The Supanova Essentials

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The Supanova Essentials

Where: Melbourne Showgrounds

When: April 15-17 (Friday 6pm-10pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm)

How much? Tickets range from the $55 (pre-purchased or $70 at the door) for a Supa-fan weekend pass that gets you access to the site over the weekend to individual day passes that are $32 pre-purchased or $40 at the door. VIP tickets are also available and offer such perks as an invitation to the exclusive Supanova VIP Party on the Saturday night.

Getting there: Trains run from Southern Cross Station to the Showground roughly every 20-40 minutes, and the same goes for the trip back. You can also ride the Route 57 tram from Elizabeth/Flinders Street to Epsom Road/Sandown Road and walk the remaining 200 metres to the entrance. If you’re driving, enter via Gate 7 and be prepared for $10 for parking.

Who’s there? Jack Gleeson (Game of Thrones), Adrianne Palicki (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Christopher Judge (Stargate SG-1, X-Men: Evolution), Allison Mack (Smallville, Wilfred), Shawn Ashmore (The Following, X-Men), Dawn Wells (Gilligan’s Island), Eka Darville (Jessica Jones), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter) and more.

The Cosplay Competition: The Supanova Cosplay Competition has been going strong for 10 years now and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. The competition sees entrants dressed in their best renditions of characters from television, film, comics and more and judged based on six categories; best in show, best cosplay, best craftsmanship, best performance, best group and judges award. The winners will share in $3,000 of Madman Entertainment vouchers.