In a galaxy not too far away, there is a magical place where characters from movies, books and video games come to life.
Where is this place, you ask?
The Supanova Expo!
Aunty Em and Graham Davidson ventured down to Sydney Olympic Park on the weekend for their very first foray into the mysterious world that is Supanova. Friday was a busy day of driving and setting up, but the end result was a sweet little stall that had all the usual Storytime Lane paraphernalia, along with a few extra goodies.
Over the course of the next three days, we encountered so many of our favourite characters from books and movies- and Aunty Em even managed to get some sneaky pics with a few of her favourites.
Emily S. Smith was very jealous that Aunty Em got to have a photo with Willy Wonker (Roald Dahl is one of Emily's all-time favourite authors), but luckily, the two ladies have since sorted it out. Aunty Em also got to meet Anna from 'Frozen', although was a little disappointed that she didn't get to sing a duet with her...
Of course the purpose of Storytime Lane's visit to Supanova was not just to hang out with our favourite characters- we also wanted to spread the word about Storytime Lane, and maybe even find some amazing new homes for our books. We were thrilled that so many of our books found fabulous new homes, and that so many people found them entertaining. (It was surprising how many people got the giggles just by reading the titles alone!) We were also very excited when Iron Man stopped by and gave Betty the Yeti's Disappointing Day a big 'thumbs up'.
One of the highlights of the weekend was when a group of people who were hearing impaired stopped by our stall. They had seen our videos with the Auslan signing on the monitor and were keen to find out more about what we were doing. With the help of an interpreter, we were able to share some information about our project with the group. They were so pleased and appreciative of the fact that we have included signing in our videos so that the deaf community can have access to our stories. It was a very touching moment (Aunty Em may have even cried a little she was so touched).
After a solid three days of promoting and selling (and meeting really cool characters), it was time to pack up and return home. Even though Graham and Aunty Em were really rather exhausted, it was agreed that Supanova had been a great success and a super experience. We hope we can return next year!