Armageddon (convention)

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Armageddon Expo is a New Zealand owned and operated pop culture convention that holds multiple events around New Zealand in cities including Auckland, Wellington, Tauranga and Christchurch. The event, run by Beyond Reality Media Premier Event Management, has been running continuously since 1995. It has evolved from its roots of comics and trading cards to showcase computer and video gaming, animation, film and television, cosplay, comics, live wrestling, and retailers selling pop-culture merchandise.

Armageddon Expo
StatusActive
GenreScience fiction Comic Con Multi-genre
Location(s)New Zealand: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga
Inaugurated1995
AttendanceA combined yearly attendance average of 120,000+ attendees
Organized byBeyond Reality Media Premiere Event Management Ltd
Websitearmageddonexpo.com

The convention hosts celebrity guests from the worlds of movies, TV shows, animation, cosplay, YouTube, comics and gaming. Event attendees can meet guests, purchase autographs and photo opportunities as well as watch panels featuring the guests. Armageddon Expo is one of the largest public conventions held in New Zealand.

HistoryEdit

Armageddon began in Auckland, New Zealand on the weekend of 2 December 1995, at the Avondale Raceway. In 1997, the expo added a Wellington event; In 1999, Armageddon did there first Melbourne event, Armageddon held events, in Australia sporadically, over several years but stopped hosting events in Australia in 2016. In 2007, the first Christchurch Armageddon event was held; Armageddon has also hosted events in other cities in New Zealand including Hamilton, Manukau, and Dunedin.

2020, will be Armageddon's 25th year of operation with shows in Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga and Auckland planned.

HighlightsEdit

Current show events include:

  • Celebrity Guest Panels, autograph and photo sessions.
  • The Cosplay Contest.[1]
  • Exclusive Screenings
  • Trivia Contests
  • Cosplay Parade[2]
  • E-Sports
  • Gaming and Card Tournaments

Armageddon hosts a variety of stalls run by companies from around NZ and internationally, with merchandise including comics, gaming, trading cards, anime, steampunk and memorabilia sales. At each event, there are numerous NZ and overseas comic creators and artists also selling their products.

Venues and guest appearancesEdit

1995–1997Edit

  • 1995 (2–3 December) – Avondale Raceway, Auckland
  • 1996 (25 August) – Freemans Bay Community Centre, Auckland
  • 1997 (9 March) – Freemans Bay Community Centre, Auckland
  • 1997 (17 August) – Freemans Bay Community Centre, Auckland
  • 1997 (24 August) – Victoria University, Wellington

1998Edit

21–22 March – Alexander Raceway, Auckland

28–29 March – Wellington Raceway, Wellington

3–4 October – Aotea Centre, Auckland

1999Edit

29–30 May – Aotea Centre, Auckland

5–6 June – Melbourne Expo Centre, Melbourne, Australia

2000Edit

18–19 March – Aotea Centre, Auckland

2001Edit

10–11 February – Aotea Centre, Auckland

Invitational event: Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Aotea Centre, Auckland

15–16 September – Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

2002Edit

12–14 April – Aotea Centre, Auckland

23–24 November – Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

2003Edit

12–14 April – Aotea Centre, Auckland

20–22 September – Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington

2004Edit

16–18 April – Aotea Centre, Auckland

25–26 September – Queens Wharf Events Centre, Wellington

2005Edit

16–17 April – Queens Wharf Events Centre, Wellington

22–24 October – Aotea Centre, Auckland (10th Anniversary)

2006Edit

29–30 April – Queens Wharf Events Centre, Wellington

21–23 October – Aotea Centre, Auckland

2007Edit

14–15 April – Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch

21–22 April – TSB Arena – Wellington

19 August – A Day with the Doctor (Doctor Who convention) – Auckland

13–14 October – Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia

20–22 October – Aotea Centre, Auckland

2008Edit

19–20 April – TSB Arena – Wellington

26–27 April – Christchurch Convention Centre – Christchurch

25–27 October – Auckland Armageddon, Aotea Centre

  • Comic Guests:

Jim Lee, JJ Kirby, Sandra Hope, Livio Ramondelli, Joel Gomez, Eddie Nunez and Beth Sotelo

2009Edit

28–29 March – Christchurch Convention Centre, Christchurch

4–5 April – TSB Arena, Wellington[3][4]

17–18 October – Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne[5]

24–26 October – ASB Showgrounds, Auckland[6][7][8][9][10][11]

