One weekend when geek equals chic

EVERY year in recent times the top science fiction actors, comic makers and game creators have headed to Australia for one event - The Supanova Pop Culture Expo.

Held in Melbourne and Brisbane, the event is now Australia's premier pop-culture expo and the place where being a geek is not only a good thing - it's a requirement.

This year's event, which will be held at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane on April 4-5 and Melbourne in late March, promises to be bigger than 10 battle stars.

Leading the way is the indestructible cheerleader, the nerd's number one pin-up girl, Heroes star Hayden Panettiere and Captain Apollo/Tom Zarek himself, Richard Hatch.

And for those Buffy fans, Supanova welcomes Amber Benson and Adam Busch. A real-life couple, Benson played Tara Maclay, the love-interest of witch Willow Rosenberg, while Busch had a recurring role as Warren Mears, who ironically killed Benson's character in the show.

Benson is also a novelist, producer and writer while Adam, who has had roles in House, Back To You and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is also in the band Common Rotation.

Also joining the Supanova crew is Australian playwright Tom Taylor, who is currently writing the new on-going series of Star Wars: Invasion books. Todd McFarlane, the man behind the highly successful Spawn comics, is also making his first visit to Australia and he will be appearing along with a host of Australian illustrators.

As well as celebrity appearances and expert panels, fans will also be treated to movie screenings, gaming demonstrations and previews, a fan-tribute art competition, the spectacle of AWF wrestling and a chance to collect some of their favourites from comics to DVDs to figurines, clothing and accessories.

Tickets for Supanova are $50 for the weekend and $25 for a day pass.

For bookings and further information phone or go to ticketek.

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