After an awesome introduction to conventions at Supernova 2010, I was really looking forward to attending another popular culture convention. I had received a few quizzical looks when I told fellow colleagues and friends that I was going to ‘Armageddon’ during the weekend. I suspect a few were thinking it bit odd that I was looking forward to the onset of the apocalypse.
Unfortunately, because of work, I could only attend the Sunday session of Armageddon. I was kinda gutted because I missed out on the group photo with John Rhys Davies with FilmNerd, Bride of Film Nerd and UrbanFantasist. Ah, real life, thou art a heartless B*tch (bonus cookies if you recognize the fandom reference).
The immediate different between Supernova and Armageddon was clear as soon as I arrived. The line was much shorter even when I arrived at 8:30 to meet with FilmNerd and his lovely wife, compared to the absolute anaconda of a line from Supernova. Also, the number of people who arrived in cosplay was also considerably less, in stark contrast to Supernova, where just wherever you turned, there was a fun costume just waiting for me to take pictures!
FilmNerd had given intel the day prior saying that the crowd was considerably smaller than Supernova, as well as the variety of merchandise stores. So I told myself that I would be good, and keep my spending to a minimum
If there were one thing to learn about conventions, especially popular culture conventions, it would be this:
Resistance is futile.
Doors opened at 9:00, and we all did a whirlwind circuit of all the stalls, and made our merchandise purchases, which was basically a shopping spree. I am proud to say that I am now a proud owner of a TARDIS cookie jar!
And it was only 9:30.
Unfortunately, my camera decided that flash was the way to go, and not just any normal flash. Really powerful flash, which made everything overly bright. Turning it off resulted in fuzzy pics. Maybe it’s a sign to get a new camera (muahaha – except for the ensuing price tag) So apologies for the poor quality of the photos.
However, the amount of effort and detail people put into their costumes never ceases to amaze me. I’m actually tossing up the possibility of dressing up for Supernova. As who I’m not sure about, but hey, I’ll find something. Hey, you’re only young once. Maybe a Jawa. I loved those little ones from Star Wars.
I’ve posted pics of the original characters (what they looks like in their original mediums) beside the photos because they looked pretty darn close! XD
Let’s begin with FilmNerd going as The One. Does he not look cool? XD
Deadpool from the Marvel Universe (so hardcore, the mask covered the guy’s head completely and he had to unzip it from the back to breathe…
Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! I wish I’d taken pictures of their packs because there were glowing lights and everything!
Batman Universe family! (so cute!)
Ninja Turtle (specifically Raphael ) He was my favourite when I watched the animated series…
Zatanna from DC Universe – she was a vendor who sold really cute hats from Pokemon and Mario and was nice enough pose.
Sci-Fi Crossover! Tusken raiders, Stormtroopers, Darth Vader and … a Dalek. Just shows that trans-universe invasion ain’t above them
‘Anakin’ getting p0wned by himself (?) It was really cool the improptu battle they had.I love how at the back it has ‘Alternate reality’
Link and Ganon from ‘The Legend of Zelda’
Justice League! Wonder Woman sold me the Tardis Cookie Jar!
Coach and Rochelle from Left 4 Dead 2 (a zombie game) They seemed quite surprised that someone recognised them (bwahaha)
Elcie from the Anime ‘The world god only knows’
Dead Master from ‘Black rock shooter’
A ute converted as an ‘x wing’ theme, complete with its own R2 D2
I also attended the John Rhys Davies panel. His talk was amazing. It was so varied to say the list, he was talking about parasites and then to physics and then to literature and history. The way he talks is really riveting and he commands people’s attention.
At one instance he was talking in-depth about the possible impact WW2 had on Tolkein’s writing and the allegory of LOTR for a solid 15 minutes, and then he stopped and then said:
John: It’s a Sunday and I’m preaching a sermon!
At this moment I was tempted to say ‘No, keep on going!’
Amusing note: I was sharing the news of getting the cookie jar with a friend and the awesome fact that it makes the whooshing sound when I close it, who then sent this sms.
‘Can you take a cookie out, close the lid, it goes back in time then the cookie from the past is back in it again?’
So in theory, I am in possession of a cookie jar with never-ending cookies.
Overall, Armageddon was a nice event, considering this was the inaugural event in Sydney. The cosplay crowd was a lot smaller and the anime/manga presence noticeably so. It was not as exciting as Supernova, but I actually had a really good time, going with FilmNerd and Bride of FilmNerd, both people who share the same amount of enthusiasm for our respective fandom’s and who take in looking at the mechandise and revel in the atmosphere. It’s the good company that makes the event really. XD
I’m really looking forward to Supernova. The guest line-up for Melbourne is amazing (Simon Pegg AND Nick Frost!) and at Sydney, there’s Ianto from Torchwood. Regardless of location, I’ll be there.