2010Edit

27/28 March 2010, Christchurch Convention Centre[12]

2–4 April 2010, TSB Bank Arena, queens wharf, Wellington[13]

June 2010, Castle Complex Otago University, Dunedin. NZ Anime convention,[14]

16/17 October – Melbourne, Melbourne exhibition centre,[15]

23–25 October – Auckland, ASB Showground's (Fifteenth anniversary event!)[16][17][18][19][20]

2011Edit

26/27 February – Sydney showgrounds, the dome, Sydney, Australia[14]

5/6 March – Adelaide, Royal Adelaide Showgrounds, Australia [14]

2/3 April – Christchurch Convention Center, Christchurch, New Zealand [14]

POSTPONED- Due to 2011 Christchurch earthquake – Venue was inside the CBD Red Zone for most of 2011[21] and was demolished in 2012 due to extensive damage.[22]

9/10 April – TSB Arena, Wellington, New Zealand [23]

4/5 June – NZ Anime convention – Dunedin, New Zealand[14]

Guests Included animation Guests Kristi Reed and Kari Wahlgren

2/3 July – Christchurch, Addington Raceway (previously Christchurch Convention Center)[14]

Local celebrity guests were the Almighty Johnsons Ben Barrington, Emmett Skilton, Tim Balme and Jared Turner.

22/23 October – Melbourne, Australia[24][25]

28–31 October – Auckland, New Zealand (First Four Day Event)[26][27]

2012Edit

14–15 April Hamilton, New Zealand[28][29][30]

21–22 April Wellington, New Zealand[31][32]

Guests included...Comic creators Dave Johnson, Carlo Pagulayan and Ron Marz.

30 June–1 July – Christchurch, The Stables, Addington Raceway[33][34][35]

12–14 October – Melbourne exhibition centre[36][37][38]

19–22 October – Auckland, ASB Showgrounds[39][40][41][42]

Guests included,

2013Edit

2–3 March Dunedin, The Edgar Centre[43]

Guests included

9–10 March – Christchurch, The Stables, Addington Raceway[14]

Guests included guest – Dante Basco (Avatar the legend of Ang, Jake Long American Dragon, Hook).

25–26 May – Hamilton, Claudelands[44][45][46]

Guests included

1–3 June – Wellington, westpac stadium[49][50][51]

Guests include

HOBBIT Cast included – Sylvester McCoy (Radagast the Brown), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Adam Brown (Ori), Aidan Turner (Kili), Dean O’Gorman (Fili), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), James Nesbitt (Bofur), Jed Brophy (Nori), John Callen (Oin), Mark Hadlow (Dori), Peter Hambleton (Gloin), Stephen Hunter (Bombur) and William Kircher(Bifur).

19–20 October – Melbourne Showgrounds[52]

Guests included,

25–28 October – Auckland, ASB Showgrounds[53][54][55][56][57]

Guests included,

2014Edit

1–2 March – Dunedin, Edgar Centre[58][59]

Guests included

8–9 March – Christchurch, The Stables, Addington Raceway[14]

Guests included, Animation Guest: Steve Blum. Acting Guests: Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Mark Strickson, Mark Hadlow, John Callen.[60]

24–25 May – Hamilton, Claudelands arena[14]

Guests included

31 May-2 June – Wellington, Westpac Stadium[14]

Guests included,

18–19 October – Melbourne, Melbourne Showgrounds[62][63]

Guests included,

24–27 October – Auckland, ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane[53][64]

Guests included,

2015Edit

28 February/1 March – Dunedin, More FM Arena[67]

Guests included,

7–8 March – Christchurch, Horncastle Arena

Guests included,

14–15 March – Hamilton, Claudelands Arena (4th and last time this event was run in Hamilton).[69]

Guests included,

17–19 July – Wellington, Westpac Stadium[72][73][74][75][76]

Robert Maschio (Scrubs), Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), Rick Mora (Twilight), Saginaw Grant (Lone Ranger)

[77]

23–26 October – Auckland, ASB Showgrounds[78][79][80][81]

Sean Maher (Serenity), Michael Rowe and Manu Bennett (Arrow), John Wesley Shipp (The Flash), Rachel Miner and Nicki Aycox (Supernatural), Casper Van Dien and Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers), Rainbow Sun Francks (Stargate Atlantis), Richard Franklin (Doctor Who), Bernie Kophel (Get Smart) and Robert Maschio (Scrubs)

2016Edit

5–6 March, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau Armageddon.[82]

TV and Movie Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, (Stargate SG-1) and (MacGyver),[85]Christopher Judge, (Stargate SG-1) and (The dark night rises); Ray Santiago, (Ash VS Evil dead) TV series; Marina Sirtis, (Star Trek Next generation); David Nykl, (Stargate Atlantis); Ruth Connell, (Supernatural) TV series. Wrestling Guest Haku (King Tonga).

