[ Note : I’ve never, ever ever done a photo blog especially in the way my esteemed bro Jude does, but it would be an eminent waste of pics and shots if we just chucked these into the recycle bin, even with my disposable camera, some of the pics feature a bit of eye candy! thanks for reading/viewing ! ]
TO BE brutally frank about it, some of the toys and collectibles sold, though flashy and gaudy, might be found cheaper elsewhere, the autograph signers were hardly household names, and sad to say there was B.O. in nearly every other corner.
But an event like this happens only once a year, and I’ll probably be too old to attend it in the next year or two, if not long ago.
I refer to Armageddon 2012 held in Wellington, a pop culture expo that features comics, toys, Japanese anime and cosplay costume competitions, sci-fi and fantasy premieres, and autograph signings from actors, directors, artists in the TV, film and gaming genres.
In short, everything a geek would consider interesting, this event showcases. If you’re still at a loss on what I’m referring to, think Star Wars, Star Trek (and all its variants), Stargate, the DC and Marvel universes, the monolithic multiverse of Japanese anime and manga comics, and anything else that appeals to Sheldon, Leonard, Howard and Rajesh’s eclectic tastes in The Big Bang Theory.
I definitely don’t have the IQ of a nerd, but I grew up enjoying comics, sci-fi books, and later in life enjoyed Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, whose popularity overlapped nerd and mainstream worlds of devotees. I discovered that in my temporary adopted land, there was an umbrella event that allowed enthusiasts of all interactive media (think comics, books, TV, movies and all gaming platforms) to show off their rabid devotion to whatever drew them to sci-fi, horror or fantasy.
Truth to tell, there is no way to define what can and cannot be considered part of Armageddon, described as a pop culture expo, that I was lucky enough to attend in Auckland in 2009 but missed last year and the year before. As long as its a product of the imagination, it can be admitted.
And of course, the first to take advantage are the film distributors (Avengers posters and streamers all around), toy companies (action figures, costumes and toy weapons are extremely popular), comic and other print media outfits (not just the establishment DC and Marvel but anime and independent companies).
But the most popular and cherished part of Armageddon are the cosplay or dress-up competitions, in which you get to prettify yourself in your favorite anime, comic book, sci-fi franchise or TV character, what have you.
Expectedly, I was drawn to Star Wars costumes and memorabilia from the same era, probably because of my age. But there were many, many other enthusiasts all decked out in costumes of their imaginary heroes, in what were obviously a labor of love.
I think I’ve said enough, here are the rest of the pics. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
- The last day before the rest of your life (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)
- “May toyo lang sa ulo yan”… or, why depression kills and Pinoys know next-to-nothing about it (mookeemoo.wordpress.com)
- A deeper look; Cosplay & Kigurumi (lovelylittlemess.wordpress.com)
- Welcome 2 Barangay Pitong Gatang mate ! (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)
- Dear Inday : haere mai, mabuhay & welcome 2 New Zealand! (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)
- A Tribute to Pinoy Cosplayers (imagineclouds.wordpress.com)
- Anne Curtis and Francis Libiran for ANTM (ayandeatoinrandom.wordpress.com)
- Yet another day for the rest of your life (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)
- The Very Best In Cosplay: Linda Le [Fancy Pants] (kotaku.com)
- Why Chichi Abadingo is my favorite Kinoy* (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)
- Stormtrooper motorcycle suit: Ride the Dark Side (news.cnet.com)
- 35 Great Costumes From WonderCon (neatorama.com)
- The day your loyal kabayan joined the Union (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)
- Frugal Juan + Thrifty Pedro = 2 Pinoy flatmates (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)
- Feeding my (Pinoy) addiction (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)
- Pinoy eccentricities that make Kiwis scratch their heads (ylbnoel.wordpress.com)