Streets invaded by die hard pop-culture fans

IF YOU were on the Gold Coast on Sunday you would have been forgiven for thinking you were in Hollywood.

The streets of Broadbeach were jam-packed with keen movie enthusiasts dressing up as their favourite characters for the Supanova pop culture convention's Cosplay (costume play) parade.

David Hasselhoff led the parade in Kitt, the car made famous in popular flick Knight Rider, along with Darth Vader, Wolverine and Chewbacca.

But there were stacks more characters holding up traffic on the Gold Coast Hwy.

Terranora's Amanda Spinks dressed as Yui from the Japanese animation Angel Beats!

She was one of seven friends who dressed for the occasion.

"We've all been planning this for the last six months," she said.

"I just think it's fun to become a character, you get to be someone else and everyone comes up to you and says that you're their favourite character."

The teen said she'd had numerous requests from people to pose for photos with her.

Miss Spinks has been attending the pop culture expo for the past ten years.

"I started going mainly for Harry Potter," she said.

"But today I came to see the guys from the Hobbit."

A few years ago she saw Billy Boyd who plays Pippin in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

"I had a mild panic attack," she said.

The event brings thousands of people from all over Australia every year.

"It's just the coolest event," Miss Spinks said.

"You get to meet so many nice people and everyone just gets along so well."

The group from Tweed have already decided they're going to dress up as characters from another popular Japanese animation Fullmetal Alchemist for the next Supanova.

The event began Friday night with an opening ceremony and a full interview with the cast from the new film Sushi Girl, which stars The Neverending Story's Noah Hathaway.

Over the two days fans were entertained with question and answer sessions, seminars and signings with the stars.

I Dream of Jennie's Barbara Eden, Charmed's Rose McGowan and Game of Thrones' Natalia Tena were all there delighting fans.

The Convention Centre held hundreds of stalls selling costumes, comics and pretty much everything a diehard collector would dream of; there was even a weapons stall.

A wrestling arena and full show was also set up to keep the crowd entertained.

The next time the sunshine state will see the much loved Supanova convention will be in November when it comes to the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane. 



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