12–13 March, Horncastle Arena, Christchurch Armageddon[86]

Comic guests: Christian Gossett,(The red star),[87] Charles Soule (Letter 44). Animation voice actors William Salyers, Mike McFarland, Paul Eiding. Cosplay guests: Riki Lecotey and Monika Lee.[84] TV and Movie Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, (Stargate SG-1) and (MacGyver),[85]Christopher Judge, (Stargate SG-1) and (The dark night rises); Marina Sirtis[88] (Star Trek Next generation); David Nykl, (Stargate Atlantis); Ruth Connell, (Supernatural) TV series. Wrestling Guest Haku (King Tonga).

19–20 March, MoreFM Arena, Dunedin Armageddon[89]

Comic guests: Christian Gossett,(The red star), Charles Soule (Letter 44). Animation voice actors: William Salyers, Mike McFarland, Paul Eiding. Cosplay guests: Riki Lecotey and Monika Lee.[84] TV and Movie Stars: Christopher Judge, (Stargate SG-1) and (The Dark Knight Rises); Marina Sirtis, (Star Trek Next generation); David Nykl, (Stargate Atlantis); Wrestling Guest Haku (King Tonga).

4–6 June, Westpac stadium, Wellington Armageddon[90][91][92][93][94][95]

TV and Movie guests:Rose McIver- (izombie & Once Upon a Time), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Bitsie Tulloch – (Grimm), Natalia Tena (Harry Potter films, Game of Thrones),[96]Robert Picardo (Star Trek Voyager, Stargate Atlantis), Samuel Anderson Doctor Who, Ray Santiago (Ash Vs Evil Dead), Dana DeLorenzo Ash Vs Evil Dead, Ted Raimi (Xena, Seaquest DSV), Tahmoh Penikett Supernatural, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica; Cliff Simon Stargate sg1; Graham McTavish Outlander, Creed, Hobbit films; Wrestling guest The Honky Tonk Man.[97] Cosplay guests (international) Tine Marie Riis (Norway), Eve Beauregard (Australia). Animation guests Stephanie Sheh Sailor Moon, Naruto, Bleach, Eureka seven; Michael Sinterniklaas – Venture Brothers, Teenage mutant ninja turtles; Christy Carlson Romano Kim possible. Comic guests Carl Potts Alien Legion, Punisher war journal; Rachael Stott Doctor Who comics, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes; Christian Gossett The Red Star.

2017Edit

11–12 March, Horncastle Arena, Christchurch[98]

Comic Guests: Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us), Colin Wilson (Dredd). With Animation Guests: Veronica Taylor (Pokémon), Christopher Corey Smith (Lego Batman games), Cindy Robinson (Sailor Moon). Also TV/Movie Guests: Billy Boyd (Lord of the Rings), Ray Fisher (Justice League), Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Ivana Baquero (Shannara, Pan's Labyrinth).

18–19 March, More FM Arena, Dunedin,[99][100]

Comic Guests: Tom Taylor (Injustice: Gods Among Us), Colin Wilson (Dredd)and animation Guests Veronica Taylor (Pokémon), Christopher Corey Smith (Lego Batman games), Cindy Robinson (Sailor Moon), Hynden Walch (Teen Titans, Adventure Time) along with TV/Movie Guests Billy Boyd[101] (Lord of the Rings), Ray Fisher (Justice League), Chad Coleman (The Walking Dead), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones).

28–29 May, Baypark Arena, Tauranga,[102][103][104][105]

Comic guest was Todd Nauck (Spiderman/Deadpool, Young Justice, Doctor Who) along with Animation Guests Max Mittelman (One Punch Man), Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV), Robbie Daymond (Sailor Moon Crystal, Final Fantasy XV), Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z, Naruto) and Cosplay Guests Elffi and Calssara. With TV/Movie Guests Jewel Staite (Firefly, Serenity, Stargate Atlantis), Matt Letscher (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Franz Drameh (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Richard Harmon (The 100), Sachin Sahel (The 100), Max Carver & Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf), Paul Amos (Lost Girl, Assassin's Creed Syndicate), Adrian Paul (Highlander), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5).

