On 25-26 August 2012, Culture Shock events hosted the very first Heroes and Villains pop culture expo in Penrith, NSW.
The Expo was perfectly set up outside the Panthers Exhibition Pavilion in a marquee full of exhibitor stands, including Kings Comics, Film Ink and Disney (there to promote the release of The Avengers on Blu-Ray). But we must say Cosplayers were the life of the party (despite many of them traveling long distances to come) in full character costumes.
As with every Pop Culture event, there were many VIP stars meeting and greeting fans such as Teen Wolf’s star Tyler Posey, Doctor Who’s Frazer Hines, The Love Boat and Get Smart’s Bernie Kopell, V’s duo Marc Singer and Jane Badler , Buffy’s Amber Nicole Benson, Spartacus’ Maun Bennet Voice actors Rodger Bumpass, Steve Blum and Garry Chalk. Moreover, comic book artists and writers also attended like Brian Buccellato, Tom Taylor, William Geradts and Tristan Jones, to make the event a celebration of all tastes.
All the celebrity guests were extremely friendly, especially Tyler Posey and Maun Bennet who were the most popular amongst the ladies, while Marc Singer spent most of his time at the signing area inviting fans for a friendly chat, as well as gorgeous Jane Badlertelling us about her acting and musical career. It was also great to see Bernie Kopell joking around and doing his Conrad Siegfried voice at the joy of all old school Get Smart fans.
Furthermore, day one ended with the first Australian screening of Marvel’s short-film Item 47, courtesy of Disney for fans (Including about 20 Spotlight fans) who won the chance to see what happened after The Avengers’s battle with Loki’s army, as a new SHIELD agent’s mission is recover a missing alien weapon fallen into wrong hands. Everyone was really excited after the screening, saying “We cannot wait to get the Blu-Ray edition of the film, (Out on August 29) and to see what director Joss Whedon will do next”.
Overall, the Expo was a small, intimate and very well-organized event which put smiles on everyone’s face who attended, and we must thank and congratulate Culture Shock Events for their first Heroes and Villains expo. We really look forward to next year’s expo, hoping to see it traveling to other cities in Australia, too.
Here enjoy some postcards of the event below:
Check this a very special greeting from Squidward himself!