[SUPANOVA COMIC-CON] Interview with Brian Donovan

STM Sarah Minazzo had an amazing chat with voice actor Brian Donovan ahead of SUPANOVA Comic-Con and Gaming coming up fast in Melbourne and the Gold Coast

From surfer dudes to disciplined ninjas, Brian Donovan has created a cavalcade of much-loved characters heard daily on all media platforms. He is every kid’s taijutsu hero, Rock Lee in the world famous anime series, Naruto, and Davis in the smash hit Digimon. Other notable voice performances include Salty in the films Alpha and Omega, Shark in A.T.O.M., Tony in Flint: The Time Detective, Peter Pan in several Disney projects and a buncha ‘guys’ trying to kill Max in the Mad Max video game. Brian was also the head announcer for Disney’s Jetix and ABC Family for over six years.

Brian has worked on camera in dozens of film and television projects with such Hollywood luminaries as Angelina Jolie, Jim Belushi, Gabriel Byrne and Jim Carrey.  Television roles include the award winning GiaBeverly Hills 90210Sabrina the Teenage WitchDr. Quinn Medicine WomanGeneral HospitalIn Living Color, and Wings. Later this year Brian can be seen in the film Fame-ish, set in the awesome Anime Convention world.

In addition, Brian is the director/producer of the award winning documentary, Kelly’s Hollywood, currently on Amazon in the USA and UK. The film is a very personal portrait of his relationship with his sister, Kelly, who was born with Down syndrome. One of his greatest joys has been screening and speaking about the film around the world, creating awareness and advocating for those with unique abilities. He also created and produced the children’s self empowerment show, Mighty Me Training Camp, a top title for five years on Discovery Education.

When not on set or in a VO booth, Brian is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Los Angeles Repertory Theatre, providing inner-city youth with performing arts workshops. He directed and produced the educational documentary, You Got Issues, about their critically acclaimed workshops.

Brian lives with his family and dog, Cosmo, in Los Angeles, CA.

Supanova to Celebrate Mad Max’s 40th Anniversary, and More, at 

April’s Melbourne & Gold Coast Events 

It was on April 12 in 1979 that audiences were first introduced to the iconic dystopian film, Mad Max, with Steve Bisley portraying Max’s right-hand man, Goose, while Hugh Keays-Byrne took on the role of villain Toecutter before triumphantly reappearing as Immortan Joe in Mad Max: Fury Road. So it’s only fitting that these original alumni and Aussie icons are driving their way onto the already talent-packed Supanova Comic Con & Gaming Melbourne (6-7 April) and Gold Coast (13-14 April) lineup. 

To take celebrations up a notch, Bisley and Keays-Byrne will also be headlining the Supanova Superhero Parade (Sunday 14 April) on the Gold Coast that’ll be marching from Broadbeach at 9am, making its way to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre where Supanova will open its doors at 10am. They’ll be joined by hundreds of fans in a variety of costumes to celebrate the Gold Coast Superhero Weekend

In further guest news, Supanova favourite Graham McTavish (The HobbitOutlander) has also been confirmed. Following an appearance as King Atlan in this summer’s blockbuster, Aquaman, and more voice work as Dracula in Castlevania, McTavish is currently filming the fourth season of Preacher in Melbourne.

Australian publishing imprint IFWG will also have a strong presence, with founder and dark fiction maestro Gerry Huntman (author of upcoming fantasy series Sky Realms Chronicles) appearing in Melbourne and Sydney-based spec-fic author Christopher Sequeira (The PhantomSherlock Holmes: The Australian Casebook) gracing both events while also hosting contributor and New York Times bestselling author Nancy Holder (Wicked series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, AngelSmallville) at both events.

They will bring a worldwide exclusive to Supanova with the launch of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not, featuring multiple international and award-winning writers.

There’s also Banksia Project recipients, illustrators Alex e Clark (Melbourne exclusive) and Cameron Davis (Gold Coast exclusive), lending their creative talents to the lineup, while comic artist Mike Krome (Zenescope, Valiant, Aspen), writer and illustrator Jan Scherpenhuizen (Possible Press), and Julie Ditrich (Comics Mastermind CEO and Founder) are slated for Melbourne.

The latest guest announcement is rounded out by Australian comic artist Stewart McKenny (Star Wars: Clone War AdventuresCaptain America) and local author Brad Mengel, who currently works in Australia’s criminal justice system.

Tickets for Supanova 2019 – Melbourne and Gold Coast are on sale now via Moshtix.

Supanova is a celebration of fandom, where the worlds of film and television, fantasy, comic books, anime, sci-fi, cartoons, books, gaming and collectables comes to life! There’s something for everyone, including ‘cosplay’ (costume-role play), fan clubs, musical performances, creative master classes, celebrity Q&As, wrestling, tournaments, competitions and an expo full of shopping possibilities.

Other Supa-Star Guests already announced for Melbourne and Gold Coast include:

Camila Mendes (Riverdale)

Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf)

Tyler Hoechlin (Teen WolfSupergirl)

Eliza Taylor (The 100)

Toby Stephens (Black SailsLost in Space)

Stefan Kapicic (Deadpool)

Jon Heder (Napoleon DynamiteBlades of Glory)

Jordan Connor (Riverdale)

Matt Ryan (ConstantineLegends of Tomorrow)

Troy Baker (The Last of UsBioshock Infinite)

Nolan North (Assassin’s CreedUncharted)

Lucie Pohl (Overwatch)

Jonny Cruz (Overwatch)

Brian Donovan (Naruto)

V.E. Schwab (author – Shades of MagicVillains)


Supanova Comic Con & Gaming began in Sydney in 2002 as a completely home-grown Australian production showcasing sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, anime, manga, games, cosplay and much more. The brainchild of Founder & Event Director, Daniel Zachariou, Supanova is run by a diverse and passionate team of independent professionals with backgrounds in private industry and the creative sector. Supanova takes place in six cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast), and is Australia’s leading and largest event of its kind with close to 200,000 fans expected to attend the Supanova events in 2019.

Supanova is a celebration of pop culture created by the Supanova family, for your family, to “bring out the inner geek” in fans of all ages. 


Melbourne: April 5-7, 2019 | Melbourne Showgrounds 

Gold Coast: April 12-14, 2019 | Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

FULL SUPA-STAR GUEST BIOGRAPHIES AVAILABLE AT: http://www.supanova.com.au/guests 

TICKETS: on sale now through Moshtix