3 to 5 June, Westpac Stadium, Wellington[106][107]

Comic guest was Todd Nauck (Spiderman/Deadpool, Young Justice, Doctor Who) with Animation Guests Max Mittelman (One Punch Man), Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV), Robbie Daymond (Sailor Moon Crystal, Final Fantasy XV), Kyle Hebert (Dragon Ball Z, Naruto). Cosplay Guests Elffi, Calssara along with TV/Movie Guests Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Firefly), Alaina Huffman (Supernatural, Stargate Universe), Jewel Staite (Firefly, Serenity, Stargate Atlantis), Jeremy Jordan (Supergirl), Matt Letscher (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Franz Drameh (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Richard Harmon (The 100), Sachin Sahel (The 100), Max Carver & Charlie Carver (Teen Wolf), Paul Amos (Lost Girl, Assassin's Creed Syndicate), Adrian Paul (Highlander), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5), Ivana Baquero (Pan's Labyrinth, Shannara), Andrew Lees (The Originals), John Levene (Classic Doctor Who), Nathalie Boltt (Riverdale).

21–24 October, ASB Showgrounds, Auckland,[108][109][110]

Comic Guests were David Lloyd (V For Vendetta), Jill Thompson (Wonder Woman, Scary Godmother), Troy Little (Powerpuff Girls), Brenda Hickey (My Little Pony) along with Animation Guests Amber Nash (Archer), Steve Downes,[111] Jen Taylor (Halo), Bryce Papenbrook (Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online), Eric Stuart (Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh), John Stocker (Classic Voice Actor and Director). Cosplay Guests were Monika Lee, Jessica Nigri, Ashlynne Dae, Reagan Kathryn. The TV/Movie Guests were John Barrowman[112] (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Arrow), Tom Felton[113] (Harry Potter, The Flash), Nathan Fillion[114] (Firefly, Castle), Osric Chau (Supernatural), Ricky Whittle[115] (The 100, American Gods), Erica Cerra (The 100), Holland Roden (Teen Wolf), Pom Klementieff[116] (Guardians of the Galaxy 2), Enver Gjokaj (Agent Carter, Dollhouse), Walter Koenig[117] (Star Trek), David Blue (Stargate Universe), Jacqueline Toboni (Grimm).

2018Edit

30 March to 1 April – Westpac Stadium Wellington[118]

Rahul Kohli, Aly Michalka, Cherami Leigh,

Ben Fransham, Jonathan Brugh, Al Barrionuevo, Ben Stenbeck,

26 to 27 May – Tauranga Armageddon, ASB Baypark Stadium[122][123][124][125]

Guests included Comic Guest Sloane Leong, Animation Guests Brad Swaile (Death Note, X-Men Evolution), David Sobolov (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Flash). Cosplay Guest Ashlynne Dae, *TV/Movie Guests, Katie McGrath (Supergirl, Merlin), Lauren German & Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer), Paul Blackthorne, Katrina Law, Echo Kellum & David Nykl (Arrow), Daniel Portman (Game of Thrones), John Shea (Lois & Clark), Garrett Wang (Star Trek: Voyager),

2/4 June – Christchurch Armageddon, Horncastle Arena[126][127][128][129]

Guests included Sloane Leong,

19 to 22 October – Auckland Armageddon, ASB Showgrounds[130]

2019Edit

Armageddon expo changes cosplay prop rules after mosque attacks in Christchurch New Zealand, 15 March 2019[131]

13 to 15 April – Wellington Armageddon, Westpac Stadium

Comic Guests Babs Tarr, Andrew Griffith, Ryan K Lindsey. Animation Guests Veronica Taylor (Pokémon, Dragonball Super, Sailor Moon), Trina Nishimura (Attack on Titan). And TV/Movie Guests Nicholas Hoult (X-Men films, Warm Bodies), Tom Welling (Smallville, Lucifer), Amy Acker (The Gifted, Person of Interest, Angel), James Carpinello (Gotham), Julian Richings (Supernatural, 12 Monkeys), Amber Midthunder (Legion, Roswell, New Mexico), Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Abigail Cowen (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Aimee Garcia (Lucifer), Ray Wise (Reaper, Twin Peaks), Officers Mike Minogue and Karen O'Leary (Wellington Paranormal.

