Armageddon Expo hits Auckland
Armageddon is here. Don't worry, it's not the end of the world - unless of course you don't like Star Wars, steampunk or gaming.
The Armageddon Expo is a four-day pulp-culture extravaganza showcasing everything cool in sci-fi, comics, movies and TV and it is set to take over Auckland this weekend.
The expo is now in its 16th year, and the man who has been at the helm from the beginning, Bill Geradts, expects around 50,000 fans to visit this weekend.
"It's just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger," he says.
"Now we can do bigger stands and do better displays. It means we get beefier companies on board and more people come to the show because there is more to see and more to do."
Armageddon features anime, paintball, TV celebs and movie stars, comic and voice artists, interactive gaming stands and more in a celebration of all things just outside of the mainstream.
This year, the big names visiting and meeting fans include Stargate actress Amanda Tapping, Nicholas Brendon from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and all-round super villain Mark Sheppard.
But Geradts says the real stars are the fans that show up dressed as everything from Donald Duck to blood-covered zombies and the classic Star Trek characters.
"It's got better and better and better... Now we get kids turning up in their Spiderman outfits, people design things that they have planned for months ahead; it's good to see it."
So how does it compare to the Godfather of conventions, Comic-Con?
"Comic-con is Comic-con. It is Godzilla and we are a very, very cool mouse," Geradts says realistically.
"I've been to Comic-con a few times...and that's a lot of fun, but there are things that we do here that you can't do in those countries. So in some ways we are significantly cooler but in other ways you can only look up at the heights of what they are doing."
And despite its name, it seems organisers don't think the end of the world is coming in 2012 with plans already underway for the 2013 event.
Armageddon is at the ASB Showgrounds from October 28-31.