Armageddon pulls in the weird, wacky and wonderful

MAARTEN HOLL/Fairfax NZ

Three days of costumes, comics and stars at the Armageddon Expo.

Capes and costumes were the fashion of the day when the weird, wacky and wonderful descended on Westpac Stadium for the annual Armageddon expo.

About 20,000 people were expected to go along to the event which sees fans dressing up in costumes from various science fiction films, comics and cartoons.

Event organiser, William Geradts​, said Armageddon was for everyone, not just those who know the difference between a padawan and a Pokemon. 

Jolene Tempest dressed at the Bride of Frankenstein at the Armageddon convention.
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Jolene Tempest dressed at the Bride of Frankenstein at the Armageddon convention.

"You can bring the kids, you can dress up, you can take photos, you can meet actors you have never hoped to meet before. 

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"The people who come to this event are the same kind of people who go to the rugby. 

"Some people are more passionate about it, that's for sure," he said. 

The event included live wrestling, stalls, comic book dealers and much more. 

According to Geradts, the rise of sci-fi movies and television programmes meant it was now chic-to-be-geek.  

"This is the age of the geek.

"Is Armageddon a nerdy environment? Is it a geeky environment? No. Maybe it used to be when we first started, but by no means is it now."

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Toni Simpson, who took along her daughter and two friends, said it was a great family day out. 

"We love looking at all the costumes. We are also big fans of anime," she said. 

"We love dressing up, it's good for the kids. They love everything." 

Some of the costumes were so real police had to respond to Porirua on Saturday after someone mistook a fake weapon for the real thing. 

It prompted police to ask people walking to and from the event with fake weapons to to cover them up. 

The expo is being held at the Wellington Westpac Stadium, wrapping up on June 6. 

 - Stuff

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