1 to 3 June – Christchurch Armageddon, Horncastle Arena [132][133][134]

Comic Guests Nick Dragotta, Jeff Johnson, Stephen B Jones. Animation Guests Yuri Lowenthal, William Salyers, Tara Platt Spider-Man (2017 TV series).TV/Movie Guests Katherine McNamara, Luke Baines (Shadowhunters), Tricia Helfer (Lucifer, Battlestar Galactica), Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek (Outlander (TV series)), Amber Nash (Archer), Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating (Star Trek Voyager), Andrew Matarazzo (Teen Wolf), Officers Mike Minogue and Karen O'Leary (Wellington Paranormal).

8 to 9 June – Tauranga Armageddon, ASB Baypark Stadium [135][136][137]

Comic Guests Nick Dragotta, Jeff Johnson, Stephen B Jones. Animation Guests Yuri Lowenthal, William Salyers, Tara Platt (Spider-Man (2017 TV series)).TV/Movie Guests Katherine McNamara, Luke Baines (Shadowhunters), Tricia Helfer (Lucifer, Battlestar Galactica), Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek (Outlander (TV series)), Amber Nash (Archer), Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating (Star Trek Voyager), Andrew Matarazzo (Teen Wolf), Officers Mike Minogue and Karen O'Leary (Wellington Paranormal).

25 to 28 October – Auckland Armageddon, ASB Showgrounds [138][139][140][141][142][143][144][145]

Comic Guests Dean Rankine. Animation Guests Steve Blum, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Cowboy Bebop, Star Wars Rebels), Patricia Summersett (Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild), Leah Clark (My Hero Academia), Rikki Simons (Invader Zim). Cosplay Guests Yaya Han. YouTube Guests Mega64, Viva La Dirt League. TV/Movie Guests Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter Films), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ruth Connell (Supernatural), Sam Witwer (Battlestar Galactica), Inbar Lavi (Lucifer), Adam Croasdell (Preacher), Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill), Natalia Cordova-Buckley (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Gregg Sulkin (Marvel's Runaways), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5), Paul Amos (Lost Girl), Antonia Prebble (Westside), Wellington Paranormal. Wrestling Guests Lita, The Honky Tonk Man. E-Sports and Cosplay presence at the Auckland event continues to grow.

Future datesEdit

2020Edit

10 to 12 April – Wellington Armageddon, Sky Stadium[146] postponed this event to August 1st/2nd 2020 still at the same venue Sky Stadium.[147]

30 May to 1 June – Christchurch Armageddon, Horncastle Arena

6 to 7 June – Tauranga Armageddon, Baypark Arena

1 to 2 August – Wellington Armageddon, Sky Stadium

23 to 26 October – Auckland Armageddon, ASB Showgrounds

New Zealand Comic ConEdit

2015– 17–19 July Wellington, New Zealand Armageddon Expo expanded the traditional event by creating a citywide festival called NZ Comic Con. Armageddon Expo is running for three full days but incorporated these additional elements throughout the weekend and evenings. A 3-day Scavenger Hunt, Pub Crawls, quiz nights, art exhibitions, a house of horrors, cosplay photoshoots, opening party and a closing party. The event was very successful and provided for a full 96 hours of almost non-stop entertainment.[148]

2016 – 4 to 6 June – Wellington, New Zealand[149] citywide events include a 3-day Scavenger hunt;[150] Pub quiz night[151] art exhibitions.[152] House of horrors.[153] Cosplay photo shoots.[154] Opening party and shindig party.[155] Art master class[156] Studio Ghibli screenings.[157]Wellycon.[158] Au Contraire.[159] Wellington Zinefest.[160]

2017 – 3 to 5 June[161] NZCC returned to wellington for another fun fill four days for geeks to enjoy being themselves[162]

NZ Anime Convention (Dunedin Anime Experience)Edit

NZ Anime Convention (also known as the Dunedin Anime Experience) was a commercial anime and manga convention held in Dunedin, New Zealand.[163] It was first held in 2009 in a growing response to include Dunedin into the Armageddon Expo family. The first event was held in the Dunedin Town Hall[164] and from 2010 onwards at Castle Lecture Complex in the University of Otago.[165][166] This event ceased after two years and was replaced by the Armageddon Expo Dunedin Show in 2012.[77]

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