SMASH! Picnic Pushed Back to August 27

For all those who haven’t heard, SMASH! has pushed back the date of their Picnic! The anime and manga cosplay picnic hosted by SMASH! was originally meant to be held today, BUT about 14 hours ago it was announced that due to the rainy weather of yesterday and lack of cover, the day would have to be moved. SMASH! has released the following message on their Facebook page: Due to what is promis...

SMASH! 2011 Nabeshin Panel #2 Recap

The second of the Nabeshin panels was held at one of the Bayside Gallery rooms which overlooks Darling Harbour with Sydney’s skyline in the backdrop. A moderately sized room with a great view, perfect for a fun panel with Nabeshin! This second panel was less structured than the first and mainly consisted of fans asking him questions. The panel should have probably been re-named to “Up close and pe...

SMASH! 2011: Bandai Model Kit World Cup

  So many model kits… so much awesome… Believe it or not folks, there is actually a World Cup for Model Kit Construction. This year at Sydney’s SMASH! 2011, the model builders of Australia got to show off their skills by submitting their works to be admired and judged by a panel of model kit experts. Naturally, as they are the best known internationally, the model kits used The b...

SMASH! 2011: Gundam Workshop

This year, the SMASH convention clearly aimed to be bigger and better than ever. And we were not disappointed! There was plenty of anime, manga, gaming and general nerd lovin’ to go around over the entire day. However, for those amongst us who wanted to try something a little different from just watching, reading and playing, a number of events and workshops were made available to the public...

SMASH! 2011 The Cosplayers and their Cosplays

When going to conventions, you’ll easily spot hundreds of attendees dressed up from all things fiction, whether it be characters from movies to television series, books to video games, anime to manga. Cosplay is one of the activities many convention goers love to take part in. It’s fun and cosplaying at conventions enables cosplayers to meet and be with other people who share their interest in cos...

SMASH! 2011 Interviews from the Artist Circle

SMASH! brings artists from all over Australia to exhibit their creative works. It was great to have a chat with some of them to tell us about their work and their tips for all of you aspiring artists! First up, we have the sleepy Kurimja! What can you tell us about your work? I’m just an amateur freelance artist. I’m still in uni but I just do it for fun and I’ve been coming to smash pretty much s...

SMASH! 2011 Interviews with JAUWS and AnimeMQ

Like the anime clubs from Genshiken, real-life anime clubs can be considered as great organizations where friends can indulge themselves in everything anime, manga, gaming and Japanese pop-culture in general. They’re a great social meeting with fellow anime fans especially when the next anime convention is months away. It’s a great relief from all the uni work where you can just come in after a lo...

SMASH! AMV Competition – Vote Now!

Love anime? Love music? Then maybe Anime Music Videos (AMVs) are for you! SMASH! has been running a competition to find the best AMV’s Sydney Anime and Manga fans have to offer. The competition was split into several categories: Drama/Romance Action/Upbeat Comedy/Parody Judge’s Choice People’s Choice Voting for the People’s Choice award has now opened and you can now vote right here. O...

SMASH Anime Screenings

SMASH! Con is just under a week away and we here at Capsule Computers are pumped for the event and will be there on the day to bring you all the news on the event. Madman Entertainment, the dominant force in the Australian anime industry has kindly provided SMASH! with a Screening Room which will be airing several of their releases to the public for free during the day. For those wondering what yo...

SMASH! 2011 Venue Map

The excitement is building up for anime, manga and Japanese pop-culture enthusiasts around Australia with the Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2011 being only 8 days away! The hardworking organisers of SMASH! who continuously make the event bigger and better each year have just released the SMASH! 2011 Venue Map! In conjunction with the SMASH! 2011 Schedule which can be found here, you can plan when an...

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