies as The Emperor, Scottish talent McDiarmid is one of the few actors who can say he has done both, while also featuring in Sleepy Hollow, The Lost City Of Z and more.

Then there’s homegrown talent Eliza Taylor, who started her acting career in true-blue Australian form with television shows such as The Sleepover Club, Blue Heelers and Neighbours, before landing the series lead role of headstrong Clarke Griffin in the popular post-apocalyptic science fiction drama The 100.

As if Arrow fans weren’t excited enough with Stephen Amell already confirmed to appear in Sydney, Perth fans can also join the party as Supanova welcomes meta-human vigilante Juliana Harkavy, aka Dinah Drake, successor to the Black Canary; Firefly’s Summer Glau, who plays Isabel Rochev; and Matt Ryan, better known as John Constantine, across to the tour.

With plenty of DC talent among the ranks, pop culture favourite Rosario Dawson – who is probably know best as Claire Temple across Netflix’s The Defenders, Daredevil, Luke Cage and more - represents Marvel, joining her Iron Fist co-star, Finn Jones (Game Of Thrones) at both events. She’s also known for her roles in Men In Black II, Clerks II and both Sin City films and as the voice of Batgirl in The Lego Batman Movie and Wonder Woman for the DC Animated Universe.

Aussie actor Peta Rixon (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie), as a Sydney exclusive, is joining her Power Rangers co-stars David Yost and Karan Ashley; while voice actors Kara Eberle (RWBY) and Elizabeth Maxwell (The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, Attack On Titan) will also make the trip this June.

Rounding out the absolutely epic announcement is Mexican comic-book colourist Alex Sinclair, famed for his work on Batman: Hush, Harley Quinn, Superman, and American artist; Wildstorm legend inker Scott Williams (Wildcats, Batman, Superman), internationally acclaimed artist Al Barrionuevo (Teen Titans, X-Men, Storm); and fan favourite pin-up illustrator, Stewart McKenny. And there will be more!

Supanova is a celebration of fandom, where the worlds of film and television, fantasy, comic books, anime, sci-fi, cartoons, books, gaming and collectables comes to life! There’s something for everyone, including ‘cosplay’ (costume-role play), fan clubs, musical performances, creative master classes, celebrity Q&As, wrestling, tournaments, competitions and an expo full of shopping possibilities.

Other guests scheduled to attend the expo include:

· Troy Baker – The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite
· Nolan North – Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed
· Vic Mignoga – Fullmetal Alchemist
· Trina Nishimura – Attack on Titan
· Brina Palencia – One Piece
· Raymond E. Feist – King of Ashes, The Riftwar Cycle


Supanova Comic Con & Gaming began in Sydney in 2002 as a completely home-grown Australian production showcasing sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, anime, manga, games, cosplay and much more. The brainchild of Founder & Event Director, Daniel Zachariou, Supanova is run by a diverse and passionate team of independent professionals with backgrounds in private industry and the creative sector. Supanova takes place in six cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast), and is Australia’s leading and largest event of its kind with close to 200,000 fans expected to attend the Supanova events in 2018.

Supanova is a celebration of pop culture created by the Supanova family, for your family, to “bring out the inner geek” in fans of all ages.


Sydney: June 15-17, 2018 | Sydney Showground, Olympic Park
Perth: June 23-24, 2018 | Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre

Media accreditation & interview requests (for celebrities, or organisers) prior to the expo:

Lionel Midford, Publicist: / (Australia +61) 02 9328 6702

Please Note: No interview or media requests can be catered for on-site at the Supanova Expo without prior approval.


TICKETS: On sale now through Moshtix


Tour Dates & Venue

Sydney: June 15-17, 2018
Sydney Showground, Olympic Park
Perth: June 23-24, 2018
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
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