SMASH! 2013 Breaks Attendance Record, 2014 Plans Detailed

SMASH! 2013 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, August 10, was huge. So huge that the poor venue could barely contain the rush of rabid fans, cosplayers and curious locals all totalling some 7,849 attendees! SMASH! President Ray Elinon said, “The convention would not have been successful without our loyal SMASH! convention-goers, hardworking volunteers, exhibitors and vendors, and of c...

SMASH! 2013 Recap

The 2013 SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show has come to a close, and – pardon the pun – but we had a smashing time at the convention. This year, the Sydney Convention Centre was host to a packed house, and for good reason, with special guests, great panels and workshops, awesome vendors on the show floor and fantastic cosplay. Want it all in one place? Well here is our coverage recap! ...

Vocaloid Night 2013 – An energetic night of fun!

As SMASH! 2013 ended, it was time for most people to head on home and rest up after a long and fun day of panels, discussions, merchandise hunting and cosplaying. However, for a sizeable group of people, the night was only just about to begin, for the night would bring out one of the most fun dance party events that has been hosted in Sydney. Themed after the Vocaloid sensation and starring two of...

SMASH! 2013 – A Delightful Maid Cafe

This year at SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show, much like the last few years, there was a maid cafe set up to service attendees that made bookings. At the cafe, participants were served by both maids and butlers some fine treats and other kinds of delectables. The maid cafe is well known as an event based on the Japanese maid cafes that are favourited by otaku types. Typically the staff are dress...

Madman Cosplay Competition – SMASH! 2013

With SMASH! 2013 coming to a close it was time for one last performance. Only this time, it wasn’t guests or panelists taking to the stage, it was the cosplayers. The fans who go the extra mile and create costumes that make you wonder how they did it. For the Madman Cosplay Competition, costumed attendees gathered from across the convention hall in order to win the grand prize: a return flig...

Cosplay Battle Royale – SMASH! 2013

This year at the SMASH! Sydney Manga and Anime Show held in Sydney, there was an entertaining event for cosplayers called the Cosplay Battle Royale. This particular event was held outside of the event-hall on the patio and saw costumed combatants duke-it-out in a sort of turn-based pokemon-esque battle. This might sound a bit strange, but you had an arena drawn on the ground and on each side of th...

Cosplay at PAX Australia 2013

PAX Australia 2013 in Melbourne was host to a number of great exhibitors and panels, but it was also home to a wealth of brilliant cosplayers each strutting their stuff clad in the garb of their favourite characters. Be it video-game characters, TV/film characters or even anime characters, the cosplayers at PAX Australia 2013 had it covered. On show was characters from Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Star ...

Celebrating and Reflecting on 5 Years of CGBC

Computer Games Boot Camp, more commonly referred to as CGBC, has been running for 5 years now. What started as a simple event where kids from high school would come and play video games and hear a few presenters has exploded into a massive extravaganza covering everything I.T., technology and of course the games. I volunteered at the event  for 2 years during my time at University and keep coming ...

Supanova 2013 Cosplay Hunt

The annual Supanova Pop Culture Expo was held over the weekend in Sydney, and if there’s one thing we learnt it’s that people love their cosplay. Bracing the rain, wind, and cold cosplayers descended on to Supanova in all manner of make up, costumes, and more. Just about everywhere you looked there was somebody dressed up as your favourite anime, video game, tv or movie character. It was a great s...

Madman National Cosplay Championship 2013 Decided At Supanova Sydney

Supanova Sydney 2013 this year was the home of Madman‘s National Cosplay Championship! With five teams and four judges, all who attended were in for a real treat. First place went to Anna who cosplayed as Frieza from Dragon Ball Z. Anna entertained the judges with her crowd-pleasing skit entitled “Frieza: The Musical” where she sung parody songs in character. The costume was high...

Supanova 2013 Dates and Special Guests Announced

Australia’s Supanova is returning once again in 2013. And once again, you can expect all the fun and excitement of Australia’s largest pop culture expo with all things TV, film, anime, cosplay, video games, comic-books, manga, science fiction, and nerd culture. Not only this a buch of special guests are set to make an appearance from stars of The Hobbit, the new Star Trek film, Torchwood, and Buff...

EB Expo 2012 Cosplay Photos

If you’ve been paying attention then you’ll already know who walked away with the top prize at the EB Games Expo Cosplay Evolved contest last weekend. If not, then it was this lady/plant man here… The competition was a fairly small affair in comparison to say, SMASH, given that the focus of the event was primarily gaming. Nonetheless seven competitors took to the stage in the fin...

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