Sunday, 21 June 2015

Supanova Sydney 2015

The main hall at lunchtime
Off to the left is another space, at least as big
Yesterday Mrs Kobold and I went up to Sydney Supanova. We went lasy year, as reported on this blog, and enjoyed it so much we decided a return visit was in order. And, once again, we cosplayed.

Our family really enjoys the series Orphan Black, so that's what the two of us did. Spoilers may follow, depending on how far you've watched it ...

Catherine went for the endearing Ukrainian psycho clone, Helena. She already had all of the clothes needed to pull this one off; all that was required was the makeup and a scraggy blone wig. And a model scorpion (not pictured).

I went for something technically more difficult - the pro-clone Rachel Duncan. Specifically Rachel Duncan during her experience with a pencil in Series 2.

I solved the technical difficulty of walking around with a pencil in my left eye all day with a cheap plastic pirate eye-patch, a print-out of Tatiana-Maslany-as-Rachel's left eye, a pencil, some invisible elastic and lots of glue.

Here we are out in the wide world, waiting for the train to Sydney.

My costume got three responses, depending on the person - "Wow! Orphan Black is my favourite programme!", "Ewww! That pencil is gross!" and finally "Wait! Is that a dude?"

Once at Supanova we wandered round, talked to people and posed with stuff.

Whilst posing with the Tardis we ran into another Orphan Back cosplay - another Helena in fact. One so up-to-date that her costume was based on an episode shown only last week.

And then, just before we went home, we found what we were looking - two different cosplay clones - series main-character Sarah and science-geek Cosima.

We managed to do it right next to the BBC Enterprises stand. Since the series is produced by BBC America the staff were very excited to get such a haul, so we posed for them.

Orphan Black Clones - Rachel, Sarah, Cosima and Helena

And then we went home. We picked up a takeaway chicken and chips on the way back, much to the amusement of the staff.

Here's a few - very few - of the other great cosplays on display.

Dark Phoenix
Three Doctors. Like clones, but in time rather than space.
Mad Max: Fury Road Warboys
Perhaps the lady is Mrs Warboys*?
Steampunk Tardis
Crossplay Gandalf
Aztec Sun-God
And finally ...
Our purchases were light - we bought a small Orphan Back related print from an artist who was unreasonably excited to see us, and I added another car to my collection ...

And, again, the question remains - who to go as next year?

*Possibly obscure British sitcom joke.


  1. Wow! Orphan Black is my favourite programme!

    Never would have picked Orphan Black for cosplay - great choice.

    1. It's relatively easy to do, as it uses contemporary clothes and very little in the way of props. In my case the eye-patch/pencil construction took more effort than the rest of the outfit, most of which I already had. I picked the lab-coat up at the closing-down sale of a costume shop. In Catherine's case the only thing she bought was the wig (same costume shop - $5), although she got herself a scorpion as well. Her 'costume' all came from her own wardrobe.


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