Now that this weekend has rolled around, a weekend where I'll actually be at home and have some much needed breathing room, I thought I'd write a post about the wonderful madness that was Supanova. Also, Lynette Noni, a fellow debut author on the Supanova circuit, has made me feel guilty for not blogging enough because she posted a recap of the Melbourne Supanova that's almost longer than my novel, and she's doing another for the Gold Coast. I need to up my blogging game.
So, for the last two weekends I was a guest at the Melbourne and then Gold Coast Supanova Expos. I've attended Supanova a few times before as a fan and to help out the Gestalt Comics crew at the booth but this was my first time as a fully fledged guest author, and it was awesome.
It was great meeting so many readers and other wonderful people and sitting back and watching the cosplay go by. I spent most of the weekend chatting and signing books. In Melbourne I shared the author booth with this fine collection of word-slingers:
From left to right K.J. Taylor, Alan Baxter, Jack Dann, Traci Harding (in back), Lynette Noni (the other debut/baby-author there) (in back), myself, John Scalzi, Peter F. Hamilton and Posie Graeme-Evans (in front). I had an awesome time with these guys and each and every one of them is super nice. I got to sit next to John Scalzi at the signing table which, as a fan of his, was super-cool. Plus, I got to tell all his fans that John Scalzi was the next Justin Woolley.
Here's some highlights from the Melbourne leg of the tour:
On the Gold Coast our line up changed a little. Here's the author crew we had there:
Along the back is myself, Peter F. Hamilton, Alan Baxter, Marianne de Pierres, Kim Wilkins and Lynetter Noni. In front is Traci Harding, Colin Taber and Paula Weston. Again the Gold Coast show was amazing fun.
I was also on an author panel each weekend. In Melbourne I shared the stage with Lynette Noni and C.S. Pacat where we spoke about 'Impossible Quests' and how quests and journeys are represented in fiction. On the Gold Coast I was on a panel called 'Myths and Misconceptions' with Peter F. Hamilton, Kim Wilkins and Lynette Noni. Here's a picture of everyone looking at me expectantly, I'm sure I'm about to say something highly intelligent.
Apart from the other authors and wonderful readers I met some awesome people and made some great new friends including Bob Morley (Bellamy from The 100), Barbara Dunkelman and Arryn Zech (Rooster Teeth), Tony Moore (original artist on The Walking Dead), Kyle Stevens (Kirby Krackle) and Georgina Haig (Once Upon A Time). I had great chats with these guys over the two weekends and they were nice enough to grab copies of my book. I also hung out with heaps of the other guests, the highlight of which was probably sharing a packet of Tim Tams with George Takei.
So all in all it was a fantastic couple of weekends and it was great to get the news a few days ago that A Town Called Dust was among the most successful debut novels they've had at a Supanova, so that's cool. A last big shout out to Ineke Prochazka who is not only my Agent to the Stars (John Scalzi reference there for those of you keeping score) but also the Literary Manager at Supanova. She does a wonderful job bringing together all the authors and wrangling us around during the weekend.
Here's to doing all this again soon!