Expo a cauldron of death, gore, terror, weird fantasy

TAKE AIM: Nathan Van Dermaal gets punched in the face by clown Otto Fifita.
TAKE AIM: Nathan Van Dermaal gets punched in the face by clown Otto Fifita.

This was one of those moments when reality truly became blurred. Even waiting in line was a brush with the fantastic. On one side I was flanked by a brilliantly grotesque zombie maiden and on the other a serene Arwen Evenstar.

As I stepped through the main doors an emporium of broadswords, onesies and computer stations packed with geeks intent on the kill greeted me. The weaponry was a huge drawcard - emphasis on the huge. Grown men strolled the corridors with guns twice their height and the walls of stalls were groaning with the weight of blades that would never see combat.

The Panic Room was horrific. I should have deduced this from the name but, alas, I was foolish enough to enter. The attendant told me all I needed to do was "stand on the X, place your hands on the button and stare at the plant". It seemed easy enough but I soon learned that the plant was my enemy, leading my eyes into the path of blood-curdling ghouls who loved nothing better than to scream. The 60 second encounter left my heart in my throat for the next half hour. I will never trust a plant again.

If nerves weren't high enough, my next point of call was a photo with the stars of Supernatural. Having watched the show for years, I was chuffed to say the least, and in usual sci-fi celebrity fashion they were as sweet and lighthearted as anyone you might meet. As I walked away, I was sure Jake Abel smiled at me. It may have been the delusion of a crazed fan, but I will cherish the memory nonetheless.

I then shuffled my way through the crowds to experience the pinnacle of my Armageddon journey. Christopher Judge of Stargate SG1 was among a panel of stars doing autographs. This was the moment the geek in me truly came to life.

Having watched him on screen hundreds of times, it's needless to say that I was completely and utterly starstruck. I shuffled my way up to the sheer physical presence that is Teal'c, and quietly pushed the old line that I was a huge fan.

Well aware of my sudden inability to speak, Judge smiled and said, "Thanks so much, sweetheart, that really means a lot". I swooned and proceeded to ask for a signed photo made out to my mother, who might have come had she not been too busy watching Stargate SG1 at home.

My day came to a close with an explosive Dragon Ball Z Kamehameha contest. The audience laughed and cheered for the girl with an operatic Kamehameha, the clown who really brought theatrics to the show, and the tiny Super Saiyan ninja who won the children's competition.

No competitor held back as they unleashed their energy beams on the audience, and while there were losers, no-one left unhappy. The competition echoed the sentiment of the whole event - that everyone was there to have fun and to share in their common love for all things weird and fantastic.

Audrey Ellis is a Wintec journalism student