The Boys are back in town, Supa-Fans! With just a few short months until Supanova Comic Con & Gaming blasts onto the Gold Coast (15-16 April) before jetting into Melbourne (22-23 April), the convention has revealed its second wave of Supa-Star guests, leading with the one and only Karl Urban!
One of Hollywood’s most prolific genre actors, Urban’s breakout role was that of Éomer in the multi-Academy Award-winning trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. From Middle-earth to Mega-City One, he would go on to star as the titular Judge in 2012’s Dredd, as well as assuming the mantle of Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy in Star Trek’s Kelvin timeline. Urban now stars as Billy Butcher in the ongoing, Emmy-nominated Amazon Original, The Boys.
It’s been a minute since we last caught up with Arrow lead Stephen Amell – now the Emerald Archer is back, and he’s not alone! Making her Supa-Star debut, Arrowverse fans will recognise Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak who featured in The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Vixen, and (of course) Arrow. Amell will soon send off the franchise in the final season of The Flash, premiering in February.
After leaving fans howling with laughter in Brisbane and Adelaide, last November, Aussie voice actor and stuntman Neil Fanning is also set to return alongside fellow local legend and Supa-Star alumnus Liam McIntyre. Fanning captured the hearts of fans around the world with his hilarious voicework as Scooby-Doo in the live-action duology, while McIntyre is perhaps best known for his leading role as Spartacus in the Starz hit series.
You wanted them? You got them! Back by popular demand after last year’s stops in Queensland and South Australia, The 100 fan-favourites Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley will appear exclusively in Melbourne, joined by Once Upon a Time and LOST alumna Emilie de Ravin. Not to be outdone, the Gold Coast will receive a special visit from first-time international Supa-Star Sophie Aldred, a.k.a Ace, companion to Doctor Who’s Seventh Doctor; a character that she recently reprised in the 2022 episode ‘The Power of the Doctor’
But it’s not all film and television at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming – literary lovers will not want to miss New York Times bestselling author Samantha Shannon, appearing in both cities hot on the heels of her upcoming novel, A Day of Fallen Night, prequel to her award-nominated fantasy, The Priory of the Orange Tree
Meanwhile, comic collectors will have the opportunity to catch acclaimed Marvel and DC Comics artist Jim Cheung, marking his first attendance at the event in nearly a decade. Beloved for his runs on Young Avengers, Justice League and more, Cheung’s work on Infinity would go on to be adapted into one of the highest-grossing films of all time: Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War.
These Supa-Star guests join an already star-studded line-up for April, including The Mandalorian’s Katee Sackhoff, Supernatural’s Mark Sheppard, as well as international voice actors Phil LaMarr (Justice League, Futurama) and Veronica Taylor (Pokémon, Sailor Moon). Admission Tickets are expected to go on sale in February, with Autograph Tokens and Photo-Ops to follow closer to the events. For all the latest news and information, stay tuned to Supanova’s social media channels.
· Karl Urban (The Boys, Star Trek, Dredd)
· Katee Sackhoff (The Mandalorian, Battlestar Galactica, The Flash)
· Stephen Amell (The Arrowverse, Heels, Code 8)
· Emily Bett Rickards (The Arrowverse, Funny Story, Brooklyn)
· Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Doom Patrol)
· Liam McIntyre (Spartacus, The Flash, Gears of War)
· Eliza Taylor (The 100, The Orville, Neighbours)**
· Bob Morley (The 100, Love Me, Neighbours)**
· Emilie de Ravin (Once Upon a Time, LOST, Roswell)**
· Sophie Aldred (Doctor Who, Gentrification)*
· Neil Fanning (Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed)
· Phil LaMarr (Justice League, Samurai Jack, Futurama)
· Veronica Taylor (Pokémon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sailor Moon Crystal)
· Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season, Priory of the Orange Tree, A Day of Fallen Night)
· Jim Cheung (Young Avengers, Infinity, Justice League)
· Steamkittens (Resident Cosplay Photographer)
*Appearing at Supanova 2023 – Gold Coast only
**Appearing at Supanova 2023 – Melbourne only
SUPANOVA BACKGROUND INFORMATION
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 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.
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.