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Published: November 17th 2009
Ok, these were just regular guys dressed up in Star Trek uniforms but I think I made their day asking for a photo!!
A few weeks back, Glynn and I enjoyed a brilliant day out at the Armgeddon Expo and I thought you might like to see some photos! Armageddon is basically a big event full of everything a geek could possibly ever want. For anyone into sci-fi, video gaming, graphic novels, cult TV and movies, Manga and cosplay, this was without doubt THE place to be!
The expo ran over 3 days and we opted to go on Day 2 when we knew Seth Green, of Robot Chicken, Family Guy and Austin Powers fame, would be there to sign autographs. It was a good choice of day to go too as we heard that day 1 was crazy busy with people and the queues to get in and for all the activities were hideously long. We arrived nice and early at 8.40 am, about 20 minutes before the doors opened. Kiwis are not known for getting up early on a weekend so that guaranteed us a parking space close to the main arena and meant we could pop in and out all day long a drop things off at the car. We also had the foresight to buy tickets in advance and
Lots of people dressed as their favourite characters including these guys that came as the Super Mario brothers!
so waltzed straight in through the front doors while everyone around us had to queue to get in :-)
Once inside, we just didn't know where to run to first. There were market style stalls in every nook and cranny selling toys, comics, books, piercings, costumes, clothing, gaming equipment, DVDs and even fingerpuppets. We saw heaps of people wandering around with axe gashes, black eyes and bullet holes in their skulls courtesy of a fake wound make-up stand which I wish now that I'd been brave enough to visit. There was an inflatable mini-lasertag enclosure, a wrestling ring and roller derby not to mention the myriad inflatable slides, sumo wresting ring and bouncy castle outside.
After having a look around the many different halls, we made our way to a free screening of the latest Robot Chicken: Star Wars (episode 2) before a Q&A session in the main hall with none other than the 3 creators of Robot Chicken themselves! They were joined on stage by Michael Winslow who starred in the Police Academy movies (the human beatbox) and the whole session was hilarious and really friendly and open too.
We met up with our friend Elizabeth
Q&A session with the Robot Chicken guys along with Michael Winslow of Police Academy fame.
and went off to explore a little more before joining the queue to get an autograph from the Robot Chicken guys. The queue didn't look too long when we joined it but we waited almost 1 hour 45 minutes to meet the guys. Still, it was totally worth the wait as they were all so friendly and happy to answer a quick question or two. When it got to meeting Seth Green, however, I completely disobeyed the rules and asked him if I could have a photo with him. Quick as a flash he was up out of his chair, then he grabbed my camera from me and pointed it at the two of us (and Jish snuck in too). It was awesome!!! The security people weren't too happy about it but there was nothing they could do! Hehe :-)
We got our autographs just in time for me to go and have my photo taken with another TV hero of mine - Gigi Edgley who starred as Chiana in the Farscape sci-fi TV series. This photo wasn't free though but at least I didn't need to queue and got to spend a little bit of time chatting to
Glynn gets to meet a fellow comic book geek in the form of Gotham Central author, Greg Rucka.
her. Later on I also got her autogragh (also not free) and spent some more time chatting. She was an absolutely lovely lady unlike the guy behind me in the queue was was clearly an over-obsessed fan with no friends. He seemed desperately excited to talk to anyone and everyone but unable to talk about anything other than sci-fi. When he tried to muscle in on my autograph time with Gigi because he just couldn't wait to meet her, I told him quite firmly to back off and wait his turn.
I wasn't the only one who got to meet some heros: Glynn also got to chat with a host of comic book writers and artists, including Greg Rucka who co-wrote the Gotham Central books and autographed every single one of the 5 books Glynn took along just in case! Glynn also met Bill Sienkiewicz who illustrated one instalment of the 30 Days of Night series which also had him very excited indeed!
By the end of the day, we got to see most of what we wanted to but a whole heap of stuff we were curious about just didn't get a look in. I could easily
30 Days of Night artist Bill Sienkiewicz greets Glynn with possibly the biggest grin ever!
have stayed another day but there'll no doubt be plenty more to see next year. Can't wait!
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