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Roll up super-freaks and geeks
John Viener, left, who is appearing at Supanova. Picture: Supplied.

It's that time of the year again, super-freaks. Time to dust off your superhero suit, polish your light saber and retrofit your favourite cosplay outfit.

Supanova is back - in that chilly Showground warehouse again - where you can geek out, mingle with the real-life people behind your favourite film, TV or comic book characters, and not get bashed up for it.

You can be yourself - you're among friends.

This is the 10th anniversary of the Supanova Pop Culture Expo and the organising nerds are celebrating with some supa-star cult heroes, fan faves and minor stars in major movies.

There's "the Doc" from the Back to the Future films (aka Christopher Lloyd), the original 1960s Batgirl (aka Yvonne Craig) and Mini-Me from the Austin Powers trilogy (aka Verne Troyer).

Speaking from Los Angeles, Family Guy and The Cleveland Show writer-director John Viener says that even he is looking forward to meeting Hayden Panettiere from Heroes and comic book artist Tony Moore, the co-creator of the gruesomely great series The Walking Dead, which is now a hit US TV channel AMC series.

"I'm a huge fan of the books and show so I can't wait to shake his hand," says Viener, who also voices several minor characters on Family Guy and The Cleveland show.

"Sadly, we don't get much time (to hang out) on these conventions because we get whisked from area to area. We only really see each other late at night and, by then, we may have had a few."

Viener, who also has a minor acting role in the racy upcoming comedy Ted (the first film from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane), says that he enjoys conventions such as Supanova and has been a regular at the grandaddy of geek conventions, Comic-Con, for the past four years.

"It's a great time," he says. "Every convention experience I've had has been wonderful so I'm always excited to be part of it.

"It's like summer camp for all us writers and actors. We all come together in our downtime from work to give something back to the fans who have given us so much.

"The fans are rabid and so appreciative, and we appreciate them, so there's a mutual love.

"And I've never had a bad fan experience. They're excited to be there and we're excited to hear from them.

"I've even had war veterans tell me how important watching the DVDs has been to keep up morale. Here I am writing these silly jokes and they're sacrificing so much more.

"So it means a lot to us that in some way we can make them a bit happier."

Viener got the Family Guy gig after becoming friends with MacFarlane when series three was infamously cancelled. He's worked as a writer, director and producer on both Family Guy and The Cleveland Show ever since and is looking forward to getting some one-on-one feedback from fans during his first visit to Australia.

Also joining him on the trip to Perth is the gorgeous Tricia Helfer, who plays the evil Cylon number Six from the cult reboot of Battlestar Galactica, and Mercedes McNab, aka Harmony from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so take your posters and DVDs for them to sign.

Best-selling authors on tour include Matthew Reilly, Christopher Paolini and Michael Pryor. As usual, plenty of comics, graphic novels, action figures and clothes will be on sale from dozens of booths, and signings and photos are available with your favourite celebs.

But be early. Last year saw a record 17,500 fans turn up during the three-day expo - many in cosplay. Don't be afraid to join them - you're among friends.

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The West Australian

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